BBC platform for regional academic

A Wolverhampton academic is one of ten New Generation Thinkers chosen by the BBC.

The scheme handpicks researchers who have a talent for communicating their ideas to the public.

Dr Daisy Black, a specialist in Medieval and Renaissance drama, and gender and queer theory, will be working with the BBC to make a programme for Radio 3 on her research project Eating God: Food in Medieval Religious Drama. 

She said: ‘I’m really excited to be taking my research to BBC audiences around the country. I’m hoping to use what I learn during my time at the BBC to create opportunities for students at the University – maybe helping them with media training or creative writing.’

Dr Black is currently writing a book on time and gender in late medieval religious drama.

As a New Generation Thinker she will be appearing in radio and television broadcasts and panel debates over the next few years.

Dr Black will also appear at the BBC’s Festival of Ideas, make short films, participate in AHRC public and academic events and receive further support from AHRC for research and communication planning.

Alan Davey, Controller at BBC Radio 3, said: ‘Since its launch in 2010, the scheme has supported and nurtured some extraordinary talent, giving the broadcasters of tomorrow a platform to present their fascinating and thought-provoking research to our listeners.’



Daisy is a lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton, who also works as a freelance theatre director, storyteller, writer and arts advisor. She completed her BA at the University of Cambridge and did her MA and PhD in medieval literature at the University of Manchester.

Daisy’s current book argues that conflicts between men and women in biblical plays are debates about time. Her next project focuses on food in medieval performance, transgressive food, and eating. Other research interests include medieval depictions of Jews and Muslims; women in performance; spectatorship; women at sea; lay theology and medievalism in modern board game cultures.