People

IAS Directorate

Professor Alexander Easton

Professor Alexander Easton

Director

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.

Dr Rille Raaper

Dr Rille Raaper

Co-Director (Social Sciences & Health)

Rille is the Interim Co-Director of the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University (2023/2024) and Associate Professor and the Deputy Director of Research in the School of Education. Rille convenes and teaches the undergraduate module ‘Higher Education: Issues of Exclusion and Inclusion’, and the postgraduate module ‘The Case for Higher Education: From Precarity to Empowerment’.

Professor Patrick Zuk

Professor Patrick Zuk

Co-Director (Arts & 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.

Dr Margarita Staykova

Dr Margarita Staykova

Co-Director (Science)

Margarita finished her undergraduate studies in Biophysics at the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Shortly after, she went to Germany on a DAAD fellowship to do her PhD with Prof. J. Gimsa at the University of Rostock, where she graduated in 2006. Since October 2013 she has been working as a lecturer in the departments of Physics and Chemistry at Durham University.

Professor Gretchen Larsen

Professor Gretchen Larsen

Co-Director (Business)

Professor Gretchen Larsen is an interpretive and critical consumer researcher, with expertise in the relationship between consumption, marketplace cultures, and arts and culture. She has published in a range of leading journals and has co-authored a book, ‘Music, Markets and Consumption” as well as a number of book chapters. Gretchen’s teaching is in the area of marketing theory and consumption.

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 Director of the IAS 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.

Ms Julia Angel

Ms Julia Angel

Administrator

Julia joined the IAS in March 2022 as Administrator. She joined Durham University in 2019 and has worked in several academic departments before most recently completing a 2 year placement as the Departmental Administrator of CIS.

Prior to joining Durham University, Julia gained over a decade of experience as an administrator in several industries such as recruitment, marketing and engineering. 

 

 

 

 

 

Advisory council

Professor Felicity Callard
Professor Felicity Callard

University of Glasgow

Professor John Sutton
Professor John Sutton

Macquarie University

Professor Veena Das
Professor Veena Das

Johns Hopkins

Professor Dilip Menon
Professor Dilip Menon

University of Witwatersrand

Professor Joanna Page
Professor Joanna Page

University of Cambridge

Professor Chris Rogers
Professor Chris Rogers

University of Birmingham

Professor Barbara Czarniawska
Professor Barbara Czarniawska

University of Gothenburg

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

Professor Pat Unwin
Professor Pat Unwin

University of Warwick

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