Interdisciplinary Research Development – Contacts

As emphasis on interdisciplinary research grows, researchers at the University of Leeds can benefit from the support we offer to integrate different disciplines throughout the research process. We have a programme of Interdisciplinary Research Development which creates opportunities for academics to contribute their intellectual knowledge to create novel methods, expand research questions and use innovative approaches to tackle complex challenges. In addition to our programme, we have a Research and Innovation Development Team who work closely with academics as they are developing research ideas and proposals. More information about the team is on the Interdisciplinary Research Development Team webpages.

Samantha Aspinall
Head of Interdisciplinary Research

Email: S.L.Aspinall@leeds.ac.uk

  • Design and lead an interdisciplinary programme of events to support culture change
  • Facilitate events to explore novel methods and approaches that span discipline boundaries
  • Lead the Interdisciplinary Research Development Team.

Saeeda Bashir
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Health Tech

Email: S.M.Bashir@leeds.ac.uk

  • Building the Health Tech community and strategic opportunities for collaborative research in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust for wider engagement internally and externally.
  • Identification and promotion of interdisciplinary funding opportunities
  • Support for high value, interdisciplinary proposal development, including coordination, consortium building and proposal reviews.

Dr Danielle Battle
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Cancer Research

Email: D.Battle@leeds.ac.uk

Dr Siân Evans
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Global Food and Environment Institute

Email: S.H.Evans@leeds.ac.uk

  • Building the GFEI community and opportunities for collaborative research, internally and external to the University, including facilitating workshops, seminars, and other events
  • Identification and promotion of interdisciplinary funding opportunities
  • Proposal development support for large, interdisciplinary proposals, including coordination of consortium building, non-technical proposal reviews, and advice on submission process
  • RIS representative on GFEI Executive Group

Elizabeth Garcha
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Culture

Email: E.Garcha@leeds.ac.uk

  • Working alongside the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute (LAHRI) to support large and strategic research grant applications
  • Building and creating links between and beyond the community of arts, humanities and culture researchers across Leeds
  • Lead contact for the AHRC within Research and Innovation Services.

Kara Hazelgrave
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Leeds Institute of Fluid Dynamics (LIFD)

Email: K.Hazelgrave@leeds.ac.uk

  • providing tailored support for high value and strategically important interdisciplinary research and innovation funding opportunities;
  • connecting academics with businesses and stakeholder organisations and facilitating co-development of collaborative research and innovation programmes;
  • promoting specific research and innovation strengths and initiatives, both internally and externally.

Jeremy Laycock-Campbell
Research and Innovation Development Manager, Energy Leeds

Email: J.Laycock@leeds.ac.uk

  • Developing new research and innovation opportunities
  • Supporting large interdisciplinary and strategically important funding proposals
  • Creating opportunities for collaborations with external stakeholders by organising networking opportunities, workshops and events