SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:City, UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Jenny Harrow, City (

Pathway Leads
Dr Elena Novelli, City Deputy (

Dr Pinar Guven-Uslu, UEA Lead (

Dr Apostolos Kourtis, UEA Deputy (

Professor Michael Lamla, Essex (

Dr May Seitanidi, Kent (

Professor Gianluca Marcato, Reading (

Prof. Paul Robson, Royal Holloway Lead (

Dr Amany Elbanna, Royal Holloway Deputy (

Professor Xavier Font, Surrey Lead (

Dr Paul Hanna, Surrey Deputy (

Dr Shova Thapa Karki, Sussex (

Pathway Information.

The SeNSS Business and Management Pathway consists of eight established Business and Management Schools, one of which (City) has been included as a Pocket of Excellence (PoE). All of these Schools have very successful doctoral programmes in three distinct areas: Accounting, Finance, and Management.

Research interests and expertise:

  1. Competitiveness and competition policy
  2. Sustainability and well-being
  3. Corporate finance and banking
  4. Work, employment, organisations and society
  5. International business
  6. Regulations, governance, accountability and development
  7. Critical accountancy.

We have a strong focus on interdisciplinarity, of our doctoral programmes, in particular via joint supervision and research methods training, and already supervise students jointly with e.g. Economics, Sociology, Law, and Political Science and International Studies. Interdisciplinary co-supervision is actively promoted and encouraged. We prepare students for careers in both academia and industry, so that they are able to adapt quickly to a hyper-connected society where transformation is a constant requirement.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Dr Laura Camfield, UEA (

Pathway Leads

Hannah Hoechner, UEA Deputy (

Dr Sam Rawlings, Reading (

Professor Katherine Brickell, Royal Holloway Lead (

Professor Katie Willis, Royal Holloway Deputy (

Dr Albert Kimbu, Surrey (

Dr Paul Gilbert, Sussex Lead (

Deepta Chopra, Sussex Deputy (

Pathway Information.

The Development Studies Pathway brings together leading centres of excellence. Students benefit from research-led teaching and supervision by staff who are connected to opportunities for funding, internships and research assistance, and are experts in their fields. Our ROs also collaborate in research (e.g. UEA and Surrey on a SFTC-funded project supporting sustainable agricultural systems for Chinese farmers; and Sussex and Surrey on a Horizon 2020-funded youth mobility project).

Research interests and expertise:

  1. Climate Change
  2. Participation
  3. Technology, Media and Development
  4. Sustainable Agriculture
  5. Tourism

Our ROs are world leaders in their fields and offer a wealth of collaboration with non-HEIs, which have already led to numerous training initiatives.

  • Sussex’s Institute for Development Studies has partnerships with over 300 international organisations;

  • UEA engages with non-HEI partners in research, training and consultancy through the International Development Centre;

  • Royal Holloway hosts a UNESCO-supported ICT4D Centre which co-organises a network (ICT4DLondonmeetup) with 530 practitioners, and works with UNICEF, DfID, GIZ, UNEP, UNCTAD and the GSMA;

  • Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy hosts the ESRC-funded Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

  • Reading has the Walker Institute for Climate Resilient Societies, and hosts the HEFCE-funded Institute for Environmental Analytics.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:City, UEA, Essex, Reading, Royal Holloway, Surrey, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Valentina Corradi, Surrey (

Pathway Leads:

Dr Agne Suziedelyte, City Lead (

Professor Saqib Jafarey City Deputy (

Dr Jayant Ganguli, Essex Lead, (

Professor Marcus Chambers, Essex Deputy (

Dr James Reade, Reading (

Dr Ija Trapeznikova, Royal Holloway (

Dr Federico Martellosio, Surrey (

Professor Andrew Newell, Sussex (

Professor Steve Davies, UEA Lead (

Pathway Information.

The SeNSS Economics Pathway unites the strengths and complementarities of 7 well-established Departments of Economics, including a Pocket of Excellence (City). All have successful doctoral programmes and several research and training links already exist between these ROs, providing a useful starting platform to expand into a larger grouping.

Research specialisms and expertise:

  1. Behavioural and Experimental Economics;
  2. Development and Growth;
  3. Labour, Family and Housing; and
  4. Macroeconomics and Finance.

