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DRMC Fellows

Our Fellows are research methods experts that contribute to the Centre's interdisciplinary training and research activities.

If you would like to become a DRMC Fellow please email your interest here.

Name Position Research Interests
Dr Nasima Akhter
Fellow
Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Anthropology
  • Health inequality
  • Nutritional assessment, Obesity
  • Evaluation of intervention
  • Bangladeshi Diaspora in the UK
  • Food security and livelihood
Professor Helen L. Ball
Fellow
Professor in the Department of Anthropology
Member of the Sleep Lab
  • Integration of evolutionary and socio-cultural perspectives on anthropology of infant sleep
  • How parents cope with infant-related sleep distruption
  • Development of sleep patterns and circadian rhythms
  • Human behaviour: parenting, infant care, infant mortality, SIDS, infanticide
  • Behaviour and physiology of infant sleep
  • Midwifery and postnatal care
  • Evolutionary medicine
Dr Ulrik Beierholm
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
Programme Director of MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychology
  • Computational Neuroscience, Perception, Decision Making, Neuroeconomics, Machine Learning
 
Professor Lynda Boothroyd
Fellow
  • Attraction
  • Body size preferences
  • Evolutionary Social and Developmental Psychology
  • Facial masculinity
  • Father absence theory
  • Body image
 
Dr Alex Brown
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Assistant Professor (Late Medieval and Early Modern British History) in the Department of History, 
Member in the 
Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
  • The economic and social history of pre-industrial England
  • The development of agrarian capitalism
  • Social structure and social mobility
  • Rural and agricultural history
 
Professor Chris Brown
Fellow
Professor in the School of Education
  • Area Based Reform
  • Educational change
  • Educational leadership
  • Evidence informed policy and practice
  • Reducing social disadvantage
  • School system improvement
  • Teacher Professional Development
 
Professor David S. Byrne
Fellow
Emeritus Professor in the Department of Sociology
  • Case based methods
  • Complexity theory
  • Postindustrial social structures
  • Privatization of welfare systems
  • Quantitative methods
  • Urban systems
 
Professor Camila Caiado
Professor Statistics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
 
Management Board Member in the Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience
 
 
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Parametric Inference
  • Information Theory
  • Stochastic Processes
Professor Frank Coolen
Fellow
  • Decision Theory
  • Imprecise Probability
  • Nonparametric Predictive Inference
  • Operations Research
  • Reliability Theory
  • Statistics
 
Tahani Coolen-Maturi
Fellow
  • Nonparametric predictive inference
  • Nonparametric statistics
  • Modeling dependence
  • Diagnostic accuracy including ROC analysis
  • Reliability and survival analysis
  • Uncertainty quantification including imprecise probability
 
Dr Helen Cramman
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education
  • Understanding and improving teaching and learning in STEM education from the early years to higher education
  • Development of number skills in the early years
  • Educational assessment
  • Education Evaluation
 
Professor Richard Crisp
Fellow
 
Mr Paul Finley
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Member of the Foundation Centre
College Mentor of St Mary's College
 
Professor John Paul Gosling
Fellow
Affiliate of the Durham Biostatistics Unit

John Paul is an applied statistician who has experience of developing and applying novel statistical methods over a number of disparate areas including the reduction of animal testing, climate change, and criminal sentencing. As an applied statistician, his research work is often done in interdisciplinary teams, and he has collaborated with criminologists, engineers, environmental scientists amongst others. He has also worked outside of academia in both the civil service and the flood risk industry.

His two principal areas of research are:

  • expert knowledge elicitation, which aims at capturing knowledge in a repeatable and robust manner for use in quantitative models,
  • uncertainty quantification for complex models, which aims at understanding the uncertainty in results coming from computer-based models that are expensive to run.
Dr Helen Gray
Fellow
Research Associate in the School of Education
 
Professor Rosalie Hall
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Professor of Management in the Business School
  • Leadership perceptions
  • Work socialisation
  • Applications of structural equation modelling and related techniques in quantitative management
 
Professor Steve Higgins
Fellow
Professor in the School of Education
  • Classroom Interaction and Discourse in Primary Schools
  • Digital technologies and Learning
  • Meta-analysis and Research Evidence in Education
 
Karen Jones
Fellow
Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education
  • Assessment
  • School inspections and accountability
  • Value added and school effectiveness
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Secondary data analysis
 
Dr Ehsan Kharatikoopaei
Fellow
Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology
 
Dr Dimitra Kokotsaki
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Associate Professor in the School of Education
  • Creativity
  • Music Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Pupil Engagement
 
Dr Patrick M Kuhn
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs
  • Comparative Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy of Development and Conflict
  • Econometrics
  • Formal Theory
 
