Our Staff

Professor Athina Vlachantoni

DTP Director

I am a Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy in the Department of Gerontology at the University of Southampton. I am also a member of the Centre for Research on Ageing and the ESRC Centre for Population Change. My research interests are at the interface of ageing over the lifecourse and social policy. Recent research projects have focused on informal care provision across the lifecourse in the UK, Europe and China; pension protection among minority ethnic groups in the UK; and long-term care provision in India, China, the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Professor Phil Haynes

DTP Deputy Director (Brighton)

I became Professor of Public Policy at the University of Brighton in 2008. I was Head of School, Applied Social Science, at Brighton from 2007-2015. My main research interests are complexity theory, case based methods and their application to a wide range of policy topics. I am an Associate of the ESRC CECAN programme.



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Professor Donald Houston

DTP Deputy Director (Portsmouth)

I am Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Portsmouth and was Head of the Department of Geography 2016-19. Prior to coming to Portsmouth, I was Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Glasgow, and prior to that Director of the Scottish Cities Knowledge Centre at the University of St Andrews. My research investigates the implications of urban and regional economic change for social welfare and inequality, particularly the roles of housing and transport in producing geographical unevenness.

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Professor Melanie Nind

DTP Deputy Director (Training & Impact)

I am a Professor of Education at the University of Southampton and one of the co-directors of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. My research spans inclusive education, inclusive research, and research methodology. I am particularly interested in building capacity among teachers and users of qualitative research methods and in working with people with learning disabilities to foster belonging in education, research and community.


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Gemma Harris

DTP Manager (Interim)

Gemma is the Manager (Interim) of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership and is the first point of contact for all DTP students, applicants and supervising staff.



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