Meet the people at White Rose DTC

The Academic Quality Committee (AQC) has responsibility for ensuring the successful operation and development of the White Rose DTC and reports into the WRDTC Steering Group (SG).

Members of the AQC include the Faculty Directors of Research & Innovation and Directors of Graduate Training (or equivalents) for each institution and the secretariat is provided by the White Rose DTC Clerical Officer. Students are also represented on the AQC via a rotational appointment. Chairing rotates around its membership on an annual basis. In line with the overall staged development of the DTC the role of the AQC will evolve over time.

The AQC oversees the coordination of the successful running and development of the DTC and ensuring the strategic development of the DTC in line with the original objectives. This includes:

  • designing and overseeing a studentship quota allocation system, based on both the ESRC steer and the strategic priorities of the DTC;
  • ensuring timely financial reporting;
  • overseeing the development of partnerships;
  • overseeing DTC events and activities.

Professor Craig Watkins, University of Sheffield

Professor Craig Watkins, University of Sheffield

Faculty of Social Sciences Director of Research & Innovation (FDRI), University of Sheffield

Professor Watkins graduated with a BSc (Economics) from the University of Strathclyde in 1989 and, after a (very) brief period in industry, worked as a researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde, the Department of Land Economics at the University of Paisley and the School of Planning and Housing at Heriot-Watt University. For much of this period  he also worked part time on a PhD (Land Economics) at the University of Paisley. In 1995, Craig was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen and in 1999 was promoted to Senior Lecturer. He joined the Department of Town and Regional Planning in February 2004 and was promoted to Reader in September 2004.

Tel: 0114 22 26925

Email: c.a.watkins@sheffield.ac.uk

Tobias Stadler, University of Sheffield

Tobias Stadler, University of Sheffield

Tobias Stadler is a PhD student at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) at the Sheffield University Management School. His research focuses on social inclusion at the workplace and its beneficial effects on well-being. The main idea is to utilise theories from social psychology and to test how they can be applied to the professional life.

Tobias is originally from Germany and holds a master´s degree in Psychology from Lund University (Sweden) and a bachelor´s degree in Psychology from Universität Salzburg (Austria). Both during his undergraduate and his master´s studies he spent time working as a student representative to make sure that students have their voice heard within different departmental committees. As a consequence, Tobias is currently working as a University of Sheffield student representative on the White Rose DTC Academic Quality Committee.

Shuang Qiu, University of York

Shuang Qiu, University of York

Shuang joined the Centre for Women’s Studies (CWS) at University of York as a doctoral researcher in October 2015 after receiving her Master degree in Media and Public Relations at Newcastle University. Her doctoral research focuses on Chinese couples living apart together (LAT) relationships, with the aim of explaining the meaning behind LAT relationships, and in a broad sense, how people interpret and understand the impact of social change on personal and familiar relationships.

She has presented her work at WRDTC Welcome Event 2016. She has recently co-organized Sisterhood in Action Conference 2017 at York and worked as a student representative on the White Rose DTC Academic Quality Committee.

Mr Stuart Lister, University of Leeds

Mr Stuart Lister, University of Leeds

Stuart Lister is Senior Lecturer in criminal justice in the School of Law at the University of Leeds. He is a graduate of the Universities of Durham (BA) and Leeds (MA) and has worked previously at the Universities of Oxford, Durham and Keele. At the University of Leeds, he is currently the Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (ESSL), the Director of the ESSL Graduate School, a member of the Graduate Board, and of the PGR Programmes of Study and Audit Group. He is also a member of the ESRC Plus 3 Assessor Panel. His research interests focus on exploring changes and continuities in the arrangement and provision of policing. He has a long-standing interest in the mixed economy of policing and security. He has previously been co-editor of ‘Criminology and Criminal Justice’.

Tel: 0113 343 5075

Email: S.C.Lister@leeds.ac.uk

Professor Stuart Bell, University of York

Professor Stuart Bell, University of York

I am a Barrister and originally pursued an academic career in research and learning and teaching alongside a private practice.  I have held academic posts at various universities in England and was first appointed as a Professor in 1998.  In 2007, I was fortunate enough to have been appointed as the first Chair in Law and the founding Head of the Law School at York and have subsequently spent my time working hard with others to establish York Law School.

As Academic Coordinator I support all of the Departments, Research Centres and Inter-Departmental Centres in the Social Sciences.  In my capacity as a member of York Law School, I lead a module on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Undergraduates and Postgraduates and also supervise postgraduate students.  In research, I am a participant in a number of multi-disciplinary research projects, the latest of which is related to the legal aspects of carbon capture and storage.

Tel: (01904) 325801

Email: stuart.bell@york.ac.uk

Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds

Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds

Professor Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Pro-Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Leeds. His forthcoming book Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice is published by Routledge in July 2012. He is a visiting Professor on the Global Law Programme at the Catholic University of Leuven. He is editor-in-chief of Criminology and Criminal Justice and is on the editorial boards of Déviance et Société and the European Journal of Criminology. He is a member of the Law sub-panel for REF 2014.  Adam is also a member of the DTC Academic Quality Committee.

Tel: 0113 343 5045

Email: a.crawford@leeds.ac.uk

Ning Lu, University of Leeds

Ning Lu, University of Leeds

Ning Lu is a PhD student in the ESRC-funded Consumer Data Research Centre (CDRC) at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on Big Data and ethical consumption. Ning has studied two masters in Biostatistics with Epidemiology and International Health Management at Imperial College London. He has had internships at UNESCO-IHE (the Netherlands) and City University London’s biotech commercial research. He has written more than 200 articles on Chinese national newspapers as well as UK Chinese newspapers. He has recently co-founded the Leeds Data Science Society and become a PhD representative in the Leeds University Business School.

