79 Works

An investigation into contemporary tobacco smoking behaviour in Nigeria: the impact of cultural transference on consumer behaviour and usage intentions

Idowu Adewusi
Tobacco has continued to be a global threat, particularly in developing countries. While it appears that the demands for tobacco products have continued to fall in many developed countries, tobacco growing and consumption is posited to become increasingly concentrated in developing countries. Studies have consistently linked the increase to its commercialisation by the tobacco industry and globalisation is acknowledged to play a vital role in its evolution. Although the emerging area of study to understand...

The application of a human factors approach to the evaluation of a novel outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy service in Malta

Sara Jo Bugeja
The application of a human factors approach to healthcare has been gaining traction ever since its first mention in the early 1960s. The need for this synergistic collaboration stems from the poor safety and quality outcomes that have been plaguing the history of healthcare, despite continuous efforts by stakeholders to offer patient-centred care at all costs. In recent years, healthcare practitioners have positively contributed to bridging the gap between clinical practices and systems-based approaches. To...

Social capital and engagement in Nigerian small business marketing

Imaobong James
This study explores social capital and engagement in Nigerian small business marketing. It examines how Nigerian small business owner-managers develop and use social capital in the network of relationships to overcome marketing constraints. Social capital can be viewed as a marketing asset available in network relationships. The process perspective of social capital enables understanding of the formation and use of social resources in networks. Social resources in networks are accessed through relationships built on trust...

Improving the human rights accountability of multinational corporations in the oil and gas industry: a case study of Nigeria

Amede Orieso
If we think that the environment is less important than the economy, then we should try holding our breath while we count our money. This thesis examines the legal framework governing the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. The oil and gas industry in Nigeria is beset by many institutional ills, including a lack of political will by regulators to be accountable for enforcing laws and regulations, to be accountable for environmental degradation in the...

An investigation of poor women's micropreneurship and their experiences of microfinance in rural south-east Nigeria

Irene Ukanwa
This study set out to understand how one of the poorest, most disadvantaged groups - rural African women - perceive and experience microfinance in the context of extreme poverty. The study employed a qualitative method and purposefully sampled thirty poor rural women entrepreneurs in five villages of South-East Nigeria. Data collected from participant observation, five focus groups and thirty interviews were analysed thematically using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF) to develop insight about the many...

Defect detection and condition assessment of adhesively-bonded joints using acoustic emission techniques

Alasdair Crawford
The aim of this study is to investigate the application of acoustic emission (AE) techniques to the defect detection and monitoring of adhesively-bonded joints. Pencil Lead Breaks (PLBs) have been used as a simulated AE source to experimentally investigate the characteristics of AE wave-propagation in adhesively-bonded joints, and have been combined with Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) to provide a novel method of defect detection and sizing. Modal AE analysis has been applied to destructive testing...

Changing society: pioneering women entrepreneurs in Saudi Arabia

Sosan Algahtani
The research examines the role of institutions influencing Saudi female entrepreneurs, and how they became enabled to be social agents and institutional entrepreneurs in a very traditional, family-orientated society - albeit facing pressures to change. In acknowledging the uniqueness of the social-cultural context in Saudi Arabia, this study adopts a qualitative design. Specifically, purposive and snowball sampling techniques were implemented to gather primary qualitative data. The data draw on 31 interviews with female entrepreneurs residing...

The education of undergraduate product designers in the principles and practice of sustainable design

Kirsty Amanda Cull
There is a growing recognition that product designers have a responsibility to ensure that their designs are intrinsically sustainable and do not add to the growing pressures on the environment. Developing sustainable products requires designers to be aware of the conflicting issues and constraints that need to be taken into account as part of the design process. Finding appropriate ways to provide the essential knowledge to support designers so that they can develop sustainable products...

