Meet our professors
Our professoriate is a vibrant community of experts in their field who are passionate about teaching and actively engaged in world-leading research. They regularly receive recognition for their work and recent accolades include a Fulbright Scholarship, the Hobart Houghton Fellowship to conduct research at Rhodes University in South Africa, a prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award and several Arts and Humanities Research Council early career fellowships.
Professors are part of a wider research community that includes our readers, research staff and postgraduate research students. The contribution of all our researchers enriches the quality of many of the University's activities from teaching to business and innovation services.
Each year the University hosts a series of inaugural lectures, these events are the first lecture delivered by a newly appointed Professor, they cover a variety of subject matters focused around the University's leading research.
Previous inaugural lectures:
- Professor Brad Beaven
- Professor John McGeehan
- Professor Jim Briggs
- Professor Alessio Ishizaka
- Professor Humphrey Southall
- Professor Kazuya Koyama
- Professor Liz Twigg
- Professor Becky Milne
- Professor Lorraine Hope
- Professor James McCalman
- Professor Catherine Harper
- Professor Justin Smith
- Professor Joanna Scurr
- Professor Simon Cragg
- Professor Francis Pakes
- Professor Robert Crittenden
- Professor Graham Mills
- Professor Rob Strachan
- Professor Claudia Maraston
- Professor Honghai Liu
- Professor Paul Hayes
- Professor Will Percival
- Professor Shabbar Jaffry
- Professor Sara Holmes
- Professor Arthur Butt
- Professor Joan Farrer
- Professor Alex Ford
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
- Professor Pal Ahluwalia
- Professor of Post-Colonial Studies
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)
I joined the University of Portsmouth as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in October 2014. Prior to my role at the University of Portsmouth, I was the Pro Vice-Chancellor: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia.
I hold a Bachelor and Master of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and completed my PhD at Flinders University. I was subsequently at the University of Adelaide for 14 years, finishing as Professor of the Politics Department.
I have been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkley and Professor with the Goldsmiths College at the University of London, where I was also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. In October 2008, I was appointed a UNESCO Chair in Transnational Diasporas and Reconciliation Studies. I also was Research SA Chair and Professor of Post-Colonial Studies in the Hawke Research Institute and Director of the Centre for Post-Colonial Studies. At the same time, I was a Professor at the University of California, San Diego.
My main research interests lie in the areas of African studies, social and cultural theory, in particular, post-colonial theory and the processes of diaspora, exile, migration, and the complexities of identity formation.
I am the sole author of four books: Politics and Post-colonial Theory: African Inflections; Post-colonialism and the Politics of Kenya; Plantations and the Politics of Sugar in Uganda; and Of Africa: Post-structuralism's Colonial Roots. I am the editor of three Routledge journals: Social Identities; African Identities; and Sikh Formations.
- Professor David Andress
- Professor of Modern History
I have been Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008, in which role I am involved with a large number of committees, projects and groups, including notably our renowned Centre for European and International Studies Research, the Centre for Studies in Literature, and the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies.
I am an historian with a primary interest in the French Revolution. I am the author to date of six books, of which the most well-known is The Terror: Civil War in the French Revolution, (London: Little, Brown, 2005), and the most recent The Savage Storm: Britain on the brink in the age of Napoleon, (London: Little, Brown, 2012). Amongst other grants and awards, I was the recipient of a Learning and Teaching Support Network National Award for History Teaching in 2004, and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2007/08. I am a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Higher Education Academy. I have written a variety of works concerned with public and educational engagement, including a series of podcasts sponsored by the Society for the Study of French History, and I sit on the editorial board of the journal French History.
- Professor Brad Beaven
- Professor of Social and Cultural History
I am Professor of Social and Cultural History and have published widely on popular culture in urban Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I am the author of Leisure, Citizenship and Working-Class Men, 1850-1945 (Manchester 2005, 2009), Visions of Empire: Patriotism, Popular Culture and the City, 1850-1939 (2012) and Dickens and the Victorian City (with Patricia Pulham, 2012). I also lead the Port Towns and Urban Cultures research group which explores the maritime and urban influences in port towns from the eighteenth century to the modern period. I am currently researching the mapping of sailortown in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (www.porttowns.port.ac.uk).
I am a Co-Investigator on an AHRC First World War Engagement Centre, Gateways to the First World War which was awarded a grant of £398,000 in 2013. My lead role in the centre focuses on how the First World War brought social and cultural change to naval and merchant coastal communities (http://www.kent.ac.uk/ww1/).
I was the Guest Curator for the Lest We Forget exhibition in Portsmouth City Museum, the centre-piece of the Council’s First World War commemoration events. The project was a collaboration between the City Museum and the University of Portsmouth and was funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £100,000. The exhibition is designed to encourage public reflection and engagement with the First World War and runs from July 2014 to January 2015 (http://www.ataleofonecity.portsmouth.gov.uk/first-world-war-centenary/).
In June 2014, I was appointed to serve on the AHRC Peer Review panel.
- Professor Mark Button
- Professor of Criminology
- Director, Centre for Counter Fraud Studies
I am Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies. I have two main interests which could be broadly identified as security and counter fraud. I have had a long interest in private security regulation and have worked with the then MP Bruce George to conduct research relating to the regulation of private security. I have written many articles and books related to this subject and more recently have been advising the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime on model standards for the regulation of civilian private security services. My curiosity in private security has led to a wider interest in private policing and security management and I have written three books Private Security, Private Policing and Doing Security. I have also in the past been active in the main professional association for security managers, the Security Institute, serving on the board and achieving Fellow status.
The other main interest I have developed in my career is counter fraud. This began with a curiosity in the non-police private and public agents that do much of the investigations of fraud. This has widened to counter fraud strategy in general, measurement of fraud, fraudsters and the victims of fraud. The gap in research in this area led me to found the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies in 2009 to undertake bespoke research. Since the formation of the Centre I have attracted over £250,000 in research income from bodies such as the National Fraud Authority, ACPO, Department for International Development, CIFAS, Midlands Fraud Forum, Eversheds, PKF and Sentencing Council for England and Wales. One of the biggest projects was on individual fraud victims and the results from this research influenced policy change, such as the formation of Action Fraud to provide services to victims. I have written dozens of articles and reports in this area and a further two books: Studying Fraud as White Collar Crime and Countering Fraud for Competitive Advantage.
- Professor Tony Chafer
- Professor of French and African Studies
- Director, Centre for European and International Studies Research
I am Professor of Contemporary French Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth and have been Director of its Centre for European and International Studies Research since 2001. I was previously Senior Lecturer, then Principal Lecturer in French Studies. I am a historian specialising on Francophone Africa and I am course leader of the MA Francophone Africa, which launched in 2011. I have published widely on French-speaking Africa and on Franco-African relations in the late colonial and post-colonial eras. I am the author of The End of Empire in French West Africa: France's Successful Decolonization? (Berg 2002) and have recently completed a research project with Gordon Cumming (Cardiff University) on Anglo-French cooperation in Africa, which has given rise to a series of articles and a book entitled From Rivalry to Partnership? New Approaches to the Challenges of Africa (Ashgate 2011). I regularly act as a consultant to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on French-speaking Africa and have been invited to speak on Anglo-French cooperation in Africa at Chatham House and at its French equivalent, the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales, in Paris.
- Professor Joan Farrer
- Professor of Design and Innovation
I am Professor of Design and Innovation, and my principle and co-investigator roles have included European and United Kingdom applied research-funded projects where research and development innovations include wellbeing for the body and the environment. In 2000 my PhD was one of the first in sustainable fashion textile global supply chain analysis, using cradle-to-cradle modelling of wool fiber production. I have been College member, advisor, co-author and co-investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate United Kingdom and INTERREG funded projects. I review and write for various trade and academic publications and hold 5 international journal advisory board posts.
I am a designer who has worked with global brands, Government and Non Governmental Organisations for decades, this has informed my transdisciplinary research, which stems from deep practical commercial knowledge of the industrial retail sector, in fashion, textiles, fibre, materials, product design research and development and brand development. My sustainable, 'smart' materials innovative research includes Art and Design collaborations with Physical and Biomedical science, Computing, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering.
- Professor Dan Finn
- Emeritus Professor of Social Inclusion
I have researched and written extensively on the design and implementation of labour market programmes, employment services and activation policies. Over the past decade I have undertaken a series of thematic research projects and evidence reviews, involving three of more countries, on the design and impacts of conditional benefit systems and related services and sanctions; devolution and decentralisation of employment and social welfare systems, implementing ‘one stop’ employment services; reducing long term unemployment; and the contracting out of publicly financed employment services.
Throughout my career I have undertaken, supervised and managed a wide range of research projects, generating substantial grant income. Projects have been commissioned by, amongst others, the UK National Audit Office, Department for Work and Pensions, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, European Commission, and OECD. I have been a special adviser to UK parliamentary select committees and other British bodies, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and the New Deal Advisory Group. I have undertaken research and policy development work for international agencies including the European Commission, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and OECD. I have been a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne and Visiting Fellow at IFAU, University of Uppsala, and the Australian National University. I am currently a Visiting Fellow at the Korean Labor Institute (Seoul) and the UK Learning and Work Institute and a member of the editorial board of ‘Social Policy and Administration’.
- Professor Sue Harper
- Emeritus Professor of Film History
I was Professor in the School of Creative Arts, Film and Media, where I led research, supervised a number of PhD students and taught on the Film Studies course. Before the inauguration of the School, I helped to found the Cultural Studies and Literary Studies degrees at the University. My area of specialism is British cinema, which I think is best studied from an historical and archival perspective. I have written many articles on British cinema, including two on film tastes in Portsmouth in the 1930s and 1940s. My books include Picturing the Past: the Rise and Fall of British Costume Film, Women in British Cinema: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, and British Cinema of the 1950s: the Decline of Deference (with Vincent Porter).
I was the Principle Investigator on a major Arts and Humanities Research Council project on British cinema in the 1970s. I retired in order to write the book of the project, British Film Culture in the 1970s: the Boundaries of Pleasure (with Justin Smith). I am still doing research and writing on films as varied as Mamma Mia! and Tom Jones.
- Professor Carol Hayden
- Professor in Applied Social Research
Professor Carol Hayden researches children and families with multiple problems. Within this broad area she has several key specialism that include: children who are excluded or disaffected from school; children in the carer system; Restorative Justice approaches as they relate to children; victimisation and children; children missing from home or care; addressing the needs of children who present highly problematic behaviour in different contexts (particularly in care and in schools). Her recent books include: Hayden, C. & Martin, D. (eds) (2011) Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour and Schools. Basingstoke: Palgrave/MacMillan; and, Hayden, C. & Gough, D. (2010) Implementing a Restorative Justice Approach in Children's Residential Care. Bristol: Policy Press
- Professor Wolfram Kaiser
- Professor of European Studies
I originally come from Germany. I worked at various universities and research institutes in Scotland, Germany, Austria, France and England before joining Portsmouth as Professor of European Studies in 2000. I am a member of the Centre for European and International Studies Research based in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities where I direct the research group Transnational Europe. I also co-direct the strategic research project on experts and expertise in policy-making. My research interests concern the history and politics of Europe, esp. the present-day European Union. I work inter alia on the history of European integration, the history of globalisation (world exhibitions), networks in transnational governance and political parties in Europe. Pre-dating my academic career I have work experience in journalism, (German) politics and the European Commission. I occasionally write for newspapers and blogs. I am married with three children (2001, 2003, 2005), and my wife works for a pharmaceutical company in Regulatory Affairs. In my free time I enjoy hitting balls (esp. tennis, but also badminton, table-tennis etc.).
- Professor Steffen Lehmann
- Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Director, Innovation Cluster for Sustainable Cities
I am Professor of Sustainable Architecture and lead the new research theme on Sustainable Cities in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, and across faculties at the University of Portsmouth.
As a professor in Australia for the last 13 years, I have held a range of senior leadership positions, from Head of School to Head of Discipline and Director of Research. I have been in research intensive positions for the past decade. During this time I have had significant responsibility for creating and leading new urban research formations, generating a large publication and granting output and a continuous stream of successful research students. I was previously a tenured Research Chair and Professor of Sustainable Design at the University of South Australia, where I was founding director of two highly successful research centres.
My research interests span architecture and urban design with a strong focus on improving the environmental performance of buildings and precincts by introducing climate resilience. The main focus of my work over the past twenty years concerns urbanisation and the integration of low-carbon technologies into the societal/behavioural context. Current research includes the emerging field of low carbon precinct design combining strategies of passive and active building performance, the adaptation of communities for climate change and resilient urban development.
I am currently editorial board member for 5 international scientific journals; the fruits of my research are prodigious, including 16 books, numerous journal articles, 40 book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, online podcasts and contributions to UN reports. In 2008, based on the international significance of my work, I was appointed a UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Urban Development for Asia and the Pacific (-2010).
In my free time I enjoy running with my cocker spaniel ‘Mawson’ along the Southsea waterfront.
- Professor Margaret Majumdar
- Professor of Francophone Studies
I am Professor of Francophone Studies in the Centre for European and International Studies Research at the University of Portsmouth.
