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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)
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 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 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.

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

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.

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 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

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.

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 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.

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
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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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.
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 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
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

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
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 Victoria Chico
V.Chico@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

My research focuses on how English tort law might respond to novel legal challenges. In particular I am interested in how the tort of negligence might respond to perceived harms which might arise in the context of new medical and genetic services. Within this context I focus on how the concept of autonomy might function as a comprehensive basis for arguing that circumstances arising from novel services which would not hitherto have been considered to be harm, could in fact be perceived as harmful. This autonomy focus is a central feature in my recently published book (see below) and I intend this theoretical perspective to underpin future research.

Areas of Research Supervision

Aspects of medical law and the tort of negligence. Particularly where the focus is on novel forms of damage arising from medical or genetic services and the challenge these might present for negligence law. I am particularly interested in the concept of autonomy as the theoretical basis for the analysis of the interface between negligence and medical law.

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.

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. 

 

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 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.

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

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 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

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
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.

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 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 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
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.

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
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.

 

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 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 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
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.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 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.

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 William Mason
w.j.mason@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Will is a sociologist with interests in the study of childhood and youth, consumption, families, identities and inequalities. Before joining the Sheffield Methods Institute as a lecturer in Qualitative Methods, Will spent one year as a University Teacher in the Department of Sociological Studies (University of Sheffield) and two years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, working on the Nuffield-funded Child Welfare Inequalities Project. This UK comparative study used mixed methods to identify and explain unequal rates of child welfare interventions, revealing strong relationships between area level deprivation and families’ chances of engagement with child protection services. Will’s ongoing research projects use a co-production approach to explore residents’ experience of community services in a low income neighbourhood and to explore the everyday lives of marginalised young people in a Northern inner city neighbourhood

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 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 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

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'.

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 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.


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. 


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 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.
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 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

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 Ysabel Gerrard
y.gerrard@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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. 
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

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 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
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 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 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 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.

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.

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
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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Professor Pat Sikes
p.j.sikes@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Pat is interested in qualitative inquiry per se and especially in the use and development of ethical narrative auto/biographical sociological approaches to research, including life history and autoethnography. Her current research takes a narrative life history approach to investigate the perceptions and experiences of children and young people who have a parent with young onset dementia. Previous research has included a study of the perceptions and experiences of male secondary school teachers accused of sexual misconduct which they said they did not commit.

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 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 Allan Lawrie
a.lawrie@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My main research interest lies in better understanding the molecular mechanism of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). In particular I am currently studying the role of osteoprotegerin (OPG), Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand (TRAIL) and other related members of the TNF superfamily in the pathogenesis of PAH. I have an additional interest in the role inflammation, particularly IL-1, plays in modulating disease.

I also have a strong interest in biomarkers (proteomic, miRNA and epigenetic) and through collaboration with clinical colleagues in the SPVDU have developed a growing biobank of blood products (DNA/RNA/Plasma/Serum) from patients with pulmonary hypertension, with sample collected at diagnosis and subsequent visits post treatment. I have developed a number of national and international collaborations to maximise the utilisation of this valuable and rare resource.

Professor Richard Eastell
r.eastell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

My research focus is osteoporosis. The University of Sheffield is well regarded for its contribution to the study of osteoporosis.  According to Thomson Reuter's Science Watch, we are ranked fourth among academic centres in the world for citations in osteoporosis, and first in the UK and Europe http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/osteo2/institution/.  I study the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. This has involved developing and establishing assays for bone turnover markers and studying their clinical utility. I have developed new approaches to the definition of vertebral fracture and applied new approaches such as vertebral fracture assessment. I have developed tools to evaluate bone strength such as high-resolution quantitative computed tomography, ultrasound and finite element modelling of bone strength. I have evaluated the endocrine changes in osteoporosis to better understand its causes. I have designed and conducted clinical trials of nutrition and drugs for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. I have evaluated approaches to enhance compliance with treatment.

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 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.

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

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.

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. 

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
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 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/)
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.

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 Jane McKeown
j.mckeown@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

My research interests are the care and involvement of people who have dementia and I am interested in research methods that enable people’s ‘voices to be heard’.

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 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.

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 Robert Marchand
r.marchand@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

My research is focused in the areas of Problem Structuring Methodologies and Behavioural Operations Management. I am interested in exploring methodological developments which allow us to understand what we don't know about a problematic situation so that we can facilitate inquiry to bring about appropriate and relevant real world changes that work. I have a particular interest in participatory methodologies for engaging stakeholders in a problematic system, to ensure a human-centred, holistic analysis and understanding can be achieved

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 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 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 Angela Sorsby
A.Sorsby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Evaluating initiatives
  • Restorative justice
  • Probation supervision
  • Desistance from crime
  • Training of criminal justice practitioners

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Quantitate research methods and statistics
  • Restorative justice
  • Probation supervision
  • Desistance from crime
  • Training of criminal justice practitioners
Dr Huiping Xian
h.xian@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Her research interests include women's careers, HRM issues in Chinese organisations, qualitative research methods, cross-cultural research and translation issues in international research. Her current projects include ‘Developing Women’s Careers in Japan’ which is funded by the British Academy.

PhD Supervision

Currently, Huiping is supervising a PhD project, which looks into female knowledge workers' flexible work and career development. She is interested in supervising in the following topics:

  • Management Issues in China
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Cross-cultural Research
  • Gender Studies

Professional Activities, Recognition and Other Information

Huiping is a HEA Fellow.

Publications

Xian, H.P., Atkinson, C. and Meng-Lewis, Y. Guanxi and High Performance Work System: Evidence from a Chinese State-owned Enterprise. International Journal of Human Resource Management, forthcoming 2017.

Woodhams, C., Xian, H.P. and Lupton, B. (2015). Women Managers’ Careers in China: Theorizing the Influence of Gender and Collectivism. Human Resource Management (US), 54(6) 913-931.

Xian, H.P. (2015). Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 30(2) 179-182.

Woodhams, C., Lupton, B. and Xian, H.P. (2009). The persistence of gender discrimination in China – evidence from recruitment advertisements. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(10) 2084-2106.

Xian, H.P and Woodhams, C. (2008). Managing careers: Experiences of successful women in the Chinese IT industry. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 23(6) 409-425.

Xian, H.P. (2008). Lost in translation? Language, culture and roles of translator in cross-cultural management research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, 3(3) 231-245.

Full list of publications

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).


Dr Katherine Davies
k.davies@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

My research focuses upon the complexities of personal relationships and the life course and I have a long standing interest in qualitatively driven methodological approaches which can capture the lived experience of everyday lives, times and relationships. My previous research has included a study investigating the social significance of family resemblances and a project researching how associations with friends, neighbours, colleagues and the like matter throughout the life course in both positive and negative ways (both projects were completed with colleagues at The University of Manchester). My PhD research took a relational approach to exploring how young people see themselves as ‘turning out’ in life, with a particular focus on the role of sibling relationships in shaping their ideas about their past, present and future selves. I am currently working with colleagues on an ESRC project entitled ‘Under the Same Roof: The everyday relational practices of contemporary communal living in the UK’ which explores the relational complexities of shared living arrangements including co housing, housing co-ops, private lodgings and shared houses.

  • Kinship and relatedness
  • Friendship, personal relationships and social change
  • Sibling relationships
  • Inheritance and social transmission
  • Life course, youth and childhood
  • Qualitative methodologies


Professor Christopher McDermott
c.j.mcdermott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

The main drive of Prof McDermott’s research programme is developing the evidence base for delivering supportive and symptomatic care for patients living with motor neuron disease. He is also interested in studying mechanisms of neurodegeneration, in order to develop treatments for patients with motor neuron disease and hereditary spastic paraplegia.

Offering PhD opportunities in the following areas:

  • Investigating and delivering optimal respiratory support for patients with MND
  • Establishing an evidence base for nutritional support in MND
  • Designing and evaluating assistive technologies for patients with neuromuscular weakness
  • Developing and evaluating novel service delivery mechanisms for patients with long term neurological conditions
  • Genetic and phenotypic characterisation of motor system disorders
  • Natural history study of motor system disorders
  • Collaborating with pharmaceutical companies in Phase 1-3 studies
  • Improving symptomatic management for patients with MND
  • Epidemiology of motor neuron disease
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 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.

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 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 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

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.

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 Sarah Drabble
S.J.Drabble@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

  • Endometriosis
  • Self-management of long-term conditions 
  • Process evaluations of trials using qualitative methods
  • Qualitative research methods
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
Miss Jessica Wright
Jessica.Wright@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests relate to medical research law and ethics, with a particular focus on both consent and biobanking. During my PhD I researched what influences (either positively or negatively) the harmonisation of biobanks. As a result I am particularly interested in the development and implementation of standards within busy organisations such as the NHS. Additionally, I am interested in privacy, confidentiality and data protection in relation to research.

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 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 Emanuela Girei
e.girei@sheffield.ac.uk

Sheffield University Management School

Emanuela is interested in supervising qualitative research (especially but not exclusively in the non-profit sector) in the areas of management and social change, international development, diversity and equality, organisational change and development.

Professor David Beerling
d.j.beerling@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

My interdisciplinary research group focuses on fundamental questions concerning how photosynthetic terrestrial ecosystems and the global environment co-evolved over the last half billion years. Our approach integrates evidence from fossils, experiments with terrestrial organisms, and rigorous theoretical models applied across spatial scales. We focus particularly on key processes and interactions important for revealing insights into the conquest of the land by plants, and the role of terrestrial ecosystems in shaping global ecology, climate and atmospheric composition. Our research findings also inform understanding of current anthropogenic climate change issues facing humanity.

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 Jags Pandhal
j.pandhal@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Environmental proteomics
  • Metaproteomics
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Ecological Engineering (synthetic ecology)
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Ecosystems Services (industrial ecology)
  • Algae
  • Glycosylation
  • E. coli
Dr Briony Birdi
b.birdi@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests and experience are broadly focused in the following areas:

  • Public library services
  • Library services for children and young people
  • Reading research and the promotion of literature and reading.

More specifically, my work relates to the social, political and educational roles of public and youth libraries in society, with a particular focus on diversity, social justice and reading. I am happy to supervise PhD projects related to any of these areas.

Dr Aneta Piekut
a.piekut@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Methods Institute

Aneta joined the Sheffield Methods Institute as a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in 2014. She received her PhD in Sociology in 2010 after defending her PhD thesis “Highly skilled foreign employees in transnational corporations in Warsaw” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Warsaw.

In 2005-2010 she was involved in comparative studies of international migration patterns in the Centre of Migration Research, University of Warsaw. In 2010-2014 she worked as a post-doctoral researcher for LIVEDIFFERENCE research programme at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, where she was responsible for secondary data analysis and mapping social diversity in Leeds and Warsaw, cross-sectional survey data investigation and conducting narrative interviews with Polish research participants

Professor Serena Corr
s.corr@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Energy storage research:

Moving towards a more electrified world presents considerable energy storage challenges. Amongst these, the development of low cost, durable, high energy density, safe batteries is paramount for delivery of an all-electric vehicle market. A major theme of our research is to develop novel, facile routes to functional materials using our expertise in solid state and wet chemical methods to provide new battery electrodes and electrolytes across a range of chemistries. We apply a comprehensive range of lab- and synchrotron-based techniques to fully interrogate these materials to elucidate their structure and morphology, investigate their physical and dynamic properties and evaluate their electrochemical performance. Specific research projects include:

High nickel-content electrodes for Li-ion batteries: The benefits of moving to high nickel-content electrodes include potentially higher energy densities and reducing the cobalt content, which addresses the ethical implications and cost associated with this metal. Our group work on the synthesis of micron and nanosized NMC variants. Together with our collaborators in the Faraday Institution Degradation project, we investigate degradation mechanisms in these materials through a holistic approach and design methodologies to mitigate those deleterious effects.

Next generation cathode materials for Li-ion batteries: We are interested in new electrode architectures that enhance long-term performance and durability. Our group has experience in core-shell structures, faceted particles and composite materials. We are developing new synthetic strategies for garnering control over particle morphology to interrogate the effect this has on battery performance. We investigate higher nickel content cathodes, disordered materials, polyanionic and high Li content cathodes, in addition to coating strategies for electrode particles.

New materials for safer all solid-state batteries: Current batteries rely on flammable organic electrolytes that are potentially hazardous and limit performance. Research in the Corr group is ongoing to develop new solid ceramic electrolytes which present more stable alternatives and display high ionic conductivities. Classes of materials we currently study include perovskites, garnets, NASICONS and agyrodites.

Developing microwave approaches to battery materials: Post-processing of novel metallorganic precursors can afford nanostructured materials. By careful design, nanoparticles with specific properties may be tailored. This opens up a ‘bottom-up’ design approach to new materials. We are interested in new heterometallic precursors which afford the opportunity to tune stoichiometries and resulting particle shape.

Chemistries beyond Li-ion: Magnesium-ion batteries represent a potentially transformative approach to current electrochemical energy storage technologies yet their translation to market remains hindered due to a lack of appropriate candidate cathode materials. Our group is developing new Mg-ion cathode materials, in combination with new electrolyte systems.

Materials for Conservation

Working with collaborators at the Mary Rose Trust, we are designing a new approach to the conservation of Mary Rose artefacts, going beyond current methods where potential acid sources remain in the wood through the use of smart multifunctional magnetic nanocomposites. These target and remove harmful entities lodged inside wooden structures. We can direct magnetic nanoparticles to desired areas inside the wood, optimising the removal of harmful species. We use state-of-the-art synchrotron tools to evaluate the structure and speciation of species found within these priceless artefacts.

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.

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 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.

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.

 

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. 

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 Malcolm Patterson
m.patterson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

PhD Supervision

I am currently supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • destructive leadership
  • emotions, moods and innovative work behaviour
  • knowledge sharing
  • organisational interventions to enhance employee engagement
  • start-up journeys of entrepreneurs
  • participative action research interventions to improve quality of patient care

I would welcome applications and inquiries in these areas and related areas corresponding to my areas of expertise listed above.

Publications

Knight, C;, Patterson, M.G, Dawson, J and Brown, J (2017). Building and sustaining work engagements- a participatory action intervention to increase work engagement in nursing staff. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26(5) 634-649.

Knight, C;, Patterson, M. and Dawson, J. (2017). Building work engagement: A systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the effectiveness of work engagement interventions. Journal of Organizational Behavior Education, 38(6) 792-812.

Madrid, H.P. and Patterson, M.. Creativity at work as a joint function between openness to experience, need for cognition and organisational fairness. Learning and Individual Differences, forthcoming 2016.

Stephan, U., Patterson, M., Kelly, C. and Mair, J. (2016). Organizations driving positive social change: A reveiw and an intergrative framework of change processes. Journal of Management, 42(5) 2016.

Madrid, H., Patterson, M. and Leiva, P. (2015). Negative core affect and employee silence: How differences in activation, cognitive rumination and problem-solving demands matter. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100(6) 1887-1989.

Madrid, H.P., Patterson, M.G., Birdi, K.S. and Leiva, P.I. (2014). The role of weekly high-activated positive mood, context, and personality in innovative work behavior: A multilevel and interactional model. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35(2) 234-256.

Full list of publications

 

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 Eva Kipnis
Eva.Kipnis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 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


Dr Lindsey Rice
L.Rice@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Police and Policing (in particular criminal investigation, vulnerability and police training/education)
  • Police Reform (in particularly, the civilianisation and privatisation of ‘core’ provision and services)
  • Vulnerabilities Crime
  • Police Custody
  • Police Legitimacy
  • Private Security
  • Criminological Theory
  • Mixed Methods Research

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research Cluster
College of Policing – Policing Education Qualifications Framework network

Professor Andrew Tyas
a.tyas@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Tyas is head of the blast and impact research group in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, managing the testing laboratory at Harpur Hill, Buxton where research into blast physics and the response of structures to rapid dynamic loading is conducted. He is also a Director of Blastech Ltd, a University spin-out company offering consultancy and commercial testing services to industry in the field of blast and impact loading of structures. Additionally, he collaborates with Dr Matthew Gilbert in the development of computational optimisation-based methods for the design of structures. 

Dr Giuliano Punzo


Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
I am an aerospace engineer by training but, since I left the industry, I cultivated my interest in the broad area of control theory and complex systems. My current research aims at understanding complex dynamics at the interface between social and technical systems. These include the use of public services such as transportation or water systems, how these impact the demographic and the resilience of both the infrastructure and the community they serve. My research interests include network theory, control theory, consensus, complexity, swarm engineering and autonomous robotic systems. 
Professor Marian Jones
m.v.jones@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

My research interests are in the internationalisation of small firms, opportunity and capability development in small firms, and the associated entrepreneurial processes of learning, networking, collaborating and creating and exchanging knowledge.

I am also interested in the development of relevant theory and methods, and systematic review.

 

PhD Supervision

 

I would be interested in supervising projects on:

  • dynamic capability development in international new ventures
  • networks for prosperity
  • small firms - multinational collaboration and capability development
  • international new ventures, experience and reasoning
  • self-organisation and communities of practice in international entrepreneurship
  • new, innovative research ideas in the above or related areas

Marian considers mentoring of colleagues and students as fundamental to her professorial status and provides help and advice to external PhD students, visiting researchers and authors of proposals and articles as a reviewer

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 Anita Ratcliffe
a.ratcliffe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Anita's research interests are in applied microeconomics, with a focus on individual (household) decisions and well-being. Her current research focuses on the links between house prices, consumption and happiness as well as the effect of economic conditions on retirement decisions. She has previously carried out research into fertility decisions and on the role of pro-social behaviour in the delivery of public services. Her research uses individual or household level data, frequently matched with data on local area conditions. She is interested in supervising students in applied microeconomics.

Dr Michele Lancione
m.lancione@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

In my research I seek to challenge mainstream understandings relating to issues of marginality, poverty, and difference in the contemporary urban. My work is principally qualitative, sustained by in-depth ethnographic fieldwork and informed by theoretical grounding in assemblage thinking, critical urban theory, affective space, biopolitics.

Recently, I have conducted extensive research in Bucharest (Romania) around two separate issues: street-level drug use and services for drug users; evictions, activism and homelessness. Wider research interests include visual and participatory methods, the everyday life of cities, and the role of academics beyond academia.

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

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mrs Sally Underwood
s.underwood@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School
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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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)
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 Penny Breeze

Personal Webpage

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.

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 Navdeep Athwal
n.k.athwal@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Dr Navdeep Athwal is currently a Lecturer of Marketing at University of Sheffield Management School. To date, her research has included network development in hybrid (online and offline) settings, niche consumption communities, luxury consumption and authenticity, and the role of gender in consumer behaviour. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), University of Warwick, Academy of Marketing Science and the Marketing Trust.

Dr Athwal is a member of the Academy of Marketing Science, European Marketing Academy (EMAC), and a member and reviewer for the Association for Consumer Research (ACR). She has contributed to and participated in inter-disciplinary working groups such as the Leverhulme Luxury Network. Her research has been covered in media outlets such as Bloomberg Business Week and the Daily Mail. Outside of academia, she has worked and consulted across financial services, retail, government and charity sectors.

Areas of Research Supervision

Dr Athwal is currently supervising a PhD student at the University of Sheffield Management School in the field of luxury consumption and consumers from emerging markets. Prospective PhD students with similar research interests are invited to send a research proposal and a CV.

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.

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 Pamela Abbott
p.y.abbott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My main research interests are:

  • Global sourcing of IT and IT-enabled services – organization of, models for, issues, conflicts & resolutions

  • Distributed collaborative work, knowledge processes, innovation and organizational learning

  • ICTs and development, globalisation and its effect on societies, organization and work; location of global work

  • Technology diffusion and its influence on organizations, work practices and new contemporary business models

PhD supervision

Some potential topics include:

  • Studies investigating new forms of global sourcing such as impact or rural sourcing from any perspective, e.g. social, economic etc. that generates new information about these new models of doing outsourced IT work.

  • Studies looking at distributed collaborative work such as the type of collaboration that is common in distributed software teams (distributed meaning separated by time, space, culture etc.) and determining how they maintain collaborative work practices and how they learn collectively in order to pursue innovative outcomes.

  • Studies investigating phenomena around ICTs and development, i.e., the contested relationship between the development of ICT initiatives in poor, underdeveloped communities and the resulting influence this may have on development efforts in those environments.
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 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.

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. 

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 Anthony Ryan
a.ryan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemistry

Research interests

The common theme in my research is phase transitions in polymers. Most recently we have used the knowledge of the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase behaviour in polymer blends and block copolymers to develop new processing methods based on self-assembly. This has led to the development of the new field of Soft Nanotechnology where synthetic and natural macromolecules are harnessed in a way that makes use of their intrinsic flexibility and susceptibility to Brownian motion to generate work from changes on molecular conformation. Developments in polymers responsive to their environment have lead to research into molecular machines, specifically the fabrication of molecular valves and motors.

We do polymer synthesis in order to have well defined systems to study. The dynamics of phase behaviour are studied by calorimetry, spectroscopy, rheology, microscopy and light, X-ray or neutron scattering. A full suite of microstructural analysis (atomic force, optical and electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and mechanical testing) is used to confirm the dynamic experiments and where appropriate computer modelling is also used.

My main contribution to the field has been the development and application of the techniques of time-resolved structural tools to polymers. This work was the subject of prizes in 1990 by the Plastics and Rubber Institute, in 1992, 1999 and 2003 from the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 1999 from the Polymer Processing Society.

