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Academic work

I hold postgraduate research degrees in philosophy and cognitive science from The University of Edinburgh (2011) and Birkbeck College (2018). My most recent thesis argued that diagrams in science offer a richer and more complex embodiment of scientific concepts and certain explanations than is possible in text alone. I've been developing these ideas in my creative practice, for example applying these ideas to visual storytelling in my graphic novel. I'm also in the early stages of developing an art installation that is an exploration of spatial perception. My other academic interests include early-modern philosophy of science, theories of explanation, the evolution of cognition and philosophy of physics.


2002 - 2005

BA Hons (first class) Design for Stage, Central School of Speech and Drama, London

2010 - 2011

MSc Philosophy & Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

2013 - 2015; 2018

MRes Philosophy (distinction), Birkbeck Collage, London

(Interrupted due to bereavement)



Vassie, K. (2018). Can visual artefacts be useful scientific models? (Unpublished research master's thesis). Birkbeck College, London, UK.


Vassie K., Morlino G. (2012). Natural and Artificial Systems: Compare, Model or Engineer?. In: Ziemke T., Balkenius C., Hallam J. (eds) From Animals to Animats 12. SAB 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7426. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Vassie, K. (2012). Systems thinking and theories of inheritance (Unpublished master's thesis). Edinburgh University, UK.


Vassie, K. (2011) What mechanism ensures consistent outcomes at past time travel destinations? (Unpublished research paper). Edinburgh University, UK.

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