Other Discipline Leads and Theme Partners

Keri is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the Graduate School of Education. She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society. From 2002-2008 Keri was Research Director at Futurelab where she brought together researchers, educators, digital artists, computer scientists and young people to create prototypes of new approaches to education. Since 2013, Keri has been Leadership Fellow for the RCUK Connected Communities Programme (www.connected-communities.org). This £20m+ research programme is creating new relationships between communities and universities, drawing on arts and humanities perspectives and methods to enable new forms of knowledge production to address urgent contemporary issues.

Professor Keri Facer, Education

Rich is Director of the Cabot Institute which explores fundamental, applied and multidisciplinary approaches to understanding, adapting to and governing with environmental uncertainty. In his own research he uses a combination of organic geochemical tools to characterise organic matter in a variety of natural materials. These carry signatures that allow the investigation of past climates, microbial adaptation to the environment and biogeochemical processes. Topics he is interested in range from the East Asian Monsoon to rapid changes in the global carbon cycle.

Professor Rich Pancost, Chemistry & Director of the Cabot Institute

Colin heads up the University’s Future Cities research. He is interested in developing new, holistic, risk-based approaches for managing the performance of complex built environment systems over their life-cycle (design to decommissioning) and applying these ideas to assessing the impact of climate change on the UK Electricity Supply Industry and other utilities. He was one of the lead academics in development of the £15m BLADE laboratories.

Professor Colin Taylor, Civil Engineering

Theo’s work extends broadly to security penetration testing and digital forensics. He is also interested in aspects of professional responsibility of ethical hackers and forensic investigators, such as codes of conduct, standardisation of reporting, impact of locality and national cultures etc. Theo teaches Systems Engineering which looks at how we build, deliver and control complex and usually large-scale engineering systems - anything from computer applications to bridges and space rockets; and Systems & Technologies for Smart Cities is an introduction to the capabilities of ICTs within the context of future cities.

Dr. Theo Tryfonas, Civil Engineering

Lars is Professor of Practice in Translational Medicine and Director of Enterprise and Translation, West of England Health Sciences Network. He leads SARTRE which is translating medical research into new treatments and therapies to benefit patients. SARTRE was established with strategic funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) along with support from Bristol and Cardiff universities and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Professor Lars Sundstrom, Director of Elizabeth Blackwell Institute

Best known as the lead architect of the Inmos transputer, David’s work influenced a generation of computer scientists and engineers. More recently, he transformed the Bristol University computing curriculum. David’s time is now split between working with students and working with his spin-out company XMOS.

Professor David May FREng, FRS, Computer Science

Kevin is the head of department for Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His research interests are in the design and development of new and novel methods of radio frequency power amplification. He leads a three year industrially funded project in the area of efficient linear amplifier design. He is the joint author of 3 patents.

Dr. Kevin Morris, Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Brian is Senior Lecturer and Education Director of the School of Experimental Psychology. At Bristol he has explored a broad range of topics, employing both quantitative and qualitative techniques, and his most recent research concerns the role of glucose in supporting cognition, especially in relation to episodic memory and the function of the hippocampus (cognitive neuroscience). He has taught undergraduates and post-graduates from across the Faculty of Science covering memory, attention, information processing, occupational health, and the chemical modulation of cognition.

Dr. Brian Stollery, Psychology

A Cultural-Historical Geographer by training (MA, MRes, PhD), her research broadly focuses on relations between people and the material world and the ways in which these relations are imagined and practiced in the conduct of science, art and architecture and everyday life.

Dr. Merle Patchett, Geography

Stephen studies the behaviour of electrons in materials by annihilating them with positrons (which are the anti-matter partners of electrons) and measuring the radiation that is produced. It is the electrons in materials which govern many interesting and useful properties, from how metals conduct electricity and heat to more exotic phenomena such as magnetism and superconductivity. It is then possible to compare experimental reality with the predictions of quantum mechanics.

Dr. Stephen Dugdale, Physics

Simon is a Professor of Performance, a writer and scholar. He has taught performance practices, including contemporary playwrighting, directing and devising work, as well as theatre history, ranging from Shakespeare and his contemporaries, to nineteenth-century Naturalism, to twentieth-century British political playwrights and contemporary experimental performance and live-art practices. He founded and co-direct the performance company Bodies in Flight, which has to date produced 17 works and numerous documents of performance that have at their heart the encounter between flesh and text, where words move and flesh utters.

Professor Simon Jones, Theatre

Rob works on the history of South Africa and transnational social movements. He is particularly interested in the everyday life of political activism, and works with former anti-apartheid activists, both locally and nationally, on projects aimed to preserve and promote the movement's contribution to histories of human rights and democratic transformation. He was a co-investigator on the recent 'Know Your Bristol - On the Move' project, working with digital technologies to create an online historical record of the Bristol Anti-Apartheid group.

Dr. Robert Skinner, Lecturer in Modern History

Neal is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. In 2000-2001 he was the Director of the Computer Music Studio at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and from 1998-2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University as recipient of a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship.

Dr. Neal Farwell, Music

Fiona is an evolutionary social anthropologist studying cross-cultural diversity using phylogenetic comparative methods. Her main domains of interest are in kinship and social organisation as it evolves at the language-family level, with a focus on the Austronesian-speaking societies of the Pacific. She also has broad interests in a number of evolutionary approaches to human behaviour.

Dr. Fiona Jordan, Anthropology

Chris was Director of the Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC) at the University of Bath and from 2005-2009 he led the EPSRC Grand Challenge Project in Knowledge and Information Management Though-Life. Prior to 1984 Chris worked as a production engineer and then design engineer in the railway and automotive industries. Chris is currently immediate past-President of the international Design Society and on the editorial boards of Research in Engineering Design, Journal of Design Research and Journal of Engineering Design. Chris's research interests are in engineering design, especially concerning the application of computers to the management of information and uncertainty in design, and to design automation.

Professor Chris McMahon, Mechanical Engineering: 2006-2011

Before starting his career in academia, he worked in industry for around ten years in the US, Argentina and Chile. Dr Fornes received the Liupan Mountain Friendship Award from the Ningxia Government (China) in December 2010 for his contribution to the region's economic and social development, and is Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. His main research interest is management in emerging economies, especially foreign exchange exposure in these markets, and the internationalisation of small business from emerging countries. He is currently doing research on the internationalisation of Chinese SMEs and the economic relations between China, Europe and Latin America.

Dr. Gaston Fornes, Sociology Politics And International Studies

David is a Royal Society Research Fellow whose work to understand energy transfer in molecular systems was recently awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's 2014 Harrison-Meldola Prize. He holds a joint proleptic lectureship between the Department of Chemistry and Computer Science, as well as a visiting scholar appointment at Stanford University. David is a theoretical chemist, author, inventor, and the creator of danceroom spectroscopy, an interactive science-meets-art installation that has introduced the beauty and complexity of the atomic world to thousands of people across the UK and Europe. David’s approach to investigating quantum and classical dynamics has earned him a global reputation in both the scientific and creative world, thanks in part to danceroom spectroscopy which has featured at Bristol’s Arnolfini, the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and Londons Barbican Arts Centre.

Dr. David Glowacki, Chemistry
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