Associate Members: Researchers & Practitioners

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One of the overarching responsibilities of the Eleanor Glanville Institute is to ensure that our research and expert knowledge is used to inform policy and practices across the University. We provide a central hub for EDI-related research and practice through our associate membership, bringing researchers and practitioners together from across many disciplines, building interdisciplinary capacity and critical mass in the EDI arena. We therefore work closely with a broad cross-section of Lincoln academics and professional services whose expertise feeds into the spectrum of EDI perspectives


If you work at the University of Lincoln and are interested in becoming an Associate Member of the EGI, please complete this short form.

Being an Associate Member provides you with the opportunity to profile yourself on the EGI website, to co-supervise our interdisciplinary cohort of PGR students, and to collaborate on funded programmes, research grants and commissioned research.


Prof Suzanne Clisby, Professor of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

Prof Suzanne Clisby

Professor of Education and Social Justice, School of Education

Suzanne Clisby (FRSA) is Professor of Education and Social Justice at the University of Lincoln with longstanding experience and expertise in academic research and leadership, teaching and authorship. She has conducted over 15 research projects, totalling circa. £8m and has trained numerous scholars in feminist methodological approaches and qualitative methods. She provides expertise in gender analyses, participatory development, life history narrative methods and creative praxis across a range of academic and NGO contexts, including a University of Iceland/UNESCO international fellowship programme. Professor Clisby was the UK PI of the Horizon Europe European MSCA EUTERPE project (€2.420m, 2022-26) and continues to work closely with the EUTERPE Consortium as Special Project Advisor, Supervisory Expert Advisor (Coventry) and Employability Mentor (Granada). Over the course of five years while based at Goldsmith’s, she Co-Directed the UKRI GCRF Global Gender and Cultures of Equality (GlobalGRACE) Project (€3.72m, 2017-2022), and previously she was the PI and Director of the Horizon 2020 MSCA Gender and Cultures of Equality in Europe (GRACE) Project (£3.719m, 2015-2019), and, for over a decade, Co-Editor of the Journal of Gender Studies. Her research focuses on gender, education and development. Her publications and edited collections include Gendering Women: identity and mental wellbeing through the lifecourse (with Holdsworth, 2016, Policy Press) in which she provides a materialist feminist analysis of the symbolic, structural and visceral violence of everyday encounters with constructions of gender; The State of Girls Rights in the UK (with Alsop, 2016, New Internationalists Publications); Theorising Cultures of Equality (with Johnson & Turner, 2020, Routledge); Gender, Sexuality and Identities of the Borderlands: Queering the Margins (2020, Routledge); Investigating Cultures of Equality (with Golańska and Różalska, 2022, Routledge); and Performing Cultures of Equality (with Durán-Almarza and Rodríguez-González, 2022, Routledge). 

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Prof Mo Ray, Professor of Health & Social Care Integration

Prof Mo Ray

Professor of Health & Social Care Integration

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Based in the School of Health &  Social Care, Mo specialises in gerontological research and has a strong interest in social relationships in older age, the management of illness and co-existing long term conditions and experiences of health and social care.  Current research projects are the 'Ethical Issues in Self Funding for Older People' (Wellcome Trust 2017–2020); and 'The Ageing of British Gerontology' (Leverhulme Trust 2015–2017). 

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Prof Anna Tarrant, Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences

Prof Anna Tarrant

Professor, School of Social and Political Sciences

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Anna Tarrant is Professor of Sociology at the University of Lincoln, where she is also the Director of the recently launched Centre for Innovation in Fatherhood and Family Research. She has been funded to the tune of £1.7 million by UK Research & Innovation to lead Following Young Fathers Further, a seven-year qualitative longitudinal and participatory study about the lives and support needs of young fathers. 

Anna is the author of Fathering and Poverty (2021, Policy Press), and Men, Families and Poverty: Tracing the Intergenerational Trajectories of Place-Based Hardship (2023, Palgrave Macmillan) with Professor Kahryn Hughes. Her forthcoming book with Bren Neale is called: The Dynamics of Young Fatherhood: Understanding the Parenting Journeys and Support Needs of Young Fathers (Policy Press). She is also the Chair of Trustees for the North East Young Dads and Lads.

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Prof Lucie Armitt, Professor in Contemporary English Literature

Prof Lucie Armitt

Professor in Contemporary English Literature

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Lucie Armitt is Professor of Contemporary Literature and is a literary critic with a research specialism in the field of Contemporary Women’s Writing. She is particularly interested in the work of Sarah Waters, Kate Mosse, Angela Carter and Jeanette Winterson. She was a founding Executive Steering Group member of the global research network The Contemporary Women’s Writing Association and a founding Associate Editor of the award winning international peer-reviewed academic journal Contemporary Women’s Writing (Oxford University Press). From 2012-14 she was the award holder of an AHRC-funded national training programme for early career researchers and postgraduate researchers working in the field of contemporary women’s writing. Her gender-related books include: Lucie Armitt, Contemporary Women’s Fiction and the Fantastic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000); Lucie Armitt (ed.) Essential Readers’ Guide to George Eliot (Icon Books and Palgrave Macmillan, 2000); Lucie Armitt (ed.) Where No Man Has Gone Before: Women and Science Fiction (Routledge, 1991). 

