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Supervisor: Dr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba)

Tel: +44 (0)1473 338546


Dr Dababrata Chowdhury (Daba) is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship and Knowledge Management at the University of Suffolk.  He graduated in Computer Science and Engineering (BSc) from Turkey and then completed his MBA and PhD at the Plymouth University. His principal research interest is in the field of Business and Management particularly in Knowledge Transfer (KT) mechanisms in SMEs and International Business.  He continues to work in the same field and is most interested in the following areas:

  • Small and medium-sized business development/growth in new product development
  • Collaborations (Networks-Knowledge Transfer) and adoption of new technologies
  • The collaborations between firms, universities and investors in the clusters located in emerging   markets/network relationships in nationally and internationally
  • Investigation of the importance of knowledge transfer and identifying the overall scenario of knowledge transfer in Medical Sector (NHS) in UK
  • Analysing the importance of trust for KT mechanisms in different SMEs nationally and internationally

Dr Chowdhury successfully completed his professional development course and received a certificate of Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from University Plymouth. He is a member of five professional organisations, including the British Academy of Management (BAM) and The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE). In addition, he is a visiting lecturer and PhD external for Karachi University in Pakistan, Canakkale OnsekizMart University in Turkey and Kazakh British Technical University in Kazakhstan.


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Supervisor: Dr Liana Psarologaki


Tel: +44 (0)1473 338810


Dr Liana Psarologaki is a trained architect, visual artist and researcher. She holds a PhD in the Creative Arts from the University of Brighton (2015) sponsored by the University for the Creative Arts. The research was an interdisciplinary, practice-based project, entitled: “Beyond the Physical Threshold: Enfolding the Ontology of Immersive Experience” and attempted to theorise an artistic practice that is ontologically architecturalised from a post phenomenological perspective based on the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Brian Massumi. She graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the prestigious National Technical University of Athens in 2007 – where she is a visiting assistant professor – and practiced architecture before receiving an MA in Fine Art with a distinction at UCA Canterbury in 2010.

Her research contributes into the current criticism on aesthetics of contemporary art practice and spatial architectonics, as well as art and design pedagogy, specialising in poststructuralism, phenomenology, spatial ideology, perception, and neuroaesthetics. She recently received the Graduate Scholar Award for her participation in the 10th Arts in Society Conference at Imperial College London 2015 and hosted a site-specific solo installation at the Venetian Fortifications in Heraklion Crete by the Municipality of Heraklion in 2016 that welcomed over a thousand visitors. She is presenting a video installation and paper in the Aberrant Nuptials 2nd international conference on Deleuze & Artistic Research at Orpheus Institute Ghent Belgium in November 2017.

Dr Psarologaki is the subject leader for the Art, Architecture, and Design area in the Arts and Humanities Department at the University of Suffolk. She is overlooking and teaching in the UG and PG Fine Art programmes, and the Interior Architecture and Design program. She is interested in supervising research projects related to perception, ideology, and immersion as related to architecture, heritage, the arts and neuroscience.

Relevant Publications:

L. Psarologaki (2016) “Transforming fortresses into artworks: two cultural sites become spaces of topological immersion”, in Defence Sites III: Heritage and Future WIT Transactions on The Built Environment, Vol 158. pp. 117-126

L. Psarologaki (2016) “A Theory on the Ontology of Site-Reliant Immersive Environments”, in The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 11 (3) April 2016 pp.1-10

L. Psarologaki (2014) “Conjunctive Synthesis As An Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Method For Art And Design - A Cube”, in The International Journal of Arts and Sciences 7 (3) December 2014. pp. 613-624

L. Psarologaki (2014) “Towards Genomenology: The Lived Experience as an Input – Output Spatiotemporal Event”, in New Spatial Approaches, New Techniques and Theory in Contemporary Arts, Istanbul: DAKAM. pp. 152-162


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Supervisor: Dr Sarah Richards

Tel: 01473 338563


Dr Sarah Richards' academic discipline is in social policy and childhood studies. Dr Richards loved studying the area as a student and remains passionate about it still, reading, writing, researching and teaching it. Dr Richards feels very privileged that she can introduce students to her subject and ignite that same passion. The desire to share her discipline is what brought Dr Richards into teaching at university; the satisfaction this brings is what keeps her here.

