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Research leadership

Professor David Mba
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise 


As a member of the university's leadership team, David is responsible for providing outstanding research guidance and direction for staff and students across the institution.

David's current research is focused on machine condition monitoring, machine fault diagnosis, and, machine model-based prognostics and performance prediction. His research has been funded via numerous commercial, EU and EPSRC projects and he has published more than 300 journal and conference papers. ​

Professor Deborah Cartmell
Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Deborah Cartmell

Deborah Cartmell is Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). She is currently completing The Blackwell Companion to the Biopic and is writing a monograph, Adaptations at War. 

She is founder and co-editor of two international journals, Adaptation (Oxford University Press) and Shakespeare (Routledge), series editor of the Bloomsbury Adaptation Histories, founder and former chair of the Association of Adaptation Studies and founding trustee of the British Shakespeare Association. She received the Jim Welsh Award for Excellence in Adaptation Studies in 2016.

Professor Cartmell has supervised a number of PhD students who are now in successful professional and academic careers in the UK, US, Australia and Indonesia and welcomes PhD applications in Shakespeare and Adaptation Studies.

Professor Siobhan Keenan
Associate Dean of Research for Art, Design and Humanities


Siobhan Keenan is Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities and a Professor in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature. Her latest publication is a monograph for Oxford University Press on The Progresses, Processions, and Royal Entries of King Charles I, 1625-1642 (2020), and her next project is a study of early Shakespearean actor, Richard Burbage.

She is an elected member of the Malone Society Council and a member of the Editorial Board for the journal Shakespeare (the journal of the British Shakespeare Association), published by Routledge.

Professor Keenan has supervised a number of PhD students who have gone on to successful careers in and beyond academia and she welcomes PhD applications on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama and early modern theatre history. 

Professor Jo Richardson
Associate Dean of Research for Business and Law


Jo is Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Business and Law, and she is Professor of Housing and Social Research. Jo is a member of the Local Governance Research Centre (LGRC).

As a qualitative social researcher, she focuses on using co-production methods within local communities in many of her projects. Jo's broad interests cut across management, social policy and public policy disciplines.  Key areas include:

  • Social housing, including community-led initiatives and approaches
  • Negotiation, conflict resolution, emotion and resilience in accommodation provision and management
  • Discourse analysis and control of marginalised groups
  • Gypsy and Traveller accommodation, sited delivery and management
  • Identity, space and place

Professor Abbes Amira
Associate Dean of Research for Computing, Engineering and Media


Professor Abbes Amira received his PhD in Computer Engineering in 2001 from Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom. Since then, he has taken many academic and consultancy positions in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and the Middleast. 

Between 2017 and 2019, he was the Associate Dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering at Qatar University, Qatar. In the United Kingdom, he has taken academic and leadership positions at Queen’s University Belfast, Brunel University London and the University of Ulster.

During his career to date, Professor Amira has been successful in securing substantial funding from government agencies and industry; he has supervised more than 25 PhD students and has over 300 publications in top journals and conferences in the area of embedded systems, IoT, image and signal processing.

He obtained many international awards, including the 2008 VARIAN prize offered by the Swiss Society of Radiobiology and Medical Physics, CAST award, DELL-EM Envision the future (2018), and many best paper and recognition awards in IEEE international conferences and events. 

Professor Amira has participated as guest editor and member of the editorial board in many international journals including recent special issues in IEEE IoT Journal and Elsevier Pattern Recognition.

He has taken visiting professor positions at the University of Tun Hussein Onn, Malaysia and the University of Nancy, Henri Poincare, France. Prof. Amira has also conducted consultancy services for several government agencies and companies in the private sector. 

He is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Senior member of the IEEE, and Senior member of ACM. His research interests include embedded systems, high-performance computing, big data and IoT, connected health, image and vision systems, biometric and security.

Professor Anwar Baydoun
Associate Dean of Research for Health and Life Sciences


Professor Anwar Baydoun is a Fellow of the British Pharmacological Society and currently the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University.

He has served on the International Steering Committee for the Pan-Asian International Conference on Science and Technology 2015 and on the International Steering Committee for the International Heart Forum (2005-2010). He was on the Editorial Board of the British Pharmacological Society (2002-2006) and is on peer review panels for several international journals.

Professor Baydoun is a Cardiovascular Pharmacologist and an accomplished researcher in the field of cell signalling, applying his work to understanding physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms that may generate novel targets for drug development. He is most widely known for his work on nitric oxide and cationic amino acid transporters but also researches into the mechanisms that regulate the differentiation of stem cells into cardiomyocytes as well as those that regulate the process of vascular calcification in kidney and/or cardiovascular disease states. He collaborates extensively with clinicians and with pharmaceutical industries in developing in vitro models for drug screening and of disease states.