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.

Matt Clegg
Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am a creative writing teacher and free-lance writer, with a background in literature development. From 1999 to 2001 I was poet in residence for the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere.

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Gemma is a researcher with the College of Arts, Humanities and Education. 

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing

Elizabeth is a Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at the University, with Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC) Mental Health Nursing registration.

Ainslea Cross
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology

Dr Ainslea Cross is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology and is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychology Society and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jay Daniel
Programme Leader and Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain

Dr Jay Daniel is a Programme Leader at Derby Business School. Before joining the University of Derby, Jay was a Lecturer in Supply Chain and Information Systems at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and has previously held positions of Senior Management Consultant, Supply Chain Solution Analyst, Project Manager, Industry Trainer and Lead Auditor.

Huw Davies at the Degree Show 2016
Professor of Lens Media

Huw Davies is a researcher and PhD supervisor in the School of Arts. He is especially interested in the creative and cultural industries and conducts a professional practice as a filmmaker, photographer and curator.

Sian Davies-Vollum
Head of School - Built and Natural Environment

Sian Davies-Vollum is Head of School of Environmental Sciences. She is a geologist/physical geographer with specific expertise in sedimentology. She is interested in environmental and climate change on both geological and recent time scales. Her current research in Ghana focuses on the impacts of climate change at the coast. 

Val Derbyshire speaking at a Public Engagement Event in Sheffield
Impact Officer

Val Derbyshire is an Impact Officer based in the University Research Knowledge Exchange Office and allocated to the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences. Val is also a researcher in English Literature, with a specialism in the literature of British Romanticism and the romance genre generally from the eighteenth century up to contemporary publications.

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Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Eghosa Ekhator is a Senior Lecturer in Law. He joined the University of Derby in September 2019 from the University of Chester, where he taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His primary areas of research are International Environmental Law (especially Environmental Justice issues in developing countries and the African Union) and Natural Resources Governance.

Professor of Health Psychology

James Elander is an HCPC-registered health psychologist who conducts research on chronic illnesses including haemophilia, sickle cell disease, end-stage renal disease, spinal pain, and dysmenorrhea. He also has a longstanding interest in the psychology of learning and teaching, especially student writing.

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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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