I have been active in promulgating the public understanding of science since my graduate student days. This culminated in my appointment as the Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer for 2002 where my theme was the science and technology of everyday things. The lectures were seen on Channel 4 by 4.5 million viewers and have also been broadcast in Europe, Japan and Korea. I was also the 1st EPSRC Senior Media Fellow to allow me to combine world-class research and popular understanding of the impact of science and technology on society. I was awarded an OBE in 2005 for "services to science".

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 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 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.

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 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
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 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 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.

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 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 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

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)


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 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.

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 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 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
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 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
Personal Webpage

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

 

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

 

Dr Frank Hopfgartner
f.hopfgartner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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
Personal Webpage

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.

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.
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 Paul Latreille
p.latreille@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 Keith Worden
K.Worden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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.

Professor Janet Brown
j.e.brown@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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
Personal Webpage

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 Angie Hobbs
a.hobbs@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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.

Professor Paul Martin
paul.martin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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'.

Professor John Cullen
john.cullen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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.

Professor Alan Walker
a.c.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
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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 Matthias Benzer
m.benzer@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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
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
Personal Webpage

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.

Dr Helen Griffiths
h.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 Mark Bass
mark.bass@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 Guillaume Hautbergue
g.hautbergue@sheffield.ac.uk
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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.

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 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.

Professor Peter Jackson
P.A.Jackson@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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.

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.

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 Ciara Kelly
c.kelly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 Chun Guo
C.Guo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 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.

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. 

Dr Veronica Barnsley
v.barnsley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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 Catarina Henriques
c.m.henriques@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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

Professor Beining Chen
b.chen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

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
Personal Webpage

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
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.

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

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
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 Georgios Fotopoulos
G.Fotopoulos@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interets

Entrepreneurship

Professor John Biggins
J.Biggins@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Applied probability

Dr Susan Cartwright
s.cartwright@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics
Dr Martin Grell
m.grell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Organic semiconductors
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
Dr Tom Stafford
t.stafford@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Learning and decision making


Professor Michael Barkham
m.barkham@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Outcome of Psychological therapies , in particular on practice based research as a compliment to trials methodology.

Professor Bazbek Davletov
b.davletov@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research interests

Protein stapling as a mechanism of drug targeting. Read more about my research.

Dr Jane Fearnside
j.fearnside@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are investigating the long-term consequences of cancer treatment.

Dr Richard Jacques
r.jacques@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

  • Application of statistics in medical research
  • Analysis of routinely collected data
  • Multivariate data analysis
Dr Navajyoti Samanta
N.Samanta@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Company law and corporate governance
  • Quantitative legal research
  • Law and Economics
Mr Paul Shepley
p.shepley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interest

Dr Shepley's primary research interest lies in physical modelling of construction processes.

Professor Christopher Deery
c.deery@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Research interests

  • Cariology
  • Preventive dentistry, particularly fissure sealants
  • Evidence based dentistry
  • Child-centred dental research

 

My areas of particular research interests are cariology, preventive dentistry, research in primary dental care, evidence based dentistry and child focused research.

Dr Ruth Hamilton
r.hamilton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research interests are in the geographic analysis of commuting patterns and labour markets, the use of social media and volunteered geographic information as a research tool, and methodological innovations in GIS.

Professor David Applebaum
D.Applebaum@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Probability theory, stochastic processes, stochastic analysis

Dr Christine Baycroft
c.baycroft@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

French Studies

Research interests

  • The philosophy of education
  • Bilingualism, translation


Dr Adam Beagles
a.beagles@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Adam's research is mainly into practical problems encountered in railway systems. 

Dr Alastair Buckley
alastair.buckley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Organic semiconductor devices
  • Spectroscopy of organic semiconductors
Professor John Cockburn
j.cockburn@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Mid infra-red physics and devices
Professor Paul Crowther
paul.crowther@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Stellar winds
  • Massive stars
  • Starburst galaxies
Dr Timothy Heaton
T.Heaton@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Non-parametric regression and functional data

Professor David Hornby
d.hornby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Protein and nucleic acid biochemistry

Dr Matthew Johnson
matt.johnson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Structure and function of the higher plant photosynthetic membrane

Professor Nick Monk
N.Monk@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research interests

Mathematical biology; regulatory networks; pattern formation.

Professor David Mowbray
d.mowbray@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Optical spectroscopy of semiconductor nanostructures and devices
Professor Neil Spooner
n.spooner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests

  • Dark matter searches
  • Neutrino physics and astrophysics


Professor Clive Tadhunter
c.tadhunter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Active galaxies, quasars and galaxy evolution
Professor David Whittaker
d.m.whittaker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Photonic crystals and polantons in microcavities
Professor Lucy Wyatt
L.Wyatt@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research interests

HF Radar oceanography, ocean surface waves

Dr Ansgar Allen
a.allen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Ansgar welcomes applications to study for doctoral research degrees, in particular from those wishing to undertake research in the areas of educational philosophy, history and theory.

Professor Peter Andrews
p.w.andrews@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

The Biology of human Embryonic Stem Cells and their Malignant counterparts from Teratocarcinomas.

Read more on research in the Andrews laboratory

Professor Jonathan Gibbins
j.gibbins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Jon is the Centre Director of the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre and member of the Centre's Coordination Group and is the Research Area Champion for Solvent Post-Combustion.

Dr Fay Hield
f.hield@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Musical Communities
  • Folk Singing Style
  • Composition within Tradition
  • Audience and Participant Development through Applied Research
Dr Daniel Hind
d.hind@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

  • Systematic reviews
  • Controlled clinical trials
  • Qualitative research
  • Fidelity assessment and optimisation of interventions
  • Recruitment to controlled trials
  • Group interventions
Dr Richard Kirkham
R.M.Kirkham@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Ombudsman
  • Constitutional theory
  • Administrative justice
  • Complaints mechanisms

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Administrative Justice
  • Ombudsmen
  • Public Law
Dr Zuhal Ozdemir Kilinc
z.ozdemir@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Ozdemir’s main research interests are Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, and High-Strain Rate Behaviour of Materials.

Professor Christoph Thoenissen
c.thoenissen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

His research interests are in the areas of open economy macroeconomics, monetary economics, business cycle fluctuations and financial crises.

Dr Thomas Clark
t.clark@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

My main research interests are in the broad areas of research methodology, novel applications of social theory, and sport. More specifically, I am interested in the utility of social research and the impact of being researched; the ethics of social research; secondary research methods; methodological innovation; and, the sociology of lower league football. Currently, I am attempting to utilise novel sources of data in order to explore the sociology of evil. I am also interested in the sociology of deception, in all of its various disguises.

Dr Xavier L'Hoiry
x.lhoiry@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

My research interests are centred around the following:

  • Organised crime
  • Illicit enterprise and entrepreneurship
  • The illicit economy
  • Policing
  • Surveillance studies

I am actively pursuing various research interests and developing further publications in the fields of organised crime, policing and surveillance. I welcome any research-related enquiries in these areas with a view to building greater partnerships with key stakeholders and research end-users and developing future research.

Dr Katy Cooper
k.l.cooper@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 rapid review methods
• Systematic reviews of complex interventions 
• Patient safety and quality of care
• Complementary and alternative medicine research

Dr Enrico Dall'Ara
e.dallara@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research Interests

My research interests are related to better understanding bone mechanics and remodelling with imaging, experimental and computational methods.

In particular the main goal of my research is to develop and validate computational models for the prediction of bone strength and risk of fracture in healthy and disease, applied to both preclinical and clinical studies.

Professor Maria Grasso
m.grasso@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Radicalism, social movements and protest
  • Political participation and disengagement
  • Young people's political participation
  • Political socialisation and political generations
  • Social/political attitudes and value change
  • Cross-national research
  • Survey research and quantitative methods
  • Political sociology of industrial democracies
Professor David Grundy
D.Grundy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

Neurogastroenterology – The Neural control of Gut function
Our research is focused on the neural control of gut function. The term "neurogastroenterology" has been coined to describe the field of brain-gut interactions. This field has under gone rapid expansion recently for a number of reasons.

Read more on research in the Grundy laboratory

Dr Iman Hajirasouliha
i.hajirasouliha@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Hajirasouliha’s main research interests are Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Performance-Based Design, Optimisation, Structural Strengthening, and Soil-Structure Interaction. He is currently a member the department's  Concrete and Earthquake Engineering research group.

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.
Dr Agnes Lehoczky
A.Lehoczky@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My research focuses on modernist and contemporary poetry and post-modern prose, particularly on the correlation between the psyche and urban landscapes, between (inner and outer) geographies and the stratigraphy of language. My main interest and research focus on the structural, poetic, psychological space of the prose poem.

Professor Tony Ryan
t.ryan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Nursing and Midwifery
Health Sciences School

Research interests

I undertake research and teaching activities in the field of long-term conditions and ageing. Specifically I work in the fields of dementia care and family caregiving. In particular I am keen to continue these activities in the context of applied, translational research.

Dr Zhong Zhang
zhong.zhang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on Chinese corporate governance from a legal perspective. Related to this, his research interests lie in two broader areas: Chinese (business) law and Chinese business and management. He is also interested in the subjects of law and development, and law and finance. 

Dr Tietie Zhang
Tietie.Zhang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Trade Law
  • Chinese Legal System

Member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law Research Cluster.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Trade Law
Dr Panayiota Alevizou
P.J.Alevizou@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Panayiotas’ research interests include: sustainability marketing, labelling, green identity, green branding of FMCGs, branding in the music industry and qualitative research methods.

She is interested in supervising students in various areas of sustainability marketing.

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
Professor Oliver Bandmann
o.bandmann@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

My research focuses on different aspects of basal ganglia disorders such as Parkinson´s Disease, Huntington´s Disease, Wilson Disease or dystonia.

Dr Jonathan Foster
j.j.foster@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on:

  • the governance of information exchange and use in societal, organisational, and interactive contexts
  • the digital economy
  • institutional and classroom perspectives on the implementation of information and communications technology in educational settings


Professor Rob Gaizauskas
r.gaizauskas@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Rob's research interests are in natural language processing, specifically in information extraction from natural language texts, software architectures for natural language processing and evaluation of language processing systems.

Ms Kamni Gill
k.gill@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

My current research interests can be grouped into three broad themes: landscape representation and process, landscape criticism and materiality and construction and design pedagogy.

Professor Stephen Goodacre
S.Goodacre@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My research interests are clinical trials in emergency medicine, economic analysis, the organisation of emergency care and methods for evaluating the quality of emergency care.

Dr Eddie Hampton
kingsley.hampton@sth.nhs.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research activities are in the areas of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and in particular new factor VIII concentrates, von Willebrand disease, the genetic basis of arterial and thrombotic events, antiphospholipid syndrome and heparin induced thrombocytopenia.

Dr Kristin Hildenbrand
K.Hildenbrand@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Kristin is highly interested in the effect of leadership on employee well-being and work-family balance. She has conducted research at multiple levels of analysis (e.g., teams, diary). 

Professor Nigel Hoggard
n.hoggard@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests remain primarily centred on the diagnostic applications of MR imaging in radiology with a particular emphasis on neuroscience and head and neck imaging.

Professor Richard Langley
r.j.langley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

Prof Langley's main research is in the fields of automotive antennas, frequency selective surfaces, electromagnetic band gap materials and applications, multi-function antenna systems and reconfigurable antennas.

Dr Steve Maddock
s.maddock@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Dr Steve Maddock's research interests include computer facial modelling and animation, surface deformation, AR and VR technology and applications, and sketch-based interfaces for simulation.

Professor James Marshall
james.marshall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Professor Marshall's research interests cover modelling of collective behaviour, particularly in social insects, evolutionary theory, decision theory, robotics, and theoretical neuroscience

Dr Philip Mitchell
P.J.Mitchell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

The lab’s research addresses the nature of mRNA surveillance processes in eukaryotic cells. These are quality control systems that identify and degrade incorrectly transcribed, processed or assembled mRNAs.

Dr Gwen Robinson
G.J.Robinson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Community sanctions/penalties
  • Offender rehabilitation and management
  • Restorative justice

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Community sanctions/penalties and their administration
  • Offender management and rehabilitation
  • Restorative Justice
Dr Olaf Schroth
O.Schroth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

My research interests follow landscape planning, landscape and visual impact assessment, GIS, landscape visualization and the impact of climate change adaptation and mitigation on the landscape scale.

Dr Songdong Shao
s.shao@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Shao's major research interests are river hydraulics and coastal hydrodynamics as well as mesh free numerical modelling techniques such as Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH).

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 Lee Thompson
l.thompson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests

My research interests fall into 2 broad areas, namely neutrino physics and applications of experimental particle physics. For futher detailed information please refer to this link
Dr Kostas Triantafyllopoulos
K.Triantafyllopoulos@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

My research lies on Bayesian time series analysis. Application areas that I am interested include finance, bioinformatics, medicine, signal processing and quality control.

Dr Jennifer Walsh
j.walsh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research Interests

My research interests are in bone microarchitecture in skeletal maturation and ageing, the interactions of fat and bone, and treatment of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone diseases.

Ms Ziyi Wei
z.wei@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

Her current research interests include the internationalisation strategies of Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs), Chinese MNEs’ entry strategies and headquarters-subsidiary relationships.

Dr Imran Aziz
i.aziz@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

My research interests are in functional gastrointestinal disorders and gluten-related disorders.

Dr Patrick Baker
P.Baker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Use of protein crystallography to study the structure/function relationships in biological macromolecules.

Dr Ross Bellaby
r.bellaby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Ethical Theory
  • Ethics of Intelligence
  • Ethics in War
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Surveillance
Dr David Benbow
d.benbow@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Healthcare Law
  • Socio-legal Studies
  • Legal Theory
Professor Paul Blackwell
P.Blackwell@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Bayesian statistics; inference for random processes; statistical ecology; environmental and archaeological applications

Dr Chris Booth
c.booth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Neutrino physics
  • Muon accelerator techniques
  • High power targets
Dr Enrico Bracci
E.Bracci@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Neuromodulation of striatal networks, Excitatory GABA interactions, Presynaptic interactions between striatal neurons.

Professor Bojan Bugaric
B.Bugaric@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Comparative Law
  • Law, Democracy, and Populism
  • International Economic Law and Development
  • EU Law
Dr Ryan Byerly
t.r.byerly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Philosophy

His primary research interests are in Philosophy of Religion, Epistemology, and Virtue Ethics.

Dr Alasdair Cochrane
a.cochrane@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Contemporary political theory
  • Human rights
  • Nonhuman rights
  • Bioethics
  • Environmental ethics
  • Animal ethics
Professor Davide Costanzo
d.costanzo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Third generation Supersymmetry searches at the Large Hadron Collider
  • Computing at the Large Hadron Collider
Professor Edward Daw
e.daw@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Dark matter searches
  • Gravitational radiation
  • Axions
  • Signal processing
  • Vibration isolation
Professor Vikram Dhillon
vik.dhillon@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Interacting binary stars
  • High time-resolution astrophysics
  • Astronomical instrumentation
Professor Mark Dickman
m.dickman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Biological mass spectrometry
  • Bioseparations
  • Post-translational and post-transcriptional modifications
  • Proteomics
  • CRISPR systems
Dr Stephen Ebbens
s.ebbens@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Nanoswimming Devices
  • Polymers
  • Microscopy
  • Surface Analysis and Modification
Dr Heather Ellis
h.l.ellis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Heather is interested in supervising research students looking to work in the history of knowledge, intellectual history and the history of higher education

Dr John Fenner
j.w.fenner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School
Research interests
  • Radiation physics (ionising and non –ionising).
  • Imaging.
  • The Virtual Physiological Human.
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'.

Professor Simon Foster
S.Foster@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity and stress resistance. Bacterial cell wall structure, function and dynamics.

Professor Mark Fox
mark.fox@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Quantum optics
  • Ultrafast laser spectroscopy
  • Optical properties of semiconductors
Professor Mark Geoghegan
mark.geoghegan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Polymers at surfaces and interfaces
  • Polymer gels and diffusion
  • Cell-surface interactions
  • Soft nanotechnology
Professor Paul Griffiths
p.griffiths@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests are Paediatric Neuroradiology and in utero MRI scanning.

I am a neuroradiologist who has specialised in diseases of the developing brain therefore much of my clinical and academic work concerns MR imaging the brains of fetuses, neonates and children. The vast majority of my research is patient-centred and I have a good track record of delivering research that informs and changes clinical practice. 

Dr Rhoda Hawkins
rhoda.hawkins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Biological physics
  • Soft matter physics
  • Active matter
Dr Ewald Hettema
E.Hettema.sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interest

Use of bakers' yeast, S. cerevisiae, to study membrane trafficking and membrane fission processes.:

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
Professor Jamie Hobbs
jamie.hobbs@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Biological Physics
  • Soft matter Physics
  • Polymer Crystallization
Professor Mark Hopkinson
m.hopkinson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Development of new methods and technology for the growth, processing and characterisation of III-V photonic devices and nanostructures.


Dr Jonathan Howse
j.r.howse@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Nanoswimmers
  • Understanding Spin-Coating
  • Polymer Vesicle Formation
  • Phase separation in polymer blends
Professor Neil Hunter
C.N.Hunter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Biogenesis, structure and function of photosynthetic membrane proteins. The enzymology of the chlorophyll and carotenoid biosynthetic pathways

Dr Myles Jones
M.Jones@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

The coupling between neural activity and the changes in blood flow, volume and oxygenation.

Dr Mathew Joseph
M.Joseph@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

stochastic partial differential equations, random walks in random environment, polymer

Dr Miguel Juarez
M.Juarez@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics

Research interests

Gene regulatory networks, panel and longitudinal data, reference priors

Professor Vitaly Kudryavtsev
v.kudryavtsev@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Dark matter search
  • Neutrino physics and astrophysics
  • Cosmic rays
Dr Danielle Matthews
danielle.matthews@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Developmental Psychology & Language Development. Current focus on pragmatic and lexical development in infancy.

Dr Dominic McHugh
d.mchugh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • American musical theatre
  • The Hollywood musical
  • Verdi
  • Historiography
Dr Alistair McMillan
a.mcmillan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • South Asian politics
  • Political sociology and electoral behaviour
  • Institutions and electoral politics
Professor Adrian Moore
a.j.moore@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Electroacoustic music composition, performance, history and analysis
  • Composition tools for composers
Professor Jo Ng
j.s.ng@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Avalanche photodiode
  • Geiger-mode avalanche photodiode
  • Material characterization
Professor George Nicholson
g.nicholson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • composition (instrumental/vocal)
  • notation and interpretation in contemporary music
  • microtonality
  • computer interaction with live performers
Professor Efstathios Paganis
e.paganis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Searching for the origin of mass with the ATLAS experiment at LHC
  • Particle detector technologies
Professor Gareth Phoenix
g.phoenix@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

My research focuses on the impacts of environmental change on vegetation and ecosystem processes, including carbon cycling a feedback to climate.  This research is mainly conducted in arctic, boreal and upland ecosystems.

Current research areas include:

• Effects of climate change on Arctic vegetation and biogeochemical cycling
• Consequences of global warming on Arctic and Boreal permafrost, and carbon flux
• Effects of pollutant nitrogen deposition on plant biodiversity, nutrient cycling and plant nutrient acquisition

Dr Gurleen Popli
g.popli@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Gurleen´s primary research interest is in Applied Econometrics. Her research has focused on the effects of economic growth and labour market institutions on the wage structure, distribution of income, and poverty in both the formal and the informal sectors of the economy. An example of a recent project is the effects of free trade on labour market outcomes for women in developing countries. Her current research focuses on the impact of poverty and inequality on early childhood development. Gurleen is interested in supervising students in applied micro- and macro-econometrics.

Dr Carmen Ramos Villar
c.ramosvillar@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Portuguese literature, particularly the literature production of Portuguese Americans, and their autobiographical writing.

Professor Peter Redgrave
P.Redgrave@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Sensorimotor control; Visual systems; Basal ganglia; Dopamine; Reinforcement.

Professor Leszek Roszkowski
l.roszkowski@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Particle physics theory
  • Theoretical astroparticle physics and cosmology
Professor Michael Ruderman
M.S.Ruderman@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research interests

Hydrodynamics and magnetohydrodynamics. Waves and instablities. Applications to solar and space physics.

Dr Luke Seed
n.seed@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

Working in the area of VLSI and System Design, Computer Vision, and 3-Dimensional System Packaging.

Dr Evgeny Shinder
E.Shinder@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research interests

Algebraic Geometry, Number theory and Algebraic K-theory

Dr Layla Skinns
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • The police custody process
  • Police and policing
  • The role of the law in policing
  • Police legitimacy
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Restorative justice in schools
  • The relationship between drugs and crime
  • Mixed-methods research

Areas of Research Supervision

  • The police custody process
  • Police and policing
  • The role of the law in policing
  • Police legitimacy
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Crime prevention and community safety
  • Mixed-methods research
Professor Maurice Skolnick
m.skolnick@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Semiconductor nanostructures
  • Quantum dot physics
  • Polariton physics
  • Photonic structures
Dr Deborah Sporton
D.Sporton@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Population Geographies; International Development; Social and Environmental Change; Migration; Social Identities and Difference

Dr Mark Sweet
m.r.sweet@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Power semiconductor devices and technologies
  • Power electronics sizing tools
  • Semiconductor packaging
  • Thermal design
Dr Andy Swift

Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

My research interests include the clinical application of novel imaging techniques in patients with pulmonary vascular disease.