My research interests are interdisciplinary in the field of area studies. I began my research career with a doctorate on the work of the Marxist philosopher, Louis Althusser, and have pursued my interests in French political thought with publications on Althusser and Jean-Paul Sartre. At the same time, I broadened my approach to focus on the wider French-speaking world in the postcolonial context, with studies of Francophone theories of colonialism and postcoloniality. I have written extensively on Francophonie in general and Franco-Maghrebian relations and cultural studies, in particular. I have also worked on the question of the French presence in India, and especially in Bengal. My current project is a critical examination of the concept of progress in its various philosophical, political, economic and cultural facets, including the uses and abuses to which it is subjected in the current economic and political context.
- Professor Susanne Marten-Finnis
- Professor of Applied Linguistics
I studied Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, Translating & Interpreting, and Russian Language and Literature at Leipzig University. Following my PhD in Applied Linguistics at the University of Tübingen University, I became interested in the study of Jewish literary activities in Central and Eastern Europe. The joint publishing projects between Russian and Jewish literary activists, together with the migrating ideologies of both groups, has remained the major research interest of my academic career, which includes ten years at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Since 2005 I have held the Chair of Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth.
My publications include Der Feuervogel als Kunstzeitschrift. Žar ptica. Russische Bildwelten in Berlin (1921-1926) [Russia on Display: Zhar Ptitsa – The Firebird as an Illustrated Review in Berlin, 1921-26 (Böhlau, Vienna 2012) original in German. Vilna as a Centre of the Modern Jewish Press, 1840-1928: Aspirations – Challenges – Progress (Peter Lang, Oxford 2004). Sprachinseln. Jiddische Publizistik in Vilna, London und Berlin (1880-1920) [Linguistic Enclaves. Yiddish Periodical Culture in Vilna, London and Berlin, 1880-1930 (Böhlau, Vienna, Cologne 1999) Co-authored with Heather Valencia [original in German] Pressesprache zwischen Stalinismus und Demokratie. Parteijournalismus im Neuen Deutschland, 1946-1993 (Niemeyer, Tübingen 1994).
- Professor Becky Milne
- Professor of Forensic Psychology
The main focus of my work over the past twenty years concerns the examination of police interviewing and investigation. Investigative interviewing is at the heart of any investigation and thus is the root of achieving justice in society. Thus one of the most important tools in an investigator’s tool box is the interview. As a result, jointly with practitioners, I have helped to develop procedures that improve the quality of interviews of witnesses, victims, and suspects of crime. This body of work has seen successful outcomes of the interplay between academic research and practical policing by coming up with solutions to real world problems. Through my research I work very closely with the police (and other criminal justice organisations), creating novel interview techniques, developing training, running interview courses, and providing case advice. I am Director of the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, which is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for investigative interviewing that brings together research, teaching, and innovation activities.
- Professor Michael Nash
- Professor of Criminology
I am Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. I was Head of Department until 2011, followed by a year as Director of Community Justice. I joined the university in 1991 from a previous career in the probation service which included periods in maximum security and lifer prisons. My research interests centre on public protection from those labelled as criminally dangerous. I have published extensively in this field and my work has been well received in probation and police circles and has led to large option classes from final year undergraduates. I have a particular interest in the politics of public protection and the extent and nature of organisational transference between those involved in multi-agency collaborations.
I have written extensively on the changing nature of the probation service and the impact on it resulting from its increasingly close collaboration with the police service. I am currently researching the role of police offender managers in visiting registered sex offenders at their home and in a complimentary piece of research, surveying probation officers to try to understand their increasing disengagement from visiting offenders in their homes. For a number of years I have worked with a colleague in offering training to the local multi agency public protection arrangements (Mappa) and with another colleague have developed links with the Korean Ministry of Justice researching their move to a similar public protection system to the UK.
- Professor Francis Pakes
- Professor of Criminology
I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1998, after having studied at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and having completed my PhD at Leiden University (The Netherlands). I am course leader for the MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology and have fulfilled this role since its inception in 2005. I am also Course Leader for ICJS's Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice. Besides, I teach psychology and comparative and international criminal justice on various programmes and at all levels. I was appointed Professor of Criminology at the University of Portsmouth in 2014.
I have written, co-authored and edited several books, including Comparative Criminal Justice (with Routledge). The 3rd edition is under way. Other titles include Globalisation and the Challenge to Criminology (edited, Routledge), and Riot: Unrest and protest on the global stage (edited with David Pritchard, Palgrave). My main research interest is in comparative criminal justice and the sources and consequences of similarities and differences in criminal justice arrangements across the globe. I have a keen personal and academic interest in my home country the Netherlands. How global events affect social climate and criminal justice in the Netherlands has fascinated me for nearly two decades. I question how the Netherlands has remained and can remain 'different' in relation to various aspects of crime and punishment, in particular in relation to areas of ambiguous morality.
In addition, I take an interest in studying and furthering the interest of those who may come into contact with the criminal justice through vulnerability or lack of agency. This includes missing persons and offenders, suspects and defendants with mental health difficulties.
I have run several Marathons and if my legs will continue to carry me I hope to do some more.
- Professor June Purvis
- Emeritus Professor of Women’s and Gender History
My research interests span British women's history and I have published extensively on women's education in nineteenth-century England and the suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain. To date I have published three single authored books – Hard Lessons: the lives and education of working-class women in nineteenth-century England (1989, Polity); A History of Women's Education (1991, Open University Press, translated into Japanese in 1999) and Emmeline Pankhurst: a biography (2002, Routledge) – and 13 edited collections including Women’s History Britain, 1850- 1945 (1995, UCL Press), The Women's Suffrage Movement: new feminist perspectives (1998, with Mary Joannou, Manchester University Press), and Votes for Women (2000, with Sandra S. Holton, Routledge). My latest collection is Women's Activism: global perspectives from the 1890s to the present (2013, coedited with Francisca de Haan et al., Routledge).
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Centre for European and International Studies Research where I head the Women's and Gender Studies Research Cluster. I am the Founding and Managing Editor of the journal Women's History Review and also the Editor for a Women’s and Gender History Book Series with Routledge. From 2005-2010, I was Secretary and Treasurer of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History and I am currently a member of the Committee of the Women’s History Network (UK). I have appeared in a number of radio and TV programmes, written articles on the suffragette movement for BBC History Magazine, am a regular book reviewer for The Times Higher and have given talks at the National Theatre, the House of Lords and Cheltenham Literary Festival.
- Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan
- Professor of Design History and Theory
- Associate Dean (Research), Creative and Cultural Industries
I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 as Professor of Design History and Theory and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. I was previously Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design and Head of Histories and Theories in the Fashion and Textiles Institute at Falmouth University. I started my career as a curator at the V&A and I have been lecturing in universities since 1990. I am an experienced PhD supervisor with completions. I peer review regularly for academic journals and publishers and I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. I have also contributed to television and radio programmes.
My recent research explores the material culture and design of the home and domestic space, with a particular focus on the interwar home and the Ideal Home Show. My book Ideal Homes: Design, Architecture and Suburban Modernity in England, 1918-39 will be published by Manchester University Press in the Studies in Design and Material Culture series in 2017. This research was supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for 2012-13, for which I also undertook a programme of knowledge exchange activities with Media 10, owners of the Ideal Home Show. This research draws and extends my PhD The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition and Suburban Modernity, 1908-51 (1995) and Ideal Homes, the exhibition that I curated for the Design Museum in 1993.
I have published several articles on the invention of historical pageants and spectacle in Britain, the US and the British Empire in the twentieth century, mainly focusing on the work of pageant master Frank Lascelles. I am a member of the Advisory Board to AHRC The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain, 1905-2016 and was keynote speaker at the project conference History in the Limelight: Dramatising the past, c. 1850 to the present.
I am currently developing a research project on vintage brands, markets and subcultures.
- Professor Steve Savage
- Professor of Criminology
- Director, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
Steve is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, which he founded in 1992. Coming originally from a background in sociological theory, Steve’s academic profile developed to embrace public policy, criminology and criminal justice. His teaching areas focus on policing and the politics of criminal justice, but he also teaches on the topics of miscarriages of justice, jury trial and criminological theory. His research targets the public policy processes relating to policing and criminal justice, and in particular policy surrounding police governance and police reform. His most recent books were Police Reform: Forces for Change (OUP, 2007) and, as co-editor (with Nathan Hall and John Grieve) , Policing and the Legacy of Lawrence (Willan,2009) – the latter examining one of Steve’s long term interests in the impact of miscarriages of justice and policy change and reform. His current research addresses the nature of ‘independence’ in independent police oversight bodies and comparative study (with Professor Jacques de Maillard, University of Versailles) of police performance management in Britain and France.
In addition to teaching and research Steve leads the ICJS knowledge transfer programme. This has embraced training and consultancy in countries such as Vietnam, Mauritius, Botswana, the Republic of Ireland and Jamaica. One of the central activities in this programme is the provision of specialist training in investigative skills for newly established bodies which have been set up to enable the independent investigation of police complaints, something to which Steve has been committed for many years as an essential component of good police governance.
- Professor Barry Smart
- Professor of Sociology
I have worked at various universities in England, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, and Spain and I am member of the International Sociological Association. My research interests are in classical and contemporary social theory and political economy, in particular the articulation of economic and cultural factors in the transformation of late modern societies. I enjoy working with undergraduate and postgraduate students and teach a wide range of subjects including units on social theory and the transformation of modern societies, globalization, impact of consumerism on the environment, as well as contributing to units on observing society and themes and issues in sociology. I am on the international advisory board of a number of leading journals in my field including Theory, Culture & Society; European Journal of Social Theory; Journal of Classical Sociology; and International Journal of Japanese Sociology. I am also a member of the editorial advisory board for Open Access Books in Sociology published by Versita and I regularly review book proposals and manuscripts for leading publishers.
I have published in a wide range of journals including Sociology, The Sociological Review, Theory and Society, International Sociology, Philosophy and Social Criticism, Body & Society, European Journal of Social Theory, Journal of Classical Sociology, Theory, Culture & Society, and Global Networks. I have published a number of monographs the most recent being Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences (Sage 2010), The Sport Star: Modern Sport and the Cultural Economy of Sporting Celebrity (Sage 2005, Complex Chinese Edition published in 2011), and Economy, Culture and Society: A Sociological Critique of Neo-liberalism (Open University Press 2003). In addition I have edited a number of volumes of original papers by leading social analysts, including Handbook of Social Theory (Sage 2001, with George Ritzer) and Resisting McDonaldization (Sage 1999), as well as multiple volume reference works on Observation Methods (Sage 2013 with Kay Peggs and Joseph Burridge), Post-industrial Society (Sage 2011) and Michel Foucault Critical Assessments I (Routledge 1994) and Michel Foucault Critical Assessments II (1995).
- Professor Justin Smith
- Professor of Media Industries
A cultural historian with a special interest in post-war British cinema and television, my research interests embrace production, reception and exhibition practices, cult film fandom and stardom, and issues of cultural identity and popular memory. I am also interested in approaches to mapping creativity within the cultural industries, UK film policy, censorship, and the production of industry-led research. I was Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project Channel 4 and British Film Culture, 2010-2014 (http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/c4pp ). I am the author of Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2010), and the co-author (with Sue Harper) of British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure (Edinburgh University Press, 2011). Most recently I have co-edited two journal special issues showcasing new research about Film4: The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television(33.3, 2013) and The Journal of British Film and Television (11.4, 2014). I also serve as reviews editor for the latter journal.
I am currently leading an AHRC-funded project researching the history of the British music video industry since the 1960s (http://www.port.ac.uk/faculty-of-creative-and-cultural-industries/research/projects/).
I am a member of the Royal Television Society and the Creative Industries Federation.
I am also a researcher and performer of traditional songs with connections to my native Isle of Wight: www.thedollymopps.co.uk.
- Professor Dominic Tweddle
- Honorary Professor of History
I took a first class honours degree in Archaeology and History at Southampton University, before undertaking research into Anglo-Saxon and Viking art at Emmanuel College Cambridge and then at University College London. I was awarded a doctorate in 1986.
After a year as a Research Assistant at the British Museum, in 1979 I was appointed Assistant Director of the York Archaeological Trust responsible for the care and curation of the collections, research and publication and public presentation. While at the Trust I was part of the team directing the development of the Jorvik Viking Centre, and I directed the development of the Archaeological Resource Centre (a hands-on archaeological experience for visitors) and Barley Hall (the restoration and furnishing of a late medieval merchant’s house).
In 1995 I left the York Archaeological Trust, purchasing from it its design and multimedia businesses. As Managing Director I developed these businesses into successful enterprises and then merged them into a larger company which operated visitor attractions. I became CEO of the group. By the time I left the merged business it had developed over 200 cultural heritage projects for clients all over the world and owned five visitor attractions.
I have run courses for the Universities of York, Durham, and University College London, where I am an Honorary Visiting Professor. I have also lectured widely for the British Council/DTI on the development of cultural attractions. Under their aegis I have lectured in India, China, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Estonia, Russia and Turkey. I have written five academic books, a best-selling children’s book, and over a hundred scholarly and popular articles.
Dominic is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Institute for Archaeologists.
- Professor Matthew Weait
- Professor of Law and Society
- Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
My academic background is in law, criminology, and socio-legal studies. I have worked at Oxford, Keele, The Open University, and at Birkbeck, University of London, where I was one of the founding members of the School of Law. I qualified as a Barrister, but do not practise.
