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Dr Dawn Mannay BA MSc PhD

Dr Dawn Mannay

BA MSc PhD

Reader in Social Sciences (Psychology)

School of Social Sciences

Email:
mannaydi@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0) 29 2087 4774
Location:
1.26, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Welsh speaking
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision

Dawn's research interests revolve around education, identity and inequality; and she employs participatory, visual and creative methods in her work with communities. Dawn was the Principal Investigator on a Welsh Government commissioned project exploring the educational experiences and aspirations of children and young people who are care experienced. She has also worked on projects related to motherhood, health, poverty and migration funded by the Wellcome Trust, the Welsh Crucible and the Economic and Social Research Council. Dawn manages the online community of practice ExChange: Care and Education, which hosts free-to-access multimodal materials, case studies, and best practice guides to inform key stakeholders with an interest in the education of care experienced children and young people. Dawn wrote the sole authored text ‘Visual, narrative and creative research methods: application, reflection and ethics’ (Routledge 2016), edited ‘Our changing land: revisiting gender, class and identity in contemporary Wales’ (University Wales Press 2016); and co-edited ‘Emotion and the researcher: sites, subjectivities, and relationships’ (Emerald 2018 - with Tracey Loughran); and ‘Children and Young People ‘Looked After’? Education, Intervention and the Everyday Culture of Care in Wales’ (University Wales Press 2019 - with Alyson Rees and Louise Roberts). Dawn has an interest in increasing the impact of research findings through the use of film, art work, music and a range of other participatory and co-produced multimodal materials. This work has been recognised with the Health and Care Research Wales 2017 Public Involvement Award, the Social Research Association 2017 Innovation Award and the Learned Society of Wales Dillwyn Medal 2018. Dawn is currently undertaking a secondment with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to explore innovative ways of engaging young people with the arts and cultural heritage. Find out more about Dawn's work in this film clip; film

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students and establishing research collaborations on applications of visual, narrative and creative methods in substantive sociological and psychological fields. I currently supervise students with an interest in:

  • Gender and higher education
  • Language and identity
  • Social services and absent fathers
  • Class, place and social mobility
  • Gender, sexuality and social media
  • School transitions

Education and Qualifications

  • MA Distance and Online Education – Open University – 2015
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Module 3 – Cardiff University - 2015
  • Welsh for Adults – Mynediad – Cardiff University - 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Module 2 – Cardiff University – 2014
  • Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning Module 1 – Cardiff University - 2013
  • PhD Social Science - Cardiff University - 2012
  • MSc Social Science Research – Cardiff University - 2008
  • BA Education 1st class honours – Cardiff University – 2006

Honours and awards

  • 2018 - Awarded - Dillwyn Medal - Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine - The Learned Society of Wales
  • 2018 - Cardiff Mini Film Festival - Best Community Film - Shorlisted to screening final with colleagues from the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) and Like an Egg for #messagestoschools
  • 2018 - Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Most Effective Teacher
  • 2017 - Awarded - Wales Social Research Association - Research Innovation Award with colleagues from the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE)
  • 2017 - Cardiff Mini Film Festival - Best Music Video - Shorlisted to screening final with colleagues from the Children’s Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) and Ministry of Life for Breathe
  • 2017 - Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Most Effective Teacher
  • 2017 - Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Most Innovative Member of Staff
  • 2016 - Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards - Shortlisted by Panel to Final – Women in Education
  • 2016 - Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Most Effective Teacher
  • 2015 – Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Shortlisted by Panel to Final – Enriching Student Life Award
  • 2014 – Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Personal Tutor of the Year
  • 2014 – Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Most Effective Teacher
  • 2014 – Enriching Student Life Awards - Nomination by students at Cardiff University – Shortlisted by Panel to final – Employability Award
  • 2012 - Nomination by students at University of Wales, Newport for the Extra Mile Award
  • 2012 - Nomination by students at University of Wales, Newport for the Awesome Team Award

Professional memberships

  • Higher Education Academy - Fellow Status
  • International Visual Sociology Association - Member

