Meet the people at White Rose DTP

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

Professor Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield

Professor Ruth Blakeley, University of Sheffield

In recent years, she has co-directed (with Dr Sam Raphael, University of Westminster), The Rendition Project, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, providing the most comprehensive analysis to date of the CIA’s Rendition, Detention and Interrogation programme. Ruth has published widely on these issues.

She is the Lead Editor of the Review of International Studies, a journal of the British International Studies Association (BISA), published by Cambridge University Press.

Ruth was previously Professor of International Relations and Head of School at the University of Kent, where she was first appointed to a lectureship in 2007.

Tel: 0114 222 8377

Email: r.blakeley@sheffield.ac.uk

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 Harry Torrance, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Harry Torrance, Manchester Metropolitan University

Harry Torrance is Professor of Education and Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange (RKE), Faculty of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University. His research interests include the interrelation of assessment, teaching, and learning; testing and educational standards; the role of assessment in educational reform and policy development; qualitative research methodology; and the relationship between research and policy, research governance, and research management. He has undertaken numerous research projects investigating these topics, funded by a wide range of sponsors, including ESRC. He is editor of the four-volume Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods in Education (Sage 2010) and a former editor of the British Educational Research Journal. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research and a contributor to the 4th and 5th editions (Denzin and Lincoln, Eds. 2011, 2018). He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences.

Mostafa Attia, University of Leeds

Mostafa Attia, University of Leeds

Mostafa Attia is a disabled Egyptian student studying in his third 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 third year across five modules in 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, e.g. the fifth and sixth Alter conferences for the European Society for Disability, Stockholm and Lausanne. At the professional level, he worked with many policy making organisations in Egypt, such as an expert board member of the National Council for Disability Affairs (2012-2015) as well as taking consultancy work with many international organisations, local NGOs and Disabled People Organisations. He is currently selected to be WRDTC representative for Leeds University.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mostafa-attia-64447938/

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.

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.

Dr Kate Reed, University of Sheffield

Dr Kate Reed, University of Sheffield

Kate joined the Department of Sociological Studies in January 2004 as a Lecturer in Medical Sociology. She conducted her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Liverpool, Lancaster and Southampton. After completing her PhD in 2000 at the university of Southampton, Kate held a lectureship from 2000-2003 in Sociology at the University of Kent before moving to the University of Sheffield.

Kate’s research interests are reproductive screening, early life loss, gender, health technology and social theory.

Tel: 0114 222 6478

Email: k.reed@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