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.

Sigrid Lipka against a nature background
Associate Professor in Psychology

Sigrid's research focuses on reading and wellbeing, behaviour change and doctoral pedagogy. She teaches at all levels, supervises research students and contributes to the university's doctoral supervisor training. As Deputy Chair of the HPSC College Research Committee, she supports our research community and contributes to strategic developments enhancing sustainable research and innovation

Dr Kapila Liyanage
Senior Lecturer in Engineering Management

Dr Liyanage is the Programme Leader for MSc Strategic Engineering Management and BEng (Hons) Engineering Management. He is also an active researcher and his research interests and experience include operations management, computer simulation and sustainability practices on supply chain/manufacturing performance.

Caroline Locke at YSP with tuning forks
Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts

Associate Professor Caroline Locke works as an artist and artistic researcher. Her research is attuned to natural ecologies. Finding ways to understand and respond to new geological age, she develops kinetic sculptures, large-scale immersive installations, and sound works. One focus of her research is on identifying the need for closer connection and greater understanding of nature.

Senior Lecturer in Engineering

Yiling is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering.

EPM Technology Chair

Prof Maligno is the EPM-Technology Chair and Professor of Composite Materials at the Institute of Innovative Sustainable Engineering (IISE) at the University of Derby.

Professor Warren Manning sat outside the University's STEM building
Provost - Innovation and Research

Professor Warren Manning is Provost - Innovation and Research. He drives forward the University's strategic ambitions for research excellence, knowledge exchange and commercial and enterprise activities. His academic background is in Mechanical Engineering, specialising in vehicle dynamics, chassis control systems and automotive mechatronics.

Frances Maratos in the University
Professor of Psychology and Affective Science

Frances Maratos’ research informs applied emotion regulation and wellbeing interventions worldwide. She is widely published and has excellent grant capture. Frances is currently Chair of the College of HPSC Research Committee. Her Professorial appointment reflects not only her international research profile but also her longstanding commitment to the University.

Gemma Marmalade smiling
Senior Lecturer - Photography

Gemma Marmalade is an internationally exhibited artist, doctoral researcher, and award-winning Senior Lecturer specialising in experimental approaches to the radical intersections of photography and performance, playfully negotiating the authenticity of the artists' voice.

Elizabeth Marsh working in Forensics lab
Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Elizabeth is a Senior Lecturer in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She teaches on and leads modules across Biosciences programmes, and is also the Level 4 (first year) lead for Biomedical Health and Human Biology. Her research interests are in host-pathogen interactions and innate immunity, and she is leading a project on the role of Human Papillomavirus in Head and Neck Cancers.

Researcher and Lecturer in Fine Art

Paula McCloskey is a Researcher and Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Arts

A woman sits in an armchair in a library reading a book.

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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