Dr Zhiyu Li
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Assistant Professor in Chinese Law in the Durham Law School
  • Chinese Law and Society
  • Comparative Law
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
  • Administrative Law
  • Law and Policy
 
Victoria Menzies
Fellow
Assistant Professor (Research) in the School of Education

The projects I lead use randomised controlled trial methodology with an associated implementation and process evaluation (IPE) for the programme. The IPE often integrates qualitative and quantitative research methods using interviews, focus groups and surveys to gather stakeholder feedback and data on how well the programme has been implemented.  I also have some experience in conducting systematic reviews, and intervention programme development for implementation at scale. I have a background in psychology and psychology research methods and have developed many different survey instruments as part of different projects as well as conducting research in many different educational settings.

Research Interests:

  • Educational Evaluation
  • Experimental Methodology
  • Pilot Trials
  • Development and Evaluation of Mathematical Interventions
Dr Andrew R Millard
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
  • Bayesian statistical methods in archaeology, including dating, isotope analysis and predictive modelling
  • Developing new approaches to Bayesian chronology building for application to any dating methods
  • Statistics in human osteology, including age estimation
  • Chemical and biochemical methods in archaeology
  • Elemental and isotopic analysis of bones and teeth to investigate diet and migration, including weaning
  • Bone diagenesis
  • Chronology of hominid evolution
 
Dr Adrian Millican
Fellow
Assistant Professor (Teaching) in Comparative Quantitative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs
  • British Politics
  • Comparative Political Participation
  • Electoral Participation
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social Media
 
Professor Catherine Montgomery
 
Fellow
Professor in the School of Education
Deputy Executive Dean (Global) for the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health
 
  • Catherine’s research focuses on internationalisation of higher education and she has a particular interest in transnational higher education in China and East Asia.
  • Catherine’s recent work focuses particularly on mobilities and immobilities in international higher education and the internationalisation of curriculum and knowledge.
  • Catherine is also interested in flows of international students and what these can tell us about the changing landscapes of global higher education.
 
Dr Philip Nathan
Fellow
Associate Professor (Teaching), Head of MA Programmes in the Durham Centre for Academic Development (DCAD)
  • Research Writing
  • Genre Studies
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Teaching and Learning Research (especially in relation to the teaching of writing and 1:1 consultations and conferences)
  • Student Writing Across the Disciplines 
Dr Thuy-vy Nguyen
Fellow
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology
 
  • Solitude
  • Self-regulation
  • Motivation
  • Well-being
 
Dr Andrew Orton
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology
  • Andrew's research interests focus on issues of faith, dialogue and diversity in professional practice, with a particular interest in how practitioners and others decide what is 'good practice' within related work.
  • His work is often interdisciplinary in nature, including particular collaborations with practical theology to explore forms of Christian community and youth work.
  • He is also interested in a range of related issues, including professional community work practice, community and voluntary organisation management, and social exclusion, especially in relation to public policy and faith-based social action in these field
  • Whether working with practitioners, policy-makers, or others, Andrew's research builds in impact from the outset by actively involving people within the research process.
 
Professor Marcus Power
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Professor in the Department of Geography
Professor of Economy and Culture
Professor of Politics-State-Space
Professor of Urban Worlds
  • Critical geographies and genealogies of (post)development
  • Energy geographies and low carbon transitions
  • Post-colonialism, Portugal and Lusophone Africa
  • Post-socialist transformations in Southern Africa
  • China-Africa engagement
  • Vision, visuality and 'popular' geopolitics
 
Professor Deborah Riby
Fellow
NINE DTP Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
  • I am a developmental psychologist interested in typical development and developmental disorders.
  • My research predominantly focuses on syndrome-specific signatures of typical / atypical development in neurodevelopmental disorders. My primary research area is social perception and social cognition in Williams syndrome (WS) and Autism (ASD). Within this area I have used a variety of eye tracking and innovative experimental tasks to explore areas of relative proficiency or deficit (exploring syndrome-specific signatures or cross-syndrome overlaps and having theoretical implications). I have used face perception and the interpretion of social cues from faces as a method of exploring communication strategies and social behaviours / tendancies associated with these disorders. I have more recently become interested in issues of social vulnerability associated with Williams syndrome - such as increased approach to unfamiliar people and awareness of stranger danger. Therefore the work that I conduct has both theoretical and applied relevance.
  • Linking to the above area of interest I am focusing on the links between social behaviours and other facets of these neurodevelopmental disorders, such as anxiety, sensory processing and executive functions. A large focus of my recent research has also been on supporting families of individuals with WS, especially in relation to anxiety.
  • Linking the two aforementioned areas of research activity I am particularly interested in understanding the needs of the 'whole' individual and how we need to encompass areas of cognition, behaviour and psychopathology in developing theory, but also in providing support and interventions for individuals with these disorders of development. Understanding the 'whole' also extends to understanding the family system.
 