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Prof Simon Parsons, Professor of Machine Learning

Prof Simon Parsons

Professor of Machine Learning

Simon is a Professor of Machine Learning and the Head of the School of Computer Science. His current research focuses mainly on the application of artificial intelligence to increase the sustainability of the agrifood sector. He has a longstanding interest in widening participation in computer science, and a growing interest in what can be done to ensure that artificial intelligence is employed responsibly and fairly. 

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Prof Kerstin Meints, Professor in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology

Prof Kerstin Meints

Professor in Developmental Psychology, School of Psychology

Prof Kerstin Meints is Professor in Developmental Psychology, Head of the Research group “Development and Behaviour” and Head of Mentoring in the School of Psychology as well as Director of the Lincoln Infant and Child Development Lab and Head of Lincoln Education Assistance with Dogs (lead@lincoln). She is member of the “Autism Research Innovation Centre” and “Centre for Innovation in Fatherhood and Family Research”, and Board member of the International Society for Anthrozoology. 

Prof Meints’ research focuses on Child Development and Human-Animal Interaction, including dog bite prevention and animal-assisted interventions (AAI) with children and adults. With 30 years of experience, her interdisciplinary work with children and adults has seen the creation of assessment and educational tools (e.g., UK’s first early word learning norms), dog bite prevention tools (e.g., Blue Dog), safety and welfare tools for AAI (e.g., LEAD Risk Assessment tool) and includes cross-sectional and longitudinal studies, and randomised controlled trials. 

With a track record of externally-funded grants (e.g., ESRC, NIH/NICHD, MARS/WALTHAM) and impactful research, she has been awarded the prestigious International Suffrage Science Award for Women in Science. As Women in Science network member and as Head of Mentoring and Research group Lead she supports and fosters colleagues at all career stages. 

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Prof Anne Chick, Professor of Design, College of Arts

Prof Anne Chick

Professor of Design, College of Arts

Anne joined the University as Professor of Design in 2011. She is considered an early key international contributor to graphic and packaging design research and practice in the field of designing for sustainability, and is particularly interested in inclusive design. 

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Prof Carenza Lewis, Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, School of Humanities & Heritage

Prof Carenza Lewis

Professor for the Public Understanding of Research, School of Humanities & Heritage

My research explores how archaeological finds of items related to children’s play can advance understanding of the extent to which gender impacted on how and where children played and what they played with in the 19th and 20th centuries.  Excavations of more than 2000 1m2 ‘test pits’ in eastern England, primarily intended to reconstruct the long-term development of historic settlements, have produced a large number of finds of recent date mostly from domestic contexts such as gardens, greens, verges and playgrounds.  My research asks whether items which may be female-gendered (such as doll parts and tea sets) and those which may be male-gendered (such as toy soldiers and vehicle parts) are found in similar or different types of places, and what we can infer from this about adult attitudes to children of different genders, and the attitudes of children of different genders to their playthings. 

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Dr Debadayita Raha, Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship and Society, Department of Management

Dr Debadayita Raha

Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship and Society, Department of Management

Dr Raha is a Lecturer in Business and Society and an environmental social scientist. Her interests lie in the social intersectionality and interconnectedness of the changing environment and natural resource management (and mismanagement). She researches the social, cultural, and economic problems of urban and rural communities in the Global South, analysing their complex relationship with nature. Her research is embedded in participatory research utilising lived experience, ethnographic, and qualitative methods. Some interest areas include food security, coastal communities, renewable energy, corporate social responsibilities, and PPP (public-private partnerships). She serves as the Student Success Champion, and EDI Committee member for LIBS, and has been recognised as an awardee of the Advance HE Aurora Programme in 2020. 

