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Professor Petra Meier
p.meier@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Alcohol policies and their effectiveness, especially pricing, marketing and availability policies
  • Co-occurrance of health behaviours - smoking, drinking, diet, exercise
  • Determinants of substance use, misuse and addiction
  • Substance misuse treatment evaluation and outcome
  • Co-occurring mental health problems and substance misuse (dual diagnosis)
  • Health inequalities
Dr Munira Essat
m.essat@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

      • Systematic review of evidence for clinical effectiveness in healthcare

 

      • Health policy and decision making

 

      • Systematic review methodology
Professor Helen Rodd
h.d.rodd@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My current research programme is driven by Health and Social policy which have highlighted the need to be more inclusive of children in decisions about their healthcare, as well as involving them more actively in health-related research and service development. In line with this, a key research objective is to develop robust patient-centred clinical outcome measures for use in dentistry. These will have important application within the NHS in determining the benefits of various treatment modalities in order to more effectively direct resource allocation.

I work within a unique multi-disciplinary research group at the University of Sheffield, the ‘Person Centered and Population Oral Health’ group, which includes researchers across several clinical specialities and social sciences. The group conducts and implements high quality research in oral health, utilising the theories and empirical traditions of dental public health, sociology and psychology and a range of methodologies.

Professor Glenys Parry
G.D.Parry@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My interests include the application of research to policy and practice, service evaluation, process and outcomes of psychotherapy in health service settings and psychotherapeutic competence.

Recent research includes an evaluation of the new model of psychological service delivery "Improving Access to Psychological Therapies" and an investigation into research-based methods of improving the quality and effectiveness of psychological services for people with long term depression.

Dr Amy Barnes
a.barnes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

I am  broadly interested in public health policy processes, partnership and wider determinants of health.

My more specific research interests focus on:

1. issues of power, participation and partnership in public health policy processes;

2. the role of civil society (community) organisations and community development approaches in the public health system and specifically in relation to addressing wider determinants of health and wellbeing; and

3. complex/systems approaches to policy evaluation.

 

Dr Elizabeth Such
e.such@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are:-

  • public health and health services research, particularly relating to black, minority ethnic and other marginalised groups
  • migrant health;
  • leisure and everyday, relational life;
  • physical activity and health, particularly in relation to children, young people and families
  • policy making and outcomes in the fields of employment, health and sport;
  • sedentary lifestyles and 'sit less' interventions.
Dr Janet Harris
janet.harris@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • community-based participatory approaches to improving health care services, with a particular focus on health inequalities.
  • social constructions of health and illness in the context of access to health care and employment policy
  • effectiveness of different approaches to teaching and learning in terms of promoting work-based skills and evidence based practice
  • mixed methods evaluation research
  • realist evaluation and realist synthesis
Dr Julie Balen
J.Balen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad areas of interest:

  • Global health
  • Health policy and systems


Research methods I can supervise:

  • Mixed methods
  • Quantitative
  • Qualitative
  • Action research

Specific areas of interest:

  • Leadership and governance of global health and national/local health systems
  • Health systems organization and management
  • Resilience of health systems following complex emergencies/crises/disasters e.g. ebola outbkreak in West Africa; 2015 earthquake in Nepal
  • Integration of vertical and horizontal approaches to delivering health services
  • Neglected (tropical) diseases
  • Interdisciplinary research on health
  • Low-middle income country (LMIC) settings
Dr John Holmes
john.holmes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research focuses on the analyses of alcohol consumption and trends, alcohol policy, and the relationships between these and other health-related behaviours.  In recent years, I have lead or worked on research projects analysing and evaluating the UK's lower risk drinking guidelines, alcohol pricing policies, alcohol consumption trends, drinking occasions and practices and inequalities in policy effects.  Going forward, I plan to continue working in these areas and particularly focus attention on the relationship between policy and drinking culture, practices and occasons, youth drinking and on the role of risk in public health policy debate.

I would be interested in supering PhD projects on any of the above topics. 

Dr Warren Pearce
warren.pearce@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Warren’s research lies at the intersection of science, policy and publics, with three main areas of research interest:

  • Climate change communication and policy
  • Public inclusion in research governance
  • The rise of randomised trials within UK public policy


Warren holds a three-year ESRC Future Research Leaders fellowship (2016-19) to investigate the implications of the social media revolution for the science and politics of climate change. He has published in a wide range of high-impact academic journals across the natural, social and health sciences such as Nature, Nature Climate Change, PLOS-ONE, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews, Policy Sciences, BMC Trials.

He is committed to discussing and debating his research across a range of locations. He was an invited participant in the U.S. Ambassador to the U.K.’s “Digital Dialogue on Climate Change” held at Winfield House in 2015, and an invited speaker at a Royal Society event on science and society in 2015. He has been an invited speaker on climate change and social media at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Open University, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, Tyndall Centre and University of Bristol. Warren’s research regularly appears in the international media, including The Guardian, The Independent, de Volkstrant, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, Research Fortnight and Huffington Post.

Dr Sophie Whyte
Sophie.Whyte@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My broad research is focused on mathematical modelling within health economics. I have gained significant expertise and experience in two related areas:

  • Bayesian calibration of cancer natural history models: This is my main methodological research theme, please see MDM publication http://mdm.sagepub.com/content/31/4/625 and Example Excel model using the Metropolis Hastings algorithm to calibrate a state transition model available to down load from the Downloads box)
  • Early diagnosis of cancer: I have substantial experience having worked on more than 15 projects in this area of applied research.
  • In addition to these main research themes I have undertaken research to inform policy making: Health Technology Assessment (HTA) for NICE (https://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/heds/collaborations/tag) , and research as part of the Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU) for DH (http://www.eepru.org.uk/)
Professor Ian Bache
i.bache@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • The politics of wellbeing/ quality of life and related topics (eg health, mental health, social exclusion, social class and inequality)
  • Governance and public policy
  • Multi-level governance
  • Europeanization
Dr Rodrigo Moreno Serra
r.a.morenoserra@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Rodrigo's research interests include a variety of topics in the fields of health economics and development economics. He has published academic papers and policy reports dealing with the impact evaluation of health policies and programmes in developing, transition and developed countries, from both the methodological and applied points of view. He is currently performing research work on the topic of international comparisons of health systems performance, with a particular interest in financial risk protection and health system financing.

Rodrigo is very keen on using economic analysis as a tool to contribute to current policy debates; an example of this is his ongoing work on universal health coverage, a topic very much in the current agenda of national governments and international organisations.

Rodrigo is looking to supervise PhD students in health economics and applied microeconometrics.

Professor Richard Phillips
R.Phillips@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

The World after Empire: themes include Muslim geographies and postcolonial cities 
Two generations after it was broken up, the British Empire lives on in a number of ways, including through communities that trace their heritage and origins to former colonies, and in cities, born of empire, that are forced to redefine themselves for new times. I have investigated these issues through research involving British Muslims and members of the Liverpool-born black community (see Muslim Spaces of Hope, published in 2009, and Liverpool ’81: Remembering the Riots2011). I have also researched the ways in which empire is invoked in contemporary political action, through a project on anti-imperialism in the UK anti-war movements (which protested intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq). I have also investigated the historical geographies of the British Empire through studies of colonial travel and adventure literature (Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure, 1997) and through an historical geography of sexuality politics in the British Empire (Sex, Politics and Empire: A Postcolonial Geography, 2006).

Sexuality, Space and Power: constructions and contestations of sexual identities 
Sexuality is an important vehicle for constructing and contesting power relations between national, cultural and religious groups. I have traced imperial sexuality politics through key sites within the British Empire, investigating the legacies of these colonial histories and geographies in ex-colonies including Jamaica and Sierra Leone. I have also begun to examine these dynamics within Europe, investigating cultural practices through which Muslims are constructed as 'non-liberal' minorities, through representations of forced marriage and homophobia. My books about sexuality investigate the contested regulation of sexuality in the British Empire (Sex, Politics and Empire: A Postcolonial Geography, 2006), examine sexuality politics and identities outside the cities that dominate research on sexualities (De-Centring Sexualities, 2001), and investigate the place of sexuality within sometimes tense relationships between majority societies and cultural minorities (controversies surrounding Muslim attitudes towards marriage and homosexuality are examined in a paper published in Gender, Place and Culture, 2012).

Curiosity and Adventure: from children’s books to health and wellbeing policies
My first book, entitled Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure (1997), investigated boys' adventure stories, tracing their significance for constructions of imperialism and masculinity. I have subsequently researched and written about adventures through a range of juvenile and adult literature, notably travel writing. My more recent work focusses upon a term closely related to adventure – curiosity – through research on ‘space for curiosity’ (the title of a paper in Progress in Human Geography, 2014) and interventions on the sometimes celebrated, sometimes embattled place of curiosity in universities (paper in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2010). My interests in curiosity extend to a practical and philosophical approach to pedagogy, and a desire to better understand and encourage curiosity-driven learning among students was the motivation behind my book for students on the subject of geographical fieldwork: Fieldwork for Human Geography (2012).


Professor Michelle Holdsworth
michelle.holdsworth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

The common thread in my research is combining qualitative and quantitative approaches to answer interdisciplinary research questions in public health nutrition.  The research approach integrates social science with that of public health nutrition, to investigate determinants of health behaviour at an individual level, within the context of social and ecological determinants of health, followed by studies of policy processes that directly feed into informing preventive strategies.

  • Behavioural determinants of diet at an individual level, e.g. psycho-social determinants of dietary behaviour and healthy body weight.
  • Environmental level determinants of diet (societal, cultural, economic).
  • Linking research, policy and practice.  Consulting with stakeholders including industry and government on the development of policy and public health action for healthier diets.
  • Effectiveness of population-level interventions to improve diet.

I have significant research experience which has involved working in different cultural contexts (especially the UK, North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and more recently in Asia), falling broadly within three areas of public health nutrition:  nutrition transition in low and middle-income countries, migration and its impact on diet, obesity policy development and integrating sustainability into nutrition policy.  I lead a multidisciplinary research theme of 'Food, Nutrition and Society'.

Professor Alan Walker
a.c.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

Alan Walker's research interests span a wide range in sociological analysis, social policy and social planning. This includes a major specialism in the social aspects of ageing, or social gerontology. With a Dutch and German colleague he invented the concept of social quality which seeks to understand and measure the quality of society (as opposed to individual quality of life). This concept has been applied empirically in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. He also has long-term research interests in poverty and inequality and social policy in China and other East Asian countries.

Between 2005 and 2014 he directed the New Dynamics of Ageing Research Programme (http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/) and, before that, the Growing Older Programme (http://www.growingolder.group.shef.ac.uk/). Currently he directs two major European research projects on social innovation, active ageing and healthy life expectancy(http://www.innovage.group.shef.ac.uk/ and http://mopact.group.shef.ac.uk/).

He has a long track record of successful postgraduate supervision, with 50 PhDs awarded so far, including students from several European countries, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Many of his previous doctoral students have gone on to become university professors.

As well as being an active researcher he has close links with the policy world via the National Health Service and various voluntary organisations.

Dr Hazel Squires
h.squires@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests involve the use of decision-analytic modelling to help with policy decisions. In particular, this includes the use of health economic modelling for assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Public Health interventions. Key methodological interests include conceptual modelling and individual-level simulation.

Professor Zoe Marshman
z.marshman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My main interest is child-centred dental research to increase understanding of the impact of oral health and dental care on children and young people. My work involves inclusive research with children with the aim of informing policy and clinical practice.

I co-ordinate the Children and Young People Oral Health Research Group, a multidisciplinary team conducting research with children using a range of research methods

Professor Tamara Hervey
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

My main research interests are in the field of European Union social and constitutional law, in particular its application in health fields, social security and welfare, and non-discrimination. I have published on the European Union's competence in social fields, especially health law; on the regulation of tobacco in the EU context; on European public health law and policy; on the governance of stem cell research in the EU; on EU non-discrimination law and minority rights; and on the 'right to health' in European contexts. I am interested in socio-legal theory and method, in particular as applied to the law of the European Union.

Member of the Health Law and Policy Research Centre, Centre for the Study of Law in Society, Sheffield Centre for International and European Law and Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology Law and Ethics.

Areas of Supervision

  • European Union Law
  • Health Law and policy in trans-national contexts
  • Discrimination Law and social rights
Dr Muhammad Saddiq
M.I.Saddiq@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

Broad research interests:

My research interests are in the areas health policy and systems where I draw on my doctoral research and extensive experience working in this area in Nigeria (has worked for significant periods in all three tiers of government) and West Africa providing technical assistance to government officials at all levels in implementing strategies to strengthen health systems and deliver disease prevention and control programs.  I have worked with national, regional and local governments in design, implementation and evaluation of malaria control and health systems strengthening programs.  I have been involved in complex negotiations with different private sector suppliers of health commodities, addressing cost barriers to access for consumers as well as addressing prescriber behaviour in Nigeria, Ghana and Mali.  I have also worked with an international NGO in deployment of new and effective technologies in addressing high burden, high impact conditions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Methods I can supervise: 

Case studies

Specific Areas of Interest:

Health Systems Management

Dr Liz Sharp
l.sharp@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

I focus on the governance of the environment, and specifically the processes through which the public are engaged (or not) in making and implementing environmental policy.

The two central research questions that my research addresses are:

  1. What new patterns of water governance are emerging and how do they serve the sustainability goals of adaptation to climate change and effective public engagement?
  2. How can interpretive research collaborate with more traditional approaches to science and water practice in driving forward new patterns of water governance?

The main empirical focus for my work is water policy including water supply and demand, water in the landscape, and flooding. Some elements of my work have also looked at waste and energy policy.

Dr Janine Owens
jan.owens@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My research interests fall into four areas; disability and marginalised groups, embodiment and experiences of oral health, health promotion, and cultural beliefs and practices related to health.  I work across-disciplines bringing in disability studies, psychology, political theory and sociology to dentistry.

I am a member of the British Society of Disability and Oral Health Teacher's Group which seeks to expand teaching and knowledge of disability within undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. It also contributes to policy for children and adults with disabilities.

My main areas of expertise are disability studies, qualitative research and its related methods and methodologies. My aim is to promote inclusion in research so we are working with people, not researching on them.  One example is co-production and the benefits of working directly with community groups such as people with learning disabilities and/or parents and children. Another example is using narrative to release the voices of people who may be unable to verbalise. 

Dr David Hyatt
d.hyatt@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

David's research interests have a focus on pedagogy, particularly in a higher education context. As a result, his research currently centres around two major interlinked research areas of interest:

  • Higher Education Policy and Pedagogies
  • The Impact of Language on Educational Processes.
Professor Colin Williams
C.C.Williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Colin's broad research interests are in re-theorising the nature of economic development and investigating the implications for public policy. Spatially, his interests range across the full spectrum from local and regional economic development in the UK through to the restructuring of western economies, post-socialist societies and the third (majority) world. Much of his work focuses upon rethinking the meanings of 'economic' and 'development,' which directly feeds into the work of the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED).

Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development

Colin's particular research interest is in studying the magnitude and character of the informal economy and evaluating different public policy approaches and initiatives for tackling this sphere.

Dr Mark Payne
mark.payne@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Mark's research interests have centred mainly on issues around second language acquisition, foreign language planning, the teaching and learning of languages and language classroom practices more generally. Since January 2013, Mark has been investigating the educational, linguistic and social integration of newly-arrived migrant pupils in local schools, particularly children from Slovak Roma backgrounds. Mark welcomes supervisions in the areas of: Second language acquisition and learning; language policy, pedagogy and practice; education and migration.

Dr Hannah Jordan
h.c.jordan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

I am interested in the measurement, impact and understanding of variations in geographical access to health service; in the influence of the built and spatial environment on health behaviours and outcomes, the use of and access to health services; and in barriers to self-care and self-management in older people.

Dr Ruth Little
ruth.little@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Her main focus has been increasing understanding of the human factors that influence the management of disease in livestock - analysing how and why livestock farmers make their decisions, and how this affects disease control – and piloting innovative approaches to increase involvement of stakeholders and the wider public in decision-making on Animal Health and Welfare Policy.

Dr Felicity Matthews
f.m.matthews@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Government and governance
  • State capacity
  • Public policy and delivery
  • Climate change
  • Citizen engagement
  • Political leadership
  • British politics
Professor Peter Bath
p.a.bath@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests are in Health Informatics and include the following areas:

  • The use of e-Health resources by different consumer groups.
  • Health information needs and information behaviours of patients, their families, carers and the general public.
  • Evaluation of information systems within health care organisations.
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and data mining techniques to analysing health information.
  • Analysing health information in relation to the health and well-being of older people.
  • Sharing of information and experiences by patients, carers and the public on social media, blogs and web-based discussion forums

I am particularly interested in how patients, carers and health professionals seek, obtain and share information and advice in relation to their health and well-being through online digital resources. 

 

Professor Ravindra Maheswaran
r.maheswaran@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My main research interest concerns the application of geographical information systems and science (GIS) to public health research and practice. Research fields within this area include (i) geographical and environmental epidemiology; (ii) geographical variations in health and health care; and (iii) methodology for spatial studies.

Dr Harriet Churchill
h.churchill@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

My research interests bridge social policy and sociology with a focus on the analysis of policies, services and everyday lived experiences in relation to childhood, young people, parenthood and family support. I am interested in the relationship between child, family and social policy, and engage in critical policy analysis for improvements in child welfare and family support entitlements, provisions and services. I have completed qualitative research about lone mothers’ experiences of negotiating motherhood and paid work, parental empowerment in Sure Start Children’s Centres and parents of teenagers’ experiences of participating in group parenting programmes.

Students who share similar research interests to those listed below are welcome to discuss the possibility of postgraduate supervision:

  • Contemporary parenting and childhoods
  • Social constructionist perspectives on families, childhood, youth and family orientated policies
  • Family support
  • Social exclusion, families and children
  • Feminist family sociology / social policy


Professor Simon Bulmer
s.bulmer@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • The governance and public policy of the EU
  • EU-member state relations
  • EU policy-making in the UK and Germany
  • German public policy
  • Europeanization
Professor Alicia O'Cathain
a.ocathain@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

Mixed methods, evaluation of new health services, patient views of health care, urgent care.

Professor Susan Yeandle
s.yeandle@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

My research, publications and teaching have focused on the relationship between work and care in contemporary societies, and on how people manage caring roles and responsibilities throughout the life course.

I specialise in research with the potential for policy and practical impact, and have expertise in making complex research findings accessible to a wide range of audiences, wide experience of research design and methods, and extensive knowledge of policy on care, carers and employment.

I currently supervise PhD students studying the work of carers’ organisations (Jenny Read) and the provision of home care in Shanghai (Wenjing Jin), and welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students wishing to study topics in my specialist field.

Dr Ros Williams
r.g.williams@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Sociological Studies

My research falls at the intersections of Science and Technology Studies, Sociologies of Race and Ethnicity, and Digital Sociology.

My current and previous research includes:

  • exploration of institutional practices of stem cell banking which included looking at race classifications, legacies of health care inequity, and genetic understandings of racial differences in blood and tissue in a UK context
  • digital health and self-monitoring technologies - user, commercial and policy perspectives through ethnography, interview, and novel material methodologies
  • stem cell donor recruitment activities in minority communities including ethnography of minority community donor drives, and digital method-based analysis of online minority ethnicity recruitment campaigns that focus on mixed raced donors

Interested in supervising research students who are focused on the following topics (in UK and/or other national/regional/international contexts)

  • health activism - particularly targeted at, or taking place within, racialised communities
  • processes of racialisation (and, more generally, invocations of racial difference) within biomedical contexts
  • mixed raced experience, particularly in the context of health, and of new genetic sciences
  • the intersection of race/ethnicity and digital media in general
Dr Lorna Warren
l.warren@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

Much of my early research centred on social care for older people, though it also extended to other aspects of community and health care services and their impact on the lives of service users and carers. More recently, I have focussed on issues of representation in later life, looking at the construction and framing of ageing and care-giving. I draw from a mix of anthropological, social policy, sociological, social gerontological, and feminist perspectives and approaches and the intersection of gender and age has been a key focus of my work. My interests include social and cultural dimensions of ageing, intergenerational relations and informal or family care relationships, which I have explored predominantly through qualitative methods, including interviews, focus groups, observation (participant and non-participant), ethnography, life stories and more recently visual approaches. I recognise the importance of `user involvement´ and interdisciplinarity in research and am committed, in particular, to the development of participatory research, raising questions about how we come to know what we know about the lives of people who use services and the connection of this knowledge with policy and practice.

I have recently completed 2 major research projects:

The social process of everyday decision-making by people with dementia and their spouses, an ESRC-funded study carried out with Dr Geraldine Boyle (PI) which aimed to explore and raise awareness of the decision-making abilities of people with dementia. 

Representing Self – Representing Ageing,  part of the cross disciplinary New Dynamics of Ageing Programme: http://www.newdynamics.group.shef.ac.uk/ and which I carried out, as PI, with Professors Merryn Gott and Susan Hogan. Known more familiarly by the title of Look at Me! Images of Women and Ageing, the project worked with women in Sheffield to explore representations of women and ageing in the media and to produce new images to challenge existing stereotypes: http://www.representing-ageing.com/. I won an ESRC Outstanding Impact in Society Award for the project in 2014 and am continuing to extend the project's impact through activities including intergenerational work in schools.

My other research activities have included:

The ESRC Older Women’s Lives and Voices project, exploring issues affecting the quality of life of older women across different ethnic groups within Sheffield and their involvement in services available to them:

The European Commission funded MERI project (Mapping Existing Research and Identifying Knowledge Gaps Concerning the Situation of Older Women in Europe), a collaborative project involving 13 EC countries and designed to contribute to the development of European studies and policy to improve older women’s lives.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised 9 students to successful completion at PhD (x 8) and MPhil (x 1) levels. I am currently primary supervisor of 1 full-time and 5 part-time PhD students, including a joint location student (Trinidad and Tobago). I welcome applications to study full-time or part-time with me for MPhil or PhD research degrees that are related to my activities and experience. I would be particularly interested in hearing from students who wish to undertake participatory research with older people and carers.

 

Dr Rachel O'Hara
r.ohara@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Patient safety
  • Human factors in healthcare
  • Safety culture

I am interested in supervising research students in topics/areas such as Patient Safety, Organisational Culture and Safety Culture in Healthcare.

Professor Stephen Pinfield
s.pinfield@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on:

  • Open access
  • Open data
  • Scholarly communication
  • Research publishing
  • Research data management
  • Academic libraries
  • Digital libraries
  • Library strategy and policy
Professor Paul Tappenden
p.tappenden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

• Health economic modelling
• Economic analyses of therapies for multiple sclerosis
• Economic analyses of cancer therapies
• Whole disease modelling

Dr Aidan While
a.h.while@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

Areas of interest include the governance of 'new economic spaces' (e.g. growth management in different national and regional contexts), and examining the implications of climate change and climate policy for urban and regional governance.  (e.g. the impact of the carbon calculs on policy and investment decisions).

Professor Alan Brennan
a.brennan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My fundamental interest is in mathematical modelling approaches to inform decision making in health and healthcare.

I have been heavily involved in health technology assessment and health economic evaluation of pharmaceuticals and interventions for both government bodies in the UK e.g NICE and internationally and also with pharmaceutical industry.

More recently I have engaged in a series of projects around wider behavioural and public health related modelling.

  • Use of modelling and data analysis to assess broader interventions
  • Assessing cost-effectiveness of new treatments for NICE
  • Bayesian methods in cost-effectiveness analysis to inform future research priorities (CHEBS)
  • Value of information and Bayesian methods to inform research priorities
  • Cost effectiveness modelling methods
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Diabetes, obesity, CHD Modelling
  • Pharmaco-economics
    - Alzheimer's
    - Renal disease
  • Health systems modelling
    - Cervical screening
    - Ambulance services
    - Re-engineering
Dr Themesa Neckles
themesa.neckles@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Themesa is interested in using critical methodologies for inquiring into issues related to educational theory, policy and practice with focus on an emancipatory agenda for individuals’ lives, their work and the societies in which they live. She is also interested in engaging with theoretical issues around spirituality and education.

Dr Vassiliki Papatsiba
v.papatsiba@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Vassiliki researches issues about universities, research and higher education in a globalised context. She specialises in the sociological study of University, with emphasis on internationalisation issues, from a comparative, mainly European, perspective. She also has a keen interest in research policy and its implications for academic practice.

