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Queen Mary Global Policy Institute

Leadership Team

Professor Frances Bowen
Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Global Policy Institute

Director of the Global Policy Institute, Professor Frances Bowen

Professor Frances Bowen is Vice-Principal for Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Global Policy Institute.

Professor Bowen moved to Queen Mary in 2022 from the University of East Anglia (UEA), where she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Social Sciences since 2018.

Before joining UEA, Professor Bowen held several key leadership positions at Queen Mary. Initially recruited as Professor of Innovation in 2011, she also worked as Deputy Head and Director of Research in the School of Business and Management, before progressing to Head of School and eventually becoming its Dean.

Professor Bowen is a distinguished researcher in the field of corporate environmental strategy. She has a strong track record in attracting external funding to support her research - including grants from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. She is passionate about putting research into practice, and regularly advises both private and public sector organisations on sustainable business strategies.

Having earned degrees at the University of Oxford, Northeastern University (USA) and the University of Bath, Professor Bowen secured progressively more senior academic appointments at the University of Sheffield and the University of Calgary (Canada), where she was Associate Dean for Research. She has also held visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore).

Professor Richard Grose
Deputy Centre Lead, Bart Cancer Institute and Professor of Cancer Cell biology
Dean for Global Engagement, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

A potrait photo of Richard GroseRichard Grose is a group leader, Deputy Centre Lead and Professor of Cancer Cell biology at Barts Cancer Institute, where his group focuses on cell signalling both in the context of cancer development/progression and in targeted therapies/resistance. His work uses 3D models to understand cancer cell behaviour in a physiomimetic environment, focussing on breast and pancreatic cancers. He has an H-index of 31 and his work has received more than 7,500 citations. 

Alongside his position as Dean for Global Engagement within the School of Medicine and Dentistry, he is a member of the Nanchang Joint Steering Committee, Course Director for the MSc in Cancer and Molecular and Cellular Biology and Module Lead for Cancer Biology on the Queen Mary-Nanchang programme. 

Having read Zoology at the University of Bristol, he worked at Pfizer prior to undertaking a PhD in embryonic wound healing with Prof. Paul Martin at University College London. During postdoctoral research with Prof. Sabine Werner at ETH Zurich and then Prof. Clive Dickson at Cancer Research UK London Research Institute, he began to work on Receptor Tyrosine Kinase signalling in cancer, and this has been a major focus of his group at Queen Mary since 2004.

Twitter: @drrichardgrose

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris
Professor of Competition Law and Economics; Dean for International, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Ioannis KokkorisIoannis Kokkoris holds a Chair in Competition Law and Economics at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, UK. He is also the Dean for International for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Professor Kokkoris is an expert on competition law and economics. His main research interests span all areas of competition law and policy including comparative competition law/economics and policy focusing on EU, US, BRICS and ASEAN. Professor Kokkoris has formerly served at the UK Competition and Markets Authority, DG Competition, European Commission and US Federal Trade Commission.

Professor Kokkoris has more than 100 publications including more than 15 authored/co-authored books, more than 65 articles and 20 chapters in edited volumes. Professor Kokkoris is on the editorial board of various international journals, frequently speaks at conferences globally and is regularly interviewed by international media.

Professor Parvati Nair

Professor of Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies
Convenor of Queen Mary Global Policy Institute

A portrait photograph of Parvati Nair

Professor Parvati Nair has held a Chair in Hispanic, Cultural and Migration Studies at Queen Mary since 2007. She joined the university in 2000 as Lecturer in Spanish. Between 2012 and 2019, she was seconded to the United Nations University, where she worked as Director of the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility in Barcelona, Spain and 2017 Working Level Chair of the Global Migration Group of the United Nations, coordinating inter-agency work on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Prior to her secondment to the United Nations University, she was Director of Queen Mary’s Centre for the Study of Migration (2009-2012), where she led projects with Tower Hamlets, local community organisations in London’s East End and collaborated with Queen Mary’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry on projects on health care and clinical cultures for BAME communities.

Her writing focuses on the nexus of migration and culture, combining analyses of visual and other representations of migration and displacement with ethnography to consider questions of rights, representation, cultural memory and transnational identities. She has published widely in these fields. Her last book, A Different Light (2011, Duke University Press), was on mass global displacements as represented through the work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. She is the Founding and Principal Editor of Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture and is currently writing on a book on displacement in the Mediterranean.