The diversity of the student body at the University of Suffolk provides Dr Richards with the opportunity to use a range of interactive teaching methods in lectures and online resources which facilitate independent learning. She sees her role as working with students to build a bridge which enables them to explore new perspectives. Going a little way along this journey with them is both a privilege and a pleasure and Dr Richards places a high emphasis on academic and pastoral support. Her students benefit from a high emphasis placed on teaching practice as well as the individual expertise. Dr Richards brings this approach into her PhD supervision where she sees her role as supportive and constructive.

Dr Richards' areas of expertise include participatory methods and methodologies with families and children. Her own research focus has been on the social polices surrounding intercountry adoption and the familial experiences of adoption through the current policy provision. She has published in this area and currently supervises a PhD student who is using autoethnography to explore the everyday constructions of fatherhood. Dr Richards welcome conversations with students interested in developing their ideas for doctoral research in families, children or social policy and looks forward to supporting them through the exciting journey that PhD research presents.

Recent and forthcoming publications in this regard include:

Clark, J. and Richards, S. (2017) ‘The cherished conceits of research with children? Does seeking the voice of the agentic child in participatory methods deliver what it promises?’ Sociological Studies of Childhood and Youth, Vol. 22, Emerald Publishing (in association with the ASA)

Richards, S., Clark, J., and Boggis, A., (2015) ‘Ethical Research with Children: Untold Narratives and Taboos’ Palgrave

Richards, S. (2015) ‘HCIA Implementation and the Best Interests of the Child’ Report for Thematic Area 1 of the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy’ AFIN, No 78 Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness  


  Richards, S.The Market in Babies Stories of Australian Adoption’ A Review in

  Australian Historical Studies (2015)

Richards (2014) ‘HCIA Implementation and the Best Interests of the Child’ Report for Thematic Area 1 of the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy (11-13 August 2014) available at;;query=sort:auto;filter=series:9760;filter=all:;facet=type:;facet=public:;facet=open_access:;facet=issued_date:;facet=affiliation_label_partOf:;facet=host_series_label:

 Richards, S. (2013) ‘An introduction to Children and Social Policy’ in Taylor, J. Bond, E. and

 Woods, M. (Eds.) Early Childhood Studies an Holistic, Multidisciplinary Introduction

  (3rd edn) London: Hodder Arnold

Richards, S. (2012) ‘What the map cuts up the story cuts across’: narratives of belonging in intercountry adoption’ in ‘Multiculturalism, identity and family placement by Phoenix, A., and Simmonds, J., (eds) in Adoption & Fostering vol 36 (2012) pp 104-112

Forthcoming Publications

Richards, S. ‘Chóng ér fēi: Cultural Performances of Belonging’ in Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S. & Weir, D. (eds) (forthcoming 2017) Ethnographic Encounters London: Palgrave

Vine, T., Clark, J., Richards, S., and Weir, D. (eds.) (forthcoming 2017) Ethnographic Encounters, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan

Richards, S. ‘Historical Policy and Provision’ in Boggis, A. (ed) Disabled Childhoods (forthcoming 2017) London: Palgrave Macmillan

Richards, S. and Clark, J. ‘Research with Disabled Children’ in Boggis, A. (ed) Disabled Childhoods (forthcoming 2017) London: Palgrave Macmillan

Richards, S. and Clark, J. ‘Researching Children and Childhoods’ (forthcoming 2018) London: Bloomsbury


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Dr Suha Al-Naimi

Tel: +44 (0)1473 338772


Dr Suha Al-Naimi is an MB ChB, MSc, PhD qualified professional in the fields Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine. With a broad based experience in both national and international environments. Previously she worked as a Clinical Research Fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), University of East Anglia (UEA).

