...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 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.