Staff Profiles: School of Natural and Social Sciences

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Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences

Social Sciences

I am a Political Sociologist by training, teaching across Sociology and Criminology. I specialise in issues around Globalisation and Democracy, understanding Genocide, and Restorative Justice.

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Prof. Phillip Toms

Academic Subject Leader in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences

I specialise in Quaternary science, studying environments of the past 2.58 million years to help predict our future climate and to understand the emergence of modern humans

Prof. Anne Goodenough

Prof. Anne Goodenough

Professor of Applied Ecology; Academic Course Leader: MSc Applied Ecology

Environmental Sciences

I am a Professor of Applied Ecology with broad teaching and research interests spanning from nesting ecology of birds to ecological impact assessment, mammal conservation and the role of citizen sciences in studying biology and ecology.

Dr. Sam Scott

Dr. Sam Scott

Senior Lecturer in Geography

Environmental Sciences

I am a human geographer who specialises in population geography and international migration. My teaching draws heavily on research I have carried out looking at low-wage migrant workers in the UK and skilled British expatriates overseas.

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminologist interested in policing, procedural justice and evidence-based approaches to crime reduction and community safety.

Julia Webb

Julia Webb

Senior Lecturer in Biology, Academic Course Leader for Ecology and Environmental Science

Environmental Sciences

As a practical ecologist I'm passionate about teaching and nurturing field and laboratory skills. I enjoy finding ways to incorporate practical work into almost all of my teaching sessions.

Dr. Rachel Bennett

Dr. Rachel Bennett

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography

Environmental Sciences

I am a Lecturer in Human Geography, specialising in quantitative methods and population health and ageing.

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Dr. Louise Best

Lecturer in Physical Geography

Environmental Sciences

I am a physical geographer interested in reconstructing environmental change, with particular expertise in coasts and sea-level change.

Dr. Lucy Clarke

Dr. Lucy Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Environmental Sciences

I have always had a fascination with understanding how the world works, and in particular investigating the watery world (both flowing and frozen) using image analysis and GIS (Geographical Information Systems)

John Clay-Davies

John Clay-Davies

Senior Lecturer in Policing

Social Sciences

Academic Course Leader: BSc Policing

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Dr. Graham Edgar

Reader in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I became a psychologist by accident, but have never regretted it. It's given me the opportunity to study a range of fascinating topics (perception, human error, brain activity, emotion) in a range of fascinating settings all over the world.

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Dr. Brian Frederick

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

My research focuses on how both mainstream and gay social media sites and applications are used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to facilitate experiences with drugs such as crystal methamphetamine, mephedrone and the gaba analogues (e.g., GHB; GBL).

James Garo Derounian

James Garo Derounian

Principal Lecturer, Applied Social Sciences

Social Sciences

I specialise in research and teaching around community engagement, rural issues, and interactive approaches to teaching and learning.

Dr. Liz Hamilton

Dr. Liz Hamilton

Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science

Environmental Sciences

As an environmental scientist, I’m interested in practical solutions to environmental problems such as deforestation and climate change.

Prof. Adam Hart

Prof. Adam Hart

Professor of Science Communication

Environmental Sciences

I love all biology but particularly those insects that live together in large colonies, like ants. However, I'm just as likely to be talking about antelopes and rhino as I am ant-lions and rhino beetles.

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Richard Hester

Lecturer in Policing

Social Sciences

I am a Lecturer in Policing in the social sciences subject area. I teach on our BSc Policing course, and am a former police officer.

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Dr. Kerry Hughes

Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences

I am the Senior Tutor for the School of Natural and Social Sciences, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychological Sciences. By training and experience I am a Clinical Psychologist. My interests are in wellbeing and mental health, and I am module tutor for modules on clinical psychology, counselling and wellbeing.

Dai Jones

Dai Jones

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I'm focussed on supporting students and providing positive learning experiences. I'm particularly interested in psychology in everyday life, and the role of psychology in society.

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Dr. Demelza Jones

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sociology. My main research and teaching expertise relates to migration, and different forms of (super)diversity and inequality.

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Dr. Louise Livesey

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a senior lecturer in Criminology and I also teach Sociology and other modules. Specialist interests include violence against women and girls; victim/survivor knowledge; policy and practice development and grassroots work.