All seven ROs involved in this Pathway are leading universities, both in the UK and internationally. This is evidenced by the recent REF outcomes, by the number of established specialist and interdisciplinary research centres, and by the large number of research grants and awards won by our members. SeNSS includes many influential economists active in academia, research think tanks, government and non-government institutions. UEA, Essex and Royal Holloway already have active experimental labs, and Sussex and City are setting them up


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Goldsmiths, Reading, Roehampton, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Dr Daisy Powell, Reading Lead (

Pathway Leads

Dr Esther Priyadharshini, UEA (

Professor Anna Traianou, Goldsmiths (

Dr Holly Joseph, Reading Deputy (

Professor Lorella Terzi, Roehampton (

Dr Mariam Attia, Sussex (

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The SeNSS Education Pathway draws on world-class research strengths and will integrate Education doctoral students into an international research community. The pathway was established through three existing DTC investments, and extends the ESRC portfolio to two further ROs (UEA, Roehampton); one of these, Roehampton, has been identified as a Pocket of Excellence.

Research interests and expertise:

  1. International Education and Globalisation;
  2. Equity and Inclusion;
  3. Language, Literacies and Culture;
  4. Childhood, Youth and Family Studies
  5. Arts and Social Justice.

Much of the research activity carried out in these fields has close links with research users and practitioners, maximising impact, not just on educational practice but also on public policy. This Pathway will provide interdisciplinary training with an applied focus, drawing on perspectives from Social Work and Social Policy, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology and Development Studies. It will utilise the methodological expertise of academic staff in a range of approaches, from qualitative research to experimental method.

Students will benefit from strong links with other Pathways. It will build on an already established model of interdisciplinary doctoral supervision at all ROs.

Students will also be able to benefit from a significant international and cross-cultural dimension to their research. International research students in Education are especially well-represented in Pathway members. Strong links with overseas universities (for example, the University of Ghana and Tata Institute of Social Sciences) also enrich the research environment, offering possibilities of placements and facilitating access to further research fields


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Dr Gareth Edwards, UEA (

Pathways Leads:

Professor Kathy Pain, Reading Lead (

Dr Richard Nunes, Reading Deputy (

Dr Innes Keighren, Royal Holloway (

Professor Andrew Lovett, UEA Deputy (

Professor Ben Rogaly, Sussex Lead (

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An ESRC Review (2013) found that “human geography in the UK is innovative, vibrant, and in most sub-fields is the world leader”. This is a globally-significant training Pathway will equip the next generation of Human Geographers with the skills necessary to address a range of important cultural, environmental, political, and social questions. This Pathway is inherently interdisciplinary and forward-looking, while building upon well-established, ESRC-recognised research training programmes.

Pathway members have a strong track record of collaborative research with non-HEI partners, including key heritage institutions , national government departments, non-governmental organisations and agencies, industry and corporate partners, think tanks and international organisations. This Pathway seeks to further develop these collaborations not only by engaging students with these established links, but also by imparting a culture of engagement in our research supervision.

The Pathway’s four ROs have nationally leading research environments and the partners’ commitment to research is reflected in the provision of high-quality postgraduate supervision, and the ROs together currently train a cohort of approximately 200 doctoral students.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, and Surrey

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Pathway Chair: Dr Oliver Bond, Surrey (

Pathway Leads:

Dr Adela Ganem Gutierrez, Essex (

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Kent (

Dr Jackie Laws, Reading Lead (

Dr Ian Cunnings, Reading Deputy (

Professor Greville Corbett, Surrey Deputy (

Prof Luna Filipovic, UEA Lead (

Dr Alberto Hijazo-Gascon, UEA Deputy (

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The SeNSS Linguistics Pathway provides advanced training in quantitative and qualitative methods for the collection, management and analysis of language data throughout the lifespan, and across different social groups and domains of use. The Pathway builds on established structures in each RO to deliver coordinated training that shares discipline-specific knowledge within the context of a broader social-science agenda for producing numerate researchers. The innovative Pathway design provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary problem-based training and quantitative skills development.

Interdisciplinary Research interests thematic strengths include:

  • Language across the Lifespan: including language acquisition, language impairment, multi-lingualism, speech and language acquisition and processing research.