My research interests lie in the fields of law, human rights and public health, specifically the impact of criminal laws and criminal justice enforcement practices on HIV prevention and on the lives both of people living with HIV, and of those who belong to key (or “at risk”) populations. I have published widely in this area, and have contributed to a number of international initiatives aimed at minimising the adverse impact of such laws and practices. These include the Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2012), a number of projects for the Joint UN Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), and work with the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN). I have a particular interest in public health and legal culture in the Nordic and Scandinavian countries.
I am a keen fiction writer and belong to an active writing group.
- Professor Julian Wolfreys
- Professor of English Literature
- Director, Centre for Studies in Literature
Having taught in the US for a number of years, where most of my graduate work was done I returned to the UK a few years ago, and have now settled back in the south, having previously taught at Loughborough University. I am Professor of English Literature and from January will be Director of the Centre for Studies in Literature, at the University of Portsmouth. My research interests are wide, interdisciplinary in nature, and with a strong interest in continental philosophy, particularly where the focus is on phenomenology, identity, Being and the relationship between self and place.
My work on literature covers the long nineteenth century, from the 1780s onwards, English and European Modernism, and literature of the 21st century, though I have also published in areas as diverse as Early Modern Studies and Film Studies. I have also published extensively on critical thinking and literary theory, particularly the work of Jacques Derrida. My most recent publications are, Dickens's London (Edinburgh University Press) and, with Maria-Daniella Dick, The Derrida Wordbook (Edinburgh University Press). I have also recently published a novel, Silent Music.
- Professor Sue Wright
- Professor of Language and Politics
I have been Professor of Language and Politics at the University of Portsmouth since 2006 and was Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research 2008-9. My slightly unusual professorial title stems from my research in language policy from the 1980s onwards. Very early on it became clear to me that this has to be interdisciplinary work and that linguists who want to examine subjects such as the role of language in nation building, the problems associated with language rights for minority groups and issues of communication in globalisation need a clear understanding of the political contexts. My field work has covered minority language issues in the south of France, problems of communication in the European parliament and transnational communication on the Internet. My theoretical work has addressed language issues in local, national, supranational and international settings.
Since retiring from full time work in 2011 I have continued to teach courses on language and identity on MA and UG courses and mentor research at University of Portsmouth. I spent a semester as visiting professor at the University of Jyvaskyla in 2012.
Business and Economics
- Professor Martina Battisti
- Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship
I joined the University of Portsmouth in February 2017 as Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Previously, I have led the New Zealand Centre for SME Research at Massey University, New Zealand.
I have extensive academic and research experience having worked in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Japan. My research is centred on understanding the factors that contribute to sustainable growth and innovation in social as well as commercial enterprises. I am particularly interested in the role of the entrepreneur/owner-manager as well as the role of policy and support programmes.
I have undertaken commissioned research and consultancy for a number of government agencies around the world including the OECD. I have designed and led the first longitudinal survey of SMEs in New Zealand which has created a body of theoretical knowledge with implications for policy and practice. I am currently Co-Editor of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research and Small Enterprise Research. In the past, I served on the board of the International Council of Small Business (ICSB), the Small Enterprise Association Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ) as well as a number of government advisory boards and startups which provided me with a sound understanding of governance and strategy across different sectors.
- Professor Alan Collins
- Professor of Economics
I am Professor of Economics and Head of Economics and Finance in Portsmouth Business SchoolFollowing studies and work in various Universities in England and Scotland I now teach and research a wide range of subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. My teaching covers most bases in Environmental Economics and Policy, Managerial Economics, and Social Economics. I am on the executive board of the Association of Cultural Economics International (ACEI) and the Journal of Cultural Economics. I am also the 2012 Hobart Houghton Research Fellow which entails engaging in research for several months at Rhodes University, South Africa.
I have published in a wide range of academic journals including: Urban Studies, Economics Letters, European Journal of Law and Economics, Land Economics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Bioeconomics, Applied Economics, Journal of Transport Economics and Policy, Transportation Research (A), Kyklos, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Environment & Planning A and C, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Creativity Research Journal, Journal of Cultural Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, and American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
- Professor David Farnham
- Emeritus Professor of Employment Relations
I was the first scholar to be appointed to a Chair in Employment Relations internationally. In 2005, the University awarded me a higher doctorate by examination for a coherent, substantial and sustained contribution to the advancement and application of knowledge in public-sector employment relations. I have a long track record internationally of research, consultancy and postgraduate teaching. My current research interests are comparative employment relations, innovation in Human Resources Management and the impact of public management reform on work and employment relationships. To-date, I’ve written, co-authored or edited 25 books and over 100 articles and chapters in books, covering collective bargaining, employee representation, staff participation and personnel policy. My latest work, The Changing Faces of Employment Relations: global, comparative and theoretical perspectives, is in press with Palgrave-Macmillan. The wide range of consultancy assignments that I’ve undertaken has informed my research and teaching, most recently in conflict resolution, workplace mediation, remuneration and corporate governance. My visiting appointments have included the Catholic University Leuven (Belgium) and Universities of South Wales, East London, and Greenwich. I’m a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional body for those involved in managing and developing people.
- Professor Erik Jan Hultink
- Professor of New Product Marketing
I am a Professor of New Product Marketing and Head of the Department of Product Innovation Management (PIM) at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, and a Professor of New Product Marketing at the Business School of the University of Portsmouth. My research focuses on launch and branding strategies for new products, and on tools and techniques to improve the new product development (NPD) process. I have published on these topics in such journals as the Journal of the Academy in Marketing Science, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. I was ranked number three in the list of the World’s Top Innovation Management Scholars, and selected as the most productive European researcher publishing in the Journal of Product Innovation Management. I was the Founder and Director of the Master in Strategic Product Design at the Delft University of Technology from 2003-2008; a program that has consistently been ranked by Business Week as one of the World’s Top Design programs. I am a co-founder of the Dutch chapter of the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA-NL), and regularly consult companies on the topic of new product marketing.
- Professor Khaled Hussainey
- Professor of Accounting and Financial Management
I completed my PhD in Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester in 2004, and since then I have held academic positions at Plymouth University, Stirling University, Manchester University, and Ain Shams University, before joining the University of Portsmouth as a Professor of Accounting and Financial Management in August 2016.
I have published more than 70-refereed papers in academic journals and international conferences proceedings. My research provides a cohesive and major contribution to corporate reporting and corporate finance literature. I have been awarded the prestigious 2007 Best Paper Award of the British Accounting Review for my paper “Loss firms' annual report narratives and share price anticipation of earnings” and the prestigious 2012 Best Paper Award of the Journal of Risk Finance for my paper “Revisiting the capital structure puzzle: UK evidence”.
I have been active in attracting research-funded projects. I have received £60,000 from ESRC, £7,500 from the British Academy, £2000 from Plymouth University and $120,000 from QNRF.
I am currently a Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting, an Associate Editor for Journal of Applied Accounting Research and International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation.
I have a growing research reputation around my principal research area concerned with corporate narrative reporting. I use highly innovative research methodologies; for example, I use textual analysis computer software to measure the level and quality of narrative reporting and identify its information content. In comparison with other work on narrative disclosures my research framework achieves a high degree of triangulation.
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- Professor Alessio Ishizaka
- Professor in Decision Analysis
I am a Professor in Decision Analysis, Research Lead for the Operations and Systems Management subject group and Deputy Director of the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics. My research interest is to develop, validate and apply new methods to help companies to take better decisions. My field of application covers outsourcing, maintenance, innovation evaluation, location selection, disasters prevention, inventory control, tourism management, cloud computing adoption, performance evaluation, sea-border security, etc.
I have been a visiting professor at the Università degli Studi di Bologna, Politecnico di Torino, Università degli Studi di Trento, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Strasbourg, Université de Lorraine, Universität Mannheim, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg, Université d’Aix-Marseille, Università degli Studi di Torino, Università degli Studi della Tuscia and Università degli Studi di Padova. I have been elected to the General Council of the British Operational Research Society (2010-2016).
My research has been funded by private companies, the EU FP7 programme, the Technology Strategy board, the OR society, the Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel and the Fördervereins des Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Zentrums.
I teach at undergraduate, postgraduate, and MBA level. My textbook Multicriteria Decision Analysis: methods and software is used all over the world.
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- Professor Lisa Jack
- Professor in Accounting
I am a qualified accountant who spent ten years as an auditor before moving into teaching and then research. Whilst working as a conventional accountant in a land-based HEI, I became interested in how accounting is used in agri-business and this has formed the basis of my research since 2000. My work falls within what is known as ‘interdisciplinary research in accounting’ and I used the work of, and have worked with, historians, sociologists and agricultural economists. I apply social theory to understand, as Chambers said, ‘the reason why accounting tasks are done in the way they are and how they might be done differently’ or to put it another way, how and why do people use, misuse and abuse financial information?. I am particularly interested in how managers and others use performance measures and costing techniques in communications and for decision-making, and the impact of accounting information systems technology on groups of accountants and managers.
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- Professor Shabbar Jaffry
- Professor of Economics
I have over 20 years of experience working as an applied economist in the Economics and Finance Subject area. I have participated and taken the lead in many research and knowledge transfer/consultancy (knowledge services) projects (local and regional economic forecasts, local economic impact studies, defence cuts and their impact on local economies, banking efficiency, profitability and productivity, tourism management and policy). These projects have involved the local and regional institutions and focused on economic development, job creation and new investment issues.
My research interests include applied econometrics, input-output based impact studies, duration analysis of manpower issues, choice modelling in cultural and tourism sectors, contingent valuation/choice modelling in environmental and fisheries sectors, productivity, efficiency analysis in banking and manufacturing sectors and survey data management of businesses and analysis. I have published in a number of leading academic journals including European Journal of Operational Research, the Annals of Tourism Research, Journal of Travel Research, Applied Economics, Land Economics, Defence and Peace Economics, Journal of Asian Economics, Marine Resource Economics, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Industry and Development (UNIDO).
- Professor Karen Johnston
- Professor of Organisational Studies
I have extensive academic and research experience having worked in leading universities and organisations in South Africa, USA and UK. In addition to my academic career I have worked with and for public sector and civil society organisations to improve public service delivery. I have also worked for a donor organisation to promote democratic development and service delivery on an international scale. My research interests include of public sector management and leadership, public-private-voluntary sector governance, and gender equality. I have a strong research publication record in the areas. I have led and been involved in numerous research projects and doctoral supervisions in these research areas. I was the editor for the journal Public Policy and Administration and serve on a number of editorial boards. I also hold executive positions on boards of the International Research Society for Public Management and the European Group for Public Administration.
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- Professor Ashraf W. Labib
- Professor of Operations and Decision Analysis
I have a manufacturing engineering background, and my research interest is in the area of operational research and decision analysis. This includes: maintenance and reliability engineering, multiple criteria decision-analysis, and applications of artificial intelligence such as fuzzy logic. My initial focus was to develop a model for selection of appropriate maintenance strategy. This led to the development of the decision making grid (DMG) model that has helped various industries including defense, automotive and oil and gas, to improve their maintenance and asset management practices. More recently, my research focus has been on how organisations learn from failures and major disasters, where I am trying to develop models that can help in the analysis and learning process. I am also interested in understanding how failures of systems can lead to improvement of design. I have received the 1999, 2000, 2008, and 2012 “Highly Commended” awards for four published papers from the Literati Club, MCB Press (a publisher of 140 journals), and my research has been funded by EPSRC, ESRC, and EU.
- Professor Munir Maniruzzaman
- Professor of International and Business Law
I moved to Portsmouth in 2004 to take up the then newly created Chair in Law from the University of Kent where I had previously taught more than a decade. I received my PhD in international law from the University of Cambridge in 1993 and studied law in three continents. I have held many visiting academic positions at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, London, Dundee and Western Ontario (Canada). I have been lately appointed a visiting professor of International law at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing. For many years I have served as a council member of the International Chamber of Commerce Institute of World Business Law, Paris; academic council member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, USA; member of the Advisory Board of the FDI International Arbitration Moot Competition, Austria. I have also served as a member of numerous other prestigious international professional organizations, i.e. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London; ILA International Committee on International Commercial Arbitration, London; Institute of International Arbitration, Paris; Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), USA, etc. I have acted as an international legal consultant for some governments of Asia and Africa to design their legal infrastructures such as Model Agreements for their contractual relations with multinational companies for the exploration and exploitation of their oil, gas and mineral resources and have also done commissioned and funded research for the AIPN and the UNESCO. I have also acted as an international arbitration law expert for disputes between governments and international oil and infrastructure companies.
- Professor James McCalman
- Professor of Leadership
I am Professor of Leadership and Director of the newly created Centre for Strategy and Leadership at Portsmouth Business School. A senior executive with leadership experience in the private, higher education, and charitable sectors I have driven several change projects in organizations such as, Sotheby’s where I was Managing Director of the Institute of Art and the Windsor Leadership Trust, a charity delivering senior leadership development programmes at Windsor Castle where I was Chief Executive. I have wide experience of management, consulting and postgraduate teaching in the UK, Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States.
