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The International Centre for
Higher Education Management

:Higher Education Innovation for Global Wellbeing

University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management


Rajani Naidoo Professor Rajani Naidoo
Professor in Higher Education Management

Professor Rajani Naidoo is a leading researcher in the study of comparative higher education and its relationship to wider transformations of power in the global economic and political order. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge before joining the University of Bath. Before this she was an inaugural member of an institution that acted as a model for the development of a critical and democratic higher education system in South Africa.

Her multi-level research analyses the links between shifts in global political economy, government restructuring of higher education systems and organisational change. Drawing on global political economy and institutional theories, she explores the policy and management implications for academics, managers and students and how this impacts on the contribution of universities to the national and the global public good.

She has delivered keynotes at numerous international conferences in a wide range of countries. Funded research has included a study of the changing nature of the academic profession and trans-national higher education partnerships. She also contributes to executive development programmes for university leaders. She has won the John Willis Award for dedication to students, a significant contribution to teaching and accomplishment in research.

She sits on the research and development steering committee of the European Foundation for Management Development and was previously on the Executive Governing Council of the Society for Research in Higher Education. Editorial Board memberships include the British Journal of Sociology of Education and the International Journal of Sociology of Education. She is co-editor of a book series on global higher education (Palgrave/Macmillan) and has been appointed to visiting positions in a number of international research centres.

Faculty members
Dr Andrea Abbas Dr Andrea Abbas

Senior Lecturer
Leader of the Learning, Pedagogies and Diversity research cluster based within the Department of Education

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Bath where I am leader of the Learning, Pedagogies and Diversity research cluster. My work draws upon critical social theory and I am particularly interested in inequalities of class, gender, ethnicity and disability in higher education. I am also interested in using innovative (mostly qualitative) research methods. My research has three strands that have a common goal in trying to understand how universities might facilitate greater equity and social justice, particularly through pedagogy, curriculum and knowledge generation.

The first strand of work focuses on the way that universities of different status interact with students from diverse backgrounds through different disciplines to perpetuate, generate and interrupt inequities. In this respect, I have been co-investigator and principal investigator on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Higher Education Academy. Projects have focused on undergraduate and taught postgraduate education in diverse institutions.

The second strand of work focuses on the role of academics within universities and explores how the changes that occur in universities shape the possibilities for them and the contribution they can make. In this respect, I have worked on a project funded by HEFCE relating to part-time teachers and a been co-investigator on a project exploring early career academics experiences longitudinally.

The third strand of work focuses on what universities contribute through knowledge generation in the contemporary context of so called 'global knowledge societies'. I have worked on two projects funded by the European Commission in Europe the most recent focusing on inclusive educational training for primary school teachers in China.

Dr Hong T. M. Bui Dr Hong T. M. Bui
Associate Professor in Higher Education Management

Hong has a wide background in Language, Economics, Communication, Educational Leadership and Management. She has received funding do a PhD and two master degrees at the University of East Anglia, and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT-Vietnam) She worked for the University of Southampton, Bournemouth University, the University of East Anglia, and the Vietnam National University before joining the University of Bath.

Hong is interested in research in the areas of learning organisation for innovation and sustainability, systems thinking under uncertainty and complexity, and organisational behaviour in general, particularly with international and comparative perspectives. Her research has been published in a number of leading peer-reviewed journals. She has been viewed as a 'talented researcher' and 'leading scholar' in the journal of Public Administration Review in 2014. She has been invited by the British Council - Newton Fund programme to participate a number of multidisciplinary research workshops on innovation and sustainability around the world.

Hong has also received a number of nominations as an "outstanding lecturer", and teaching awards such as "The Vice-Chancellor Teaching Award", or "You are Brilliant". Her passion is to work with higher education managers around the world to transform higher education to generate more socially responsible and sustainably innovative leaders for the future.

Katherina Chudzikowski Dr Katherina Chudzikowski
Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies

Katharina Chudzikowski is primarily interested in exploring careers in a variety of contexts, including professionals in the area of consultancy and academia. She is also particularly interested in the construction of employability and careers of graduates in the sector of Higher Education. Theoretically, her research is informed by Bourdieu's theory of practice which includes theorising careers and work relationships from a relational perspective. As a member of the Cross-Cultural Collaboration on Contemporary Careers (5C) she explores how careers are socially constructed in different cultural contexts. Her work has been published in leading academic handbooks and journals.

Katharina serves on the editorial review board of The European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management (EJCCM). She is a member of the American Academy of Management where she serves as a Representative-at-large for the Career Division and member of the European Group for Organizational Studies.

