Key Contacts

Louise is the Director of LSSI. As a Professor of Human Geography, her research interests span migration and slavery; with a focus on global discourses of ‘modern slavery’ and exploitative work among asylum seekers and refugees.
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Dr Sahla Aroussi joined the School of Politics and International Studies in September 2020 and received her PhD in Politics from the University of Ulster in 2011 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp until 2013.
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Dr Kate Pangbourne joined the Institute for Transport Studies in June 2016. At ITS, Dr Pangbourne is developing a distinctive personal research agenda in innovative research in travel behaviour and persuasive technology for behaviour change, as well as exploring the implications of socio-technical change at the interface of transport, governance and sustainability.
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Dr Gehan Selim is an Associate Professor in Architecture and Urbanism. She was Fellow of The Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice (2017/18) and currently leading the Architecture and Urbanism Research Group at the University of Leeds. Dr Selim’s interdisciplinary research transcends the boundaries of disciplines across architecture, digital heritage, and urban politics, focusing on areas of liberation politics, geographies of urban conflict, co-produced knowledge, and developing sustained forms of community belonging.
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Alison supports cross-disciplinary research and innovation between and beyond the social sciences. She has extensive experience in supporting cross-institutional research, knowledge exchange, impact and strategic policy implementation in the Higher Education sector. As Research and Innovation Development Manager, Alison helps bring together different disciplinary expertise to address complex research problems. She particularly works to connect academics and stakeholders with large funding opportunities, and supports LSSI's international partnerships.
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Cheryl Harris is our LSSI Manager and has an overseeing role for LSSI's activities. In particular, Cheryl is closely involved with our ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and our PGR Placement Scheme. Cheryl has worked at the University since 2006; previously working in the School of Mechanical Engineering and the Faculty of Medicine and Health. She worked with post graduate students and academics as the Manager of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering whilst in Engineering. More recently she has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the NIHR Global Health Research Group in Surgical Technologies and has coordinated activities for the programme with academics and stakeholders in the UK, India and Sierra Leone.
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Camilla takes the lead on supporting the policy and public engagement activities of the LSSI in addition to fostering enhanced relations with the business community, acting as the main point of contact from the LSSI in regards to these endeavours. She also supports academics interested in engaging with local, national or even international policy communities or keen to explore opportunities for research-informed public engagement. Camilla is also responsible for organising engagement-facing workshops, events, developmental opportunities and networking activities to support academics in these regards.
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Natalie Jackson - Communications and Graduate Co-ordinator
Supporting the core activities of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, and working closely with colleagues in the LSSI, the Press Office, and the wider University Marketing Team, Natalie's role aligns broader marketing and communications strategies and initiatives as part of the delivery of activities of the Institute. Supporting the Leeds element of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in the Social Sciences, whilst also promoting awareness of and engagement in the work of the DTP through participation in open days, induction, cohort meetings and training sessions. Playing a key role in contributing to the provision for postgraduate researchers in the social sciences across the University and beyond.