Mr John Stevens
j.w.stevens@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • the application of Bayesian methods in drug development
  • statistical methods in health economics
  • evidence synthesis
  • sample size determination under uncertainty
  • adaptive dose finding
Professor Allan Wailoo
a.j.wailoo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Economic evaluation including alongside clinical trials and decision modelling
  • Analysis of patient level data, particularly around health utilities
  • Social values and decision making, including equity and procedural preferences
Professor Susan Mawson
s.mawson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research focuses on improving the quality of life of people with long term conditions, particularly through exploration of the effectiveness of rehabilitative interventions and the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support the self-management of the rehabilitation process. My research work, funded predominantly through the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, and latterly the NIHR CLAHRC Y&H, has capitalised on new innovations in sensor and digital technologies and involves interdisciplinary work, integrating clinical rehabilitation researchers with engineering, design, mecatronics, informatics and digital media specialists.

Dr Matthew Wood
m.wood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations

I welcome all prospective PhD students interested in governance and public policy, political participation, EU and British politics, and issues of democratic authority and legitimacy. As Deputy Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre I value engaged scholarship. PhDs under my supervision will therefore be particularly focused on transferrable skills and ensuring their work has 'impact'.

Dr Phil Shackley
p.shackley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Developing and applying the contingent valuation methodology, in particular the technique of willingness to pay. Applications include: estimating the social value of a quality adjusted life year (QALY); using willingness to pay values to aid priority setting in publicly-financed health care systems; investigating how willingness to pay can and should be used alongside randomised trials; the use of willingness to pay to evaluate the benefits of public health interventions such as the fluoridation of drinking water supplies and the supplementation of flour with folic acid; evaluating minimally invasive surgery; assessing patient preferences for diagnostic radiology; and assessing preferences for an expanded newborn screening programme.
  • The identification, measurement and valuation of (dis)benefits that are not captured in the QALY approach. Applications include: assessing the value of patient health cards; eliciting patient preferences for out-of-hours primary care services; establishing and quantifying the preferences of mental health service users for day hospital care; eliciting patient preferences for the organisation of vascular services; and assessing preferences for access to a general practitioner.
  • The application of economic evaluation techniques to assess the efficiency of health care programmes and interventions. Applications include: screening in primary care; antenatal screening; management of lower respiratory tract infection in general practice; computerised cognitive behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression; methods for assessing patients with intermittent claudication; drug treatments for epilepsy; stroke incidence and prevention in Tanzania; venous leg ulcers; and treating upper limb spasticity due to stroke with botulinum toxin.
Dr Sarah Barnes
s.barnes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My primary research interest is in 'improving the quality of life of older people'. Key research areas arising from this are:-

  • The impact of the physical environment on the quality of life of older people
  • Evaluating the housing needs of older people
  • Assessing the palliative care needs of older people with life-limiting illnesses
  • Improving communication between patients with life-limiting conditions and their health care professionals
  • Improving hospital environments for the end of life care of older people
Professor Paul Mosley
p.mosley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Paul's main research interests are in economic development, with related interests in economic history, in social policy and in the politics of economic policy-making. A major focus of his work has always been the reduction of poverty: in 1996 he co-authored Finance Against Poverty, which was one of the first assessments of the effectiveness of micro-finance, and currently in press (2011) are Out of the Poverty Trap: Overcoming Financial Exclusion in the Inner City (Routledge) which examines the effectiveness of action against financial exclusion in Britain during the recent recession, and The Politics of Poverty Reduction (Oxford U.P.) , based on a recently concluded ESRC project, which examines comparatively the political factors which determine the possibilities for global poverty reduction. He is currently co-writing a biography of the first and arguably greatest development economist, Sir Arthur Lewis (1915-1991). He is interested in supervising PhD students in any field of economic development, economic history or social policy in its relationship with financial exclusion.

Professor Paul Norman
P.Norman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Health Psychology; predicting and changing health behaviour; habit and health behaviour; intention-behaviour relations; planning and implementation intentions; self-affirmation; binge drinking.

Dr Lizzie Coates
E.Coates@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests include:

• Research utilisation in policy making and practice
• Process evaluation
• Qualitative research methodology

Dr Christopher Carroll
c.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Systematic review and evidence synthesis of medical, health and social science topics, including qualitative and mixed method evidence synthesis
  • The Health Technology Assessment (HTA) process
  • Information retrieval and programme evaluation (implementation fidelity) research
Ms Katie Powell
K.Powell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad areas of research interest:

  • Health Inequalities

Research Methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative

Specific areas of interest:

  • Community development/engagement
  • Voluntary sector
  • Geographical areas of deprivation
  • Health improvement initiatives
  • Social exclusion
Professor Jeremy Dawson
J.F.Dawson@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

Jeremy's research falls broadly into three areas, with plenty of crossover between them – management of health care organisations, team working, and statistics. Recent projects in health care include a study of the effects of NHS staff engagement and experience on patient outcomes; various studies of team working in health care, particularly in mental health services; an examination of the effects of organisational restructuring in the NHS; and a project looking at the diversity of hospital staff and their representativeness of the local community. In 2014 he begins an NIHR-funded study evaluating Schwartz Center Rounds® in the NHS.

As well as teams in health care, he has a more general interest in team diversity, and in particular how it should be measured. As a statistician he has also undertaken a wide range of methodological research, particularly regarding interpretation of interaction effects, measurement of diversity, analysis of incomplete team data, and the effects of aggregation on relationships. He has published over 30 papers in refereed academic journals in the fields of psychology, management, health care and research methods, as well as numerous project reports and articles in practitioner publications. He is an editorial board member of five journals, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Dr Stephen Hincks
s.hincks@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My primary research interests focus on three interrelated themes:

Applied spatial analysis and GIS - developing and applying different conceptual, methodological and analytical frameworks to understand complex spatial structures and processes and their impacts on spatial development.

Housing and neighbourhoods - understanding spatial housing markets and their uneven structures and functionalities.

Urban-regional policy and planning - consideration of the policy frameworks and governance architectures that shape urban and regional development.

Dr Jennifer Burr
j.a.burr@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of interest:

  • Sociology of health and illness

Research methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative

Specific areas of interest:

  • Reproductive technology
  • Research ethics
  • Gender and sexuality
Professor Matt Stevenson
m.d.stevenson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • My research interests are discrete event simulation, individual patient modelling and mathematical modelling
Professor Barend van Hout
b.a.vanhout@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

I have extensive experience in modelling and have contributed to the methodology of economic evaluation in various areas. In 1993 I was one of the earliest researchers to apply discrete event models and was the first to apply a non-parametric method to estimate costs in the presence of censoring[1]. In 1994 I was the first to apply Fieller´s approach to calculate confidence intervals around cost-effectiveness ratios, and I introduced the acceptability curve, which is now a well known concept in cost effectiveness analysis[2]. In 1996 I was one of the first to apply probabilistic sensitivity analysis[3]. In 2000 I was one of the initial people to explore Bayesian techniques in economic evaluation[4]. I have had work published on discounting[5] and estimating utility functions[6].

I am one of the founding members of the EuroQol group and I currently enjoy chairing the valuation task force within the EQ-5D group. My experience covers several therapeutic areas, including renal disease, cancer, osteoporosis, sepsis, schizophrenia, blood safety and most notably cardiovascular disease. My main interest concerns the use of elegant techniques, mostly to solve practical problems, but sometimes also because of the elegance itself.

Dr Jilly Gibson-Miller
jilly.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

I am a HPC-Registered Health Psychologist with interests in public health issues, health inequalities and young peoples' health-related issues. My main research focus lies in the prediction and self-regulation of behaviour; and designing behaviour change interventions to help young people make positive changes to their health-related behaviour. I am particularly interested in risk behaviour and work in the behavioural domains of obesity, sexual health and alcohol use. Along with professionals from a range of health-related disciplines, I have been involved in developing and delivering behaviour change interventions in both clinical and field settings; these interventions utilise psychologically-based strategies to help individuals (and their families, where appropriate) change unhealthy behaviour patterns and adopt new and healthier patterns.

Mr Peter Bibby
p.r.bibby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

I have extensive experience in applied ecoonmic and social research in relation to UK public policies. I have a particular interest in the application of GIS and natural language processing to strategic policy issues with specific expertise in spatial analysis and modelling techniques. 

Professor Craig Watkins
c.a.watkins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My 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. There are four main sub-themes to this work:

  • Analysing the submarket structure and operation of local property markets. 
  • Measuring and modelling property market performance. 
  • Exploring the interaction between planning, public policy and property market behaviour. 
  • Methodological advances in property research.
Professor John Brazier
j.e.brazier@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

SF-6D preference-based index

  • Developed by Brazier et al (2002). Syntax files available fromhttp://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/heds/mvh/sf-6d
  • International valuation studies in Japan, Hong Kong, Portugal, Brazil, Australia and Singapore
  • Comparisons to other generic preference-based measures

Deriving preference-based measures from condition specific measures

  • Published studies: Kings Health Questionnaire, Atopic Dermatitis in Children, Menopausal specific health related quality of life questionnaire, Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire, Overactive Bladder Questionnaire, Sexual Functioning Questionnaire.
  • Current studies: Dementia Quality of Life (DEMQoL), Epilepsy QoL battery.

Modelling preference data

  • Applying Bayesian methods to estimating preference-based algorithms
  • Estimating health state values from ordinal data (rank and DCE)

Validity of EQ-5D across medical conditions.

Mapping from condition specific and other generic measures onto EQ-5D

  • Recent and ongoing trial based economic evaluations: Complementary therapy (YACBAC trial), treatments for varicose veins, computerised cognitive behavioural therapy in MS, Borderline Personality Disorder (SPeDi trial)
  • Model based economic evaluations: computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (NICE), Dialectical behavioural therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder (HTA)

Examining the relationship between health and well-being (and the role of adaptation)

Dr Vanessa Halliday
vanessa.halliday@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My primary research interest focusses on nutrition and dietetics, in particular the prevention and treatment of undernutrition in vulnerable population groups.  I have experience of using quantitative approaches, including the development of health measurement scales, as well as qualitative research.

Professor Eva Kaltenthaler
e.kaltenthaler@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests:

My main interest is in the use of systematic review methods in health technology assessment.
My research interests are:
the use of rapid review methods
the review of evidence in cost effectiveness models
the use of evidence by poilcy makers

Dr Abigail Millings
a.millings@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Adult attachment relationships and family dynamics. Computerised therapy and e-health. Applying relationships psychology to assistive technology.

Dr Pamela Lenton
p.lenton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Pamela's research interests lie in the economics of education, labour economics and health. Pamela's primary interest is education economics. More recently Pamela has focused on the areas of household debt and health and the problems faced by the financially excluded. This is joint work with Paul Mosley and a book of the empirical research undertaken in UK cities will be published later this year. Pamela has also just completed an economic analysis of the Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (with Jenny Roberts and John Brazier) which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Professor Jason Heyes
j.heyes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

My main research interest is in the connections between employment relations and HRM, the labour market and public policy. My research has examined the relationship between collective bargaining and vocational training activity and outcomes in the UK and Europe, the impact of the UK's National Minimum Wage legislation on pay, employment and training, and forms of trade union support for migrant workers.

I would be interested in supervising doctoral work in the broad fields of Employment Relations and HRM. I would be particularly interested in supervising doctoral work in the following areas: vocational education and training; the state and employment relations; employment and social protection policy and outcomes; governance of the labour market; low-paid work and minimum wages; trade unions; social dialogue; vulnerable workers (e.g. migrants, work in the informal economy)

Dr Jill Thompson
jill.thompson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

Research Interests

  • Health service access
  • Participatory approaches
  • Patient and Public involvement
  • Health Literacy

I am a qualitative researcher and my research interests centre on working with vulnerable groups to explore ways in which they are enabled to actively participate in their health/health systems.

 

Dr Mario Vettore
m.vettore@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My research interests include the link between oral conditions and general health, inequalities in oral health, social determinants of oral health and oral health related quality of life. My expertise involves quantitative methods and statistical multi-level modeling as well as systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Professor Kate Morris
kate.morris@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Kate’s areas of interest are: family minded policy and practice, family participation in care and protection, the reform of safeguarding practice and child welfare inequalities. She is passionate about social work and the role of social work in supporting change. 

Kate supervises PhD students in the areas of family caring relationships, family interventions and family support. Kate is Co-Director of the Family Potential Research collaboration http://www.familypotential.org.

Professor Jan Windebank
j.windebank@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

French Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Sociological and social policy research on gender divisions of domestic labour, domestic services, work-family reconciliation policy, social exclusion and the informal economy and undeclared work in Europe.

Dr China Mills
china.mills@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

China's teaching philosophy is rooted in the respect of student diversity and the co-creation of knowledge within the learning environment. She has supported a diverse range of students, many of whom have English as an additional language, experience mental health issues, and/or have additional needs.

Dr Andrew Thompson
a.r.thompson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Clinical Health Psychology. Understanding psychosocial adaptation to trauma and illness (particularly where changes to appearance have occurred).  Specific intetest in psychodermatology and the development of psychosocial interventions for the management of appearance concern/stigma and anxiety.

Professor Aki Tsuchiya
a.tsuchiya@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics
School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

  • measuring, valuing, and modelling health, and other aspects of well-being
  • incorporating equity concerns into social welfare functions
  • normative economics of health and beyond


Professor Elizabeth Goyder
e.goyder@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Health and Related Research

Research topics in the field of developing and implementing evidence-based public health including: health inequalities, access to health care, physical activity interventions, type 2 diabetes and diabetes prevention.

Research methods include mixed methods evaluations of public health and complex interventions and evidence synthesis/ systematic reviews of public health and complex interventions.

Dr Christine Winter
c.winter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Curriculum

Chris researches the language of curriculum texts (policies, textbooks, lesson plans, classroom resources and students' work) how it is interpreted and enacted in educational institutions. Chris investigates how educational ideas may be rethought, revitalised and enacted in a fair way. Chris is interested in the nature of knowledge, how it is produced, transformed and promoted through school subjects; the relationships between curriculum policies and curriculum practices and how curriculum influences the identity of students, parents/carers and teachers.

Education and Securitisation

Policies promoting British Values have been introduced recently into English schools. Chris investigates this curriculum reform in terms of the relationship between education, securitisation and militarisation, how such policies are enacted in practice and their influence on those concerned.

The School Curriculum

Chris is interested in school Humanities subject knowledge, particularly Geography. The rises and falls in Geography's status in the curriculum make it an exciting area of research in terms of the kind of knowledge that may or may not be made available to students.  Chris investigates how meaning about Geography arises and the process by which frameworks of meaning become institutionalised.  Chris is interested in developing new ways of knowing, learning and teaching school curriculum subjects, for example, through sculpture and fiction.

Globalisation

Globalisation is highly significant for educationalists at all levels. Chris' main interest lies in the relationship between globalisation and curriculum policy and practice.  Chris pays attention to debates around curriculum policy divergence, convergence and 'migration' related to globalisation. Chris is interested in how national identity is conceptualised in school texts and policies during contemporary globalised times.

Professor James Chilcott
j.b.chilcott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

* Modelling in public health

* Modelling in cancer and cancer screening

* Methodological modelling interests including:

  • the modelling process and errors in HTA models
  • cognitive mapping for systematic reviews in complex settings
  • structural uncertainty in models
  • Bayesian analysis of joint disease natural history and test characteristics in screening
  • value of information methods
  • probabilistic sensitivity analysis methods
  • meta modelling
  • information gathering processes for models
Dr Lucy Mayblin
l.mayblin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

My research focus is on asylum policy regimes and the legacies of colonialism. I welcome applications from students interested in studying asylum, refugees, human rights, policy making, and postcolonial and decolonial theory in any international context.

Dr Hannah Fairbrother
h.fairbrother@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

Research interests

My research focuses on the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. I am particularly interested in socioeconomic inequalities in health - how they are experienced, generated and maintained and how policies can help to reduce inequalities. This stems from my upbringing in Sheffield, a city of contrasts in both health and wealth, visiting family in Anfield, Liverpool and through voluntary work in Cambridge with young mothers and with children in a disadvantaged area of Paris.

I have worked with the ScHARR Public Health Collaborating Centre to produce guidance for the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) regarding the efficacy of interventions to promote the social and emotional wellbeing of vulnerable children (aged 0-5). 


My PhD explored how children make sense of food in their daily lives and how they understand the relationship between food and health. I worked with children and parents in socioeconomically contrasting neighbourhoods. The study highlighted the importance children attach to their families in terms of their health-related understandings and practices. It also demonstrated the myriad sources which children draw upon, engage with and critique in forming their health-related understandings, ideas and motivations and how these may differ between children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. I am interested in employing the concept of health literacy, explored very little with regards to children, to further our understanding of how children access, interact with and create meaning in relation to health messages.

Research areas 
- The health and wellbeing of children, young people and families 
- Socioeconomic inequalities in health 
- Health literacy

Dr Andrew Lee
andrew.lee@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My main research interests are in the field of health protection-related topics such as disaster response and emergency planning, and the control of communicable diseases/infectious diseases. I am also interested in topics in international health, primary care as well as health service management.  Examples of my previous research and consultancy activities include

  • evidence review of the public health benefits of urban greenspace
  • study of the drivers of smoking in young people in Pakistan
  • study on beneficiary perspectives of humanitarian aid in Sri Lanka after the Asian Tsunami disaster
  • NIHR-funded study scoping the evidence base for emergency planning in health in the UK
  • NIHR-funded study examining the international evidence base for demand management interventions of referrals from primary to secondary care
  • evaluation of a telehealth intervention for patients with long term conditions 
  • developing evidence-based disaster management practice in the UK and Nepal,
  • investigating barriers to testing and treatment of Hepatitis B in the migrant Chinese ethnic population in the UK,
  • evaluation of the WHO in-country presence,
  • evidence review of interventions for malnutrition in emergencies,
  • studying the determinants of testing for latent TB infection in South Asians in the UK.

My current ongoing research projects (as of February 2017) are:  

  • developing a series of health research projects on slum health in Nepal,
  • evidence review of public health needs following earthquakes.
Dr Steven Ariss
S.Ariss@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

Methods:


• Realist (and other ‘theory led’) Evaluations of Programmes and Complex Interventions 
• Conversion Analysis & Ethnomethodology
• Mixed and Qualitative Research Methods

Topics of Interest:

• Health Service Organisation and Delivery
• Interdisciplinary Team-Working
• Organisational change management
• Implementation and knowledge transfer
• Use of technology in healthcare (for service development and evaluation)
• Health Care Interactions and Relationships
• Self-Management of Chronic and Long-Term Conditions
• Older People's Community Health Services

Mr Robert Akparibo
R.Akparibo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest:

  • International Health planning and management
  • Nutrition
  • Maternal and child health
  • Primary health care

 

Methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed Methods

 

Specific areas of interest:

  • Health literacy
  • Undernutrition
  • Infant and young child nutrition/feeding
  • Micronutrients
  • Evaluation of interventions on any area regarding nutrition
  • Maternal and child health
  • Primary health care in developing countries
  • Health planning and management
Professor Mark Hawley
mark.hawley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Assistive Technology
  • Telecare & telehealth
  • Digital Healthcare
Professor Suzanne Mason
s.mason@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests relate to the evaluation of complex interventions and systems in emergency care settings. I have extensive experience in multi-centre mixed methods studies which can directly inform the delivery of high quality emergency care to patients.

Professor Gail Mountain
g.a.mountain@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests are focussed upon improving the quality of life of older people through provision of appropriate interventions, good design and by facilitating participation. I am particularly interested in improving the lived experiences of people at all stages of the dementia trajectory.

Dr Louise Kay

Personal Webpage

School of Education

Louise supervises doctoral students in the areas of:

Curricular and assessment policy frameworks
School readiness
Early Childhood Education
Cultural-Historical Activity Theory
Socio-cultural theory in Early Childhood Education

Professor Sarah Baker
s.r.baker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My principal research interest relates to the psychological and social factors which influence how people cope with chronic oral health conditions and their treatment. Such conditions include cleft lip and palate, oral cancer, orthognathic conditions, xerostomia, periodontal disease and edentulousness. This programme of work investigates the psychosocial factors which influence individual’s experiences of their oral health and the impact on well-being and quality of life. Understanding the role of such factors – sense of coherence, self esteem, social support networks, coping strategies, stress and resilience – allows us to explore potential mechanisms by which oral health impacts on individual’s daily lives and, in turn, develop intervention strategies that have the potential to improve health and well-being.

Other research interests include a critical examination of the conceptual foundations of oral health quality of life concepts, together with methodological and statistical approaches within the OHQoL field. Much of this research involves modelling the biopsychosocial determinants of oral health and well-being across the lifecourse using statistical techniques such as, structural equation modelling. 


Professor Scott Weich
s.weich@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Health and Related Research

Scott Weich is Professor of Mental Health in ScHARR.  He is also a practicing NHS Consultant Psychiatrist.

His research interests include public mental health and the study of the distribution, causes and consequences of common mental disorders, as well as mental wellbeing.  He has experience of large-scale observational and secondary research looking at socio-economic, ethnic, gender and spatial variation in mental disorders and their outcomes.

Recent research includes the study of compulsion in mental health services, inclding compulsory admission and the use of Community Treatment Orders.  He is also undertaking research into the way in which patient experience data are collected and used to influence service improvement in NHS mental health services.

Prof Weich has an interest in the evaluation of service change in real-world settings.  He is also interested in the evaluating improvements in the efficiency with which existing services are delivered, and in evaluating the use of technology in mental health care, and in the application of experience-based co-design in mental health settings.

Professor Jennifer Roberts
j.r.roberts@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Jenny's research interests centre on applied microeconometrics, particularly the interaction of health and labour market outcomes, health-related behaviours, health valuation, the economics of well-being and travel behaviours. She is currently leading a large, innovative, EPSRC-funded project, 'Reflect: Experienced utility and travel behaviour, a feasibility study', which uses smartphones to gather real-time data on commuting experiences, and to feed this back to them in various ways. The ultimate aim is to influence travel behaviour by encouraging people to reflect on their experience and those of other people.

Jenny is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics, especially those with topics that are in line with the research interests described here.


Dr Andrea Wigfield
a.wigfield@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

I am a leading researcher on evidence based policy and practice, specialising in policy and programme evaluation relating to social exclusion and marginalised communities.

I have worked extensively on contemporary challenges facing women, (including BME women), carers, and older people. I am particularly interested in Good Relations and its significance across and within the equality strands, and in different urban and rural spaces.

Dr Chantelle Wood
chantelle.wood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

I am a social psychologist, with a particular focus on social cognition. My key research interests are in stereotyping and prejudice reduction, and the broader area of social and health behaviour change (particularly interventions such as the question-behaviour effect, and implementation intentions).

Dr Caroline Mitchell
c.mitchell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Academic Unit of Medical Education

I am a General Practitioner and Senior Clinical Lecturer;  Deputy Academic Training Programme Director NIHR Sheffield Clinical Academic Training programme; Research training and Capacity Building Lead on the ‘PRIME’ NIHR RCUK Global Health Project 

I have research interests in the overlap of physical and mental health problems and health inequity in access to primary care of high risk, underserved populations. I have methodological expertise in health service qualitative and quantitative study design and analysis including the development and evaluation of complex interventions in primary care; recruiting for clinical studies in high risk deprived and/or socially excluded populations.

Current and recent projects:

EDIT: Early Diagnosis Intervention and Treatment of long-term conditions (respiratory disease, T2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cancer) in high-risk populations.  For example postnatal interventions for women with gestational diabetes, primary care interventions to improve respiratory health of high risk populations , for examples: people who use substances; people living with HIV;  people living with severe mental illness  

Co-investigator,  PhD and Clinical Academic Trainee supervisor on the ‘PRIME’ NIHR Global Health Research Group on PReterm bIrth prevention and manageMEnt (PRIME) https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/ptb-grant-reduce-child-death-1.794251. Our LMIC/ UK partnership includes partners in Bangladesh, South Africa and Nigeria. I work as a senior clinical academic within the evidence synthesis, clinical (intervention development, health service delivery)  and social science qualitative research teams  

Postgraduate supervision:

Clinical Academic Trainees; NIHR In practice training fellows; ACF and ACL; Masters; PhD students (multidisciplinary) 

Dr Mark Bryan
m.l.bryan@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Economics

Mark is interested in supervising PhD students in variety of topics in empirical labour studies including:

  • wage inequality (trends and causes)
  • consequences of the ageing workforce
  • trends in the amount and timing of work and their implications
  • the impacts of labour market institutions such as the minimum wage
  • the impact of labour market experiences on wellbeing
  • econometric and statistical methods for describing and analysing labour market outcomes
Dr Stefanie Pukallus
s.pukallus@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Public Communication & Civil Development

Stef specialises in how the European Community has developed and publicly communicated civil values and policies since 1951 in an attempt to stimulate and facilitate the emergence of a European civil society. She has just published a research monograph entitled The Building of Civil Europe 1951-1972.