Dr Akansha Singh
Fellow
Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Anthropology
  • Mathematical Demography
  • Public Health Statistics
  • Social Statistics
  • Survey and RCT Data Analysis
 
Professor Brett Smith
Fellow
Director of Research, Professor of Disability and Physical Activity in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences
  • Brett’s extensively funded research focuses on disability, physical activity, sport, and health. It combines thinking from psychology, sociology, public health, and critical disability studies.
  • Brett is also internationally recognised as a methodologist in qualitative research. He has a particular interest in narrative inquiry, rigor, and arts-based research. Brett is the co-founder and President of the International Society of Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. He is also the founder and former Editor of Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
 
Dr Edward (Jed) Stevenson
Fellow
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology
  • Child development
  • Hunger and thirst
  • Mixed methods and epistemologies
  • Socio-ecological change
  • Social inequality
  • Ethiopia
  • Horn of Africa
 
Dr Sally Street
Fellow
Department Representative, Durham Research Methods Centre
Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology
  • Macro-evolutionary anthropology
  • Phylogenetic comparative methods
  • Technical skill: music, tool use, construction
  • Human/animal interactions
 
Professor Carolyn Summerbell
Fellow
Professor of Nutrition in the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences,
Theme 3 (improved food consumption and health) Lead for Durham University for the N8 AgriFood research programme.
Durham University Lead for 2 of the 7 research programmes (Prevention; Children) of the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) funded ARC NENC (Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria)
Deputy Director of Fuse, the NIHR funded Centre for Translational Research in Public Health which is a member of the School for Public Health Research (SPHR)
Member of the Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Systematic reviewing and meta-analysis
  • Randomised controlled trials
  • Evaluation of complex interventions
  • Natural experiments
  • System science
  • Implementation science
  • Public involvement and engagement in research
  • Ethical issues associated with the use of secondary data
  • Food, physical activity, obesity, inequalities and public health.
Mr Nicholas Syrotiuk
Fellow
Research Data Manager in the University Library and Collections
  • Data management
  • Data citation
  • Indexing
  • Bibliographic control
  • Authority control
 
Professor Peter Tymms
Fellow
Emeritus Professor in the School of Education
  • Monitoring
  • Assessment & testing
  • Educational standards
  • Primary schools
  • ADHD
 
Mrs Germaine Uwimpuhwe
Fellow
Research Assistant in the Department of Anthropology
 
Professor Nick Vivyan
Fellow
  • British Politics
  • Legislative Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Opinion and Elections
  • Quantitative Methods
 
Dr Janelle Wagnild
Fellow
  • Advanced quantitative methods
  • Sedentary time
  • Physical activity
  • Pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Medical anthropology
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Human reproductive ecology
  • Evolutionary biology
 
Dr Mario Weick
Fellow

Much of my basic research focuses on social hiearchies - how hierarchical relations are formed, and how being at the top or at the bottom of a hierarchy impacts people's thoughts, feelings and actions. On the more applied end, I help organisations and stakeholders make use of behavioural insights to tackle the challenges that they face.

The word cloud below illustrates some of the topics I have been working on. I welcome expressions of interest from prospective students, researchers, and organisations wishing to work with me on these and related topics.

 
Dr Sarah Wieten
Fellow
Assistant Professor / CSSS Advisor and Exam Board Rep / Delta Co-ordinator in the Department of Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Philosophy of Epidemiology
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • History of Science
  • Meta-Research
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Bioethics
Dr Jonathan Wistow
Fellow
Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology

My research has developed in three fields: health inequalities; climate change adaptation; and post-industrialism and class.  In each of these areas I have a strong interest in the application of complexity theory to policy and governance systems and how the political economy functions relative to these.  For example, my interest in health inequalities centres on the implications of both methodological and ideological framings for how this issue is understood and addressed.  I have been involved in developing approaches to study place-based health inequalities through the application of qualitative comparative analysis. 

I recently completed a book called Social Policy, Political Economy and the Social Contract that ties together a range of diverse but related research interests that I have developed throughout my academic career, through employing complexity and social contract theory to understand the trajectory of the political economy and its interrelationship with policy. 

My research interests are:

  • Health inequalities
  • Place-based policy and governance systems
  • Complexity theory
  • Political economy
  • Social contract theory
  • Climate change adaptation and resilience
  • Qualitative comparative analysis

I am particularly interested in Theme 1 (focus 1 & 2), Theme 2 (focus 3 & 4) and Theme 3 (Focus 2) in the Methods Centre.