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Dr Rika Nair

Research Culture Manager, RI&S

Although her background is in medical research (Microbiology PhD, Imperial College London), Rika has since translated her experience to supporting different disciplines and all stages of the research project cycle. Her transition to a research-enabling role came with an exploration of what is meant by research identities and culture. In a 2013 column published in Nature (, Rika proposed that good research culture includes a wide network of roles that enable and even amplify excellence. A decade later, her experience as a research enabler (project management, bid writing, research/researcher development) has supported the view that it takes a diversity of roles to nurture thriving research. Now, as Research Culture Manager, Rika coordinates institutional research culture activities at Warwick and runs a Research Culture Knowledge Exchange Linkedin Group (