She is also interested in how the factual media can contribute to sustainable comprehensive peace in post-conflict settings. Together with Jackie Harrison she has developed a civil norms approach, arguing that the media can contribute to peaceful and associative life by engaging in the building of civil norms.

PhD supervision

Stef is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Public communication in European integration
  • The civil role of the media in post-civil war settings
  • The discursive bases of sustainable peace 
Professor Wendy Baird
w.o.baird@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

Research interest focuses on inequalities in health and access to health services for both those with chronic disabling diseases and those who are socially excluded from care.

• Health inequalities 
• Health Services Research and Technology Assessment.
• Public and patient involvement in research

Dr Emma Hock
Emma.Hock@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

• Systematic review
• Systematic review methodology
• Health behaviour change
• Physical activity and wellbeing

Dr Mark Tomlinson
mark.tomlinson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

  • Poverty and deprivation (measurement and impacts)
  • Labour markets, skills and training
  • Innovation systems and the learning economy
  • The relationships between social, innovation and industrial policy
  • Socio-economic indicators
  • Advanced multivariate methods (such as Structural Equation Models, panel regression, neural networks)

I am an interdisciplinary scholar having worked in economics, management, innovation studies and sociology over the past two decades. My main interests at the moment are in labour processes and labour market disdvantage (which includes skills, learning, organisational effects on human capital development, and the contribution labour makes to innovation systems etc). I also have a strong interest in poverty research in general.

I broadly follow an economic sociological approach and use quantitative methods. I also try to apply my research to the real world in terms of policy development.

Dr Fuschia Sirois
f.sirois@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

 Research Interests:

Health Psychology; Psychological factors that confer risk or resilience for physical health and well-being; positive adjustment to long term health conditions and chronic illness; stress and coping

Personality and health; self-regulation of health behaviours; self-compassion, gratitude, time perspective; procrastination, perfectionism; role of emotions in self-regulation

Psychological factors in the use of complementary and alternative medicine.

Dr Emily Wood
e.f.wood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Areas of interest:
Mental Health
Spiritual Care
Health Services research
Mixed methods research
 
Methods:
Qualitative
Mixed Methods
Systematic Review
Single Case experimental design
 
Specific interests:
Treatment for long term depression
Mental health and physical health
Spirituality and mental health
Pain and depression
EMDR
Public mental health 
Global mental health
Developing complex interventions for mental health conditions

Dr Simon Rushton
simon.rushton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Global health politics
  • Global governance
  • International institutions
  • Security studies

I am always happy to hear from students considering a PhD in any area of global health politics, or in global governance, international institutions or security studies more broadly.

Professor Penny Curtis
p.a.curtis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly focused on childhood and youth, children´s lives, intergenerational relations and the health and well-being of families.

Professor Karim Hadjri
k.hadjri@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Architecture

Inclusive/age-friendly design; Ageing-in-place: accessible design; Design for health and wellbeing; Design of dementia-friendly environments; Design of enabling environments.

Dr Jonathan Perraton
j.perraton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Jonathan´s research interests lie in the areas of international macroeconomics, political economy and methodology. His research has focused on processes of economic globalisation and their policy consequences, and how these effects are mediated through different national institutional arrangements. He has also worked on trade and growth relationships. He is undertaking work on longer term factors in relation to the Great Recession and their impact on investment and employment. Recent work has also focused on evaluating progress in various sub-disciplines of economics. Jonathan is interested in supervising PhD students in economic globalisation, international trade, and economic methodology.

Dr Gabriel Silvestre
g.silvestre@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My interests have developed around the core themes of urban politics, the planning process and social justice. These have been informed by an empirical engagement with development processes in the city of Rio de Janeiro. I am currently interested in examining the conceptual and empirical dynamics of localising global city ideas and uneven spatial development. I draw on recent debates in urban studies in reference to the construction and circulation of policy models combined with an analysis rooted in new institutionalism to critically evaluate the role of ideas, interests and institutional settings.

Dr Kristine Horner
k.horner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Germanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

My research is mainly in the field of sociolinguistics with an emphasis on linguistic anthropological approaches to the interface between language, society and identity; language politics and policy; language, migration and citizenship; language and cultural heritage. I lead a WUN research network on multilingualism and mobility. Also, I am currently working on a collaborative project on European migration, language policy and small states with my strand on the project focused on multilingual Luxembourg.

Dr Sharron Hinchliff
s.hinchliff@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

Research Interests

My research spans the areas of ageing, gender and sexual/reproductive health, as well as the psychology of health and health care. Methodologically, my expertise lies in qualitative research, vulnerable groups and sensitive topics.

Dr Victoria Williamson
v.williamson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Music: Amusia, expertise, effects of background music, clinical and therapeutic uses
  • Cognitive Psychology: Memory, learning, and spontaneous cognition
  • Health: Sleep, well-being, and addictive behaviours
Professor Cindy Cooper
C.L.Cooper@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

  • Trials methodology, particularly pilot (external and internal) and feasibility studies, recruitment and retention
  • Psycho-social aspects of long term conditions
  • Mental health research
  • Health technology evaluation
  • Evaluation of psychotherapeutic interventions
Professor Simon Dixon
s.dixon@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interests:

  • Health economics
  • Economic evaluation

Methods I am able to supervise:

  • Economic evaluation
  • Preference elicitation

Specific area of research interests: 

  • Economic evaluation alongside controlled trials
  • Valuation of non-health outcomes
  • Process utility
  • Willingness to pay methodology
  • Decison rules for reimbursement
  • Transferability of economic evaluations
  • Global Health
Dr Caroline Hart
c.hart@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Caroline Hart has a range of active research interests related to the roles of education and health in human development. She is an inter-disciplinary researcher and her conceptual work has been principally concerned with notions of aspiration, capabilities, well-being and social justice.

Mr Abdullah Pandor
a.pandor@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence for clinical effectiveness
  • Application and development of methods for the systematic review and synthesis of diagnostic evaluations in the field of health services research
  • Network meta-analysis (indirect and mixed treatment comparisons)
Dr Liz Williams
e.a.williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research Interests

I have a long-standing research interest in diet and intestinal health and, in particular, biomarkers of colorectal cancer, and the role of butyrate and folate on colorectal carcinogenesis.

I also have a research interest in the nutrition, health and wellbeing of older adults. This includes an interest in the relationship between diet, immune function and ageing, and the assessment of dietary intake in older adults. The work has developed through collaboration with colleagues in Sheffield (Profs Pockley, Powers and Parker) and beyond (University of St Andrews, Reading University and Bath Institute of Mechanical Engineering).

Dr Emma Knowles
e.l.knowles@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are emergency and urgent health care systems, new roles/services within emergency and urgent health care, violence directed towards staff in the Emergency Department.

Professor Barry Gibson
b.j.gibson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

The primary focus on my research has been the experience of oral health conditions and to this end I have been instrumental in securing funding from commercial bodies to explore the impact of dentine sensitivity on everyday life. This research conducted along with colleagues in the Unit of Dental Public Health has resulted in a new measure of the impact of dentine sensitivity.

I am also continuing to study the sociology of the mouth in everyday life by looking at the impact of oral conditions and the experience of the mouth in the media and everyday life. This work involves the use of systems theory, consumerism and the sociology of the body.

I maintain a healthy interest in grounded theory and to this end I continue to write on the method. I like to focus on blending it with other approaches such as systems theory and critical theory and at the same time I like to clarify the original version of grounded theory.

Professor Nicholas Bishop
n.j.bishop@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

Our research aims to improve outcomes for children with inherited and acquired bone diseases and understand better the factors contributing to fracture in apparently healthy children.

We are currently conducting two studies of oral Risedronate therapy in children with Osteogenesis Imperfect (OI) and are collaborating with colleagues in Montreal to study Zoledronie acid in infants with severe OI (PI Francis Glorieux). In addition we are waiting with colleagues to study osteoporosis in children with inflammatory joint disease (POP study, PI Madeleine Rooney, Belfast) and the effects of Vitamin D supplementation in pregnancy on skeletal outcomes in infancy (MAVIDOS study, PI Cryus Cooper). We are the European centre for an open label study of recombinant bone-targeted alkaline phosphotase in severe hypophosphotasia (PI Cheryle Greenburg; funded by Enobia Pharma). Children travel from other European countries to participate in the study.

Professor Steven Julious
s.a.julious@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
  • Clinical trials
  • Clinical trial design
  • Early phase trials
  • Non-inferiority
  • Asthma epidemiology
Dr Thomas Webb
T.Webb@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

I am a social psychologist, interested in self-regulation and behaviour change. Specifically, I am interested in how people achieve their goals and make changes to their behaviour.

The usual answer is that people need to be motivated. However, even medium-to-large changes in people's intentions seem to have only a small-to-medium effect on their behavior. In short, motivation is not enough. As a result, much of my research to date has investigated how the effects of motivation can be boosted by forming specific plans - known as "implementation intentions" - that links good opportunities to act with suitable responses to those opportunities.

Professor Jonathan Nicholl
J.Nicholl@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are in Health Services and Public Health research.  My main field of research is the evaluation of emergency and urgent first contact care and services, particularly A and E services, including trauma services and chest pain care; ambulance services including helicopter ambulances; and urgent first contact care services including telephone and out-of-hours services.  I also carry out methodological research related to the design of health service evaluations, and I have a particular interest in the use of routine (e-health) data for HSR.

Professor Arne Hole
a.r.hole@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Arne´s research interests lie in the area of applied microeconometrics, focusing on health and labour economics. He has a particular interest in stated preference methods and the econometric analysis of discrete choice data. He also has an interest in statistical programming and has written several modules for the statistical software package Stata. He has been in involved in research projects funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the Research Council of Norway, among others. Arne is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics.

Dr Julia Moses
j.moses@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Julia's main research interests lie in the history of social problems and policy in Britain and Western Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has published on five main strands of her research: the history of the welfare state, private law, and especially torts; transnational history; marriage and the family and, the history of ideas about 'risk'. She has recently completed a comparative study of conceptions of risk, workplace accidents and the welfare state in Britain, Germany and Italy, and her current research investigates the political history of marriage in Imperial Germany from transnational and global perspectives.

Dr Elizabeth Cross
e.j.cross@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Elizabeth’s main research interests are in the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), specifically vibration based SHM, which uses monitored dynamic properties of a structure for condition assessment and damage detection. SHM is still a relatively young field and so much of the research that goes on is confined to the laboratory. While it is true that research into SHM is becoming increasingly popular, it has failed, so far, to be taken up in any major way by industry, despite the obvious economic and safety benefits it could offer.

Elizabeth’s current research is broadly concerned with how SHM can be made to work for the real world and encompasses the application of statistics and machine learning technology, as well as mathematics from other disciplines such as econometrics.

Professor Nicholas Fox
n.j.fox@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Health and Related Research

Broad Area of Research Interest:

  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sexualities
  • Environment
  • Embodiment

 Research Methods I can Supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Materialist

Specific Areas of Research Interest:

  • New materialism
  • Creativity
  • Environment
  • Sexuality
  • Health
Professor Sarah Salway
s.salway@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest: 

  • Health inequalities
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Poverty
  • Reproductive health
  • Work and health
  • South Asia

Research methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative or mixed methods
  • Participatory and inclusive research approaches

Specific areas of interest:

  • UK South Asian populations
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Complex interventions
  • Knowledge translation
Professor Sarah Salway
s.salway@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Broad area of research interest: 

  • Health inequalities
  • Gender
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Poverty
  • Reproductive health
  • Work and health
  • South Asia

Research methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative or mixed methods
  • Participatory and inclusive research approaches

Specific areas of interest:

  • UK South Asian populations
  • Intersecting inequalities
  • Complex interventions
  • Knowledge translation
Professor Stephen Walters
s.j.walters@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
Research interests
Dr Richard Cooper
richard.cooper@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research
The Medical School
Department of Sociological Studies
 
Research interests
  • Pharmacy
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Addiction
  • Empirical and normative ethics in healthcare 
  • Medicine supply (prescribed and over the counter) and misuse/abuse (over the counter, illicit)
  • Medical sociology
  • Public Health

Methods

  • Qualitative (interviews, observation, ethnography, content analysis, narrative)
  • Mixed methods (questionnaires, secondary data analysis)
Dr Mark Brown
mark.brown@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

These are my research interests. I welcome enquiries from students thinking of undertaking research in any of these areas:

  • Prisons and penal policy
  • Colonial and post-colonial law and justice
  • Comparative jurisprudence
  • Fragile and post-conflict states
  • Global criminology
  • Penal history and theory
  • Security sector reform
  • Transnational organised crime
Dr Tehyun Ma
tehyun.ma@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Tehyun is a historian of modern China and Taiwan, with a particular focus on how state-building and propaganda fostered legitimacy at home and abroad. Her research explores the development of ‘Free China’ on Taiwan in the early Cold War, as well as the role of American sponsorship in regime consolidation. She is also interested in the transnational exchange of ideas in wartime East Asia, where she has looked at the translation and reception of the British Beveridge Plan – the blueprint for the postwar welfare state – among Chinese Nationalists.

She is happy to supervise students working on the history of modern China and Taiwan, particularly those with an interest in the Republican era (1911-1949), World War II, and the early Cold War.

Professor Alasdair Rae
a.j.rae@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

I have led and worked on a wide variety of funded research for partners such as Google, the Bank of England, Rightmove, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Trainline, the Department for Education and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. I have extensive experience in the analysis and visualisation of large datasets and my work regularly appears in media outlets, such as The Independent, WIRED, the BBC, The Economist, and the Huffington Post.

My most recent research has focused on: i) understanding housing markets through the use of large internet search datasets, in collaboration with data partners at Rightmove; ii) understanding and visualising commuting and migration patterns, particularly through the use of community partitioning algorithms and cloud computing; and iii) understanding neighbourhood-level socio-economic phenomena, such as deprivation and mortgage lending patterns.

I take a multi-platform, portfolio approach to research dissemination, so in addition to traditional academic papers, I also write pieces for publications such as The Conversation, The Guardian and CityMetric. I also share this work on a regular basis via my blog.


Mr Chris Blackmore
C.M.Blackmore@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest:

  • Mental health
  • Online learning
  • Technology (inernet, social media) 

Methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods
  • Systematic review 

Specific areas of interest:

My main research interest is in the role of emotions in online learning, and more generally the impact of the internet on well-being. I have been involved in developing and evaluating e-learning Psychotherapy training resources across Europe. Since my doctoral research, I have become interested in the potential of learning analytics and the use of data on well-being to enhance and personalize students' learning, and the application of the same principles in analysing therapeutic interactions. I am developing an interest in narrative therapy and use of virtual reality.


Dr Kate Weiner
k.weiner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

I work at the intersection of medical sociology and science and technology studies. My doctoral research looked at lay and professional constructions of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a treatable hereditary condition associated with heart disease. My analysis focussed on the themes of geneticisation, genetic responsibility and biosociality, three prominent concepts in discussions of the social implications of genetic knowledge. Subsequent research projects looked at more mundane health technologies for cholesterol management, including cholesterol-lowering foods containing plant sterols and prescription and over-the-counter statins. Current research is expanding this work on consumer health technologies, looking at self-monitoring technologies such as blood pressure monitors and weighing scales/BMI monitors. All of these studies consider professional expectations as well as people’s accounts of why and how they adopt and use, or don't use, particular products or technologies. They consider the way responsibilities for health are distributed, the practices involved and the implications for forms of expertise in relation to health care. The work critically engages with notions of 'self-care' and 'health behaviours', proposing alternative lenses such as care infrastructures and practice theory approaches. I have an ongoing interest in developments in the biomedical sciences. Recent work has looked at the routine practices of racialised prescribing.

 Research interests:

  • everyday health practices
  • mundane health technologies
  • self-monitoring, self-tracking, self-care
  • social implications of biomedical developments eg genomics, epigenetics
  • social categories in the clinic
  • qualitative research methods
Dr Graeme Manson
Graeme.Manson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

The main concern of Dr Manson´s research has been, throughout, the development of robust structural health monitoring strategies for the purposes of damage identification. Over the years, this has taken on various approaches beginning with the examination of the response of nonlinear mechanical systems before moving into the fields of signal processing, pattern recognition, machine learning and multivariate statistics for damage identification. More recently, with the questions of damage prognosis and robustness of structural health monitoring systems, the research has led toward the investigation of the propagation of uncertainty through systems and structures.

Dr Laura Sbaffi
Laura.Sbaffi@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on:

  • Trust formation in health online information
  • Information needs of healthcare professionals
  • Online information needs of men and women in different contexts (e.g. e-commerce, health, finance, holidays, etc.)
  • Non-compliancy issues in relation to chronic conditions (e.g. why people tend to not use medications as prescribed)
  • How to understand and meet the needs of dementia patients’ cares
  • How to understand and meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients’ cares

I would be interested in supervising PhD students in any of the above areas.

Dr Parveen Ali
parveen.ali@sheffield.ac.uk

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

I am a mixed method researcher and equally use qualitative as well as quantitative methods.  I am interested in exploring gender based violence, especially intimate partner violence from the perspective of victims and perpetrators.  I am also interested in exploring health, consanguinity and genetics, and inequalities in health care experiences and health outcomes and how the reparation and training of health professionals such as doctors, nurses and allied health professionals can contribute to tackling such inequalities.

Miss Clara Mukuria
c.mukuria@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests are:

  • Development and testing of preference-based health measures in different populations
  • Mapping between condition-specific and generic preference-based measures of health
  • Use of well-being measures in health and social care
Methods I can supervise:
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods
Dr Peter Cudd
P.Cudd@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests include open and closed innovation as topics and across health electronic technology, electronic AT design and evaluation – including intelligent/robotic AT. My particular interests include : simplifying the users experience of sophisticated digital systems – bringing the philosophy of `Use of IT without understanding it´; so called mHealth – use of mobile technologies for any health and social care purposes; the role of patient information within tele-interventions; user centred design methodologies in the health and social care context; patient and public involvement; lay research participants views on research ethics and dementia.

`Use of IT without understanding it´ is practically embodied in an open source Windows™ application called Maavis (Managed access to audio, visual and information services). Currently in collaboration with an external open source developer and the University’s Designer in Residence, an html 5 and Apache licence version is being produced.

My recent short term projects within CATCH have included working on haptic technologies for people with visual impairments, telecare for people with dementia, leisure apps for people with dementia, and telerehabilitation for dysarthria.

Professor David Edwards
david.edwards@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

My research focuses on understanding the impacts of land-use change on tropical biodiversity. I am particularly interested in understanding the most effective ways of
managing tropical landscapes for biodiversity protection and the mechanisms that can be used to fund protection, although I have a range of interests, including;

  • Impacts of logging management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.
  • Tropical agriculture and sustainability.
  • The interaction between climate change and land-use change on extinction risk.
  • Cost-effective conservation within the tropics.
  • Policy drivers of tropical forest protection, including REDD+ and sustainability labeling.
  • Mechanisms of maintenance in mutualism.
Dr Elisabeth Garratt
elisabeth.garratt@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Beth joined the Sheffield Methods Institute as a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in September 2019. Before this, she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Investigation, Nuffield College, Oxford. She completed her PhD in Social Statistics at the University of Manchester in 2015, exploring the role of income on mental health in 3-12 year-old British children and their parents. Her research focusses on mental health in adults and children, poverty, food poverty, and homelessness.

She is a strong believer in engaging with non-academic audiences, and to this end has spoken about food insecurity on TV and radio. Her research on UK food insecurity has received widespread press coverage, been cited in government debates and was also made into an impact film.

Professor Tom Billington
t.billington@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Tom is an educational and child psychologist, researcher and teacher.  Tom’s interests focus on young people’s emotional well being and mental health, specifically critical approaches to child development including attachment, autism, child safeguarding and neuroscience in education.  Tom has supervised to completion over 60 personal Doctoral students in Psychology and Education, UK and international.

Ms Fiona Campbell
f.campbell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Use of evidence to support decision making
  • Incorporating non-RCT evidence in systematic reviews
  • Assessment of patient reported outcomines in clinical trials and methods of synthesis
  • Methods of synthesising qualitative and quantitative reviews
  • Use of expert opinion in systematic reviews
  • Any issues relating to improving health in low and middle income countries
Dr Antony Williams
Anthony.Williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Tony's research interests are focused in areas of critical psychology and psychoanalytic concepts and theory. To date his research has focused on contributing to the concept of a critical educational psychology. Related areas of interest include group dynamics, conceptions of mental health and emotional wellbeing, case study research and the use of reflexive and interpretative research methods.

Dr Praveen Thokala
P.Thokala@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests are:

  • Healthcare modelling
  • Health economics
  • Multi-criteria decision analysis
  • Optimisation
Dr Paul Brindley
p.brindley@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Landscape Architecture

Paul is currently Co-Investigator on the NERC-funded IWUN project, heading up Work Package 1 on the geography of the natural environment, socio-economic deprivation and health inequalities in Sheffield. Paul has over fifteen years’ experience of spatial data analysis and has worked on over fifty research projects including the official Rural-Urban Definitions for England and Wales (Client: Defra, ONS, DCLG, Welsh Assembly). His research interests centre on the socio-economic applications of Geographic Information Science (GIS). In particular, his work explores the importance of scale within data analysis and the generation of vague geographic places.

Dr Robert Pryce
r.e.pryce@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

I am broadly interested in all areas of economics of health, but especially the economics of "sin" behaviours such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs and gambling. I am also interested in the economics of food. I am currently involved in several different topics within the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group including work on alcohol dependence, local alcohol consumption estimates, joint modelling of tobacco and alcohol demand, and modelling of price policies.

 

I am also more generally interested in wellbeing work, especially work combining this with "sin" behaviours. Previous work includes looking at the monetary cost of problem gambling on wellbeing. I have also supervised an MSc dissertation looking at smoking and wellbeing.

Dr Lindsay Blank
l.blank@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests:

General areas of interest

  • Healthy living topics such as healthy eating, physical activity, wellbeing


Specific areas of interest

  • Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes


Research methods I am able to supervise: 

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Evaluation
  • Mixed methods
Dr Robert Barthorpe
r.j.barthorpe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Dr Barthorpe's research covers a range of problems in the field of structural dynamics and beyond, with an underlying theme being the integration of numerical modelling and experimental data. Structural health monitoring is one of his major research themes. The broad aim of an SHM system is to be able to identify, at an early stage, occurrences of damage that may ultimately lead to the failure of the component or system being monitored.

Established approaches to this task typically fall into one of two categories: they are either based entirely on experimental data, or make use of a numerical model that is periodically updated as new data becomes available. Both of these approaches have distinct drawbacks: for the former, lack of appropriate experimental data is the major issue; for the latter, model-form uncertainty is among the challenges faced.

Part of Rob's work is in investigating ways to circumvent the lack of data problem through novel experimental and data-modelling techniques. A larger part is in developing new methods for integrating experimental and numerical methods, such that uncertainty in both the experimental measurements and the numerical model may be accounted for.

These methods are being developed for application to aerospace structures, wind turbines and civil infrastructure. However, the domain of applicability is much broader as the issues of handling uncertainty, solving inverse problems and overcoming test-model discrepancy are pervasive in many branches of science and engineering. Applications being investigated include the energy performance of buildings and the modelling of human bones.

Professor Karina Nielsen
K.m.nielsen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Karina is an experienced PhD supervisor, she has supervised students in different countries in the areas of work and wellbeing, organizational interventions and return to work. 

She is interested in supervising projects on:

Bottom-up job design, including how employees can shape their own work environment to create an environment that allows them to thrive at work and perform well.

Organizational interventions involve making changes to the way work is organized, designed and managed to improve employee wellbeing. Of particular interest is how we can design and implement such interventions through creating collaborative networks between managers and employees. Understanding the process of implementing change also requires sophisticated evaluation methods that allow us to develop our understanding of what works for whom in which circumstances. 

Also projects of interest are how we can help employees with clients money mental health problems return to work and stay at work. 

Karina also has an interest in leadership and wellbeing. This includes understanding the role of line managers in ensuring a good working environment for their employees and the impact of these on employee wellbeing. Projects relating the leadership training and evaluation are particularly welcome  as are projects exploring the dark side of leadership.

Finally, projects on the impact of organizational restructuring and wellbeing and how organisations can implement change that also consider the process of change are welcome. 

