The Global Chair programme is a flagship scheme run by the International Relations Office and provides support for globally-renowned scholars to join our University as distinguished international visiting professors.
Building on the success of the scheme, which has attracted scholars across disciplines and global regions, we are pleased to open nominations for Global Chairs in the 2022-2023 academic year.
As leading academic experts in their fields, Global Chairs are invited to Bath to engage in high-profile research activity, foster collaboration and interdisciplinarity, and enhance our international networks in research and practice.
In addition, we encourage our Global Chairs to network with our wider University community, connect with our alumni, and engage with the public. They will provide inspiration and mentorship to students or early-career researchers, promote engagement with policy or industry, or offer expert advice for institutional initiatives and communities of practice.
As ambassadors for our University, they help raise our international profile and develop new partnerships for research and societal impact.
Previous Global Chair appointments have included:
Prof. John Warner (Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry). A prominent academic and industrial expert in green chemistry and sustainable technologies, Prof. Warner has facilitated Bath’s Green Chemistry Commitment, a global initiative embedding green chemistry principles into the undergraduate Chemistry curriculum.
Prof. Soraya Seedat (Stellenbosch University). A leading psychiatrist specialising in post-traumatic stress disorder among vulnerable populations in the Global South, Prof. Seedat's Global Chair supports Bath's strategic partnership in South Africa and our global research networks in the field of mental health.
Prof. Kees van Leeuwen (KWR Watercycle Institute & Utrecht University). Strengthening our civic partnerships as an international scientist and policy consultant, Prof. van Leeuwen has developed City Blueprints for sustainable urban water cycle management, including for the city of Bath and in capital cities of sub-Saharan Africa.
Prof. Jacqui True (Monash University). A global expert on gender-inclusive peace-building, Prof. True will visit Bath in the spring of 2022 to lend further support to our strategic partnership with Monash University and enable new connections with the Monash Centre for Gender, Peace and Security.