...an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

DTC Management Group Members

Professor Dianne Berry OBE

Organisation: University of Reading

Dianne Berry is Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies and overall Director of the Graduate School. She is responsible for all matters relating to research students and research staff within the University. She also chairs the University Staffing Committee and its Equality & Diversity Committee. Prior to taking up her current position, Dianne was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research (for seven years), Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences (for two years) and Head of Psychology (for five years). Before coming to Reading in 1990, Dianne carried out research and taught at the University of Oxford, where she also gained her doctorate. Before this, Dianne qualified and worked as a journalist. In addition to her roles within the University, Dianne does a lot of work with the Higher Education Funding Council, the Equality Challenge Unit, and Vitae.


Professor Laurie Butler

Organisation: University of Reading

I am Head of the School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. I conduct multidisciplinary research into the role of nutrition on cognitive performance in children, adults and memory impaired populations. My research has received funding from both research councils and from industry and employs neuroimaging techniques as well as traditional behavioural measures of cognitive performance. As well as wider interests in cognition and the ageing process, I also conduct research exploring methods for encouraging behaviour change (e.g., healthy eating, prejudice reduction).


Professor Rosemary Deem

Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London

My main research interests focus on policy, leadership, governance and management of higher education; the consequences of university league tables; doctoral students; the changing purposes and roles of universities; public service organizations, leadership and change agency and equality in educational settings. This work draws on organisational theory, policy analysis, feminist research, new managerialist theory and comparative social science.  I have recently completed an ESRC funded project ‘Developing Organization Leaders as Change Agents in the Public Services’ (ESRC Ref No R000231136) with colleagues at Cardiff Business School (Mike Wallace, Mike Reed and Jon Morris). My latest research is examining how austerity measures by western governments in response to the 2008 financial crisis in banking are affecting the values and organisational shape of public services. I am a member of several learned societies (British Sociological Association, British Educational Research Association, European Group of Organisational Studies, Society for Research into Higher Education) and several research networks including the World Wide University ‘Ideas and Universities’ network. I have been a member of 3 UK Research Assessment Exercise Sub-Panels on Education (1996, 2001, 2008). I rreceived an OBE in the 2013 Birthday Honours List for Services to Higher Education and Social Science. I am an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (since 2007) and am also an Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research into Higher Education (since 2009). I am on the Editorial Board of Higher Education Quarterly, The Sociological Review (joint editor 2001-2005), Equal Opportunities International and Studies in Higher Education. I am co-ordinating editor of the Journal Higher Education.


Professor Christopher Fife-Schaw

Organisation: University of Surrey

I am interested in how we chose what to do particularly in the area of health behaviours. I have recently started lab-based work looking at affective responses to physical exercise and in particular the role of control and autonomy in moderating the relationship between effort and affective responses exercise. I have also interests in attitudinal ambivalence; alternatives to questionnaire measures of attitudes; risk perception, particularly with respect to the water supply; trust and confidence in risk contexts; structural equation modelling; novel applications of multivariate techniques to psychological research problems; statistical practices in psychology.


Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios

Organisation: University of Kent

Dr Fragkiskos Filippaios is currently Reader in International Business at Kent Business School, University of Kent.

Previously he was the International MBA Course Director at Kingston Business School, Kingston University London holding the responsibility for all international MBA programmes offered by Kingston University London, in Russia, Greece, Cyprus and India. The academic year 2007/2008 he was the Ministry of Economy and Finance Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory, European Institute, London School of Economics. Dr Filippaios was awarded his Ph.D. in 2004 by the Department of International and European Economic Studies, Athens University of Economics and Business.


Professor Allan Williams

Organisation: University of Surrey

Allan studied Economics and Geography at University College Swansea, 1969-72, before completing his PhD at the LSE. After completing his doctoral thesis, he worked as a Research Fellow at the LSE on a project on 'Change in Urban Britain', and in 1976-8 was Lecturer in Geography at the University of Durham. In 1978 he moved to the Geography Department at the University of Exeter, where he was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and then, from 1995, Professor of Human Geography and European Studies. He was Co-Director of the Centre for European Studies 1987-95. He also jointly established, with Gareth Shaw, an MSc in Tourism, Development and Policy at Exeter in 2000. He was appointed to the Chair in European Integration and Globalization at London Metropolitan in 2006, in the Institute for the Study of European Transformations, and the Working Lives Research Institute. He joined the Tourism Group in the Faculty of Management at Surrey in January 2011. He is an Academician of the Academy of Social Science (http://www.the-academy.org.uk/), and has been a member of several Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) committees including: the Research Grants Board 2001-5, and the 'One Europe or Several' Commissioning Panel, 1997-9. He chaired the ESRC/NERC Transdisciplinary Seminars competition in 2005, was vice chair of the ESRC First Grants Commissioning Panel in 2006, and was a member of the Commissioning Panel for CASE Studentships, 2006-9. He has received 7 research council grants and a British Academy Readership. He is an Adjunct Professor in the National Centre for Research on Europe, at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where he is researching European-New Zealand migration (http://www.europe.canterbury.ac.nz/). Within the Royal Geographical Society with the IBG, he has been Chair of the Annual Conference in 2005, Chair of the Research Groups Sub-Committee, 2004-6, a Member of Research Committee, 2004-6, and a Member of Council, 2005-6. He was awarded the Heath prize of the Royal Geographical Society in 1995 for his research on Europe. He was founding co-editor of European Urban and Regional Studies (http://eur.sagepub.com), 1994-2009, and founding Associate Editor of Tourism Geographies (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14616688.asp), 1999-. And he is a member of the editorial boards of several other journals: Mobilities, Annals of Tourism Research and Finisterra.