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Dr Marianna Charountaki, Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Science

Dr Marianna Charountaki

Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Science

Marianna is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Lincoln (School of Social and Political Sciences). She has previously acted as Director of the Kurdistan International Studies Unit (2016–2019) at the University of Leicester. She is a BRISMES trustee and convenor of the BISA Foreign Policy Working Group. She is Research Fellow at Soran University (Erbil, Iraq) and member of the Greek Council for IR. She has worked as consultant at the Iraqi Embassy in Athens (Greece, 2011–2012). Marianna has been researching the Middle Eastern region, in light of IR discipline, but also through extensive field work research (2007 to present).  Her research lies at the intersection of IR theories, foreign policy analysis and area studies with an emphasis on the interplay between state and non-state entities. She is the author of the books The Kurds and US Foreign Policy: International Relations in the Middle East since 1945, (Routledge, 2011) and Iran and Turkey: International and Regional Engagement in the Middle East (I.B. Tauris,2018). She has published articles in Harvard International Review, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Third World Quarterly, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, International Politics Journal and others. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Dr Rachela Colosi, Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Dr Rachela Colosi

Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Rachela is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Lincoln, and co-developer of the LGBTQ+ Online Inclusivity Toolkit hosted by the Eleanor Granville Centre. She is also the EDI Co-Chair in the School of Social & Political Sciences

Rachela’s work with Nick Cowen explores the experiences of sexual and gender minorities on Online Social Networking Sites (SNS). This includes understanding the role of SNS in the construction of gender and sexual identities, and the ways in which online spaces support, but equally inhibit, non-normative expressions of gender and sexuality. The Online Inclusivity Toolkit was developed collaboratively with research participants representing LGBTQ+ communities, and aims to assist individuals, digital platforms, regulators, and civil society actors to make online life more welcoming to sexual and gender minorities. The research was funded by Research England’s QR Strategic Priorities Fund (QR SPF). 

Rachela has a research interest in sexualities and sexualised bodies. She has published work exploring lap-dancing club culture, the working conditions of lap-dancers, and on the regulation of sex work and sexual entertainment. Rachela has more recently published on the stigma management strategies of kinksters on SNS. Finally, as an ethnographer, she is interested in exploring different ways of developing this methodology and the positionality of the participant observer. 

Pronouns: She/Her/They/Them

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Dr Nick Cowen, Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Dr Nick Cowen

Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Nick is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln (UK), and co-developer of the LGBTQ+ Online Inclusivity Toolkit hosted by the Eleanor Glanville Centre. He is also research Ethics Lead in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Nick’s work with Rachela Colosi explores the expression of sexuality on online platforms. This includes the positive role of social networking sites in the constitution of minority identities and as spaces where discrimination and abuse can take place. Their aim is to discover ways that individuals, digital platforms, regulators, and civil society actors can make online life more welcoming to sexual and gender minorities. Their research is supported by UK Research and Innovation.

Nick’s research agenda is on the tensions between individualism and the moral imperatives of social justice. He is an expert on processes of discrimination and coercion both within legal systems and networks. His work on the criminalisation of minority sexual practitioners is published in the American Journal of Political Science. He is also the author of Neoliberal Social Justice (2021, Edward Elgar).

Nick is a Don Lavoie teaching scholar at the Mercatus Center, George Mason University. He was previously a Fellow at the New York University School of Law. He is an Associate Editor of Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. 

Pronouns: He/Him/They/Them

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Dr Behnaz Sohani, Lecturer in Robotics/Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr Behnaz Sohani

Lecturer in Robotics/Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr Sohani is a dedicated academic and seasoned educator with expertise in engineering and technology. As a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), she focuses on advancing engineering education and program development. Actively engaged in research, she leads the Biorobotics and Healthcare/Medical Technologies Laboratory (BMTec) and spearheads Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts in the School of Engineering. With a passion for transformative technologies, her work spans computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence applied to robotics and medical devices. Dr Sohani's commitment extends to mentoring students and facilitating postgraduate opportunities in her areas of expertise. 

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Dr Renata Ntelia, Lecturer in Games, School of Computer Science

Dr Renata Ntelia

Lecturer in Games, School of Computer Science

Renata Ntelia is a Lecturer in the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Digital Games, University of Malta. Her research pertains to affective HCI and experimental game design. More generally, she is interested in anything related to mediated experiences of romantic love and feminist and queer studies in contemporary media. She has also worked as a game writer and localisation expert. She has published journal articles and book chapters and presented her work at international conferences. Her 2023 paper “Merits of Gamification” won Notable Paper award in the Foundations of Digital Games Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. In June 2023, she was invited as a keynote speaker in the Digital Games Research Association Conference in Seville, Spain. From 2022 to 2023, she was the creative director of a location-based AR game application about Maltese history and culture that received a grant from the Malta Arts Council and is now freely available to download on GooglePlay and the AppStore. 

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Dr Sarah Sauve, Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr Sarah Sauve

Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr. Sarah Sauvé directs the Feminist Music Science Lab (FeMS Lab) and is interested in how research is done in addition to what questions we ask. Her primary lines of research include the neuroscience of learning, music perception in older adults and applying feminist practice and a critical lens to music science more broadly. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Psychology teaching first year undergraduate lectures on memory and auditory perception and postgraduate methods and statistics using R.

