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Lead Expert Group


Professor Chris Hankin (Chair)

Chris Hankin is Director of the Institute for Security Science and Technology and a Professor of Computing Science. His research is in semantics-based program analysis and language-based computer security. Professor Hankin was Director of the EPSRC ‘Who do you think you are sandpit’, in 2010, which explored the issue of identity. Amongst many external roles, Professor Hankin is Editor-in-Chief, of ACM Computing Surveys, a member of the Executive Board for the UK Computing Research Committee and a member of ISTAG (the Advisory Board for EU ICT programme).

Professor Michael Hulme

Michael Hulme is Director of the Social Futures Observatory (formerly Director of Applied Research Henley Management College & Fellow of Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster University), an independent futures ‘think tank’. He has spent over 15 years researching user behaviours and the socialisation of digital technologies and media, particularly in relation to the “hybridisation” of physical and virtual identities/structures and future social outcomes. He frequently engages with a range of prominent global market leaders in the digital media/technology areas.

Dr Adam Joinson

Adam Joinson is Reader in Information Systems at the University of Bath’s School of Management. Dr Joinson’s research is focused on the interactions between people and technology. In particular Dr Joinson is interested in the nature of communication via technology, and the ways in which system design influences communication. Dr. Joinson has a long standing research interest in self-disclosure – both in computer-mediated communication and social media - and the links between technology and privacy. He established and directs the Interactions Lab at the University of Bath, and is Director of the University of Bath Research Centre for Security, Technology and Human Behaviour.

Professor Nigel Rapport

Nigel Rapport is professor of Social Anthropology at St. Andrews University. Professor Rapport’s research interests include individuality, globalism, semantics, literary anthropology, consciousness and narrative, and the ethnography of the England, Newfoundland, Israel and Scotland. Professor Rapport has held the Chair of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies at St Andrews since 1996. He has also worked as a Canada Research Professor, in Globalization, Citizenship and Justice, at Concordia University of Montreal, an External Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and a Visiting Professor at Aarhus University, Melbourne University and Copenhagen University. Professor Rapport also directs the Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies at St. Andrews.

Professor Anthony Heath

Anthony Heath has taught at the University of Oxford from 1970 until the present, first as University Lecturer, then as Official Fellow of Nuffield College, and then as the founding Professor of Sociology (Emeritus since 2010). He is also Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Social Change, Manchester University. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1992.  His general area of expertise is survey research, and he has worked in a wide range of areas including social stratification, immigration and ethnic inequalities, social and political attitudes, political behaviour, national identity and attitudes to immigration. He was the co-Director (with Sir Roger Jowell) of the 1983, 1987, 1992 and 1997 British Election Surveys and is currently Director of the 2010 Ethnic Minority British Election survey. He has co-ordinated a number of cross-national projects and was a consultant on questionnaire design for cross-national survey work on the State of Democracy in South Asia (with fieldwork in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal). He has written reports for many public bodies including UNDP, OECD, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Cabinet Office, DCLG and DWP. He is a member of the DWP’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group.

Professor Mark Levine

Mark Levine is professor of Social Psychology at the University of Exeter. His research focuses on the role of social identity in pro-social and anti-social behaviour. Professor Levine’s recent research projects include ESRC funded work on bystander intervention in violent emergencies, and EPSRC funded work using virtual environments to explore social identity processes and violence. His current research includes a project on identity, collective participation and health and well-being in one of the largest pilgrimage sites on the planet - the Magh Mela; a Hindu religious festival held on the banks of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers at Preyag (Allahabad, India). Professor Levine is also working on one of the projects commissioned out of the EPSRC ‘Who do you think you are sandpit’, entitled: “Identi-scope: Multiple identities as a resource for understanding and impacting behaviours in the digital world”. This project will explore the impact of social identity processes in online and offline behaviour. Professor Levine is co-editor of the 2011 book Beyond the Prejudice Problematic: Extending the Social Psychology of Intergroup Conflict, Inequality and Social Change.

Dr. Maureen Fordham

Maureen Fordham is Principal Lecturer in Disaster Management in the School of the Built and Natural Environment at Northumbria University. Dr Fordham is committed to disseminating research-based knowledge to wider audiences and, to that end, designs and manages a number of websites including the Gender and Disaster Network. Dr Fordham has worked with a number of international, UK and other agencies (e.g. UN, Environment Agency, DEFRA, Cabinet Office Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Emergency Management Australia, New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management, Plan International, Groots International, Practical Action). Dr Fordham’s research has often included interdisciplinary work linking human and physical geographers, sociologists, engineers, and others. Dr Fordham is currently the Scientific Coordinator of ‘emBRACE: Building Resilience Amongst Communities in Europe’, funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme.

Professor Ann Phoenix

Ann Phoenix is a Professor and Co-Director of the Thomas Coram Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. Professor Phoenix’s research interests are psychosocial, including motherhood, social identities, young people, racialisation and gender. Recent funded research project areas include: boys and masculinities, young people and consumption and adult reconceptualisations of 'non-normative' childhoods', particularly of serial migration, visibly ethnically mixed households and language brokering in transnational families. Professor Phoenix is working on an ESRC Professorial Fellowship research programme that addresses how adults from different family backgrounds negotiate their identities as they re-evaluate their earlier experiences. Professor Phoenix is on the editorial boards for a number of national and international institutes.

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