Research leadership

Professor Rusi Jaspal
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Rusi Jaspal

Professor Rusi Jaspal is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Sexual Health at De Montfort University. As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rusi Jaspal is responsible for the Research Services Directorate and the Doctoral College, and is leading on the University’s REF preparations. Rusi Jaspal is passionate about the role of research in teaching, enterprise and in our local, national and international engagement.

Rusi Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey and Royal Holloway, University of London. He was an ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before joining De Montfort University in January 2013. Rusi Jaspal was awarded a personal chair in Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University in 2015. He became an Adjunct Professor at Åbo Akademi University in Finland in 2016.

Professor Jaspal's own research cuts across the fields of medicine and psychology, focussing particularly on social psychological approaches to preventing HIV and to enhancing wellbeing in HIV patients. Additionally, he has conducted extensive research into aspects of psychological wellbeing among gay men, the management of identities in conflict, prejudice and discrimination, and public understanding of science, technology and medicine. Rusi Jaspal has written four books, almost 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and several reports for the Department of Health.

Rusi Jaspal is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Public Health. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and on the Board of Trustees of Saving Lives UK and of the Leicestershire AIDS Support Service. Professor Jaspal serves on the editorial boards of HIV MedicineMental Health, Religion & Culture, the British Journal of Social Psychology, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. He continues to supervise and examine PhD students in his areas of expertise, and welcomes PhD applications in the area of health psychology and specifically HIV and sexual health.

On a personal level, Rusi is passionate about languages, and enjoys reading early 20th century French literature, contemporary American literature, and political biographies. You can follow him on Twitter  @ProfRJaspal.

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 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 Francisco Chiclana
Associate Dean of Research for Computing, Engineering and Media


Professor Francisco Chiclana received the BSc and PhD degrees in Mathematics, both from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1989 and 2000, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Computational Intelligence and Decision Making, and founder of DIGITS - De Montfort University Interdisciplinary Group in Intelligent Transport Systems, Faculty of Technology, De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). 

Professor Francisco Chiclana was the Coordinator of DMU submission for REF 2014 UOA 11: Computer Science and Informatics. 

Professor Chiclana has been Deputy Course Leader of the MScs in Computing, Information Technology, and Information Systems Management; Programme Tutor Years 1 and 2 of the BSc/HND/FD Business Information Technology. In 2013, Professor Chiclana co-developed the Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Intelligent Systems (IS) that he presently co-leads. Currently, he is Course Leader of BSc/MCOMP in Intelligent Systems (IS) and of MSc IS/ IS & Robotics (ISR).

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.

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