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.

Senior Lecturer in Ecology

Module leader for the undergraduate module 'Research Methods, and the MSc modules 'Conservation Biology in Principle and Practice' and 'Analytical Methods for Ecologists. 

Robert Burstow
Associate Professor of History and Theory of Art

As Associate Professor of History and Theory of Art, Dr Robert Burstow leads students undertaking post-graduate research in Arts and supervises PhD students researching the history and theory of art and/or contemporary Fine Art practice. He also teaches on the BA (Hons) Fine Art and MA Fine Art programmes. He has published extensively on the history of twentieth-century British art.

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Lecturer in English Literature

Anna Burton is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Derby.

Senior Lecturer in BSc in Sound Lights and Live Event Technology and MSc in Sound Engineering Postgraduate Research Student

Before joining the University in 2019 Jon had a long career in the music industry, working as a sound engineer, primarily in live concert touring. Since joining the University of Derby Jon now teaches on the BSc (Hons) in Sound, Light and Live Event Technology as well as the MSc in Audio Engineering.

Christos Callow Jr, lecturer in creative writing at Derby
Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing

As a Lecturer in Creative & Professional Writing, Dr Christos Callow teaches scriptwriting BA modules and supervises creative writing MA students via creative workshops, seminars and lectures.

Neil Campbell
Emeritus Professor of American Studies

Neil's main role is to support research students towards a successful PhD outcome and to help guide and develop staff in their pursuit of high quality publications. In addition, extending his own research and publications is uppermost in his current role.

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Matthew Cheeseman is a writer. He works across fiction and non-fiction, drawing on critical theory and cultural studies, often collaborating with others to create books and pamphlets. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Programme Leader for MA Creative Writing. A folklorist, he researches neoliberalism in post-war popular culture.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Dr. Childs is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with expertise in qualitative research methods. Her primary research interests are language and social interaction in a range of settings using Conversation Analysis and Discursive Psychology.

Rizwan Choudhry in the Fatigue Lab
Senior Lecturer in Materials/Mechanical Engineering

Dr Choudhry is a mechanical engineer with over a decade of research, teaching and academic leadership experience. Rizwan's specialization is in finite element analysis of composite materials, damage modelling, non-destructive testing, sustainable and recyclable materials.

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr. Clarke's area of expertise is in performance under pressure and the psychological predictors and mechanisms that are associated, specifically for 'choking' and 'the yips' within sport.

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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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