Contact the team

Contact the team
Contact the team

Professor Siân Bayne

Director of Education, EFI

Siân is Professor of Digital Education and Director of Education at the Edinburgh Futures Institute. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education, where her research is currently focused on higher education futures, interdisciplinary approaches to researching digital education and digital pedagogy.

Sabine Rolle

EFI Undergraduate Provision

Sabine is lead for the Edinburgh Futures Institute undergraduate provision and Dean of Undergraduate Education for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She is based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures where she is a Senior Lecturer in German.

Tom Ward

Head of Education Administration and Change Management

Tom is on secondment from his substantive role as the University’s Director of Academic Services. He brings fifteen years’ experience of academic governance and quality assurance, student administration, change management, and recruitment and admissions, across a range of areas in the University.

Sarah Harvey

Education Administration and Change Manager

Sarah’s roles are project management of the Education project, and to provide the administrative support and infrastructure to deliver EFI Education’s programmes and ambitions. She brings a number of years’ experience in teaching administration and management, particularly postgraduate taught, from various schools across the University.

Eilidh Morrison

Project Coordinator

Eilidh coordinates education projects for the team. Working with Tom and Sarah, she supports the development of EFI’s portfolio of programmes. Responsibilities include market research, analysis and reporting, stakeholder engagement and facilitation, and general support for curriculum delivery. Eilidh’s background is in sustainability, previously working for a consultancy in London.

Russell McAdam

Education Marketing Officer

Russell is an experienced marketing professional who joins Edinburgh Futures Institute from the University of Glasgow where he led in the development and implementation of Open Studies student recruitment and marketing strategy. Drawing on his experience, Russell’s focus is on designing and delivering marketing activity for EFI’s education portfolio to a broad range of stakeholders.

Edinburgh Futures Institute Fellows

EFI postgraduate programmes are being developed by a large team of academic Fellows from across the University.

Dr Anna Vaninskaya

Future Storytelling programme
  • Senior Lecturer in English Literature, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Anna Vaninskaya is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and the author of two monographs: William Morris and the Idea of Community (2010) and Fantasies of Time and Death (2020), as well as over forty articles, book chapters and special journal issues on nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, politics and history. She is the creator of the ‘Scotland-Russia: Cultural Encounters Since 1900’ archive.

Dr Juli Qermezi Huang

Inclusive Societies programme

Juli Qermezi Huang is an economic anthropologist whose research focuses on social enterprise and the use of new technologies, data, and markets for poverty alleviation. With data scientists, social enterprise practitioners and policy makers, she is currently developing a comparative and interdisciplinary research project on the everyday data practices of social enterprises in Bangladesh and Scotland.

Dr Jean-Benoît Falisse

Inclusive Societies programme
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Science
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Jean-Benoît Falisse is a lecturer in African Studies and International Development. His work looks at the political economy and governance of basic social services in ‘fragile’ and conflict-affected societies. He has been working with and for governmental and non-governmental organisations in the African Great Lakes region since 2009.

Dr Jen Ross

Future Education programme
  • Senior Lecturer, Moray House School of Education and Sport
  • Co-director, Centre for Research in Digital Education
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Jen Ross is senior lecturer in Digital Education, co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, and co-ordinator of the Digital Cultural Heritage cluster in the Centre for Data, Culture and Society and the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network. Her research interests include digital cultures in education, education and heritage futures, open and online distance education, and digital cultural heritage learning.

Dr John Brennan

Future Sustainability programme
  • MSc and Senior Lecturer, Environmental Design, Edinburgh College of Art
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John Brennan is a practicing architect. He has worked in the sustainable built environment for 30 years and has won the Saltire Society award for Housing Design. John established the University’s postgraduate programmes in Advanced Sustainable Design. John uses his built work to validate research that combines qualitative and quantitative methods. His research and teaching reflects how design practice can generate long term adaptability, healthy workplaces and resilient settlements.

Dr Kirsteen Shields

Future Sustainability programme
  • Lecturer in International Law and Food Security, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security
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Kirsteen Shields is a human rights law expert with a PhD in international law and governance. She is a lecturer in international law and food security at the University of Edinburgh, at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security. She was the recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh / Fulbright award for research on food and land reform at Berkeley, University of California 2017/18.

Professor Candace Jones

Creative Industries programme
  • Chair of Global Creative Enterprise, University of Edinburgh Business School
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Candace Jones’ research interests include creative industries and professional services from the lenses of networks, vocabularies, institutional logics, and materiality. She has published on a range of creative industries, including film, music, architects and architecture in top journals. She organized and co-convened the Creative Industries subtheme at EGOS (European Group of Organization Studies) with Silviya Velikova Svejenova and Jesper Strandgaard Pederson from 2002-2016.

