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University research leads

Environment and Engineering

Our Environment and Engineering research area is led by Dr Laurie Wright, Associate Professor of Marine Sustainability. Laurie is an environmental scientist who leads Solent’s Environmental and Engineering research strategy. He joined Solent University in September 2013. Previously, he was a teaching fellow in carbon management at the University of Southampton. He is co-chair of the American Center for Life Assessment (ACLCA) Education Committee, and a member of the Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI).

Laurie's expertise concerns the sustainability of industry environment interactions by understanding flows of materials and energy and their resulting impacts. He is particularly interested in investigating and reducing environmental impacts from the maritime industry and in the marine environment. His work is contributing to the development of sustainable solutions for maritime operations including in low carbon fuels, the role of remote and autonomous systems, and port management. He has a track record of appointments to service on external bodies, on the scientific and organisational committees of several international conferences, and as a scientific adviser to several national and international working groups. In 2016 he received the American Centre for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) Individual Award for Academic Leadership.

Human Function and Health

Our Human Function and Health research area is led by Dr Shelley Duncan. Shelley is the Human Function and Health (UoA 24) Research Lead. Shelley’s expertise lies within the fields of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience and exercise physiology. A core driver behind her work involves the development and facilitation of research that has potential to lead to real-world impact. To facilitate this activity, Shelley utilises multimodal research designs that incorporate mobile brain imaging, ambulatory ECG, and EMG to evaluate the relationships between cognitive and physical function. Shelley’s core areas of interest include the evaluation of the impact and dynamics associated with ageing and the influence of neurological diseases, namely Parkinson’s disease, and the evaluation and use of different tools and interventions, such as simulated immersive environments, to optimise decision making within the real-world context.

Shelley’s portfolio of research, partnership-working with academic partners and community organisations, as well as her contributions to the academic community through contributions to peer review duties, course leadership of the postgraduate certificate in research methods, leadership of the Mind-body connections research group, and PhD supervision, underpins Shelley’s proactive approach to the development and leadership of Solent University’s sport and exercise science researchers, whose work concerns the evaluation of human function, health and sporting performance.

Media, Culture and Arts

Our Media, Culture and Arts research area is led by Dr Donna Peberdy, Associate Professor of Performance, Sex and Gender. Donna is a senior lecturer in the Southampton School of Film and Television. Donna’s research focuses on acting and performance, gender, sexuality, and the politics of identity. She is the author of Masculinity and Film Performance: Male Angst in Contemporary American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), which was awarded CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2012. She is co-editor of Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversion (I. B. Tauris 2017) and series co-editor of the Screening Sex book series for Edinburgh University Press. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals Transnational Cinemas, Celebrity Studies, The New Review of Film and Television, Men & Masculinities, and numerous edited collections. She is co-curator of www.screeningsex.com and co-convenes the Screening Sex scholarly interest group for the British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies.

Social Policy

Our Social Policy research area is led by Dr Karen Burnell, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology. Karen, a Chartered Research Psychologist, completed her ESRC-funded PhD in 2007. Since 2008, Karen has worked in a number of different universities. Karen joined UCL as a post-doctoral research associate in 2008, working on the NIHR-funded SHIELD programme, which saw the development of three psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers tested through randomised controlled trials. Karen then joined the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer in health sciences research. In this role, she gained invaluable experience of the bidding process, working alongside charities and academic partners to develop or evaluate psycho-social interventions, predominantly for the veteran community. While at the University of Portsmouth, Karen was promoted to senior lecturer, and joined Solent University in 2018 as a senior lecturer in psychology. Karen’s current research concerns how and why heritage programmes can support wellbeing and mental health.

Karen’s portfolio of funded research, partnership-working with academic partners and community organisations, as well as her contributions to the academic community through contributions to expert review panels, peer review duties, and PhD supervision, make her well placed to develop and lead Solent University’s social researchers aligned to the REF Unit of Assessment 20, whose work concerns improving individual and community wellbeing through practice, provision, and policy.

Faculty research strategic leads

Faculty of Creative Industries, Architecture and Engineering

Associate Professor Guy Moreton is Faculty Strategic Lead for Research. He is experienced in creative practice research in art and design, and has submitted to RAE 2008, REF 2014 and REF 2021. His practice research in photography and the visual arts has been published and exhibited internationally, including recent critically acclaimed exhibitions at the Fondazione Prada for the Venice Biennale, and the University of Chicago’s Neubauer Collegium.