Dr Catherine Tattersall
c.tattersall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

My main research interests are acquired communication disorders due to stroke, dementia or other neurodegenerative condition.

Professor Daniel Tovey
d.r.tovey@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Supersymmetry searches with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC
  • Grid computing
Dr Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
s.vaidyanathan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Bioanalytical technologies
  • Metabolomics
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Bio-energy
  • Microbial biotechnology
Professor Gill Valentine
G.Valentine@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Social Identities and Belonging; Childhood, Parenting and Family Life; Urban Cultures and Consumption

Dr Stuart Wilson
s.p.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Theoretical, computational, experimental, and robotic models of the development of brain function and the representation of physical spaces.

Professor Mohammad Zandi
m.zandi@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Environmental Engineering & Monitoring
  • Energy Engineering
  • Alternative fuels, biomass and biofuels
  • CO2 Sequestration Technologies
Professor Robertus von Fay-Siebenburgen
R.von.Fay-Siebenburgen@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

Research interests

Solar, space and plasma physics, MHD waves, linear and non-linear waves

Professor Bill Lee
w.j.lee@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

I have published on a wide range of topics across the accounting, management and related disciplines including articles on the relationship between accounting and technological change, the professional socialization of junior auditors and the origins and history of qualitative research in accounting. My enduring research interests are those that allow me to combine the interests from my own education with my position in accounting. Thus, my research in recent years has tended to focus on two broad areas: Research Methods and Research Practice; and the intersection of accounting and accountability with the organization of work, opportunities for learning and government support of learning initiatives.

I am keen to supervise students who wish to conduct qualitative research studies in the areas of management accounting, public sector accounting, social accounting and accountability.

Professor Sarah Brown
sarah.brown@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Sarah's research interests lie in the area of applied microeconometrics focusing on labour economics, the economics of education and, more recently, household financial decision-making. Her research has focused on individual, household and firm-level data as well as matched workplace-employee data.

Examples of research projects include empirical analysis of the reservation wages of the unemployed (funded by the ESRC) and empirical analysis of wage growth, human capital and risk aversion (funded by the Leverhulme Trust). Her current research focuses on household financial decision-making and attitudes towards risk. Sarah is interested in supervising PhD students in applied microeconometrics.

Professor Buick Davison
j.davison@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Prof. Davidson's research interests are in the behaviour of steel-framed structures, in particular the influence of connections on frame response, and sustainability issues in structural engineering. He has authored more than 120 refereed journal and conference papers and held research grants from the EU, EPSRC, Building Research Establishment, Steel Construction Institute and Corus.

Current research projects include:

  • Development of a component based model of the behaviour of steel beam-to column connections in fire
  • Steel connections subject to dynamic loading
  • Robustness of steelwork connections in multi-storey buildings at elevated temperatures
  • Structural Bolting Assemblies in Fire
  • Deconstruction of framed buildings
  • Retrofitting hard to treat homes
Dr Paul Reilly
p.j.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research focuses on the study of online political communication, with a focus on four key areas:

  • The use of social media by citizens to create and share acts of sousveillance (inverse surveillance)
  • Social media as a tool for political activism
  • The ways in which social media can be used to crowdsource crisis information
  • The potential use of digital media to reduce sectarian tensions and promote better community relations in divided societies such as Northern Ireland.
Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research projects in the following areas:

  • Crisis communication
  • Digital media and peacebuilding
  • Online research ethics
  • Social media, activism and protest
  • Social media and sousveillance
Professor Neil Sims
n.sims@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Smart fluids

• Modelling and design of smart fluid dampers
• Control and stability of smart fluid dampers
• Commercialisation of smart fluid dampers for consumer and industrial applications
• Research projects include the ADLAND project

Machining vibration:

• Methods for predicting and preventing chatter in high speed machining
• Active and passive vibration control during machining
• Research projects include the EPSRC research grants on chatter avoidance, and process damping

Uncertainty propagation:

• The role of uncertainty in structural dynamics problems
• Propagation techniques
• Application to smart materials and machining problems
• Application to modelling and design of energy harvesting systems
• Research funded by the EPSRC platform grant on Uncertainty Propagation in Structures, Systems and Processes

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 Joanne Britton
n.j.britton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests

My research focuses on the meaning and role of race and racism and the significance of social identity in a range of contexts including the criminal justice system, legal profession and voluntary sector. In keeping with developments in these areas, it has a specific focus on critical whiteness and mixed race studies. I have a long standing interest in European Muslims and have completed research which examined the interplay of race, ethnicity, gender and generation in the lives of Muslim men.

I welcome applications to study for MPhil or PhD research degrees with me, either full or part-time, in any  of the following areas linked to my research interests:

  • Social identity
  • Race and racism
  • Intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and generation
  • European Muslims
  • Multiculture and multiculturalism
  • Qualitative and ethnographic research methods
Professor John Haycock
j.w.haycock@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

John´s research spans three interdisciplinary themes:

  1. Nerve tissue engineering. The design of nerve guidance channels for repairing traumatic peripheral nerve injury – combining biomaterials, 3D fabrication, neuronal, glial and stem cell research.
  2. 3D In vitro models of nerve. The use of 3D scaffolds and neuronal / glial co-cultures for 3D in vitro models of nerve as an alternative to animal models for disease, disorder and testing research.
  3. 3D In vitro models of skin - The use of 3D scaffolds and keratinocyte / fibroblast co-cultures for 3D in vitro models of skin as an alternative to animal models for inflammatory testing.

John also has an interest in single and 2-photon laser scanning microscopy for supporting a number of interdisciplinary research programmes, including tissue engineering. He was responsible for establishing the confocal and multiphoton imaging facility in the Kroto Research Institute funded by the BBSRC with support from Carl Zeiss.

Professor Visakan Kadirkamanathan
visakan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

My research interests belong to the broad category of signal and information processing. My research activities are partly in the Intelligent Systems, Decision and Control related research carried out within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre and partly in the Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems. They include both theoretical and applications research, and also external collaborations with other Sheffield Departments and Industries.

The main research themes are:

  • Modelling and Identification of natural and engineered complex systems
  • Spatiotemporal system identification with applications in life, physical and social sciences
  • Fault detection, diagnosis and prognosis with application to aircraft engines
  • Intelligent systems decision support and applications in aerospace and biomedicine
  • Autonomous and self-organised swarms and agent systems
Dr Lien Monkhouse
L.L.Monkhouse@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Following the achievement of an MBA degree (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds, Lien carried out her PhD research in consumer behaviour of East Asian luxury goods market. She has conducted peer review for a few marketing journals and conferences (for e.g. Journal of International Marketing, International Marketing Review, Journal of Business Research, Marketing Intelligence and Planning, AIB South East Asia conference, Academy of Marketing conference). Lien has a few papers in 3* journals and has presented at different international conferences in her research area.

Lien is currently supervising three PhD students at the Management school. When she has spare capacity again, she will welcome students who would like to research in the following areas: quantitative methods, luxury goods buyer behaviour, East Asian culture, acculturation, and consumer research in general.

Dr Mark Ogden
m.d.ogden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests

Fundamentally the research of the Separations and Nuclear Chemical Engineering Research (SNUCER) group in CBE is focused on the fundamental interaction of species at an interface that promote a preferential partitioning of the species of interest. This research can be applied to the research fields below;

  • Spent nuclear fuel reprocessing
  • Solvent extraction and ion exchange
  • Solid phase extraction
  • Novel separation processes
  • Ionic liquids in separation processes
  • Supercritical fluids in separation processes
  • Actinide speciation
  • Precious metals recovery
  • Metal removal and waste processing
  • Waste metal recycling
  • Water treatment
  • Environmental remediation

The research that we carry out is the selective recovery of targeted metal ions from waste matrices. These wastes can be from a multitude of energy producing as well as manufacturing industries with the inclusion of legacy waste sites and abandoned mines. The work we do cross cuts not only the energy sector but environmental sustainability regarding resources and water quality. 

Professor Mark Bateman
M.D.Bateman@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Research focusses on past aeolian landscapes as an archive for better understanding past depositional processes and environmental changes.  Research in this area thus far has helped understand sediment ‘memory’ and dune dynamic responses to climate changes critical understanding regional palaeoenvironmental records. In the case of coastal areas storm records and sea level change.  Research has also highlighted the complexities of past environmental aeolian responses to climate and helped understand the wider environmental associated with palaeolithic archaeolocial sites.

A related research strand has been the looking at theintegrity of preserved sandy sediments and the effects of bioturbation.  Technological advances in single grain luminescence combined with detailed particle size analysis can provide key information on sediment and site integrity.  Research has been undertaken in South Africa and USA to better understand the effects of bioturbation allowing for a better understanding of archaeological site and sedimentary archive integrity within sandy mantles.

Research is also extending the application of luminescence dating to glacial and ice marginal sediments.  Previous research has investigated cold-climate aeolian sediments and periglacial features to understand past glacial environments in Canada and NW Europe.  This has now been extended to looking at past ice-marginal lakes and associated sediments in the UK to understand ice-dynamics and their relationship to climate.


Dr Jurgen Becque
j.becque@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Beque's key research interests include the stability of cold-formed steel and stainless steel structural elements, tri-axial concrete behaviour, connections in structural hollow sections and the application of FRP to strengthen concrete structures.

Professor Sumon Bhaumik
s.k.bhaumik@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research Interests

  1. Ownership, corporate governance and firm performance
  2. Banking and credit markets
  3. Impact of economic reforms

Areas of Research Supervision

  1. Corporate governance
  2. Corporate finance
  3. Financial sector regulations
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. 

Dr Jonathan Black
j.a.black@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Black has a wide research interests in the areas of:

  • Physical modelling of geotechnical problems
  • Transparent soils and non-intrusive physical modelling
  • Foundation engineering
  • Soft ground remediation
  • Soil structure interaction
  • Partical Image Velocimetry (PIV) in physical modelling
  • Development of advance testing systems


Dr Andrew Brint
A.Brint@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Andrew´s research interests include; Infrastructure Asset Management – particularly with regard to electricity distribution networks; The effects of asking and reservation prices in auctions and bargaining – especially for houses, Operations and Supply Chain Management.

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 Russell Buchan
R.J.Buchan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law
Research Interests
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Cyber War
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
  • International Legal and Political Theory

Areas of Research Supervision

  • International Peace and Security
  • International Legal Theory
  • Post Conflict Reconstruction
Dr Jon Burchell
J.Burchell@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Jon's primary research interests focus upon issues of corporate social responsibility, sustainable development and business ethics. He is particularly interested in the interactions between businesses and third sector organisations. In addition, he is involved in the school's commitment to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME).

Dr Samantha Caton
s.caton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Broad area of research interest:

  • Obesity
  • Appetite regulation
  • Nutrition

 

Research methods I am able to supervise:

  • Quantitative

 

Specific areas of interest:

  • Infant feeding behaviour
  • Promotion of healthful diets in pre-school children
  • Effect of alcohol on appetite and body weight regulation
Dr Emma Cheatle
e.cheatle@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Architecture

My research critically explores works of architecture and art, and uses forms of critical-creative writing to draw out their cultural and social history. My current research, The Architecture of Lying-in: From the Dark and Airless Room to the Hospital for Women examines the role of architecture in the historic understanding of the maternal body and maternity practices.

Dr Ding Chen
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Law and development
  • Corporate governance
  • Company law
  • Financial regulation
  • New Institutional Economics

Areas of Research Supervision
 

  •     Law and development
  •     Corporate governance
  •     Financial regulation

 

Member of Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law.

Dr Sam Clarke
sam.clarke@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

His main research interests focus on:

  • The role of soil in explosive events
  • Numerical modelling of geotechnical problems
  • Development of advanced constitutive models for soils
  • Soil reinforcement and remediation techniques
  • Quantification of rate effects is soils
Professor Martina Daly
m.daly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research is aimed at improving understanding of the pathogenesis of inherited haemostatic disorders. Current work is focussed on the contribution of platelet receptor gene variation to the bleeding tendency in patients with type 1 von Willebrand factor, and on the identification and characterisation of molecular defects underlying platelet bleeding disorders and inherited thrombocytopenia.

Dr Ian Dawson
I.Dawson@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research Interests

  • Radiation simulation, measurement and mitigation
  • Modelling silicon detector radiation damage
  • Particle detector technologies
  • Soft QCD physics at the Large Hadron Collider

Research Projects

Professor Graham Gee
G.Gee@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Comparative Constitutional Law   
  • Public Law and Political Ideologies (Especially Conservatism)
  • Judicial Independence
  • Judicial Appointments

Areas of Research Supervision

  • UK Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Judicial Independence
  • Judicial Appointments
Professor Matthew Gilbert
m.gilbert@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

From 2004-2009 Prof. Gilbert held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, focusing on the development of novel computational limit analysis and design optimization techniques for application to a wide range of problems. He also has a continuing interest in the static and dynamic performance of masonry structures, particularly masonry arch bridges.

Dr Kristian Groom
k.m.groom@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

Kristian´s research interests include design, manufacture and characterisation of optoelectronic components (eg. laser and superluminescent diodes) and photonic integrated circuits and their ability to provide solutions in emerging applications such as those in advanced manufacturing (eg. additive manufacturing and metrology) and healthcare (eg. tissue imaging).

Mr Maurizio Guadagnini
m.guadagnini@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Guadagnini has extensive research experience in the experimental investigation and use of advanced composites as reinforcing materials for concrete structures, in design philosophy and in the development of design recommendations for the ongoing improvement of codes of practice used in Europe and throughout the world. 

Mrs Lena Hamaidia
l.hamaidia@sheffield.ac.uk

School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

My research interests include comparative syntax, literary translation, film adaptation of literary works, postcolonial translation, translation of cartoons and modern French cinema. I currently focus on linguistic approaches to spoken and written language and how pragmatic meaning is affected in the translation of spoken dialogue into subtitles.

Dr Ines Henriques Cadby
i.henriquescadby@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My current research focuses on hospital performance and the quality of care offered to patients based on the analysis of large routine observational datasets.

My work in pure mathematics has focused on commutative and homological algebra, with connections to representation theory, algebraic geometry and singularity theory. 

Professor Kirill Horoshenkov
k.horoshenkov@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Professor Horoshenkov’s main research interests are in novel sensors for water industry, novel acoustic materials and material characterisation methods. His other area of work relates to noise control, audio-visual interactions and design of nature-inspired noise control solutions.

Dr Jiao Ji
jiao.ji@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

Corporate Finance and Governance, Empirical Finance, Financial Disclosure using Text Analysis, Emerging Market Economies, Corporate Social Responsibility

PhD Supervision

Jiao welcomes PhD applications in the areas of her research interests.

Dr Chaoyuan Jin
c.jin@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • The main research activities focus on nano-photonic devices for optical signal processing and quantum information applications, including semiconductor-based optical switches, lasers, single-photon sources, nano-photonic integrated circuits, and cavity quantum electrodynamics.
Professor Andrew Johnston
law@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Company Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Law & Economics
  • Theory and Practice of Regulation
  • Financial Markets

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Company Law (including European and comparative)
  • Corporate Governance
  • Regulation
  • Law & Economics
  • Financial Crisis
  • Financial Markets
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr Haiping Lu
h.lu@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Dr Lu’s current research focuses on machine learning, brain imaging, and tensor analysis. His research also covers related areas such as big data, biomedical engineering, computer vision, and signal/image processing. His core expertise is tensor analysis and learning.

Professor Claudia Mazza
c.mazza@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research interests

Claudia's research has always been focused on human movement Biomechanics and on the definition of quantative methods for the clinical assessment of an individual locomotor and postural ability.

  • Biomechanics
  • Gait analysis
  • Technologies for human movement analysis
  • Personalised musculoskeletal modelling
  • Wearable inertial sensors
  • Activity monitoring
Dr Jolian McHardy
j.mchardy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Jolian´s research interests lie primarily in the area of theoretical economics. He is currently working on oligopoly theory especially with applications in networks, corruption, regulation, uncertainty and welfare. He is interested in supervising doctoral work in network theory, regulation and welfare loss due to the exercise of monopoly power.

Dr Stephane Mesnage
s.mesnage@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

My work is focused on the study of the bacterial cell wall using essentially two Gram-positive pathogens (Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus) as models. I am interested in three major areas of research.

Professor Lyudmila Mihaylova
L.S.Mihaylova@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

Broad research in the areas of signal processing, Bayesian methods, Monte Carlo methods, nonlinear estimation, target tracking, sensor data fusion, control, autonomous and complex systems (e.g. image and video processing, transportation systems, large scale systems) – both at theoretical and applied level.

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 Andrew Peden
a.peden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research interests

Constitutive secretion is a conserved process required for the delivery of newly synthesised proteins and lipids to plasma membrane as well as the exocytocis of extracellular factors such as cytokines, lipoproteins and antibodies. My lab is interested in identifying and characterising the pathways and machinery involved in constitutive secretion. Read more on our research.

Dr Henry Roehl
h.roehl@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

The Roehl Laboratory uses zebrafish as a model organism to study musculoskeletal development and disease.

Dr Victoria Rowe
v.rowe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Instrumental teaching and learning
  • Music teaching and Gender
  • The educational outreach programs of arts organisations
  • Music in Early Childhood settings
  • Creative thinking in young children
  • Using technology in improvisation and composition with children aged 4 – 10
  • Using video-stimulated recall as a research tool with children.
Dr Andreas Ruehmkorf
A.Ruhmkorf@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Company Law and Corporate Governance (European and Comparative)
  • Internet Law (E-Commerce and Privacy)
  • Comparative Law

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Company Law (European and Comparative)
  • Internet Law (E-Commerce and Privacy)
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.


Dr Elizabeth Sherratt
s.sherratt@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

My research interests are in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages of the Aegean, Cyprus and the wider eastern Mediterranean, particularly in all aspects of trade and interaction within and beyond these regions.

I am also interested in exploring the ways in which the Homeric epics and the archaeological record can most usefully be combined.

Professor Elizabeth Smythe
e.smythe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

Our lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms of cargo sorting along the endocytic pathway with particular emphasis on the regulation of the clathrin coated vesicle cycle by rab5 and reversible phosphorylation. We are also interested in the interplay between endocytic trafficking and signaling pathways.

Read more on research in the Smythe laboratory

Dr Andrew Sole
A.Sole@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Andrew's research is focused on furthering our understanding of the mass balance and dynamic stability of the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) in a changing climate through the use of numerical modelling, satellite and airborne remote sensing and fieldwork.

Dr Paul Trodden
p.trodden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

Dr Trodden's research interests lie broadly in control theory and optimization. More specifically,

  • distributed, robust and adaptive model predictive control;
  • constrained control and invariant set computation;
  • control and optimization for electrical power systems (smart grids) and aerospace systems
Professor Nicholas Tsagourias
N.Tsagourias@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • International law and the use of force
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • Collective security law
  • International and European constitutionalism

Areas of Research Supervision

  • International law and the use of force
  • International humanitarian law
  • International criminal law
  • Collective security law
  • Peacekeeping
  • International and European constitutionalism
Dr Jim Uttley
j.uttley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Architecture

My research applies principles of behavioural research and environmental psychology to the built environment. One of my main interests is the influence of the built environment, particularly lighting, on active travel. I aim to support students by helping them understand how humans influence and are influenced by urban design.

Professor Annalena Venneri
a.venneri@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

My main research interests are in early and differential diagnosis of dementia, in the evaluation of both pharmacological and non pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer´s disease with neuroimaging techniques, and in clarifying the premorbid biological, personality and cognitive mechanisms underlying psychotic symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr Kevin Walters
K.Walters@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Probability and Statistics
Research interests

My research interests are in the application of statistical methods to uncover disease-causing DNA variants and the application of statistical methods in genetics generally. I have recently become interested in the statistical issues relating to next-generation sequencing and epigenetic phenomena, particularly the role of DNA methylation in disease aetiology.
Dr Jonathan Wood
J.D.Wood1@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

My research is focussed on molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS and neurodevelopmental pathways that confer susceptibility to psychiatric disease, with a particular interest in the role of myelinating cells in these disorders. Much of this work is carried out in collaboration with colleagues in the MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics

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 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
Dr Daniel Carroll
d.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Executive function and inhibitory control in preschool children; Children's rule use and symbolic understanding; Conflict monitoring and conflict resolution.

Professor Nigel Clarke
n.clarke@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Theoretical Polymer and Soft Matter Physics
  • Rheology of Polymers and Gels
  • Neutron Scattering from Polymers under Flow and Polymer Nanocomposites
Dr Judith Cohen
J.Cohen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

My current interests are in clinical trial design, particularly trials of investigational products (IMPs) and trials in the emergency setting.

Dr Karl Evans
karl.evans@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

My research tests hypotheses concerning the mechanisms driving biodiversity responses to natural environmental gradients (e.g. environmental energy availability), and environmental change (primarily climate change, urbanisation and agricultural intensification). This is achieved by combining large scale macroecological approaches with intensive fieldwork to assess biodiversity responses at the assemblage level and the ecological and demographic traits of individual species. This research programme primarily uses avian case studies but also involves plants when these provide more tractable systems. Most of my research is funded by NERC and the Leverhulme Trust.