Academic positions

  • Cardiff University - Reader in Social Sciences (Psychology) – 2019 - ongoing
  • Cardiff University - Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) – 2016 - 2019
  • Cardiff University - Lecturer in Social Sciences (Psychology) – 2012 – 2016
  • Open University in Wales - Associate Lecturer – 2010 - 2016
  • University of Newport - Visiting Lecturer – 2010 - 2012
  • Women Making a Difference Project – Trainer – 2010 - 2012
  • Beacon Researchers in Schools - Project Assistant – 2010
  • Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning – Tutor - 2009 -2012
  • Cardiff University School of Social Sciences – Tutor – 2006 – 2012
  • BRASS – Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society - Research Assistant – 2003 - 2010

Speaking engagements

  • Mannay, D. 2018. Visual Methods: Practice, Practicalities and Publication. Presented at: Creative Research Methods Symposium, University of Derby, 2 July 2018.
  • Grant, A. and Mannay, D. 2017. Qualitative interviews as a collaborative space: lessons from visual research methods to encourage a more participatory approach. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, University of Manchester, UK, 4-7 April 2017.
  • Mannay, D. 2017. Revisiting Shirley Jackson's 'The Haunting of Hill House'. Presented at: BookTalk Event, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK, 8 February 2017.
  • Mannay, D. 2017. I, Daniel Blake - Katie's story: motherhood and marginalisation. Presented at: Screening - I, Daniel Blake, Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University, 30 March 2017.
  • Mannay, D.et al. 2017. Transitions in pregnancy and new motherhood: changing nappies and changing subjectivities. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, Manchester University, UK, 4-6 April 2017. pdf
  • Mannay, D. 2017. Researching marginalised femininities: why is it important to listen to men’s voices?. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2017, Manchester University. UK, 4-6 April 2017.
  • Grant, A., Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2017. Reducing researcher dominance in qualitative interviewing: the intersection of the novel and the mundane. Presented at: Third Annual Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 1 February 2017.
  • Mannay, D. 2017. Public Peer Review: What happens when you ask young people to become the critics?. Presented at: Third Annual Southwest Qualitative Research Symposium, University of Bath, Bath, UK, 1 February 2017.
  • Mannay, D. 2016. Within reach: creative ways to engage and work with communities. Presented at: Flying Start Conference – Now We Are 10!, City Hall, Cardiff, UK, 12 September 2016. #
  • Grant, A., Mannay, D. and Marzella, R. 2016. Surveillance and stigma during pregnancy and early motherhood: the changing experiences of mothers and grandmothers. Presented at: British Sociological Society Annual Conference, Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK, 6-8 April 2016.
  • Mannay, D. and Hallett, S. 2016. Reflecting on the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Presented at: Looked After Children In Education: National Strategic Group (NSG), Cardiff, UK, 9 March 2016.
  • Mannay, D. 2016. Aspirations, inspirations and expectations: exploring the educational experiences and transitions of looked after young people and care leavers in Wales. Presented at: Inspire Me! Looked After Young People and Care Leavers transition and progression in post-16 Learning, Learning and Work Institute Conference, University of South Wales, 17 March 2016.
  • Mannay, D. 2016. ‘A child’s perspective': understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales. Presented at: Good Practice Event: Supporting Looked after Children in the Central South Consortium and South-East Wales Region, Ty Dysgu Cefn Coed, Nantgarw, Wales, 29 February 2016.
  • Mannay, D. 2016. Reflections on the Opera for the Unknown Woman. Presented at: Salon: Opera for the Unknown Woman, Millennium Centre, Cardiff, UK, 9 March 2016.
  • Mannay, D. and Roberts, L. 2016. What have we learnt from looked after children in Wales? Reflecting on their views about educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations. Presented at: Workshop with Designated Teachers, Christchurch Centre, Newport, UK, 16 March 2016.
  • Mannay, D. 2015. I’m just a normal child: looked after children and education. Presented at: Cardiff Urbanistas and Women Making a Difference - Social Action Lightning Talks, Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff, UK, 8 December 2015. pdf
  • Mannay, D. 2015. Visual landscapes of in/visibility: exploring and challenging the representation and demonisation of marginalised mothers and daughters. Presented at: In/visibility and Difference: A Visual Methods Workshop, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, 4-5 December 2015.
  • Mannay, D. 2015. Moving beyond the fractured future of ‘the technique’: arguments for slow science, serendipity and creativity in a neoliberal academic market. Presented at: Qualitative Research: Beyond the Fractured Future, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 15-17 July 2015.
  • Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2015. Reflections from the waiting field: engendering quality time in qualitative research. Presented at: Quality in Qualitative Research and Enduring Problematics, Bath, UK, 27 January 2015.