My main research and teaching interests are:
- Ethical Leadership challenges and the politics of change
- Leading large-scale organisational change
- Leadership development and coaching
The new centre for Strategy and Leadership will focus attention on research, consulting and executive education in these areas and act as a showcase for the Business School’s expertise.
- Professor Gioia Pescetto
- Professor of Finance
- Dean, Portsmouth Business School
Educated in Italy and the USA as an economist, I started my working life in the City of London. When I eventually moved to an academic career, my experience in the City inspired the early focus of my research in banking and financial markets. In my work on the integration and interrelationship of international financial markets, I applied innovative time- varying methodologies to the modelling of price volatility and volatility spill-overs across markets, and also to the analysis of sectoral integration as opposed to the more commonly studied market-wide integration. The interrelationship between spot and futures prices was also the focus of this strand of work. More recently my research interest has widened to issues in corporate and behavioural finance. Earlier work in this area includes investigations into the cost of capital of the then newly privatised regulated utilities, particularly in the telecommunications and water industries. Subsequent and current areas include the determinants of capital and debt maturity structure in listed companies; the performance of cross-border mergers and acquisitions of listed and private companies; how investors in value and glamour stocks use financial information; and how managers may ‘manipulate’ earnings to give signals to investors about the future prospects for their companies and to avoid sharp share price adjustments.
- Professor David Pickernell
- Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development
I am Professor of Small Business and Enterprise Development at Portsmouth Business School, having previously been Professor of Economic Development Policy at the University of South Wales. I’m also a visiting Professor at Coventry University and have also been an Adjunct Professor in the School of Management at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. My publications cover topics related to small business, enterprise and economic development policy, and my current research interests revolve around enterprise, entrepreneurship, economic, clustering and the role of universities in innovation and enterprise.
I’ve had over 80 articles published in refereed journals, given over 40 conference papers and had a number of chapters in edited books. I’ve also undertaken research and consultancy for a range of organisations, including the OECD, EU, Welsh Assembly Government, Queensland Government, Victorian Government (Australia), Welsh Development Agency, Cardiff Council, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Associated British Ports, Shaw Trust, Federation of Small Businesses and ColegauCymru. I also hold the Prince 2 qualification and until very recently was external examiner for the PGC in Leadership at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
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- Professor John Sedgwick
- Professor of Economics
I was appointed a (0.2) Professor in the Business School of Portsmouth University in July 2013. Before that I worked for 25 years at the Polytechnic of North London/University of North London/London Metropolitan University in various teaching and administrative capacities. My research is concerned with the business and economic history of movies. With a long-term collaborator Michael Pokorny I have edited an anthology of papers, and published articles in the journals Business History (twice), Cinema Journal, Economic History Review (twice), Explorations in Economic History, Film History, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (three-times), Journal of Applied Statistics, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of Economic History, and Journal of Transnational Cinema. As well as having contributed numerous book chapters, I have also published a monograph Filmgoing in Britain during the 1930s and with Dutch colleagues Clara Pafort-Overduin and Jaap Boter published an article in the journal Enterprise and Society comparing Dutch and British experience of filmgoing in the 1930s.
I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2000-2001, and a Robert Menzies Bi-Centennial Research Fellowship in 2006. Between 2006-7 I held a British Academy Small Grant (2006-2007), and successfully bid for Institute for Learning and Research Technology, Economics Network Mini-project awards for the years 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007: funding given to develop a Problem-Based-Learning approach to the teaching of economics. In 2007 I was a Visiting Research Fellow, jointly sponsored by RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and AFTRS (Australian Film, Television and Radio School).
- Professor Andy Thorpe
- Professor of Development Economics
My background is in economics, but that has not stopped me dabbling in a variety of interdisciplinary areas. Having started at Portsmouth (in polytechnic days) teaching corporate finance I decided this was not for me - so set off to teach Agricultural Economics at the University of Honduras This time proved highly beneficial, and upon my return to Portsmouth I began teaching development and Latin American economy modules. My research interests have diversified into fisheries and poverty. This has involved visits to many of the Central Asian countries and parts of West Africa. Included in my research interests are: the role of ruminant methane emissions in climate change, drug policy in India, participation and academic performance in UK HE, and (most recently) the water footprint literature.
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- Professor Paul Trott
- Professor of Innovation Management
In addition to being Professor of Innovation Management at the Business School, I am also Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. My research explores innovation policy and how firms manage innovation. I have raised over £500,000 in research funding. Recently, I was Principal Investigator of a study exploring product development opportunities for a firm manufacturing Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS) in the UK. One of my research projects helped a steel tube manufacturing firm in the UK develop a new product range to help it diversify its very narrow customer base. I have published over fifty articles on innovation management in many different journals including: R&D Management, Technovation, Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, Journal of Marketing Theory, International Journal of Innovation Management. His book Innovation Management and New Product Development is now in its 5th edition and is used all over the world. I hold a PhD from Cranfield University and I have taught at many different universities around the. I teach innovation management and new product development at both undergraduate and post graduate level and have successfully supervised over ten PhD research projects.
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- Professor Mark Xu
- Professor of Information Management
I received my Ph.D. in MIS from the UK Open University (FT) in 1998. My specialist interests are broadly in three interrelated areas: Strategic information management and system; E-Commerce/M-Commerce strategy and implementation; ICT application and knowledge management. I lead several research and KTP projects on Business Intelligence in Marine and Telecom industry, Global Supply Chain Management in MRO; Food safety systems in agriculture industry and Activating Ageing Workforce. I am currently leading a research team to develop an intelligent semantic data search and mining technique to realise a Corporate Radar Scanning System for Management Information.
I have over 70 publications in international journals such as Information & Management, Information Processing & Management and Expert Systems with Application. I serve as an associate editor for the Journal of E-Business Research and I am an editorial board member for a number of other journals.
- Professor Scott Armbruster
- Professor of Ecology and Evolution
I did my undergraduate and graduate studies in the University of California system, with PhD research at the University of California Davis focussed on the ecology and evolution of tropical plant-animal interactions. Ironically, my first academic job was at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where I continued tropical fieldwork in the winters and added arctic/subarctic ecology to my portfolio (staying in the far north in summers). After 16 years in Alaska, I decided to move to the warmer climes of central Norway, continuing research on tropical plant-animal interactions and arctic ecology. I moved from Norway to the south of England in 2003. My current research activities focus on understanding the function, variation, and evolution of flowers using quantitative genetics and “phenomics”, studying natural selection by on plants in the wild, and assessing the effects of variation in microclimate on biotic responses to climate change. On-going fieldwork includes sites in Africa, Madagascar, the neotropics, Australia, China, and the arctic/subarctic. This work is facilitated a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award.
- Professor Kim A. Bard
- Professor of Comparative Developmental Psychology
I come from America where I studied developmental psychology in human and nonhuman primates, obtained my PhD, and held numerous grants and post-doctoral positions. I conduct empirical studies of young hominoids with an eye to clarifying universal and species-specific characteristics of great apes and of humans.
My present interests are in the influence of early socio-emotional variables on social cognition of apes and humans across different environmental conditions (i.e. across cultures). I have documented similarities between chimpanzees and humans in the development of primary intersubjectivity (e.g.: neonatal imitation, mutual gaze, socio-emotional communicative expressiveness); of early social cognition (e.g., social referencing, joint attention, cooperation), and of self-recognition. My current Leverhulme Trust grant is to document naturally occurring social cognition in one-year-old human and chimpanzee infants living in diverse eco-cultures.
- Professor Pradeep Bhandari
- Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
I am a gastroenterologist and I head the early gastrointestinal cancer services at Portsmouth. My initial research was related to the role of cyclooxygenase in upper gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. In 2004, I went to the National cancer center in Tokyo on a visiting fellowship and trained in the principles of early cancer diagnosis and endoscopic resection of superficial neoplasia.
I was appointed as a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Portsmouth in 2005. I developed an early cancer service providing advanced endoscopic diagnosis and resection for upper and lower gastrointestinal neoplasia. This service provides the basis of various research projects and advanced training program apart from providing a tertiary referral service for UK.
I was appointed as a Professor of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2012 and I head the Gastroenterology research at the Solent centre for digestive diseases in Portsmouth. My research focus has been around the use of acetic acid in diagnosis of Barrett’s neoplasia, cost-effectiveness of endoscopic interventions, advanced endoscopic resections and endoscopic outcome predictors. My group is constantly working on evaluating the roles of new techniques and technology in diagnosis and resection of Gatrointestinal tumours.
I have authored and Co-authored several peer reviewed publications, Guidelines, Cochrane reviews and Book chapters. I have lectured at various National and International meetings. I enjoy watching football and playing Cricket and racquet sports.
- Professor Dave Brown
- Professor of Pharmacy Practice
I have recently retired from full-time employment at the University of Portsmouth but still supervise several PhD and Professional Doctorate students researching a range of drug safety and practice-related areas. My research and teaching interests include drug safety and pharmacovigilance and the rational use of pharmacy services in the NHS.
- Professor Arthur Morgan Butt
- Professor of Cellular Neurophysiology
My entire research is concerned with glial cells - the least understood cells in the nervous system. Although they are the most numerous cells in the human cortex - the seat of our intelligence - glia occupy no more than a few pages in most textbooks on Neuroscience. To help address this, I have co-written two textbooks on Glia with my close friend and colleague Professor Alex Verkhratsky of the University of Manchester. Glia are essential for the normal functioning of the nervous system and they are involved in all neurological disease, such as multiple sclerosis, dementia, stroke and spinal cord injury. In all cases, glia are potential therapeutic targets for promoting recovery. To this end, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and International Spinal Research Trust fund my research to identify promising new therapeutic targets in glia. In addition, I am particularly interested in potassium channels in glia, which determine many of their functions, and this work has been supported by the MRC and BBSRC. I have a number of important collaborations in the UK, Europe and the USA, which are central to the success of my research. We use a wide range of techniques in my lab, ranging from basic anatomy, electrophysiology, live cell imaging, and next generation sequencing. Anatomy is key to understanding the body and I have been closely associated with the Anatomical Society for many years - they have consistently funded PhD students in my lab, for which I am very grateful. PhD training has been and continues to be core to the success of my lab, and I have supervised over 25 PhD students, many of which have gone on to have successful research/academic careers, but many others have gone into a wide range of occupations, including banking/finance and biotech.
- Professor Anastasia Callaghan
- Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, research into understanding the workings of bacterial organisms is crucially important, as are new approaches to combating the infections they cause. My research addresses this topical and strategically relevant issue by understanding the key molecular interactions responsible for controlling bacterial virulence. Active projects in my group span fundamental basic research, through to practical applications with associated intellectual property and commercialization activities. Successful progress is based on active collaborations with both academic and industrial partners. My research is financially supported by the BBSRC, the Royal Society, Horiba Scientific, Dstl and the University of Portsmouth Higher Education Innovation Fund.
My current research builds on a strong background of academic and industrial biochemistry experience. Following my undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton, I completed a PhD at the University of Warwick and then conducted Wellcome Trust-funded postdoctoral study at the University of Cambridge. Keen to gain an industry perspective, I then joined Pfizer Global Research and Development, contributing to the early research phases of drug development. I returned to academia, joining the University of Portsmouth, to take up a tenured Fellowship and establish an independent research team within the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Science.
With a strong interest in supporting and developing researchers, I represent research staff on the University of Portsmouth Research Committee and lead the University’s Research Staff Forum. Externally, I am the South East Representative, and Secretary, for the Vitae-supported UK Research Staff Association (UK-RSA) which supports the UK Research Council’s and Vitae’s mission to enable and encourage research staff development. Building on a strong track record of delivering BBSRC-funded research, I have recently been appointed as a BBSRC Pool of Experts Panel Member to contribute to decisions on the allocation of grant funding.
- Professor Anoop Chauhan
- Honorary Professor of Respiratory Medicine
I am a Consultant in General and Respiratory Medicine, Director of Research and Innovation at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and an Executive of the Wessex Comprehensive Research Network. I am the Respiratory Lead for the Wessex Academic Science Network, with a mission to improve quality of respiratory care in the Wessex region through Research & Innovation. My research and clinical interests are in airways diseases particularly severe refractory asthma, COPD epidemiology, abnormalities of coagulation in the airways, and the influence of the environment and infection in airways diseases. My research is funded by the MRC, NIHR, Asthma UK, British Lung Foundation and Industry e.g. http://www.lasertrial.co.uk and http://www.respect-meso.org.
- Professor Alan Costall
- Professor of Theoretical Psychology
My work takes a broadly ecological approach to the human sciences, based on the principle of animal-environment mutuality. We need to understand people in relation to their situations, but also recognize that these situations as themselves shaped - individually and collectively - through human activity. My research and theoretical and historical writings have tried to undermine the dualisms that persist in so-called post-modern thought: mental vs physical, mind vs body, subjective vs objective, biology vs culture, and individual vs society (to name but a few!). The topics of my research have been diverse, ranging from issues in archaeology, philosophy of mind, and the history of biology, to children’s drawings, autism, and cubism.
I have held posts at UCL, the Open University, and the University of Southampton. I have been a senior research fellow at the Universities of Manchester and Georgia (USA), and at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, and a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen. My publications include Doing things with things: The design and use of everyday objects (Ashgate, 2006), Against theory of mind (Macmillan Palgrave, 2009), and Michotte’s experimental phenomenology of perception (Routledge, 2013).