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 Maxime Goergen
Maxime.Goergen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

French Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

19th-century French literature and cultural history, including representations of the city (with special interest for Hugo, Zola and utopian socialists).

Professor Jon Heffernan
jon.heffernan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Epitaxy of novel semiconductors materials and devices
  • Molecular beam epitaxy
  • Semiconductor nanostructures and their applications
  • Nitride-based semiconductors and their applications


Dr Mark Heslop
m.j.heslop@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Measurement of adsorption
  • Measurement of small changes in flow rate
  • Development of detectors for detection of flow rate and composition
Dr James Hughes
j.hughes@amrc.co.uk

Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

James Hughes heads up NAMTEC, the National Metals Technology Centre, which is part of the AMRC.  His research interests are materials and additive manufacturing.

Dr Daniel Humphreys
d.humphreys@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Manipulation of mammalian host cell biology by bacterial toxins and virulence effectors.

My research group is part of the Centre for Membrane Interactions and Dynamics (CMIAD)

Dr Henriette Jensen
h.s.jensen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests

  • Sewer process modelling
  • Hydrogen sulphide induced corrosion
  • Microbial ecology in urban water systems
  • Synthetic biology
  • Odour problems


Dr Jonathan Joseph
j.joseph@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Hegemony
  • Governmentality
  • IR theory
  • Metatheory and realist philosophy
  • Marxism and critical theory
  • Neoliberalism
  • Global governance
  • Statebuilding 
Professor Mikko Juusola
M.Juusola@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

  • Neural processing, particularly in the visual system of Drosophila
  • Efficient codes and circuitry, form-function relationships, attention, learning and memory
Professor Simon Keefe
s.keefe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Mozart
  • Late 18th-Century Style and Aesthetics
  • Haydn, Beethoven
  • Reception history
  • 20th-Century French Song
  • The Concerto
  • Wagner
Dr Stephen Kellett
s.kellett@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Psychotherapy outcome; compulsive hoarding; compulsive buying; cyclothymia. Clinical competency and therapist effects in routine practice.

Dr Salam Khamas
s.khamas@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Electromagnetics and mathematical modelling
  • Software development
  • Mobile communications
  • High temperature superconducting antennas
  • Optical communications


Dr Majella Kilkey
m.kilkey@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Sociological Studies

Research interests / Areas of Supervision

International migration

Intra-EU mobility

Transnational families

Migration and care

British emigration

Citizenship

Fathering

 

Dr Stuart Littlefair
s.littlefair@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Interacting binary stars
  • Brown dwarfs and low-mass stars
  • Star formation
  • High time resolution Astrophysics
Dr Wei Liu
w.liu@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Array Signal Processing (Beamforming and Direction of Arrival Estimation)
  • Blind Source Separation/Extraction
  • Multirate Systems (Filter Banks and Wavelets)


Dr Hui Long
h.long@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Dr Hui Long specialises in mechanics of materials, contact mechanics, structure integrity, structure dynamics, and Finite Element Analysis. Her current research of applications is centred on two broad areas, wind energy and metal forming technology.

In wind energy, the current research areas include:
-       Reliability & damage analysis of gears & bearings;
-       Drivetrain dynamic and transient load modelling;
-       Failure analysis using field recorded SCADA data.

In metal forming, the current research areas include:
−       Metal spinning process formability;
−       Incremental sheet forming for hard-to-deform metals;
−       Non-linear finite element analysis and modelling.


Dr Henriette Louwerse
h.louwerse@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Germanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Contemporary literature in Dutch, literary, cultural and political issues of multiculturalism, postcolonialism and identity, translating cultures, cultural community studies.

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
Dr Suvodeep Mazumdar
s.mazumdar@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research explores developing scalable techniques and mechanisms for reducing the barrier for user communities in understanding very large complex multidimensional datasets. I conduct inter-disciplinary research on highly engaging, interactive and visual mechanisms in conjunction with complex querying techniques for seamless navigation, exploration and understanding of complex datasets.

Research supervision

Areas of PhD supervision:

  • Large scale visual analytics of real-time multidimensional heterogeneous datasets

  • Visualisation of large graph-based datasets using Augmented / Mixed / Virtual reality

  • Citizen science and crowdsourcing techniques for complementing traditional sources of data (e.g. mobile, wearable sensing) using multimodal interactions

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 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.

Mr Paul O'Neill
paul.oneill@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Historical Linguistics, Dialectology, Spanish Linguistics, Portuguese Linguistics, Romance Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Language Variation.

Dr Caroline Oates
c.j.oates@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

My main research efforts are focused on challenges in marketing, including sustainable marketing and marketing to children. My particular interests are centred on consumer behaviour, for instance how individuals make choices around sustainable consumption. My current research with colleagues from Scotland and Ireland investigates influences on sustainable consumer behaviour. My other research interest is marketing to children and here I am interested in what children understand when encountering marketing episodes across different media and in different contexts. I mainly work with qualitative methods.

 

Professor Paul Overton
P.G.Overton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Dopamine; Neuropharmacology; Drugs of abuse; Basal ganglia function and dysfunction; Neurobiology of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Dr Jose Pozo Soler
j.pozo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests:

 

  • Statistical shape modelling
  • Non-rigid image registration
  • Medical image computing
  • Musculoskeletal image analysis
Professor David Rice
D.Rice@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Protein crystallography, protein crystallization; analysis of sequence homology; molecular graphics; enzyme structure and function; site-directed mutagenesis.

Dr Rachael Rothman
r.elder@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Thermochemical and Electrochemical Cycles
  • Hydrogen production
  • Carbon dioxide utilisation
  • Membrane Separations
  • Whole system analysis
Dr Yousef Shahin
y.shahin@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Research Interests:

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Vascular Radiology
  • Advanced Imaging in Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Cardiac MRI 
  • Artificial Intelligence applications in Radiology
Dr Tim Shephard
t.shephard@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Renaissance music
  • Music and identity
  • Music and visual culture
  • Music patronage
  • Music manuscripts and early music printing
Dr Matthew Sleat
m.sleat@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Liberal political theory (and its critics)
  • Realist political theory
  • International political theory
  • The history of modern political theory
Dr Lisa Stampnitzky
l.stampnitzky.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations

My research focuses on political discourse in the war on terror.   My first book addresses the history of "terrorism" and terrorism expertise.  My current research focuses on debates over the permissibility of torture in the U.S. after 9/11.  I have used a variety of methods, including interviewing, discourse analysis, and archival research. 

I am particularly keen to hear from research students focusing on

  • the intersections of knowledge, violence, and power
  • the politics of expertise
  • historical and sociological approaches to politics and the state
  • terrorism and the war on terror
  • the politics of human rights
Professor Andrew Taylor
a.j.taylor@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Europeanization and enlargement in South East Europe
  • State failure
  • Majority versus minority rights
  • Political leadership and hersthetics
Dr David Thompson
D.M.Thompson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Reintegration/resettlement/rehabilitation of offenders
  • Sexual offending
  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Policing
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Reintegration of offenders
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice

Research Interests

  • Reintegration/resettlement/rehabilitation of offenders
  • Sexual offending
  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Policing
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Circles of Support and Accountability
  • Multi-agency criminal justice partnerships
  • Reintegration of offenders
  • Voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice
Dr Jenny Thomson
j.m.thomson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

Research interests

• Developmental dyslexia and digital literacies
• The neuroscience of specific learning disabilities 
• Relationships between music, rhythm and literacy

Dr Jenny Thomson
j.m.thomson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)
Research interests
  • Developmental dyslexia and digital literacies
  • The neuroscience of specific learning disabilities 
  • Relationships between music, rhythm and literacy
Dr Bert Van Landeghem
b.vanlandeghem@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Economics

His main research areas include economics and well-being, labour economics, applied microeconometrics and development economics.

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

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Application of multidimensional NMR methods to solving protein structures, protein folding pathways and protein molecular recognition.

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.
Dr Charles West
c.m.west@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Charles works on the history of Western Europe, including the British Isles, between the eighth and the twelfth centuries, with a particular interest in the transition from the early to the central Middle Ages in politics, society and culture. I've published research on a range of topics, from microhistories of local priests in ninth-century Francia through to the role of English sailors in the Second Crusade. His current research investigates the notion of the secular in the early medieval Western world. 

Charles welcome proposals for research projects in the field of early medieval European history in general.

Dr Adam White
adam.white@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

My research focuses on four interconnected themes: (i) the rise of the private security and private military industries in the postwar era; (ii) corresponding issues of governance, regulation and legitimacy in the security and military sectors; (iii) the conceptual and empirical connections between war and crime; and (iv) the changing nature of state-market relations. These interests are multidisciplinary, lying at the intersection of criminology, politics, international relations and socio-legal studies.

Member of the Centre for Criminological Research Cluster

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Policing
  • Soldiering
  • Privatisation
  • Regulation
  • War
Professor Mike Williamson
M.Williamson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Protein structure determination by 2D and 3D NMR, and interactions with ligands. Methods for characterising protein mobility on multiple timescales.

Dr Luke Wilson
luke.wilson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Semiconductor nanowire quantum dots
  • Semiconductor nanowires for photovoltaics
  • Applications of surface plasmons in semiconductor physics and biology
Professor Lynda Wyld
l.wyld@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

Tumour microenvironment and the unfolded protein response, breast cancer in the elderly, psych-oncology, familial breast cancer, breast screening.

Dr Po Yang
po.yang@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Dr Po Yang's research interests include: Pervasive Computing, Healthcare Informatics, Data Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT)

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.

Professor Neil Bermel
n.bermel@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Russian Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

My research explores language variation and the emergence of linguistic structure through corpora and experimental work; I also have conducted research in the areas of language planning, language management, linguistic landscapes and multilingualism. I ground my work in data from the Slavonic languages and nations, and more specifically Russian and Czech, but am also interested in supervising work on these topics that has a broader focus.

Dr David Buckley
d.buckley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

As well as the research described above I am also interested in:

  • Human stereopsis, particularly the use of vertical disparities to calibrate the visual system
  • The use of texture cues by the human visual system
  • Visual cue integration

I now mainly use MATLAB and a Cambridge Research Systems VISAGE machine for stimulus control.

Dr Matt Carre
M.J.Carre@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Matt's research interests involve applying mechanical engineering concepts to situations that involve human interactions with products, devices and surfaces. This has developed from past research which focused on the development of sports equipment and surfaces and can now be considered as five main themes:

  • Shoe-Surface Interactions
  • Tribology of Human Skin
  • Human-Object Interactions
  • Modelling Damage to Human Bones
  • Design Methodologies for Sports Equipment and Surfaces
Dr Andrew Chantry
a.d.chantry@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Research Interests

His principal research interests are anabolic strategies in the treatment of myeloma bone disease and novel strategies to target myeloma tumour. He also has holistic research interests including life with cancer – holistic care and quality of life studies, computational modeling of cancer including using digital simulations and game technology.

Dr Ranis Cheng
r.cheng@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Her main research areas are corporate identity, corporate branding, branding and fashion retail operations. Her work has been published in the European Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Product & Brand Management.

Her current research projects include:

  • Relationships between corporate branding, internal branding and employer branding
  • Students’ perceptions of SME marketing
  • Graduates’ employability within the SMEs sector


Professor Helen Davis
h.davis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research interests are stereovision and testing techniques in Orthoptic practice. My collaboration with Professor John Frisby from the department of Psychology led to the design of a new distance stereotest now used in clinics worldwide.

I am a member of the multi centre Intermittent exotropia research strategy group led by the University of Newcastle.

Professor Nigel Dunnett
n.dunnett@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

My research activity is strongly interdisciplinary, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development, and has an active interaction with industry, national agencies, and local community groups. My research falls into four major areas:. a) development of sustainable and innovative vegetation and planting design techniques; b) The vegetation, planting and ecology of green roof systems; c) Rain Gardens and other landscape rainwater management features; d) long-term ecological monitoring.

Dr Jackie Elliott
j.elliott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interest in Diabetes started whilst I was a medical student, and has continued ever since. My current research interests include complex interventions for patients with diabetes. I’m involved in interventions to examine the best way in which to deliver education to different patient groups, for example those with hypoglycaemia unawareness, or young people, and how best to integrate technology, e.g., the use of insulin pumps, physical activity monitors etc.

Professor Steve Fotios
s.fotios@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Architecture

Research of lighting and human factors: how do variations in light (the amount, colour, and spatial distribution) affect perception of the environment and task performance? Currently I focus on lighting for pedestrians and cyclists.

Research methodology: in subjective evaluations, how do the question and the experimental design influence the response gained in an experiment? Was Poulton correct that all subjective quantative judgements are erroneous or misleading?

I have supervised 14 PhD students to completion and set up LumeNet, the annual research methods symposium for PhD students of lighting.

 

Dr Maria Gil Molto
m.j.gil-molto@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Maria's research interests are within the field of microeconomics, and in particular industrial economics. In her most recent projects she has been working on topics related to the environment, introducing theories and concepts typical of industrial economics into environmental economics. She is interested in supervising research students in the areas of industrial economics and environmental economics, mostly from a theoretical perspective.

Professor Julian Gunn
j.gunn@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My higher degree was in the field of local coronary artery injury and healing, and my interests since then have exclusively centred on coronary artery disease (CAD), its endovascular treatment with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI; angioplasty), the injury and healing resulting from that, computer modelling of CAD, and how we can improve upon the results of PCI. This research spans basic research, in vivo experimentation and translation into clinical studies. I supervise Academic Clinical Fellows and students at BMedSci, MD and PhD level.

Professor Shuisheng He
s.he@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Shuisheng and his group conduct research in the field of fluid mechanics and heat transfer combining computational fluid dynamics (CFD) with experimental studies. Their research activities often fall in one of the following areas:

  • Nuclear thermal hydraulics
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and flow of supercritical CO2
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Turbulence modelling
  • Unsteady turbulent flow
  • Buoyancy-influenced flow
  • Biofluids
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.

Professor Martin Jackson
martin.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

His research centres on the effect of solid state processes from upstream extraction technologies through to downstream finishing processes on microstructural evolution and mechanical properties in light alloys, and in particular Ti alloys. A major research interest is to provide a step change in the economics of titanium based alloys through the development of non-melt consolidation routes.

Dr Irini Katsirea
i.katsirea@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

International Media Law

Irini's research interests are in the areas of international, European and comparative media law and regulation as well as EU Law. She has published extensively in these areas. Her current research projects include 'Examining the impact of IPSO on editorial standards and complaints handling', funded by IPSO. 

PhD supervision

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

  • International, European and comparative media law and regulation
  • Media law
Dr Berna Keskin
b.keskin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research interests focus on understanding the structure of urban housing markets and specifically exploring the relative merits of different approaches to capturing neighbourhood segmentation within house price models by using quantitative methods. My research adopts a variety of econometric methods to the analysis of property markets by investigating the effectiveness of different modelling techniques at capturing housing market segmentation.

Professor Fiona Lecky
f.e.lecky@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

Fiona’s research interests include: Traumatic Brain Injury, Major Trauma, Biomarkers in Emergency Care and Injury Epidemiology. Latterly she has been Chair of the College of Emergency Medicine Research Committee – successfully setting up PhD studentships for Trainee Emergency Physicians, and the NW EM Walport Programme lead with a competitive ACF programme.
Recent publications include those looking at trends in trauma outcome and clinical effectiveness in trauma care and venour thromboembolism with a particular focus on head injury.

Professor Claire Lewis
claire.lewis@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

Our research is focused mainly on the role of inflammatory cells called macrophages in tumour progression and tumour responses to conventional anti-cancer treatments like chemotherapy and irradiation. We have also developed ways of using these cells to target therapeutic genes and viruses to tumours. Our work was reported in the national presshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20795977, and is mainly funded by grants from Cancer Research UK.

Dr Angela Lin
a.lin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on:

  • information systems implementation
  •  use of IT in business
  • evaluation of information systems
  • the study of systems in use
  • users acceptance of systems
  • online consumer behaviours
  • information systems and technologies that support e-commerce
  • e-commerce business

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs in:

  • Management Information systems related projects.
Professor Martin Mayfield
martin.mayfield@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

His research interests are in the Built Environment, City Systems and infrastructure interdependencies, in particular Urban Energy Systems and how they respond to stress and shock events.

Current research projects include:

  • Smart Grid evolution
  • Integrated infrastructure & devolution
  • Engineering challenges for Climate Change adaptation in retail buildings
  • Reducing end use energy demand through multi channel information streams
Dr Martina McGuinness
m.mcguinness@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

My research focuses upon two broad, but overlapping areas, namely business risk and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). More particularly, these can be broken down into distinct research strands: the influence of corruption upon organisational strategic decision-making in multinational enterprises; organisational preparedness and business continuity practice; strategy practice in SMEs.

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

  • organisational risk and resilience
  • business continuity management
  • flood risk management
  • corruption


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.


Dr Antonio Navas
a.navas@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Antonio's research is mainly in two fields: international trade, and growth and economic development. His interests cover a broad variety of research topics in these areas. Others include:

  • trade liberalisation and trade policies in models of trade with firm heterogeneity
  • foreign direct investment
  • technology adoption
  • trade and innovation
  • unified growth theory.


Dr Marcus Nevitt
m.nevitt@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

I specialise in seventeenth-century literature. I have written principally on cheap print and my monograph, Women and the Pamphlet Culture of Revolutionary England was published by Ashgate in 2006. I have written articles on Ben Jonson and news writing in the seventeenth century, as well as numerous pieces on interregnum royalism and its connection to Restoration culture.

I welcome applications from potential research students in all of my research areas.

Professor Timothy O'Farrell
T.OFarrell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

Physical Layer Research:

  • Turbo Codes and Iterative Decoding
  • Adaptive Coding & Modulation
  • Multiple-Access (CDMA, MC-CDMA & OFDMA)
  • MIMO Techniques
  • Spreading Sequence Design
  • Wireless Visible Light Communication

Wireless Network Research:

  • MAC and Packet Scheduling Techniques
  • Energy and Spectrum Efficient Wireless Networking
  • Radio Access Network Planning & Optimisation
  • Large Scale Dynamic System Level Simulation (WCDMA, HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advance)
  • Video Quality of Service


Dr Juan Paez-Farrell
j.paez-farrell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Juan's research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics and monetary economics, especially business cycles. His recent research focuses on:

  • determinants of the sacrifice ratio in the OECD economies
  • analysing the behaviour of central banks when setting interest rates
  • exploring whether central banks are concerned about exchange rate stabilisation 


Dr Rebecca Parry
r.l.parry@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Becky’s research is focused on children’s media cultures in terms of what they play, read, watch and participate in and what they create and share. Becky is especially interested in developing pedagogies which support children’s creativity and criticality in relation to digital media. Her doctoral research focused particularly on children’s film and included the use of participatory and visual research methods.

Dr Mark Pendleton
m.pendleton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing from history, cultural studies, memory studies, literature, geography and critical theory. While my core interest lies in the history of twentieth century Japan, I also maintain active research interests in the histories of gender and sexuality, transnational social movement histories, the politics of violence and the relationship between memory and history.

Dr Sarah Pollington
s.pollington@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

My main fields of research include ceramics and adhesive dentistry and I am an active member of the Oral Biomaterials Research Group at the School of Clinical Dentistry since 2002. I am involved in the development of novel glass-ceramics including manufacture and characterisation of various ceramics for use as indirect CAD/CAM core restorative materials and veneering ceramics. This work has concentrated on the production of materials with improved strength and durability. Other areas of research are the integrity of structurally compromised restored teeth and the clinical evaluation of restorative systems.

Dr Peter Portius
p.portius@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemistry

Research Interests

My scientific interests are in the field of high energy compounds, from preparation to understanding and controlling reactivity, and practical applications.

Research is directed towards the synthesis and characterisation of nitrogen rich polycycles and the study of their stability and reactivity towards transition metal complexes. Another current area of research is the synthesis and characterisation of main group element polyazides with an emphasis on understanding the factors which govern their stability and energy release (thermal, mechanical shock, light).

Professor Jonathan Rayner
j.r.rayner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My current research centres on connections between cinema and landscape and the representation of navies, naval combat and naval history on film. From my PhD onwards my interests also include Australasian cinema (particularly Australian Gothic horror films), genre films and auteur studies.

I welcome applications from researchers working on film, particularly in my research areas. I have supervised film studies PhD students in British, European, American and Japanese cinema and maritime films.

Dr Louise Robson
l.robson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

Our research is focused on the role of ion channels in the physiology and pathophysiology of epithelial cells, particularly renal, intestinal and airway cells. In the kidney our work has concentrated on the role of K+ channels and the K+ channel regulator KCNE1. In collaboration with R Muimo (Medical School) we also have a particular interest in cystic fibrosis and the role of CFTR in airway, gut and kidney.

Read more on research in the Robson laboratory

Dr Andrey Rosowsky
a.rosowsky@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Andrey's research interests include language and education, sociolinguistics, multilingualism and faith-based complementary schooling. He has published in the fields of multilingualism, the sociology of language, the sociology of language and religion, language and education and language and identity. Much of his recent research is located within theoretical frameworks which view language as a social practice and language as performance. He recently led an AHRC-funded international research network on performance and faith: Heavenly Acts – aspects of performance through an interdisciplinary lens.