Dr Chris Millard
c.millard@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Chris researches the history of medicine and psychiatry in late-modern Britain (1900-present). He is particularly interested in ideas about mental health and mental illness, suicide and self-harm, child abuse, and emotional well-being. He looks at the interactions between the National Health Service, social work and broader welfare state when treating mental illness and promoting mental health. He is interested in how institutions and professional authority shape our sense of identity and self.

He is happy to supervise students interested in any aspect of medicine, psychiatry, welfare and health in twentieth-century Britain. This includes ideas of emotional health and welfare, broadly conceived, and focus on any kind of medical or psychological expertise, including interactions between medicine and online environments.

Professor Angela Tod
a.tod@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

My research interests lie mainly in care for adults and older people. My particular research focus is in patient experience studies, especially in areas of public health, health inequalities and health care access. Recent studies have included qualitative research in older patient populations, for example lung cancer, mesothelioma, neutropeanic sepsis and Parkinson's. I have also led a programme of work on fuel poverty, cold homes and health. I have a current interest in patient experience of  health services as well as evaluations of new clinical nursing roles.

Methodologically my expertise lies in qualitative research, in stand-alone and mixed method studies.

I currently jointly lead a 5 year Strategic Research Alliance between the RCN and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

I am the theme lead for the Translating Knowledge into Action Theme of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Yorkshire and Humber.

I have a good record of completion for Doctoral student supervision.

Dr Susan Baxter
S.K.Baxter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest:

  • Health services delivery
  • Methodologies of systematic reviewing

Research methods I can supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis
  • Systematic reviews
  • Theory-based reviews
  • Logic models

Specific areas of interest:

  • Interprofessional and team working in healthcare
  • Integrated health and social care systems and services
  • Evaluation of services and interventions
  • Patient experiences of healthcare
  • Professional practice
  • Communication systems and patient safety
  • Use of logic models in evidence synthesis
  • Methods to improve the presentation of evidence to stakeholders
  • Allied health professional services
Mr Matthew Franklin
matt.franklin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My current interests are in the use of routinely collected care data for the purpose of costing analysis, economic analysis and decision modelling. I also have an interest in the capability-approach and extra-wefarism and its conceptual and practical application to economic evaluations and decision making, and the conceptual and practical use of outcome measures in general.

I can supervise students interested in the use of large databases of rountinely collected care data for health economic analysis and decision modelling problems. These databases include, but are not limited to:

  • Secondary Uses Service (SUS)
  • Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)
  • Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)
  • ResearchOne
The aforementioned are some of the more commonly used databases, but I have experience using rountinely collected care data from primary, secondary, intermediate, mental health, ambulance and social care services. 
 
I can also supervise students interested in the conceptual and practical basis of using outcome measures for the purpose of economic evaluation; this includes those students interested in the extra-welfarist approach to welfare economics in relation to the market for health and healthcare.
 
I have more specific interests in research focussed on frail older people, dementia, cognitive impairement and more generalised mental health conditions.

 

Dr Saurabh Mishra
s.mishra@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Saurabh's research focuses on modern South Asian history, with a particular interest in issues related to the history of science and medicine, agrarian history, labour history, and the history of caste and religion. He is currently working on a project that explores the medical/health dimensions of indentured servitude in the Caribbean. 

Miss Diana Papaioannou
d.papaioannou@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are in the following areas:

• Clinical trial design
• Systematic reviews
• Controlled clinical trials
• Validity and responsiveness of generic quality of life measures, particularly in mental health

Mrs Elizabeth Taylor Buck
e.taylor-buck@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are in child and adolescent mental health and interventions that focus on the relationship between child and caregiver. In 2009 I was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. I used a mixed methods design to create an online manual of dyadic art therapy.

Research Methods I can Supervise

  • Mixed Methods
  • Manual Development

Specific Areas of Interest

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Parent-child interventions
  • Parenting interventions
  • Early years 
  • Art therapy
Dr Michelle Horspool
m.horspool@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

As well as having an interest and clinical background in substance misuse and mental health (which was the area or work for my PhD), I have experience in designing and delivering complex interventions, as well as the feasibility, design and recruitment to studies within primary care and pharmacy settings. 

Dr Nasrin Nasr
N.Nasr@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research experience and interests are:
• Interdisciplinary research
• Qualitative research particularly Narrative inquiry
• Using Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs)
• Examining Response Shift theory in the measurement of change
• User-centred design methods and experience-based approach
• Evaluating complex health interventions

Dr Stefania Vicari
s.vicari@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Stefania's overarching research interest is in dynamics of civic engagement on digital platforms of communication. Her approach to online data is based on a variety of textual analysis techniques - with an increasing focus on text analytics - informed by social network and framing theories. Stefania specifically focuses on:

  • Digital activism: Stefania's early research focused on how digital media ease upward and downward scale shifts (i.e., from local to transnational and vice versa) in framing grievances. Work in this camp investigated the Global Justice Movement and the World Social Forum. She is also particularly interested in social media use with relevance to public sphere processes in the context of protest events, issue publics, everyday talk. Her work in this field has specifically focused on interactional and deliberative processes in the Cuban blogosphere and on meaning construction on Twitter streams relevant to anti-austerity protests in Italy.
  • Digital health. Stefania is interested in the role of digital media in health democratizing processes, especially in processes of self-care, patient advocacy, health public debate, and health activism. Her main interest is in if, how and to what extent digital media may enhance bottom-up, patient-centred health practices. Stefania's work in this area is currently looking at online affordances for rare disease patient organisations in advocacy and activist dynamics and rare disease discourse practices on Facebook and Twitter.


Stefania has supervised PhD projects looking at different aspects of digital media use, among which, digital literacy, digital activism and online political participation. She is particularly interested in supervising students investigating digital activism, social media and health and/or who wish to apply digital methods approaches.

Dr Tracey Young
t.a.young@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests are:

  • Methods for measuring uncertainty in economic evaluations
  • Methods for developing preference-based measures from existing QOL measures
  • Economic evaluations alongside clinical trials
  • Censored costs
  • Mapping
Dr Andrew Bell
andrew.j.d.bell@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Before moving to Sheffield, Andy was a lecturer at the University of Bristol, where he also completed his undergraduate degree (in Geography) and PhD (in Advanced Quantitative Methods). His current substantive research focuses on mental health from a life course perspective, but also spans a diverse range of other subject areas, including geography, political science, social epidemiology and economics. Methodologically, Andy’s interests are in the development and application of multilevel models, with work focusing on age-period-cohort analysis and fixed and random effects models

Miss Suzanne Paisley
s.paisley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

I joined ScHARR Information Resources at its inception in 1994. In 2000 I was seconded to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as a Technical Lead in the Appraisals Team. I returned to ScHARR as Managing Director of the Technology Assessment Reviews (TARs) programme funded UK NHS HTA Programme. In 2003 I was awarded a UK Department of Health fellowship looking at the retrieval and use of evidence in decision-analytic models of cost-effectiveness.

In 2009 I became Head of the ScHARR Information Resources Group (IRG) leading the Group's research and teaching activities and managing the information service for ScHARR staff and students and for NHS staff through the Yorkshire and Humber Research Design Service (RDS).

I am Associate Director of the NICE Public Health Collaborating Centre (PHCC) at ScHARR and of the Department of Health Economic Evaluation Policy Research Unit (EEPRU) based at ScHARR and the University of York

Research Interests

Information retrieval methods and problem structuring methods to support evidence synthesis. Specific areas of interest:

  • Use of evidence in the specification and population of decision-analytic models
  • Retrieval of evidence for reviews of complex interventions

Teaching Interests

  • MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling (HEDM) (Research Methods unit, Joint Lead)
  • MSc in International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (iHRAPR) (proposed) (Use of Evidence in the Design and Development of Models unit, Lead)

Professional Activities

Member of:

  • Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Information Resources Group
  • InterTASC Information Specialists' Subgroup (ISSG)
  • Cochrane Information Retrieval Methods Group (IRMG)
  • Campbell and Cochrane Economics Methods Group (CCEMG)

Current Projects

  • Department of Health Economic Evaluation Policy Research Unit (DH EEPRU).
    Co-investigator (PI: John Brazier). Department of Health (2010-2015)
  • NICE Public Health Collaborating Centre.
    Joint PI (with Ron Akehurst, Jim Chilcott, Liddy Goyder). NICE (2008-2011, 2011-2012)
  • Angioplasty for peripheral arterial occulsive disease (PAOD): systematic review.
    Co-applicant (PI: Jonathon Michaels). NIHR HTA (2010-2011)
Professor Brendan Stone
b.stone@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My research (and teaching) often involves me in working with users of mental health services. I am currently working with a range of initiatives in which service-users are supported in using creative arts and digital media to explore and communicate their experience and influence healthcare policy and practice. I am always keen to hear from individuals, groups, or organisations who want to develop similar or related work. I am a long-time mental health service-user myself, and have a strong commitment to the rights and empowerment of individuals using mental health services and/or living with mental distress. I am committed to promoting service-user led research wherever this is feasible.

Dr Sheila Kennedy
S.M.Kennedy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My main research interests are in qualitative research and public and patient involvement in research especially relating to the health and social care of people with long term and or life limiting illnesses, development and evaluation of services, support for carers, especially older carers, and the care experiences and outcomes for ‘looked after children’. I am experienced in using qualitative data analysis software programmes.

Dr Anna Weighall

Personal Webpage

School of Education

 

Anna's research interests are broadly concerned with sleep, memory, language learning and cognitive development in neurotypical and neurodiverse populations (especially ADHD, neurofibromatosis, dyslexia and dysgraphia).  Anna applies an experimental approach to understanding factors that contribute to memory and learning, especially vocabulary learning in adults, children and those who speak English as an additional language (EAL). In addition, Anna is interested in the application of implementation science and behaviour change techniques to interventions to improve educational outcomes. She is interested in the link between physical health and cognitive performance and the extent to which the extent to which interventions to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing may also improve cognitive and educational outcomes for children, young people and their families.


Dr Yu Chen
yu.chen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

Dr Chen’s research interests are in China’s urbanisation and rural-to-urban migration. China is experiencing the largest migration wave in human history, with hundreds of millions of people moving from the countryside to cities to seek better life. She is interested in the social, economic, spatial and environmental consequences of such massive urbanisation.

She is currently working on the following projects:

ESRC/CASS Urban Transformations: Urban Development, Migration, Segregation and Inequality (2015--2018). This project aims to bring together researchers from the University of Glasgow, University of Sheffield and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, to develop new ideas, innovative methods and analysis on the impacts of migration on urban development, the related social-spatial segregation and public policy challenges.

ESRC/GCRF: Dynamics of Health & Environmental Inequalities in Hebei Province, China (2017–2018). This project aims to develop the data infrastructure and to examine the social and health impacts of rapid urbanisation and air pollution, in order to improve decision support tools for economic and social policy.

She is also interested in rural-to-urban migrants and their life prospects. Her previous projects examined the aspirations and socio-economic integration of new-generation migrants in urban China.

She welcomes applications from prospective PhD students in the fields of urbanisation, migration, urban development and housing.

Dr Diane Burns
d.burns@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School
Research interests
  • Health & Social Care at home and in institutions
  • Care recipent's and care worker's perspectives and knowledge 
  • Financialisation of social care, business models and managment
  • Social innovation in home care provision - a Wellcome Trust funded project 2017-18.
  • Diane's Department of Health and Comic Relief funded project examined organizational cultures in care homes for older people and positive experiences of care. This study was conducted with colleagues at the University of East Anglia, University of Stirling, University of Worcester and Cardiff University.
  • Recently Diane was involved in a two and half year, Department of Health and Comic Relief funded participatory project with care home residents and family carers to examine the organisational dynamics of abuse and respectful care of older people in care homes.

Diane’s research examines organizational arrangements, cultures and change in health and social care systems with two sub themes – organizational failure and institutional abuse in care homes; and social innovation in home care provision.

Diane is interested in supervising qualitative research in health and social care systems and organization; job quality, care workforce and labour arrangments; care quality, abuse and mistreatment in organized care; voice, power and whistle-blowing in the workplace and other organizations; collaborative forms of organizing and partnership. 

Diane is particularly interested in action research, participatory appraoches and co-production, and the development of organizational ethnography using visual methods, poetics and film.

Dr Nikolaos Dervilis
n.dervilis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr Nicholas Latimer
n.latimer@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests focus on economic evaluation methodology, with a particular emphasis on the incorporation of survival analysis within economic models. My doctoral and post-doctoral research has focused primarily on methods for adjusting survival estimates in the presence of treatment switching - that is, when patients in the control group of a clinical trial switch onto the experimental treatment, thus confounding estimates of the treatment effect (where the relevant question for an economic analysis is what would have happened if control group patients did not receive this experimental treatment). Adjustment methods are primarily from the causal inference literature, and I have a related interest in the use of causal inference methods to estimate comparative effectiveness from registry datasets, particularly in the area of cancer.


Dr Tessa Peasgood
t.peasgood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests are:

  • Economics of well-being and happiness
  • Investigating the determinants of subjective well-being
  • Microeconomic evaluation of longitudinal data, particularly the BHPS and Understanding Society
Dr Philip Powell
p.a.powell@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Economics

Combining a career in psychology and economics, Philip's research interests are in understanding behaviour, well-being, and decision-making through multidisciplinary approaches. He is an expert in behavioural and experimental economics, and has particular interest in the role of emotions in decision-making and psychological well-being processes. Philip is currently Research Fellow on the “InsEAD-EX: A mobile experimental economics portal (the ‘lab-in-a-bag’)”, which seeks to develop the Department’s capacity for experimental methods and multidisciplinary collaboration.

Professor Mark Strong
m.strong@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My Research interests

I have three related research interests that fall under the general banner of Uncertainty Quantification: (1) how do we properly account for all relevant uncertainties when we build a computer model of a physical, biological or social system? (2) how do we (efficiently) compute value of information? (3) how do we work out the value of a computer model? How much should we pay to make a simple model more complex? When do we stop increasing the complexity of a model?

Jeremy OakleyJim Chilcott and I have proposed an "internal" discrepancy-based method for managing model uncertainty. See this paper in JRSS Series C, and this paper in SIAM/ASA Journal of Uncertainty Quantification. The method is discussed in more detail in my PhD thesis.

We have proposed an efficient method for computing partial EVPI. This method works for any number of parameters of interest and requires only the PSA sample. See this open access paper in Medical Decision Making. R functions to implement the method can be downloaded here. This paper uses Gaussian process-based methods that are nicely described in the  Managing Uncertainty in Complex Models (MUCM) toolkit.

The partial EVPI method extends nicely to the computation of EVSI. See here for our open access paper on the efficient computation of EVSI.

Mrs Sally Underwood
s.underwood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School
Dr Marrissa Martyn-St James
M.Martyn-StJames@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My research interests include:
• Systematic reviews of clinical effectiveness for healthcare interventions
• Development of methods for systematic reviewing and evidence synthesis including meta-analysis, meta-regression, individual patient data analysis and mixed-treatment comparisons/network meta-analysis
• Critical appraisal and risk of bias assessment methods for systematic reviews
• Exercise interventions for health outcomes

Dr Sonal Choudhary
s.choudhary@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Sonal’s research interests are broadly in the domain of sustainable natural resource management and food security. Her research interests also include understanding the triple bottom line and incentives for businesses behind sustainable practices, particularly given the social and economic contexts, and global challenges such as climate change. She investigates how sustainability and regulatory issues affect business strategies and shape attitude towards the environment and green economy.

Although firmly based in environmental sustainability, she has active or previous collaborations with economists, social scientists, environmental scientists, geographers, planners, operations and supply chain specialists. She welcomes exploring future collaborations in the following fields:

  • Food security, Big Data and food sustainability including sustainable supply chain in agro-food industry
  • Sustainable management of businesses and natural resources including ecological economics, ecosystem services and Carbon, Nitrogen and Water footprint management
  • Business ethics and corporate social responsibilities (CSR)
  • Sustainability of SMEs including Dairy industry
  • Integrated assessment of science-business-policy collaborations
  • Business and governmental aspects of climate change
  • Applications of remote sensing & GIS in devising sustainable management strategies for low carbon futures (including green logistics and short-supply chain).

PhD Supervision

She is currently supervising two PhD students and is interested in supervising students in any area of her research interests or related themes.

Mr Andrew Booth
a.booth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests focus on all methods of systematic review,  evidence synthesis, evidence based practice, and knowledge translation. I am particularly interested in systematic review topics from developing countries, particularly from Sub-Saharan Africa, and in public health topics such as alcohol and HIV/AIDS. I have published with students in topics such as medication adherence, social marketing,  disaster management and evidence based management. My current research students are working in knowledge management in acute hospitals and use of NICE guidance in Social care.  I have been involved in development of a wide range of tools for dissemination, both web based and as online briefings. In 2013 I was one of the first to achieve the University of Sheffield's PhD by Publications with my thesis entitled Acknowledging a Dual Heritage for Qualitative Evidence Synthesis: Harnessing the Qualitative Research and Systematic Review Research Traditions. My most recent interests centre on multiple types of review, including rapid reviews, mapping reviews and scoping reviews.

Dr Thomas Darton
t.darton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

My research interests include:

  • Investigating the drivers of antimicrobial resistance in lower- and middle-income country settings.
  • Understanding the role and developing vaccines and diagnostics for enteric fever and other causes of non-specific febrile illness in low-resource settings.
  • The ethical use of human challenge studies to advance the discovery and translation of tools for patient benefit.
Professor Andrew Hindmoor
a.hindmoor@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • The financial crisis and financial reform
  • Governance and public policy
  • British politics
  • Political analysis and explanation
Dr Robin Purshouse
r.purshouse@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

Robin's research aims to help improve how we identify and choose between possible solutions to a problem, with a particular focus on the process of policy appraisal. There are a number of factors that make policy appraisal a challenging research area:

  • Multiple trade-offs
  • Multiple stakeholders
  • Deep uncertainty
  • Cognitive challenge
Dr Cormac Behan
C.M.Behan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law
Research interests
  • Punishment and prison
  • Penal history
  • Collateral consequences of imprisonment
  • Comparative penal politics and policy
  • Prison education
Professor Sarah Neal
s.neal@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Multiculture, ethnicity, identity, community and belonging; rural and urban places, migration, everyday life, social in/exclusion and policy interventions.

Ms Annette Haywood
a.haywood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

I am a qualitative researcher and my research interests include older adults, health inequalities and the integration of health and social care.

Dr Jane Mulderrig
j.mulderrig@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

My doctoral research developed a method of combining (Faircloughian) critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistic tools in the analysis of education policy. I drew also on regulation school state theory in order to critically examine the evolving relationship between policy agendas and wider developments in the UK economy, politics and society. I am particularly interested in the way policy discourse is used to construct and legitimate neoliberal identities, roles and power relations between citizen and state. Key themes explored in my recent publications are the historic emergence of an ‘enabler’ model of governance and the use of ‘personalisation’ as a legitimation strategy in policy.

More generally I am interested in the strategic role of (national) policy discourse in recontextualising, disseminating and legitimating dominant political imaginaries in advanced liberal economies. My current research applies and elaborates this approach to critically explore the social construction of ageing in the UK. Focussing on policy and public discourse, this work aims to contribute a critical discourse perspective to academic debates on societal and political responses to population ageing.


Dr Matthew Bacon
M.Bacon@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law
Research interests and areas of supervision
  • Policing (in particular the occupational culture of the police, criminal investigation and covert policing practices)
  • Illegal drug markets and drug control policy
  • The informal economy
  • Qualitative research methods
Dr Chay Brooks


Sheffield University Management School

Chay is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:

• Philanthropy
• Innovation policy
• Local economic development and industry clusters
• Historical approaches to international entrepreneurship research

Professor Elizabeth Wood
e.a.wood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Liz's research focuses mainly on early childhood and primary education, with specific interests in play and pedagogy; curriculum and assessment in ECE; teachers’ professionalism and professional knowledge; policy analysis and critique.

Professor John Flint
john.flint@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

The common theme to all my research has been urban governance, citizenship and social justice. Major threads of this include crime and anti-social behaviour policy, specialist interventions within the most vulnerable households, housing in neighbourhoods policy and evaluation and social cohesion – particularly ethnic and religious identity, social class and culture.

Over the past few years, a core research focus has been the impact of 'conditions' on welfare service users, as part of a major research grant on 'Welfare Conditionality'.

Dr Konstantinos Mouratidis
k.mouratidis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

My research focuses on two areas: Economic forecasting and Monetary Economics. In the area of economic forecasting, I evaluate the forecast performance of forecasters using survey data. Alternatively, in the area of monetary economic, I analyze monetary policy preferences and the policy decision of central banks. I would be interested in supervising PhD students in these areas.

Dr Francesca Strumia
F.Strumia@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Citizenship Law and Theory
  • European and Comparative Constitutional Law
  • European and Comparative Migration Law and Policy
  • Comparative Federalism
  • EU Cohesion Policy

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Citizenship Law and Citizenship Studies
  • Nationality Law and Integration Requirements in EU and Comparative Perspective
  • EU and Comparative Immigration Law
  • EU Free Movement Law
  • Comparative Federalism and EU-US Constitutional Issues
Professor Tim Vorley
tim.vorley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

My primary research interests are in entrepreneurship, enterprise and regional economies. Other interests are: Intrapreneurship, Multinational Enterprises, Industry Clusters, EU Regional Policy and Governance, Regional Innovation Systems, Industrial Competitiveness, Knowledge Economy; Public Policy Technology Transfer and SMEs. I am always keen to hear from potential PhD candidates in any of these areas.

Mr Ryan Powell
r.s.powell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

The central theme of my research is seeking to combine empiricism and social theory in understanding the socio-dynamics of unequal power relations and their consequences in terms of urban marginalisation, both contemporary and historical. This includes access to housing and employment as well as wider questions of citizenship, urban governance and the stigmatisation of "outsider" groups.

This reflects a commitment to striving for an objective understanding of the development of contemporary society and its unequal outcomes, alongside an explicit engagement with public policy and the challenges it faces. By extension, this often entails the exposure of policy "myths" and critique of the inadequacy of current conceptualisations, but also seeks to offer alternatives in terms of policy development. A further distinguishing aspect of my research is sensitivity to a long-term perspective in terms of the way that the past can help us understand the present.

Professor Matthew Flinders
m.flinders@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Governance and public policy
  • Democratic reform and engagement
  • The analysis of delegation and autonomy, models and forms of accountability
  • Comparative managerial change
  • Legislative studies
  • Risk and risk regulation regimes
  • Depoliticisation
  • Politics of public expectations
Dr Emma Pearson
emma.pearson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Informed by several key consultancies with international development partners, Emma’s research is oriented towards understanding the nature of and complexities associated with globalisation of early childhood policy and practice. This research is underpinned by a commitment to promoting the importance of ‘local’ values, beliefs and customs in supporting young children’s education and well-being.

Dr Vassilis Sarantides
V.Sarantides@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Vassilis' scientific interests are identified in the broad field of empirical macroeconomics with a focus on political economy and public finance. His current research focuses on:

  • political cycles
  • the analysis of the determinants of incumbents' re-election prospects
  • the impact of fiscal policy on income inequality and redistribution.


Professor Peter Styring
p.styring@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • New materials for carbon dioxide capture
  • Catalysts for carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU)
  • Absorber and reactor intensification for CDU
  • Process design for energy and economically efficient CDU
  • Life Cycle Assessment in CDU
  • CDU Policy and Public Engagement
  • Snowsports Tribology
Dr Maggie Wykes
M.Wykes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Links between represented crime and real crime
  • Gender, violence and representation in law, policy and the media
  • Intra-familial abuse and violence
  • Internet crime

Areas of Research Supervision

  • News
  • Public Disorder
  • Gender
  • Violence
  • Identity
  • Internet Crime
Dr Georgios Efthyvoulou
g.efthyvoulou@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Georgios' research interests lie in the areas of political economics, international industrial economics, and applied econometrics. In particular, his research focuses on:

  • the role of political motivations in shaping economic policies and outcomes
  • the linkages between external economic constraints, institutions, strategic incentives, and domestic policy decisions
  • the drivers of innovation and productivity
  • the relationship between financial constraints and firm/bank performance.

Georgios is actively involved in presenting his work to the academic and policymaking community through seminars, policy workshops, and world-leading international conferences.

Professor Nathan Hughes
nathan.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Sociological Studies

Nathan supervises PhDs in issues related to youth and young adults, crime and criminalisation, and childhood neurodevelopmental disability.