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Dr Kamila Irvine, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr Kamila Irvine

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Kamila is a Senior Lecturer in Body Image and Eating Disorders at the School of Psychology.
Her research interests are in body image, eating disorders, distressed eating, as well as weight stigma, diet culture, positive body image, fat acceptance, body functionality, and intuitive eating. She is also interested in body image and eating disorders in under-researched and under-represented groups. Kamila utilises the latest technologies such as Virtual Reality and 3D body scanning in order to improve methods and techniques in this area. She is also interested in lived experience, PPI, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. 
 

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Dr Elena Nichele, Lecturer in International Business Management, Department of Management

Dr Elena Nichele

Lecturer in International Business Management, Department of Management

Dr Elena Nichele is a Lecturer in International Business Management at the Lincoln University Business School. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous System Hub and the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute (University of Nottingham). Her expertise is cross-disciplinary and combines computer/technology-mediated linguistics and marketing communication. Elena is contributing and co-leading multiple projects on perceptions, often expressed with digital technology and AI. Her academic publications and research have also focused on the impact of identity and culture, particularly regarding the concept of authenticity. 

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Mr Jacob Diameh, Academic Support and Learning Facilitator, Department of Management

Mr Jacob Diameh

Academic Support and Learning Facilitator, Department of Management

Jacob has acquired his BSc in Management with Computing from RUCST, MSc in International Business and MSc in Accounting and Finance from University of Lincoln, UK. A seasoned professional with years in management and leadership roles, and currently working as Academic Support and Learning Facilitator at the University of Lincoln, supervising postgraduate students. Previously, he has served as Associate Lecturer with Department of Accounting and Finance, Department of Management, Postgraduate Student Officer, and Racial Diversity Officer at the University of Lincoln.  

Currently an EDI committee member of LIBS and in addition to his role, he is the Student Engagement Lead for Department of Management. He has spoken on various topics at the ISABS Conferences and was a recipient of the Lincoln SU Swanny Intercultural Impact Award. He is awarded a Fellow AdvanceHE professional recognition for my teaching and learning approaches in Higher education in UK. He has served and supported the Black History Month at the University in various capacity such as Guest Speaker, Event planner, Co-Chair and Moderator between those years. As part of his previous role at the University, he has served as a mentor for postgraduate students across several disciplines. He is also a co-founder of the Lincolnshire Black Community Network which has more than 300 members across Lincolnshire County in United Kingdom. As an Associate Member of EGI, he is available to mentor any mentee as part of the Pipeline Inclusive Mentoring Scheme (PIMS). 

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Dr Katie Hunt, Lecturer in Law, Lincoln Law School

Dr Katie Hunt

Lecturer in Law, Lincoln Law School

Dr Katie Hunt is a socio-legal scholar and humanist chaplain (https://chaplaincy.lincoln.ac.uk/about/humanist/). She holds a PhD in equality law and a Masters in Gender, Sexuality and Law, and publishes on discrimination, prisons, and sexual violence. As a queer, working class woman doing diversity work in an elite space, she is both subject to and complicit in the successes and failures of institutional EDI initiatives. She is open to joining or supervising projects that explore the law's capacity to redress oppression (whether critical, reformist or abolitionist), and/or evaluate the politics and effectiveness of corporate equality efforts, including the EGI itself. 

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Dr Simon Obendorf, Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Dr Simon Obendorf

Senior Lecturer, School of Social & Political Sciences

Dr Simon Obendorf is based in the School of Social and Political Sciences. He holds degrees in political science and law, and a PhD in international relations, from the University of Melbourne. Simon also serves as the Academic Lead for the institution-wide Decolonising at Lincoln project. Simon’s scholarly interests and expertise coalesce around issues concerning minoritisation on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sexual characteristics (SOGIESC); understanding and countering the negative legacies of European colonialism; and promoting the benefits of deeper intellectual pluralism across work in the academic and knowledge sectors. He is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Cheka Sana Foundation, which adopts a decolonial and partnership-based approach to its development work with street-connected children in Mwanza, Tanzania and Kampala, Uganda. Simon’s academic work is informed by – and largely the result of – his experience in international human rights activism around issues affecting communities minoritised because of their SOGIESC and those living with HIV/AIDS. 

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Dr Patrick Hylton, Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr Patrick Hylton

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Patrick joined the University in 1999, having previously lectured at the University of Greenwich, the University of Northampton and Nottingham Trent University. He has a particular interest in student-focussed changes to teaching and learning. Patrick is currently the Athena Swan lead for the Schoolof Psychology and Co-chair of the University's People of Colour Network.