- Professor Simon Cragg
- Professor of Marine Biology
I am an invertebrate zoologist who is fascinated by the diversity of marine animal life. This interest was fired by undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Bangor, North Wales, followed by an eight- year period as a scientific civil servant in Papua New Guinea. My primary research focus is on marine wood-borers - unpromising-looking creatures that provide me with a wide range of stimulating scientific questions and also a number of practical problems to resolve. They are major pests of structures in the intertidal zone and so I seek novel approaches to protecting wood that do not have undesirable effects on other marine organisms. I do this by delving into remarkable ability of these animals to degrade tough woody materials. By developing an understanding this ability, my collaborators and I are revealing novel enzymes and mechanisms with potential for generating liquid biofuels from agricultural wastes and wood. Wood breakdown is not a problem in the natural world. Here the borers play a vital role in breaking down woody detritus and supporting food chains. Wood borers are active and numerous in mangrove forests.
I aim to determine the extent to which they support biodiversity and promote the storage of carbon in these threatened ecosystems. The animals are at the core of this diverse range of investigations, but the diversity requires a multidisciplinary approach which has given me the opportunity to work with specialists in, for example, structural biology, molecular biology, wood science and ecology. Science can be a remarkably social activity!
- Professor Colyn Crane-Robinson
- Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry
After reading Chemistry at Oxford and spending two years as a post-doc in Leningrad, I came to the Physics Department of the Portsmouth College of Technology in 1962, where I co-founded the Biophysics Group, a research consortium that moved to the School of Biology in 1979. My research concerns the structure and function of chromatin, i.e. the complex of proteins and DNA that constitutes the chromosomes. Over the years my work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the BBSRC and currently by the Leverhulme Trust. This has allowed the employment of several post-docs and supported the work of numerous PhD students. The structural side of the work makes use of NMR and optical techniques, with a current aim of spreading into X-ray crystallography. Functional studies have concentrated on the role of the histone packaging proteins, in particular variant forms and their role in modifying chromatin structure. This is currently being applied to the process of cellular trans-differentiation, a key to facilitating regenerative medicine.
- Professor Mike Cummings
- Honorary Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology
I have been a Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth since 1996 and Honorary Professor in Diabetes and Endocrinology since 2008. My main interests lie in diabetes focussed research and education provision.
My original interest centred around diabetic dyslipidaemia examining apolipoprotein metabolism utilising stable isotopes and GCMS. This work has expanded into examining cardiovascular disease as part of the DOVE (Dysglycaemia, Oxidative stress and the Vacular Endothelium) project in collaboration with Dr David Laight, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacy incorporating assessment of endothelial dysfunction which has been running for over 10 years. I am Diabetes and Endocrinology Leads for the Comprehensive Local Research Network for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, co-ordinating research in these topics throughout the region. We are involved in many national and international multi-centred trials which are examining novel therapies for treating hyperglycaemia, dyslipidaemia and other aspects of diabetes management, registered with the national Diabetes Research Network.
In collaboration with Portsmouth University hosted at Rees Hall, we run a comprehensive programme of learning for health care professionals who wish to develop their skills in diabetes management (endorsed by our local Clinical Commissioning Groups). I am Programme Director in Wessex for Specialist Registrars training in Diabetes and Endocrinology. I am also Co-Editor for the journal Practical Diabetes and Section-Editor for the journal Diabetes Digest.
- Professor Taraneh Dean
- Visiting Professor of Health Sciences
I am Professor of Health Science. A biochemist by background and born again epidemiologist. My work on the area of allergic disorders focuses on epidemiology of food allergy and risk factors associated with development of food allergy. I also have a keen interest in atopic eczema and non-pharmacological approaches to management of the condition.
My interest in evidence-based healthcare spans a wide range of methodologies utilised in this area including clinical trials, systematic reviews and observational studies. In this area I am usually a collaborator and contribute to research in any clinical speciality as an epidemiologist. I publish, supervise postgraduate researchers and seek research funding in both areas.
- Professor Alex Ford
- Professor of Biology
I currently hold the position of Reader in Biology (since 2012) based at the Institute of Marine Sciences (School of Biological Sciences), having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer in Marine Zoology. My research interests span the fields of invertebrate biology and ecology and incorporate both aspects of ecotoxicology and parasitology. I have particular interests in the diversity and evolution of different reproductive systems found within the Crustacea and what happens when sex determination or sexual differentiation ‘goes wrong’ resulting in intersexuality and gymandromorphism. I have a keen interest in marine parasitology and wonderful ways in which parasites and pollution can alter the physiology, morphology, sex and behaviour of marine organisms. Currently my work is supported by the NERC and an EU Interreg programme (PeReNE). I’m currently an associate editor of the journal PeerJ and Frontiers in Marine Sciences, plus I have recently guest edited the journal Aquatic Toxicology.
I originally studied a BSc in Biological Sciences at Plymouth University (1993-1996), followed by an MSc in Environmental Biology at Swansea University (1997). After spells working as a Nature Conservation Officer, Pollution Control Officer and Turtle Biologist, I settled down to a Senior Research Assistant post back in Wales (Swansea University 1991-2001) where I worked on a large European funded project identifying and mapping the epibenthic diversity of the North Sea. A PhD followed at Edinburgh Napier University investigating the effects of pollution on the endocrine systems of crustaceans (2001-2004). On completion of my PhD I spent a few years lecturing at Napier University (2004-2007) followed by a Senior Research Fellowship post at the UHI Millennium Institute (2007-2008) based in Thurso (N. Scotland).
- Professor Andy Gale
- Emeritus Professor of Geology
My interests lie in palaeontology and stratigraphy, and the application of geochemical data to understanding past environmental change, especially during the Cretaceous Period. My current research interests include the use of fossils in reconstructing evolutionary histories of living invertebrate groups, specifically barnacles and starfish, integrating morphological and molecular data. I also work on the conditions of deposition of Cretaceous rocks, especially the Chalk, in an attempt to understand a "Greenhouse World" with no polar ice and high sea levels. This work has taken me to diverse parts of the world including North America, India and Australia.
- Professor Dariusz C. Górecki
- Professor of Molecular Medicine
I come from Poland where I qualified in medicine and obtained a PhD. My research interests span several areas within molecular medicine including gene regulation and expression in dystrophic disorders, the role of receptors in neurological diseases, blood-brain barrier function and drug and gene targeting. Our current research is supported by the EU Interreg grant TC2N, the Foundation for Polish Science and the Duchenne Parents Project (NL). I am the Director of Research (School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences) and have chaired the Science Faculty Research Degrees Committee. I had been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Scholarship (2011, Harvard Medical School) and previously held a Welcome European Fellowship, University of Cambridge Medical School and the Wellcome Research Career Development Fellowship at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London.
- Professor Richard Greenwood
- Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science
My background was in the biological sciences, but I spent much of my research career in the area of pesticide and environmental chemistry. I retired from the post of Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Portsmouth in 2011, and was given Emeritus status.
For half of my career I worked on insecticide chemistry and mode of action, and was involved in designing, synthesising and testing novel insecticides. One of my main interests was modelling the underlying physicochemical basis of toxicokinetic activity, using multidimensional techniques. Much of my work was in collaboration with pesticide and pharmaceutical companies. Recently I have sat on a number of US Environment Protection Agency Special Advisory Panels called under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
For the last fifteen years I have worked on monitoring the chemical quality of the aquatic environment and led a number of large EU funded projects in this area. My work involved me in the development of a patented passive sampler for measuring concentrations of pollutants in the aquatic environment. I led a team that developed an ISO/CEN standard for the use of passive samplers in surface waters. Since my retirement I have continued working on a number of projects involving monitoring the chemical quality of aquatic environments.
- Professor Matthew Guille
- Professor of Developmental Genetics
I was born in Guernsey but studied Biochemistry in London for my BSc, PhD and post-docs. My research interest is gene regulation in embryos and I use the frog model to study epigenetic regulation and post-translational modification of gene controlling proteins in early development. I run the European Xenopus Resource Centre, which is the largest frog facility in the world. We collaborate with more than 100 research groups to develop genetically altered embryos that allow us to understand the basic principles of life, which underpin medical advances. My more applied research involves working with medicinal chemists to use the frog model to understand how new therapeutic compounds work and to model human genetic diseases. My research is funded by the Wellcome Trust, BBSRC, EU and HEIF. Outside the University I sit on the scientific oversight committee of the National Xenopus Resource, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA and advise a number of public and charitable bodies on frog welfare.
- Professor Paul Hayes
- Professor of Biology
- Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience)
I am a microbial ecologist with interests in primary production in both marine and freshwater ecosystems. My initial focus was to generate an understanding of the molecular structure of gas vesicles, the mechanisms that allow their accumulation and the selective forces that have shaped their evolution: these structures provide buoyancy and thus allow access to light in important groups of photosynthetic primary producers that would otherwise sink out into darker, deeper waters. More recently my research focus has switched to the genetic structure of microbial populations and communities. The aim has been to explore and quantify the interaction between the environment and microbial genomes in an attempt to understand succession and evolution in the microbial communities that form the base of the food chain in aquatic ecosystems. Current work focuses on phytoplanktonic microorganisms and the viruses that help shape their population structures. In addition to these studies I have contributed significantly to an improved understanding of the taxonomy of morphologically depauperate species of the red algae and of both green and brown algal endophytes growing within seaweed hosts. Both macro- and microalgae are now under active investigation as a feedstock for the production of biofuels, and so a knowledge and understanding of the biology of these organisms is once more an ‘in demand’ subject area.
- Professor Richard Healey
- Professor of Geography
After postgraduate study at Cambridge and Princeton, the first half of my career was spent at Edinburgh University, where I co-directed the ESRC Regional Research Laboratory for Scotland and was a member of the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre. Since moving to Portsmouth in 1995, I have continued to develop two different, but inter-linked strands of research interest. The first involves the theory and application of Geographical Information Science and related database methodologies, while the second substantive area is concerned with regional industrial development in the 19th century USA (especially the mining, iron and steel, and railroad industries). This work has been funded by the Research Councils, UK and EU Government Agencies and such disparate organisations as the UN Development Programme and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. It has resulted in two books, numerous journal articles and several types of publicly available electronic resources.
Current research in technical areas is focused on databases and high-performance computing, Big Data methodologies, data warehousing and database archiving. This increasingly feeds into large-scale analysis of 19th century US demographic and economic data, both from census and non-census sources. Recent findings show Krugman’s theoretical model of the emergence of the American Manufacturing Belt is not supported by the empirical evidence. They also cast serious doubt on the accuracy and consistency of 19th century US manufacturing census data and on the value of occupational data in the corresponding population censuses for inferring industrial sector participation rates.
When not wrestling with multi-million row data tables, I can usually be found either in the weight-lifting gym or throwing heavy metal objects at the local athletics track.
- Professor Sara Holmes
- Visiting Professor of Dental Education
I am Professor of Dental Education. My work and research interests span the relationship between healthcare policy and practice, training and education of the dental-team and the future healthcare workforce.
In 1997 I approached the University, with the support of the Regional Clincial Director, with a proposal to develop Dental Nursing education based upon my analysis and recognition that improved provision was needed. Having initially trained as a Dental Nurse, I had the sense that the education of Dental Care Professionals (DCPs) was a ‘Cinderella’ professional specialty in dentistry. My large-scale study of DCP education and training needs within the dental workforce, revealed a complex picture across the region, including personnel shortages.
In 2004, building on this work, I founded the University’s School for DCPs - Dental Nurses, Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists. The University’s proposal to the NHS was the first successful bid from a UK university to host a clinical DCP training school. In 2006, in recognition of this work, I was made Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen for Services to Dental Education.
Although the School was very successful, a gap remained in relation to how the whole ‘dental team’ was trained, with dentists and DCPs being trained in isolation both at the University and across UK Dental Schools. To address this gap I led a further successful University bid to develop a Dental Academy that would deliver a unique team-based educational model to facilitate a shared learning experience for final year dental undergraduate students from King’s College London Dental Institute and DCP students from the University.
My work has attracted widespread national and international interest and others have adopted the learning infrastructure and team-based model of inter-professional education I have developed and championed.
- Professor Lorraine Hope
- Professor of Applied Cognitive Psychology
My research concerns the performance of human cognition in applied contexts and focuses on (i) the effects of external factors such as divided attention, operational stressors, misinformation and other real-world variables on memory performance, and (ii) the development of theoretically-informed techniques and tools to facilitate the recall accounts of victims, witnesses, suspects and operational actors (e.g. firearms officers) in investigative contexts. Cultivating close collaborative relationships with police forces and other agencies has enabled me to extend my research from laboratory settings into applied contexts and, as a consequence, drive forward changes to procedures and policy both in the UK and overseas.
My research on the Self-Administered Interview (SAI©) illustrates this high impact transition of knowledge from laboratory to end-user. The SAI© is an evidence-based investigative tool designed to elicit comprehensive initial statements from witnesses and victims. This research has had an important impact on the operational activities of UK and international police forces and now forms part of investigative training for police and other agencies in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. My on-going research work continues to strive for theory-driven innovation in the development of memory elicitation techniques.