His research is at the interface between social policy, criminology and developmental sciences. It considers the explanations for patterns of offending apparent in emerging understandings of typical and atypical adolescent neuromaturation, and their implications for policy and practice. His work is uniquely interdisciplinary within his field, drawing on developmental psychopathology and adolescent developmental science to support biosocial modelling of patterns of offending and desistance, and applying this to a critical analysis of criminal justice practices and interventions. In particular, he focuses on practices and interventions that discriminate against and criminalise young people as a result of neurodevelopmental disability, and those that engage young adult offenders.

Professor Gillian Hardy
g.hardy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Psychological treatments for depression: psychotherapy processes and outcomes; attachment theory; interpersonal processes. Psychological health in employment.

Dr Maxine Johnson
m.johnson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests include the organisation of health care delivery. In particular, I have been involved in qualitative evaluations of health care from the patient and provider perspective. I have a particular interest in the prevention and self-management of obesity and chronic illness.

More recently I have been involved in synthesising evidence for public health guidance for NICE. In this role I am interested in the development of methods which involve identifying and assessing of a variety of study types in order to provide reviews of evidence that address current public health issues.

Professor Jeremy Oakley
J.Oakley@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Bayesian statistics; eliciting probability distributions; medical statistics; health economics; quantifying uncertainty in complex computer models

Dr Clare Relton
C.Relton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest: 

  • Health / utopia

Research methods I am able to supervise:

  • Qualitative
  • Quantitative
  • Mixed methods

Specific areas of research interest:

  • Pragmatic trial methods
  • Homeopathy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Public health
  • Informed consent method
  • Solutions to a wide range of chronic health conditions: chronic pain, insomnia, depression, and 'disorders'

 

Dr Liam Foster
l.foster@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

Much of my research focus is on inequalities in later life and policy implications, particularly in relation to pensions. This has often included a gendered focus. The role of planning for retirement has also been explored. I have liaised with the Labour Party, Trade Unions, the European Parliament and pension providers about these findings. I am also interested in theories of ageing and the application of the political economy of ageing. I have also published on the notion of active ageing considering comparative policy approaches to the implementation of active ageing measures. The impact of poverty and social exclusion on policy has been central to much of my research, for instance, in relation to my work with colleagues on funeral provision and the notion of responsibility and on social quality. I employ a variety of methods in my research including interviews, surveys and secondary data analysis of secondary data sets. These skills have been used in consultancy work for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) employing quantitative methods to evaluate student satisfaction and career paths following the completion of Architecture degrees and for AXA Wealth in relation to pension education.

Dr Stewart Smyth
s.j.smyth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Stewart's research interests cover a range of topics including accountability relations, particularly in the public services, social housing and public finance, critical accounting studies and qualitative research methods in accounting. In 2014 Stewart was the oragniser for the IAFA annual conference and doctoral colloquium held at Queen's University, Belfast.

PhD Supervision

Stewart is interested in supervising doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Critical accounting studies
  • Public accountability
  • Social movements and accounting
  • Critical research methods in accounting, including critical realism, dialogics and classical Marxism
  • PPP equity transactions
  • Social housing finance

Knowledge Transfer and Impact Activities

In 2013, the Northern Ireland Public Services Alliance (NIPSA) commissioned Stewart to write a report on public housing policy in Northern Ireland, Keeping our Housing Public. In 2014, Stewart was part of a team undertaking an investigation into the Total Cost Indicators for Social Housing Grants on behalf of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) and the Department for Social Development (DSD).

Stewart has been invited to speak at conferences on housing policy in Northern Ireland organised by AgendaNI and Policy Forum for Northern Ireland.

Dr Penny Breeze

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School of Health and Related Research

Penny is currently a research associate in ScHARR within the Health Economics and Decision Modelling Section. Penny has been at ScHARR for over 4 years, first as a PhD student and more recently working as a health economics modeller. Before working in ScHARR Penny was working as a health economics consultant at IMS Health developing cost-effectiveness models for pharmaceutical products. The subject of her thesis was to investigate the use of health economic models to develop drug development programmes for new treatments for systemic lupus erythematosus. Since working at ScHARR Penny has been working on a project funded by the School for Public Health Research (SPHR) to provide a coherent, model based framework for the evaluation of strategies for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Penny has developed a new cost-effectiveness model to evaluate a broad range of type-2 diabetes prevention interventions in the United Kingdom. Penny's research interests are in methods for longitudinal data analysis for use in decision-analytic modelling. Specifically in complex natural history models with multiple dynamic risk factors.

Dr Dragos Adascalitei
d.adascalitei@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Dragos is Lecturer in Employment Relations. He joined the Management School in September 2017. Before joining the School, he was a Postdoctoral researcher at the Central European University (CEU), Center for Policy Studies in Budapest, Hungary. He is a member of the Work, Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) located within the Management School


Research

Dragos is particularly interested in studying labour market reforms and their consequences for the economy and individuals. His work combines quantitative large-n analyses with fine grained in depth comparative historical narratives. Generally, he uses both macro-level traditional institutionalist theories as well as actor-centred and behavioural approaches that take into account individual responses to policy changes. He is also interested in industrial relations and the factors that account for the trade union power at the local and national levels.


Dr Sarah Payne
s.payne@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

In its broadest sense, my academic research is driven by a desire to understand what limits or stimulates real estate development activity. My pervading interest is in developing a more nuanced understanding of the real estate development process and in promoting the use of behavioural research to inform policy development, monitoring and evaluation.

My research interests coalesce around the following areas of investigation:

  • The UK housebuilding industry, including housebuilder business strategy, behaviours and motivations and organisational change.
  • The residential development process, including risk and innovation, environmental performance, community engagement, landowners and land markets.
  • Planning for new housing development, particularly in evaluating the efficacy of public policy interventions on the housebuilding industry and the residential development process
Dr Chris Wood
c.wood@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of English Literature

I am interested in the many uses of the arts and popular culture, and the relationship between mental health, urban living, and politics. I think that people with mental health problems often find ways to live well and that one of the most positive developments in this field is the strength of the service user and voices movement. Collaborative approaches to mental health seem to me to offer a way forward. I have recently become a trustee of Art Refuge UK which uses art therapy in different international locations to support people (particularly young people and children facing the difficulties of migration).

Professor Richard Bentall
r.bentall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Psychiatric classification. Psychosis (‘schizophrenia’, ‘bipolar disorder’): the mechanisms involved in hallucinations, delusions and other symptoms. The social determinants of mental ill-health. Psychological treatments.

Dr Simon Hayes
s.a.hayes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

His research interests primarily concern the development of `SMART´ systems for health monitoring and mitigation in composite materials. He also has an interest in the nanomechanical testing of polymeric and other viscoelastic materials.

Ms Shijie Ren
s.ren@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests 

  • Bayesian statistics in clinical trials and health economics
  • Network meta-analysis
  • Extrapolate time-to-event data
  • Eliciting probability distributions
  • Value of information analysis
Dr Catherine Jackson
c.c.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research focuses on exploring the functioning of local property markets, from the perspective of improving the knowledge and information base for property investment decision-making. This focus highlights the role of local characteristics and context in market performance.

Specific interests include - local retail rental determination; retail policy and market performance; and the operation of office and industrial markets.

Professor Alberto Montagnoli
a.montagnoli@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Alberto’s research interests lie in the area of financial markets and banking. A central theme of his work has been the interaction between financial markets, monetary policy and the real economy at both a national and regional level. Recently his work has focused on various areas of behavioural finance and macroeconomics.

Alberto is interested in supervising PhD students with topics that are in line with the research interests described above.


Mrs Helen Woolley
h.woolley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

Helen’s interests lie in people and their everyday use of green and open spaces. This includes issues around designing, planning and managing green and open spaces at different scales. Her research is about children’s outdoor environments relates to policy, practice and use and has an increasing focus how this is facilitated or constrained by individuals, structures, organisations and society. 

Dr Monica Hernandez
monica.hernandez@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My main research interests lie in microeconometrics, the analysis of micro level data on the economic behaviour of individuals. I am also interested in more general model and methods development to analyse individual level data showing nonstandard characteristics. Recent examples include analysis of health state utility data, health and life satisfaction, the economics of illicit behaviour, the dynamics of children developmental outcomes and applications to individuals’ decisions to participate in welfare programmes.

Dr Joanne Thompson
j.thompson1@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Academic Unit of Medical Education

My current research is focused around the Social Accountability of Medical Schools, the impact on medical students and community organisations working in partnership with the university. This involves supporting students to become more aware of health inequity and social determinants of health and the broader implications for society.


My background is in academic psychology and counselling and I have a longstanding interest in the psychosocial impact of illness, in particular in relation to cancer survivorship and the management of children with long term conditions

Professor Susan White
sue.white@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Sue's primary research interest is in the sociological analysis of professional judgement and decision-making with an emphasis on understanding how science, formal knowledge, rhetoric, moral judgement, emotion and subjectivity interact in professional practice, particularly in child health and welfare. Her research has focused principally on the analysis of professional talk in a range of health and welfare settings. However, she has also undertaken evaluative and applied research for central and local government, NHS and non-statutory organisations.

Dr Melanie Lombard
m.b.lombard@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

My research agenda explores global shelter inequalities through the nexus of residents’ everyday constructive activities – often neglected by formal urban theories and practices – and urban policy. Within this broad agenda, my recent research activity has focused on two core thematic areas: urban informality, and land conflict in cities.

Urban informality

The first area aims to examine different manifestations of informality in rapidly changing, diverse urban settings in support of formulating more appropriate responses, focusing to date on cities in Mexico, Colombia and the UK. Building on research in informal settlements in Colombia and Mexico, more recently I have become interested in comparing informal housing practices across the global North and South, particularly in the context of austerity in Europe.

Land conflict in cities

The second area of my research explores the political economy of urban land conflict in cities of the global South, through a focus on causal factors, local vulnerabilities and policy responses. I have focused on small-scale conflict that arises relating to land policies including tenure regularisation, based on research in Mexico. Current research plans to explore these issues in the post-conflict context of Colombia.

Dr Pawel Surowiec
p.surowiec@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

International Politics, Media, & Persuasive Communicative Practices

In his research, Paweł is intrigued by questions relating to the expansion of propaganda to new social spaces, and the reinvention of this practice, particularly in the context of foreign policy, diplomacy and cyberspace (e.g. digital diplomacy).

His primary area of interest is propaganda and new derivatives of this form of political communication, which are emerging at the intersection of evolving media ecologies and socio-political changes taking place in international politics and include: public diplomacy; nation branding; strategic communication; computational propaganda and digital diplomacy.

His work examines these concepts and practices in relation to collective identities, particularly national identities and nationalisms, as well as illiberal trends re-shaping contemporary politics. He is in the process of developing a theory of hybridity of soft power statecraft.

PhD supervision

Pawel is particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • Political communication and digital campaigning, soft power, public diplomacy and digital diplomacy
  • Political economy of communication and media
  • Post-socialist transition and shifting collective identities in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The role of broadcast media and social media in the conduct of foreign policy
Dr Mark Finney
m.t.finney@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Research interests

Mark's primary research interests lie in the area of conflict and violence in the sacred texts and traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and also in contemporary aspects of religion and conflict in the Middle East (e.g., the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Zionism, Christian Zionism, and the influence of the Christian Right in US foreign policy). In addition, he has research interests in religion in antiquity (particularly Judaism and Christianity); concepts of afterlife; and religion and art.

 

Please Note:

Research applicants proposing Dr Mark Finney as a supervisor should select the Department of History on the application form.

Dr Todd Hartman
t.k.hartman@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Todd is a political scientist and joined the Sheffield Methods Institute in 2014. Prior to this, he was Assistant Professor of Political Science at Appalachian State University and Director of Survey Research for the Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis. He is a graduate of the University of California at Davis (BA in International Relations), San Francisco State University (MA International Relations), and State University of New York at Stony Brook (PhD Political Science). Todd has extensive experience conducting surveys and experiments, and his research focuses on political psychology (especially political attitudes and intergroup relations).

Dr Philipp Horn
p.horn@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research interests centre around inclusive urban development planning in the global South, with a regional focus on Latin America. My work is highly interdisciplinary and engages with debates in urban studies, planning, geography and global development. It also tries to actively influence international policy debates, particularly those around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda. Within this broad agenda, my research focuses on two interrelated areas: (1) urban indigeneity and (2) citizen-led and participatory planning.

Dr Sabine Little
s.little@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Sabine has a number of research interests, which are multi-faceted and overlapping.  Sabine's main and over-arching research interest is in the field of heritage language learners and identity -  how families who speak multiple languages in the home navigate these languages, and what this means for individual family members' sense of identity and well-being. Language is an integral part of identity, but is a very personal experience, even within the same family, so my work focuses on helping families and policy-makers understand issues and pressures faced by heritage language families, and to develop holistic support opportunities.  Other aspects of Sabine's research looks at online learning and teacher professional development in international contexts.

Professor Steven McIntosh
s.mcintosh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Steve researches in the areas of Labour Economics and the Economics of Education. Much of his research examines the labour market outcomes of education, considering for example the wage returns to particular qualifications, and the incidence and implications of mismatch between the demand for and the supply of skills. Steve´s current research projects involve a study of the wage returns to apprenticeships, an examination of the relationship between vocational qualification subjects and job tasks, the effects of the polarisation of the labour market on worker transitions, and an evaluation of a government training provision policy. Steve is interested in supervising any applied microeconometric PhD in the areas of labour or education.

Dr Tom Moore
tom.moore@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research interests are in the field of urban studies, specialising in housing, community development and asset ownership, and the third sector. My research projects have to date centred on three core areas:

  • Community land trusts, including research into the motivations of volunteers, the impact of community land trusts providing affordable housing, and factors that influence their growth, development and strategy.
  • The housing tenure options and choices of young people, including aspirations in the context of housing tenure change.
  • Housing inequality and poverty, including the effectiveness of public policy instruments and regulation in mitigating individual experiences of inequality.
Dr Liz Croot
l.croot@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

My research interests are:

  • Access to and provision of equitable services for individuals from marginalised groups
  • Learning disabilities
  • Health behaviour particularly weight management
  • Qualitative methods
  • Narrative research
  • Cross lanaguage qualitative research
  • Realist synthesis
  • Complex intervention development and evaluation
Professor Sherif El-Khamisy
S.El-Khamisy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests:

Mammalian genome stability in health and disease. I head the human DNA repair group aiming to understand how defects in repairing DNA damage cause degenerative disorders and cancer. Our lab is primarily funded by fellowships from the Wellcome Trust and the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.

Dr Claire Elcock
c.elcock@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Oral clinical phenotyping, involving the accurate measurement of oral parameters using image analysis.


Normal and abnormal oral growth and development, including investigations into anomalies of tooth number, size, form and structure.


Quantification of dental plaque and periodontal disease.


Child protection, children and young people's oral health, oral neuroscience.

Dr Clare Gardiner
c.gardiner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

My research interests are in palliative and end of life care, in particular the role of the family caregiver, palliative care in hospitals, care of older people at the end of life, and health economic approaches to palliative care. My methodological expertise lies mainly in qualitative, mixed methods research and evidence synthesis

Dr Peter Grabowski
p.grabowski@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the biology and pathology of bones and joints. I have broad interest in molecular and cellular signalling mechanisms in bone and joint cells and in the impact of genetic, lifestyle (including nutrition) and environmental factors on bone and joint health and disease throughout life.

Professor Michelle Marshall
m.marshall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Academic Unit of Medical Education

My interests focus on student engagement within the education process and in different educational contexts and environments so that students are able to achieve their potential.  I also have an interest in social accountability and what it means to be socially accountable in health professions education. 

Professor Jeremy Oakley
j.oakley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

My research interests are in Bayesian statistics, in particular uncertainty quantification for complex computer models, eliciting probability distributions from experts, and applications in Health Economics. On my personal website you can read these guidance notes for more information about PhD projects and suggested background reading.

Dr Georgina Rowse
g.rowse@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Psychosis: early intervention in psychosis, sleep, cultural/religious and spiritual explanations of experiences, role of early experience and the continuum model of experiences (through the lifespan).

Mindfulness in education. 

Young people and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: identity, transition and health behaviours. 

Professor Vanesa Castan Broto
V.CastanBroto@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Vanesa’s research focuses on the governance of global environmental change in the urbanization age. She focuses on three interrelated themes: 1) the governance of climate change in urban areas; 2) urbanization and the dynamics of energy transitions; and 3) barriers to the implementation of climate change action.


The first strand of her research focuses on who governs climate change in urban areas and how. For example, she has mapped her contributions to the field in the 2017 article “Urban Governance and the Politics of Climate Change” (in World Development) in relation to both normative and critical strands of thinking about urban governance for climate change. Vanesa has also made direct contributions to international policy, for example, as a lead chapter author for UN-Habitat’s 2016 World Cities Report.


The second strand of her research focuses on the dynamics of energy transition. Following her engagement with urban infrastructure as a means to understand climate change policy, she is developing a feminist neo-materialist perspective on the governance of energy transitions. Vanesa has imagined the concept of urban energy landscapes as spatial arrangements of cultural practices and artefacts that reflect the coevolution of socio-economic, technological, and ecological systems. This conception challenges broadly accepted notions of energy landscapes as the product of public perceptions of energy developments. A recent paper on “Energy landscapes and urban trajectories towards sustainability” (in Energy Policy) provides an overview of her work in this area.


The third area of her research focuses on developing practical ways to activate urban transformations and deliver climate action in practice. An example of this work is her research on participatory planning for climate change. At the moment, Vanesa is engaged in a series of activities with local partners in Mozambique to rethink sustainable energy access in urban areas. An overview of her efforts to rethink sustainable energy access in an urbanization context is presented in a recent collective paper “Universal access to sustainable energy in urban areas” (in Nature Energy).

Miss Jill Carlton
J.Carlton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

Broad Research Interests:

My research interests are health-related quality of life and patient outcome measures. In 2006 I was awarded a fellowship (Researcher Development Award) through the National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development, NCCRCD). My PhD involved designing a paediatric disease-specific health related quality of life measure for amblyopia. The Child Amblyopia Treatment Questionnaire (CAT-QoL) is a short questionnaire that was designed for children aged 4-7 years to measure the impact of amblyopia treatment from the child’s perspective. 

 

Research Methods I can Supervise:

  • Instrument Development
  • Mixed Methods

 

Specific Areas of Interest:

  • Paediatric
  • Quality of Life
Dr Nils Krone
n.krone@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research interests

His main clinical interests are inborn errors of steroidogenesis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, disorders of sex development (DSD), and PCOS; his main research interests are on inborn errors of steroid hormone biosynthesis and steroid hormone metabolism in health and disease.

Current efforts of his work concentrate on the implementation of model systems to study genetic variants and the integration of diagnostic methods in adrenal disease and DSD. His group has implemented various in vitro assays to study enzymatic defects in steroidogenesis. The most recent work of his group explores the consequences of disrupted steroid hormone synthesis and action on whole organism employing zebrafish as a model organism in translational steroid hormone research (Endocrinology 2013; Endocrinology 2016). This research is based at the Bateson Centre.

The main focus of this clinical research program is on CAH. He leads on a multicentre, 17 tertiary paediatric endocrine centres in the UK, NIHR RD TRC funded project to establish the evidence basis on the current health status in children and young people with congenital adrenal hyperplasia in the UK. In addition, he works on a program to improve health care deliver for children and young people with adrenal conditions and DSD.

Dr Pia Nystrom
p.nystrom@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

I have many research interests but there are three topics which are of special interest:

  • examination of skeletal pathology in non-human primates using standards developed for the human species, examining the influence of age, sex, positional behaviour, and captivity. The aim is to establish if non-human primates suffer from the same range of skeletal pathologies as frequently noted in extant, historic and prehistoric human populations
  • reconstruction of diet in past societies, especially on an individual level, and how diet impact on individual health, wealth and position within a population
  • the position of children in past societies, their health and well-being and how well integrated they were within the adult social world.

I would be especially interested in supervising research students who have interests in:

  • growth and development, especially from a comparative primate perspective
  • diet, health and well-being in past human populations
  • skeletal pathology in non-human primates especially as it pertains to degenerative disease
Dr Stephen Connelly
s.connelly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research is connected to the core question: in a policy making world dominated by 'process' norms of public participation and partnership, what happens to substantive values?  In particular I'm intrigued and concerned by questions about how and why apparently widely-valued outcomes (such as 'democratic governance' and 'sustainable communities') do not become dominant.

Most of my work has focused on issues of environmental sustainability, justice and democracy, and recently I have developed an interest in how governance changes ('integration') affect welfare services provision. I’m interested in these issues in the global North and the South, and have carried out field research work in Whitehall, Sheffield, the Peak District National Park, Egypt and South Africa.

Dr Ian Gregory-Smith
i.gregory-smith@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Ian’s primary research interests concern the executive labour market and related issues associated with gender, corporate governance, executive remuneration and shareholder voting. His work often applies econometric techniques to panel datasets. More recently, Ian's work on the executive labour market has developed to consider the implications for the firm's international strategy on issues such as exporting, hiring, networking, and innovation. He is also interested in how the economics of sport (particularly cricket) can provide insights into the processes by which decisions are made within firms.

Ian’s research has been used to inform policy at HM Treasury and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). Recently, he has made submissions to the BIS’ ‘Executive Remuneration’ and ‘The Future of Narrative Reporting’ Discussion Papers, and the ‘Hutton Review of Fair pay in the Public Sector’. He also engages with corporate governance industry participants such as Manifest Information Services Ltd.

Professor Lorraine Maltby
l.maltby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

The human global population is predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 and managing landscapes to provide the food, water, fuel, housing and other resources required by this growing population, whilst protecting the ecosystems that provide them, is a major challenge. My research addresses this challenge and is concerned with understanding the impact of anthropogenic activities on freshwater ecosystems and their catchments. A major research aim is to gain a mechanistic understanding of key ecosystem services and the ecological processes that underpin them, and to investigate how they are affected by anthropogenic inputs and activities. The output from this research is used to inform environmental decision making and to influence policy development and implementation. Current research topics include:

  • Ecological risk assessment of chemicals
  • Chemical risk and climate change
  • Ecosystem services and environmental stressors
  • Agriculture, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Environmental plastics
  • Spatial variation in vulnerability to chemical risk
Professor Tim May
tim.may@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Tim holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (BSc Econ) and the Universities of Surrey (MSc) and Plymouth (PhD). These followed a career as an engineer in the agricultural sector and work in retail, during which time he undertook a two-year evening return-to-study course to qualify for a university place.

With a strong focus on methodology in terms of the relationship between knowledge, evidence, policy and context, Tim has worked in different organisations and projects through funding from international, national and regional and local sources: for example, ESRC, EPSRC, AHRC, Mistra Urban Futures, European Commission, Ford Foundation, NHS, NESTA, Arup Group, British Business Chambers, Whitehall and Manchester and Salford City Councils.

Professor Joanna Shapland
J.M.Shapland@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

My research interests span victimisation and victimology, restorative justice, business and crime, the informal economy, desistance, crime prevention and social control, and comparative criminal justice.

Currently, I am engaged in research for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) on what is quality in probation supervision, as well as continuing to analyse our work on how offenders stop committing offences (desistance). I am also writing about worldwide trends in restorative justice.

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research (University Research Centre)
Member of the Centre for Well-Being in Public Policy (University Research Centre)
Member of CRISP – the centre for research on the informal economy

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Criminal justice
  • Victimisation, victimology and victims in the criminal justice system
  • Restorative justice
  • Business and crime
  • Offending, desistance and offending careers
Professor Robert Shoemaker
r.shoemaker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Bob's main research interests lie in  the history of crime, justice and punishment in the 18th and 19th centuries, gender and urban history, and the application of digital technologies to historical research. His latest book, coauthored with Tim Hitchcock, London Lives: Crime, Poverty and the Making of a Modern City, 1690-1800 (2016), examines the role of plebeian Londoners in the making of modern social policy. He is co-director of the Old Bailey Proceedings Online, 1674-1913 and related websites, and is currently co-investigator on the project, Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925, which assesses the impact of the punishments of imprisonment and transportation on convict lives. He is currently researching printed literature and the creation of public knowledge about crime in the eighteenth century.

Dr Elizabeth Craig-Atkins
e.craig-atkins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

I am a specialist in human osteology and palaeopathology with particular interests in multidisciplinary approaches to questions surrounding past population structures, health, disease and lifestyle. I have worked with human remains from many periods and locations, but have primarily focussed on material from post-Roman to modern periods in the UK. My current main areas of research include:

  • Multidisciplinary analysis of osteological and funerary data from early medieval to post-medieval contexts
  • The character and provision of funerary practices in early Christian and medieval England
  • Health status and social status in past populations
  • Disease, disability and disfigurement in the past (including social attitudes to sickness and medical/surgical interventions)
  • The archaeology of childhood
  • Archaeology of the body, especially practices for managing, manipulating and curating human remains
Professor Philip Benson
p.benson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

My primary research interest is investigating the effectiveness of contemporary orthodontictechniques and practice. I am the principal or co-author on five systematic reviews published in the Cochrane Library and I have planned, coordinated and completed several randomised controlled clinical trials. I am also interested in oral health-related quality of life and in particular developing patient reported outcomes to measure the impact of malocclusion and orthodontic treatment on young peoples’ everyday lives.

