Three academics promoted to Professor

Three academics at the University have been promoted to personal chairs.

Professor Avi Shankar (School of Management)

Avi Shankar has been promoted to Professor of Consumer Research within the School of Management. His research examines the role of consumption in people's everyday lives and in particular its creative and productive potential to enhance and develop relationships between people.

While he takes a predominantly cultural approach to understanding consumers, his work has practical implications for organisations, both public and private sector, in terms of how they understand their relationships with their consumers.

Commenting on his promotion Avi said: "Having now developed a robust theoretical framework, I am looking forward to applying my research approach to tackling a host of social problems from encouraging people to become sustainable through to improving the effectiveness of healthcare interventions."

Professor Dmitry Skryabin (Department of Physics)

Over the past decade Dmitry Skryabin has worked on theory and numerical modelling of light propagation in dispersive and nonlinear materials and structures. His work has wide applicability for optical, atomic and nonlinear physics. He has found its most striking applications to nonlinear optical effects in photonic crystal fibres, the area which has attracted worldwide interest of photonics community over the past few years.

Since joining the University, Dr Skryabin has created an active research group working on theory and modelling of nonlinear optical effects. He has collaborated widely, not least with experimentalists, who have benefited not only from his natural insight, but from his enthusiasm for seeing his predictions verified in the laboratory.

Professor Stephen Gough (Department of Education)

Stephen Gough is the Head of the Department of Education and Director of Centre for Research in Education and the Environment (CREE). His research focuses on understanding the ways in which education can be a means of reconciling environmental and economic constraints and opportunities.

His work has included working with procurement managers in the health service who are required to deliver against both value-for-money and sustainability targets.

Professor Gough commented: “I’m delighted to accept this Chair position - it has already led to enquiries about possible research collaborations from senior academics in Australia and Hong Kong.”

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