Professor Laura Cram

Future Governance programme
  • Professor of European Politics, School of Social and Political Science
  • Director, NRlabs Neuropolitics Research
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Laura Cram is Professor of European Politics and Director of NRlabs Neuropolitics Research. Her lab uses social computational and experimental approaches, including fMRI brain-imaging, to get ‘under the hood’ of political attitudes, identities and behaviours – exploring, for example, how insights from cognitive neuroscience might inform contemporary debates on the Brexit issue. She is co-editor of Government and Opposition.

Professor Shannon Vallor

Data Ethics
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
  • Director, Centre for Technomoral Futures
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Shannon Vallor is Professor in Philosophy and the Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence at the Edinburgh Futures Institute, where she directs the Centre for Technomoral Futures. Her research explores the impact of new data-driven technologies upon human moral character and capabilities, and promotes the integration of ethical knowledge and skill in technical domains.

Professor Stephen Osborne

Service Management and Design programme
  • Professor of International Public Management, University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Director, Centre for Service Excellence
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Professor Osborne’s areas of expertise include service design, public service reform, innovation and change in public services, and the role of the third sector in public service delivery. The focus of his work is the internationally award winning Public Service Logic framework. Editor of the journal Public Management Review, he is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, the founder and first President of the International Research Society for Public Management.

Professor Chris Speed

Service Management and Design programme
  • Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh
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Chris Speed’s research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and the Internet of Things. Professor Speed has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences. He is associated with the Edinburgh College of Art’s programmes in Design Informatics.

Professor Sarah Kettley

Future Design programme
  • Chair of Material and Design Innovation, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art
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Sarah Kettley is Director of the RAFT research group at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a founder member of the interdisciplinary Arcintex research network. Her areas of expertise include research-through-design, craft as a methodology for wearable technologies, the anthropology of craft and design, the Person-Centred Approach as an ethical participatory design framework, and design for mental health and wellbeing.

Dr Paul Kosmetatos

Future Economy programme
  • Lecturer, School of History, Classics and Archaeology
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Jane McKie

EFI shared core
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
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Jane McKie’s first collection, Morocco Rococo (Cinnamon Press), was awarded the 2008 Sundial/Scottish Arts Council prize for best first book of 2007. Her other publications include When the Sun Turns Green (Polygon, 2009), Gardens of Bedsteads (Mariscat, 2011) which was a Poetry Book Society pamphlet choice, Kitsune (2015), and From the Wonder Book of Would Your Believe It? (2016).

Dr Stuart King

EFI shared core

A lecturer in Mathematics, Stuart King joined the School of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh as 2015. He is a member of the Applied and Computational Mathematics research group. He has worked as a Teaching and Research Fellow within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of St Andrews, as well as a member of the Vortex Dynamics research group in Applied Mathematics.

Dr Larissa Pschetz

EFI shared core
  • Lecturer, Design Informatics and Product Design, School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art
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Larissa Pschetz is a researcher and lecturer in Design Informatics and Product Design. Her research focuses on Interaction Design and related areas of Human-Computer Interaction, Social Sciences and Humanities. She completed a Microsoft-funded PhD in 2014, where she coined the term “Temporal Design” to describe a design approach that looks at time as emerging out of relations between cultural, social, economic and political forces.

Dr Michael Herrman

EFI shared core
  • Lectureship in Robotics, School of Informatics
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Michael Herrman is an Associate Member of the Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation, a Member of the Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour and Deputy Director of CDT in Robotics & Autonomous Systems [2014-22]. His research interests include: autonomous robots, robot swarms, biorobotics, prosthetics, computational neuroscience, self-organised criticality, neural avalanches and fields and biomedical data processing.

Dr Drew Hemment

EFI shared core
  • Chancellor’s Fellow and Reader, Edinburgh Futures Institute / School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art
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Drew Hemment is an artist, designer and academic researcher. He is Project Lead (PI) of the GROW Observatory (H2020, €5.1m), which is mobilising thousands of citizens across Europe in generating, sharing and using data in order to improve food production practices and scientific understanding of extreme climate phenomena. Drew founded FutureEverything, the UK’s annual festival of digital culture, which named by The Guardian as one of the top ten ideas festivals in the world (2012), and is a hub for digital culture and artists globally.

Dr Elizabeth Petcu

Cross-cutting course development
  • Lecturer in Architectural History, Edinburgh College of Art
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Elizabeth J. Petcu is an historian of early modern art and architectural culture in Europe and Latin America. Her work probes the interplay between architecture and other media as well as strategies for imitating nature during the emergence of global architecture. Elizabeth’s scholarship on architecture’s intercultural dynamics draws on a mixed training in the Anglophone and German spheres.

Dr Maurizio Tomasella

Cross-cutting course development
  • Lecturer in Management Science, University of Edinburgh Business School
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