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Dr Julie Bayley, Director of Research Impact Development

Dr Julie Bayley

Director of Research Impact Development

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Dr Julie Bayley is an  impact specialist and Chartered Health Psychologist. Julie has been an applied researcher in behaviour change interventions since 2003 and now combines academic research, impact management and training to develop impact literacy across research environment. Julie is champion of the Association of Research Managers and Administrators (ARMA) Impact Special Interest Group, leads ARMA impact training and sits on the ARMA Professional Development Committee. In 2015 she won the inaugural ARMA Impact award in recognition of her national reputation for building impact capacity. Julie is currently commissioned as Emerald Publishing Impact Literacy Advisor to support their ‘Real World Impact’ programme and works particularly with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to strengthen impact governance and impact of public and patient involvement. 

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Sean Morton, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care

Sean Morton

Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care

Sean qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1993  from St. Bartholomews Hospital in London. From 1999, he worked as a staff, then charge, nurse in a Level One trauma centre in Phoenix, Arizona (USA), where he completed his MA in Organisational Management, and was appointed Assistant Professor in nursing. In 2007 he returned to the UK, and after a brief management post in the NHS looking at Stategic Workforce planning, he secured a lecturership at  Nottingham University, and now at the University of Lincoln. He continues to have an interest in trauma and head injury management. 

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Ms Jenny Hamilton, Senior Lecturer in Counselling / Psychological Therapies, School of Psychology

Ms Jenny Hamilton

Senior Lecturer in Counselling / Psychological Therapies, School of Psychology

Jenny is a Senior Lecturer in Counselling/ Psychological Therapies and is Programme Leader for the MSc/ PGDip Counselling. Jenny additionally teaches on the BSc Psychology and Mental health and the PGDip High Intensity Psychological Interventions in the School of Psychology and guest lectures on the PGCert Safeguarding: Leading Safer Organisations in the School of Health and Social Care. Jenny is a counsellor and mindfulness teacher in private practice. Research interests presently include film therapy, mindfulness, trauma and grief counselling and neurodiversity in counselling. Jenny is the neurodiversity champion for the School of Psychology and co-leads the neurodivergent staff network. 

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Dr Erkan Demirbas, Senior Lecturer in Financial Economics, Department of Accountancy Finance and Economics

Dr Erkan Demirbas

Senior Lecturer in Financial Economics, Department of Accountancy Finance and Economics

Erkan Demirbas is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. His primary research field is economic growth and its determinants. Erkan has worked in higher education institutions in Turkey, Nigeria, and the UK. He actively supports his peers with grant applications and coordinates training projects to enhance PGR & PGT students' teaching skills at LIBS. 

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Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr Kirsten McKenzie

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Kirsten is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Lincoln. Her research focusses mainly on body representation; from the cognitive effects of bodily illusions on the experience pain, through to the effects that visual representation of bodies (or a lack thereof) has on body image, inclusivity and social engagement with places and spaces. She is particularly interested in the processes underlying body representation, body image and spatial awareness in individuals across the gender spectrum, and the cognitive and perceptual processes leading to somatic misperception and pain in under-represented groups. She uses a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques.

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Dr Agnieszka Rydzik, Associate Professor, Lincoln Business School

Dr Agnieszka Rydzik

Associate Professor, Lincoln Business School

Agnieszka’s research focuses on three key areas: (i) the gendered, racialised and precarious nature of tourism work; (ii) the experiences of marginalized and under-represented groups (e.g. migrant women workers in low skilled jobs, women brewers challenging male-dominated working culture, young adults on zero-hour contracts); (iii) migration and local communities. Agnieszka is currently involved in a UK government-funded project on migration, ‘Inclusive Boston’, which explores community both from the established residents and migrant communities’ perspectives. Agnieszka co-founded an international RSA research network on Migration, Inter-Connectivity and Regional Development (MICaRD), together with Dr Gary Bosworth (Visiting Professor, University of Lincoln), Dr Danica Šantic (University of Belgrade) and Prof Ruth McAreavey (Newcastle University).

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Dr Michael Toze, Senior Lecturer in Public Health and the Social Determinants of Health, Lincoln Medical School

Dr Michael Toze

Senior Lecturer in Public Health and the Social Determinants of Health, Lincoln Medical School

Michael has been at Lincoln since 2014, first as a PhD student, now as a Senior Lecturer in the Lincoln Medical School. He is a Trans man, with extensive experience of volunteering and researching with LGBTQI+ communities. Michael lives with his partner Matt, and their cat, Oscar. 

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Dr Trish Jackman, Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Sport & Exercise Science

Dr Trish Jackman

Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Psychology, School of Sport & Exercise Science

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Trish’s research has centred on mental toughness and flow states in sport. Some of her recent work qualitatively explored perceptions of bodily sensations experienced during flow states in equestrian riders. Her research interests include flow and clutch states, attentional focus, perceptions of the body during physical activity and issues affecting women in sport and exercise contexts. Current projects include work on the subjective experience underlying excellent performance in exercisers and psychological wellbeing in occupational settings. 

