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.

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Professor of Applied Criminology

Kate specialises in applied research, project management and income generation. She has undertaken research for numerous organisations including the Home Office, both in London and regionally in Nottingham, the National Police Training Units at Bramshill and Easingwold, the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, and the European Commission.

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Lecturer in Economics

Ghulam is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Derby with experience in economic growth modelling and labour economics, predominantly working with secondary data. He has extensive teaching experience, gained from teaching a range of subjects in economics and quantitative skills at Queen Mary University of London, Middlesex University and prestigious universities in Pakistan.

Katherine Mycock
Impact Officer

Dr Kat Mycock is the Impact Officer for the College of Science and Engineering. Kat has been supporting academics to generate impact from their research for over 3 years in related professional services and post-doctoral research roles.

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Simon is a Lecturer at the University of Derby. He has earned his PhD from the University of Derby, UK; an Executive MBA from Preston University; and an MBA from American University of Central Asia and is now pursing his PhD with focus on Circular Economy. As a growing researcher, he has published in scientific journals, international conferences and a book chapter.

Senior Lecturer: Visual Culture

Dr Ian Neal is module leader for historical and theoretical modules on various design disciplines at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His work encourages art and design students consider historical, theoretical and intellectual inquiry around their disciplines which is meaningful, purposeful and enlightening.

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Head of the Discipline of Humanities

Tom is Head of the Discipline of Humanities, responsible for managing programmes in History, English, Creative and Professional Writing, Publishing, American Studies, and Popular Music in Society.

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Admissions Lead and Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Karen Newberry is a Senior Lecturer In Occupational Therapy who teaches across a range of Occupational Therapy Programmes. She has a wealth of experience in Occupational Therapy Practice in mental health and has a passion for innovation in teaching and learning through the use of virtual reality technology.   

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Associate Professor in Civil Engineering

Van Bac is an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering. His work is based predominantly in different disciplines of engineering, including structural, mechanical, manufacturing and medical-biological engineering. 

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Lecturer in Landscape Ecology

As a lecturer in CLANS, Dr Norton teaches across Zoology, Biology and Geography. Her research is focused primarily on understanding and managing urban ecosystems for the benefit of both people and wildlife, taking an interdisciplinary approach.

Alex Nunn
Professor of Global Political Economy and Head of the Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research

Alex is the Director of the Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre. He is responsible for REF Unit 20 (Social Policy and Social Work) and has a number of University-wide roles, such as being a member of the central REF steering group

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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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