  • Language Diversity and Language Use: including language variation, language contact,discourse analysis, intercultural communication, language for professional contexts.

Our interdisciplinary strengths in methods and approaches include:

  • Behavioural and neuro-cognitive methodologies: including training in elicitation techniques, EEG/ERP, fMRI methods.

  • Analytical and thematic research methods: including quantitative and qualitative analyses of language samples across a range of social contexts and applications.

The academic units contributing to the Linguistics Pathway already collaborate with a range of non-HEIs whose work relates directly to the areas or Linguistics research conducted in our consortium. There is evidence of research collaboration across the participating SeNSS ROs in key areas such as: language acquisition (Essex, Reading), multi-lingualism (Essex, Reading), atypical language development (Kent, Reading), language diversity (Essex, Surrey) – to name a few. This will be developed further through cross-institutional co-supervision of SeNSS doctoral students and/or study visits between ROs. Students will also be able to benefit from a strong international dimension to their research


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Essex, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Royce Carrol, Essex (

Pathway Leads:

Dr Edward Morgan-Jones, Kent Lead (

Dr Rob Jubb, Reading Lead, (

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou, Reading Deputy (

Dr Kaat Smets, Royal Holloway Lead (

Dr Samuel Knafo, Sussex, (

Dr Rekha Diwakar, Sussex Deputy (

Dr Simon Curtis, UEA Lead (

Dr John Turnpenny, UEA Deputy (

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In SeNSS’s Politics and International Studies (PIS) Pathway, students will both profit from and reinforce our Pathway RO’s joint strengths in both research and engagement. The calibre of the departments and schools involved will ensure quality training; the size and diversity of their partnership will broaden students’ methodological and disciplinary horizons. The choice of a single training Pathway reflects this aim and breadth.

All six RO’s were ranked in the top 25 Politics and International Relations departments for either outputs, impact or both; and all six are relatively large departments, with at least (and, in some cases, well over) 20 full-time academic staff.

PIS is inherently interdisciplinary with links to more or less every other training Pathway, and make full use of members’ connections with disciplines such as Economics, Sociology, Cultural Studies and Philosophy.

Combining areas of common strength builds critical mass unmatched in the UK across sub-fields and methods, providing students in those areas with an extensive network of expertise and potential collaboration. Equally, the range of methodological expertise across SeNSS makes for diverse cohorts and helps to bridge divides that can persist in individual departments.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway:UEA, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor James Moore, Goldsmiths (

Pathway Leads:

Dr Gerulf Rieger, Essex (

Professor Robbie Sutton, Kent Lead (

Professor Julia Vogt, Reading Lead (

Professor Claire Williams, Reading Deputy (

Dr Dawn Watling, Royal Holloway Lead (

Dr Narender Ramnani, Royal Holloway Deputy (

Dr Sarah King, Sussex Lead (

Dr Natalie Wyer, UEA Lead (

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The SeNSS Psychology Pathway draws on established ESRC Pathways from four previous DTC investments (Essex, London, South East, Sussex), and extends the ESRC portfolio to one further institution (UEA). The Pathway offers a critical mass of world-leading supervisors and a breadth of training in all areas of Psychology relating to social and economic behaviour: cognitive (e.g. attentional biases), social (e.g. group influences), biological (e.g. genetic differences; neuroscience), and developmental (e.g. mechanisms of learning).

Our research and training is strongly interdisciplinary in its outlook and, through our non-HEI partners, will generate lasting impact.

Our interdisciplinary thematic strengths include:

  • Health across the lifespan: including eating and drinking, wellbeing, mental health, addiction,
  • developmental disorders (e.g. dyslexia), ageing, health interventions.
  • Safety and security in the digital age: including policing, conflict resolution, peace building,border agency, airports, and crowds.
  • Decision-making and behaviour change: including marketing and consumer behaviour, energyand climate change, banking, traffic, media and social influence.

Our interdisciplinary strengths in methods and approaches include:

  • Social neuroscience and biosocial research: including emotion, embodiment of interpersonalinteractions, gene x environment interactions, and training in ‘neuro’ methods.

  • Advanced quantitative methods: including Bayes, item-response theory, multi-level modelling.