  • Mannay, D., Lomax, H. and Fink, J. 2015. Scissors, sand and the cutting room floor: Employing visual and creative methods ethically with marginalised communities. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, 15-17 April 2015.
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2015. Sandboxes, psychoanalysis and participatory practice: Refiguring therapeutic techniques as ethical visual research methods. Presented at: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, 15-17 April 2015.
  • Mannay, D., Grant, A. and Marzella, R. 2015. Constructions of morality and parenthood: the place of everyday visual artefacts in exploring intergenerational infant-feeding practices with mothers and grandmothers. Presented at: Qualitative Research: Beyond the Fractured Future, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 15-17 July 2015.
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2015. Visual methodologies, sand and psychoanalysis: Exploring creative participatory techniques to engage with subjective experiences through ‘the world technique’. Presented at: 4th International Visual Methods Conference, Brighton, UK, 16-18 September 2015.
  • Mannay, D.et al. 2015. Our changing land: Revisiting gender, class, identity, work, and public and private life in contemporary Wales. Presented at: The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Annual Conference 2015, Cardiff, 30 June - 2 July 2015.
  • Mannay, D. 2015. Who should do the dishes now? Exploring gender and housework in contemporary urban south Wales. Presented at: The Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Annual Conference 2015, Cardiff, 30 June - 2 July 2015. pdf
  • Mannay, D. 2015. The world technique. Presented at: Families Identity and Gender Research Network and ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre Workshops - Constructing and Deconstructing Selfhood, Cardiff, 30 May, 20 June 2015. pdf
  • Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2014. Doing ethnography or applying a qualitative technique?: Reflections from research with non-traditional, mature students in the ‘waiting field’. Presented at: Society for Research into Higher Education, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, 9 December 2014. pdf
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2014. Sand, psychoanalysis and visual methodologies: Exploring creative techniques to engage with subjective experiences of marginalised students in Higher Education. Presented at: Visual Methodologies: A Postdiscipline of Inclusions?, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 19-21 June 2014. doc
  • Mannay, D. and Wilcock, C. 2014. What students want? Exploring the role of the institution in supporting successful learning journeys. Presented at: #WPCONF2014: Widening Participation through Curriculum, Milton Keynes, UK, 30 April - 1 May 2014. pdf
  • Mannay, D. 2014. Emotion and the researcher: Communicating affect in academic spaces. Presented at: Emotion and the Researcher: Workshop 2, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 29 March 2014. pdf
  • Mannay, D. 2014. And then there were none: Agatha Christie and class. Presented at: Cardiff Book Talk - And Then There Were None, Cardiff University, Wales, UK, 17 May 2014. pdf
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2014. Coffee, milk and a sprinkling of sand: an initiative to assist non-traditional, mature students form supportive networks in Higher Education. Presented at: 2014 FACE Annual Conference, Salford University, Salford, UK, 2 - 4 July 2014. pdf
  • Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2014. Rethinking academic sisterhood: reflections on relationships between women in research practice and within the ivory tower. Presented at: Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women’s Relationships FWSA Interim Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK, 13 September 2014. pdf
  • Marzella, R., Mannay, D. and Grant, A. 2014. Mam knows best? Exploring intergenerational feeding practices and decision making with mothers and grandmothers in urban South Wales. Presented at: Welsh Public Health Conference 2014: A Prudent Approach to a Healthier, Happier, Fairer Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, UK, 6th - 7 October 2014.
  • Mannay, D. and Morgan, M. 2014. Rethinking academic sisterhood: reflections on relationships between women in research practice and within the ivory tower. Presented at: Rethinking Sisterhood: The Affective Politics of Women's Relationships FWSA Interim Conference, Bristol University, Bristol, UK, 13 September 2014.,
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2014. Coffee, Milk and a Sprinkling of Sand: An Initiative to Assist Non-traditional, Mature Students form Supportive Networks in Higher Education. Presented at: 2014 FACE Annual Conference, Salford, UK, 2 July - 4 July 2014.,
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2014. Sand, psychoanalysis and visual methodologies: Exploring creative techniques to engage with subjective experiences of marginalised students in Higher Education. Presented at: Visual Methodologies: A Postdiscipline of Inclusions?, Neuchatel, Switzerland, 19-21 June 2014.,
  • Mannay, D. and Wilcock, C. 2014. What students want? Exploring the role of the institution in supporting success learning journeys. Presented at: Widening Participation through Curriculum, Milton Keynes, UK, 30 April - 1 May 2014.,
