People

IAS Directorate

Professor Alexander Easton

Professor Alexander Easton

Acting Executive Director & Director (Science)

Alex Easton is a Professor of Psychology with a particular interest in episodic memory (the memory for personally experienced events in the past). His interests centre around neuroscience and cognitive psychology, but he is also involved in work to explore how interdisciplinary perspectives can inform a more complete understanding of these most personal of memories.

Professor Rob Barton

Professor Rob Barton

Director (Social Sciences)

Robert Barton is a Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology but his interests intersect evolutionary biology, anthropology and cognitive neuroscience. He studies how brains, cognition and behaviour evolved across the tree of life, thereby placing our own unique species in broad phylogenetic context. He developed and tested the ‘Visual Brain Hypothesis’ and is currently working on the underestimated role of the cerebellum in brain evolution and cognition.

Professor László Polos

Professor László Polos

Director (Business)

 Professor László Polos  background includes Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy, Logic, Linguistics, and Sociology. He graduated in Mathematics and Physics from the Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest in 1980, and in Philosophy in 1982. He received his PhD in 1995 from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since then he has worked in Stanford, the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, (including the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study), Amsterdam, and Budapest.

Professor Patrick Zuk

Professor Patrick Zuk

Director (Arts and Humanities)

Patrick Zuk Director, Arts & Humanities, is Professor of Music. He  is a cultural historian specialising in the study of music in Eastern Europe and Great Britain and Ireland. His  research has from the outset transcended traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Support staff

Ms Linda Crowe

Ms Linda Crowe

Institute Manager

Linda is the Manager of the IAS, which is a multifaceted role which sees her take responsibility for overseeing the operational running of the Institute, its Fellowship schemes and day to day management of administrative functions. She is a member of the senior management team supporting, in particular, the Executive Director in strategic activities.

After completing her undergraduate degree in German and Sociology in the early 1990s, she moved to the North East to join the multinational corporation, Siemens. Following more than decade working in industry, she made the transition to Higher Education and joined Durham University in 2008. 

Advisory council

Professor Felicity Callard
Professor Felicity Callard

University of Glasgow

Professor Brad Epps
Professor Brad Epps

University of Cambridge

Professor Peter Coveney
Professor Peter Coveney

University College London

Professor Hans Petter Graver
Professor Hans Petter Graver

University of Oslo

Professor Terence Cave
Professor Terence Cave

University of Oxford

Professor Penny Harvey
Professor Penny Harvey

University of Manchester

Professor Claire Langhamer
Professor Claire Langhamer

University of Sussex

Professor Anya Hurlbert
Professor Anya Hurlbert

Newcastle University

Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly

University of Oxford

Professor Monica Grady
Professor Monica Grady

Open University

Professor Elizabeth Edwards
Professor Elizabeth Edwards

DeMontfort University

Fellows

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