Twitter: @P4rv4t1N41r

Dr Stella Ladi
Reader at Queen Mary University of London and Associate Professor at Panteion University, Athens

A portrait photo of Stella LadiStella is research fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and Research Associate at the Hellenic Observatory, LSE. She previously worked as a lecturer at University of Sheffield and University of Exeter and has also been a Research Fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). She has acted as a public policy expert at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Aegean, Greece.

She has extended experience working with policy makers in national and international organisations such as the FCO, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and IOM. In July 2002 she completed her PhD thesis at the University of York. Her research interests include crisis management, the Eurozone crisis, public policy and public administration reforms, Europeanization, global public policy and transnational administration and the role of experts in public policy.

She has published in journals such as Journal of European Integration, JCMS, Policy & Society, Regulation & Governance, Public Administration, West European Politics, New Political Economy, Comparative European Politics and Political Studies Review.  She is the co-author of Capitalising on Constraint: Bailout Politics in Eurozone Countries, Manchester: Manchester University Press (in press) with Moury, C., Cardoso, D. and Gago, A.

Twitter: @stella_ladi


Dr Sarah Wolff
Director of the Centre for European Research, Reader in European Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London, Director of the Queen Mary Master in International Relations at the University of London Institute in Paris and Principal Investigator for the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence NEXTEUK project on the future of EU-UK Relations

A portrait photograph of Dr Sarah WolffSarah is a leading scholar on European integration, public policy and international relations. Her research has focused on EU-UK relations, EU and UK migration and border policies, EU-Islam and EU-Middle East and North Africa. Her leadership combines excellence academic and policy-making skills as before joining academia, Dr Wolff worked at the European Commission and the European Parliament. She has also experience with think tanks and is a Senior Research Associate at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations (Clingendael). She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe.

She co-edited one of the first special issues in the field on EU responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic for the Journal of European Integration. She is Editor of the journal Mediterranean Politics. Her acclaimed book Secular Power Europe and Islam: Identity and Foreign Policy is the result of data collected through a Fulbright-Schuman and a Leverhulme research grant. Her monograph The Mediterranean Dimension of the European Union's Internal Security was one of the first comprehensive studies exploring the externalisation of EU Justice and Home Affairs policy to North Africa and the Middle East. She received the LISBOA Research Award 2012 for her book Freedom, Security and Justice after Lisbon and Stockholm.

Twitter: @drsarahwolff

Rachel Miles
Executive Officer (International)

A portrait photograph of Rachel Miles

Rachel joined Queen Mary University of London in November 2021 and works closely with Professor Colin Grant, Queen Mary's Vice Principal (International). She has more than 10 years’ experience in the research and higher education sector working across international programmes and consortia.

At the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), Rachel led international projects on Covid-19, equitable partnerships and sustainable housing. At the Wellcome Trust she worked with the Population Health Department to project manage funding programmes and partnerships including the African Population Cohorts Consortium, and at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Rachel was responsible for managing a diverse portfolio of research grants and programmes across clinical, epidemiological, epidemic and policy research.

Mark Coddington
Global Projects and Policy Manager

Mark CoddingtonMark has been working in the International Higher Education sector for 15 years. He joined the International Office in Newcastle University in 2005 supporting the agent network and leading on engagement with sponsors and embassies. In 2010 he took a sabbatical for 18 months working for an NGO, Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme, teaching in Ladakh, India and Changu Narayan, Nepal. On his return to the UK he took up a position with the University of East London focusing on growing recruitment in South Asia. In 2014 he joined SOAS University of London as Regional Manager for South Asia overseeing recruitment and engagement. In 2019 he took a brief departure from Higher Education working for the Home Office as a Senior Trade Policy Advisor with responsibility for representing the department’s interest across Whitehall in the wider trade agenda, before joining  Queen Mary in February 2020 to support the Global Engagement Office in coordinating and delivering international projects, policy initiatives and partnerships.

Sam Gough
Communications Manager (International)

Sam Gough, International Communications Manager

Sam works with the International Office and the Global Engagement Office to raise the international public profile of Queen Mary and communicate the university’s world-class research, global partnerships, joint programmes, student and alumni success and incredible diversity to new audiences around the world.

Sam previously worked as Marketing Lead at the national homelessness charity Crisis – where he led on supporting the fundraising team’s Marketing activity. This included leading on the charity’s flagship Christmas campaign – which saw marketing activity across TV, radio, out-of-home, online and social media.

Sam has experience working in communications internationally. He was based in Beirut, Lebanon, where he led the Communications team at INARA, a small NGO that worked with refugee children injured in the war in Syria. Over the four years living in Lebanon he picked up a small amount of Arabic.

Sam read English Literature at the University of Manchester before embarking on his career in Communications.

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