There is substantial research collaboration across the participating SeNSS ROs in key areas such as: health and nutrition; social justice; embodied cognition; and group processes– to name a few. This will be developed further through cross-institutional co-supervision of doctoral students on the DTP and/or study visits between SeNSS ROs. Students will be able to benefit from a strong international and cross-cultural dimension to their research.


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Pathway Chair: Professor Tim Foxon, Sussex (

Pathway Leads

Dr Walter Wahrmeyer, Surrey Lead (

Professor Chris France, Surrey Deputy (

Dr Tom Hargreaves, UEA Co-Lead (

Dr Jason Chilvers, UEA Co-Lead (

Professor Joseph Tzanopoulos, Kent Lead (

Pathway Information.

The Science, Technology and Sustainability (STS) Pathway combines research training in the ESRC disciplinary area Science and Technology Studies with interdisciplinary training to enable students to address the interconnected social, economic and environmental challenges of sustainability. It brings together expertise from four leading research groups: SPRU (Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit); UEA’s Science, Society and Sustainability (3S) Group, and School of Environmental Sciences; Kent’s Durrell Institute of Conservation & Ecology in the School of Anthropology and Conservation (SAC); and Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES). These groups bring complementary expertise in a range of social science approaches to addressing sustainability.

Research interests and expertise:

  1. 3S and SPRU on transformative social innovation
  2. SPRU, 3S and CES on low carbon transition Pathways
  3. SAC and CES under the ESRC South East DTC (SEDTC).

Students are an integral part of their home RO’s academic community, as well as being part of the STS Pathway cohort. This includes SPRU, which is an internationally recognised leading research centre for science, technology and innovation policy. SPRU plays a leading role in Sussex’s current ESRC DTC, training 20 ESRC-supported doctoral students, within a doctoral programme including more than 60 students from all over the world, creating impact through collaboration with government, business, and third sector organisations.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway: UEA, Goldsmiths, Kent, Roehampton, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Dimitrios Theodossopoulos, Kent (

Pathway Leads

Dr Ben Jones, UEA Lead (

Dr Emma Gilberthorpe, UEA Deputy (

Dr Mark Johnson, Goldsmiths (

Dr James Davies, Roehampton (

Dr Peter Luetchford, Sussex (

Pathway Information.

The SeNSS Anthropology Pathway combines expertise in general Sociocultural Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology (comprising of evolutionary approaches to social-scientific research). It includes large and long-established centres of Anthropology training (Goldsmiths, Kent, Sussex), as well as smaller but expanding research groups (UEA, Roehampton), all of which represent research centres of distinction. Roehampton’s inclusion in this Pathway constitutes recognition that it is a Pocket of Excellence in this field.

Areas of major specialisation within Social Anthropology include:

  1. Visual and Environmental Anthropology,
  2. Ethnobotany (a social-scientific division of Ethnobiology),
  3. Anthropology of Health, and
  4. Anthropology of Development

SeNSS brings together the training experience of its partner ROs, providing synergies that enable a combination of existing knowledge and specialisation across this consortium.

Our ROs have made sustained methodological and theoretical contributions to a wide range of Anthropological sub-fields and raised substantial external funding (approximately £15m over the past five years). We maintain and collaborate with a range of research centres, which mirror areas of research excellence and enhance interdisciplinarity. Our ROs have a distinguished track record of organising international and interdisciplinary research conferences, enabling doctoral students to play a leading role in innovative projects that materialise in collaborative publications.

We collaborate with a range of local non-HEIs in the South East, and our ROs also cooperate with non-HEIs in particular fieldwork sites, such as NGOs in south-east Asia, China, Africa and Latin America; community-based organisations in the UK and India; and secondary schools in Rwanda and Mozambique.


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Pathway Chair: Professor Charles Watters, Sussex (

Pathway Leads:

Professor Marian Brandon, UEA Lead (

Professor Jonathan Dickens, UEA Deputy (

Dr Derek Kirton, Kent Lead (

Pathway Information.

Social Work and Social Policy (SW&SP) offers a distinctive Pathway that draws on social science disciplines to analyse, address and engage with a range of social problems and policy issues. Located in three well-established centres of excellence in SW&SP, it is thus able to offer strength in depth across a range of supervisory topics, and well-established training in research methods. In addition, links between Kent and Sussex build on existing DTC partnerships.