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

In the Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences we encourage collaboration, support research through the faculty advisory research group, research coffee events and a faculty wide research seminar series. In the Faculty, Dr Philippa Velija is the faculty strategic lead and Head of School of Social Sciences, Psychology and Education. As the faculty research lead Philippa takes responsibility for the alignment of the faculty research plan with the university research plan, and communicates between the faculty and research office as well as taking responsibility for the strategic oversight of research and research culture in the faculty.

Warsash Maritime School

Jaikar Sohal is School Strategic Lead for Research.

 

Doctoral co-ordinators

Our five doctoral co-ordinators maintain oversight of the quality of the postgraduate research student experience in their area:

  • Business and Law: Dr Whysnianti Basuki, Associate Professor in Business
  • Environment and Engineering: Dr Laurie Wright, Associate Professor of Marine Sustainability
  • Human Function and Health: Dr Shelley Duncan
  • Media, Culture and the Arts: Dr Donna Peberdy, Associate Professor of Performance, Sex and Gender
  • Social Research and Policy: Dr Karen Burnell, Associate Professor of Applied Psychology

Research office team

The Research office team provide support to Solent’s research staff and students. The Team is led by Professor Syamantak Bhattacharya, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange. He provides strategic leadership to the development and implementation of the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Enabling Strategy, building a supportive research culture in the University and enhancing the University’s research and knowledge exchange funding, income and league table position.

  • Professor Emma Wadsworth, Academic Lead in Research.
    Emma provides academic input to research and knowledge exchange bids and leadership into the running of the Graduate School.
  • Tom Cumming, Graduate School Officer
  • Ian McCulloch, Research Support Librarian
  • Meleri Pascoe, Research Information Officer
  • Andy Smith, UKRI and KE Data Management Officer
  • Katie Stickland, Research Funding and Projects Manager

Our research and knowledge exchange team

Dr Gareth Abbey
Lecturer

shakeel-ahmadDr Shakeel Ahmad
Associate Professor in Computing

Dr Mark Aldridge, Senior LecturerDr Mark Aldridge
Associate Professor

Dr Alberto AmoreDr Alberto Amore
Senior Lecturer

Chris Anderton, Associate ProfessorDr Chris Anderton
Associate Professor in Cultural Economy

Nadeem Anwar
Senior Lecturer

Lisa Arai, Senior LecturerDr Lisa Arai
Senior Lecturer

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Associate Professor in Business

Zakirul Bhuiyan
Associate Professor

karen-burnellDr Karen Burnell
Associate Professor

Dr Teresa Corbett
Senior Lecturer

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Research Fellow

Shelley DuncanDr Shelley Duncan
Senior Research Fellow

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Professor of Management Research

James FisherDr James Fisher
Senior Lecturer

Nicola Foster profile pictureDr Nicola Foster
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Ramy Hammady
Senior Lecturer

Dr Sarah Hillier
Senior Lecturer

Atsuhide ItoDr Atsuhido Ito
Senior Research Fellow

Stuart Joy, Senior LecturerDr Stuart Joy
Course Leader

Darren KerrDarren Kerr
Head of the Southampton Film and Television School

Flavia Loscialpo, Course LeaderDr Flavia Loscialpo
Course Leader

Rory MagrathDr Rory Magrath
Associate Professor Sociology

Brian McDonough, Course Leader, SociologyDr Brian McDonough
Course Leader

Terence McSweeneyDr Terence McSweeney
Senior Lecturer

Guy MoretonGuy Moreton
Associate Professor

Dr Emma Mosley, LecturerDr Emma Mosley
Senior Lecturer

Greg NeilDr Greg Neil
Research Fellow

Donna PeberdyDr Donna Peberdy
Associate Professor

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Associate Professor Sytems Engineering

Dr Catherine Phipps
Senior Lecturer

Dr Ben PowisDr Ben Powis
Course Leader

Jessie Qun RenJessie Qun Ren
Lecturer

Dr Fayyaz Rehman
Associate Professor Engineering Design

Tom SlevinDr Tom Slevin
Senior Research Fellow

James SteeleDr James Steele
Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Science

Mark TurnerDr Mark Turner
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Philippa VelijaDr Philippa Velija
Head of Social Science, Psychology, and Education

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Postdoctoral Researcher

David WebberDr Dave Webber
Course Leader

Brian Wink
Course Leader

James Wright, Senior LecturerDr James Wright
Senior Lecturer

Laurie Wright, Senior LecturerDr Laurie Wright
Associate Professor

Dr Pengfei Zhang
Senior Lecturer

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