Dr Harriet Cameron
h.cameron@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Harriet is interested in the discourses of learning, learning difference and learning identity. She is particularly interested in the way language around learning disabilities and differences comes to shape the way diagnoses of autism, (specific) learning disability, ADHD and mental ill-health are constructed in specific places, spaces and times. Harriet is also interested in the lived experiences of people who come to be categorised as ‘deficient’ in learning or communicating, and in how systems, processes, and policies interact with these experiences, both in ‘western’ contexts and in the global South.

Dr Judy Clegg
j.clegg@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

Research interests

Developmental speech, language and communication needs:

  • Developmental trajectories and long term outcomes of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Impact of social disadvantage on children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Complex co-morbidity between speech and language development, social disadvantage, behavior and mental health in children and adolescents
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions for children and adolescents
Dr Judy Clegg
j.clegg@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)

Research interests

Developmental speech, language and communication needs:

  • Developmental trajectories and long term outcomes of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Impact of social disadvantage on children’s speech, language and communication development
  • Complex co-morbidity between speech and language development, social disadvantage, behavior and mental health in children and adolescents
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of speech and language therapy interventions for children and adolescents
Dr Helen Colley
h.colley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma is the 6th most common cancers worldwide. The survival rate for head and neck cancer is poor. This is largely due to late diagnosis and a lack of effective therapeutic agents.


My particular research interest is in the development of multi-cellular three dimensional in vitro models of the oral mucosa in health and disease. My current research utilises these models to develop; new methods of detecting oral pre-cancer, novel drugs to treat oral cancer and new modes of drug delivery systems.

Dr Julie Dickinson
julie.dickinson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests 

My research interests are in teaching and learning pedagogies including inter-disciplinary learning.  I recently obtained a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and I'm currently conducting research into student feedback and distance learning courses.  I am also keen to develop my experience in public health related research and working with students on research projects.

Professor Zi-Qiang Lang
z.lang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Research interests:
  • Nonlinear system modeling, analysis and design in the frequency domain
  • Health monitoring and fault detection of engineering systems and structures
  • Smart structures and systems
  • Wind turbine system condition monitoring and control
  • Passive and semi-active vibration control with applications in marine, automobile, civil, and earthquake engineering
  • Development of new healthcare technologies using complex system modelling and analysis approaches
Professor Nicolas Martin
n.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Synthesis and application of nano-particulate materials for dental applications.

The application of nucleating agents for the remineralisation of dentine

Integrity of structurally compromised restored teeth as compound systems

Optimisation of ceramic crown-tooth compound systems

Development and characterisation of novel restorative systems.

Remote digital communication for the provision of health care in dentistry

Development of L&T in restorative dentistry

Clinical evaluation of restorative systems

Professor Markus Reuber
markus.reuber@sth.nhs.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

My main research interests are the nature and treatment of nonepileptic attack disorder (NEAD), psychosocial and neuropsychological aspects of epilepsy. I have helped to put together a national network of health professionals keen to develop an evidence-based treatment pathway for patients with NEAD (the NEST collaboration). I am also very interested in doctor-patient communication and have pioneered the use of Conversation Analysis in neurological settings.

Professor Marcelo Rivolta
m.n.rivolta@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

Deafness is a major public health issue worldwide, with more than 3 million people in the UK alone enduring a moderate to profound hearing loss. The Rivolta laboratory is dedicated to study the biology and behaviour of auditory stem cells (primarily human) and to explore their potential to regenerate the damaged inner ear.

Read more on research in the Rivolta laboratory

Dr Nicolas Van de Sijpe
n.vandesijpe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Most of Nicolas’ current research uses cross-country data to study the effectiveness of foreign aid. This includes work on the fungibility of education and health aid, and on a new method to identify the causal effect of aid in a panel data context, used to study the domestic absorption of aid. In addition, he is involved in research on the nexus between child labour and school achievement in Peru.

Nicolas would consider supervising PhD students with a focus on applied econometrics in a number of fields, including development economics and political economy.

Dr Erica Ballantyne
e.e.ballantyne@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

 

Erica is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre, and the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES), and the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) here at the University of Sheffield.

Research interests include: Sustainable urban freight transport and logistics operations; city logistics; sustainable urban supply chains; and local authority freight transport planning and policy decision making. She welcomes exploring future collaborations with industry partners and research academics.

Prospective PhD candidates

Erica is interested in supervising doctoral students in the field of logistics, freight transport and supply chain management. In particular, she is keen to supervise students who have an interest in using qualitative methods in logistics related research. Prospective PhD students with related research interests are invited to send a research proposal and a CV for consideration.

Publications

Ballantyne, E.E.F., Lindholm, M. and Whiteing, A.W. (2013). A comparative study of urban freight transport planning: addressing stakeholder needs. Journal of Transport Geography, 32 93- 101.

Ballantyne, E.E.F. and Boodoo, A. (2010). Freight in an Eco-town: How does freight fit into eco-town planning? Logistics and Transport Focus, 12(6) 28-32.

Full list of publications

Dr Aarti Iyer
a.iyer@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Around the world, status differences between social groups have been institutionalized to create systems of inequality. My research investigates responses to such status hierarchies from three perspectives: (1)  antecedents of individuals’ efforts to challenge inequality and injustice, for instance through political activism and support for government policy; (2) organisations’ efforts to achieve social equality through affirmative action and equal opportunity programs; and
(3) the role of social identity processes in shaping disadvantaged group members’ efforts to navigate novel social contexts, with implications for acculturation strategies, self-views, and academic performance.

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that investigate any specific question within the above broad areas.

If you would like to know more about the specific PhD projects I currently have on offer, please visit the Psychology Department's page that lists Opportunities for Postgraduate study:
http://psy-phd.group.shef.ac.uk/index.php?dept=psy
(Once on this page, search for my name within the list of supervisors)

Ms Andrea Jimenez
a.jimenez@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School
My research revolves around the role of innovation in socioeconomic development. I explore this from two distinct dimensions: the internal processes within organisations, by looking at absorptive capacity, knowledge sharing and collaboration; and the wider geopolitical dimension around innovation discourses embedded in the international development sector.  

Research interests:
  • Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), particularly in relation to projects with strong focus on development beyond economic growth. 
  • Social innovation in the global South, and the implementation of national policy on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI).
  • Gender and inclusion in technology workspaces, in particular applying intersectional feminism to reduce the gender gap in technology. 
  • Innovation and sustainability in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
 
 
PhD supervision
 

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that explores the role of innovation and technology in socioeconomic development. This includes, but is not limited to, issues around:

  • The role of ICTs in development efforts, including either poverty reduction, gender equality or environmental sustainability.
  • Exploring national innovation systems and their challenges in addressing local contexts
  • Adopting a decolonial lens to the role of technology and innovation in development
Professor Dorothea Kleine
d.j.kleine@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

• Sustainable and just development futures in the global South (and North)
• Information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D)
• Digital Geographies and digital participatory methods 
• Ethics of ICT-related development interventions, inclusive innovation and data ethics
• The capabilities approach and sustainable development
• Sustainable/ethical consumption research, food geographies, trade justice and Fair Trade

Themes such as participation, gender, justice and choice run strongly through my work. I have conducted research in Latin America (Brazil; Chile), Europe (UK, Germany), South Asia (India) and Africa (Kenya; South Africa).

I am strongly committed to research which is both academically excellent and can have a positive impact in the context of the global challenges we face today. Thus my work includes participatory action research in partnership with local communities and marginalised groups, theoretical reflections on the need to redefine “development”, evaluation of NGO programmes, as well as scientific advisory roles and speaking at global policy conferences.

Dr Hannah Lewis
h.j.lewis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Hannah is interested in understanding how policies shape the daily lives of people who migrate. She has explored how asylum seeker dispersal, the destitution of refused asylum seekers, ‘race’ and multicultural strategies, and immigration status shape community, family, transnational relationships, work and leisure among migrants and people seeking asylum. Her recent work has centred on concepts of precarity and contingency and how the social and legal status of migrants can create insecurities that may increase susceptibility to poverty, exclusion and forced labour.

She recently completed an ESRC-funded study ‘Precarious Lives’ which was the first academic study to focus on experiences of forced labour among people who are refugees or seeking asylum in the UK. Her research interests include community and social relationships, migration and refugee studies; immigration and asylum policy particularly in relation to destitution among refused asylum seekers in the UK; housing, volunteering, multiculturalism; and the ethics and methodologies of research with migrant populations.

Hannah welcomes enquiries from students considering pursuing doctoral studies in areas related to her specific research interests.

Professor Jonathan Linton
j.linton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Professor Linton’s research considers management challenges that involve uncertainty and non-steady state conditions. This includes: non-steady state behavior of technology-intense entrepreneurial firms, assessment and management of R&D projects and portfolios, firms and knowledge pathways to commercialization, opportunity recognition of the economic and social benefits associated with science and technological discoveries, close loop supply chains, continuous and discontinuous learning, and unintended consequences of innovation and change. Besides being trained as a traditional quantitative social science researcher, Jonathan utilizes qualitative research or modeling depending on what set of approached is most appropriate for the question or problem of interest.

PhD Supervision

Jonathan is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Management of Emerging technologies (Internet of Things (IOT), Additive Manufacture (3D Printing), Quantum Technologies, Factor of the Future, Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials)
  • Decision support relating to management of technologies or big science, Technology, Innovation Policy, R&D Management.
  • Commercialization of Innovation
  • Emerging Technology Supply Chains
  • Real Options and Portfolios
  • Close Loop Supply Chains
  • Decision Support for Process Innovation
  • R&D Management
  • Technological Entrepreneurship
Mr Geoff Nichols
g.nichols@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Geoff’s main research interests are volunteers in sports clubs and events; management of sports clubs run by volunteers and the volunteering legacy of sports events. Recent research has included the volunteering legacy of the 2002 Commonwealth Games, a national survey of sports clubs in the UK (for the Sport and Recreation Alliance), research into how sports clubs recruit new volunteers (for Sport England) and the experience of volunteers at the 2012 Olympic Games. He has worked on two previous national surveys of sports clubs (both also conducted for Sport England). Since 2009 he has chaired the Sports Volunteering Research Network. The network promotes research into sports volunteering through arranging research symposia and a newsletter. Network presentations are available at http://svrn.group.shef.ac.uk Most of Geoff’s research is conducted in collaboration with colleagues in other institutions, both in the UK and abroad. Prior to 2007 Geoff’s research focussed on the relationship between sport and crime reduction, especially for young people. This was the topic of Geoff´s PhD. Geoff was involved in six major programme evaluations and two national surveys, including a survey for the Home Office, into physically demanding activities for probation service clients (1997/8). Much of this work was incorporated into his 2007 book, `Sport and crime reduction: the role of sports in tackling youth crime,' which was written for policy makers and academics.

Dr Gillian Sharpe
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

My research interests centre on the intersections of criminal and social justice, in particular the extent to which criminal and youth justice policies and interventions, as well as welfare policies, often fail, in spite of their good intentions, to advance justice or ameliorate the life circumstances of poor, marginalised and vulnerable groups.

My current research focuses on two areas. The first of these is youth justice policy and practice - in particular the assessment, criminalisation and penal governance of young women - and the second concerns (ex-) offenders' experiences of life after punishment and their transitions into adulthood.

Previous empirical research has focused on desistance from crime amongst men and women previously on probation, the community supervision of women lawbreakers, housing provision and social support for women ex-prisoners and their dependent children, domestic violence advocacy, and the supervision and surveillance of persistent and serious young offenders. I am experienced in qualitative research methodologies and in conducting research with vulnerable groups.

Areas of Supervision

I would be interested to hear from prospective research students in the areas of youth justice, the punishment of, and provision for, women who offend, and desistance from crime.

Dr Chantal Cantarelli
c.c.cantarelli@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Chantal’s research interests are in improving the success of megaprojects using theories in front-end planning, decision-making, risk management, and organisational behaviour. Her research focuses particularly on the influence of project ownership and financing on project performance. Furthermore, Chantal’s research interests are in studying the phenomenon of escalation of commitment in the decision-making of projects as an explanation for project failure. Other research interests include public-private partnerships, public sector efficiency and effectiveness.

Chantal is a member of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCM) Research Centre and the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) at the University of Sheffield.

PhD Supervision

 

Chantal is interested in supervising doctoral students in the field of operations management and project management. She is keen to supervise students who have an interest in quantitative or qualitative methods in research related to major programmes.

 

 

Publications

Cantarelli, C., Chorus, C.G. and Cunningham, S.W. (2013). Explaining cost overruns of large-scale transportation infrastructure projects using a signaling game. Transport Science, 9(3) 239-258.

Cantarelli, C., Flyvbjerg, B. and Buhl, S.L. (2012). Geographical variation in project cost performance. The Netherlands versus worldwide. Journal of Transport Geography, 24 324-331.

Cantarelli, C., Molin, E.J.E., van Wee, B. and Flyvbjerg, B. (2012). Characteristics of cost overruns for Dutch transport infrastructure projects and the importance of the decision to build and project phases. Transport Policy, 22 49-56.

Cantarelli, C., van Wee, B., Molin, E.J.E. and Flyvbjerg, B. (2012). Different cost performance: different determinants? The case of cost overruns in Dutch transport infrastructure projects. Transport Policy, 22 88-95.

Cantarelli, C., Flyvbjerg, B., van Wee, B. and Molin. E.J.E. (2010). Lock-in and its influence on the project performance of large-scale transportation infrastructure projects: investigating the way in which lock-in can emerge and affect cost overruns. Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design, 37(5) 792-807.

Chantal C. Cantarelli, Bent Flyvbjerg, Eric J.E. Molin and Bert van Wee (2010). Cost overruns in large-scale transportation infrastructure projects: explanations and their theoretical embeddedness. European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, 10(1) 5-18.

Dr Ruth Herbert
r.herbert@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

Research interests

Since 2001 I have been researching word-finding difficulties in aphasia, supported by grants from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, the Stroke Association, and the Health Foundation. 

The main aims are to:

  • improve diagnosis through the refinement of assessment in noun syntax
  • improve our knowledge of aphasia in other languages in particular in Arabic
  • expand the evidence base of effective rehabilitation methods including phonological and orthographic therapy, interactional therapy, and noun syntax therapy
  • develop novel forms of intervention such as STAR software incorporating noun syntax
  • devise new outcome measures for anomia and aphasia such as the POWERS assessment

A relatively new strand of research, supported by grants from the Stroke Association and from South Yorkshire CLAHRC, investigates access to health information for people with aphasia. To date we have:

  • developed accessible information guidelines for staff working with people with aphasia
  • produced a template for making information accessible
  • delivered specific images and text to the Stroke Association, which they are producing as a clinical resource to help people with aphasia and their families
Dr Ruth Herbert
r.herbert@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)

Research interests

Since 2001 I have been researching word-finding difficulties in aphasia, supported by grants from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, the Stroke Association, and the Health Foundation. 

The main aims are to:

  • improve diagnosis through the refinement of assessment in noun syntax
  • improve our knowledge of aphasia in other languages in particular in Arabic
  • expand the evidence base of effective rehabilitation methods including phonological and orthographic therapy, interactional therapy, and noun syntax therapy
  • develop novel forms of intervention such as STAR software incorporating noun syntax
  • devise new outcome measures for anomia and aphasia such as the POWERS assessment

A relatively new strand of research, supported by grants from the Stroke Association and from South Yorkshire CLAHRC, investigates access to health information for people with aphasia. To date we have:

  • developed accessible information guidelines for staff working with people with aphasia
  • produced a template for making information accessible
  • delivered specific images and text to the Stroke Association, which they are producing as a clinical resource to help people with aphasia and their families


Professor Kate Reed
k.reed@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

My research focuses on two areas: the social and ethical implications of genetic screening and the impact of novel technological application in medicine. These interests are reflected in two of my most recent projects. The first was a project funded by the The Wellcome Trust which focused on exploring the gendered nature of genetic screening in pregnancy. The second, a recently completed British Academy funded project on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) use in pregnancy. The findings from this project were recently presented at an interdisciplinary dissemination event funded by the Sociology of Health and Illness Foundation (December 2013). I am currently collaborating with the medical school and local NHS to develop this imaging work further, focusing in particular on the role of imaging in post-mortem. I am also continuing to develop research bids in the area of genetics, family history and health.

Students with an interest in the new genetics, and reproductive technology would be particularly welcome. I would also welcome supervising students with interests in the areas of social theory, race and ethnicity, gender studies.

Prof Dame Pamela Shaw
pamela.shaw@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience, established as part of a major strategic initiative within the University of Sheffield is well-placed to harness the revolutionary developments in biomedical science for the benefit of patients with neurodegenerative disease. The major goal of my group is to elucidate the functioning of motor neurones in health and disease and to translate these basic science findings into health benefits for patients afflicted with degenerative motor system disorders.

My research group consists of a multidisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists investigating molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration in disorders of the human motor system, particularly motor neurone disease (MND), spinal muscular atrophy and hereditary spastic paraparesis (HSP). The Neurology group is closely linked with Neuropathology, headed by Professor Paul Ince. The research resources underpinning this programme include clinical material (Biobanks of DNA, blood RNA, CSF, fibroblasts and CNS tissue donated by patients for research); and in vitro and in vivo experimental models employed to investigate molecular mechanisms of motor neurone injury including genetic perturbations, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and disorders of RNA processing.

Dr Gregory Cook
g.cook@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Computational electromagnetics; integral (e.g. Method of Moments) and differential (e.g. Finite Difference Time Domain) solutions to Maxwell’s Equations
  • Analysis and design of novel antennas embedded in multi-layered substrates
  • Spiral antennas
  • Superconducting and superdirective antennas
  • Microwave antenna holography and measurement
  • Antenna design for mobile communications
  • Health issues related to mobile phones¹
  • Effects of RF electromagnetic fields on biological systems¹
  • TEM cell design and related RF dosimetry¹
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of nerve impulses¹
  • Antenna design for magnetic resonance scanners¹

¹Activities carried out by medical / engineering interdisciplinary research group EMIT (Electro-Magnetic Interactions with Tissue)


Professor Pauline Dibben
P.Dibben@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Pauline's research focuses on employment security, with two main sub-themes. The first is employment security and the role of the trade unions in emerging economies. This research programme has considered different dimensions of work and employment and includes the development and analysis of large scale surveys in South Africa, Brazil and Mozambique in addition to in-depth qualitative research. The second is job security for those with disabilities and health conditions. Pauline continues to explore disability and employment, the dynamics of sickness absence and return to work, and the policies and practices surrounding this.

PhD supervision:

Pauline would be interested in supervising students who wish to investigate the role of trade unions or disability and employment.

Dr Charlotte Elder
c.j.elder@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

My main research has been in the development of a non-invasive Short Synacthen Test for adrenal insufficiency, with a novel formulation of Synacthen for nasal administration and the measurement of the glucocorticoid response in saliva samples. I have  led a team over five pharmacokinetic studies in adults and children. There is a patent application filed for the novel formulation and both commercial and research arms to the current workstream.


My other research interests include a cross-discipline bioengineering project developing pubertal simulation tools for training purposes, which has evolved into a public engagement study of male sexual health seeking behaviours. 

Dr Daniel Hammett
D.Hammett@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

My research addresses concerns within political and development geography, primarily in relation to sub-Saharan Africa. My work falls into two main themes: geographies of citizenship and belonging, and the geopolitics of sub-Saharan Africa. Within this work I engage with the role of media and ICTs in citizenship, development and representation, as well as identity and nationhood.

Recent and current PhD students have worked on citizenship claims in Mexico, the role of civil society in the Caribbean, pastoral livelihoods in the Horn of Africa, indigenous land rights in Canada, and health care provision in Nigeria.  


Professor Sally Hines
sally.hines@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies
I have much experience of supervising PhD students to completion. These are some of the areas my previous research students have worked in:
 
Masculinity, Emotion and Music
Masculinity and War
Heterosexual Identities
Asexuality 
Young People and Social Media
Bisexuality 
Sex Work
Violence and Gender
Young People and Gender
Sexuality and Class
Trans and Non-binary Identities
Trans and Health 
 
I am particularly interested in working with students whose interests relate to the following areas:
 
Gender Studies - including trans and non-binary
Feminist Theory and Practice 
Masculinities Studies
Sexualities
Social Movements
Intimacies and Personal Life
Citizenship and Recognition 
Reproduction 
Feminist STS Studies
Identity Studies
The Body
Dr Shannon Li
xinshan.li@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dr Li's research interest is in the human musculoskeletal system, particularly on personalised finite element modelling of bones and skeletal muscles. These models are constructed based on medical images such as CT and MRI. Dr Li has ongoing research projects with the Sheffield Children's Hospital and Jessop Wing. Her work focused on: (1) providing a quantitative tool for the diagnosis of unexplained fracture in children, (2) tools to monitor women's health, (3) biomechanics of skeletal muscles to understand the healthy and diseased states.

Research keywords
  • Biomechanics of bones and skeletal muscles
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Organ-level modelling of the musculoskeletal system
  • Continuum mechanics
Dr Amanda Loban
A.Loban@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Current projects

  • DiPALS - RCT evaluating diaphragm pacing in patients with MND
  • DiPEP - Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) in Pregnancy
  • HubBLe - Haemorrhoidal Artery Ligation versus Rubber Band Ligation for haemorrhoids
  • Hydro DMD - Hydrotherapy for Duchenne muscular distrophy: a pilot and feasibility RCT in children
  • Meridian - MRI to enhance the diagnosis of fetal developmental brain abnormalities in utero
  • PaINTED - Pandemic influenza triage in the emergency department
  • PLEASANT - Preventing and lessening exacerbations of asthma in school age children
  • STEPWISE - Structured lifestyle education for people with schizophrenia
  • TABUL - Ultrasound compared to biopsy of temporal arteries in giant cell arteritis (GCA)
  • YHS - Yorkshire Health Study
Dr Keyvan Moharamzadeh
k.moharamzadeh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

I am interested in multidisciplinary research in the field of dental biomaterials and tissue engineering. My main research activities fall into four different categories:

  • Tissue engineering of human oral mucosa and development of three-dimensional tissue models for various in vitro applications.
  • Biocompatibility assessment of dental biomaterials and oral healthcare products.
  • Chemical synthesis and analysis of polymers and composite materials used in dentistry and medicine.
  • Investigation of physical and optical properties of different types of aesthetic dental materials.

See:
Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering:
http://www.cbte.group.shef.ac.uk/research/te6.html
and
Bioengineering and Health Technologies Research Group

Dr Sophie Rutter
s.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Information behaviour and information use

My research focuses on how the environment influences the way people interact with, and use, information. My research so far has been broadly based on school children, information seeking and health communication.  

Research supervision

I am particularly interested in hearing from research students focusing on the following areas:

  • how different user groups (i.e. children, professionals and so on) use information, and the influence of the environment on this 
  • use of search technologies and what success might mean 
  • where a co-production methodology will be used


Professor Karl Taylor
k.b.taylor@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Karl's research interests lie in the area of applied microeconometrics focusing on labour economics, the economics of education and, household financial decision-making. His research has focused on individual, household and firm-level data including matched workplace-employee data. Examples of research projects include empirical analysis of the reservation wages of the unemployed (ESRC) and empirical analysis of wage growth, human capital and risk aversion (Leverhulme Trust). He has been involved in advisory reports for the Home Office and more recently the Department of Health looking at the minimum pricing of alcohol. Karl is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics.

Dr Kevin Thwaites
k.thwaites@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

Research interests and activities focus on two main themes which are integrated into approaches to research-led-teaching.

Theory and philosophy of urban landscape design and their impact on the intellectual underpinning and conceptual development of design processes and spatial languages;

Socially sustainable approaches to planning and design in urban open spaces, particularly how spatial and experiential dimensions converge to influence psychological health and well-being.

These general areas of interest converge in Experiential Landscape and Socially Restorative Urbanism, a research stream concerned with applying an integrated approach to human-environment relations to place making in urban open space settings.