Dr. Kenny Lynch

Dr. Kenny Lynch

Reader in Geography

Environmental Sciences

Growing up on the edge of Edinburgh gave me an interest in how cities develop. Relatives working in Nigeria, Italy, Switzerland, the US and Belgium gave me an insight into what things are like in other parts of the world.

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Dr. Jane Monckton Smith

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a forensic criminologist specialising in homicide, stalking and coercive control. My teaching is focused around forensic and criminal investigation and issues in public protection.

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Social Sciences

I am Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. My research concerns issues around State violence, Islamophobia, racism, gender and religion.

Dr. Mark O'Connell

Dr. Mark O'Connell

Lecturer in Practical Ecology

Environmental Sciences

I am an ecologist with 30 years experience in using research to underpin conservation action. I have a particular interest in avian ecology and the use of GIS to understand species distributions (spatial ecology).

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Dr. Amber Phillips

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminologist specialising in transnational organised crime. My teaching and research interests are centred on global crime and environmental crime, with a focus on the Italian mafias.

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Dr. Hazel Roberts

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Social Sciences

I am a sociologist interested in issues of community, gender, disability and the family.

Dr. Richard Rolfe

Dr. Richard Rolfe

Senior Lecturer

Environmental Sciences

My interest in parasitology started while studying at the University of Wales. This led to a PhD at Rothamsted Research, Hertfordshire, studying the electrophysiological responses of nematodes to chemosensory compounds.

Dr. Alexandra Sandham

Dr. Alexandra Sandham

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I could have chosen a more direct path to becoming an academic, but I hugely enjoyed the journey and hope that now I have eventually got here, that I can use my experiences on the road as a source of inspiration.

Dr. Kim Schenke

Dr. Kim Schenke

Psychology Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

I am a social neuroscientist who researches the processes involved in social interactions. This ranges from investigating how we make action predictions about others, to the experiences of social anxiety, to imitation behaviours.

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Daniel H. Stones

Senior Lecturer in Biosciences

Environmental Sciences

I'm a Senior Lecturer in Bioscience. I have a wide range of interests and experience in studying the molecular biology of both tumour-immune system interactions and host-pathogen interactions.

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Senior Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

I am an interdisciplinary health psychologist, with a focus on psychobiology. My research focuses on chronic stress, psychosocial determinants of health, and neuropsychological influences on immunity.

Josie Truscott

Josie Truscott

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I've always been curious about why people do what they do and am intrigued by 'closed worlds' with their own culture and ways of operating.

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Prof. Jacqueline Wheatcroft

Professor of Forensic Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Jacqueline's research interests are in the maximisation of information, intelligence and evidence across a variety of Forensic and Security areas of work. She is particularly interested in the impact of question forms on users (including those who are vulnerable) of the legal system.

Dr. Matt Wood

Dr. Matt Wood

Senior Lecturer in Biology

Environmental Sciences

I’m a binocular-wearing field biologist with a fondness for islands, and it’s great to be able to bring that into my work on seabird populations and disease ecology.

Prof. Dianne Catherwood

Prof. Dianne Catherwood

Emeritus Professor of Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology. My research and teaching both focus on how the brain processes sensory information from the world around us and I have studied this in infants and adults.

David Brookes

David Brookes

Technician Demonstrator in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Being a self-confessed geek and lover of technology has fuelled my enthusiasm for study into the 21st century brain and behaviour.

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William Carpenter

Technician Demonstrator

Environmental Sciences

As a Technician Demonstrator I support everything in the Biosciences and Ecology and Environmental Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

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Hannah Toms

Biosciences Technician Demonstrator

Environmental Sciences

My undergraduate specialism of mammalian biology has developed widely since becoming a technician in 2002. As Technician Demonstrator I support everything in the Biology, Animal Biology and Ecology and Environmental Sciences undergraduate programmes.

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Robyn Welsh

Geography and Criminology Technician Demonstrator

Environmental Sciences

Social Sciences

I am a technician demonstrator for Geography and Criminology; I particularly enjoy laboratory and fieldwork involving rivers, water, Quaternary change and surveying.