Dr Jennifer Rowson
j.rowson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Jennifer's research interests are focused on investigating the development and use of uncertainty analysis within the simulation environment.  Applications of this are split into two areas, human to environment interaction and computer simulation of biomechanical systems. The research themes are wide ranging and include:

  • Bayesian uncertainty analysis
  • Optimisation under uncertainty
  • Ageing and its influence on design
  • Measuring consumer opening strengths
  • Design for sustainability
  • Inclusive design
  • Consumer packaging
  • Inclusive design methodologies
Professor Agba Salman
a.d.salman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests

My research interests are diverse within this constantly growing area, ranging from mechanisms of granulation to particle breakage and particle–wall interaction studies. My research centres mainly on understanding mechanisms in granule formation, use and break up. The overall aim is to apply a scientific understanding of the process at different length scales to improve the final granule quality, hence enabling new, novel industrial applications and improvements in mechanical granule properties.

Dr Mike Stannett
m.stannett@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Dr Stannett is interested in many areas of research, including Heterotic Computing, Unconventional Computing, Physics and Computation, Hypercomputation Theory, and First-Order Relativity Theories. He also has strong research links with members of the Algebraic Logic group at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest).

Dr Peter Stordy
peter.stordy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interest focus on:

  • Internet, digital and information literacies, school and HE pedagogy
  • Appreciative Inquiry (AI)
  • Inquiry-based Learning (IBL)
  • Primary education
  • Learning styles
  • Personal Development Planning (PDP)
Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs in:

  • Literacies
  • Education
  • Web Authoring
Dr Meredith Warren
m.j.warren@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
Department of English Literature

Meredith Warren's primary research interests lie in the cultural and theological interactions among the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, especially early Judaism and Christianity. Her current research focuses on the sense of taste and heavenly food in ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman narratives. Warren's first book examined the tropes of anthropophagy, sacrifice, and divinity in the Gospel of John and the Ancient Greek novels.

 

Please Note:

Research applicants proposing Dr Meredith Warren as a supervisor should select the Arts and Humanities IPO on the application form.

Dr Meredith Warren
m.j.warren@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies

Meredith Warren's primary research interests lie in the cultural and theological interactions among the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, especially early Judaism and Christianity. Her current research focuses on the sense of taste and heavenly food in ancient Jewish, Christian, and Greco-Roman narratives. Warren's first book examined the tropes of anthropophagy, sacrifice, and divinity in the Gospel of John and the Ancient Greek novels.

 

Please Note:

Research applicants proposing Dr Meredith Warren as a supervisor should select the Arts and Humanities IPO on the application form

Professor Steve Winder
s.winder@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

The main research focus of my group is centered around understanding the normal functions of the cell adhesion and signalling adaptor protein dystroglycan and in diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cancer. In particular we are investigating the regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, adhesion mediated signalling and cell motility and invasion using molecular cell biology and transgenic approaches.

Read more on research in the Winder laboratory

Dr Lucy Zhao
Lucy.Zhao@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

Dr. Zhao’s main research interest is in comparative syntax and language acquisition, especially second language acquisition. Her research is set against the background assumptions proposed by Noam Chomsky that there is an innate cognitive capacity for language in human brain. Dr. Zhao’s second area of interest is intercultural communication.

Dr John Brierley
J.A.Brierley@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interest

His research interest is in the area of product costing. In relation to product costing, he is interested in supervising students in areas like the factors influencing the adoption of activity-based costing (ABC), the factors influencing cost system sophistication/complexity, the effects of ABC and cost system sophisitcation on performance outcomes, like satisfaction with the cost system, the usefulness of cost information in cost management and decision making, and overall financial performance.

In relation to research impact, he has carried out research into the calculation of denominators of overhead rates. Although the majority of companies calculate the denominator using the budgeted capacity, this may not be the most appropriate denominator capacity to use. Details of the research and the alternative methods available can be found athttp://cmawebline.org/joomla4/images/stories/JAMAR%202006%20Summer/JAMAR-v4-2-Reasons%20for%20Adopting.

Dr Lei Chen
l.chen@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research Interests

Lei's research interests cover a range of topics, including intangible measurement, management and disclosure, corporate social responsibility, financial institutions and financial markets. She is also interested in research methods, particularly focusing on the development of mixed methods in accounting and management research.

Areas of Research Supervision

Lei is interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of financial reporting, social and environmental reporting, corporate social responsibility, and banking (with particular reference to China and other developing countries). She is also keen to supervise PhD students who conduct interdisciplinary projects using mixed methods.

 

Publications

He, L;, Chen, L; and Liu, F.H. (2017). Banking reforms, performance and risk in China. Applied Economics, 49(40) 3995-4012.

Chen, L., Danbolt, J. and Holland, J. (2014). Rethinking bank business models: the role of intangibles. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 27(3) 563-589.

Full list of publications

Professor Paul Clough
p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on developing effective retrieval technologies that support users as they seek to fulfil their information needs. Specifically I have carried out research in the areas of:

  • multilingual search
  • retrieval of images
  • geo-spatial search
  • analysis of transaction logs
  • text re-use and plagiarism detection 
  • the evaluation of search systems

My background in natural language processing has allowed me to develop more sophisticated approaches to accessing information. In addition to developing techniques, I have also built up an understanding of the users of information access systems and their information needs, taking a more user-oriented view to my research. I am also interested in the creation of re-usable evaluation resources (corpora and test collections) for the wider research community, such as computational linguistics and information retrieval.

Dr Andrew Cox
a.m.cox@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on a number of areas:

  • Online community and communities of practice
  • Everyday and leisure-related information practices
  • The development of the LIS profession
  • Research data management
Research supervision

Some topics I am particularly interested in supervising PhD work related to those themes:

  • Virtual ethnographies of online communities, particularly those forming around digital photography and from the perspective of their impact on wellbeing

  • The information practices of those pursuing leisure pursuits, eg runners - including activity tracking

  • The study of researchers’ research data management, in the context of their Personal Information Management/ Personal Digital Archiving

  • The changing role of the LIS profession

  • The use of library and informal space in learning

Dr Jason King
Jason.King@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research interests

We study pathways of lysosomal degradation. Lysosomes act like the stomach of the cell and contain all the enzymes required for digestion. We study three interlinked pathways: autophagyphagocytosis and macropinocytosis

These enable cells to digest unwanted or damaged components from inside themselves, as well as capture nutrients or harmful pathogens from the environment. We study the fundamental mechanisms underlying these processes and therefore our work has is relevant to a wide range of human diseases and conditions.Please see our research pages for more information.

Activities and distinctions:

  • Vice-Chair Gordon Research Seminar on Autophagy in Stress, Development and Disease 2012
Dr Jorge Martins
Jorge.Martins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research emphasises the role of organisational behaviour and theory in understanding technology-enabled processes of innovation and organisational change. My research focus revolves around four main domains:

  • Managing change in/ through technology-enhanced learning.
  • Organisational trust and managerial social capital as catalysts of IS adoption.
  • IM/KM strategy in technology-based organisations: decisions and actions that shape the future of high-technology organisations by establishing, maintaining, and enhancing the basis for competitive advantage.
  • Organisations’ total digitisation. End to end integration of digital assets: redefining traditional employee, customer, and partner relationships; rethinking management competencies and organizational boundaries.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD research projects in the areas of:

  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Management of information technology
  • Trust
  • Organisational change
  • Information Systems change management
  • Knowledge management strategy
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation

 

Dr Chris Montgomery
c.montgomery@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

My research interests are primarily in the field of perceptual dialectology, and specifically the methodological approaches to the study of non-linguists' perceptions. My research has focussed on locations in the north of England and southern Scotland, and has discussed the role of (real and imagined) borders in perception.

My research is not restricted to perceptual dialectology and I am also interested in the wider field of folk linguistics and language attitudes, that is to say, how linguistically naive informants respond to language, and the reasons behind these responses.

My research has investigated ways of integrating techniques used in the field of Geographical Science with those used in the study of language variation and perception, with a particular focus on the possibilities offered by GIS technologies.

I am also generally interested in sociolinguistic and dialectological methodologies, lexical erosion and language variation and change.


Professor Ashutosh Tiwari
a.tiwari@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Professor Ashutosh Tiwari is Airbus/RAEng Research Chair in Digitisation for Manufacturing at the University of Sheffield. The vision of his research is to develop a digitised factory that requires no setups for manufacturing part variants (zero-setup) and no measurements on parts for ensuring quality (zero-measurement). Over the last eighteen years, he has developed three novel internationally recognised research themes to achieve this vision: (i) Digitisation of skill-intensive manufacturing processes, such as wing manufacture and engine assembly. His research is one of the first to focus on simultaneous digitisation of human actions and their impact on workpieces. (ii) Multi-level optimisation of manufacturing processes. He has developed new techniques for optimising the parameters of a manufacturing process at various levels (machine, multi-machine sequence, assembly and manufacturing system). (iii) Real-time simulation of manufacturing processes. His research has introduced the use of live shopfloor data to update factory simulation models in real-time.

Dr Gareth Walker
g.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

To date, all of my research has been directed at trying to reach a more complete understanding of how we use linguistic resources when we engage in everyday conversation. In my research I use auditory and acoustic phonetic techniques in combination with Conversation Analysis (CA) in analysing audio and video recordings of unscripted interaction.

I have published work on topics including turn-taking, turn construction, turn continuation and the signalling of attitude and emotion in conversation. As a development of this work I have examined visual aspects of interaction (gaze and gesture) in addition to phonetic detail and sequential organisation. In my research I have studied interactions between adults, and between parents and young children.

I would be pleased to hear from anybody interested in conducting research into everyday talk, especially if that work involves (or might involve) phonetics and/or conversation analysis.

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 Abigail Hathway
a.hathway@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Abigail’s research focuses on fluid flow in the built environment, incorporating building simulation, particularly CFD, with experimental and field work.

Her PhD considered CFD modelling of bioaerosols released in hospital environments due to nursing activities and was completed at the University of Leeds. The research involved the combination of both airflow modelling with bio-aerosol experiments and field sampling. The role of human activity on indoor air continues to be an active research interest, and has developed to consider a variety of built environments, and is often developed through interdisciplinary collaboration. Her main interest is in the interactions of people with their building and the resulting impacts on air flow across the building envelope and between interior spaces. Such research is important for understanding indoor air quality and the transport of contaminants in indoor spaces, as well as the evaluating the true potential for natural ventilation in buildings.

Further research into urban microclimates complements the indoor air research by considering the role of urban design on pedestrian comfort and the implications for the fresh air entering buildings.


Professor Arshad Majid
arshad.majid@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Neuroscience
The Medical School

Research interests

Professor Majid's focus is translational cerebrovascular disease research.  The models that are used in his research include both in vitro models (cell culture) and in vivo models (focal ischaemia and global ischaemia).  He is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of cerebrovascular diseases with the intention of developing new treatment and brain repair strategies.  To this end, his lab has been successful in developing two novel treatments which are undergoing further preclinical testing before they are taken to the clinic.  He has a particular interest in ischaemic preconditioning, a fascinating phenomenon whereby animals exposed to sub-lethal or mild insults develop protection against subsequent severe insults.  His lab has developed a mouse model of ischaemic preconditioning which is used extensively in their research efforts.

Other research interests and areas of collaboration include: large animal (ovine) models of stroke, clinical outcomes research, clinical trials, stroke epidemiology and translational bioengineering.

I would welcome enquiries from students interested in pursuing a doctorate in translational and clinical research.

Professor Ian Sabroe
i.sabroe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research Interests

I have two main areas of research: inflammation biology, and interdisciplinary research

I am involved in developing interdisciplinary research in the field of medical humanities, and co-direct the Sheffield Centre (links adjacent).  Medical Humanities Sheffield has an extensive portfolio of research and teaching covering broad fields from history to literature to the law, and their links with biomedical science and medicine.

My group has numerous interests within respiratory medicine, particularly focusing on airway and vascular inflammation, and the biology of the innate immune system. We study the roles of TLRs in airway and vascular inflammation, using TLR agonists and natural viral pathogens. We have a range of models in cells, and directly in the human. We are also interested in how airways inflammation is initiated, why people with lung disease are at greater risk of coronary vascular disease, and whether inflammation contributes to the biology of pulmonary arterial hypertension. We are developing new treatments for human TLR-induced inflammation, and setting up new models of inflammation in human volunteers to probe how inflammation might work and best be treated.

My work is funded by the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, Asthma UK, Heart Research UK, and the NIHR.  We are very grateful for all the support we receive.

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.

Ms Sheila Webber
s.webber@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My research interests focus on investigating information literacy and information behaviour in context. Contexts include:

  • Virtual contexts e.g. information behaviour in computer gaming; information literacy in virtual worlds
  • Cultural and lifestage contexts, e.g. information behaviour of carers; Media and Information Literacy of older people; information literacy as experienced in different countries; information behaviour in the workplace
  • Educational contexts e.g. information literacy at different stages of education, and in different disciplines; information behaviour in distance learning

I am also interested in research investigating the pedagogy of information literacy.  

I am a qualitative researcher, with particular expertise in phenomenography, autoethnography, action research and case study research.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhDs in all the above areas. Potential research topics include:

  • The information behaviour of MOOC learners (the University of Sheffield is part of the FutureLearn consortium)
  • How retired people experience information literacy
  • A case study investigating whether a specific university is information literate (using Webber & Johnston's indicators of the Information Literate University)



Mr Andrew Clayden
a.clayden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

Recent research activity has focused on three areas which include: sustainable approaches to housing design and specification of landscape materials, cemetery design and management and finally the application of digital technologies in design education. The first two may not immediately appear related but have a loose connection in terms of landscape and sustainability. Cemetery research specifically focuses on the Natural Burial movement and what we can learn about society from these new landscapes of death and disposal. In 2007 I was awarded a three-year research grant (300K) from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to investigate the cultural and social implications of natural burial.

The housing research seeks to broaden our understanding of how buildings and their environment may be thought of in a more integrated manner in order to improve their sustainable profile.

The final area of interest, digital technologies and landscape perception and education explore the role of computers in enabling designers and users to experience and evaluate designs which have yet to be realised.

Professor James Hitchmough
j.d.hitchmough@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

Since the mid 1980's my main research interests have centred around the ecology, design and management of herbaceous vegetation. In Australia this lead to the development of a still active research group in the restoration ecology of Australian native grasslands. Whilst I still have a strong interest in "native" semi-natural herbaceous vegetation, increasingly I have re-interpreted ecologically based herbaceous vegetation in the cultural context of the public greenspace of towns and cities. This has resulted in a large volume of research on the creation of various native and non-native meadow, steppe and prairie vegetation from sowing seed in situ. This vegetation is designed to be much more sustainable than the traditional herbaceous plantings, however the main goal of the work is to produce ecologically informed herbaceous plant communities that are highly attractive to the lay public. The research employs standard restoration ecology methodologies and involves rigorous collection and statistical analysis data. As my interest in these new vegetation types has developed so has my desire to find out more about the aesthetic values and preferences of the public as they relate to urban vegetation. This has resulted in the development of a complementary strand of research based on the application of Environmental Psychology methodologies to designed urban vegetation.

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 Richard Thackray
r.thackray@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

Sustainable steelmaking
Research is focussed on identifying strategies to produce more energy efficient steelmaking processes and to improve material efficiency. We work with industrial partners such as Siemens to investigate sustainable plate manufacture, and with Tata Steel to conduct research in areas as diverse as alternative materials for ironmaking, dephosphorisation mechanisms in oxygen steelmaking, the effect of reduced niobium content on microstructure of pipeline grades, life cycle analysis and substance flow analysis of critical elements used in steelmaking, use of alternative waste streams in primary steel production, and improved reuse and recycling of by-products.

Secondary steelmaking and continuous casting
Research is centred on understanding the effect of thermomechanical processing on inclusion formation and behaviour as well as developing new methodologies for characterising inclusions. Casting research focuses on understanding the role of mould powders on the both the internal and surface quality of cast products, particularly casting of next generation (TRIP, DP) steels.

Other
Other areas of active research include modelling and design of castings for the nuclear supply chain in partnership with Sheffield Forgemasters, modelling of the behaviour of steel in fire, and the development of new modelling methodologies for predicting microstructure and segregation in continuously cast steels.

Professor Charles Wellman
c.wellman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

My research addresses the highly topical and controversial problem of the origin and early evolution of land plants. My research integrates evidence from both fossil and living plants. Fossil evidence is in the form of early land plant megafossils and dispersed microfossils—spores and fragments. I am currently working on material from China, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Kazakhstan and Spitsbergen. I study living plants in order to interpret the earliest land plant fossils [specifically through: (i) cladistic analyses of evolutionary relationships; (ii) molecular clock analyses of evolutionary divergence times; (iii) analysis of physiological adaptations required for plants to invade the land (particularly Evo-Devo studies on the molecular genetics of spore/pollen wall development)]. I am also exploring the impact of the invasion of the land by plants on global change. This has led to research into developing a novel (and currently only) proxy for past UV-B radiation. In recent years I have also extended my research back in time to examine a previously neglected research area considering the ‘algal scum’ that inhabited the land before it was invaded by plants.

Professor Umberto Albarella
u.albarella@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

I am specialised in the study of animal bones from archaeological sites (zooarchaeology), but my research is wide-ranging and strongly oriented towards the integration of different aspects of archaeology. My work is predominantly based in Britain and Italy, but I have also worked in Armenia, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, France and Portugal. My main areas of research include:

  • Animal domestication and husbandry intensification
  • Ethnoarchaeology
  • Ritual use of animals
  • Husbandry evidence of Romanization
  • Animals and medieval life
  • Integration in archaeology
  • Archaeology and politics
Professor Frances Babbage
f.babbage@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

I welcome PhD applicants who wish to undertake research in fields that include contemporary theatre practice; devising; theatrical adaptation and rewriting; performance documentation and archive studies; and applied theatres. Sheffield University encourages practice-based as well as traditionally framed PhDs; I have supervised and examined several practice-based doctorates and am very happy to discuss such applications from potential research students. I currently supervise or co-supervise PhD projects in: aerial performance as critical practice; representations of ageing in contemporary British theatre; new models of performance dramaturgy; paratext and contemporary theatre; the methods of Maxwell and the New York City Players.

Dr Esme Cleall
e.r.cleall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Esme is an historian of the cultural and social history of the nineteenth century British Empire. Her research looks at ideas about ethnicity, gender and disability both within the British Isles and in the Empire overseas. She has explored these identities and constructs in various contexts including through research on families, sickness, missionaries and colonial violence. Her current project is on the History of Disability, particularly in a British imperial context.

She welcomes students interested in working on the history of the British Empire; the histories of race, gender, and disability; missionary history; and the histories of nineteenth-century India, southern Africa and Britain.

Professor Martin Conboy
m.conboy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Journalism History

Martin's research interests include historical aspects of journalism, national identity and the media, popular journalism and critical approaches to the language of journalism.

He is the principal investigator on the £38,000 AHRC-funded research project 'Exploring the language of the popular in Anglo-American newspapers 1833-1988'.

Widely published in refereed journals and edited volumes, he is also the author of six single-authored books including The Language of Newspapers: Socio-historical Perspectives (2010) and Journalism in Britain: A Historical Introduction (2011). 

PhD supervision

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

  • News values
  • Ethics and journalism
  • Alternative journalism / alternative media
  • Journalism practice
Professor Hugo Dobson
h.dobson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of East Asian Studies

Research interests

Professor Dobson’s research interests are broadly divided into two strands. The first strand focuses upon Japan's role in international relations, multilateral organisations and global governance, especially the G8 and G20. The second strand of his research explores the role of images in shaping our understanding of international relations and Japan’s role in the world, from postage stamps and logos to TV programmes such as The Simpsons. He is currently developing a new, third strand on the role of informal political actors, such as former presidents and prime ministers.

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.

Dr Inaki Esnaola
esnaola@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

My research interests include information theory and communication theory with an emphasis on application to electricity grid problems. My research focuses on understanding the fundamental limits governing systems with incomplete or mismatched system information. Today, we are seeing a growing amount of stored electronic data, and larger more diverse networks whose agents interact with limited information. However, many of the fundamental questions are still open. Tools from assorted communities such as information theory, probability theory, and random matrix theory among others, are proving useful but we are still lacking in our understanding of these systems and how to provide constructive guidelines for optimal algorithm design.

Dr David Forrest
d.forrest@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My main research area is British social realist cinema, with a particular interest in the functions of space, place and landscape in realist texts. I have also published work on British television drama, the British New Wave and contemporary British cinema.

My work is currently focussed on the film and television writer and novelist Barry Hines, perhaps best known of the novelA Kestrel for a Knave (1968) and the TV play Threads (1984). Together with Professor Sue Vice, I am developing a delivering a number of research and public engagement projects around Hines and working-class film, television and literature more broadly.

Professor Paul Hatton
paul.hatton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

Professor Hatton has interests in biomaterials, medical devices and tissue engineering for clinical applications in human skeletal tissues. The five major themes for his research are (1) the development of bioactive glasses and ceramics for mineralised tissue repair, (2) glass-ionomer bone cements, (3) In vitro evaluation of biocompatibility, and (4) Cartilage and bone tissue engineering on biomaterial scaffolds. He is also active more broadly in the promotion of academic-industrial collaboration and technology transfer in the orthopaedic, craniofacial and dental material sectors. See "Links" below for more details on this and the wider research of the Biomaterials Research Group.