To date, my research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Australian Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, Health & Safety Executive, British Academy, Metropolitan Police and other government agencies. I am currently Associate Editor for the journal, Legal and Criminological Psychology, Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied and elected to the Governing Board of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC). I have published widely on memory performance in applied contexts and regularly speak at international conferences aimed at both academics and practitioners.
- Professor Donald Houston
- Professor of Geography
My research mostly relates to social inequalities within and between urban and regional labour markets. I work across disciplines, including economics, social policy, public health and town planning. The UK is a good place to study economic geography because it is one of the most geographically unequal economies in the developed world. I am continually shocked by government policies, particularly welfare reforms, that are blind to geography. Not only are such policies usually detrimental to the most marginalised people and places, they often misdiagnose the causes of employment problems in weak local labour markets.
- Professor Sherria Hoskins
- Professor of Psychology and Education
Before beginning my degree and PhD in Psychology I qualified as a Basic Adult Education tutor, teaching adults with severe learning disabilities and those leaving school without basic reading, writing and numeracy skills. This was the beginning of my passion for understanding and supporting learning.
My current research (with nursery, school, college and university aged learners) takes a social cognitive psychology approach to understanding how learner’s beliefs (e.g. implicit and self-theories) impact their learning behaviour (e.g. resilience, motivation, approach to learning and decision making) and academic outcomes. I am specifically interested in whether we can influence those beliefs to positively impact learning behaviours and outcomes.
My research and innovation has been conducted with over 250 non-academic partners across Europe via Growing Learners.
I lead numerous applied funded research projects. These include a HEFCE funded project exploring Learning in Gain in British Higher Education, which will inform the debate around and implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Another ongoing project that I lead is the third in a series of large scale randomized control trials testing the impact of implicit theory (Mindset) interventions on the motivation, self-regulation and attainment of UK Primary School pupils.
I am also a passionate teacher and educational innovator. My work in this area has been acknowledged by the Higher Education Academy, who awarded me a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013 and accredited me as a Principal Fellow in 2014.
- Professor Geoff Kneale
- Emeritus Professor of Biomolecular Science
I am Professor of Biomolecular Science in the School of Biological Sciences, where I first started as a senior lecturer in 1985 so I am an ‘old hand’ here! I was also cofounder (and until recently, Director) of the Institute of Biomedical and Biomolecular Sciences, a multi-disciplinary Institute that crosses a number of departmental boundaries, and I led our submission into the last two Research Assessment Exercises. For many years, I was also Associate Dean (Research) in the Science Faculty.
My research is principally concerned with understanding how proteins interact with DNA and the precise mechanisms that determine how genes are regulated. In my research group, we use a wide variety of biophysical techniques (such as X-ray Crystallography and Neutron Scattering, to name but two) in order to delve into the molecular structures at a detailed atomic level and try to deduce how they work. I have receievd research grants from BBSRC, EPSRC, the Wellcome Trust, and the Leverhulme Trust over the last 25 years, totalling around £6m, and have published almost 100 research papers in leading academic journals. In this time I have supervised 20 PhD students and 12 postdoctoral researchers and I am pleased to say that most of them have gone on to have very successful research and/or academic careers.
- Professor Chris Louca
- Professor of Oral Care Education
My research interests are currently in dental education and prosthodontic/restorative dentistry. I am interested in student assessment and feedback, the role of mental imagery in the learning of practical skills, the development & evaluation of novel teaching techniques (e.g. ‘flipping’), the impact of PG teaching on clinical practice and the training requirements of vocational dental practitioners. I present my work regularly at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) conferences.
- Professor Graham A Mills
- Professor of Environmental Chemistry
I am an analytical chemist and engineer. My research interests are in the use of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques in biomedical and environmental analyses and the development of novel sample preparation methods in analytical chemistry. My more recent research has been directed towards the development of passive sampling devices to monitor water quality and have designed and patented the Chemcatcher sampler. This device is now being used worldwide for the measurement of both organic and inorganic pollutants in the aquatic environment. I am involved in a number of academic, governmental and industrial collaborations across Europe in respect of monitoring water quality. Since 2000, I have been the overall Programme Manager for the Faculty of Science’s Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care. This is one of the largest doctorate programmes of its kind in the UK and has over 50 graduates since the inception of the course.
- Professor John McGeehan
- Professor of Structural Biology
I am a structural biologist with a particular interest in X-ray crystallography of proteins and DNA. My first degree was at Glasgow University and I completed my PhD at the MRC Virology Unit in 1996. I arrived at the University of Portsmouth in 2000, via York, and spent 5 years working with Prof. Geoff Kneale. Keen to learn the intricacies of structural biology, I moved to France for a fellowship at the EMBL-Grenoble where I worked for 2 years at the ESRF. In 2005 I took up an RCUK fellowship at Portsmouth and set up our own in-house X-ray crystallography facility.
I feel very fortunate since my scientific area has received substantial investment over recent years with the construction of the UK synchrotron at Harwell, the Diamond Light Source. I am very much involved with this fantastic facility and I currently represent the strong macromolecular crystallography community on the Diamond User Committee. I sit on the Council of the British Crystallography Association where I am also secretary of the Biological Structures Group.
Structural biology is a powerful technique and solving the 3D structures of biological molecules down to the atomic level can provide great insight into how they function, and crucially how they malfunction in disease. I am involved in a wide range of projects, from brain tumour research through to the design of new enzymes for the biofuels industry (find out more on my lab page), and have published over 40 research papers that cover detailed 3D crystal structures through to new instrumentation and method developments.
- Professor Geoffrey J Pilkington
- Professor of Cellular and Molecular Neuro-oncology and Head of Brain Tumour Research Centre
I have spent my entire career in brain tumour research, having started work on chemical neuro-carcinogenesis where I studied brain cancer stem cells and brain tumour development at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in the early 1970s and subsequently spent 23 years at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, latterly as Professor of Experimental Neuro-oncology. In 2003 I moved to the School of Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, as Professor of Cellular & Molecular Neuro-oncology & Director of Research. Over the years the research focus of my group has been development of models for the study of intrinsic brain tumours, elucidation of the mechanisms underlying diffuse local invasive behaviour in glioma, delivery systems for passage of agents across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and development of novel strategies for mitochondrial mediation of apoptosis in glioma. I have published numerous papers on the results of my research on human glioma and have developed various “all human” three-dimensional in vitro models to study brain tumour invasion and the BBB. At the University of Portsmouth I have established an excellent suite of laboratories and a host of state-of-the-art equipment in which to accommodate the Brain Tumour Research Centre.
For more information about my research please visit my lab page.
- Professor Jane Portlock
- Professor of Pharmacy Practice
As a pharmacist, postgraduate tutor for pharmacists and an academic, I have spent a number of years creating and delivering education, initially at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Portsmouth and more recently, at the University College London School of Pharmacy. These education roles have led to the development of research interests and numerous projects in pharmacy education such development of peer mentors, the role of simulation in undergraduate pharmacy, development of placement education using the “Pharmacy Live” concept of immersive education, the place of professional leadership in undergraduate education, development and evaluation of new roles for pharmacy, development and evaluation of psychological approaches to helping people make healthy choices and the evaluation of the concept of Healthy Living Pharmacy. In my role as Professor of Pharmacy Practice, I am developing research programmes to evaluate the place of Healthy Living Pharmacies throughout Europe, investigate the potential role of community pharmacists in early diagnosis of respiratory diseases and expand research into the use of psychological methods by pharmacists to support medicine taking in patients who have had a myocardial infarction.
- Professor Vasudevi Reddy
- Professor of Developmental and Cultural Psychology
- Director, Centre for Situated Action and Communication
I studied Psychology (as well as Political Science and English Literature) in India before completing a PhD in Edinburgh. My primary interest is in the way in which we come to understand (or misunderstand) other people. To address this, I have been, for over twenty years, studying communicative interactions in very early infancy as well as in young children with developmental disorders. In the Centre for Situated Action and Communication we have been focusing on the influence of ecological contexts on the potential for social engagements and on the emergence of understanding. Studying everyday interactions across cultures has enabled me to challenge the claims in dominant theories about infant development and about the underpinnings of knowledge. Our current research is supported by a Marie Curie Initial Training Network focusing on an embodied science of intersubjectivity www.tesis-itn.eu. Previous grant funding has come from the Economic and Social Research Council and EU 6th framework grants. I received a mid-career award (a while ago!) for science from the Society for Reproductive and Infant Psychology, and more recently a book award from the British Psychological Society.
- Professor Joanna Wakefield-Scurr
- Professor of Biomechanics
With half the female population experiencing breast pain, up to 72% of exercising females experiencing discomfort and the breast as a barrier to exercise for 17% of women, the biomechanics of the breast has become a key focus of my research career. Having gained my PhD in Biomechanics from the University of Chichester, my research career began investigating human movement. It became apparent that the movement of the breast has many negative consequences which can have a substantial impact on woman’s quality of life. As a result, I established the Research Group in Breast Health at the University of Portsmouth in 2007. Our Group undertake fundamental and applied research in breast health, broadening understanding, raising awareness of this important aspect, and informing product development. We are well known internationally having published almost half of the scientific papers in the area and having worked with many apparel companies world-wide. Our research has received over £5m of PR coverage contributing to the dissemination of our research to the general public. Our Group consists of academic staff with biomechanical and health backgrounds, post-doctoral researchers in breast support and breast biomechanics, postgraduate researchers in areas such as breast pain, breast mechanics and breast education, all driving the global agenda of research in breast biomechanics.
- Professor Martin Severs
- Visiting Professor of Health Care for Older People
I am a practicing Consultant Geriatrician at the local district general hospital [Queen Alexandra Hospital], and also the Associate Dean in Clinical Practice within the Science Faculty at the University of Portsmouth. I am interested in systems of care and in particular the role of the environment as part of the care process, so have recently completed work on flooring that prevents injury when older people fall in hospital.
I have held a number of leadership roles including; Membership of ministerial task forces, National Board membership, Strategic Health Authority Non-Executive Director; Trust Medical Director, Service Clinical Director. I have over 22 years of experience in health informatics and was the original chair of the national medical group and initiator of the national professional information advisory groups for the professions and the NHS.
I am seconded to the Department of Health three days per week where I am the Chairman of the Information Standards Board for Health and Social Care which is the single assurance and approval body for the use of Information Standards within the NHS and with its communicating partners in England. I resigned in March 2012 as the Management Board chairman of the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation, which is the now 19 country member Danish Association which owns and manages the SNOMED CT terminology. I took up the post of Clinical Lead for the Information Governance Review of the Health and Social Care System in England being led by Dame Fiona Caldicott in April 2012, which was published in May 2013 and have since been asked to be a member of the Independent Information Governance Oversight Panel for the health and social care system in England.
- Professor Janis Shute
- Professor of Respiratory Pharmacology
A biochemist by training, I have spent many years working in the fields of respiratory immunology and pharmacology, especially as they relate to understanding the mechanisms and novel therapeutic approaches for asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A particular research focus has been on the multiple pharmacological properties of heparin and their translation into inhaled therapy for inflammatory airways disease, for which I hold three patents. I collaborate with Portsmouth and Southampton University Hospitals Trusts, and other centres in Europe, for both patient and laboratory-based clinical research. I am currently interested in the role of the coagulation cascade in the airways in asthma (funded by Asthma UK), the effect of inhaled heparin in patients with COPD, and the role of endothelial CFTR in the excessive airway inflammation in cystic fibrosis (funded by the Dunhill Trust).
I am Chair of the University of Portsmouth Athena Swan Group which aims to support the advancement and promotion of women in Science, Engineering and Technology, and to address gender inequality in these subjects. Outside of the University I have been a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust Research Advisory Committee for eight years.
- Professor Jim Smith
- Professor of Environmental Science
I am an expert in modelling radioactive pollution in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. I have co-ordinated three multi-national EU-funded projects on the environmental consequences of the Chernobyl accident and regularly work in the Chernobyl 30-km Zone. I am lead author of a major book on the accident: Chernobyl: Catastrophe and Consequences and authored a key Nature opinion piece in the wake of the recent Fukushima accident. I am a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Group on the Chernobyl Cooling Pond, and Chairman of the UK Coordinating Group on Environmental Radioactivity. Formerly at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, I am now Professor of Environmental Science at Portsmouth University.
- Professor Humphrey Southall
- Professor of Historical Geography
My original research, begun at Cambridge University and developed at the University of London, concerned the origins of Britain’s north-south divide and the development of nineteenth century labour markets, working especially with trade unions records. This led into a broader concern with British regional development, with the various statistical sources which record long-run geographical change including the census, and consequently with making sense of those sources by reconstructing the boundaries of historical reporting units: counties, districts and parishes. I have led the development of the Great Britain Historical GIS (Geographical Information System) for more than twenty years, evolving it from a relatively simple assembly of historical statistics and computerised boundaries into a richer resource also including historical maps and travel writing, organised to enable not just mapping but the tracing of how individual communities have changed over time.
This resource lies behind the very popular web site A Vision of Britain through Time, funded by the UK National Lottery, launched in 2004 and now receiving over a million visitors each year. I am also using the Great Britain Historical GIS in analytic research into long-run population dynamics, land-use change and the relationship between local environments and individual health. The design principles behind our historical GIS are now being incorporated into international projects and I am working on a new historical web site with global scope, PastPlace. I serve on the Office of National Statstics’ Census Academic Advisory Group, and the steering committee of the UK Archives Discovery Network.
