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People in the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

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University of Warwick

Director: Professor Jon Coaffee

esrcdtp at warwick dot ac dot uk

University of Birmingham

Joint Deputy Director: Professor Michael Hand

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University of Nottingham

Joint Deputy Director: Professor Marek Korczynski

esrc-dtc at nottingham dot ac dot uk

Aston University

Institutional Lead: Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

rdp at aston dot ac dot uk

University of Leicester

Institutional Lead: Dr Sally Horrocks

esrcdtp at le dot ac dot uk

Loughborough University

Institutional Lead: Professor John Downey

esrcdtp at lboro dot ac dot uk

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

Professor Michael Hand, University of Birmingham

Michael Hand

I work in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. I am Director of the Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and Joint Deputy Director of the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

I am a philosopher of education with research interests in the areas of moral, political, religious and philosophical education. My books include Is Religious Education Possible? (Continuum, 2006), Philosophy in Schools (Continuum, 2008), Patriotism in Schools (Wiley, 2011), Education, Ethics and Experience (Routledge, 2016) and A Theory of Moral Education (Routledge, 2017).


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 Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik


I am Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, where I also direct the postgraduate research programme at the School of Languages and Social Sciences. I joined Aston University in 2009, following the completion of my PhD at the University of Birmingham. I joined the Midlands Graduate School as the Institutional Representative for Aston in October 2018.

My research focuses on post-conflict countries, reconciliation and border violence. I am currently working on my second monograph Urban Geographies of the Refugee Crisis (Routledge Interventions series) which explores the relationships between cities, governance, border security and support services for refugees in ’transit’ cities such as Athens. I am also a part of a collaborative project funded by the Antipode Foundation which looks at how refugees navigate border areas on the ‘Balkan Route’ to the EU. My work has been published in Political Geography, Journal of International Relations and Development, International Journal of Transitional Justice, European Political Sciences, West European Politics and others.


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 John Downey, Loughborough University

John Downey

I am a Professor of Comparative Media Analysis and Director of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University. I am also Vice-President of the European Communication Research and Education Association.

My research has been funded three times by the ESRC (first as a doctoral student and then as a Principal Investigator). I currently lead an ESRC funded project to provide intensive advanced training to postgraduate students and early career researchers in methods used in the field of communication and media research.