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People in the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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Aston University

Institutional Lead: Dr Lucian Leustean

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University of Birmingham

Joint Deputy Director: Dr Ben Kotzee

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University of Leicester

Institutional Lead: Dr Sally Horrocks

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Loughborough University

Institutional Lead: Professor Dominic Wring

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University of Nottingham

Joint Deputy Director: Professor Marek Korczynski

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University of Warwick

Director: Professor Jon Coaffee

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Contact details for each of the pathway academic leads are given on the pathway contacts page.



Professor Jon Coaffee, University of Warwick

Jon Coaffee

I joined the University of Warwick as Professor of Urban Geography in April 2013, and became Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership in May 2019. Prior to becoming Director, I have been Deputy Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Science and Progress at Warwick (from September 2014).

I am an interdisciplinary scholar based in the Department of Politics and International Studies, with an interest in the interplay of physical, technical and socio-political aspects of urban security and resilience. This work has been supported by a significant number of UK Research Council grants and FP7 and H2020 EU funding linked to building resilience across socio-technical systems and working closely with a range of private and governmental stakeholders to ensure research has real world impact. This work has been published in multiple disciplinary areas and most notably includes a number of books: Terrorism, Risk and the City (Ashgate 2003), The Everyday Resilience of the City (Palgrave 2008), Terrorism, Risk and the Global City – towards urban resilience, (Ashgate 2009), Sustaining and Securing the Olympic City: reconfiguring London for 2012 and beyond (Ashgate, 2011), Urban Resilience: Planning for Risk, Crisis and Uncertainty (Palgrave 2016), the International Resilience Handbook (Routledge, 2016) and Futureproof (Yale University Press, 2019).


ESRC DTP Joint Deputy Director

Dr Ben Kotzee, University of Birmingham

Dr Ben Kotzee

I am a Reader in Philosophy of Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, where I have been teaching since 2012. I studied philosophy and law in Stellenbosch, South Africa and researched for my PhD in philosophy at King’s College London. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town and a lectureship at Birkbeck, University of London, I moved to Birmingham. I joined the Midlands Graduate School as Deputy Director in 2021.

I research topics in applied epistemology and applied ethics as it pertains to education and also have research interests in professional education.

I am the editor of the journal Theory and Research in Education (published by SAGE).


ESRC DTP Joint Deputy Director

Professor Marek Korczynski, University of Nottingham

Marek Korczynski 

Since August 2019 I have been Director of the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Nottingham, and Joint Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

I am a sociologist of work, based in the Business School. My main research focuses are on the social relations of contemporary service work, social theory and work, and the relationship between music and work. My books include Songs of the Factory (Cornell University Press), Rhythms of Labour (Cambridge University Press, co-authored), Social Theory at Work (Oxford University Press, co-edited), and On the Front Line (Cornell University Press, co-authored). I am committed to engaging with people outside of universities. I have been interviewed about my research four times on BBC Radio 4, and have presented my research at numerous arts festivals and other public forums.

I have supervised seven PhD students to completion, and have been awarded a prize for teaching excellence at the University of Nottingham Business School. I also hold the title of Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University.


ESRC DTP Institutional Lead

Dr Lucian Leustean, Aston University

Lucian Leustean

I am a Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, where I have been teaching since 2007. I studied international relations, law and theology in Bucharest, Romania, and completed a PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics. I joined the Midlands Graduate School as the Institutional Representative for Aston in October 2019.

I am the author of The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65 (Palgrave, 2008) and co-editor of five volumes, including Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2014) and Orthodox Christianity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Southeastern Europe (Fordham University Press, 2014).

In 2018-20, I am Principal Investigator of a British Academy grant on 'When States Fail. Forced Displacement, Religious Diplomacy and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World'.


ESRC DTP Institutional Lead

Dr Sally Horrocks, University of Leicester

Sally Horrock 

I joined the University of Leicester in 1994 and have been institutional lead for the Midlands Graduate School since 2015. I served as Postgraduate Director in the School of History from 2012-2016.

I am an historian of 20th and 21st century Britain with a focus on science and technology and interests in gender, the media, oral history and moving image sources. Since 2011 I have been senior academic advisor to two National Life Stories oral history projects; An Oral History of British Science and An Oral History of the Electricity Supply Industry in the UK.

I have been involved in successful contributions to public history as part of the team behind the Voices of Science website and as advisor to the BBC’s World War One At Home project.


ESRC DTP Institutional Lead

Professor Dominic Wring, Loughborough University

I am Professor of Political Communication at Loughborough University, where I have been since 1997. I originally studied politics at Nottingham before completing a PhD at Cambridge. I was previously director of my institutional doctoral programme in social sciences before joining the Midlands Graduate School as our University’s institutional lead in 2021.

I have been researching the relationship between the media and politics from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Aside from researching the development of political campaigning since the advent of mass democracy I have also co-directed successive Loughborough real time analyses of UK election news coverage during the last twenty years. I established the UK Political Studies Association’s Media and Politics Group and co-founded the Journal of Political Marketing of which I am currently Senior Editor.

I am author and co-editor of several books including Political Communication in Britain: Campaigning, Media and Polling in the 2019; EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign; and The Politics of Marketing the Labour Party.