Our Better Business researchers

Bruno Gallotta

As a Researcher in Researcher in Digital Innovation for Productivity and Sustainability, Dr Bruno Gallotta leads and delivers research and business research activities around engineering for sustainability and net zero to SMEs in the city of Derby.  

Sayantan wearing a suit and tie with black framed glasses.
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Economics in January 2016. Before joining here, he was working as a Research Assistant at the University of Huddersfield. Currently, he is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Economics for Business and the Subject Leader for Joint Honours Economics.

Devi Gill
Senior Lecturer in Marketing Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Marketing (Management) and BA (Hons) Marketing (Consumer Psychology)

Devi Gill is a Lecturer in Marketing within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences and teaches across a range of modules in the areas of branding, market sensing, and design and creativity for marketers. Devi's research interests lie in the areas of brand heritage, authenticity and corporate social responsibility of retailers.

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Academic Lead in Business and Management

Senior Lecturer in Business and Management, Dr Valentina Gorchakova, returned to academia after a number of years working in business, including running a start-up company in marketing and events, and for the UN Development Programme. Valentina joined the University of Derby Online Learning in 2017 and became a Programme Leader of the BSc (Hons) in Business and Management in 2018.

Charles Hancock reading a book.
Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Charles is the programme leader for MSc Marketing Management. He is an award-winning lecturer with a passion for inspiring students to achieve. He has research interests in discovering deep customer value through using a visual research methodology and is currently interested in exploring the future of the high street.

Programme Leader for International Business Management

Dr Mehdi Hasan is a Senior Lecturer in the discipline of Economics and Finance. He is the Programme Leader for the International Business Management. Currently, he leads a number of Economics and International Business modules at various levels. His research interests include, but are not limited to various aspects of third-sector and emerging economies. 

Parminder Johal
Head of Discipline for Accounting, Economics and Finance

As Head of Accounting, Parminder Johal leads a team of passionate and dedicated professionals. Parminder is a professionally qualified accountant and member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMA). Parminder previously worked in industry as a senior financial analyst for BT plc.

Senior Lecturer Operations and Marketing

As Director of Studies and First Supervisor, Christine's focus is on doctoral tutorship. Specialist areas small business development and management; operations and logistics and sustainability.

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Postgraduate Research Student

Eisen is a postgraduate researcher associated with the Centre of Business improvement and ERDF Low Carbon Business Network Project at the University of Derby. 

Senior Lecturer in Economics

An applied economist passionate about teaching, enthusiastic about research and keen on professional engagement. His role within the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences spans the full range of academic activities from teaching at all levels, to leading programmes, to keynote speaking and business consultancy and to applied research.