Our researchers

We have around 300 research-active staff at Derby and 400 doctoral students. They are investigating subjects as diverse as cybercrime, Long Covid, mental health, biomedical science, greener forms of transport, and asylum seekers' experiences. Learn more about our people and their research.

Samuel Kasule
Professor, Postcolonial Theatre and Performance

Sam is President of the African Theatre Association (UK), and is on the judging panel of the Wole Soyinka Pan African Prize for Literature and is a member of the jury for the Nollywood Film Awards (UK).

Reader in intelligent instrumentation

Dr Ahmad Kharaz is a reader in intelligent instrumentation. Dr Kharaz has extensive experience over many years of undertaking precision measurements, in a wide variety of contexts.

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Lecturer in American Studies

As Lecturer in American studies, Daniel King teaches across a range of modules focused on the literature, culture, and history of North America. 

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Senior Lecturer in Mathematics

Nicholas Korpelainen is a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics.

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Researcher

Dr Anil Kumar is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the area of Decision Sciences at the University's Centre for Supply Chain Improvement.

Professor of Cyber Security

As head of Cyber Security Research Group, Professor Kurugollu directs and supports research and teaching activities in Cyber Security. He contributes to developing college and university wise strategies for creating a healthy academic environment for students, researchers, academic and admin staff in University of Derby. 

Professor of Discrete and Applied Mathematics

Peter contributes to the HE sector through a variety of mathematically related professional activities. The author of over 100 journal papers, he also writes occasional essays and media pieces on aspects of mathematics and wider academia.  

Ruth Larsen
Senior Lecturer in History; Programme Leader for BA (Hons) History and Integrated Masters in History; Subject Lead for Joint Honours History

As a Senior Lecturer in History, Ruth Larsen is the Programme Leader for undergraduate History programmes. She has research expertise in British History of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, especially relating to gender history and the history of the country house.

Professor in Composite and Aerospace Engineering

Le Huirong is a Professor in Composite and Aerospace Engineering. He is currently leading a European Regional Development Fund project on 'Catalysing Growth through Research for Transport Equipment Manufacturing' to support a wide range of SMEs in D2N2 region.

Sung-Hee Lee
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy

Dr Sung-Hee Lee has developed broad understanding in sociology and social policy, mainly focused on care and gender issues within the context of comparative study between Europe and East Asia. Sung-Hee is currently commencing a research project investigating the childcare policy development in East Asia and assessing the impact on working mothers' work-life balance. 

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Celebrating female researchers

We are working hard to enable all academics and researchers to succeed regardless of their gender, race and background. We're a member of Athena SWAN and organise a variety of activities throughout the year to promote gender equality.

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