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.

Carley Foster delivering a lecture
Professor of Services Marketing, Head of the Centre for Business Improvement

Carley Foster is Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement at the University of Derby. Her work is widely published, has been funded by several organisations and, as an applied researcher, she works with business to create impact.

Laurice Fretwell in a teaching room
Course Director in Human Sciences

As the Course Director for the School of Human Sciences, Dr Laurice Fretwell works on improving the curriculum and student experience across three disciplines: Biomedical and Forensic Sciences, Psychology, and Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science.   

Gulcan Garip
Programme Lead in Psychology

Dr Gülcan Garip is the Programme Co-Lead for MSc Psychology and teaches on the MSc Health Psychology. Gülcan is a registered Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), a registered Health Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of the BPS Division of Health Psychology, and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes
Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement

Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes is Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement at the University of Derby. He is actively involved in industrial projects, combining his knowledge, expertise and industrial experience in operations management to help organisations achieve excellence in their internal functions and supply chains.

Sayantan wearing a suit and tie with black framed glasses.
Senior Lecturer in Economics

Dr Sayantan Ghosh Dastidar joined the University of Derby as a Lecturer in Economics in January 2016. Before joining here, he was working as a Research Assistant at the University of Huddersfield. Currently, he is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Economics for Business and the Subject Leader for Joint Honours Economics.

Oliver Godsmark in a classroom.
Senior Lecturer in History; Programme Leader for MA History

Dr Oliver Godsmark is Senior Lecturer in History with an interest in colonialism, South Asia and India’s partition. His research focuses on citizenship and democracy, caste and tribe, and the South Asian diaspora. Experienced in public-facing history, he teaches across the undergraduate History programme, and is the programme leader for MA History.

Emily is standing behind a lectern.
Senior Lecturer Criminology

Emily Gray is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Business, Law and the Social Sciences. She specialises in examining long-term processes relating to crime, criminal justice and politics. 

Urvashi Fowdar Gunputh in her working environment
Researcher and Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing

Urvashi Gunpath is a Researcher and Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing at the University of Derby. She has a multidisciplinary background in Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, Medical Science and Biomedical Engineering. She has also received a PhD from Plymouth University and a Master’s with honours in Biomedical Engineering from Brunel University.

Mark wearing black rimmed glasses, sitting in front of a book case
Joint Honours Subject Lead for Photography and Senior Lecturer in Photography

Mark Hall is Subject Lead for Joint Honours Photography and a Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Derby.

Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Jenny is a critical Developmental Psychologist who specialises in qualitative methods. Jenny has a long-standing research interest in the arts and exploring the ways in which the co-production of artwork in educational settings shapes children’s understanding and experiences of the visual 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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