Dr Marta Herrero
m.herrero@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Marta's primary research interest is in the economic foundations of the arts and culture. She is currently working on three projects:

  1. Philanthropy as a funding mechanism for the arts. She has set up a network of academics to study the impact of arts philanthropy in an international context, with collaborators at HEC, Montreal, and the University of Alberta, Canada.
  2. The economic impact of the Cultural Industries in a research collaboration with the Workstation (Sheffield).
  3. International art markets: Principal investigator in a British Academy funded project, with Ling-Yun Tang (University of Hong Kong), exploring the impact of organisational business cultures on the sale and marketing of contemporary Chinese art in the London and Hong Kong art markets.
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.

Professor Keith Hunter
k.hunter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Clinical Dentistry

My main research interest is in the early events in oral carcinogenesis and keratinocyte senescence/immortalisation, particularly the genetic and epigenetic events associated with early invasion. I have ongoing projects investigating patterns of gene expression and genomic alteration in HNSCC, epigenetic control of gene expression and the roles of the inflammatory and angiogenic responses in early HNSCC.

My main clinical research interests are in the use of sentinel node biopsy in Head and Neck cancer and other clinical prognostic factors in Head and Neck cancer. I also have a particular interest in tooth pathology and odontogenic lesions/tumours.

Integrated Biosciences Research Group

Dr Chryso Kanthou
c.kanthou@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My interests are in the field of endothelial vascular biology and angiogenesis. A main aim of my research is to understand the role played by factors within the tumour microenvironment in vessel network development and to decipher how this impacts on tumour response to vascular-targeted therapies. I am particularly interested in studying molecular signalling pathways associated with the remodelling of the endothelial cytoskeleton, a target of vascular disrupting agents (VDAs) and ionizing radiation. My research is part of a multidisciplinary approach aimed at investigating mechanisms at the molecular and cellular level that can then be tested at the level of the whole organism.

Dr Matthew Kurien
m.kurien@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

My research interests are in small bowel disease and clinical nutrition, with outputs predominantly in coeliac disease and gastrostomy feeding. Other research interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, bile acid diarrhoea and irritable bowel syndrome.

In coeliac disease my work has focused on detection, using differing endoscopic techniques and point of care tests. I am now examining the autoimmune association between Coeliac disease and Type 1 Diabetes, and also investigating the overlap with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity. In gastrostomy feeding, my research has aimed at improving patient selection for this intervention. In 2016, I was awarded the Julie Wallace Award by the Nutrition Society for my contributions to this field.

Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
s.t.lambert-hurley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Siobhan is a cultural historian of modern South Asia with particular interests in women, gender and Islam. She has written on education, social and political organisations, Indian princely states, the culture of travel, missionaries and personal narratives. There is strong interdisciplinary aspect to her research reflected in her analyses of how different literary genres, including reformist writing, travelogues and autobiography, have evolved in South Asia in the modern period.

She welcomes research students interested in women’s history, Islam, autobiography, the culture of travel, education, and/or princely states in modern South Asia.


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.

Dr Sergej Ljubownikow
s.ljubownikow@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research

My research focuses on the broad areas of business and society and transitioning and emerging economies. In particular I focus on the activities and strategies of non-profit non-governmental organisations, the activities and strategies of firms’ vis-à-vis societal issues and related practices of strategy including corporate social responsibility.

Areas of Research Supervision

I am open to supervising PhD or postgraduate taught students in the areas of:
Non-profit organisations and social enterprises (activities and strategies in both ‘western’ and transition contexts)
Social issues in business and management (CSR, CSR practices and traditions in transition and emerging economies)
Cross-sector partnerships (strategic, management, practices issues in transition and emerging economies)

Dr Charles Lord
c.lord@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

Dr. Lord's research interests are in the area of structurlal dynamics, specifically for vibrations and control. He is also interested in developing new materials and material systems that can control vibrations. These research interest include:

  • Multiscale modelling for dynamical systems and model development
    • reduction of nonlinear systems
    • finite element formulations for nonlinear systems
  • Passive damping systems
    • frictional systems - layered composites, braided structures, mesh structures, porous system
  • Novel composite materials
    • high damping capacity
    • metal matrix
  • Finite element for large models
    • quick modal strategies - super elements
    • formulation of reduced elements
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 Marta Milo
M.Milo@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Biomedical Science

Research interests

To understand and define the source of uncertainty in quantitative biology it is a key aspect for improving sensitivity and accuracy in the analysis of high throughput genomic data. My research interests focus on developing computational tools, pipelines, appropriate experimental designs and protocols to assist in improving accuracy and sensitivity in the analysis of biological data. Major research activities are:

  • propagation of uncertainty, associated to low-level data, in downstream analysis of microarray data;
  • quantification and inference of gene expression levels using probabilistic models;
  • inference of gene networks using regulatory data and gene expression data;
  • Integrated approaches for the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data.
Professor Anthony Milton
a.milton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Anthony's main area of research lies in the religious, political and intellectual history of England 1560-1660, although he also has active research interests in Dutch and modern Indonesian history. He has worked extensively on political thought, religion, and the public sphere in early Stuart England, and is particularly interested in English contacts with continental Europe: you can see him discussing the influence of the Heidelberg Catechism in early modern England at www.heidelberger-katechismus.net

He welcomes postgraduates interested in pursuing any aspect of English religious, political, cultural or intellectual history in the period 1560-1700. The University Library at Sheffield is excellently equipped for the study of the printed literature of this period.

Dr Mohammed Nassar
m.nassar@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

My research is focused on investigating the excitability of primary sensory neurones. The cell bodies of these neurones make Dorsal and Trigeminal sensory ganglia, and are part of the peripheral nervous system (PNS).

These neurones convey sensory information from skin and internal organs (e.g. viscera, muscles and bones) to the central nervous system (CNS). Sensory neurones convey both innoxious and noxious stimuli. The latter is perceived in the CNA as pain.

My research interest lies in investigating the molecular changes in sensory neurones that underlie pathological pain. My lab uses a variety of methods based on molecular biology, cellular biology, imaging and functional imaging to identify targets for novel and effective analgesic drugs.

Dr Penelope Ottewell
p.d.ottewell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research is focused on advanced breast cancer with particular emphasis on bone metastases. Primarily this involves using a complement of in vitro and in vivo model systems to investigate the the genetic alterations responsible for breast cancer metastases to bone. I hypothesise that metastases are a result of a stepwise accumulation of genetic mutations and that distinct genetic alterations are required at the different stages in the metastatic process; genes involved in intravasation are not those involved in tissue homing and colonisation. The aims of my research are to identify specific genetic determinants involved in tumour cell intravasation, homing to bone and colonisation of the metastatic site.

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.

Professor Tony Prescott
T.J.Prescott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

My research is within the areas of computational cognitive neuroscience and bio-inspired robotics. A particular focus is on the investigation of biomimetic and biohybrid systems: an example of the former would be an animal-like or humanoid robot, of the latter a human-machine interface. Current research is directed towards (i) social cognition for humanoid robots (three EU projects in this area), including the possibility of “robot selves”; (ii) active touch sensing for attention and orienting; (iii) assistive and field robotic technologies; (iv) haptic interfaces for sensory augmentation; and (v) societal and ethical issues in technology.

Dr Colin Reid
c.reid@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Colin’s research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish and British history. He is particularly interested in political, cultural and intellectual history approaches to understanding the impact of the Act of Union of 1800 within British and Irish life. The experience of Union underpins his historical writings, which include federalist political thought during the 1870s, constitutional nationalism during the Irish revolutionary period (c.1912-22), Irish Protestant literary figures in Britain, and the legal defences of republican rebellion during the nineteenth century. 

Colin is happy to supervise research projects in Irish and/or British history since 1789, particularly those with an interest in political, cultural or intellectual history.

Ms Clare Rishbeth
c.rishbeth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Research interests

My research focuses on culturally diversity in landscape experience and design, specifically with regard to the urban environment. The scope includes understanding use of greenspace and streetscape by people from ethnic community backgrounds, the symbolism of `multicultural design´ and landscape perceptions and settlement with regard to migration. I am interested in how memory of `home´ landscapes is triggered by, and consequently informs, experience of environment by first generation migrants.

I am interested in methodologies that `share benefit´ with participants and combine skills training with participatory research. I am committed to working with professional and voluntary sector organisations, and have contributed to workshops and forums with organisations such as the Black Environmental Network, Countryside Agency and Greenspace.

Professor Darren Robinson


School of Architecture

My main passion is for research that makes a difference. Much of my research is conducted at the interface between social physics (people), building physics (buildings) and urban physics (city): people – buildings – city. This research is conducted at multiple scales: from the performance of individual buildings in their urban context and the how this performance is influenced by occupants; to the performance of entire complex urban systems and how their spatial and functional structures can be improved upon to maximise metabolic efficiency. Increasingly, I am interested in understanding how the implications on resource use of individuals, firms and institutions can be influenced and how this understanding can be embedded into predictive models.

Dr James Shucksmith
j.shucksmith@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Shucksmith's primary research focus is the physical processes that drive water quality transformations within urban drainage and surface water environments. This includes developing techniques for understanding and mitigating the likely pressures on water management caused by climate change, population growth and asset deterioration. His work ranges from experimental based research into solute mixing processes within open channels, vegetated flows and urban flood waters to more applied work in collaboration with industry on integrated water quality modelling and real time control systems. In collaboration with colleagues James also works in fields such as eco-hydraulics, urban flooding and sustainable urban drainage systems.

Dr Anthony Simons
a.j.simons@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Dr Simons’ research focuses on turning formal results from verification and testing into practical benefits for software engineering. His current research areas include model-based testing and model-driven engineering, with applications to Cloud computing. He has also published widely in object-oriented software engineering, including type theory and software development methods. He is inventor of the JWalk automatic software testing tool for Java; and the JAST library for processing XML in Java. He is co-author of the OPEN Toolbox of Techniques.

Dr Michael Simpson
m.simpson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Mike´s current research interests are in the area of Marketing and Operations Management and particularly concentrates on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) but not entrepreneurship.. Mike has published 3 books, 3 book chapters, over 140 articles and conference papers in both scientific and management areas. He supervises a number of PhD students mainly investigating topics in small and medium sized enterprises but not entrepreneurship. He welcomes PhD applications in any area of small and medium sized enterprise research but not entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested environmental issues in SMEs, issues of achieving a competitive advantage in SMEs, marketing in SMEs, success factors in SMEs and measuring the performance of SMEs.

Dr Karen Sisley
k.sisley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research interests are the genetic and biological behaviour of uveal melanoma.  Initial studies have lead to a good understanding of some of the principle genetic changes in uveal melanoma and how they correlate and can be used to predict prognosis.  My research continues to investigate the genetic basis of uveal melanomas but has broadened in recent years to consider how the interaction with the environment affects the way these melanomas develop.  In addition I have become actively involved in investigating the genetic characterization of sarcoma and developing a molecular pathological classification suitable for all subtypes.

Professor Martial Staub
m.staub@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Martial Staub is by training a historian of the late Middle Ages with specialism in the history of the Church and the history of German and Italian cities. His publications and interests cover a range of other topics and include the history of exile, history of ideas and history of the discipline of history. Of late, his research has focused on the history of late medieval and early modern citizenship in a global context and on the history of European migration and the role of perceptions and the state in this context.

Martial welcomes research students working on European history from 12th to 16th century as well as students with an interest in the history of migration and exile, the history of ideas and the history of historiography.

Dr Mark Stevenson
mark.stevenson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Mark Stevenson’s research focusses on Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval. Topics he has worked on include word sense disambiguation, Information Extraction, plagiarism/reuse detection, lexicon adaptation, cross-lingual information retrieval and exploratory search. His research includes applications of these technologies to a range of areas including biomedical journal articles (interpretation of documents, extraction of information from them and data mining information from corpora), cultural heritage (automatic organisation of corpora, exploratory search interfaces) and software testing (generation of realistic test suites).

Professor Malcolm Tait
m.tait@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My core research interests revolve around critical understandings of ‘everyday’ planning activity.  This involves two main strands:

  1. developing understandings of how trust, professionalism, and the public interest are interwoven through planners’ practice in a changing political context.
  2.  exploring the politics of urban design and management.

Recent funded research projects have focussed on the development of housing provision for an ageing society (DWELL). I am currently leading a project on 'Working in the Public Interest', which explores the increasing involvement of private companies in carrying out spatial planning work for local governement.

Dr Robert Wapshott
r.wapshott@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

My research interests centre on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs. My research interest in SMEs focuses on the negotiated nature of employment relationships in small service-sector firms.

Most recently I have been looking at how small businesses encounter management challenges as they grow. The owners of these businesses often self-identify as entrepreneurs, but running a larger organization on a day-to-day basis may require a different mind-set and practical approach. I am interested in how the businesses respond to such changes.

PhD Supervision:

Employment relations in SMEs (any aspect)

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 Glyn Williams
glyn.williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

My research interests lie in the field of international development, and more specifically in the interaction between development programmes, governance practices, and citizenship in the Global South.

My research looks at three interlocking themes: state power and political practices; social marginalisation and political participation; and urban governance and city-level development. Linking all three is a concern with the impacts that intentional plans to 'develop' the global South have for communities living there. My work critically engages with mainstream discourses of development and investigates the ways these selectively include individuals and groups within political processes.

Professor Angela Wright
a.h.wright@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My main research focus lies in the publication, reception and translation of Gothic literature published between 1764 and 1820. Gothic literature seized my imagination from a very early age, and I began to develop this interest in academic directions when studying for my undergraduate degree in English and French at Stirling University. I continued to focus on eighteenth-century French and British Gothic literature in my doctoral thesis, and spent a year in Paris working at the libraries of the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Sorbonne developing the French side of my research.

Dr Sean Anderson
s.anderson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Research interests:
  • Identification of continuous- and discrete-time dynamic systems
  • Nonlinear systems modelling
  • Adaptive and optimal control in biological systems
  • Neurorobotics
  • Oculomotor plant dynamics
  • Cerebellar function
Dr Julia Banwell
j.banwell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

20th and 21st century Mexican art and photography, with particular focus on the depiction and representation of death and the dead body (mainly in contemporary art and the photography of the Mexican Revolution). Representation of death and injury in sports.

Professor Ataur Belal
a.r.belal@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Research Interests

Social and environmental accounting
Critical perspectives on NGO accountability
Accounting and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

PhD Supervision

Social and environmental accounting, NGO Accountability, Accounting and SDG

Dr Kamaljit Birdi
K.Birdi@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School
Research interests
  • Creativity and innovation in the workplace
  • Evaluation of training and development activities
  • Identifying factors influencing the effectiveness of workplace learning
  • E-learning
  • Organisational learning
  • Inter-organisational collaboration
Dr Mark Blades
M.Blades@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Children's understanding of media, in particular their understanding of advertising and marketing and the influence of food marketing on young children.  Assessment of police interviews with abused children, and improving interview procedures.

Dr Richard Body
r.body@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)

Research interests

  • Social interaction in clinical populations, particularly traumatic brain injury and autism
  • Conversation analysis and discursive psychology as analytical approaches
  • Clinical ethics in speech and language therapy


Professor Joseph Boxall
j.b.boxall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Prof. Boxall´s research interests are concerned with understanding and modelling hydraulic, water quality and infrastructure performance throughout the natural and urban environment. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and have a number of cross cutting themes that include research in full-scale live systems, pilot and laboratory systems, with the application of theoretical, computational and analytical approaches, including software development. Specific themes include:

  • The monitoring, modelling, operation and management of potable water distribution systems for both quantity, with an emphasis on leakage, and quality encompassing physical, biological and chemical changes and interactions
  • The dynamics and impacts of pollutants in open channel systems
  • The hydraulic and pollution performance of urban drainage systems
  • Application of ICT for data collection from disparate urban water systems, together with computation (soft computing) techniques to turn data to information to knowledge
  • Asset management and whole life costs, including energy and carbon, associated with water distribution and sewer systems
Mr Mike Bradburn
m.bradburn@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research interests

Mr primary interest is the implementation of Good Clinical Practice into NHS/academic funded clinical trials. My main areas of methodological interest are meta-analysis and survival analysis.

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 Nicola Brown
n.j.brown@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research interests are mechanisms of physiological and pathophysiological angiogenesis in wound healing and tumour progression and the role of anti-angiogenic and anti-vascular strategies for the treatment of angiogenesis dependent disorders.
The principal objective and research strategy of the Microcirculation Research Group is to investigate the mechanisms regulating tumour angiogenesis in preinvasive to invasive cancer progression and how this may be targeted for therapy. The facility contains state-of-the-art specialised fluorescent in vivo microscopy and multiphoton microscopy which allows real-time imaging of blood vessel development, blood flow, leucocyte-endothelial and tumour-endothelial interactions, in a variety of preclinical in vivo models, in addition to a panel of in vitro angiogenesis assays. The clinical study of human tissue, both normal and breast cancer are complemented by laboratory based modeling, both basic and applied.

Dr Robert Bryant
R.G.Bryant@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

I am a geomorphologists who undertakes research into the global dust cycle, with particular emphasis on [aeolian] processes within arid systems and dust emissions from pro-glacial regions. I also have interests in  remote sensing of mineral and volcanogenic aerosols. I can also supervise projects dealing with applications of airborne remote sensing and field spectroscopy to a range of environments (rivers, wetlands, coasts).

As an example of my current research, I am currently part of the DO4 Models team, involving collaboration with Oxford, Imperial and UCT. The overall aim of this research is to collect the first dust source-area process data tailored to climate model grid-box resolution from targeted remote sensing and fieldwork in order to develop a new generation of model dust emission schemes.


Professor Per Bullough
P.Bullough@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Interests include structure of membrane proteins and complexes by high resolution electron microscopy and X-ray crystallography: photosynthesis, bacterial transport proteins, membrane complexes.

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 Phyllis Carroll
p.m.carroll@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

  • Roman death, burial and commemoration
  • Latin funerary epigraphy
  • Infancy and earliest childhood in the Roman world
  • Clothing, identity and self-presentation in the Roman empire
  • The archaeology and history of ancient Greek and Roman gardens
Dr Alessandro Checco

Personal Webpage

Information School
I am currently working on the European project FashionBrain.

I am interested in the following research topics

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Data Privacy
  • Algorithmic Bias and Crowdsourcing Bias
  • Digital Labour and Unionisation
Dr Xiaoli Chu
x.chu@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Wireless communications systems
  • Heterogeneous networks
  • Cooperative communications and networking
  • Cognitive communications and networking
  • Green radios
  • Ultra-wideband (UWB) radio technologies


Professor Fabio Ciravegna
f.ciravegna@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Focus is on knowledge and information management over large scale. The research covers 3 main areas:

• How to capture information over large scale (the Web, the Social Web, distributed organisational archives, mobile devices, drones, sensors, etc.)

• How to use the captured information (e.g. for knowledge management, business intelligence, customer analysis, management of large scale events via social media, etc.)

• How to communicate the information (to final users, problem owners, etc.).

Research areas covered are knowledge and information management, Web technologies, human computer interaction, search technologies and natural language processing.

Prof Ciravegna’s research income since 2006 tops £7 million, of which about 10% directly from industry (e.g., Rolls-Royce plc).

Professor Christopher Clark
C.Clark@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Palaeoglaciology (the extent and dynamics of former ice sheets) and palaeo-ice stream signatures and ice-stream operation. Remote sensing, digital elevation models (DEMs), glacial geomorphology.

Dr Claire Corkhill
c.corkhill@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

Claire's research is focused on processes that occur at the interface between aqueous solutions in the environment and material and mineral surfaces. She uses a wide range of surface and aqueous analytical techniques to understand the mechanisms of material dissolution and also the kinetics of dissolution and sorption processes.

The current focus of Claire's research is on the durability of nuclear waste materials destined for disposal within a geological disposal facility, several hundreds of metres below the ground, which will eventually and slowly dissolve in groundwater. Her main research areas include:

  • The role of nanostructure (grain boundaries, surface defects) on the dissolution mechanism and kinetics of ceramic nuclear wasteforms and spent fuel;
  • State-of-the-art determination of nuclear waste glass durability in simulant and analogue geological disposal environments;
  • High resolution spectroscopic determination of radionuclide - cement interactions.
Professor Patricia Cowell
p.e.cowell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

Research interests

  • Ovarian hormone effects on speech, language and cognition
  • Cerebral asymmetries and interhemispheric relationships
  • Sex differences in cortical development and aging
  • Modelling mechanisms of neurocognitive plasticity
Professor Patricia Cowell
p.e.cowell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)
Research interests
  • Ovarian hormone effects on speech, language and cognition
  • Cerebral asymmetries and interhemispheric relationships
  • Sex differences in cortical development and aging
  • Modelling mechanisms of neurocognitive plasticity
Dr Rhian Davies
rhian.davies@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

19th and 20th-century Spanish culture, literature and history (with a particular interest in the fin de siglo press and the works of Benito Pérez Galdós). Contemporary Canarian literature and identity.

