People

IAS Directorate

Professor Veronica Strang

Professor Veronica Strang

Executive Director

Professor Veronica Strang FAcSS is an environmental anthropologist. Her research focuses on human-environmental relations, in particular, people’s engagements with water. Her work is also concerned with gaining a reflexive understanding of interdisciplinarity. Key books include The Meaning of Water (Berg 2004); Gardening the World: agency, identity, and the ownership of water (Berghahn 2009); and Water, Culture and Nature (Reaktion, 2015).

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)

Biography forthcoming.

Professor Nicholas Saul

Professor Nicholas Saul

Director (Arts and Humanities)

Nicholas Saul, Director, Arts & Humanities, is Professor of German Intellectual and Literary History in the School of Modern Language & Cultures. His work is focused on interdisciplinary relations of literary and other discourses, and his latest monograph, Interrogations of Evolutionism in German Literature 1859-2011 (Leiden: Brill) was published in Spring 2021.

Professor Alex Easton

Professor Alex Easton

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.

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.

 

Dr Ronan O'Donnell

Dr Ronan O'Donnell

Institute Administrator

 Ronan O’Donnell is the Institute Administrator, and so is responsible for day-to-day administrative support of the Institute and its Fellows, including organising its programme of events. He has a background in Archaeology and History, with a particular interest in landscape archaeology of the medieval to modern periods, and North-East England. He holds a BSc and PhD in Archaeology from Durham University and an MA in English Local History from University of Leicester.

Advisory council

Professor Stuart Corbridge
Professor Stuart Corbridge

Durham University

Professor Colin Bain
Professor Colin Bain

Durham University

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 Stuart Elden
Professor Stuart Elden

University of Warwick

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

Dr Anna Krzywoszynska
Dr Anna Krzywoszynska

University of Sheffield

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

University of Oxford

Professor Monica Grady
Professor Monica Grady

Open University

Fellows

Current IAS Fellows

 

Forthcoming Fellows 

Former IAS Fellows

 

Other fellowships