SW&SP are, by their nature, strongly interdisciplinary. As a result, doctoral students across the Pathway are exposed to a range of intellectual influences, and have a breadth of supervisory expertise on which to call.

Research interests and expertise:

  • Childhood and youth, including troubled childhoods
  • Attachment theory
  • Health
  • Disability theory
  • Social care, including older people, learning disabilities and mental health
  • Criminal justice
  • Gender, sexuality and the family
  • Well-being
  • International social work
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Philanthropy and the third sector
  • International social policy
  • Poverty and social exclusion
  • Migration and refugees

In all three centres, research training is embedded in Graduate School provision that offers faculty-wide training, encourages high levels of interdisciplinarity, and cultivates a strong sense of belonging to a social science cohort. Our Pathway aims to provide a rich research environment for students that will develop them as confident researchers with a clear sense of themselves as members of a wider academic and professional community. There is a network of regular staff/student research seminars across the Pathway, where students can hear and debate with leading academics in their field.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Lindsay Stirton, Sussex

Pathway Leads:

Dr Charlotte Smith, Reading Lead (

Dr Michael Hamilton, UEA Lead (

Dr Michael Harker UEA Deputy (

Dr Aoife Duffy, Essex Lead (

Professor Rosemary Hunter, Kent (

Dr Thanos Zartaloudis, Kent (

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The SeNSS Socio-Legal Studies (SLS) Pathway brings social science methods to the analysis of law, rights and regulation. It builds on established provision and draws on world-class Socio-Legal supervisory, research resources and interdisciplinary strengths across five ROs, each with large Law Schools and public-facing specialist legal research centres, and two with internationally-recognised Human Rights Centres.

SeNSS SLS doctoral students will be part of a community spanning, for example, Reading’s Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation, UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), Sussex’s Centre for the Study of Corruption, Kent’s Centre for Critical International Law, and Essex’s Human Rights Centre.

They will receive expert support from an academic supervisory pool that includes senior lawyers, as well as former and serving UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture, Freedom of Assembly, and Extra-judicial Killings.

The Pathway addresses the ESRC’s strategic challenges and mobilises recent ESRC investments (including UEA’s CCP and Essex’s Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project).

All five core ROs host vibrant doctoral communities. There is already strong collaboration between the ROs with faculty at Reading and Sussex enjoying status as associates of UEA’s Centre for Competition Policy. There are established research collaborations within the ROs on competition law and policy (Reading-UEA) and family law (Sussex-Kent). The SLS Pathway prioritises impact-driven, collaborative research that fully engages with user-groups.


SeNSS Institutions involved in this Pathway: City, Essex, Goldsmiths, Kent, and Sussex.

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Pathway Chair: Professor Larry Ray, Kent (

Pathway Leads

Professor Joan Busfield, Essex (

Professor Monica Greco, Goldsmiths (

Dr Catherine Will, Sussex (

Professor Tim Stangleman , Kent (

Dr Simon Susen, City (

Pathway Information.

The Sociology Pathway is located in five well-established ROs that together embody critical, quantitative and qualitative sociological research combined with strong traditions of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Research specialisms and expertise:

  1. The Quantitative Social Science strand recognises the innovative offering of doctoral awards in survey methodology.
  2. Health strand draws together training and research in Sociology with health and human sciences, to offer supervision in health-related research, including organisational behaviour in healthcare delivery and the use of bio-markers in social epidemiology.
  3. The Media, Communication and Cultural Studies strand brings expertise in a cognate field with innovative social engagement.
  4. The Criminology strand enables specialism in a cognate and crucial area of research and public concern.

We have a strong research culture and are internationally recognised for world-class research. We are natural partners with complementary strengths: methodological innovation, culture and theory, crime, work, gender, social class, health, migration and mobility, urban sociology, and digital culture. In terms of impact, our research addresses social justice by improving awareness and understanding of how social opportunities, experiences and outcomes are differentiated by background characteristics (e.g. class, gender, occupation, nationality, health and ethnicity), and by addressing areas where specific groups are disadvantaged.

We have established collaborations, both co-funding and exchanging knowledge with many non-HEIs. Our approach to collaborative studentships builds further on our commitment to interdisciplinarity, and includes partners in criminal justice, health and illness, and arts and community organisations. Links include: Kent - Kent County Council, East Kent Hospitals.