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Dr Nadia Gulko, Associate Professor, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics

Dr Nadia Gulko

Associate Professor, Department of Accountancy, Finance and Economics

Dr Gulko is a Principal Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK), qualified with CIMA, and CGMA Academic Champion in the UK. She is a Member of Education Committee of the International Association for Accounting Education and Research (IAAER) and a Member of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of the European Accounting Association (EAA). She has increasingly championed teaching excellence and the EDI agenda in the role of an Associate Professor of Accounting and also School Director of Teaching Learning (2018-2021) at the University of Lincoln. In 2021, she was nominated by the Eleanor Glanville Centre for her significant impact to Lincoln International Business School. Promoting inclusive and reflexive practices, Dr. Gulko led several teaching and learning initiatives, supported professional development of staff, and acted as an effective mentor for colleagues in the department and beyond. She demonstrated very strong evidence of impact on students and colleagues and contributed to a wide range of university committees internally and externally. Her research focuses on accounting and business education, CSR, ESG, and SDGs disclosure, corporate board diversity, and environmental management accounting. She led a research project (2018-2022) and a series of successful improvements in supporting international students, focusing on improving the student support and experience through peer mentoring and peer learning approaches. She is passionate about sharing best practice, fostering a culture of teaching excellence, awareness, and inclusive student engagement, enhancing the student learning experience through EDI activities within/beyond curriculum, improving graduate success, and supporting wellbeing of students and staff. A particular strand of her current research is around student voice and creating safe spaces.  

Dr Gulko has received external research grants from AICPA&CIMA (Teaching Excellence project 2022-2024), Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Inclusive Student Engagement, 2024-2026), PRME UK & Ireland (2024-2025), and several internal Teaching and Learning Innovation and Research grants from her university. She has been awarded several research, teaching, and service awards from her university and professional organisations, including the KPMG GIWB Best Paper Award 2023 (USA) for a paper entitled ‘The role of gender in perceptions of teaching excellence by accounting and business students’ at the American Accounting Association Annual Congress. 

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Dr Ruth Gaunt, Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr Ruth Gaunt

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

One area of my research applies a social psychological approach to the study of gender and families. It aims to identify the complex mechanisms that inhibit or facilitate greater gender equality in the home. In a long series of studies, I have examined the processes through which parents’ social psychological characteristics (e.g. their value priorities, identities, ideologies) interact with socio-demographic backgrounds to produce patterns of division of work and childcare. 

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Dr Ana Jordan, Associate Professor, School of Social & Political Sciences

Dr Ana Jordan

Associate Professor, School of Social & Political Sciences

Programme Leader: MA Gender Studies

Ana obtained a PhD from the University of Bristol in Politics, entitled “Gender and the Ethics of Care: Theorising care through fathers’ rights discourses”. Ana specialises in political theory, gender and politics and new social movements. Her research interests encompass debates in contemporary political theory around the ethics of care, and issues relating to masculinities.  

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Ms Diane Charlesworth, Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Film, Media & Journalism

Ms Diane Charlesworth

Senior Lecturer, Lincoln School of Film, Media & Journalism

Diane specialises in star and celebrity studies, gender politics, British broadcasting history and media ethics, regulation and law. Her current research focuses on the places and spaces for the female television personality in British television history. 

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Dr Niko Kargas, Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Dr Niko Kargas

Associate Professor, School of Psychology

Niko's research focuses on developing and evaluating individualised evidence-based autism-specific approaches for assisting professionals working in education, employment and other social services. Specifically, Niko is investigating the role that sensory sensitivities play in the expression of autistic behaviours and abilities and how these influence functional life. This knowledge is important for informing professional practice and formulating policies that will promote inclusion and enrich the lives of autistic people and their families. 

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Dr Suneela Sardar, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr Suneela Sardar

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering

I am a passionate Chemical Engineer dedicated to advancing sustainable energy technologies and mitigating environmental challenges. I did my PhD Chemical Engineering at University of Leeds and pursued on materials for sustainable energy storage devices. I also researched on sustainable minerals processing and molten salts for nuclear energy applications and carbon capturing technologies.  

Currently, I am Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University of Lincoln and teaching the Masters’ students. I am also involved in supervising the students’ projects and mentoring the students through personal tutorial sessions. Having a strong interest in research I am working on interdisciplinary research topics to tackle pressing global challenges. 

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Dr Jade Shepherd, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Heritage

Dr Jade Shepherd

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Heritage

I’m a historian with research interests in Victorian asylums, crime, gender and psychiatry. My Ph.D thesis, ‘Victorian Madmen: Broadmoor, Masculinity and the Experiences of the Criminally Insane 1863-1900’, examined the crimes, trials and asylum experiences of men committed into Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. I’m currently working on my first monograph, Broadmoor’s Men: Masculinity, Class and the Victorian Criminal Lunatic Asylum. 