Katharina received her PhD from the Vienna University Economics and Business (WU Vienna). She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the UCLA, Anderson School of Management (CA, USA) and a visiting scholar at the University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business (Sydney, Australia), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Boston University (MA, USA). Prior to joining academia, she spent 8 1/2 years working for a research department in a pharmaceutical company in Austria during her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Vienna.

James Harold Davenport  James Harold Davenport 

James Davenport has published a monograph in English and Russian, been the major author of a textbook that has appeared in French, English and Russian, edited four conference proceedings and four editions of his father's book The Higher Arithmetic, as well as leading the production of a custom text (four editions, and the first custom text in the Science Faculty) to support first-year teaching at Bath. He has published 125 refereed articles, and 45 unrefereed articles, as well as various technical reports. He has held 45 research grants, with a value (unadjusted for inflation) to the University of Bath of £2350716. For several of the major grants, notably European ones, he was either a, or the, principal author. He has also held £30000 worth of research contracts, and five SERC/EPSRC competitively-awarded research studentships, as well as University of Bath internal, competitively-awarded, ones. He has supervised 16 doctorates  and currently has five research students. His students and research officers have published 40 additional papers under his supervision. He has many other activities within the British Computer Society umbrella. He is serving his second term on the BCS Council and is Vice-President (Academy Trustee) and the BCS representative on Athena SWAN, is on the Society's Board of Trustees and has served on its Engineering & Science Board and Audit & Risk Committee.

On the international front he is Chair of the International Mathematical Union's Committee on Electronic Information and Communication. He chaired the MOOC panel at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (Seoul) and has held visiting positions in eight French institutions, in Austria, Italy, Germany, Sweden, the U.S.A and Canada. He is well-known in European research circles, having chaired or coordinated five European research projects, as well as reviewing several other projects.

He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Symbolic Computing, is one of the Editors of Applied
Algebra & Error-Correcting Codes, was founding Editor-in-Chief of the London Mathematical Society's Journal of Computation and Mathematics, and represents in International Mathematical Union on the epi-math committee.

Dimo Dimov Professor Dimo Dimov
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dimo Dimov's work focuses on understanding the entrepreneurial process, from initial idea to viable venture or well intentioned abandonment. An evolving entrepreneurial opportunity is central in this process: obvious in retrospect, but uncertain, nebulous, and ambiguous in prospect. He is interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.

Michael Donnelly Michael Donnelly

Michael Donnelly’s  research interests lie in the sociology of education, mobility and transition (especially in the higher education context), institutional cultures and effects, inequalities and social mobility, as well as citizenship education.  He has a particular interest in the theoretical work of sociologist Basil Bernstein, whose work he has applied and written about extensively to understand educational institutions, pedagogy, and inequalities. Michael is a mixed methods and interdisciplinary researcher, and is interested in developing new innovative approaches to combining quantitative and qualitative data, as well as drawing on a variety of disciplines within his work.  His work has been published in several leading education and social science journals.

Michael received an Economic and Social Research Council studentship to pursue his MSc and doctoral research at Cardiff University, following which he worked as a researcher at the University of Sheffield, before joining Bath in September 2013.  His doctoral research developed a new approach to studying school effects, and applied this to understanding the impact of schools on higher education participation, including young people’s geographical (im)mobilities.  His interest in higher education research was pursued further at Sheffield, where his work explored the impact of university-led ‘outreach’ work.  He is a reviewer for leading education and social science journals, including the British Educational Research Journal and Qualitative Research.  He is also one of the founding editors of the British Educational Research Association’s Blog, which brings together leading figures from a variety of disciplines to explore a variety of educational issues.

Portrait of Jurgen Enders Professor Jürgen Enders
Professor of Higher Education Management

My research focusses on the study of institutional change in the field of universities, and their role in society and economy. Major areas of research include (1) the regulation, funding and organisation of higher education and research; (2) management, leadership and organisational change in universities; (3) the student experience, employability and graduate careers; (4) the socio-economic impact of universities; and (5) academic work and career, (6) processes of internationalisation and globalisation in higher education.

I have a number of research projects underway building on empirical investigations supported by the Dutch Research Council, the European Science Foundation, the German Ministry of Education and Research, and the Ford Foundation. I am elected member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Academe of Science and Engineering, and Honorary Fellow of the Society for Research in Higher Education. My advisory work includes membership in the Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, in the German Advisory Council for Education, and in the R&D committee of the European Federation for Management Development. My previous appointments include Professor and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), University of Twente, the Netherlands, and Assistant Professor at the Center for Research on Higher Education and Work, University of Kassel, Germany.

