Staff Profiles: School of Natural and Social Sciences

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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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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

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 & Academic Course Leader for International Relations

Environmental Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer with specialisms 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

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.

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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. Kim Schenke

Dr. Kim Schenke

Psychology Lecturer and Academic Course Leader – MSc Psychology

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.

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. Rachel Sumner

Dr. Rachel Sumner

Academic Course Leader (Health Psychology MSc), Senior Lecturer

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.

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.

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Dr. Susie Atherton

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, and Academic Course Leader for the BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice (Level 6) top up programme. My research interests include restorative justice, problem-solving courts and innovative practice to deal with crime.

Dr. Louise Best

Dr. Louise Best

Senior 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.

Laura Castillo-Eito

Laura Castillo-Eito

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology with work experience in forensic settings (both adults and adolescents) and research experience in the prevention and reduction of aggression in adolescents.

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.

Dr. Omar El Masri

Dr. Omar El Masri

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

Omar's research interest examines the intentions and motivations of urban street artists (and other subcultures) whose practices reveal new forms of civic engagement with the city.

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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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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.

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Dr. Jonathan Hobson

Associate Professor of Social Sciences

Social Sciences

I work across the Social Sciences team, teaching in areas including understanding the causes and impacts of Genocide, and in Restorative Justice. I also support research in the team, helping to develop projects and supervising PhD students.

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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.

Jennifer Holmes

Jennifer Holmes

Lecturer in Criminology and Policing

Social Sciences

I am a lecturer in Criminology and Policing and have research interests in Homicide, Police Investigations, and Vulnerability. I previously worked for the police as a Major Crime Investigation 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.

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.

Dr. Natalie Jester

Dr. Natalie Jester

Lecturer in sociology and criminology

Social Sciences

I am a lecturer in sociology and criminology with a research expertise in/security and identity in digital spaces. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and sometimes publish on teaching, too.

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

Professor of Development and Communities

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.

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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.

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.

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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

Dr. 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.

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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Dr. Elaine Walklet

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Psychological Sciences

Elaine is a Health Psychologist (HCPC Registered) and Senior Lecturer. Her research and practice interests primarily focus on the experience and management of long-term health conditions.

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.

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.