Designing an enhanced web user experience: the use of \"emotional probes\" as a user-centred methodology for designing emotionally-engaged web interaction

Tsen-Yao Chang
This research project explores the importance of balancing aesthetics and usability of Web design to enhance user experience. It aims to develop an effective methodology to better understand the dimensions of users' emotions, experienced in interaction with Web pages. The proposed methodological approach, called "Emotional Probes" (EPs), combines ethnographic surveys with the Cultural Probes (CPs) approach. The EPs method is applied to investigate the ongoing phenomenon of Web communication, for the impact of emotional factors...

Investigation into the effect of wind power based embedded generators on distribution networks

Ibrahim Moh'd Ali Rida
Wind turbine-generators are usually integrated into utilities' electrical networks at distribution voltage levels, and they are commonly known as "Embedded Generators" (EGs). Recently, it has been reported that the integration of wind power-based embedded generators (WPBEGs) into distribution networks could cause maloperation of automatic voltage control (AVC) relays. Further investigation is therefore required to improve the performance of AVC relays in the presence of EGs. On the other hand, the dynamic effects of WPBEGs on...

An environmental-psychological study of sustainable housing: a transactional approach

Tony Craig
The main aim of this thesis is to utilise the transactional approach from environmental psychology for the study of sustainable housing. The interdisciplinary field of environmental psychology has recognised for some time the importance of considering human behaviour not only in terms of personal psychological processes, but also in terms of the broader social and physical context in which behaviour occurs. This need to consider phenomena at different levels of analysis sits comfortably with the...

Development and evaluation of computer-based self-study materials using multimedia

Valerie Cooper
Advances in technology such as increased Internet access and digital multimedia provide opportunities for developing innovative teaching and learning materials. Learning theory supports the use of computer-based learning materials in providing flexible access to self-study materials, which can be tailored to the needs of specific courses and may appeal to students with a wide range of learning styles. There is some evidence to support the use of these technologies in facilitating learning, but evaluations apply...

Implementing environmental policy in Scotland: an analysis of water pollution regulation and government support for the voluntary environmental sector

Calum MacLeod
This thesis presents an empirical analysis of the implementation of environmental policy in Scotland as undertaken through the use of specific regulatory and distributive policy instruments. In particular, it examines the implementation of regulatory water pollution control policy by one of Scotland's former River Purification Boards (RPBs) through the policy instrument of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 (COPA 1974). The thesis also examines The Scottish Office's implementation of distributive environmental policy towards the voluntary...

Physical literacy: impact and cost effectiveness in primary school settings

David Kidd
Physical activity and academic attainment of children are internationally regarded as some of the most significant areas of public concern and interest (World Health Organisation, 2010; Scottish Government, 2018). There are a range of interventions discussed in literature seeking to enhance both outcomes, as well as a growing body of literature regarding the ability of enhanced physical activity to improve the attainment and development of children. There is a growing demand for cost effectiveness analysis...

People in mental distress, police and out-of-hours health services: a qualitative exploratory case study of experiences and the intersect of safeguarding services

Inga Heyman
The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of people in mental distress, who come to the attention of police and healthcare professionals outwith routine hours. Some people in the community call on police officers to help manage their self-harm behaviour, with the intention of preventing serious harm. As conduits to healthcare and in keeping with police safeguarding policies, officers will seek healthcare practitioner assessment and support. This can be problematic when an...

Children's acting senses in place-making: mapping and analysing children's reflective individual and collective sensepointscapes in a primary school playground renewal co-design project with architecture students

Ixiar Ugalde
Children's preferences for place-responsive architecture and place-making are not easy to explain. Conversing effectively about these subjects is also a challenge, not just for children but also design professionals and the general public more broadly. This thesis represents an in-depth enquiry into how children, aged between 7 to 12 years, viewed and interpreted some design proposals for their school play area. These proposals had been obtained in a previous co-design process involving 35 primary school...

A study to scope structures, processes and related outcomes of clinical pharmacy practice as part of the multidisciplinary care of patients with chronic kidney disease

Fatma Al Raiisi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a complex health-related comorbidity with an enormous economic burden on any healthcare system globally. Clinical pharmacy services have potential to contribute significantly to the multidisciplinary team providing safe, effective and economic care for patients. However, published literature shows there is a lack of robust evidence for the role of clinical pharmacists in providing care to patients with CKD. The overall aim of this doctoral research was to investigate the structures,...