Felicia Fai Dr Felicia Fai
Senior Lecturer in Business Economics, Director of Widening Participation and Outreach

My current research interests lie in understanding how 'openness' (varying from organisational partnerships, through networks to business ecosystems) enables innovation to drive economic growth. I consider this issue at various levels (organisation, industry, region and nation).

My interest originates in my expertise in the development of corporate technological competence and the importance of having both a set of core competences and a diverse technological base for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries. The diversity of their technological competences enables firms to recognise the potential of other firms as future partners for innovative purposes and to work with them; the subset of core competences, enable a firm to develop specialist expertise in an area which make them attractive as partners to others.

Over time the concept of increasing 'openness' has extended my interests from partnerships in a dyadic setting to one with numerous relationships of varying strengths, resulting in my interest in networks and business ecosystems. The latter may extend across numerous boundaries at the organisational, industrial, regional and national levels. I would welcome approaches from potential PhD students and researchers with interests in this area.

Yiannis Gabriel Professor Yiannis Gabriel
Chair in Organisation Studies

Yiannis Gabriel is Professor of Organizational Theory at Bath University. Yiannis has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, where he also carried out post-graduate studies in industrial sociology. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Yiannis is well known for his work into organizational storytelling and narratives, leadership, management learning and the culture and politics of contemporary consumption. He has used stories as a way of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, nostalgia, insults and apologies. Another area of his work has been dedicated to developing a psychoanalytic approach to the study of organizations. Yiannis is founder and coordinator of the Organizational Storytelling Seminar series, now in its twelfth year, the author of nine books and numerous articles. He is Senior Editor of Organization Studies and has been editor of Management Learning and associate editor of Human Relations. His enduring fascination as a researcher lies in what he describes as the unmanageable qualities of life in and out of organizations.

Stefanie Gustafsson Stefanie Gustafsson
Prize Fellow (Postdoc)

Stefanie Gustafsson is a Prize Fellow (Postdoc) at the University of Bath. Her research interests focus on professional work, with particular emphasis on processes of professionalisation and deprofessionalisation, careers, trust and qualitative methods for research and teaching. Currently, she is particularly interested in the increased influence of clients and its implications for the nature of professional work.

One of her ongoing projects investigates the integration of the arts into teaching in Higher Education. Specifically, she has used mask making as a form of artistic practice in order to explore students’ possible career contradictions as they enter the labour market (jointly with Dr Svenja Tams). Her work in this area has previously been presented at the Arts of Management and Organisation conference at Copenhagen Business School. At the 2015, Academy of Management conference in Vancouver, she will be part of an international group of scholars to talk on the topic of “Arts-Based Methods in Management Education”.

Stefanie is a member of the European Group of Organization Studies (EGOS) and the Academy of Management (AOM). She received here PhD from the University of Bath in 2014. Her thesis was awarded the Neil Palfreeman Prize for the best dissertation of the year in the School of Management. Stefanie has been a visiting researcher at the University of Lund.

Annette Hayton Dr Annette Hayton

Dr Annette Hayton is Head of the Widening Participation Office (WPO), joining  the University of Bath in 2012  from Goldsmiths, University of London where she had a similar role. She has many years of experience in managing activities designed to support successful progression to higher education as well as developing strategies to ensure that all students have a positive experience of university study. She also played a key role in establishing regional partnerships with other London HEIs, colleges, schools and LEAs. Before joining Goldsmiths she established and managed the London Region Post-Network at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is currently convenor of the UALL (Universities Association for Lifelong Learning) Widening Participation and Social Inclusion Network. Annette is interested in how educational theory can be developed and applied in practice to promote positive change within the education system, aiming to combine theory and practice in her work. She has written a number of articles and produced two edited collections for Kogan Page ‘Tackling Disaffection and Social Exclusion: Issues for Education Policy’ and, with Anna Paczuska, ‘Access, Participation and Higher Education’.

Dr Momna Hejmadi Dr Momna Hejmadi

Dr Momna Hejmadi is the Director of Studies of all Masters Programmes in the department of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Bath. Her current research interests in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education include placements and their role in employability; enhancing the international student learning experience; innovative practices in learning and teaching (feedback and assessment, teaching); open education and the role of MOOCs.

Her research has been funded through the Higher Education Academy, UK-India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI), several Teaching Development Funds at Bath, British Council, RCUK and the Dept. Biotechnology, India. She was responsible for introducing innovative collaborative MSc programmes, incorporating an international curriculum and an industrial placement. She has also led several initiatives on widening participation and student engagement, particularly in STEM disciplines.

