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An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng). (2019)
Thesis
MONARE, K.S. 2019. An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng). Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Governments around the world are actively developing policies that encourage consumers to move from passive to active engagement in localised renewable energy projects. In particular, small-scale, decentralised community renewable projects are being... Read More about An assessment of community renewable energy as one of the options for transition to low-carbon energy in South Africa (Gauteng)..

Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East. (2019)
Thesis
THOMAS, B. 2019. Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The "Medication Without Harm, WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge", published by the World Health Organization in 2017, calls for action to reduce patient harm as a result of unsafe medication practices and medication errors. Medication error-related... Read More about Exploring medication error causality and reporting in the Middle East..

Generation and optimisation of real-world static and dynamic location-allocation problems with application to the telecommunications industry. (2019)
Thesis
ANKRAH, R.B. 2019. Generation and optimisation of real-world static and dynamic location-allocation problems with application to the telecommunications industry. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The location-allocation (LA) problem concerns the location of facilities and the allocation of demand, to minimise or maximise a particular function such as cost, profit or a measure of distance. Many formulations of LA problems have been presented i... Read More about Generation and optimisation of real-world static and dynamic location-allocation problems with application to the telecommunications industry..

Learning from small and imbalanced dataset of images using generative adversarial neural networks. (2019)
Thesis
ALI-GOMBE, A. 2019. Learning from small and imbalanced dataset of images using generative adversarial neural networks. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The performance of deep learning models is unmatched by any other approach in supervised computer vision tasks such as image classification. However, training these models requires a lot of labeled data, which are not always available. Labelling a ma... Read More about Learning from small and imbalanced dataset of images using generative adversarial neural networks..

A holistic approach to assessment of value of information (VOI) with fuzzy data and decision criteria. (2019)
Thesis
VILELA IBARRA, M.J. 2019. A holistic approach to assessment of value of information (VOI) with fuzzy data and decision criteria. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The research presented in this thesis integrates theories and techniques from statistical analysis and artificial intelligence, to develop a more coherent, robust and complete methodology for assessing the value of acquiring new information in the co... Read More about A holistic approach to assessment of value of information (VOI) with fuzzy data and decision criteria..

Adaptation of an architectonic tradition for a sustainable future in the Middle East: a case study of three building typologies in Riyadh City. (2019)
Thesis
FARDOUS, I.S. 2019. Adaptation of an architectonic tradition for a sustainable future in the Middle East: a case study of three building typologies in Riyadh City. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This study assesses the environmental response, adaptation qualities and adaptation capacities of Arabic vernacular architecture, taking into account how these aspects help to provide suitable thermal comfort, while also catering to the psychological... Read More about Adaptation of an architectonic tradition for a sustainable future in the Middle East: a case study of three building typologies in Riyadh City..

Cost overrun causality model in Saudi Arabian public sector construction projects. (2019)
Thesis
ALJOHANI, A. 2019. Cost overrun causality model in Saudi Arabian public sector construction projects. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Construction performance in Saudi public projects has been poor over the years, with 70% of projects considered as failures and costing the country over 1 trillion SAR (over £202 billion) between 2005 and 2015. The project delivery mechanism used to... Read More about Cost overrun causality model in Saudi Arabian public sector construction projects..

Effectiveness and acceptability of two dietary interventions in African women in diaspora. (2019)
Thesis
ADEBOYE, B.O. 2019. Effectiveness and acceptability of two dietary interventions in African women in diaspora. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Obesity disproportionally affects women of ethnic minorities, especially those of African descent, living in the United Kingdom (UK). The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has estimated that obesity rates are 13% higher am... Read More about Effectiveness and acceptability of two dietary interventions in African women in diaspora..

An exploration of the use of theory and visualisation in behaviour change interventions to help healthcare staff prevent and control healthcare-associated infections. (2019)
Thesis
TSATTALIOS, K. 2019. An exploration of the use of theory and visualisation in behaviour change interventions to help healthcare staff prevent and control healthcare-associated infections. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Changing healthcare staff's behaviours is of paramount importance in improving infection prevention and control (IPC), and decreasing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Thus many supportive interventions have been developed in pertinent areas,... Read More about An exploration of the use of theory and visualisation in behaviour change interventions to help healthcare staff prevent and control healthcare-associated infections..

Algorithms and methods for video transcoding. (2019)
Thesis
NAGARAGHATTA, A.S. 2019. Algorithms and methods for video transcoding. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Video transcoding is the process of dynamic video adaptation. Dynamic video adaptation can be defined as the process of converting video from one format to another, changing the bit rate, frame rate or resolution of the encoded video, which is mainly... Read More about Algorithms and methods for video transcoding..