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Dr Erin Bell, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Heritage

Dr Erin Bell

Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities & Heritage

My gender-related research initially focussed, during my PhD (2003) at the University of York (supervisor Dr Mark Jenner) on masculinity in the early modern period; specifically, the differences between ideal manly behaviour of members of religious nonconformist minority groups such as Quakers, in contrast to those in the religious mainstream, and focussing on the significance of pacifism to Quaker identity. More recently I have started to explore the representation of such groups by outsiders in the period c.1650-1800, which has enabled me to consider the threat to hegemonic masculinity posed by alternatives such as Quaker pacifism manhood, but also by Quaker women, who played a very active role in the life of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the period and therefore were at times perceived as an unruly threat to the gender status quo. In addition, when working as part of the AHRC-funded Televising History 1995-2010 research project (2006-10), and in later work considering the representation of the past onscreen, much of my research has considered the different televisual representations of men and women, both as historical actors and as professional historians. 

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Dr Taghread Hudaib, Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy

Dr Taghread Hudaib

Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy

Dr Taghread Hudaib, a distinguished scientist, is a valued faculty member at the University of Lincoln's School of Pharmacy. With a robust background in biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, Dr Hudaib excels in both teaching and research. Their dynamic approach to education involves engaging students with the challenges of pharmaceutical sciences. Dr. Hudaib's research contributions extend across various dimensions of the discipline, notably in green biological chemistry, biological markers, herbal medicine, and alternative biological models. With a strong commitment to advancing environmental sustainability, Dr Hudaib's impactful work contributes significantly to the academic landscape, shaping the future of pharmacy education and research at the University of Lincoln. 

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Dr Rebecca Styler, Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Heritage

Dr Rebecca Styler

Associate Professor, School of Humanities & Heritage

Rebecca’s primary research interest lies in women’s religious writing of the nineteenth century, and literary explorations of religion in relation to gender. Having published on writers including Josephine Butler, Harriet Martineau, Anne Bronte, Anna Jameson and Elizabeth Gaskell, and on spiritual autobiography and biography, her current project explores maternal ideas of God in the era 1850-1920. Other interests include life writing, Gothic literature, and the figure of the child, in relation to feminism and spirituality.

Rebecca founded the Nineteenth-Century Research Group in the Lincoln College of Arts, and was a committee member for the Midlands Inter-Disciplinary Victorian Studies Seminar (2011-16). She is Editor of the Gaskell Journal

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Dr Xin Liu, Lecturer in Design, Manufacturing or Materials Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr Xin Liu

Lecturer in Design, Manufacturing or Materials Engineering, School of Engineering

Dr Xin Liu received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham in 2017. He continued his academic journey at the same university before joining the University of Lincoln. Currently, Dr. Liu's research primarily centres on the development of advanced functional materials tailored for low-carbon energy technologies, particularly in energy storage, low/zero-carbon fuels, energy catalysis, and carbon capture.  In addition to his technical focus, he is also interested in exploring the practice of Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) within the domain of low-carbon energy technologies. 

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Dr Saeid Pourroostaei Ardakani, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Computer Science

Dr Saeid Pourroostaei Ardakani

Senior Lecturer in Computer Science, School of Computer Science

Saeid Pourroostaei Ardakani currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Lincoln, UK. He is a member of MLearn research group, an associated member of Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS), and has formerly worked at the University of Nottingham (UNNC) as an Assistant Professor in Computer Science, member of the Next Generation Internet of Everything Laboratory (NGIoE) and Artificial Intelligent Optimisation Research group. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath focusing on data aggregation in Sensor Networks. Saeid’s research and teaching expertise centres on smart and adaptive computing and/or communication solutions to build collaborative/federated (sensory/feedback) systems in Internet of Things (IoT) applications and cloud environments. He is also interested in distributed and parallel computing especially for (ML-enabled) Big Data applications. To date, Saeid has published two monographs  and more than 100 journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, and technical reports.

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Dr Bukola Onarinde, Associate Professor, National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

Dr Bukola Onarinde

Associate Professor, National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

Dr Bukola Onarinde is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) University of Lincoln. Bukola joined the University as an International Student and became a member of staff in 2010 after completing her PhD.  

Bukola is a Research Scientist with broad experience in microbiology, food science and food chemistry. Bukola’s research includes bio-surveillance of food pathogens, AMR studies, shelf-life studies, microbial risk assessment, metagenomics, WGS, meta-transcriptomic analysis of VBNCs and process validation. Along with her research, Bukola is also the Postgraduate Research (PGR) Lead for her school and have supervised to successful completion PhD students. 