Professor Nicola Dibben
n.j.dibben@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests

Applied psychology of music: The influence of background music on human behavior in everyday and commercial settings

Music and sociability

Music listening and subjectivity

Contemporary popular music

Music, digitalisation and new media

Professor Andrew Dickerson
a.p.dickerson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Economics

Research interests

Andy's research interests are mainly applied, and are focussed on the operation and functioning of labour markets, the interaction between financial and product markets and the labour market, and the analysis of micro and longitudinal data, including matched datasets. Recent research has been funded by the Low Pay Commission, DfES, DEFRA, DCFS, Department for Food and Rural Affairs, and the Scottish Executive. His current research includes: examining variations in returns to qualifications of various kinds in the UK; the incidence and intensity of workplace training; on child poverty; and the measurement of subjective expectations using survey data.

Andy supervises PhD students across a broad range of applied labour economics topics. Currently, these include: wage inequality, work and life satisfaction, commuting behaviour, skills and employment outcomes, and international gender inequality.

Professor Evgeny Dobrenko
e.dobrenko@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Russian Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Soviet and post-Soviet literature and culture, Socialist Realism, Soviet national literatures, Russian and Soviet film, nationalism, critical theory and Soviet cultural history.

Dr Nadena Doharty
n.doharty@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Nadena's areas of research include Sociology of Education, Black History, inequalities in education, racialised identities in schooling, Critical Race Theories, and critical/anti-racist pedagogies.


Dr Roger Doonan
r.doonan@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology
Research interests:
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Archaeological theory
  • Community archaeology
  • Experimental Archaeology
  • Archaeometallurgy
  • Social theory and technology
  • Craft production in the Mediterranean
  • Aspects of Eurasian Archaeology
Dr Alan Dunbar
a.dunbar@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Polymer Based Solar Cells
  • Experimental techniques to characterise nano-scale phase separation in polymers
  • Thin film toxic gas sensors
  • Electrical properties of nano-structured systems
Dr Katie Edwards
Katie.edwards@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
Department of English Literature

Research interests:

Katie Edwards' research specialism is the function, impact and influence of the Bible in contemporary culture and the role of the Bible in the modern world. Her doctoral work focused on the portrayal of Eve in post-feminist popular culture and her recent research focuses on intersections of gender, race and class in popular cultural reappropriations of biblical characters/narratives. Her interests include:

  • Cultural studies
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • The use, impact and influence of religious characters/figures in contemporary culture
  • Feminist biblical criticism
  • The Bible in art and film
  • Reception of the Bible in contemporary popular culture
  • Biblical literacy
  • The Bible and rape culture
  • The Bible and the gothic

Katie is the Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.


Please Note:

Research applicants proposing Dr Katie Edwards as a supervisor should select the Arts and Humanities IPO on the application form.

Dr Robert Falconer
r.j.falconer@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Protein stability and formulation
  • Interaction between proteins, water and small molecules
  • Spectroscopy technology especially Terahertz time domain and far-infrared spectroscopy
  • Micro-calorimetry
  • Beverage manufacturing
Dr Lee Ford
l.ford@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Adaptive materials and structures for microwave absorbers
  • Reconfigurable frequency selective surfaces
  • Novel radar absorbing material (RAM) design
  • Radar Cross-section management
  • Electromagnetic material characterisation


Professor Martin Foster
m.p.foster@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Resonant power supplies
  • Piezoelectric transformers (PTs)
  • Power electronics packaging and thermal management
  • Multilevel power converters
  • Battery management technologies


Dr Megan Freeth
m.freeth@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (including the broader autism phenotype)
  • Visual attention,
  • Eye movements, 
  • Gaze cues, 
  • Social cognition,
  • Neural correlates of visual attention
Dr Daniel Gladwin
d.gladwin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Research interests

  • Control – power systems
  • Power electronics
  • Embedded systems
  • Energy storage and management
  • Intelligent systems
  • Telematics
  • Optimisation and Modelling
  • Evolutionary computing


Professor Simon Goodwin
s.goodwin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Hydrodynamic simulations of star formation
  • The formation of very low-mass stars and brown dwarfs
  • The formation and evolution of multiple star systems
  • The formation and early evolution of star clusters
Dr Yoshi Gotoh
y.gotoh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Yoshi has been working in the field of speech and spoken language processing for years. His current interests include audio visual processing, in particular, video analysis and video information retrieval.

Dr Lingzhong Guo
l.guo@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research interests:

  • Identification of spatio-temporal systems and partial differential equations
  • Frequency domain analysis of nonlinear infinite dimensional systems
  • Proxy measurement, surrogate modelling, and model reduction
  • Multiscale modelling of biomedical system
Professor Jacqueline Harrison
j.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Journalism Studies

Public Communication & Media Freedom

Jackie's area of expertise is the civil role and power of the news. Her research examines three particular aspects of this: the architecture and culture of the news; the mediation of civil society and social identity by the news; and issues of news freedom and standards. She has written extensively in these areas.

Jackie also chairs the interdisciplinary research body Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM). CFOM seeks to research and evaluate the role of free and independent news media in building and maintaining political and civil freedoms.

PhD supervision

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

  • The relationship between the news and civil society
  • Post conflict reconstruction via the factual mass media
  • Constraints and restraints on freedom of expression
Professor Graham Harrison
G.Harrison@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • African political economy
  • Globalization and development
  • The political economy of corruption
  • World Bank and governance
  • Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi
  • Africa and representation
  • Development campaigning
Professor David James
d.c.james@sheffield
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests

  • Production of high-value therapeutic recombinant protein biopharmaceuticals
  • Systems Biotechnology for Rational Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell Factory and Gene Vector Engineering
  • Process Analytical TechnologyCPE412 – Molecular Biotechnology
Professor Geraint Jewell
g.jewell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Research interests
  • Self-bearing electrical machines
  • Power dense electrical machines and actuators for aerospace and marine applications
  • Valve actuation
  • Electromagnetic modelling of novel devices
Professor Dave Kelly
D.Kelly@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Molecular biology and physiology of human pathogenic bacteria, particularly Heliobacter pylori and Campylobacter jejuni. Structure, function and mechanism of a novel class of bacterial periplasmic solute transport system.

Dr Andrew Killick
a.killick@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Korean traditional music and musical theatre since 1900
  • Popular musical theatre worldwide
  • The Northumbrian smallpipes
  • Music and place
  • Solitary music-making
Dr Pieter Kok
p.kok@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Measurement-based quantum computing
  • Linear optical quantum computing
  • Quantum parameter estimation theory
  • Quantum lithography and quantum state preparation
  • Relativistic quantum information theory
Dr Anton Krynkin
a.krynkin@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research interests
  • Wave problems in linear and non-linear elastic materials
  • Thermoelasticity
  • Wave problems in periodic/random media and graded materials
  • Wave scattering from rough surfaces
  • Asymptotic techniques and homogenisation
Dr Kevin Kuykendall
k.l.kuykendall@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology
Research interests:
  • Plio-Pleistocene hominid fossil site survey and excavation
  • evolution of early hominid life history
  • the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens in Africa
  • evolution and variation of the paranasal sinuses in primates
Dr Liat Levita
l.levita@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Role of the fronto-striatal circuitry in emotion; anxiety and avoidance behaviours, structural and functional changes in the fronto-striatal circuitry in the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Dr Kirsty Liddiard
k.liddiard@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Education

Kirsty welcomes PhD students across a number of social science disciplines that wish to undertake research in the areas of disability, education, gender, sexuality and childhood and youth.

Professor David Lidzey
d.g.lidzey@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Research interests
  • Development and evaluation of solution processed photovoltaic devices
  • Organic photonic devices and structures
  • Organic polaritons
  • Spectroscopy of functional organic materials
  • Hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductor materials and devices
  • Plasmonic structures
Dr Jordan MacInnes
j.m.macinnes@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Microfluidic devices for analysis, synthesis and measurement
  • Efficient separation processes
  • Transport of momentum, species and heat
  • Rotating spiral phase contacting
  • Rapid property measurement and analysis
Dr Andrew Maiden
a.maiden@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Research interests
  • Coherent Diffractive Imaging (CDI)
  • Ptychography
  • Computer-generated holography
  • Phase imaging in the Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)
  • Inverse Problems
  • Image Processing
Professor Elizabeth Milne
E.Milne@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Perception and attention in autism spectrum conditions. Heterogeneity in the autism spectrum. Identification of EEG biomarkers for autism and subtypes of autism.  Electrophysiological correlates of perception and attention across the lifespan. Applications of EEG technology

Dr Paul Mitchener
P.Mitchener@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

My research spans algebraic topology and functional analysis. I am particularly interested in area where the two fields intersect, such as non-commutative geometry, K-theory, index theory and coarse geometry.

Dr Gabriel Ozon
g.ozon@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

Both my teaching and my research have engendered a keen interest in linguistic variation, a significant influence in my current projects. My interest in language favours the application of quantitative (corpus linguistics) techniques in order to extract patterns and conditions of use from authentic data. My research looks into the sociolinguistics of grammar, i.e. how and to what extent the wider (sociolinguistic) context of language use impinges on formal grammatical structures. In this regard, my research is amenable to areas such as syntax (especially verbal complementation), (recent) variation and change, spoken language, dialect variation, World Englishes, creole languages, language contact, and language acquisition.

This year I have obtained (with colleagues from the University of Sussex and the University of Yaounde I) a British Academy Small Grant to build a small corpus of Cameroon Pidgin English).


Dr Jack Parker
j.parker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Health and Related Research

Research Interests

My special interests include:
• Implementing and evaluating innovative models of service delivery.
• Realist Evaluation, mixed-methods and qualitative methodologies.
• Rehabilitation

Dr Lynda Partridge
L.Partridge@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Human leucocyte antigens, specifically the structure/function of tetraspanins; monoclonal antibody technology. Analysis of human antibody responses using phase display.

Dr Ruth Payne
r.o.payne@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

My research interests are in vaccinology and malaria infection. I am particularly interested in looking at the innate responses to vaccination and how these are affected by changes in vaccine regimen or adjuvant.

Dr Caroline Pennock
c.pennock@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Caroline's research focuses on Aztec and Spanish American history and the Atlantic world, with a particular interest in gender, violence, and cultural exchange. Her first book studied the role of ritual violence, integrating the study of human sacrifice with a reinterpretation of Aztec gender and daily life. Caroline is currently working on a research project on 'Aztecs Abroad', studying the neglected history of Native American travellers to Europe and beyond in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

She is keen to supervise research students in indigenous American (particularly Mexican), Spanish American, colonial and Atlantic history, particularly those interested in indigenous travellers, gender, violence and early colonial sources. She would also be happy to discuss projects related to cultural exchange, imperial and indigenous histories and Amerindian cultures. 

Dr Hayley Rabanal
h.rabanal@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

20th and 21st century Spanish cultural production (especially literature), with a particular focus on post-transition culture and cultural understandings of Spanish "Orientalism" (Spain's Islamic heritage and colonialism in North Africa).

Dr John Rafferty
J.Rafferty@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

Structural study of proteins and DNA primarily by X-ray crystallography and electron microscopy to gain 3-d insights of biological macromolecules and their assemblies. Structure and function relationships.

Dr Ben Rutter
b.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Human Communication Sciences
Health Sciences School

Research Interests

  • General and clinical phonetics.
  • Dysarthria and the motor speech disorders.
  • Issues surrounding the measurement and treatment of reduced intelligibility.
  • The role of topic knowledge in the understanding of speech.
Dr Ben Rutter
b.rutter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)
Research interests
  • General and clinical phonetics.
  • Dysarthria and the motor speech disorders.
  • Issues surrounding the measurement and treatment of reduced intelligibility.
  • The role of topic knowledge in the understanding of speech.
Mr Esmail Saber
e.saber@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

His research interests span around building HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system and building simulation applications. Esmail currently works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Dr Mahdieh Sadat Sad Abadi
m.sadabadi@sheffield.ac.uk

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

My research interests include fixed-structure controller design, control of large-scale uncertain systems, and their applications to energy systems, power electronics converters, and microgrids/smart power grids.


Dr Cyril Sanders
c.m.sanders@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

Replication and gene regulation in papillomavirus.
Structure and function of helicases and replication/transcription control proteins.
DNA helicases involved in the DNA damage response and their potential as therapeutic targets in cancer.

Dr Sally Shahzad

Personal Webpage

School of Architecture

I am passionate about research on the practical aspect of Architecture, Sustainability, Energy, and Thermal Comfort. I encourage innovative solutions to enhance the relationship between the architectural design, environment and the end-user.

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 Tom Slatter
tom.slatter@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Dr Slatter's main research interests are in tribology, particualrly when applied to manufacturing processes and automotive powertrain.

In manufacturing projects mostly involve investigating the design, performance and instrumentation of manufacturing machines, processes and tooling with organisations such as Sandvik Coromant, Primetals, Bremont, Rolls-Royce, BEP Surface Technologies, Hill Pumps, and the University’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. 

In the automotive sector; projects include investigating valvetrain wear with a number of automotive OEMs, investigating the influence of novel combustion processes on valvetrain design, and assessing the performance of bio-lubricants. Collaborators are companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Caterpillar, JCB Power Systems, MWH, Hoganas, Nanovit, and McLaren. 

Outside of these applied areas, Tom works at a more fundamental level investigating topics including impact wear and the cryogenic treatment of metals.

Dr Rachel Smith
rachel.smith@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research interests
  • Wet granulation design and scale-up
  • DEM/CFD modelling of particulate processes
  • Drug delivery methods
  • Biological and water systems modelling
Professor Carl Smythe
c.g.w.smythe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Career history

  • 2002 – present: Professor of Cell Biology, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 2004 – 2006: Head of Department, Department of Biomedical Science, University of Sheffield
  • 1992 – 2002: Principal Investigator at MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee
  • 1989 – 1992: American Cancer Society Senior Research Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • 1985 – 1989: British Diabetic Association postdoctoral research assistant at MRC Protein Phosphorylation Group at University of Dundee
  • 1981 – 1985: PhD Department of Biochemistry, Trinity College, University of Dublin

Research interests

Chromosome Integrity - Chromosomes in eukaryotes control their environment to ensure that genomic integrity is maximised. We are interested in understanding mechanisms of genomic integrity operating at the molecular and cellular level, and determining the consequences when they fail.

Read more on research in the Smythe laboratory

Dr Adam Stanovic
a.j.stansbie@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Electroacoustic/acousmatic music (composition and performance)
  • Analysis of electronic music (methods and works)
  • Aesthetics of contemporary music
  • Philosophy of sound/music (particularly musical ontology and phenomenology)
Dr Hayley Stevenson
h.stevenson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • Environmental politics
  • Global climate change politics
  • Global governance
  • International negotiations
  • Participation and representation in global governance
  • Social movements and civil society
  • Food security/food sovereignty
Dr Wael Sumaya
w.sumaya@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

My research interests are:

  • Fibrin clot lysis and risk following ACS.
  • Mechanisms implicated in poor lysis following ACS.

Antithrombotic therapy in patients with coronary artery disease.

Professor Philip Swanson
p.swanson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Hispanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

Modern Latin American literature (with a particular emphasis on the New Novel and crime fiction) and external representations/imaginings of Latin America and 'Latinity' (with a particular emphasis on film and fiction).

Dr Darrel Swift
D.A.Swift@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

  • Glacial erosion and long-term landscape evolution
  • Glacial sediment systems and landform evolution processes
  • Luminescence as a process tracer in sediment systems
  • Glacier hydrology and fluvioglacial sediment systems


Professor Alan Tennant
a.tennant@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Research interests
  • Radar signature management
  • Active radar absorbers
  • Phase modulating microwave structures
  • Antennas
  • Phased array antennas and systems
  • Adaptive optimisation techniques
  • Acoustic arrays and imaging systems
Dr Renee Timmers
r.timmers@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Music
Research interests
  • Music and emotion
  • Embodied cognition and cross-modal correspondences with music
  • Music perception and cognition, including neuroanatomy of perception
  • Timing and expressive performance of music
Professor Peter Totterdell
p.totterdell@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Psychology

Research interests

Social imagination, including daydreaming and artistic imagination, and its effects on well-being and relationships.

Emotion regulation of others and self, especially in relation to work, social networks, and well-being.

Dr Kostas Triantafyllopoulos
K.Triantafyllopoulos@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics

My research lies on Bayesian time series analysis. Application areas that I am interested include finance, bioinformatics, medicine, signal processing and quality control.

Professor David Wagg
david.wagg@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research interests
  • Nonlinear dynamics of flexible structures
  • Vibration suppression and isolation systems
  • Dynamics of composite materials
  • Experimental testing and measurement for nonlinear dynamics
  • Structural control techniques
Dr Dawn Walker
d.c.walker@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

  • Agent (individual) based Modelling in predicting emergent properties of biological tissues
  • Multiscale Modelling in biological and biomedical applications
  • Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) for the diagnosis of early cancerous changes in epithelial tissues


Dr Adam Whitworth
Adam.Whitworth@Sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Geography

Research interests

Welfare-to-work reform and the Work Programme; lone parents and welfare reform; social and spatial inequality; conditionality, paternalism and well-being; crime; poverty, deprivation and exclusion; spatial statistics.

Dr Graham Williams
g.t.williams@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

Broadly speaking, my specialty is Late Medieval and Early Modern English language, and my research methods are derived from historical linguistics, especially pragmatics. In particular, I have worked extensively with manuscript and digital letter collections in order to study actual English, dating from c.1400-1650.

I also have strong research interests in manuscript studies, paleography, digital editing and corpora - in particular the implications these perspectives have for the historical study of language.

At the moment, I am developing research on: 1) the history of verbal irony (e.g. sarcasm, mock (im)politeness and banter) in English, as evidenced by both literary and non-literary texts; and 2) the letters and language of Margaret Tudor (1489-1541), princess of England and Queen of Scots.

Professor Stuart Wilson
Stuart.Wilson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests

The regulation of Gene Expression in mammals. The transport of mRNA from the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Mechanisms of RNA interference. Large scale sequencing and gene function analysis in vertebrates.

Dr Tuck Seng Wong
t.wong@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research interests

  • Protein engineering (directed evolution)
  • Biocatalysis and industrial biotechnology
  • Synthetic biology
  • Biological carbon dioxide capture and utilization
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer and ageing


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.

Dr Robert Woolley
rob.woolley@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

  • Laminar and turbulent premixed combustion – ignition, flame stability, high pressure combustion
  • Laser ignition
  • Engine combustion
  • Laser diagnostics
  • Regenerative heat transfer in Stirling engines
Dr Jan Woudstra
j.woudstra@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Landscape Architecture

Jan´s research activity has been guided by a general concern for the quality of the built environment. It has aimed to increase knowledge within the landscape profession and to challenge perceived notions about landscape design and research. This has included turning practical issues, which unlike theoretical discourse were not previously considered as a suitable academic subject, into internationally recognized scholarship. For example, research in the history of planting design has been pioneering and it informs and challenges notions of innovation. Yet there has also been research into theoretical issues, in order to encourage different approaches and attitudes in the profession.

  • History and theory of the modern movement in landscape architecture
  • Large scale comparisons of international trends; the issue of memory
  • History of hard landscape detailing and planting design
Dr Efpraxia Zamani
e.zamani@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Information School

Research interests

My broad research interests relate to the organizational and social aspects of information systems. I am particularly interested in post-adoption user behaviour, enterprise information systems and ICT4D. For my PhD, I have looked into user sensemaking with portable IT artefacts, such as tablets. More specifically, I have looked into episodes of disillusionment, and how users develop their own accommodating practices for the purposes of appropriating an IT artefact. My research work has been presented in numerous conferences and has been published in journals such as the Journal of Information Technology, Government Information Quarterly and the International Journal of Electronic Commerce.

Research supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects that relate to the appropriation of information systems within individual but also enterprise (work-related) contexts. I am also interested in projects that have to do with the more social aspects of technology, such as its use for the purposes of development of countries and regions (ICT4D).

Dr Xiangbing Zeng
x.zeng@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research interests

My research areas can be divided into two broad directions: one on polymer physics, in particular the polymer crystallization process; the other on self-assembly, which covers systems such as supra-molecules, liquid crystals, more recently LC covered nanoparticles. On the polymer side, we are involved in an eight-institution international collaboration supported under NSF-EPSRC Pire scheme, for developing new materials from natural sources for applications in sustainable energy industry. On the self-assembly side, a research project on “Liquid quasicrystals and their approximants”, supported by Leverhulme trust, started in 2013. Another important aspect of our research on self–organized systems is to develop new nano-materials for tailored optical and electrical properties. For example, metamaterials by self-assembled gold nanoparticles have been fabricated, by covering them with liquid crystal forming molecules.

Professor Yang Zhang
yz100@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research interests
  • Digital image and signal processing of flame dynamics and structure
  • Flame and acoustic wave interactions
  • Combustion instability
  • Innovative flow diagnostics and data processing
  • Clean coal combustion
  • Future energy system
Professor Dilichukwu Anumba
d.o.c.anumba@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

I am interested in the physiology of human parturition, particularly the role of immunity and inflammation in term/preterm labour and pregnancy hypertension. I am also investigating new techniques to predict preterm birth by the detection of cervical remodelling changes. I run specialist clinics in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy, Prematurity Prevention, and High Risk Pregnancy, all of which have research spin-offs.

Dr Paul Armitage
p.armitage@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My primary research interest is in the development of post-processing methods for quantification of MRI data. In particular, for techniques such as diffusion tensor imaging, dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI, arterial spin labelling, image registration, MR signal modelling and their application to stroke, brain tumours, epilepsy and small vessel disease. My imaging interests span the entire age range from the foetus through to the ageing population.

