Staff Profiles: School of Natural and Social Sciences

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Dr. Julie Collins

Dr. Julie Collins

Academic Subject Leader for Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences

Julie is the Academic Subject Leader for Psychological Sciences Subject Community, which comprises 4 BPS accredited courses: BSc Psychology, BSc Criminology & Psychology', MSc Psychology (a conversion programme), and MSc Forensic Psychology. She is a member of the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC).

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Academic Subject Lead, Social Sciences

Environmental 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. Jacqueline Wheatcroft

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.

Steven Baker

Steven Baker

Academic Course Leader (Psychology BSc) Senior Lecturer

Psychological Sciences

I have a broad interest in cognitive neuroscience and experimental psychology. My main interests are in decision making / intuition, emotion, and virtual reality. I enjoy using state of the art technology to research psychological phenomena, and regularly use these technologies in my teaching.

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.

John Clay-Davies

John Clay-Davies

Senior Lecturer in Policing

Social Sciences

Academic Course Leader: BSc Policing

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.

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.

Richard Hester

Richard Hester

Academic Course Leader – Criminology & Senior Lecturer in Policing

Social Sciences

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

Dr. Demelza Jones

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 also teach Sociology and other modules. Specialist interests include violence against women and girls; sexual violence; victim/survivor knowledge; policy and practice development and grassroots work as well as theory and practice links.

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).

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. 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.

Julia Webb

Julia Webb

Academic Course Leader for BSc Animal Biology and BSc Biology

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. Louise Best

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.

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Grace Boughton

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a criminology lecturer, and I specialise in major crime reviews (such as Domestic Homicide Reviews). My research and teaching interests revolve around major crime investigations.

Prof. Frank Chambers

Prof. Frank Chambers

Professor in Physical Geography

Environmental Sciences

I teach and research in climate change and in palaeoecology, using the reconstruction of past environments to ascertain the degree of human impact upon vegetation and climate.

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)

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Dr. Graham Edgar

Professor of Psychology and Applied Neuroscience

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. Louise Folkes

Lecturer in Sociology

Social Sciences

I am a sociology lecturer across several undergraduate modules. My interests are in class inequalities, social mobility, poverty, community organising and creative qualitative research methods.

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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).

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Camilla Giambonini

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I am a forensic psychologist and criminologist specialising in youth crime, sexuality and sex offending. I trained as probation officer, mostly working with sex offenders.

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.

Prof. Jennifer Hill

Prof. Jennifer Hill

Head of Learning and Teaching Innovation

Environmental Sciences

Teacher Education

Jenny is a senior academic with substantial experience managing HE professional development, quality and standards. She has worked as an advisor to universities, examination boards, Advance HE and the Quality Assurance Agency. She is passionate about teaching, researching and developing curricula and practice across all disciplines and professional areas.

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Dr. John Hockey

Hon Research Fellow

Social Sciences

John is a sociologist who has published research on how people interact in the areas of sport and work.

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.

Jack James

Jack James

Lecturer in Professional Policing

Social Sciences

I am a Lecturer on the BSc Professional Policing course and a serving Sergeant with the British Transport Police Special Constabulary.

Kerry John-Rees

Dr. Kerry John Rees

Senior Lecture in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I have been Senior Tutor and Academic Course Leader for three distinct courses: Psychology, Psychology and Sociology and Criminology and Psychology.

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.

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.

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Ebony Murray

Postgraduate Assistant in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

As a Postgraduate Assistant in Psychology, I support a variety of events within the department from teaching to field trips to open days.

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Dr. Kasia Narkowicz

Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology

Social Sciences

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

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Dr. Sarah Nixon

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am in my 3rd year lecturing at the University of Gloucestershire and my area of interest/expertise is prisons/penology.

Dr. Charlie Parker

Dr. Charlie Parker

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Social Sciences

My research interests focus around social identities. As a qualitative researcher, my sociological interests have led me to researching transnational island communities and military communities, as well as paid carers in institutional settings.

Amber Phillips

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.

Francesco-Pompedda

Dr. Francesco Pompedda

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I am a psychologist specialised in forensic psychology. I like facts (data) over words. My research interests are in the area of investigative interviews of children, and I have developed a simulator for investigative interviews of children that employs avatars and response algorithms.

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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. 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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Dr. Matthew Sitch

Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

I have keen interests in the psychology of physical activity and other health behaviours. Along with this I research social networks and the influence that relationships have on our lives.

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Dr. Danielle Stephens-Lewis

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Danielle Stephens–Lewis is a critical health psychologist, with a particular interest in the health outcomes surrounding sexual violence, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation. Danielle has interests surrounding both perpetration and victimisation.

Daniel-Stones

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 in Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences

I'm a psychobiologist interested in ways that psychological experiences can change immunity and health. My research focuses on chronic stress, and the environmental and psychosocial determinants of hormonal and immune health.

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.

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.

Paul Kimber

Paul Kimber

Technical Services Manager

Environmental Sciences

Psychological Sciences

I am an Environmental Scientist with many years of experience in Laboratory Analysis, Field Survey, Health and Safety Management and Staff Management.

Caro McIntosh

Caro McIntosh

Cartographic Technician Demonstrator

Environmental Sciences

As a Cartographic Technician Demonstrator, I support the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software within the School of Natural and Social Sciences. As well as supporting the access to and use of data from Edina Digimap across the university.

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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.