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Mrs Adebukunola Feyisitan (Bookie), Academic Support and Learning Facilitator, Department of Management

Mrs Adebukunola Feyisitan (Bookie)

Academic Support and Learning Facilitator, Department of Management

Bookie is an Academic Support and Learning Facilitator in Lincoln International Business School. Bookie obtained her B.A and M.A in English language and a second M.A in Technology Enhanced Learning. She  joined the Lincoln International Business School in 2023 where she offers support to undergraduates and postgraduate students in the achievement of their academic goals. Bookie is interested in the lived experiences of international students and advocates for the recognition of their prior learning experiences and leveraging on this in the provision of pleasurable student experience for them in the UK. Bookie’s research areas are in Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, technology and learning and decolonisation of the curriculum. 

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Dr Anna Vysotskaya, Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

Dr Anna Vysotskaya

Lecturer in Accountancy and Finance

As the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead at Lincoln International Business School (LIBS), Anna works with a diverse and talented team of faculty and staff to promote a culture of respect, inclusion, and empowerment in our academic community. Anna also leads the Postgraduate Module on Sustainability Reporting and Business Ethics, where she teaches and mentors master and PhD students on the latest trends and practices in sustainable accounting and finance.  Anna is a FHEA and has a PhD in Accounting and Finance from Southern Federal University and over 10 years of experience in accounting education and research. Anna has published several papers on topics such as matrix accounting, data visualization, and gender issues in accounting. She is also the Vice President of Research at the American Accounting Association and the National Representative at the European Accounting Association Board. Anna serves on the editorial board of Accounting Education (Taylor&Francis) and Journal of Accounting Education (Elseiver). In 2022 Anna was awarded the Best Paper Award by the American Accounting Association GIWB for the research entitled “Gender Equality and Sustainable Strategies: Evidence from 30 S&P 500 Companies”. Anna designed and launched the international PG program Master in Global Business and Forensic Accounting (SFEDU) in 2019 and Administered the online PG program Master of Business Analytics (HSE) at Coursera in 2021-2022. Prior to joining the University of Lincoln, Anna was teaching at Woosong University (South Korea) in 2017, Kean University (USA, a branch in Wenzhou, China), and at Higher Colleges of Technology in (Abu Dhabi, UAE). 

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Miss Gemma Machin, Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care

Miss Gemma Machin

Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care

I’m a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care and a qualified Occupational Therapist. Originally from the Isle of Wight, I worked clinically in inpatient mental health setting in London for several years before moving to the midlands in 2020. 

I have a particular interest in Occupational Science and especially concepts of occupational justice.  I am passionate about empowering occupationally marginalised and deprived populations. Most recently this has led me to begin to explore the role for Occupational Therapy with those that have experienced domestic abuse. 

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Dr Valentina Sclafani, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Dr Valentina Sclafani

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

I am a Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology with a background in Neuroscience and Behavioural Biology. I lead longitudinal cross-cultural studies in the UK, South Africa, and Malaysia, exploring the interplay between cultural values, social structures, and maternal behaviours, offering insights into how diverse environments shape mother-infant relationships and ultimately influence infant socio-emotional trajectories. I also conduct comparative studies across various species of primates to trace the evolutionary root of parenting behaviours. Through interdisciplinary projects and diverse research methodologies, I seek to unravel the fundamental mechanisms underpinning early human development, shedding light on the intricate interplay between nature and nurture. 

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Dr Charlotte Smith, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management

Dr Charlotte Smith

Senior Lecturer, Department of Management

Charlotte is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour & Management. She gained her PhD at the University of York with a thesis which drew on social exchange theory and signalling models of gift-giving to explore individuals’ experiences of recognition at work. Her research interests include all aspects of employee reward (particularly non-cash forms), dysfunctional consequences of HR practices, and workplace stress. She is currently working on a new research project (with Dr Laura McQuade, LIBS) exploring international students’ experiences of higher education study during and after pregnancy. 

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Mrs Rachael Dagnall

Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology, School of Psychology

Rachael is a HCPC Registered and BPS Chartered Forensic Psychologist and an Associate Professor in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln. She is Programme Director for the MSc Forensic Psychology and currently leads on an approach to decolonise the forensic psychology curriculum. Prior to Joining the University, Rachael was employed as a Forensic Psychologist within HMPPS, having gained over 17 years' experience working in prisons. She continues to work collaboratively with her HMPPS colleagues to ‘bridge the gap’ between academia and practice. Her current research interests aim to develop approaches to support those working and living in prison, having recent involvement in an ESRC funded project exploring the impact of COVID in prisons. More broadly, her research explores qualitatively, the experiences of people experiencing multiple disadvantage and those offering support. 

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