  • Mannay, D. 2014. Emotion and the researcher: Communicating affect in academic spaces. Presented at: Emotion and the Researcher: Workshop 2, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 29 March 2014.,
  • Mannay, D. and Edwards, V. 2013. It's written in the sand: Employing sandboxing to explore the experiences of non-traditional, mature students in higher education. Presented at: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Research Conference 2013, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK, 11-13 December 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. Myths, monsters and legends: negotiating acceptable working class femininity in a marginalised and demonised Welsh locale. Presented at: Revisiting moral panics: a critical examination of 21st century social issues and anxieties - ESRC Seminar Series - Moral Panics and the State, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 22 November 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. Women in academia: reflecting on the empirical and the personal. Presented at: Gendered Research Opportunities – (In)visibility, Senedd, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 2 October 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. Connecting pictured and written worlds: can we translate the visual into academic text without losing its creativity? Presented at: 3rd International Visual Methods Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 2-6 September 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. Public images and private lives: Exploring the 'presentation of self' in visual research. Presented at: International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) 2013 Annual Conference: The Public Image, Goldsmiths, London, UK, 8-10 July 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. Generation, education and identification: evoking the Kleinian chalice to explore the psychological cost of social mobility in urban south Wales. Presented at: British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2013, Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, UK, 9-11 April 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2013. 'She aint getting them, she needs like, big knickers': the policing of young sexualities and working-class femininities. Presented at: The Young Sexualities Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 25 January 2013.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Creating a community of learning: engendering opportunities for equality across the academic and student divide. Presented at: Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) Annual Research Conference 2012: What is Higher Education For?, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, UK, 12-14 December 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Creative, visual and poetic spaces of activism in the academy. Presented at: Beyond the Field: Opportunities and Challenges for Contemporary Social Science Research, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK, 9-10 November 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Addressing anatomies of educational inequality: considering need, intervention and service user consultation. Presented at: Equality 2020: Creating our Vision for Wales, Cardiff University and Welsh Government, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 11 September 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. and O'Connell, C. 2012. Accessing the academy: developing strategies to engage and retain marginalised young people on successful educational pathways. Presented at: Scientific-Practical Conference - Do I know young people? , Department of Youth Affairs under the Ministry of Social Security and Labour and Vilnius University, Chambers of the Parliament of Lithuanian Republic, Vilnius, Lithuania, 26-27 September 2012. Vilnius: Vilnius University, pp. 133-140.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Intergenerational exchange: transmission, negotiation, and contestation of values, beliefs and practices on the margins of contemporary Wales. Presented at: Exchange Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 28-29 July 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. 'Keeping close and spoiling' revisited: exploring the significance of 'home' for family relationships and educational trajectories in a marginalised estate in urban south Wales. Presented at: Intergenerational Geographies: Spaces, Identities, Relationships, Encounters, School of Geography, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK, 10-11 May 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. If it's pink, scrape the pink off: negotiating acceptable 'tomboy' femininity in the playground. Presented at: Battle of the Sexes: a large group encounter, Newport University, Wales, UK, 3 March 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Researching domestic abuse: roles, responsibilities and regrets. Presented at: Advocate, Challenge, Transform: Feminist Conference for International Women's Day, Cardiff Feminist Network, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 11 March 2012.,
  • Mannay, D. 2012. Aimhigher? Considering the emotional cost of aiming higher for marginalised, mature mothers re-entering education. Presented at: 2011 FACE Annual Conference, Glasgow, UK, 21 June - 1 July 2011. Published in: Jones, P. et al. eds. Lifelong Learning and Community Development - Proceedings of the Forum for Access and Continuing Education 2011 Annual Conference. London: Forum for Access and Continuing Education, pp. 11-28.