In addition to her role as Director of Studies, she sits on Senate (the authority responsible for directing and regulating academic work at the university), Academic Council (responsible for university governance) and the Faculty of Science Learning & Teaching Quality committee. Externally, she sits on the Board of Management for ‘Bioscience Horizons’, the only student-led, academic peer-reviewed journal for student research. She has given keynote lectures in the UK and India on areas related to her research interests.

Veronica Hope Hailey Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Dean of the School of Management
Chair in Management Studies

Professor Hope Hailey is the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and holds a Chair in Management Studies. Externally facing in this role she is a member of Osbourne's new Productivity Group in addition to being a member of the Steering Group for the UK Government's Task Force on Employee Engagement. She has been named among the "UK's Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers" in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Her previous appointments include Associate Dean and Professor of HRM at Cass Business School, Professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management, Professor of Strategy at Bath between 2004 & 2006, and also a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Hope Hailey has worked for over 20 years on issues to do with strategic change in organisations and has co-authored one of the bestselling text books on the topic, Exploring Strategic Change, for which the fourth edition has recently been published.

Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. A consistent theme of the collaborations is exploration of the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her most recent work has focused on the Repair of Trust following the financial crisis, culminating in a series of reports for the CIPD, "Where has all the trust gone?", "Cultivating Trustworthy Leaders" and "Experiencing Trustworthy Leadership". In 2015 she published two CIPD reports with Professor Julia Balogun on "Landing Transformational Change". This research was undertaken within 14 organisations, including the John Lewis Partnership, GKN, Norton Rose, HMRC and a banking group. Veronica has also researched internationally comparing Employee Engagement and Performance Management in the UK, India and China and The Netherlands, a project funded by Society for HRM in the USA.

Veronica is married with five daughters.

Professor Hugh Lauder Professor Hugh Lauder
Professor of Education and Political Economy

I have been a Professor of Education and Political Economy at the University of Bath since 1996.

Previously I studied at The University of London, (The Institute of Education), and gained my Doctorate at the University of Canterbury (NZ). I was formerly the Inaugural Dean of Education at Victoria University of Wellington.

I specialise in the relationship of education to the economy and have for over 10 years worked on national skill strategies and on the global skill strategies of multinational companies.

I am head of the, Globalisation, International Education, Policy and Organisation Group within the Department of Education.

I have been a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London University, The University of Turku (Finland) and currently at the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and am also member of the ESRC Virtual College.

Cornelia Lawson Dr Cornelia Lawson
Prize Fellow, School of Management

Cornelia Lawson's research focusses on performance and career path of academic researchers, as well as inter-organisational and inter-sectoral collaboration. At the moment she is particularly interested in the career experiences of foreign-born academics, in sharing and open science, and in dual academic appointments, research for which she was previously awarded funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. She is also Co-Investigator on a German Science Foundation funded project on multipole affiliations in science. Since 2011 Cornelia is the convenor of an annual conference on the "organisation, economics and policy of scientific research".

Michael Mayer Professor Michael Mayer
Associate Dean Postgraduate Taught Students,
Professor - Strategy, Convenor of Business Economics & Strategy Group

My main research interests are focused on developing our understanding of the way in which strategies, and associated processes and practices, relate to the wider institutional setting in which organizations operate. In this context I have a particular interest in diversification strategy, the relationship between strategy and organization, and international management. A related area of interest lies in comparative business organization and management.

Catherine Montgomery Professor Catherine Montgomery
Professor of Education
Director of Studies EdD

Catherine Montgomery is Professor of Education in the Department of Education and joined the University of Bath in October 2016. Catherine's research focuses on international higher education and she has a particular interest in international and transnational higher education in China and Vietnam. She is particularly interested in the developing and intensifying inequalities in globalised higher education and some of her recent research centres on the development of elite strategic partnerships in Chinese Higher Education, considering what this can tell us about the increasing inequalities in higher education globally.

Catherine has also worked on international and comparative research projects in Denmark, Mexico and Vietnam including a British Council project focusing on Internationalisation strategy in Vietnam, an ESRC funded project looking at autonomy and democracy in education entitled Freedom to Learn and a British Council project researching the role of dialogic STEM education in addressing social and cultural disadvantage in Mexico and the UK.

Other indicators of esteem include a National Teaching Fellowship (2010) and frequent invitations to give keynotes, plenary and papers on international education at national and international educational conferences and for government policy groups. Catherine has strong and active collaborative research links with high ranking universities in China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Mexico.