- Professor Rob Strachan
- Professor of Geology
Understanding how and why the continents deform is fundamental to understanding Earth’s evolution. My research focuses on understanding mountain building processes and plate tectonic movements in the middle to lower continental crust and how these can be unravelled using modern geochronological techniques. This research has mostly been carried out in the Caledonian orogenic belt of the North Atlantic region (Scotland and NE Greenland) – the most intensively studied ancient mountain belt in the world – and the Cadomian orogen of NW France.
Fieldwork has been funded by collaborative grants from the Greenland Geological Survey and the British Geological Survey/NERC University Collaboration Programme to produce new 1:50,000 scale geological maps of the NW Highlands of Scotland. I have represented the UK on the leadership committees of three UNESCO-funded IGCP projects (IGCP = International Geological Correlation Project). During 2005-2011 I was Chief Editor of the Journal of the Geological Society of London, the pre-eminent UK-based geosciences journal. In June 2012 I was awarded a Coke Medal by the Geological Society.
- Professor Michael John Tipton
- Professor of Human and Applied Physiology
After completing my education at the Universities of Keele and London, I joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science I moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to my University positions, I was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Unit of the INM from 1996. I have spent over 25 years researching and advising in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. I have published over 350 scientific papers, reports, chapters and books in these areas. I am a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport; he sits on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical & Survival Committee, Surf Lifesaving GB’s medical and research advisory panel and the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board. He Chairs UK Sport’s Research Advisory Group which oversees all medical and technological research undertaken with and for Team GB’s athletes. Prof Tipton is Patron of the SARbot charity and section editor of the journal Extreme Physiology and Medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Prof Tipton provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.
- Professor Liz Twigg
- Professor in Human Geography
My research interests focus on quantitative health geography. I am particularly interested in how place and space influence individual health outcomes and health related behaviours such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Much of this work involves the use of large and complex government sponsored secondary data sources alongside specialist spatial modelling techniques to unpack the relative importance of individual and area characteristics in determining risk of poor health outcomes. These techniques are also used in a predictive framework to provide maps of health behaviours and outcomes across the small areas of countries and regions. Currently these analytical techniques are being used to investigate variations in risk of compulsory admission to mental health hospitals across England and a more localised study is also looking at the co-consumption of tobacco and cannabis amongst adolescents across Hampshire.
I am also interested in perceptions of community well-being and the individual and local drivers that lead to strong levels of community cohesion and trust. This work challenges the assumed detrimental effects of social diversity on such measures of community well-being. Much of my research has been externally funded including grants from ESRC and NHS/NIHR and is often collaborative in nature involving multidisciplinary teams of academics, clinicians and representatives from public health.
- Professor Aldert Vrij
- Professor of Applied Social Psychology
I am Professor of Applied Social Psychology at the University of Portsmouth (UK). My main research interests are (i) nonverbal and verbal correlates of deception and (ii) people’s ability to detect deceit. I have received grants from the British Academy, Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Erasmus Mundus (Joint Doctorate programmes), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Innovation Group, Leverhulme Trust, Nuffield Foundation, and Dutch, British and American Governments, totalling more than £2,500,000. My research has a strongly applied quality, and I work closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers), both in terms of conducting collaborative research and in disseminating the research findings via seminars and workshops. I have published 400 articles and 7 books on the above topics, including my 2008 book Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and opportunities (published by Wiley), a comprehensive overview of research into nonverbal, verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.
Technology and Maths
- Professor Tom Addis
- Emeritus Professor of Computer Science
I joined the School of Computing in 1994 as Professor of Computer Science and have been an Emeritus Professor of Computer Science since 2006. During the whole of this time I also worked on the automatic monitoring and assessment of student mariners. Originally, I served in the Royal Navy until 1961 and then joined ICI as an Instrument Development and Non-destructive Testing Engineer. I studied Applied Physics at Aston University, Experimental Psychology at Sussex University and Cybernetics at Brunel University.
In 1969, I joined ICL to work on computer speech recognition and a prototype database engine. During the mid 70s, I went on to develop artificial intelligent systems to help engineers find faults. In 1981, I lectured in Computer Science at Brunel University and in 1986 I became Professor of Computer Science at the University of Reading. I was also technical consultant to GEC and the Imperial Cancer Research Fund to develop engines for knowledge storage and with Plessey to evolve a wafer manufacturing scheduling system. I was an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies until the end of 2004. During the time I was Professor of Computer Science I was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Science Studies Centre at the University of Bath until November 2007. I was also an Elected Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College during this period.
My research is to understand the relationships between People, Knowledge, Communication and Technology with the objectives to develop a theory of knowledge and intelligence that addresses the problems of people working with complex systems. This requires knowledge of the complete process of problem solving done by either a computer or a person using paper and pencil. This research is concerned with the development of theories and the establishment of principles of human computer interaction and computer models of creativity.
- Professor Djamel Ait-Boudaoud
- Professor of Computer Engineering
- Dean, Faculty of Technology
I am an engineer with a passion for ‘nature-inspired’ research and applications. As a PhD student, my research focussed on ‘systolic’ architectures, a concept that mimics the rhythmic contraction of the heart (systole) that proved extremely effective in reducing design costs because of their simplicity and regularity for ‘pumping’ data through the system. When I progressed in my academic career, I developed further research interests in Neural Networks (inspired by our nervous system), Genetic algorithms (inspired by natural evolution), and particle swarm optimisation (inspired by flock of birds and fish exhibiting coordinated behaviours). These techniques are very successful in solving NP-hard problems but above all else, it is their simplicity that makes them very attractive to engineers. My most recent research work is predominantly focussed on the problems of optimisation with applications in 3D computer vision, video standards (H264) and solving combinatorial (ordered-sequence) problems using a variety of optimisation methods based on genetic algorithms and particle swarm optimisation.
- Professor Asa Barber
- Professor of Advanced Materials Engineering
After completing my PhD in the Mechanics of Composites at Imperial College London I continued my research in the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In 2006 I accepted a post at the Queen Mary University of London in their School of Engineering and Materials Science as a Lecturer in Materials.
In 2014 I was appointed Professor of Advanced Materials Engineering at the University of Portsmouth, School of Engineering, where my recent article on “Extreme strength observed in limpet teeth” has been gaining international news coverage. For more information on this research please visit the University of Portsmouth news page.
- Professor Nick Bennett
- Professor of Engineering Manufacture & Innovation
I started my career as an apprentice in manufacturing industry, including traditional ONC/HNC technical college studies, then moved on to read engineering at Bath University, followed by project management and the design and implementation of large process projects with Roan Consolidated and Binnie & Partners Consulting Engineers in UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Hence, I'm keen on product and process innovation and how to create novel market and technical solutions, often through pulling diverse teams together across international boundaries.
Joining Portsmouth Polytechnic I took on course leadership and a part-time MBA and succeeded in winning LEA and DTI initiative funding for new BEng and MSc manufacturing courses. Other funded projects followed, such as Enterprise in Higher Education, RDA Rapid Product Development Group, Teaching Company Schemes and a substantial EPSRC Collaborative Training Account.
I founded the Regional Centre for Manufacturing Industry in 1998, through which a wide range of UK and international research and innovation work in collaboration with funding agencies and industry has been delivered, including laboratory-based investigations, rapid prototyping & Lean studies, EC Tempus & Thematic Research, EPSRC & TSB process and collaborative research, SMART & Innovation Awards and industry-based MSc & PhD studies. At Portsmouth, we led the major HEFCE South East Knowledge Exchange for Product Development consortium. Recent SME innovation KTP's include Iracroft, 3TRPD, Alitex, Tendercare, Rimor and MagmaGlobal. I am active in external examining, IMechE, ECUK examining, consultancy and regional panels. I still very much enjoy international travel for business and with my family.
- Professor Max Bramer
- Emeritus Professor of Information Technology
I have been Emeritus Professor of Information Technology since 2010, having joined the University as Digital Professor of Information Technology in 1989. I served as Head of the Department of Information Science from 1989 to 1997, during which period the department grew from just 450 students to over 1,200, with a wide range of courses, including a large inter-faculty degree scheme and a joint degree with IBM UK. Previous employment includes Knowledge Engineering Programme Manager at Hewlett-Packard, Regional Director in the UK Government's Computing in Schools Programme and developer of early distance-learning Computing courses at the British Open University.
My research area is Artificial Intelligence (AI), specialising in Knowledge-Based Systems and Data Mining. I have published around 200 technical publications including textbooks on Data Mining and Logic Programming and have lectured extensively on AI in many countries. I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Royal Society of Arts and the Higher Education Academy and am also a Chartered Engineer and a European Engineer. I have been chair of the British Computer Society (BCS) Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence for many years and served on the BCS's Council for over 10 years. I was a founding member of the Steering Committee for the very successful IEEE International Conference on Data Mining series.
I am actively involved in the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), a non-governmental umbrella organization of national IT societies, which was established in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO. I have been the UK representative on the AI Technical Committee of IFIP since 1998 and served as its Chair from 2003-9. I was elected as a member of the Board of IFIP in 2008, re-elected in 2011 and was elected to the post of Vice-President in 2013.
- Professor Jim Briggs
- Professor of Informatics
I am an applied computer scientist who solves tricky real-world problems and helps improve the ways people use information technology.
I first applied my work to sport where I developed the first electronic cricket scoring system to be used nationally. I then moved on to the slightly different area of submarine command and control systems.
Shortly after joining the University of Portsmouth I began working on health-related topics and led the project that hosted the first National Database of Telemedicine here in Portsmouth. I founded what became the University's Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics (CHMI).
I work with a wide range of NHS and industry partners to devise systems that help save lives and make healthcare more effective. My collaboration with colleagues at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and elsewhere has led to the development of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS), which is now used by nurses in most UK hospitals to assess the condition of their patients and to advise when to call a doctor. Alongside this, I worked with The Learning Clinic Ltd in the development of their VitalPAC system – the most commonly used electronic system for gathering patients' vital signs at the bedside.
Outside the University, I am a leading international American football referee, officiating regularly at World, European and British championships. I am also the editor of the international American football rulebook and the author of the leading textbook on refereeing.
- Professor David Brown
- Professor of Industrial Systems
- Director, Institute of Industrial Research
I initiated and have been Director of the Institute of Industrial Research (IIR) for six years. This research group presently consists of two senior research staff, eight Research Assistants and five post graduate students and is probably the only industrially funded data diagnostics research group investigating novel Artificial Intelligence techniques in the UK. The IIR has over 200-refereed papers.
Some of the companies who have become associated with the research group have funded students directly - DSTL and PML Ltd. Over the past two years the IIR staff has secured approximately £1.8M of commercial funding. All the staff in the IIR are actively seeking international and EU research funding. We have had several exchange Professors and students working in the IIR this I am sure will encourage good links with their home Universities and future joint grants to undertake collaborative research work.
- Professor Rob Crittenden
- Professor of Cosmology
I was an undergraduate at the University of Maryland and received my PhD from Penn in 1993 working with Paul Steinhardt. After postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and CITA in Toronto, I went to Cambridge as a PPARC Advanced Fellow. I joined the ICG just after it was formed in 2002 as a Reader in Cosmology.
My research primarily concerns understanding how structure in the Universe formed and evolved, through observations of the cosmic microwave background, the distribution of galaxies and weak gravitational lensing. I am possibly best known for studying how galaxies and the CMB are correlated through the integrated Sachs-Wolfe effect, which provides independent evidence for the existence of dark energy.
- Professor Graham Galbraith
- Professor of Building Physics
I joined the University in September 2013 having worked previously as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire and prior to that Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) at Glasgow Caledonian University. I gained a BSc (1st class) in Environmental Engineering, an MSc, Mechanical Engineering and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde. I hold Chartered Engineer status, Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, am a Member of the Chartered Institution for Building Service Engineers and a Member of the Institute of Directors.
Up until 2009 my research activities were in the ventilation of buildings, energy systems and moisture in building constructions. I achieved an international reputation in the area of Building Physics and Material Science with emphasis on moisture within building components and associated impacts on indoor climate and health. I have been funded by the UK EPSRC and a number of industrial organisations with grants valued at well over £2M. I have authored over 60 scientific publications and 19 major research reports. As Director of Studies I successfully led 11 MPhil/MSc students and 3 PhD students as well as acting as external examiner for 4 PhDs.
- Professor Mark Gaterell
- Professor of Sustainable Construction
I am a Professor of Sustainable Construction and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Technology. Having left school at 16 I joined the Royal Air Force as an avionics technician working on airborne weapons and navigation systems. After six years I decided to leave and read engineering at the University of Leicester. The curriculum at Leicester sparked my interest in the link between engineering and the environment and I have now been involved with different aspects of the field of sustainable built environments for over twenty years. Over this time I have had a range of industrial and academic experience, working for companies such as Thames Water, Scott Wilson and the Building Research Establishment as well as receiving research degrees from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College.