Professor Jiabin Wang
j.b.wang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Research interests
  • Novel linear, rotary and multi-degrees of freedom permanent magnet machines and actuators, and their industrial applications
  • High force density linear motors/actuators
  • Power dense, highly efficient machines for traction applications
  • Fault tolerant permanent magnet machines
  • Motion control and novel PWM techniques
  • Fault detection and health monitoring of electric drives
  • Control of fault-tolerant permanent magnet machines
  • Efficiency optimised control of traction motors
  • Electrical drive-trains and energy storage/management systems for electric and hybrid vehicles
  • Vehicle-to-grid interface and bidirectional chargers for electric vehicles
  • Power quality and stability of islanded power systems
Dr Ziqi Zhang
ziqi.zhang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Main research interests

My research interests are in the areas of   Semantic Web, Natural Language Processing, Text Mining, Machine Learning and Data Science. Particularly in

  • Information Extraction: how to automatically turn unstructured, natural language text into structured representation that could support machine understandability and reasoning. This could include the extraction of terms, concepts, named entities, and relations between them from texts.
  • Social media analysis: the application and adaptation of Information Extraction methods onto social media text analytics, to discover knowledge that enable business intelligence or decision making in a wide range of domains.
  • Disambiguation: how to teach machines to automatically identify which meaning of a word or phrase is used within certain context.
  • Lexical semantics: how to represent the ‘meaning’ of a word, name, phrase, or sentence; how to measure the relatedness and similarity of these meanings (semantic relatedness and similarity). 
  • Knowledge base construction: the use of all the above technology in the automatic creation of structured ‘databases’ that support machine understandability and reasoning; and methods of mapping such knowledge bases (ontology alignment, ontology mapping). An example of a knowledge base is the Google Knowledge Graph, or DBpedia. 
  • Semantic Web and Linked Data: the use of all the above technology to enable the vision of tomorrow’s Web where machine understandable data are put on the Web, shared and reused across application, enterprise, and community boundaries.

Potential topics:

  • Detecting and tracking hate speech on the social media: Social media such as Twitter is increasingly exploited for the propagation of hate speech and extremism content and the organisation of related activities. Implementing effective counter measures depends on the real-time understanding of such content, i.e., automated detection of the emergence and spread of the content, and semantic content analysis. I am interested in developing novel, scalable text mining and machine learning methods that can support the automatic identification, analysis and tracking of hate speech on the social media.
  • Understanding the role of social media in the support of personal health management (with quantitative focus): social media is playing an important role in the generation and sharing of health information, as studies have shown that a substantial and increasing percentage of population is seeking and following health advice found on SMS. I am interested in developing methods that can automatically retrieve and analyse such information from social media to understand the impact of using such resources on health improvement. For example, what kinds of health related information are shared, and how much are considered useful by information seekers.
  • Mapping and aligning very large knowledge bases: Information Extraction techniques have been widely adopted in the automatic construction of very large knowledge bases (e.g., the Google knowledge base). However, one major challenge that remains for the use of such knowledge bases is heterogeneity, the fact that many different knowledge bases contain overlapping information that is described differently. Further, different knowledge bases often contain complementary data. For example, NELL has over 15,000 instances of ‘Disease’ while DBpedia has 5,600. I am interested in developing methods to align and integrate large scale knowledge bases, particularly those that are created by automatic text mining techniques, often contain noisy data (e.g., inaccurate facts). To do so, techniques such as Machine Learning, semantic similarity, and data mining will be used.
Dr Nicole Baumgarten
n.baumgarten@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Languages and Cultures

 Research interests

I welcome research students who are interested in applied linguistics in its broadest sense. Qualitative and multiple/mixed methods approaches (incl. participatory and inclusive designs), interdisciplinary research as well as collaborations with institutions and organizations outside the University are all welcome. Interesting topics include but are not restricted to the following

 

  • Individual multilingualism (from a socio-cultural perspective)
  • Intercultural communication
  • Interpersonal communication
  • English as a Lingua Franca
  • Translation and localization
  • Multimodal communication (including audiovisual translation)
  • Intercultural/contrastive pragmatics
  • Register analysis (comparative/diachronic)
  • Communication in organizations and institutions (including web-based communication)
  • Business communication
  • Interaction with technology (including user studies)
  • Technology and science communication
  • Risk, health and safety communication
  • Medical communication
  • Second language use
  • Second language identities

 

Professor Christopher Burton
chris.burton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Academic Unit of Medical Education
School of Health and Related Research

I am an academic GP with a particular interest in how doctors and patients deal with persistent physical symptoms. My work aims to help doctors explain symptoms constructively. We recognise that symptoms have both peripheral (body) and central (brain) processes and the challenge is to translate developments in science, particularly neuroscience, into explanations which safely make sense of symptoms for patients and lead to better management

I have other interests around diagnosis, testing and reassurance, and healthcare use in relation to both mental and physical ill-health. I use a variety of methods including analysis of large data, development and evaluation of clinical interventions, and technological innovation.

Within the university I lead the Academic Unit of Primary Care, and represent the Academic Unit of Medical Education on faculty research committees. I am a member of the Centre for Urgent Care Research within ScHARR.

Professor Frances Cleaver
F.Cleaver@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

My research connects three themes:

  • Institutions: developing a social science theoretical approach to understanding how institutions (particularly for natural resource management) work.
  • Water governance: scrutinising the nature of policies, how they travel and their impacts for distribution and access to water.
  • Livelihoods: understanding the gendered everyday politics of livelihoods, access to services and resources, the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion.

Working from an inter-disciplinary base in international development studies I am interested in how improved understandings of these issues can inform interventions for progressive social change.

In my work I draw on experience of jobs in planning and service delivery (for the Ministry of Health in Zimbabwe) as well as academic posts in a variety of universities (Zimbabwe, Bradford, School of Oriental and African Studies, King’s College London and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences). I joined Sheffield as Professor of Human Geography (Geographies of the Global South) in November 2015.

Dr Kurt De Vos
k.de_vos@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

Research in the laboratory focuses on the mechanisms of nerve cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS; also known as motor neuron disease (MND) or Lou Gehrig disease), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). We are especially interested in the involvement of axonal transport, mitochondria and ER.

Current research themes include:

  • The mechanisms causing defective axonal transport of mitochondria in ALS, PD and HSP.
  • The cellular roles of C9ORF72 protein and their role in ALS and FTD
  • The biology of close contacts between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria and their involvement in health and disease

Work in the lab is funded by grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Thierry Latran Foundation, the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, and the Moody Endowment Fund.

Dr Jonathan Dickson
j.m.dickson@sheffield.ac.uk
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Academic Unit of Medical Education
School of Health and Related Research

I am an academic GP.  My special interests are neurology, epilepsy and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures.  Major themes in my research are improving emergency care for people after a seizure and the use of free-association narrative interviews to give new insights into psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. All of my research is about health-service quality improvement, my personal methodological expertise is in quantitative methods but I work in multi-disciplinary research teams using mixed methods to develop and test complex interventions. 

I am very happy to receive informal enquiries.  Feel free to get in touch by email.  

My web profile is avaiable via this link:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/medicine/research/aupmc/staff/academicprofiles/jmdickson

 

Professor Angie Hobbs
a.hobbs@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Philosophy

Research interests

Most of my work is in ancient Greek philosophy and in ethics (both ancient and modern), and I have broad interests across both fields. Topics that I particularly focus on are: the ethics of flourishing and virtue ethics; courage, heroism and fame; concepts of 'manliness'; war and peace; love and desire; mental health and illness; relations between philosophy and literature; relations between ethics and aesthetics. In Plato and the Hero I concentrate on Plato's critique of the notions and embodiments of 'manliness' and courage prevalent in his culture (particularly those in Homer), and his attempt to redefine them in accordance with his own ethical, psychological and metaphysical principles. The question of why courage is necessary in the flourishing life in its turn leads to Plato's bid to unify the noble and the beneficial, and the tensions this unification creates between human and divine ideals.

I am currently working on a new translation of and commentary on Plato's Symposium (for Oxford University Press) and a book on heroism, courage and fame.

Dr Frank Hopfgartner
f.hopfgartner@sheffield.ac.uk
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Information School

Research interests

My main research interests are:

  • Interactive Information Systems such as information retrieval, knowledge sharing, enterprise search, and recommender systems.
  • Experience in user modelling, gamification, personalized search and recommendation, user-centric evaluation, and other challenges that center around satisfying users’ information needs.

Research supervision

Some potential project ideas are: 

Document Analysis: Automatic information extraction, indexing, semantic analysis of text documents, analysis of low-level multimedia features, and the application of deep learning methods to classify multimedia content. Manual methods include work on engaging the crowd for data and document annotation and categorization.

Self-tracking & lifelogging and its potentials for personalization. Interested in the analysis, and visualisation of sensor and lifelogging data. Other challenges pertain processing vast amounts of data and identifying user interests, skills etc. and their usage in real world systems like health or recommendation systems.

Professor Endre Kiss-Toth
e.kiss-toth@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My group is interested in identifying novel regulators of inflammatory signal transduction, characterising their basic mechanism of action, as well as validating some of these novel genes as potential drug targets for therapeutic intervention in chronic inflammatory diseases.

Much of our recent work has been focussing on studying the biological importance of the tribbles (TRIB) family of pseudokinases in cell types that are relevant to the development of cardiovascular disease.

In addition, we have also been collaborating closely with several research groups, from the US and Europe to characterise the role tribbles proteins play in the development and progression of cancer.

Most recently, we begun to develop approaches that enable us to selectively target TRIBs with the aim to use these as a platform for future drug development.

To support our research goals, we have established a global network of collaborators to pursue joint projects that aim to understand the importance of tribbles in cell biology, both in health and disease.

Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones
s.l.rowland-jones@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Sarah Rowland-Jones has extensive experience in the cellular immunology of viral infections and a strong interest in global health. Her work has focused in the past on T-cell responses to HIV infection in cohorts in Africa and China, as well as dengue virus, CMV, EBV and influenza A. She is currently collaborating with Professor Rashida Ferrand (LSHTM) on laboratory studies of older children and adolescents with perinatally-acquired HIV infection in Zimbabwe, many of whom experience serious comorbidities affecting their lungs, heart, musculoskeletal system, skin and CNS. Current studies have focused on the potential role of Cytomegalovirus co-infection in disease pathogenesis, host genetics of delayed disease progression and the longevity of responses to childhood vaccines. Within Sheffield our group is also planning studies of the immune response to viruses in patients who have received autologous stem cell transplants, usually for autoimmune disease

Dr Melanie Hassett
melanie.hassett@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research

My research interest lies in internationalization strategies, particularly cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&As), post-acquisition socio-cultural integration and organisational change, emotions and cultural differences. Currently my research focuses on emotions in M&As and M&As from emerging economies, particularly India. I am also very interested in research methods particularly qualitative research methods, longitudinal, case study and mixed method approaches.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • International mergers and acquisitions
  • Post-acquisition integration and socio-cultural integration
  • Internationalisation (SMEs and MNEs)
  • Emotions, social capital, informal networks in the context of internationalisation and/or mergers and acquisitions

Publications

Hurmerinta, L., Paavilainen-Mantymaki, E. and Hassett, M. E. (2016). TEMPUS FUGIT: A hermeneutic approach to the internationalization process. Management International Review, 56(6) 805-825.

Hassett, M., Vincze, Z., Urs, U. and Angwin, D. (2016), “Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions from India: Motives and Integration Strategies of Indian Acquirers”, in Marinova, S., Larimo, J. & Nummela, N., Value Creation in International Business, Palgrave Macmillan-SpringerDegbey, pp. 109-139.

Degbey, W. and Hassett, M.E. (2016), “Creating value in cross-border M&As through strategic networks”, in Heinz Tüselmann, Stephen Buzdugan, Qi Cao, David Freund and Sougand Golesorkhi, Impact of International Business: Challenges and Solutions for Policy and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 158–177.

Nummela, N. and Hassett, M. (2016), “Opening the black box of acquisition capabilities”, in Risberg, A., King, D. and Meglio, O., The Routledge Companion of Mergers and Acquisitions, Routledge Companion Series, Routledge: Oxon, pp. 74–91.

Professor Neil Hyatt
n.c.hyatt@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

Radioactive waste management and disposal.
Our focus is on developing strategy, materials, processes and policy to support the safe, timely and efficient clean up of the UK radioactive waste legacy. A key aspect of our research is the design, manufacture and performance assessment of glass and ceramic materials for the immobilisation of plutonium residues, legacy intermediate level wastes, and high level wastes from reprocessing operations. We work closely with industrial organisations, including Sellafield Ltd., the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory to address real world challenges of radioactive waste management. Our work has supported development of thermal treatment strategy by Sellafield Ltd. and Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the acceptance of vitrified intermediate level wastes wastes in conceptual designs for the UK Geological Disposal Facility.

Advanced nuclear materials.
Research is focused on the development of new materials and processes for application in future nuclear fission and fusion fuel cycles. We are currently developing novel processing methods for advanced cermet fuels with application in naval reactor concepts, ceramic clad materials for accident tolerant nuclear fuels, and the application of molten salts technology to reprocessing of nuclear fuels. We are also working on new waste management strategies for future fuel cycles, to reduce the ultimate geological disposal footprint.

Structure-property relations in mixed metal oxides.
Research is focused on the study of structure-property relationships in perovskite related oxides showing a range of useful physical properties such as high temperature superconductivity, colossal magnetoresistance and anisotropic magnetic exchange. Recent work has investigated structure-property relationships in layered perovskite ferroelectrric oxides and oxide-fluorides.

Professor Katherine Morton
katherine.morton@sheffield.ac.uk
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School of East Asian Studies

Research Interests: China’s International Relations; Non-Traditional Security; Global Governance; International Norms; Environment and Climate Change; the Role and Influence of Civil Society; Chinese Politics.

My research contributes to key debates on China’s re-emergence as a dominant power in the Asia region, and globally, situated at the nexus between Chinese Studies and International Relations. A central aim is to assess both the domestic and international motivations behind China’s changing role in the world and the implications for foreign policy and the study of International Relations. A particular focus is upon Chinese responses to transnational security challenges such as environmental degradation, food security, or internal conflicts that require new institutional mechanisms, forms of governance, and collective norms to regulate behaviour. Other projects include work on East Asia security relations, China’s Western Frontier, and maritime security in the East and South China seas.

Current research projects include:

  • The relationship between China’s rising international status and the future of global governance.
  • China and maritime security in East Asia.
  • Climate change and transboundary water security across the Himalayan-Hindu Kush with the Chinese Academy of Sciences and other partner institutions in South Asia.

Mentoring is one of my most enjoyable tasks as an academic and I have a strong commitment towards high quality research supervision, focusing on cutting edge topics related to China, the East Asia region, and the field of International Relations more generally. Previous topics include The Expansion of European International Society and the Socialisation of China and Japan, The Power of an Idea: China, Responsibility, and Global Governance,’ Contentious Activism and Inter-Korean Relations, and The Irony of the Information Age: US Power and the Internet in International Relations. My Ph.D. students have taken up positions at prestigious universities and published their theses. I enthusiastically welcome applications from potential PhD students within my area of expertise.

Dr Mark Bass
mark.bass@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Biomedical Science

Research interests

Healing defects are one of the largest current health challenges, with chronic wounds frequently requiring amputation of the affected limb. In 2008, 200,000 UK patients were suffering chronic wounds, costing the health service £3.1 billion annually.  Since then, a 26-49% increase in risk factors such as age and diabetes has made the situation worse. 

Upon wounding healthy skin, inflammatory cells combat infection, fibroblasts migrate into the wound bed and contract the defect, and finally re-epithelialisation closes the gap.  However, these processes become less efficient with age and risk factors such as diabetes, obesity or smoking, eventually leading to the formation of chronic wounds that include pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers.

 

We are investigating the processes of fibroblast recruitment and wound re-epitheliasation with a view to developing new therapies to promote healing.  Part of our work focuses on the signalling by adhesion receptors that detect the changes in skin upon injury.  We investigate the signalling through Rho-family GTPases that regulate cell migration and receptor trafficking.  We are finding that these pathways influence wound healing, but in more recent work we are finding that they also impact on cancer progression.  Importantly, our projects in collaboration with the hospital and industry are translating our advances in basic biomedical science into practical application.  We have developed ultrasonic strategies that reduce healing time by 40% and can be applied to human patients.  By doing so, we are able to investigate fields that span from basic molecular science fields of signalling and migration to therapeutic outcomes.

Dr Matthias Benzer
m.benzer@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

Matthias’s research has focused on contemporary Sociological Theory and Social Science Methodology. His work explores the potential contributions of Critical and Poststructuralist Social Theory to the sociological study of contemporary capitalist society: of its dominant social relations and of their implications for human life and thought. Moreover, Matthias has examined the methodological challenges of 20th and 21st century Social Theory to Sociology’s epistemological, empirical and methodical, interpretive and analytical, socio-critical and normative, and textual dimensions.

Matthias’s current research project centres on a sociological inquiry into the operations of quality of life ideas in the health sector, notably in healthcare regulation. His analyses focus on: definitions of quality of life; measurement and valuation instruments; operationalisations of quality of life conceptions in regulatory work, especially in cost-effectiveness analysis; and connections between quality of life ideas and approaches to human suffering and death. Operations of quality of life ideas are investigated in view of their underlying knowledge base, their implicit normative commitments and value judgements, their governing bioethical principles, and their political orientations. The project addresses discussions on capitalism’s dominant modes of valuing human life and of conceptualising happiness and the good life as well as damaged and bad life, responses to human suffering, and approaches to finitude, dying, and death. The project seeks to intervene in the sociological debate on prevalent biopolitical configurations with a view to the conceptions of, and interventions in, individual and population life they entail.

  • Sociological Theory
  • Sociological Methodology
  • Cultural Theory
  • Quality of Life Debates
  • Biopolitics
  • Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sociology of Suffering, Dying, and Death
  • Regulation Studies
Professor Janet Brown
j.e.brown@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism

As a clinician scientist, I engage in both clinical and laboratory research, which is internationally recognised, with publications in Lancet, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Nature Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, Annals of Oncology Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and other journals. I lead the Clinical Bone Oncology and Biomarkers Group in University of Sheffield (LINK), which has a particular focus on the impact of cancer on the skeleton in patients with breast, prostate and renal cancer. Our recent research includes the use of biomarkers in established bone metastasis to aid patient management and studies of the negative impact of cancer treatments on bone health. One of the main objectives of our current clinical and laboratory work is to develop novel prognostic and predictive biomarkers for clinical use in patients with early cancer to help in prevention or delay of cancer metastasis to bone, after which disease is incurable.

I also run clinical studies to develop innovative therapeutic approaches in breast, renal and prostate cancer. As Chief Investigator, I currently lead a large UK-wide, 40 centre, clinical trial (STAR) funded by NIHR, to determine whether treatment breaks in patients with renal cancer receiving targeted therapies, can reduce toxicity and have health economic benefits, without loss in efficacy. I am also PI on a clinical study funded by Cancer Research UK aimed at evaluating a potentially exciting new form of virotherapy in patients with prostate cancer.

Dr Thomas Muskett
t.muskett@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)

Research interests

My work involves application of a qualitative research approach called Conversation Analysis (CA) to very closely examine video recordings of real-life interactions involving people who are described as having communication difficulties, in particular children with a diagnosis of autism.  CA provides a powerful method through which to examine interaction, as it enables socially-oriented accounts to be developed of how people's talk and other behaviour (even if apparently unusual or 'disordered') relates to what others at the scene have just said or done, or been saying or doing (see links to the right for more on CA).

The use of CA therefore allows for detailed, and often very novel, accounts to be developed on the nature of 'communication difficulties', 'social problems' and 'problematic behaviours', as it enables description of the apparent individual meanings, functions and consequences of these for the people actually in the interactions in which they occur.  I am interested in how CA accounts of communication difficulties relate to what is typically written about conditions such as autism across different disciplines, and how these might reciprocally interface with concerns in fields such as critical disability studies and the new social studies of childhood.  Along these lines, I contribute to a number of inter-disciplinary social scientific research groups within the University of Sheffield, including Disability @ UoS, and the Body, Health and Well-being Research Interest Group within the Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth.

I also maintain a strong interest in health service research and the evaluation of complex interventions. I am particularly interested in the use of multimodal and eclectic approaches to examine the ‘value’ of interventions and/or care pathways for children and adolescents with complex needs.

Professor Simon Marvin
s.marvin@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Geography

Simon is an internationally recognised academic with an excellent publication profile, with expertise in constructing conceptual understanding and empirical evidence of the changing relations between socio-technical networks and urban and regional restructuring.  Simon has extensive experience of directing successful urban research centres in his previous roles at Newcastle University, Salford University, and more latterly Durham University, where he was Chair in the Department of Geography. 

There are three key dimensions to his track record.  First, his work is noted for the way it develops innovative, interdisciplinary perspectives to help open up and explore important new agendas for urban studies and infrastructural research.  To date, he has played major roles within urban and planning research towards addressing important questions surrounding telecommunications, infrastructure and mobility, sustainability and, most recently, systemic transitions, climate change, ecological security and smart cities.  Second, his most influential work has been contained within a series of 8 major international books, edited collections, research monographs, and numerous refereed papers and book chapters.  Collectively, these have had major global influence within urban planning, urban studies, architecture, geography, technology studies, and environmental studies.  Notable here has been the international and cross-disciplinary influence of the two co-authored books with Stephen Graham: Telecommunications and the City, and Splintering Urbanism.  These volumes in particular have reached very high levels of citation, led to the widespread adoption of a new urban lexicon and concepts, and have been the basis for journal special collections, major conferences, and research programmes.  Two new books are about to be published in early 2016, a critical international assessment of smart cities, with Andres Luque-Ayala and Colin McFarlane, and the development of a socio-technical framing of urban retrofit practices, with Mike Hodson.  Thirdly, supporting his writing has been a highly successful mixed economy of funded research projects from research councils ESRC, EPSRC, and NERC, from European sources and international foundations.  He is currently working as either PI or Co-I on five RCUK funded grants, including two projects, one impact grant, and two international networks employing 5 researchers as well as research work for the Swedish Mistra Urban Futures Foundation.  Finally, he regularly undertakes work for policy users, including central government and urban and regional agencies in the UK, Europe, and internationally.  Simon is currently an urban expert on the JPI Urban Europe Scientific Advisory Board.

Simon has a number of links to Sheffield - during the mid-1980s he completed an MA in Urban Studies and Planning here and during his PhD studies at the Open University he undertook a case study of Sheffield's combined heat and power district heating programme.

Professor John Cullen
john.cullen@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

John's research interests include supply chain management, supply chain accounting, reverse logistics, management control and corporate governance. His research is mainly case study based and it has focused on both small and large organisations in the public and private sectors. He has received research funding from the Department for Transport and CIMA in the areas of supply chain accounting with particular focus on reverse logistics in the UK Retail Sector and from the White Rose Health Innovation Fund to explore the role of accounting in facilitating and stimulating innovation in the NHS.

PhD Supervision:

He is currently continuing his research into supply chain accounting, reverse logistics and the role of accounting and innovation. He is also involved in work on low carbon supply chains. John has delivered presentations to both academic and practitioner conferences across Europe. His work on embedding accounting within the management of reverse logistics is undertaken in collaboration with a colleague from Cranfield University.

Dr Ysabel Gerrard
y.gerrard@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Sociological Studies
My research mainly focuses on how the policies of technology and social media companies further marginalise particular social identities. Broadly speaking, my research interests fall into the following categories:
 
  • Social media content moderation
  • Digital identities (particularly gender and race)
  • Feminist media theory
  • The ethics of social media research
 
I would be particularly interested in supervising students researching one of the following topics:
 
Social media content moderation: I am interested in various aspects of the content moderation process, including: the process of writing policies, the implementation of new rules, press/public responses, and users’ reception and circumvention. I am especially interested in policies that heavily affect marginalised populations, like adult content bans and mental health-related rules.
 
Secret-telling apps: I have begun a new project about secret-telling social media apps and am interested in supervising students who also have interests in this area. 
Dr Helen Griffiths
h.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

  • Vision screening: In my role as the British and Irish Orthoptic Society Lead for Vision Screening I have developed detailed maps and data of vision screening service provision in the UK and Ireland. This research includes development of a national audit tool for vision screening. The results of this research are being used to inform Public Health England in development of guidelines on vision screening for local authority commissioners.  Additionally, I am a Partner in the EUs€reen study, investigating vision and hearing screening programmes for children in all EU states using a cost-optimisation model, http://www.euscreen.net/
  • Awareness of eye conditions: In collaboration with the Medical Physics group we have developed and released a virtual reality (VR) smartphone app simulating nystagmus. The app uses eye movement recordings from people with nystagmus and replicates the eye movements within VR. The app allows the user to gain an appreciation of what it is like to have oscillopsia. We are continuing to explore the use of VR in the awareness of eye conditions and potentially as a management tool in the future.
Dr Guillaume Hautbergue
g.hautbergue@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

Dr Guillaume Hautbergue has long-standing interest in investigating the molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic mRNA metabolism and gene expression in health and disease. He has excellent track record in the fields of transcription, coupling of co-transcriptional RNA-processing to mRNA nuclear export and protein synthesis.