A study of Albanian and UK consumers' identity creation within food shopping experiences: a consumer culture theory approach. (2019)
Thesis
QENDRO, A.-E. 2019. A study of Albanian and UK consumers' identity creation within food shopping experiences: a consumer culture theory approach. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis investigates the relationship that Albanian and UK consumers have with food shopping culture, and how their choice of food outlets is affected by social factors. An emic approach is used to gather 'culture-rich' data with regards to the r... Read More about A study of Albanian and UK consumers' identity creation within food shopping experiences: a consumer culture theory approach..

An exploration of the experiences of support for informal adult carers of individuals with substance use issues in North East Scotland. (2019)
Thesis
MUNRO, M. 2019. An exploration of the experiences of support for informal adult carers of individuals with substance use issues in North East Scotland. Robert Gordon University [online], MRes thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Informal carers provide unpaid support to an individual, usually a family member. The care and support which they provide has been shown to provide positive effects to the individual they support. However, this role may impact on the informal carer,... Read More about An exploration of the experiences of support for informal adult carers of individuals with substance use issues in North East Scotland..

Firm failure processes and determinants of failure in EU countries and UK regions: a quantitative analysis of SMEs. (2019)
Thesis
MAKROPOULOS, A. 2019. Firm failure processes and determinants of failure in EU countries and UK regions: a quantitative analysis of SMEs. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis is motivated by the fact that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are of vital importance to most European countries collectively, and to each country individually. For these reasons, understanding SME failure is an integral part of... Read More about Firm failure processes and determinants of failure in EU countries and UK regions: a quantitative analysis of SMEs..

Petrophysical and geomechanical characterization of a marginal (Wabi) field reservoir in north-central Niger Delta. (2019)
Thesis
ZORASI, C.B. 2019. Petrophysical and geomechanical characterization of a marginal (Wabi) field reservoir in north-central Niger Delta. Robert Gordon University [online], MRes thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The aim of this study is to evaluate marginal field petrophysical and geomechanical parameters, and to develop a model for analysis of geomechanical problems, in order to mitigate stress-related issues in drilling, development and reservoir managemen... Read More about Petrophysical and geomechanical characterization of a marginal (Wabi) field reservoir in north-central Niger Delta..

Challenges and opportunities in the reuse of abandoned urban space. (2019)
Thesis
ZECCA, C. 2019. Challenges and opportunities in the reuse of abandoned urban space. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Contemporary cities have emerged as a result of diverse urban and architectural transformations, new interventions and redevelopment, as well as through a cycle of abandonment and regeneration. New categories of resulting spaces are generated through... Read More about Challenges and opportunities in the reuse of abandoned urban space..

Synthesis of novel vanillin derivatives: study of their antioxidant and potential neuroprotective properties. (2019)
Thesis
SCIPIONI, M. 2019. Synthesis of novel vanillin derivatives: study of their antioxidant and potential neuroprotective properties. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Vanillin (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde) is a naturally-occurring phenolic compound, forming the main component of the bean and pod of vanilla orchids. It is widely used as a flavouring agent in food and drinks, and as a preservative in the cosmeti... Read More about Synthesis of novel vanillin derivatives: study of their antioxidant and potential neuroprotective properties..

The impact of ecological thought on architectural theory. (2019)
Thesis
LEWIS, P. 2019. The impact of ecological thought on architectural theory. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis looks at the idea of ecology and its relationship to, and influence on, architectural thought. Ecological thinking emerged as a subset of biology in the second half of the nineteenth century and developed as a philosophical idea and a pol... Read More about The impact of ecological thought on architectural theory..

Defining preparation and preparedness for nursing study abroad trips. (2019)
Thesis
LEAR, H. 2019. Defining preparation and preparedness for nursing study abroad trips. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

The aim of this study is to explore the preparation nursing students receive prior to undertaking study abroad trips. The researcher's personal context that initiated this project is representative of the findings of the literature - namely that stud... Read More about Defining preparation and preparedness for nursing study abroad trips..

National identity and "Muslim immigrant" representation in the British and Danish press, 2005-2015. (2019)
Thesis
LAWRIE, M. 2019. National identity and "Muslim immigrant" representation in the British and Danish press, 2005-2015. Robert Gordon University [online], PhD thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

This thesis examines, through a diachronic analysis, how the British and Danish press utilise national identity when constructing a representation of Muslims. Key cluster events are examined to identify media discourses over a ten-year time period be... Read More about National identity and "Muslim immigrant" representation in the British and Danish press, 2005-2015..

Transfer of learning from simulation to clinical practice in pre-registration healthcare student education. (2019)
Thesis
GOODHAND, K. 2019. Transfer of learning from simulation to clinical practice in pre-registration healthcare student education. Robert Gordon University [online], DPP thesis. Available from: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk

Simulation has become an established pedagogy for teaching clinical skills to healthcare professionals and has been incorporated into pre-registration curricula internationally. Simulation can often be used to replace clinical practice hours and it i... Read More about Transfer of learning from simulation to clinical practice in pre-registration healthcare student education..