During her research project she established culture and manipulation of a new parasite to the labs as well as investigating the effects of this parasite on gut intestinal epithelia and as a result Suha has numerous publications and has received awards for her work. Moreover, whilst conducting research she got involved in facilitating both Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Inter Professional Learning (IPL) for students from the Medical School at UEA.

Research Project

The crosstalk and interaction of the white adipose tissue/gut hormones on gut microbiota and within regenerative medicine.

Selected Publications

Al-naimi S, Hampton S, Richard P & Morgan LM. Postprandial metabolic profiles following meals and snacks eaten during simulated night and day shift work. Chronobiol Int. 2004; 21 (6): 937-47. PMID: 15646240.

Al-naimi S, Winpenny J P, Hunter P R, Tyler K. A soluble mediator from Giardia Lamblia disrupts human    gastrointestinal epithelial cell function. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2009


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Dr Tom Vine

Tel: +44 (0)1473 338521


Dr TomVine was recruited by the University of Suffolk in January 2012.  He brought with him practitioner experience as well as academic proficiency from a number of prestigious universities. Tom currently leads a suite of MBA programmes on behalf of Suffolk Business School.

Following his first two degrees at the University of Warwick (BSc Management Sciences; MA Organisation Studies), Tom moved to London in 2001 to pursue a career in project management. With a keen interest in politics and psephology, he was fortunate enough to find work at the Electoral Reform Services. He worked for the company for six years, during which time he gained a range of managerial, supply chain and strategic competences. He was promoted in 2003 to manage a team of project managers and was by this stage responsible for the delivery of several multimillion pound projects in both private and public sectors. He continues to work for the company in a consultancy capacity.

In 2007, Tom began his PhD at the University of Essex under the tutelage of Dr Chris Land and Professor Harro Höpfl. His research used the methods of organizational anthropology in the study of unconventional work practices at a large intentional community in Scotland. 

Tom has lectured on a wide range of postgraduate and undergraduate modules at several business schools including Warwick, Essex, Queen Mary (University of London) and Glyndŵr. At the University of Suffolk he lectures Business Ethics (at undergraduate level), and Organizational Behaviour, Consultancy Management with International Business, and Research Methods (at postgraduate level). He also leads the dissertation module for postgraduate students and supervises a range of undergraduate, masters and PhD students.

Research Interests The projectification of work life
Religion and spirituality in relation to organizational behaviour Émile Durkheim and collective effervescence

Organizational change

(particularly in terms of the rise of “co-working” in the New Economy)

Ethnography and management consultancy
Paradox, ontology and complexity Gender and the workplace


Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T (2017) ‘The Paradoxes of Ethnography’, in Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T (2017) ‘Home-grown Exoticism: Ethnographic Tales from a Scottish New Age Intentional Community’, in Vine, T, Clark, J, Richards, S, & Weir, D (eds) (2017; in press) Ethnographic Research and Analysis: Anxiety, Identity and Self, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Vine, T (2016) ‘Strong leadership: does it really make any difference?’, Professional Manager: The Chartered Management Institute Magazine, Autumn 2016

Vine, T (2016) ‘Post-referendum Britain: What are the lessons for managers?’, The  Chartered Management Institute online blog

Boncori, I & Vine, T (2014) ‘‘Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous’: the importance of pre-departure training for expatriates working in China’, International Journal of Work, Organisation and Emotion 6(2) 155-177

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Dr Nic Bury

Tel: +44 (0)1473 338000



Dr Nic Bury has broad research interests, which include aquatic toxicology, stress physiology and environmental monitoring. His work investigates how chemical pollutants (e.g. metals, pharmaceuticals, algal toxins, microplastics) are taken up by fish and invertebrates and how this affects their health. The ultimate goal of this research is to identify stressors on the aquatic ecosystem that affects biodiversity. Dr Bury's work utilises a number of approaches including molecular biology, biomarkers of exposure, cell and animal physiology and environmental sampling. He supports the 3Rs (refinement, reduction and replacement) approach in animal research and part of his research includes the development of alternative test procedure for fish in toxicological studies.  