Proteins form cell building blocks and also carry out the vast majority of its numerous biological activities. Alteration of protein levels/synthesis therefore affects cellular function and viability. Identifying precisely alteration of RNA and protein levels/synthesis during neurodegeneration is crucial to the development of novel therapeutic strategies, involving screening of small molecules inhibitors and gene therapy that can be performed in-house in SITraN.

Understanding how particular proteins work at the molecular level requires efficient purification, but poor solubility is a common and challenging problem which often ends up halting biochemical projects. The development of a general method to improve protein solubility (up to 25 times) using the physiological additives L-arginine and L-glutamic amino-acids allowed us to efficiently characterise structural and functional properties of ALS/MND-altered mRNA-binding proteins which are often composed of unstructured regions with poor solubility. Subsequently, this method was applied successfully in the solubilisation of numerous proteins and the determination of NMR or X-ray structures by many research groups across the world.

Professor Peter Jackson
P.A.Jackson@Sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Geography

Research interests

Social and cultural geography, consumption and identity, families and food.

Food, Convenience and Sustainability

This ERA-Net project examines the contested category of 'convenience' food and its significance for public health and environmental sustainability.  It involves case studies of processed baby food, supermarket ready meals, food-box schemes and workplace (canteen) food in Sweden, the UK, Denmark and Germany.  The UK work-package is co-funded by Defra and the German Ministry of Agriculture.  The project asks: how 'convenience' food is understood by consumers and how it relates to notions of healthy eating and environmental sustainability; with what specific practices (shopping, cooking, eating, disposing) 'convenience' foods are associated; how such foods are incorporated within different household contexts and domestic routines; and to what extent current practices are subject to change (towards more sustainable and healthier practices).

Sheffield Sustainable Food Futures (SheFF)

This is a cross-Faculty inter-disciplinary initiative designed to encourage an integrated analysis to agri-food systems 'from farm to fork', ingretaing environmental and social science perspectives in pursuit of more equitable, socially just and environmentally sustainable approaches to global food security.  The work is funded from various sources including philanthropic funding from the Grantham Foundation.

Professor Paul Latreille
p.latreille@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Paul’s research comprises several, sometimes interconnected strands crossing disciplinary boundaries between labour economics, HRM, employment relations and employment law. A member of the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at the University of Sheffield, his main area of expertise concerns individual workplace conflict and its resolution. A particular focus has been on Employment Tribunals (ETs), including the factors associated with settlement and pre-hearing resolution, the role of representation, outcomes at hearings, and the consequences for claimants of bringing cases. A recent ESRC project with Susan Corby from Greenwich University looked at the role of lay/non-legal members and included a unique survey of judges and lay members at both the ET and its appellate counterpart.

Other areas of research interest include the relationships between disability and work; occupational health and safety; vocational training; self-employment/entrepreneurship; and economic inactivity.

Paul would be willing to consider doing so in relation to any of his research interests or related areas. Students wishing to explore research that draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives are very welcome, as are those wanting to undertake pedagogical research.

Professor Paul Martin
paul.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

I have two main areas of research interest. The first is the ethical, legal and social issues associated with emerging medical technologies and the second focuses on the commercialisation of biotechnology and expectation dynamics in medical innovation. My research has previously examined the development of gene therapy, genomics, pharmacogenetics, stem cells and regenerative medicine. I have advised the European Parliament, the Conseil d'Analyse Economique (part of the French Prime Minister's Office), the UK Department of Trade and Industry and the Wellcome Trust. I am a member of the Editorial advisory Boards of Sociology of Health and Illness and New Genetics and Society.

As regards my research interests in synthetic biology, I am currently a member of a BBSRC working group on synthetic biology, a co-investigator in a recently established multidisciplinary chell network and have co-authored a major review of the social and ethical issues raised by synthetic biology which was published in June 2008.

As regards my research interests in neuroscience, I am leader of a strand of research on neurosociety as part of the £1.6m Leverhulme Trust Programme Grant 'Making Science Public'.

Mrs Pamela McKinney
p.mckinney@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on:

  • Pedagogy for Information Literacy in Higher Education.
  • The relationship between Inquiry-based Learning and Information Literacy, including how learners can be supported in their inquiries through the development of Information Literacy capabilities and how Information Literacy can be taught using Inquiry-based pedagogies
  • Reflective practice for teachers and learners.
  • The development of teaching competencies in librarians.
  • Students working in groups and the tools and technologies groups use to communicate and collaborate.
  • Information Literacy and Information behaviour in everyday life contexts with specific groups, populations or practices.
  • Mobile health and quantified self.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research projects in the areas of:

  • Information literacy and Information behaviour in educational or everyday life contexts
  • Technology enhanced learning in Higher Education, and particularly the choices students make about how to use social media and  mobile phones to support their learning
  • Professional development for librarians with regards to teaching
  • Mobile apps to support healthy eating
Professor Jane Seymour
jane.seymour@sheffield.ac.uk
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Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

I am a nurse by background and have worked in palliative and end-of-life care research and education since the early 1990s. My own PhD was a study of end of life decision-making in intensive care units. I have long standing interests in the palliative care needs of frail older people and how we can meet them, at a clinical level and health systems level. I also have interests in advance care planning, other aspects of end of life decision-making and public education in palliative and end of life care. I have publised and presented widely on these topics. I have research links in Europe and beyond.

I have supervised and examined PhD students from the UK and overseas (including Malawi, Uganda, Cameroon, India and the Middle East). I encourage students to undertake projects related to palliative care that fit with their own interests and prepares them to be leaders in palliative care nursing research in their own countries/ contexts.

My methodological expertise lies in qualitative and mixed methods research, with special interests in case study and ethnographic methods.

Dr Hiroaki Watanabe
h.watanabe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

My research areas are Japanese/comparative political economy and the international relations in East Asia. I have published a book and journal articles on the politics of labour market deregulation in Japan in comparison to Italy, the revitalization of Japanese labour movement, and the politics of regulatory reform in financial supervision. My current research interests include the neoliberal diversification of the Japanese labour market, the political agency of Japan's community unions, union response to working poor, the transformation of Japanese capitalism under globalization, and the Sino-Japanese economic rivalry against a background of the regional economic integration in East Asia and the rise of China.

I have supervised PhD research on comparative politics of health insurance reform in Korea and Japan, the new security initiatives of the Koizumi and the second Abe administrations, and the impact of the China-ASEAN FTA on exports by Thai companies to China. I welcome PhD supervision on topics related to comparative labour politics, Japanese/comparative political economy under globalization and the international relations in East Asia.

Professor Keith Worden
K.Worden@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Keith's research is concerned with applications of advanced signal processing and machine learning methods to structural dynamics. The primary application is in the aerospace industry, although there has also been interaction with ground transport and offshore industries.

One of the research themes concerns non-linear systems. The research conducted here is concerned with assessing the importance of non-linear modelling within a given context and formulating appropriate methods of analysis. The analysis of non-linear systems can range from the fairly pragmatic to the extremes of mathematical complexity. The emphasis within the research group here is on the pragmatic and every attempt is made to maintain contact with engineering necessity.

Another major activity within the research group concerns structural health monitoring for aerospace systems and structures. The research is concerned with developing automated systems for inspection and diagnosis, with a view to reducing the cost-of-ownership of these high integrity structures. The methods used are largely adapted from pattern recognition and machine learning; often the algorithms make use of biological concepts e.g. neural networks, genetic algorithms and ant-colony metaphors. The experimental approaches developed range from global inspection using vibration analysis to local monitoring using ultrasound.

Dr Veronica Barnsley
v.barnsley@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of English Literature

My primary research interests are in colonial and postcolonial literatures from India and Africa, with a particular focus on alternative and global modernisms and writing interested in children, youth and development.

I am currently completing the manuscript of my first monograph, Postcolonial Children: Infancy and Development in South Asian Fiction in English. The book considers the figure of the child in fiction that deals with anti-colonial activism, Indian independence and the postcolonial state, looking at writers including Mulk Raj Anand, R.K. Narayan, Attia Hosain, Shashi Deshpande and Nadeem Aslam.

I am also beginning a new project called ‘Youth and Health in Postcolonial Literatures: India, Nigeria, South Africa’, a comparative analysis of the concept of youth that seeks to make connections between Postcolonial Studies and the growing field of Medical Humanities.

I am a founding member of The Northern Postcolonial Network, which supports knowledge exchange and networking amongst scholars working on postcolonial topics across the north of England and organisations and community groups with intersecting interests. We build sustainable relationships with groups and communities through research, public engagement and creative workshops in which we can explore issues including migration, asylum, human rights and inclusive pedagogy. Details of our past events and future activities can be found here www.northernpostcolonialnetwork.com

I am a member of The British Association of Modernist Studies, the Modernist Studies Association and the Postcolonial Studies Association.

Dr Bernard Corfe
b.m.corfe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

Work in my group primarily examines the relationship between diet, short-chain fatty acid production and metabolism and cell fate (apoptosis and cell cycle). Our work is across a number of scales, from molecualr cell biology of through to human intervention trials with nutrients to prevent or manage disease.

  • Butyrate and cell fate determination
  • Short-chain fatty acid metabolism
  • Crypt cell fate modelling
  • Organ level modelling
  • Diet-Microbiome Interactions, Functional analysis of Probiotics
  • Molecular Biology of keratins
  • Role of vitamin D in IBS / lower gut health
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  • Medical Humanities: patient experience in IBS and IBD

Student performance

Prospective students become part of a supportive and productive research team. We aim to provide a balance between laid-backness and scientific rigourousness that allows students to develop as independent leaders with rounded skillsets. >90% of students have published research in their projects, completed their PhD / MD on time and many of gone on to successful research or academic roles.

Collaborations

We have a multidisciplinary team and collaborate effectively in order to provide wide-ranging projects of exceptional scope and vision. Collaborators include Chemical Engineers, Nutritionists, Computational Modellers, Clinical Gastroenterologists. The majority of students graduate with good interdisciplinary training and experience.

External Activity and benefits to students

Bernard Corfe is a highly networked research leader with membership of mutiple national committees in Nutrition Society, NIHR, British Society for Gastroenterology as well as rtack record of collaboration with industry. This exceptional network capital allows the optimisation of development and career opportunities for members of the team.

 

Professor Michael Cork
M.J.Cork@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests are inflammatory skin disorders including: atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema), psoriasis, alopecia areata and vitiligo. The group which includes both clinical and non-clinical staff has identified genetic variants associated with all of these diseases.

Internationally, the Academic Unit of Dermatology Research is one of the leading groups translating basic dermatological science into new treatments for the clinic. Examples include `Skin Protease Inhibitors´ and `Vitamin A Metabolic Pathway Inhibitors´. In 2001, with help from The Wellcome Trust, the group formed a `spin-out´ company called `Molecular SkinCare´, with the aim of developing these treatments.

Another major focus of the group is the effect of topical pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and oils on the structure and function of the skin barrier. Research in this area comprises investigation of the skin barrier defect associated with skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis, how skin barrier defects develop and how to treat or repair the skin barrier defect. This includes the determination of the effect of topical agents/products on the skin of volunteers visiting our clinical diagnostic `skin laboratory´, where we can measure specific properties of the skin barrier, non-invasively, using an array of specialised equipment. These results are then correlated with variants in the genes that determine the structure and function of the skin barrier.

Research conducted by the AuDR is at the interface between the clinic, academia and industry. Work has been funded by charities, including: The Wellcome Trust, British Skin Foundation and Psoriasis Association; also by the Kuwait Ministry of Health; and by pharmaceutical/cosmetics companies; including Astellas, Johnson & Johnson and Stiefel-GSK.

Dr Chun Guo
C.Guo@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Biomedical Science

Research summary

My research interests are to understand the basic cell biology and signaling pathways associated with protein post-translational modifications (PTMs, e.g., Proteolytic Cleavage, Phosphorylation, Ubiquitination and SUMOylation) in cell death, survival and repair following stress, and to translate the findings into animal models of human diseases and into treatments for human disease.

One type of PTM is SUMOylation, which involves the attachment of a small protein called Small Ubiquitin-related Modifier (SUMO) to target proteins. SUMOylation is essential for the survival of all plant and animal cells because it regulates protein-protein interactions, either promoting or hindering specific interactions according to the molecular environment. Thus the functional consequences of SUMO attachment vary greatly depending on the substrate and the cell type, and in most cases remain only poorly understood. SUMOylation can be reversed by the action of SUMO proteases to cleave the bond between proteins. This is called deSUMOylation. The largest and most characterised family of SUMO proteases is that of the sentrin-specific proteases (SENPs). Specific targets and physiological roles for SENPs are largely unknown.

In my laboratory a combination of techniques including molecular cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology and histology is used to address the roles of protein SUMOylation and deSUMOylation in health and disease, particularly in neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The results may lead to better understanding of disease processes, more effective therapies, an enhancement to the quality of life of both patients and their carers and finally, an easing of the substantial economic burden which dementia and ALS currently impose.

  • My research group is also part of CMIAD (Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics)
Dr Catarina Henriques
c.m.henriques@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Tissue Repair and Immunity in Ageing (TRIA)

Why we age and whether we can therapeutically prevent associated diseases has been my continued research motivation. And this is because age is the greatest risk factor for chronic diseases such as cancer, frailty, muscle atrophy, arthritis and many others. This means we are living longer than ever before, but with a heavy burden of disease which impacts on our quality of life and poses serious socio-economical challenges we must meet.
Ageing is underlined by a progressive decline in tissues ability to repair and maintain themselves. This is what is called tissue homeostasis impairment and sets the ground for age-associated diseases. A key mechanism contributing to this is telomere shortening and dysfunction. In organisms with restricted telomerase activity, which is the case of humans and zebrafish, telomeres shorten and get damaged with ageing, causing cells to die or become senescent. Senescent cells no longer divide and secrete factors that somehow impair the repair capacity of our tissues and organs, thereby contributing to disease.

Tissue homeostasis requires a tight balance between the clearance of senescent and damaged cells by the immune system and the replenishing of new cells from the stem cell niche.

My research programme focuses on understanding the interplay between immune regulation and tissue homeostasis in health and with ageing, using zebrafish as a model. My ultimate aim is to identify therapeutic targets that can be used to incentivate tissue rejuvenation and ameliorate multiple co-morbidities of ageing

Dr Lucy Jackson
lucy.jackson@shef.ac.uk
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Sheffield Methods Institute

Lucy’s research background is in critical social geographies though her research is applicable broadly across the social sciences including health, criminology, politics, sociology and anthropology. Lucy’s research aims to re-address questions of ‘the social’, not just in terms of social justice, but in terms of socio-spatial politics and the performative politics of everyday life within different societies. Lucy works with theories around everyday practice such as De-certeau and Lebevre.

Lucy’s research interests are in the field of feminist geopolitics and the critical geography of difference (as lived, experienced, visualised, and emotionalised through practice, performance and engagement), inclusion and exclusion, the body and the self, and identity (as negotiated, relational, complex and multiple). She is committed to research in the justice, rights and lived experience of othered groups through activist and community development projects and organisations.

Lucy’s research interests also focus upon a politics of everyday practice, an understanding of everyday publics, policies and attitudes and how this leads to the formation of different communities as well as in developing new and engaging qualitative methodological approaches. Lucy's research interest also lies in the practice and performance of everyday, banal, politics and political acts. She is predominantly recognised for her engagement with feminist countertopographical research and with innovative qualitative methods which connects emotions, experience and practice in and through scales to focus on a politics of the everyday.

For example, Lucy’s previous research has focused upon conflicting and competing rights in the city, studying the example of faith and secular groups, as well as pro-life and pro-choice protesters in the UK, working with migrant communities in the UK and South Asia to understand their everyday practices of, and commitment to, citizenship as both formal and informal category, and more recently work in East Africa around the potential for critical citizen engagement.

Dr Ciara Kelly
c.kelly@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research Interests

I have two established streams of research. Both streams aim to further our knowledge of socially responsible and sustainable practices. One focuses on individual level practices and the other focuses on organisations and industry.

At the individual level, I focus my research on building our understanding of how individuals’ roles and experiences outside of work influence their work lives, and vice versa. To do this I examine the impacts of leisure activities, idiosyncratic deals (‘i-deals’) and interpersonal emotion regulation on employees work and non-work lives. My research contributes to the literature on work-life enrichment by providing a more nuanced understanding of the roles individuals fulfil, beyond the traditional focus on family. It sheds light on broader mechanisms that facilitate individual success and productivity in the workplace. I do this through intensive longitudinal quantitative methods- often referred to as diary studies.

At the organisational and industry level, my research deals with how businesses and public bodies can positively impact wider society.

I have worked on multidisciplinary projects such as:

 

  • Comparative Police Studies in the EU (COMPOSITE), a European project examining policing processes across countries.
  • Mainstreaming Assisted Living Technology (MALT), a TSB funded project aiming to facilitate the large scale introduction of telehealth technology.
  • Active Workforce Initiative (AWI), a BOHRF funded project examining the impact of positive psychology interventions on the well-being of police and health workers.
  • Business Driven Social Change, an NBS funded review of literature on the techniques and outcomes of business driven social change.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students who would like to examine issues to do with the interface between work and other life domains - this can include work-life balance, enrichment and conflict pertaining to family and leisure domains as well as the impact of supportive supervisor behaviours on work-life balance.

Dr Eva Kipnis
Eva.Kipnis@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research

My research focuses on the role and impact of marketing and consumption (of goods, services, education) on intercultural relations and identity, community conflict and participation in risky health behaviours. I am a passionate believer in transformative powers of marketplace interactions. Meanings and narratives embodied in objects, images and experiences (re)produced and (re)interpreted by market actors (brands, organisations, media, consumers) can empower and legitimise both progressive and harmful practices. My ambition is to promote, facilitate and encourage marketing science and education to serve the social wellbeing and positive, harmonious interactions between consumers and organisations in the global society.
My specific research interests intersect consumer behaviour and brands/branding and comprise three strands: 1) consumers, brands and organisations in multicultural marketplaces (focus on the effects of cultural identity dynamics on consumer brand response, and multicultural branding); 2) dark side of brands and branding (focus on effects of branding on scope and reach of illicit drug markets); and 3) the role of organisations in marketplace-mediated consumer activism.

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PHD Supervicion

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students. Areas of PhD supervision include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture and consumer psychology
  • Experiencing multiculture in consumption environments: consumer responses and wellbeing
  • Understanding identities of multicultural consumers
  • Consumer response to multicultural advertising
  • Advertising representation of cultural minorities, including ethnoracial groups, people with disabilities etc
  • Marketplace inclusion
  • The role of consumption in multicultural learning and competences development
Dr Elspeth Whitby
e.whitby@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

Imaging the fetus is routine during pregnancy in most countries. Ultrasound is the technique of choice as it is widely available and does not harm the fetus or mother. Despite major advances in ultrasound technology there are situations where it is necessary to know more or see more of the fetus. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is possible and during the last 20-25 years research has shown that MR is a valuable adjunct to ultrasound for fetal imaging. Over the last 12 years I have been involved in assessing the value of fetal MR in clinical practice and also developing additional sequences to image specific pathologies.
Outcome data is essential for such studies and I work closely with my clinical colleagues in neonatology, pathology and obstetrics to collect this data. This has lead to other avenues of research including imaging of the neonate with MR and imaging of the post-mortem fetus and neonate with MR in both the research and clinical settings.
Links have been established with psychology to study how the brain structure, as seen on imaging, relates to development in the term and premature infant.
Collaboration with social sciences allows us to look at the sociology of health, science and technology in fetal imaging and its impact in society.
The placenta plays an important role during the pregnancy and abnormalities of the placenta can affect the mother and the fetus. Recently, I have started to look at the placenta using MR. The majority of the work focuses on developing sequences that can determine whether the placenta has invaded into the uterine wall, if so by how much and at where. This involves a multidisciplinary team to ensure accurate follow up and outcome data.
In all areas of research I aim to translate the results into clinical practice as soon as possible and this means working very closely with clinical colleagues without whom I could not do any research.

Professor Beining Chen
b.chen@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Chemistry

Research Interests

The major focus of our research is to use computer aided molecular design and combinatorial chemistry to facilitate drug design and molecular recognition studies.

A. Therapeutics

TSEs, are progressive, invariably fatal neurological disorders occurring in sheep, cattle and humans, and in a variety of other ungulates, felines and rodents. The disease involves the formation of pathological deposits of protein in the brain. The protein responsible, the non-infectious cellular isoform of prion protein (PrPC), can adopt an aberrant insoluble infectious conformation (PrPRes), which accumulates extracellularly and is resistant to denaturation and digestion with protease. Aggregation of PrPRes leads to neural disorder and thereafter the death of animals and humans affected. The development of therapeutic compounds has always been considered as one of the most important and challenge areas to be tackled in TSE research. The project aims to develop drugs which interacts with the biosynthetic pathway of prion protein either to stabilise its conformation or to provoke the interaction of the protein with its abnormal counterpart.

Our main focus now is to develop novel drugs for prion disease to cure Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs) including Scrapie in Sheep, BSE in cattles and CJD in humans. Novel ideas together with well written proposal have recently secured her group major funding from the Department of Health worth over £1.15 million. We are also building up our research in natural product chemistry/bioorganic chemistry for lead discovery. Activities in therapeutics are expanding into other amyloid diseases as well as areas cardiovascular, CNS, anti-viruses.

B. Proteomics - Structural Studies of Abnormal Prion Proteins

With very few exceptions, all cells in the human body contain the same genes. We need to know what proteins are produced and are active in different cells and at different times, because it is the proteins that make things happen. For example, they govern how cells communicate with each other to mobilise an immune response, or to detect and respond to changes in their environment. The genome is a parts list and the proteome (the complement of proteins) is an activity report. Proteomics is about understanding the function of proteins, both individually and collectively.

The most challenging area in the study of TSE is to understand how abnormal prion protein forms, and its structure and functions. Modern available technologies such as x-ray crystallography and NMR prove to be little use in studying the abnormal prion conformation due to the special insoluble properties of the plaque formed during protein aggregation. Theoretical modelling using molecular dynamics and bioinformatics as tools together with various labelling techniques are being developed in Dr. Chen's group for the prediction of abnormal prion structures. 

Professor Richard Ross
r.j.ross@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research Interests

The focus of both my clinical and basic research is on optimising pituitary hormone replacement. My group have identified and characterised uncommon mutations in the growth hormone receptor which have led to fundamental observations on the mechanism by which the growth hormone receptor signals through a pre-formed dimer. This work has led to a greater understanding of the regulation of growth hormone secretion and recently the group have developed a long acting form of growth hormone which has exceptional pharmacokinetic properties that means administration may only be required once a fortnight or once a month. This work was published in Nature Medicine in 2007.

The Clinical Research Programme has been investigating different regimens for replacing cortisol, testosterone and oestrogen in hypopituitary, hypogonadal and adrenal insufficient patients. The group have designed a new modified release form of hydrocortisone, Chronocort, which in phase 1 studies has proven to replicate the normal circadian rhythm of cortisol. This work is currently being taken through to phase 2 studies in congenital adrenal hyperplasia patients. Other work has examined the incidence of hypogonadism in cancer survivors and optimising oestrogen replacement in young women of fertile years.

I co-chair the Endocrine Unit Management Team which consists of 6 Consultant Endocrinologists and runs a number of unique and innovative specialist clinics in the Health Care Trust including: Pituitary Clinic, Transition Clinic for Paediatric Endocrinology, Late Effects Clinic for Cancer survivors, Joint Surgical Endocrine Clinics, Obesity Clinic, Genetic Endocrine Clinic and a Pituitary Multidisciplinary Team.

Publications and Patents: 234 publications during career, 34 publications in the last 5 years, Scopus h-index of 34, 7 papers cited over 100 times, 2 over 200 times and 1 over 300 times.  35 patents granted from 7 independent patent families.

  1. Patent granted 2010: C Strasburger, M Bidlingmaier, Z Wu, G Matarese, R Ross. Leptin antagonist and method for quantitative measurement of leptin. US 7,807,154 B2
  2. Patent granted 2012: R Ross, P Artymiuk, J Sayers.  Fusion protein compromising growth hormone and growth hormone receptor. US 8,173,782 B2