Bioaccumulation of persistent organic pollutants and trace metals in Scottish marine food webs and their relationship with trophic level and fatty acid signatures

Alethea Madgett
There is a global programme of action in place for the protection of the marine environment to ensure our seas are clean and safe. One of the biggest threats to our oceans is man-made pollution and it is the responsibility of governments to conduct assessments to advise policy. Across the North-East Atlantic, Contracting Parties to the OSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Maine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, including the United Kingdom, are required...

Cooperative localisation in underwater robotic swarms for ocean bottom seismic imaging

Adham Sabra
Spatial information must be collected alongside the data modality of interest in wide variety of sub-sea applications, such as deep sea exploration, environmental monitoring, geological and ecological research, and samples collection. Ocean-bottom seismic surveys are vital for oil and gas exploration, and for productivity enhancement of an existing production facility. Ocean-bottom seismic sensors are deployed on the seabed to acquire those surveys. Node deployment methods used in industry today are costly, time-consuming and unusable in...

Improvement to hydrocyclone used in separating particles from produced water in the oil and gas industry

Adebola Adewoye
Hydrocyclone is used to separate particles from produced water. It can be used in different industries, including oil and gas, water treatment and pharmaceutical (among others). The hydrocyclone can effectively separate particles larger than 10μm, but the efficiency is greatly reduced when the particle size is less than 10μm. This research work therefore aimed to improve the efficiency of separating small oil droplets (particle size of 0-20μm) in liquid-liquid hydrocyclone. In order to achieve this,...

The search for missing pieces: a grounded theory of adult adoptees' experiences of searching and re-engaging with birth families

Clare Swan
The lived experience of adult adoptees in searching and re-engaging with birth families is an under-researched area, and receives limited focus in social work practice and policy. The aim of this study is to explore both the experience and the impact of searching and re-engaging with birth families on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of adult adoptees. The study adopted a constructivist grounded theory methodology, drawing on the principles of phenomenology and symbolic interactionism. The...

An exploratory multi-case study of the health and wellbeing needs, relationships and experiences of health and social care service users and the people who support them at home in a regional area of Scotland

Louise Henderson
The aim of this research was to explore the health and wellbeing needs, relationships, and experiences of Health and Social Care (HSC) Service Users and the people who support them at home, in a regional area of Scotland. Current United Kingdom legislation sets a precedence of person-centred HSC that meets the health and wellbeing needs of Service Users and their families through improved experiences. Despite this, current research in the field focuses on evaluation of...

An appraisal of wind energy conversion systems for agricultural enterprises

Susan Macmillan
A detailed wind prediction model is developed, which predicts wind regimes and energy outputs from wind turbine generators at locations that are remote from sites where long-term wind data is available. The model accounts for the local, directional influences on the wind flow of topography and surface characteristics. The model for the validation runs performs well and predicts energy outputs over several months to generally within 7% of the actual energy outputs. Experience is described...

Entrepreneurial enactment as social value creation: an exploration of the Aberdeen entrepreneurial ecosystem

Paul Makplang Fwangchi
The research explored how entrepreneurial enactment leads to social value creation in the entrepreneurial ecosystem using interpretive qualitative approach. The research and findings are delivered in a structured narrative. This approach is adopted to reveal how entrepreneurial enactment traverses economic profitability to include personal and social value creation through the agency of social interaction. By adopting a modified social interaction model, the research explored the perspectives of eleven key informants using semi-structured interviews. Interviews were...

An exploration of the contribution of the arts to local economies in terms of human and social capital

Shauna Narine
Although research exists about the positive impacts of the arts on well-being and society, public funding towards this sector in the UK has decreased significantly over the past decade. Researchers suggest a demonstration of how the arts impact local economies is necessary to justify their funding. This thesis provides a demonstration that, in addition to being good in themselves, the arts have a positive effect on the economy. It utilised Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to...

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  • 2022
  • 2021

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  • Dissertation


  • Robert Gordon University