SMI Fellows

SMI Fellows are academics and experts commissioned to help us promote high quality research methods and training. They represent an impressive range of expertise not only in particular research techniques but also in how to communicate complex ideas and data to make our work relevant and useful to stakeholders. They take the remit of the SMI into departments, classrooms, board rooms, and the wider world. Our aim is to work with SMI Fellows to help build links between disciplines and external organisations, improving the evidence base for policy and business decisions by raising the standard of research methods and improving the public understanding of data and methods.

External SMI Fellows


Dr Emily Grossman

Emily Grossman (SMI Fellow) Emily is a science communicator, broadcaster and educator, working to make complex concepts more accessible particularly to young audiences. She has worked on a wide range of TV and radio programmes including ITV's This Morning, Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped, Sky News, BBC1's The One Show, Radio 4’s Last Word and the Guardian Science Weekly podcast. She was the resident science expert on ITV's The Alan Titchmarsh Show, and is currently appearing as a member of the panel of experts for Sky1's celebrity panel show Duck Quacks Don't Echo, hosted by Lee Mack. Emily also gives talks in schools, universities and at public events, and she teaches maths and all three sciences at all academic levels. For more information, visit her website: or follow her on Twitter: @DrEmilyGrossman.

Internal SMI Fellows

Name Department Area of Interest
Prof. Karl Taylor Department of Economics

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.

Dr. Navajyoti Samanta School of Law Navajyoti's teaching and research is focused on empirical company law and corporate governance. His doctoral research quantitatively investigated the long term impact of adopting shareholder primacy corporate governance on growth of financial markets in a multi-country framework.
Dr. Mark Tomlinson Department of Sociological Studies Mark has a strong methodological focus and is constantly exploring the boundaries of quantitative methods for use in social science. Mark's recent work has explored the use of Structural Equation Modelling in its many forms for the measurement of multiple dimensions of poverty and disadvantage.
Prof. J Allister McGregor Department of Politics Throughout his career he has used his background in economics, politics and social anthropology to study how the formulation and implementation of policies impact on poor people. His research involves the exploration of the interplay between poverty, vulnerability, power and inequalities.
Dr. Helen Turner Department of Politics Helen's principal research interests are in the areas of the philosophy of social science, the sociology of knowledge, International Relations theory, and security studies. I primarily focus on how knowledge is produced, disciplined, and practised within the discipline of International Relations.
Dr. Nasos Roussias Department of Politics Nasos’s research touches on several topics related with elections, voters and parties. He is currently working on several topics, dealing with electoral fraud, political participation in new democracies, voter and party learning, party organization, electoral behaviour and parliamentary representation.
Prof. Paul Clough Information School Paul's research interests focus on developing effective retrieval technologies that support users as they seek to fulfil their information needs. He has 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, and the evaluation of search systems.
Dr. Sheila Webber Information School Sheila's primary research interest is investigating information literacy and information behaviour in context. Contexts include different disciplines, different educational levels, different countries and cultures, different lifestages, and in the context of both physical and virtual environments. She favours qualitative methods, particularly phenomenography, and the mixed methods case study approach.
Dr. Yu Chen Department of East Asian Studies Dr Chen’s research interests are in China’s urbanisation and rural-to-urban migration, city development, urban labour market and housing. 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 migration.
Mr. Jamal Lahmar School of Education Jamal's areas of interest are centred on statistical literacy education and, more broadly, research methods teaching. Following his research interests, Jamal teaches qualitative and quantitative research methods on the BA in Education, Culture and Childhood, MA in Education and MA in Educational Research. His taught programmes cover a broad range of research skills including computer-aided analysis using IBM SPSS.
Dr. Kirsty Liddiard School of Education An avid public sociologist and activist scholar, Kirsty sees the effective, ethical and accessible communication of knowledge as a form of social, political, and economic justice. As such, she researches with and within marginalised communities and translates and disseminates all new knowledges from her research outside of the academy to non-academic audiences, spaces, and readers, as well as to key stakeholders of the research (disabled people, their organisations, and allies).
Dr. Petar Milin Department of Journalism Studies Petar's primary research interests are concentrated in areas concerned with understanding how humans process language.He has been particularly active in investigating word or lexical processing, though recent work extends this focus to the study of sentence processing and meaning as it is expressed in natural communication. Methodologically, his work combines established experimental approaches with robust statistical and computational modelling techniques.
Dr. Tom Moore Urban Studies and Planning Tom's research interests are in the field of urban studies, specialising in housing, community development and asset ownership, and the third sector. He has led research studies funded by the British Academy and Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and collaborated on a range of research projects for the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, Scottish Government, DCLG, Welsh Assembly Government, and third sector organisations.

Prof. Jeremy Dawson

Management School Jeremy’s research focusses mainly on team working, human resource management, climate and culture in the NHS, with current funded projects including topics such as measurement of general practice productivity, evaluation of interventions to improve staff well-being, and diversity and discrimination in the workplace. He has also worked on other topics, particularly work group diversity, work engagement and safety. He has a particular interest in areas of statistical methodology, including the testing and interpretation of interaction effects.
Dr. Nicola Dempsey Department of Landscape Nicola's research interests relate to understanding the complex relationship between landscape and humans. They focus on sustainable landscape planning and management, in particular how urban and rural landscape planning and management affect everyday life, quality of life and well-being.
Prof. Darren Robinson School of Architecture Darren's 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 there spatial and functional structures can be improved upon to maximise metabolic efficiency.