Mostafa Attia, University of Leeds

Mostafa Attia, University of Leeds

Mostafa Attia is a disabled Egyptian student studying in his second year at the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Leeds University. His research focusses around the Egyptian revolution, global development and disability politics in Egypt. The research aims to understand how the events and consequences of the Egyptian revolution, as well the newly established SDGs, can pave the way to have more solid inclusive policies for the benefit of disabled Egyptians. Alongside this, he is working as a teaching assistant for the second year at the School of Sociology.

In 2009, he obtained his MA degree in disability studies at the University of Leeds. He has participated at several academic conferences during his studies to present his research findings. At the professional level, he worked with many policy making organizations in Egypt, as well as taking consultancy work with many international organizations and local NGOs. He is currently selected to be WRDTC representative for Leeds University.

Professor Matthew Festenstein, University of York

Professor Matthew Festenstein, University of York

Matthew Festenstein (BA Cambridge, PhD Cambridge) previously taught at the Universities of Hull and Sheffield. Matthew arrived as Professor of Political Philosophy at York in 2006. He was Director of the Morrell Centre for Toleration 2006-8, Research Director in the Politics Department 2008-9, and Head of Department 2010-15. He is currently Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences and director of the Research Centre for Social Sciences, and is a member of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Academic Quality Committee. Matthew has been an editor of Political Studies and Political Studies Review and a member of the Executive Committee of the Political Studies Association.

Professor Martin Jones, University of Sheffield

Professor Martin Jones, University of Sheffield

Director of WRDTC

Professor Jones graduated with a BA (Geography) from the University of Manchester in 1992 and also a PhD (Geography) from Manchester in 1997.  He was a Simon Research Fellow at the University of Manchester between 1996 and 1998. Martin was at Aberystwyth University between 1998 and 2013, received a personal chair in 2003, and held a series of senior management positions – Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences (2004-2008), Dean of Social Science (2008-2009) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (2009-2013). His PVC experience covered quality assurance and enhancement, student experience, engagement, and research.

 

Martin joined the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield and the White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre in September 2013.

Tel: 0114 222 8377

Email: director@wrdtc.ac.uk

Marion Oveson, University of Sheffield

Marion Oveson, University of Sheffield

I am a french-american 1+3 student currently in my first year in the department of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Sheffield. I’ve lived in England for 6 years now and enjoy it very much- so much so that I married a Sheffielder! My interests lie in learning more about the purpose of the university, its role within its city, how ‘impact’ is used as a research evaluative marker and how this then translates on the ground for ‘real’ people, and how engaged learning fits into all of this. I am passionate about making a difference both as a result of my research and also during the programme and look forward to being a student rep.

I have a Masters degree in Human Geography from the U of Sheffield and a dual Bachelor’s degree in International Studies & Romance Languages. I was a student rep for my Masters degree and have been trained as a community organiser, so I understand the importance of listening and of collective power.

Glyn Williams, University of Sheffield

Glyn Williams, University of Sheffield

Glyn is Reader in International Development in the Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of Sheffield, and previously held lectureships at Keele (1994-2002) and King’s College London (2003-2006). His research investigates the interactions between development programmes, governance practices, and citizenship in the Global South, which he primarily explored through work in India. His work is driven by a motivation to promote development practice which is more socially just in two key respects. First, by critically engaging with the core agendas of development interventions, looking at their limitations, their unintended consequences, and the spaces for resistance within them. Second, by seeking to represent more fully within academic and policy debates the agency and understanding of socially, economically and politically marginalised groups in whose name ‘development’ is often invoked. He is currently working within a Norwegian-funded project, Self-help or social transformation: The role of women in local governance.

Tel: 0114 222 6179

Email: glyn.williams@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Milena Buchs, University of Leeds

Dr Milena Buchs, University of Leeds

Milena Buchs is an Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low-Carbon Transitions in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds where she started in 2016. Prior to that she worked as Associate Professor in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, gained her PhD in Social Policy at the Humboldt University Berlin (2005) and BA/MA in Sociology at the Free University Berlin (2001). Milena’s current research focusses on issues around wellbeing, inequality and practice change in relation to energy use and low carbon societies. She is involved with the EPSRC Programme Grant on “Liveable Cities” and has held several other ESRC/EPSRC grants before that. At Southampton, Milena was Postgraduate Research Director for Sociology and Social Policy, coordinated the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre pathway on environment, energy and resilience, and supervised 11 PhD students across the social and environmental sciences.

Tel: 0113 34 34292

Email: M.M.Buchs@leeds.ac.uk

Annis Stead, University of York

Annis Stead, University of York

Annis joined the Department of Education at York as a PhD candidate in October 2015, following MA Women’s Studies (University of York) and BA Experimental Psychology (University of Oxford). She is a recipient of the Departmental Scholarship Award. Her doctoral thesis will aim to challenge the effectiveness of anti-”lad culture” campaigns in UK Higher Education. Prior to this, she has presented MA research findings on narratives of homophobic bullying at a BERA Sexualities Special Interest Group conference (Gender, sexuality and young people: After No Outsiders). And also conducted independent research concerning identities and intimate piercings, which was featured at a conference on body modification at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York (Body Project).