Research Interests

Chemical mixture toxicity in the aquatic environment 

Toxicity of sediments to developing fish and invertebrates

Use of in vitro methods (fish cells) in toxicology and environmental monitoring

Ecological benefits of river restoration
Smart Cities - Developing air quality monitoring networks and assessing impact to human health and Developing water quality monitoring networks to assess river water quality  

Recent Publications

Bury, N.R. (2017). The evolution, structure and function of the ray finned fish (Actinopterygii) glucocorticoid receptors. General and Comparative Endocrinology, in press

Sogbanmu, T.O., Nagy, E., Phillips, D.H., Arlt, V.M., Otitoloju, A.A., Bury N.R. (2016). Lagos lagoon sediment organic extracts and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons induce embryotoxic, tetatogenic and genotoxic effects in Danio rerio (zebrafish) embryos. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 14489-14501. 

Schnell, S., Stott, L.C., Hogstrand, C., Wood, C.M., Kelly, S.P., Part, P., Owen, S.F., Bury N.R. (2016). Procedures for the reconstruction, primary culture and experimental use of rainbow trout epithelia. Nature Protocols 11, 490-498.  

Khan, F.R., Syberg, K., Shashoua, Y., Bury N.R. (2015). Influence of polyethylene microplastic beads on the uptake and localization of silver in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Pollution 206, 73-79.

Miller, T.H., McEneff, G.L., Brown, R.J., Owen, S.F., Bury, N.R., Barron, L.P. (2015). Pharmaceuticals in the freshwater invertebrate, Gammarus pulex, determined using pulverised liquid extraction, solid phase extraction and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Science of the Total Environment 511, 153-60

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Professor David Heatley


Rachel Green
Professional Assistant, Department of Science and Technology 
Tel: 01473 338765

Prof David Heatley is a Visiting Professor of e-Health Innovation in the Department of Science and Technology. He has some 35 years of experience in industry-led research and development across a broad range of technology areas. Of most relevance to his appointment is his experience in the field of e-Health in which he has developed novel ways to use technologies to support clinical procedures, deliver care support over the internet, and enhance the learning experience for trainee health professionals. He is passionate about seeing technology raise the health of the nation and is working closely with the University to help pioneer the wider adoption of e-Health technologies across the region, as well as introduce their subject matter to degree courses.

David has also pioneered new developments in many non-medical areas, including receivers for the world’s first transatlantic optical fibre telecom cable system, optically powered WiFi cells, free-space optical communications, a new hi-tech trading desk for the London Stock Exchange, office furniture with embedded smart technologies, and many others. The breadth of his knowledge and experience beyond e-Health is one of the assets he brings to the position.

David’s current research is focussed on developing a novel online e-Learning methodology that will greatly improve peoples’ understanding of human anatomy and the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle. This new e-Learning experience will be highly interactive and engaging, aimed at people from all backgrounds and ages, professionals and non-professionals alike. In due course it is anticipated that new e-Learning experiences like this will help to raise the health of the nation and reduce the enormous cost burden that unhealthy lifestyles impose on healthcare providers and social services.

David is also researching a new form of medical scanner that has the potential to deliver important benefits over today’s CT and MRI scanners.  In addition he continues to contribute to and advise research groups on a broad range of technology areas, including: telemedicine and telecare, sensor networks, remote monitoring of peoples’ wellbeing, enabling technologies for Smart Cities, the Internet of Things (IoT) and telecommunications.  He has fulfilled a PhD supervisory role in several of the above areas.

David holds a PhD, has authored and co-authored over 80 publications, including a book and several chapters for other books, and is accredited with 20 patents. He is passionate about e-Health and e-Learning technologies and is delighted to have the opportunity to further that passion through his appointment. He greatly looks forward to working closely with the academic community and student body at the University, and helping to forge mutually beneficial links with the business community.