Committees and reviewing

  • Childhood and Youth Research Group - Joint Convener
  • Families, Identities and Gender Research Network (FIG) - Co-convener,
  • Mature Students Coffee Club - Convener

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I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas of human development, social psychology, cultural psychology; and I am a personal tutor. I also act as a supervisor for dissertation students, both undergraduate and masters; and supervise doctoral researchers.

My current modules include; * SIO036 – Human Development * SIO268 – Current Debates in Identity and Subjectivity * SIO209 – Issues in Social and Cultural Psychology * MASW - Social Science Perspectives * MA Childhood and Youth *MSc Social Science Research Methods * Person Tutor and Dissertation Supervision

My research interests revolve around class, education, gender, geography, generation, national identity, care experienced children and young people and inequality; and I employ participatory, visual, creative and narrative methods in my work with communities.

Details of External Funding

  • 2017 - Welsh Government - Creating an Online Community of Practice: Developing the Sharing of Expertise for those working with Children and Young People that are Looked After £26, 347 - Principal Investigator
  • 2016 - ESRC - Improving the Educational Experiences and Attainment of Looked After Children and Young People £25,000 - Lead Applicant [with Dr Eleanor Staples and Dr Sophie Hallett]
  • 2015 – Welsh Government - Understanding the educational experiences and opinions, attainment, achievement and aspirations of looked after children in Wales £59,852 – Principal Investigator
  • 2015 - Welcome Trust - Contextualising women’s risky health behaviours within pregnancy: the development of a qualitative longitudinal study using visual methods £19,000 [with Dr Aimee Grant, Cardiff University].
  • 2014 – Children and Young People’s Research Network (CYPRN) Funded - Inter-generational Views and Experiences of Breastfeeding [with Dr Aimee Grant, Cardiff University and Ruby Marzella, Cardiff University] £1,360 – Research Co-Supervisor
  • 2013 - HEA/ Open University Funded - What Students Want? Exploring the Role of the Institution in Supporting Success Learning Journeys [Principal Investigator - Ceri Wilcock, Open University] – Research Assistant
  • 2012 - ACE Development Trust Funded Research Project - Futurespace: assessing community views on strategies to reduce fuel poverty and carbon footprint [with Dr Karen Parkhill, University of Bangor] £800 - Joint Principal Investigator
  • 2008 - 2012 – Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded PhD - Mothers and Daughters on the Margins: Gender, Generation and Education (PTA031200600088) - Doctoral Researcher.

Details of Internal Funding

  • 2016 - University of Wales Press - Publication Grant - Children and young people ‘looked after’? Education, intervention and the everyday culture of care in Wales. £9,000 Lead Applicant [with Dr Alyson Rees and Dr Louise Roberts, Cardiff University].
  • 2015 – Cardiff University Engagement Seed Funding - Sharing Stories: Presenting the Educational Experiences of Looked After Children through Rap Poetry and Art £1,500 [with Dr Eleanor Staples, Cardiff University]
  • 2015 - Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) Funded - Young Parents and the Media: Exploring Visual Representations and their Everyday Impacts £1,440 – Research Supervisor
  • 2015 – ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre - Small grant application form for inter-disciplinary or collaborative activities - Constructing and Deconstructing Selfhood [with Dr Katherine Shelton, Dr Tracey Loughran and Dr Melanie Bigold] £1, 935 – Co-applicant
  • 2014 - University of Wales Press Funding – Photography and Musical Productions Development Grant - Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender and Identity in Contemporary Wales £5.000.
  • 2014 - Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD) Transformative Research Seedcorn Funded - Negotiating Young Parenthood: A study exploring the ways in which mediated stereotypes of teenage parents impact on their perceptions of their parenting practices; and their engagement with service providers [with Dr Aimee Grant, Cardiff University] £3,000 – Joint Principal Investigator
  • 2013 - University of Wales Press Funding – Publication Grant - Our Changing Land: Revisiting Gender and Identity in Contemporary Wales. £6,000.
  • 2013 - Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) Funded - University Challenge: How can we foster successful learning journeys for non-traditional students in a School of Social Science? [with Victoria Edwards, Cardiff University] £1,360 – Research Supervisor