Directors of Research & Innovation

Our five Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation (FDRIs) are responsible for developing and leading research, innovation and knowledge exchange strategies for their respective research areas. Working together, and with the Vice-President for Research & Innovation, Professor David Petley, they play an important role in promoting inter-departmental and inter-disciplinary research activity.

Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation

Professor Robert Stern

Arts and Humanities: Professor Robert Stern

Robert Stern came to Sheffield in 1989, having been a graduate and Research Fellow at St John's College, Cambridge. He has been a Professor since 2000, and was Head of Department (Philosophy) from 2004 to 2008.

His main interests in the history of philosophy are in nineteenth century post-Kantian German philosophy, especially Hegel. His interests in contemporary philosophy are in epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy. He is currently working on the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup.

Robert was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2008-10. His research was on 'Autonomy, Self-Legislation and Moral Realism.’ And most recently has been awarded an AHRC Fellowship for 2015-17, for a project on 'The Ethical Demand: Løgstrup's Ethics and Its Implications', to work on the ethics of the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup.

Professor Robert Stern is acting Faculty Director for Research and Innovation for one semester (6th Feb 2017 – 10th June 2017) whilst Professor Bob Shoemaker is on Study Leave.

Professor John Haycock

Engineering: Professor John Haycock

John Haycock is Professor of Bioengineering. He joined the Faculty of Engineering in 2001 from the Medical School at the University of Sheffield where he was a Research Fellow. He obtained his first degree and PhD in Biochemistry at Newcastle University and was a Research Fellow at Albany Medical College in New York. His research is on the development of biomaterials and medical devices for: 

  1. Repairing and regenerating nerve injury
  2. 3D in vitro models.
  3. Creating bioactive surfaces.

His largest grant currently is from the EU, funding a consortium to design and develop surgical implants to repair nerve with partners in the UK, Spain, Ireland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

Chris Newman

Medicine, Dentistry and Health: Professor Chris Newman

Professor Chris Newman is Director of the Clinical Research Facility, a Professor in Clinical Cardiology at the University of Sheffield and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He received his clinical cardiology training at Hammersmith Hospital, London and in Cambridge. His research training as an MRC Clinician Scientist was undertaken at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London and in Cambridge. His current research interests include the use of ultrasound for gene therapy, the pathobiology of atherosclerosis and pulmonary hypertension and the pathophysiological mechanisms of sudden death in Type 1 diabetes. He sits on committees of the Royal College of Physicians, the British Heart Foundation, Heart Research UK, the British Atherosclerosis Society and the British Society for Cardiovascular Research.

Rob Freckleton

Science: Professor Rob Freckleton

Rob joined the University of Sheffield in 2006 as Professor of Population Biology, alongside this he is a Royal Society Research Fellow. His current research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics. He is particularly interested in large scale population dynamics, although have a range of interests, including:
• Plant population ecology, modelling plant populations, modelling weed populations.
• Evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems.
• Theoretical ecology, statistical methodology.

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Social Sciences: Professor Craig Watkins

Craig graduated with a BSc (Economics) from the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and, after a (very) brief period in industry, worked as a researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, the Department of Land Economics at the University of Paisley and the School of Planning and Housing at Heriot-Watt University. For much of this period he also worked part time on a PhD (Land Economics) at the University of Paisley. In 1995, he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen and in 1999 was promoted to Senior Lecturer.

His current and recent research focuses on the structure and operation of property markets, particularly local housing systems, and the impact of public policy on real estate market performance. This research addresses theoretical and empirical issues and is generally, although not exclusively, located within a quantitative economic framework.