My current research activities consider a broad range of issues relating to sustainable buildings, from the analysis of the relationship between buildings and open spaces at a redevelopment scale, to the consideration of elements of both new build and the existing building stock at an individual building scale. This work is characterised by multidisciplinary approaches, working together with ecologists, social scientists, urban designers, architects, economists and engineers. Key themes currently focus on the need to close the gap between design intent and the in-use performance of buildings, a significant problem so often found in the built environment, and the importance of dealing with future uncertainties to deliver resilient urban areas.
- Professor Dylan Jones
- Professor of Operational Research in the Department of Mathematics
I have a background in Mathematics and Operational Research and my research concerns the theory and application of decision problems with multiple, conflicting criteria. I have analysed decision problems related to logistics and manufacturing sustainability, sea-border security, and renewable energy as part of several large EU funded projects. I am head of the Logistics and Management Mathematics Research Group and I sit on the National Council of the British Operational Research Society. I am co-author of a textbook on the topic of goal programming and have published over forty scientific articles relating to the theory of how businesses and individuals meet their goals including applications in healthcare, finance, and predicting cinema-going behaviour. I have research links and collaborations in many countries, particularly Spain and Brazil.
- Professor Kazuya Koyama
- Professor of Cosmology
My main research interest lies in theoretical cosmology. I study the origin of structure in our Universe and test the early universe models using the statistical properties of the cosmic microwave background and the large scale structure of the Universe. I am also interested in explaining the late time acceleration of the Universe. Particularly I investigate a possibility to realise the late time acceleration by modifying general relativity on cosmological scales and develop cosmological tests of gravity. I was awarded my PhD from Kyoto University in 2002. My research is mainly supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. I was supported by the European Research Council’s starting grant, “Modified gravity models as an alternative to dark energy” between 2008 and 2013. Previous awards include RCUK academic fellowship, PPARC postdoctoral fellowship, Japanese JSPS postdoctoral fellowship. In 2009 I was awarded the Philipe Leverhulme prize and in 2010 I received the Young Scientist Award of the Physical Society of Japan. I was a PI of a Royal Society International Joint Project with the Yukawa Institute at Kyoto University. The collaboration between Portsmouth and Kyoto University was awarded the Daiwa-Adrian prize in 2010. I am a member of the Euclid consortium and co-leading an effort to develop N-body simulations for non-standard cosmological models. I am an editorial board member of Classical and Quantum Gravity.
- Professor Brian E Lee
- Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering
Prior to my retirement in 2009 I held the Balfour Beatty Chair of Civil Engineering from my appointment in April 1989, coincident with my appointment as Head of Department of Civil Engineering. I held the post of Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in 1993/4. In my former employment I was Professor and Head of Department of Building and Construction at the City University of Hong Kong from 1984 to 1989. My research and consultancy interests are in the field of Wind Engineering and I was fortunate to be elected in 1990 as the founder Chair of the UK Wind Engineering Society, an associated learned society of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
My interests moved from building aerodynamics to wind damage prediction and assessment and from there to disaster risk management more generally. I chaired to UK contribution to the United Nations programme on the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction , in the 1990’s and this was followed by my chairmanship of the UK Advisory Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction, reporting to the Cabinet Office, over the period 2000-2006.
During my period with the City University of Hong Kong I became a regular visitor to the Peoples Republic of China, acting as an advisor to the Guangdong Building Research and Design Institute on wind-tunnel testing methods, and to the China Aerodynamics Research and Development Centre on methods of measuring dynamic wind loads on tall structures. Other more recent work has included assessments of the damage caused by wind-borne debris and assessment of target values for wind related insurance pay-outs.
- Professor Honghai Liu
- Professor of Intelligent Systems
Honghai Liu received the PhD in Intelligent Robotics from King's College London, UK in 2003. Dr. Liu is presently Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where he heads the Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Robotics Group. He previously held research appointments at King's College London and University of Aberdeen, and project leader appointments in Large-scale industrial control and system integration industry. His main research interests include approximate computation, pattern recognition, multi-sensor based information analytics, intelligent robotics and their practical applications, especially in cognition-driven biomechatronics and information abstraction. He has (co)edited one book and five conference proceedings, and (co)authored over 300 peer-reviewed journals and conference papers including three Best Paper Awards.
He is an international leading researcher in computational intelligence and robotics. He is an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics. He is a Fellow of IET.
- Professor Roy Maartens
- Professor of Cosmology (Portsmouth)
- SKA Chair in Cosmology (Western Cape, South Africa)
The world’s largest astronomy experiment, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is currently being built in South Africa and Australia. This giant radio telescope array will look deeper into the Universe and further back in time than any other telescope before it. I am currently based mainly in South Africa, where I hold an SKA Research Chair that supports a team of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers working on cosmology with the SKA. This team has a strong collaboration with the ICG in Portsmouth. The SKA and its precursors will provide the biggest ever maps of the distribution of galaxies in the Universe. With these maps, we will be able to find out more about one of the greatest puzzles in modern physics – what is the nature of the Dark Energy that is forcing the Universe to expand faster and faster? Our model of the Universe is based on Einstein’s 1915 theory of General Relativity. This theory has been very successful in unlocking the secrets of the vast and ancient Universe. But perhaps Dark Energy does not exist – and instead, the acceleration of the Universe signals a breakdown of Einstein’s theory on very large scales? The SKA, together with major surveys on optical telescopes, will help us to answer this question. Portsmouth is a world-leader in galaxy surveys using optical telescopes, and we have the exciting opportunity to develop this further via the SKA.
- Professor Claudia Maraston
- Professor of Astrophysics
Astrophysics is the science that aims at explaining the physics of objects in the Universe. In particular, how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed shortly after the Big Bang and have evolved up to the present epoch. Galaxies contain hundreds of billion of stars that emit the energy from nuclear fusion of hydrogen and helium in their interiors. I am an expert in the theoretical modelling of the energetic emission and mass content from distant galaxies. My models are publicly available (www.maraston.eu) and are among the most popular models in the worldwide community. I obtained my PhD at the University of Bologna (Italy) in Theoretical Astrophysics. I have then worked at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich as a Research Associate and at the Max Planck Institute for extra-terrestrial physics as a Research fellow. In 2005 I was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship, which I held at the University of Oxford. I was then awarded a Marie Curie Excellence Team Grant of 1.3 Million Pounds to build a research group for studying the influence of spectral modelling on the general understanding of galaxy formation ad evolution. I moved to the University of Portsmouth in 2007 as a Senior Lecturer. I became Reader in Astrophysics in 2009 and Professor of Astrophysics in 2014. I have served on the international committees of the major telescopes in the world, such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope. I am part of several international collaborations, often with leading roles. I have written over 100 articles in specialized journals, several of which are highly cited and among the most cited internationally in the field.
- Professor Bob Nichol
- Professor of Astrophysics
- Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
I am a well-known cosmologist and astronomer with over 20 years of experience in designing, implementing and analyzing large astronomical surveys. I started my career with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and was the first SDSS Spectroscopic Scientist, achieving the goal of commissioning the SDSS spectroscopic operations in 2000. For this important infrastructure work, I was awarded “SDSS Builder” status and I have co-authored hundreds of SDSS papers over the last decade. In 1997, I joined the Physics Department at Carnegie Mellon University and helped build their new Astronomy group, including starting a new inter-disciplinary research team into Computational AstroStatistics. This team won the prize of Outstanding Statistical Application of the Year from the American Statistical Society in 2005. In 2003, my research into the Integrated Sachs Wolfe (ISW) effect was featured in the Breakthrough of the Year by Science Magazine, and resulted in me being a guest on the David Letterman Show. In 2004, I returned to the UK as a Marie Curie Excellence Chair at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG), where I am now co-Director (since 2010). I remain an active member of many astronomical surveys include SDSS-II/III, DES, LOFAR and the Euclid mission. Between 2009 and 2011, I was Spokesperson for the SDSS-III collaboration.
- Professor Andrew Osbaldestin
- Professor of Applied Mathematics
My research area can loosely be described as 'nonlinear and complex systems', popularly known as 'chaos theory'. This involves several aspects of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and numerical analysis, very often including computer simulations. Recognising that chaos is a typical feature of the models we use to understand the world about us, we are interested in understanding what chaos is, how it comes about, and what we can do in terms of prediction when it is present. Applications arise in the traditional physical sciences (physics, chemistry and biology) and in engineering as well as in the less-obvious socio-economic domain. We are also interested in understanding collective phenomena, such those arising in the study of interacting particles that form a solid, liquid or gas; or the interacting agents forming a (complex) evolving network.
I am a former chair of the Heads of Departments of Mathematical Sciences in the UK.
- Professor Will J Percival
- Professor of Cosmology
My research interests focus on the properties of the Universe on the largest scales. Surveys of three-dimensional galaxy positions provide a wealth of data both on the physics just after the Big-Bang when the seed fluctuations that will grow through gravity to become galaxies were created, and on the physics driving the evolution of the Universe today. I currently lead a research team in Portsmouth looking at all aspects of such surveys, from creating the theoretical models to test against observations, through to making and analysing the observations themselves. Galaxy surveys are undertaken by large international teams, and I help to run groups of scientists interested in particular science for the on-going Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and the European Space Agency mission Euclid. For my research I was awarded a 2007 Philip Leverhulme prize and the 2008 Royal Astronomical Society Fowler prize in astronomy. I currently manage a number of research grants from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council and the UK-Space Agency, and was awarded European Research Council starting grant in 2007, in the first round of such grants being made available.
- Professor Frank Stowell
- Emeritus Professor of Systems and Information Systems
Before rejoining Portsmouth in 2004 I was Director of Campus at the Milton Keynes Campus of De Montfort University and prior to that Professor of Systems and Information Systems at University of the West of Scotland. My PhD is in Organisational Change and my research centers around methods of participative design. I have supervised and examined a number of research projects ranging from modeling complex decision-making in mental health care, knowledge management, through to methods for client-led information systems development. I have been involved in a number of research council funded projects, notably the Systems Practice for Managing Complexity project, designed to help managers address complex issues. This project has developed into a self-sustaining network and continues to offer workshops for managers today. I served as an external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate IS/IT programmes at more than a dozen UK universities and also as an examiner in Singapore and Malaysia. I continue to fulfill an examining role within the UK HEA sector and have also served as a Specialist subject reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency. I am an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and in 2012 I was commissioned by the Council of Information Systems Professors (CISP) and funded by the HEA, to investigate the Health of Information Systems, in 2012 and, in 2013, Opportunities and Employability in Information Systems.
I continue to publish in journals and write academic texts. My latest publication “The Managers Guide to Systems Practice” [2012, Wiley, Chichester] deals with Systems ideas and models that are discussed as potential methods of addressing the complex issues encountered in the workplace. I am past President of the UK Academy of Information Systems and the UK Systems Society, presently the chair of the Council of Information Systems Professors and I have recently joined the Board of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. I have published papers and texts in the field of Information Systems and presented papers at a number of international conferences in Europe and the United States. I am Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Systems and Society (http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-systems-society-ijss/75104) and I am currently completing 4 years as EiC of the International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach.
- Professor Daniel Thomas
- Professor of Astrophysics
My research interest is the origin and evolution of galaxies. Galaxies are a curious mixture of supermassive black holes, dark matter, gas, and stars. I started my career in astrophysics with a PhD in 2000 at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. After post-doctoral research positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for extraterrestrial physics in Garching, Germany, and at the University of Oxford (as fellow of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina), I came to the University of Portsmouth in 2007. I am Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Higher Education Academy. I have published over a hundred scientific articles in specialist journals. One of my major contributions to the field was the development of models describing the formation of chemical elements in galaxies from which I could show that the largest galaxies in the universe were - quite surprisingly - the first to form more than 10 billion years ago when the universe was still in its infancy. With my research group at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth I continue developing these models to analyse new observational data from big telescopes like the Very Large Telescope in Chile and large international collaborations including the Dark Energy Survey and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. I like sports, too, and I am a proud member of the ICG football team who won the football tournament, held at the National Astronomy Meeting in Portsmouth in 2014.
- Professor Jie Tong
- Professor of Mechanical Engineering
My research interests are in the area of mechanics of materials and biomechanics, focusing on deformation, fatigue and fracture behaviour of engineering and biological materials and systems. There are essentially two main questions we try to answer: how materials and components respond to complex loading conditions; and how micro-structural properties dictate global material or structural responses. A fundamental aspect across engineering and biological systems is the load bearing capacity essential for structural integrity during service. Our work has been carried out in collaboration with Royce-Rolls plc, the MoD, GKN aerospace and NHS hospitals; and supported by the RCUK (EPSRC, MRC), the Royal Society, TSB and Arthritis Research UK.
- Professor David Wands
- Professor of Cosmology
- Director, Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
My research investigates the very early Universe and the origin of structure. I studied at the University of Cambridge and then the University of Sussex, where I obtained my PhD in 1993. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 1996 and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1999, before being promoted to professor in the newly formed Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in 2002. I have published over 100 scientific papers in international journals and given talks on five continents. In 2010 I spent 3 months as a visiting professor at Kyoto University in Japan and led a team which was awarded the Daiwa-Adrian prize for UK-Japan scientific collaboration. I am an editor of EPL (Europhysics Letters, published by the European Physical Society) and a fellow of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Astronomical Society and the International Society for General Relativity and Gravitation.