We have a wide range of staff supporting our research activities.

Research support

Prof Sabine BraunAssociate Dean (Research and Innovation)
Dr Catherine UlmerResearch Facilitation Officer
Jodie WellerFaculty Research Coordinator and Assistant to Associate Dean (Research and Innovation)

Research directors

The Research Director role involves:

  • Providing leadership and overall management of research activity across the school or department in the context of the Faculty and the University research strategy and faculty objectives.
  • To be an advocate for the Faculty and the University research strategy and to help build a strong research culture within the school or department.
  • To review research activity and provide developmental support for research centres, groups and individual academics within the school or department.
  • To help assess research quality and build strong research capability within the school or department including the nurturing of talent, creativity and ground-breaking research.
  • To work with the Associate Director (Research) to contribute to the strategic direction of the Faculty, aligned with institutional requirements for enhancement in the quantity and quality of research and related income and research output and impact.
Departments and schoolsName
Department of Music and MediaProf Jeremy Barham
Department of PoliticsProf Simon Usherwood
Department of SociologyProf Karen Bullock
Guildford School of ActingProf Robert Shaughnessy
School of EconomicsProf Holger Breinlich
School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementProf Scott Cohen
School of LawProf Francesco Giglio
School of Literature and LanguagesProf Patricia Pulham
Surrey Business SchoolProf MariaLaura Di Domenico

Impact leads

Departments and schoolsName
Department of Music and MediaProf David Frohlich
Department of PoliticsDr Nick Kitchen
Department of SociologyDr Daniel McCarthy
Guildford School of ActingN/A
School of EconomicsDr Jo Blanden
School of Hospitality and Tourism ManagementDr Michael Humbracht
School of LawDr Melissa Hamilton
School of Literature and LanguagesDr Beth Palmer
Surrey Business SchoolProf Glenn Parry

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University of Surrey