Monia Mtar Dr Monia Mtar
Teaching Fellow in the Strategic and International Management Group

Dr Monia Mtar's research interests focus on international strategic and organizational issues faced by private, public and third sector institutions. Issues of interest include internationalization strategies; organizational design and headquarters-affiliate relationships; learning and change management; mergers and acquisitions. She has an interest in comparative management theories, particularly institutional theory. She has expertise in French multinational companies. She has experience of using qualitative research methods, including comparative and longitudinal case studies.

Dr Mtar's work has notably been published in Organization Studies and presented at leading conferences including the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, Strategic Management Society, the European Group of Organization Studies.

She holds a PhD from the University of Warwick Business School. Prior to joining the University of Bath, she taught at the University of Edinburgh.

Peter Nuttall Dr Peter Nuttall
Director International Relations School of Management

Dr Nuttall has several years of management experience within the School of Management as Director of International Relations with the remit to formulate and implement the international strategy for the School and act as a focal point for international strategic partners and organisations in the development and extension of the School's collaborations including student and staff mobility, research and executive development. He is also Chair of the International Working Group (IWG) and sits on the School of Management Executive Committee. As Director of International Relations Dr Nuttall is also the main liaison point for the School/University interface and coordinates the School's international activities with the Pro Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation and the University's International Relations Office.

Dr Nuttall is an experienced educator in the areas of International and Global Marketing, Consumer Behaviour and Marketing Management. He has delivered PG, UG and executive development courses and lectures overseas. His research interests include global consumer research, consumer behaviour, adolescent and youth marketing, identity and symbolic consumption, International Strategic Alliances in Higher Education Management. His current work employs innovative research methods to generate greater insight into adolescent behaviour within ritual practices and rites of passage. This project focuses on adolescent experiences of the high school prom and considers the 'globalisation' of this ritual event and is key to his research. He has published articles in several leading international peer-reviewed academic journals. His most recent research was funded by the British Academy and focuses on the coping strategies and practices employed by young people from low income families to gain access to the marketplace and culturally significant adolescent consumption rituals. As a practitioner he has managed several marketing and market research consultancies.

Graham Room Professor Graham Room
Professor of European Social Policy

Graham Room is Professor of European Social Policy at the University of Bath. He is author, co-author or editor of twelve books, the most recent being Complexity, Institutions and Public Policy: Agile Decision-Making in a Turbulent World, Edward Elgar, 2011. He is also Acting Director of the Institute for Policy Research, established in February 2013.

He was Founding Editor of the Journal of European Social Policy and is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Ammon Salter Professor Ammon Salter
Professor in Innovation

My research focuses on the sources and determinants of innovation. In particular, I am interested in open and distributed models of innovation, social networks and university-industry collaboration. I am Research Director of the UK Innovation Research Centre (funded by ESRC, BIS, NESTA and TSB). I have taught, advised and collaborated with a range of companies, such as Arup, IBM, Total, and Laing O'Rourke, and governments, including the European Commission and the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, on issues relating to innovation.

Robin Shields Dr Robin Shields
Senior Lecturer in Higher Education Management and Director of Studies DBA(HEM)

Robin Shields' research analyses the globalization of higher education, using social network analysis and related research methods to understand shifting relationships between institutions, individuals and nation-states. He has applied these methods to a number of domains, including international student flows in higher education, social media networks and research collaboration. Robin has acted as Principal Investigator for research funded by the Higher Education Academy and Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. He is also Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project studying cross-cultural perspectives on Global Citizenship in Higher Education. Robin teaches on the DBA in Higher Education Management, the Education Doctorate (EdD), and several MA and undergraduate programmes.

Richard Watermeyer Dr Richard Watermeyer
Senior Lecturer of Education and Director of Research in the Department of Education

Richard Watermeyer is a sociologist of education (knowledge, science and expertise) with interests in education policy, practice and pedagogy. He engages with critical sociology and focuses on new conceptualizations of academic praxis and the current and future role of the (public) university in the context of marketization, globalization and neoliberalization. Richard is currently leading an SRHE funded project – ‘Towards a cartography of impact’ which explores how academic peer reviewers and users evaluate socio–economic impact as part of the UK Research Excellence Framework. He also leads research into the future of public engagement in UK higher education and the impacts of university–mergers on academic performativity, identity and working cultures. He is an experienced evaluator of large–scale UK and European ‘science and society’ initiatives/consultations. He was the first social scientist to be seconded to the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor for Wales and has held previous academic appointments at the universities of Cardiff, Surrey and Warwick.