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New Professors Appointed

5 Oct 2021 10:00AM

The University has appointed five new Professors aligning with the University’s pillars of distinctiveness. 

The new Professors will be leading the University’s research institutes and research in the University’s areas of distinctness in Health and Wellbeing, Sustainability, Social Justice and Crime and the research programme in the Suffolk Business School. 

Professor Colin Martin has been appointed as the Clinical Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. Professor Martin is Professor of Clinical Psychobiology and Applied Psychoneuroimmunology.  He is a Chartered Health Psychologist, a Chartered Scientist and a clinician who specialised for many years in alcohol and drug abuse. Professor Martin is particularly interested in the psychobiological interface between physical illness and its impact of mental health and how this relationship impacts on the course of disease outcome.   

He is also well-known for his research work in the areas of perinatal mental health and maternal health. He said of his appointment “I am thrilled to have joined the University of Suffolk as Clinical Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing.  My ambition is to develop a world-class and sustainable health-related research programme that is relevant and sensitive to the local needs of the community, while pushing the boundaries of health care knowledge and practice-related insights.” 

Professor Valerie Gladwell is joining the University of Suffolk as the Director of the Institute of Health and Wellbeing. Professor Gladwell is looking forward to the new challenges ahead in her new role and has spent the previous 21 years of her academic life at the University of Essex.  
 
Professor Gladwell said she is excited about the opportunities to work with the local community and making a positive change to the health and wellbeing of those living in Suffolk. One of her research interests is about physical activity and how the environment shapes different human behaviours. Recent work with the Essex County Council has looked at evaluating how whole system change can influence physical activity throughout the population.  
 
Professor Gladwell said, “I am joining the University at a crucial time in their transformation strategy and we have the common aim to put Suffolk firmly on the map for research. I am very much looking forward to working with local businesses and other stakeholders." 

Environment and sustainable technologies specialist, Darryl Newport has been appointed as the University’s Professor in Energy and Sustainable Development and Director of the Suffolk Sustainability Institute.  

Research Lead in his field for over 20 years, Professor Newport was previously Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at UEL for over 15 years and established many high-profile research partnerships with key stakeholders both nationally and internationally.  He has over 25 years’ resource efficiency and built environment research experience and has collaborated on many international, national and regional funded research projects. His primary research focuses on the future decarbonisation of the Built Environment and associated physical infrastructure. 

Professor Newport said, “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the University of Suffolk as the New Director of the Suffolk Sustainability Institute (SSI) and Professor of Energy and Sustainable Development, to continue the initial success of SSI in tackling regional and global challenges at all scales, and to develop new research opportunity and partnerships.” 

Miranda Horvath has joined the University as the Director of the Institute of Social Justice and Crime. For the past 11 years Professor Horvath was a Senior Lecturer and then Associate Professor at Middlesex University where she founded the Violence Against Women and Girls Research Network.  

Professor Horvath has extensive research experience having conducted national and local multi-site, team and strand evaluation and research projects in a range of applied forensic and community settings. These projects have focussed on women and children who have experienced sexual and domestic violence and the practitioners who work with them. She has also conducted research on the cultural context in which sexual violence occurs with an emphasis on the influences of sexualised media and pornography on children and young people.  

Professor Horvath said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to bring my energy and insights around interdisciplinary working and intersectional thinking to transformational stages of the University of Suffolk’s development into a centre of research excellence. Throughout my career I have worked closely with the third sector, law enforcement agencies, health services, businesses and policy makers to ensure that my research is focused on practical solutions to real-world problems and creating change— and I am excited to continue this work through the Institute for Social Justice and Crime at the University of Suffolk.” 

Clare Rigg has joined the University as Professor of Leadership and Management. Professor Rigg has over 25 years’ experience in higher education, most recently at the University of Liverpool.  Professor Rigg is a key contributor to academic and policy debates on management learning and leadership development and her work has been widely published. Professor Rigg is Associate Editor of the 4* journal Academy of Management Learning and Education and was previously Editor-in-Chief of the journal Action Learning: Research and Practice.  

Professor Rigg said “I am delighted to have joined the University of Suffolk and welcome the opportunity to contribute to the development of such a new university. I look forward to working with colleagues to amplify the research undertaken by Suffolk Business School and to further the ways we can make a real difference to organisations in the region.” 

Professor Emma Bond, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research said: “At the University of Suffolk we are extremely proud of our research agenda which is widely recognised for being agile, responsive, highly collaborative and grounded in robust scientific and ethical approaches. We are absolutely delighted to welcome our new Professors to the University. Their appointment is part of the substantial investment we are making in our transformational research strategy which focuses on our areas of distinctiveness. Having new Professorial leadership for our research institutes will further strengthen our programme of national and international research which significantly contributes to scientific, medical and technological innovation and solutions, evidences and informs key policy debates and actively challenges social injustice and inequality.” 

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