The impact arises from the study of extreme ocean waves and their
interaction with marine
structures. It is relevant to the offshore, shipping, coastal and marine
renewables industries and
has been both economic and regulatory, involving:
(a) The establishment of revised guidelines for the design of new
structures / vessels.
(b) Enhancing best practice, both from an economic and a safety
(c) Reducing the uncertainty in critical design issues, thereby improving
(d) Enabling "end-of-life" extensions for existing structures.
(e) Facilitating the effective decommissioning of redundant structures.
(f) Contributing to the development of new industrial R&D equipment,
specialist UK manufacturers to secure international orders.
Gunn is a writer of fiction, with works published by commercial literary
presses and substantial sales to a general readership. The research
constitutes an experiment with artistic form, reworking modernist
techniques and themes, such as bricolage, the imitation of musical form
and the feminist revaluation of domestic experiences and objects. The
underlying research question is: how can the technical resources and
cultural preoccupations of modernist literary experiment be deployed to
engage and inform a 21st-century reading public?
Gunn's research is communicated to the public through book sales,
interviews, readings, and articles in the broadcast and print media, and
through the Dundee Literary Festival. These activities enhance public
understanding of the creative process for the wider community, providing
cultural enrichment and economic benefit at the level of the local,
national and international.