Dr Mahnaz Arvaneh
M.Arvaneh@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Biomedical signal processing, machine learning and pattern recognition
  • Statistical and adaptive signal processing, and mathematical modelling of bioelectric signals
  • Neural and cognitive process, clinical applications, and understanding
  • Brain–computer interface algorithms, systems, adaptation, and applications
  • Robotic and BCI-based stroke rehabilitation
  • Neuroprosthetic learning and control
  • Medical system and device research and development

Keywords: Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Dr Gianna Ayala
g.ayala@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

My research interests are wide reaching and focus on the integration of different analytical methods. I work predominately in the Mediterranean but have worked all over the world, including Britain, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and Argentina.

  • Geoarchaeology (landscape and on-site investigations)
  • Italian and Mediterranean prehistory
  • Landscape archaeology and field survey techniques
  • Contemporary archaeology
Professor Kathryn Ayscough
k.ayscough@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

The main research focus of my lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms that drive the inward bending of the plasma membrane to allow formation of a vesicle. In particular, we investigate how the actin cytoskeleton  is able to drive this invagination process, and how dynamin and amphiphysin proteins can bring out membrane scission to release a cargo-containing vesicle.

Dr Anna Barton
a.j.barton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in nineteenth-century literature, particularly Victorian poetry, cultural formalism, print culture and nonsense literature.

I have supervised and examined doctoral work on the literature of the long nineteenth century and would welcome PhD applicants who are interested in Victorian poetry, with particular reference to its relationship with aspects of nineteenth-century identity and culture.

Dr Andrew Beckerman
a.beckerman@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

We aim to link genetics, behaviour and life history to the distribution and abundance of organisms and the structure and dynamics of communities. We do so by combining empirical and theoretical tools with a range of aquatic and terrestrial organisms, in the lab and in the field. Our research centres around two study systems: Predator - prey dynamics & food webs (Daphnia and Theory) and Parrot Conservation and Behaviour in Bonaire.

Professor Ilaria Bellantuono
i.bellantuono@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

The focus of my research is on the Biology of stem cells, particularly bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We want to understand: (a) what changes stem cells undergo with age; (b) whether those changes affects tissue maintenance and repair; (c) whether they are responsible for the development of diseases of older people such as myelodisplastic syndromes and osteoporosis; (c) whether we can intervene by chemical intervention.

Dr Alex Best
A.Best@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Mathematics and Statistics
Research interests

I am a mathematical biologist who uses theoretical models to investigate the dynamics of infectious disease systems. I use tools from dynamical systems theory to explore disease dynamics at a range of scales. My research interests include:
  • models of host-parasite coevolution;
     
  • spatial structure in epidemic/evolutionary models;
     
  • immune processes in epidemic/evolutionary models;
     
  • within-host models of bacteria-cell dynamics.
Dr Caroline Bland
c.bland@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Germanic Studies
School of Languages and Cultures

Research interests

My research focuses on women's contribution to political culture (feminism, class struggle, regional and national identity) using literary writing, the visual arts and associational activity. I am also interested in 19th and 20th century German literature more widely, especially Realist and Naturalist writing, and on constructions of gender in German society and culture in the same period. Recent successful doctoral students have worked on illness narratives in contemporary literature and on German and Dutch lesbian networks in the interwar era.

Professor Sarah Blandy
S.Blandy@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research interests and supervision areas

My research is interdisciplinary and empirical, focusing on socio-legal aspects of property law, including:

  • tenure and rights
  • collective and individual property rights
  • multi-owned property
  • the interaction of family and property law
  • regulation of conduct, dispute resolution, and access to justice, amongst residential occupiers
  • the spatial boundaries of law, especially in relation to gated communities
Professor Joe Bray
j.bray@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

I welcome research students working in any area of literary stylistics (especially narrative style and point of view), as well as those working on any aspect of eighteenth and early nineteenth-century literature and culture (especially the novel from 1740 to 1818).

At Sheffield I have supervised PhDs on the following topics: Jane Austen´s use of narrated perception, the autobiographical fiction of the Brontes, the narrative style of Cormac McCarthy and 19th Century Adaptations of Shakespeare.


Dr Pablo Castillo Ortiz
P.Castillo-Ortiz@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

School of Law

Research Interests

  • Comparative constitutional law and politics, with a focus on constitutional jurisdictions
  • Theories and models of judicial decision-making
  • European legal/judicial integration
  • Configurational analysis
  • Historic Memory

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Comparative constitutional law and politics
  • Spanish constitutional law and politics
  • Comparative constitutional jurisdictions
  • Theories of judicial decision-making
  • European legal/judicial integration
Professor James Catto
j.catto@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

James currently runs a lab in the Academic Unit of Molecular Oncology, encompassing 2 post-docs, 2 technicians, 3 Phd students and 1 ACF.  They research the translational application of molecular biology to urological malignancies, and in particular Bladder and Prostate Cancer.  James's particular interest is in the epigenetic alterations seen within these tumours.

Dr Roy Chaudhuri
r.chaudhuri@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research Interests:

Bacterial genomics.  Current research topics include:

  • Comparative genomics and phylogenetics of bacterial pathogens, particularly E. coli and Salmonella
  • Use of transposon insertion sequencing methods (TraDIS/TnSeq/HITS/InSeq) to identify essential bacterial genes and genes important for survival in particular environments such as during infection of a model system
  • Development of user-friendly software tools and online resources for exploring data from -omics technologies. Examples include coliBASE, Xbase and the recently-funded MicrobesNG.
Professor Tim Chico
t.j.chico@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests are in the molecular and genetic mechanisms controlling blood vessel development and collateral vessel formation after arterial occlusion. My group particularly uses the zebrafish to study and manipulate blood flow to understand the effect on blood vessel growth and remodelling. We are also interested in studying heart failure using zebrafish models, especially formation of new coronary vessels after cardiac injury.

Dr Katerina Christofidou
k.christofidou@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research portfolio that focuses on multiple facets of high temperature physical metallurgy, alloy design and manufacturing. Projects have included the development of new polycrystalline Ni-based superalloys for turbine disc applications, as well as strategies for the design of high temperature materials amenable to laser-based additive layer manufacturing. In addition, a major area of her research interests is that of high entropy alloys and the possibilities that these materials offer for expanding our understanding of physical metallurgy beyond a single base element and the associated thermodynamic principles governing this behavior.

Dr Charlotte Codina
c.codina@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research Interests

My research interests include adaptations of and plasticity within the whole of the visual system from the cortex to the retina. So far I have investigated visual plasticity in response to profound deafness, autism, ADHD and visual vertigo. I am particularly interested in the development of peripheral vision and the development and management of amblyopia.

Dr Richard Collins
r.p.collins@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

My current main research interests are involved in the assessment and mitigation of pressure transients in water distribution systems. Pressure transients are waves of rapidly altering pressures in pipe systems that have the potential to damage assets and cause water quality failures by intruding contaminants through, for instance, leaks. I have a further interest in the interaction of these pipe systems.

Dr Marco Conte
m.conte@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemistry

Research Interests

The aim of my research is the identification of structure-activity correlations in heterogeneous catalysis. The understanding of the catalyst structure under the reaction conditions as well as the knowledge of the intermediates generated during the catalytic process are essential factors to design catalysts with enhanced selectivity to the desired products.

To achieve this target an array of spectroscopic tools complemented with molecular modelling are used.

Target reactions are oxidation and halogenation reactions of hydrocarbons over metal oxides and metal nanoparticles in gas and liquid phase.


Dr Rebecca Corrigan
r.corrigan@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Research involves an in-depth characterisation of nucleotide signalling systems in the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. My previous research has led to the development of a genome-wide approach to analyse nucleotide-protein interactions. My current work focuses on utilising this methodology, in conjunction with biochemical assays, to identify binding targets for (p)ppGpp, nucleotides that are involved in promoting persistent and recurrent infections. The mapping of the (p)ppGpp signalling network will provide a greater understanding of how S. aureus can persist in the human host.

Mr Lee Crookes
l.crookes@shef.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Research interests

Positioning myself as a critical geographer/planner, I am interested in using qualitative methods to explore contemporary issues related to housing, class, gentrification, urban regeneration and associated conflicts over the meaning and use of space.

Within the context of a broad ambition to develop an understanding of planning ‘from below’, I am keen to extend and develop the focus of gentrification research from displacement to matters of emplacement whilst further examining the politics and geography of ‘home’, attachment to place and the personal and social costs of displacement.

Dr Vincent Cunliffe
v.t.cunliffe@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

Our research is focused primarily on understanding the roles of chromatin regulatory proteins in the development of the zebrafish Central Nervous System (CNS) and in diseases such as cancer. In addition, we are exploiting the technical advantages of the zebrafish embryo to investigate the functions of other genes previously implicated in human neurological disorders. A third area of interest is in developing novel cell culture materials that are capable of supporting the expansion and directed differentiation of neural stem cells.

Dr Jonathan Davidson
Jonathan.Davidson@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

I have a number of research interests and is particularly interested in areas that cross traditional subject boundaries. My research interests include

  • Resonant power conversion
  • Piezoelectric transformers for power converters
  • Thermal management and temperature estimation in power electronic and energy storage systems
  • Sensor technologies
  • Rapid impedance spectroscopy techniques
  • Power electronics

Please get in touch if you’d like to pursue a PhD in an area related to these themes.

Dr Francesco Di Giovine
f.digiovine@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests now lay mainly in three areas:

• Long-range mechanisms involved IL-1 locus co-regulation
• Functional implications of IL-1 locus variations.
• Novel technologies for allelic discrimination.

We have recently proved that Il-1 genes on chromosome 2 come in physical proximity during macrophage stimulation. We have identified putative Locus Control regions and will soon be testing locus function and possible epigenetic influence on activation.

Dr Katherine Ebury
k.ebury@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of English Literature

Research interests

I’m currently preparing a monograph, to be published with Palgrave in August 2014, based partly on my doctoral research. The project addresses representations of the new physics, specifically the science of cosmology, in the work of Yeats, Joyce and Beckett. I aim to explore each author's deliberate mapping of a changed relationship between the world and the artwork in the aftermath of revolutionary changes in the scientific perception of reality. Key texts for my project include Yeats's 'A Vision' and Joyce's 'Finnegans Wake', as well as Beckett's ‘Trilogy’.

Dr Mark Finney
m.t.finney@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
Research interests:
  • Afterlife
  • Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Environment
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Religion & Art
  • Religion, Conflict & Violence
  • Religion, Politics, & the Modern Middle East
  • Social-scientific approaches to interpreting ancient religious texts

Please Note:

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

Dr Maria Fragiadaki
m.fragiadaki@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research focuses on molecular mechanisms of renal injury in the context of chronic and acute kidney disease. In specific, I am interested in better understanding signaling pathways, such as the JAK-STAT signal transduction cascade, and their involvement in kidney damage, using both in vivo and in vitro models of kidney injury.

 Projects

1. The study of STAT5 in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease

2. Investigation of the effects of JAK-STAT inhibitors on the proliferative potential of renal tubular epithelial cells

3. Kidney fibrosis

Professor Robert Freckleton
r.freckleton@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Research interests:

My research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics. I am particularly interested in large scale population dynamics, although have a range of interests, including:

  • Plant population ecology, modelling plant populations, modelling weed populations.
  • Evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems.
  • Theoretical ecology, statistical methodology
Dr Hilary Gardner
h.gardner@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Human Communication Sciences (old code)

Research interests

  • Conversation Analysis of therapy interactions and other adult/communication impaired child dyads.
  • The nature of Specific Language Impairment (grammatical and mathematical processing) Collaborative research with Professor Rosemary Varley UCL
  • Interactional outcomes of intervention in children and adults undergoing training from SLTs.
  • Quality of provision within education for children with language and communication needs; making inclusion and collaborative practice work.
Professor Alison Gartland
a.gartland@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests are in P2 receptor signalling in musculoskeletal disease and cancer. The role of P2 purinoreceptor ligands (ATP and other nucleotides) as extracellular messengers is well established and there is now conclusive evidence, from my previous work and that of others, that extracellular nucleotides have a highly influential role in the bone microenvironment.  In addition to their roles in bone, nucleotides and P2 receptor signalling have been shown to play a role in cancer.

Professor Julie Gottlieb
julie.gottlieb@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of History

Research interests

Julie's research interests lie in modern British political history, the history of extremism (with a focus on right-wing extremism in Britain), and the construction of gender identities in the political sphere.

She has published widely on women, gender and politics between the wars, including the role of women in Britain's fascist movement, women and the peace movement, and gender and appeasement.

Dr Wael Hadid
w.hadid@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Sheffield University Management School

Wael's research interest lies in understanding the role management accounting systems, such as activity-based costing (ABC) and lean accounting, can play in modern operational environments. In addition, Wael is also focusing on the role of control systems and their impact on firm performance and has a developing interest in supply chain accounting and social responsibility. Wael is willing to supervise PhD students with similar research interest.

Professor Thomas Hain
t.hain@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Computer Science

Research interests

Thomas' research interests cover many areas in natural language processing, speech, audio and multimedia technology, machine learning, and complex system optimisation and design.

His interests include: large vocabulary continuous speech recognition, non-linear methods in speech processing, low bit-rate speech coding, machine learning, multi-modal systems, image classification, microphone arrays, system and resource optimisation.

Professor Paul Halstead
p.halstead@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal Webpage

Department of Archaeology

Research interests:

My research has focussed chronologically and geographically on the later prehistory (Neolithic and Bronze Age) of Greece, thematically on the relationship between farming economies and social change, and methodologically on the contributions of zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology to the study of past animal and crop husbandry.

  • Neolithic communities in southeast Europe
  • Farming in the prehistoric or classical Mediterranean
  • Ethnoarchaeology of ‘traditional’ land use
Professor Robert Hierons
r.hierons@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Computer Science

Professor Hierons’ research largely concerns software testing. The main aim of this research is to devise automated techniques (and tools) that generate efficient, systematic test suites on the basis of program code, models or specifications. Progress in this area can help industry to produce higher quality software and potentially to do so more quickly. He has recently become interested in the testing of autonomous systems, with a particular focus on robotics.

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

Professor John Hobson
J.M.Hobson@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Politics and International Relations
Research interests
  • The critique of Eurocentrism in IR/IPE/Historical Sociology
  • Historical Sociology of IR (1000-2010)
  • Historical Sociology of globalization (1500-2000)
  • Inter-Civilizational Relations, theory and practice (1000-2000

He is keen to supervise promising research students in a range of areas including: Historical sociology of international relations, global political economy and especially civilisational analysis (East/West relations) in the context of the critique of Eurocentrism.

Professor Jane Hodson
j.hodson@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of English Literature

Research interests

My research interests lie at the interface of language and literature, and I am interested in the way in which style is contested at an ideological level. As a linguist I am particularly concerned with the Later Modern English and historical sociolinguistics. As a literary scholar my specialism lies in prose of the Romantic period.

I welcome PhD applicants who wish to undertake interdisciplinary work in language and literature, particularly with reference to dialect representation, historical stylistics, and issues of power, politics and gender.

Professor Matthew Holley
m.c.holley@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Biomedical Science

Research Interests

I am primarily interested in the development and function of the mammalian inner ear with a focus on potential treatments for hearing loss. I have developed in vitro models for the differentiation of sensory hair cells and sensory nerves and use them in conjunction with microarrays to study gene networks centred on the transcription factor Gata3. I have also explored a model system for cell transplantation into the inner ear in vivo.

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Dr Kaarina Hollo
k.hollo@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of English Literature

Research interests

My main areas of research include the literary culture of early medieval Ireland, broadly conceived, with a particular interest in the relationship between the reading and interpretation of scriptural texts / liturgy and the composition of prose narrative; early medieval Irish poetry, especially metrical structure; the Ulster Cycle of tales during the Old and Middle Irish periods; representations of female mourning and madness in medieval and early modern Irish texts; and literary translation in the Irish context, from the 18th century to the present.

Dr Jules Holroyd
j.d.holroyd@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Philosophy

My research focuses on topics in moral psychology and social philosophy. In particular, I am interested in the ways that our cognitions are influenced by, and complicit in, injustices that track social identity, such as gender and race. My recent work has focused on implicit racial bias. I am currently PI on a Leverhulme Trust project grant to pursue research on bias and blame. This grant runs for three years from February 2014-2017, and involves collaborative work with colleagues in psychology, to investigate the impact of moral interactions on the expression of implicit bias

Professor Rodney Hose
d.r.hose@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease
The Medical School

Research interests

My research interests are in the development of methods and workflows for the computational analysis of (primarily) cardiovascular systems, and in their translation to clinical application. I am interested in all aspects of the process, from clinical data collection and management through image processing to build detailed three dimensional models of the vasculature and on to determination of appropriate boundary conditions, numerical solution and data reduction. I have been intimately involved in the development of the European Commission´s Virtual Physiological Human initiative from its beginning.

Dr Robert Howell
r.howell@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Research interests

Dr Howell runs a large research group with nine current PhD students researching areas such as:

  • Wind turbine performance and aerodynamics (effects of unsteady winds, gust response and turbine start-up performance)
  • Tidal turbine performance and tidal farm layout
  • Aircraft wing stall control using synthetic jets and other forms of control
  • Dynamics of micro-bubble flows and fluidic oscillators
Dr Shan Shan Huang
s.huang@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Her research interests are in the behaviour of buildings in fire, focusing on two main themes which are Robustness and Concrete in Fire.

Robustness

  • Behaviour of connections and their influence on frame response
  • Progressive collapse of steel/composite buildings in fire

Concrete in Fire

  • Transient strain / load-induced thermal strain of concrete
  • High-temperature concrete spalling
  • Edge cracking of composite slabs
Dr Aymen Idris
aymen.idris@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Oncology and Metabolism
The Medical School

Research interests

The primary interest of my group is in the area of pharmacology of inflammation induced bone remodelling associated with a variety of bone diseases. The specific aims of our research are to (a) uncover novel druggable signal transduction pathways essential for the regulation of bone - immune - malignant cell interactions, and (b) develop and test new therapeutic agents for the prevention and treatment of skeletal and non-skeletal complications associated with bone disease.

Dr Catherine Jackson
c.c.jackson@sheffield.ac.uk
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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.

Dr Georges Kesserwani
g.kesserwani@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Research interests

Dr Kesserwani current research interests revolve around:

  • Hybrid mesh-based/mesh-less numerical methods for solving conservations laws
  • Integrated river flow modelling on mobile bed with sediment transport and vegetation
  • Multi-layer coastal flow modelling with application to tsunamis
  • Integrated hydrological and flood modelling at multiple scales
  • High-performance computing and Multi-Agent-based systems


Dr Rosie Knight
rosie.knight@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of History

Rosie’s research focuses on women, race, and slavery in the American south. She has particular interest in the relationships between enslaved women and female slaveholders, mothering, and the slaveholding household. Her research also explores the uses of intersectionality in the history of women and slavery. She is happy to supervise students interested in the history of enslaved people and their enslavers in the American South; ideologies of race and gender; and in particular, women, mothering, the family, children, and the household under slavery.

Professor Lenny Koh
s.c.l.koh@sheffield.ac.uk
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Sheffield University Management School

Research interests

Prof. Koh's expertise lies in logistics/supply chain management, particularly in; low carbon futures/industries, low carbon supply chain, energy supply chain, environment and sustainability science, energy efficiency, and uncertainty management. She has also produced a considerable amount of research in production planning and control, enterprise resource planning, and information science. Professor Koh holds a First-class honours degree in Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, and a Doctorate in Operations Management. 

Dr Georgios Konstantopoulos
g.konstantopoulos@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

My research interests lie in the intersection of the ‘control systems’ and ‘power systems’ research areas, in particular:

  • Advanced control design of power electronic converters;
  • Nonlinear modelling and control of renewable energy systems (PV, wind power, etc.);
  • Nonlinear stability of microgrids and smart grids;
  • Control design of electrical drives and vehicles;
  • Fault ride-through control of grid-tied converters (inverters, rectifiers);
  • Conditions for stability of power networks;
  • Fundamental nonlinear control theory.
Dr Vitaveska Lanfranchi
v.lanfranchi@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Computer Science

Her research has a fundamental interdisciplinary nature, and has developed both in industry and in academia. It concerns the intersection among ubiquitous computing, knowledge capture and visualization and human computer interaction in fields as diverse emergency response, mobility, smart cities, manufacturing, aerospace and more recently wellbeing. Her research focuses on user participatory design methods to develop novel methodologies and interfaces for ubiquitous and mobile computing.

Professor Stephen Laurence
s.laurence@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of Philosophy

Research interests

Stephen's main research interests are in the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Some of the issues that interest him are: the nature of concepts and representations, the structure of the mind, the nativism/empiricism debate, cross-cultural cognitive variation, cultural transmission, and debates about different cognitive faculties including those involved in representing and reasoning about number, objects, minds, language, and morality.  He is also interested in broader questions about philosophical and scientific methodology.

Dr Thomas Leng
t.leng@sheffield.ac.uk
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Department of History

Research interests

Tom's research interests lie in seventeenth-century British history, with a particular interest in commercial policies, discourses and practices as well as the intellectual history of the period more broadly. He recently published a biography of the intellectual and state-employed expert in commerce, Benjamin Worsley (1618-1677). He is now working on the trading company known as the Merchant Adventurers in the seventeenth century.