Our Staff

Prof Athina Vlachantoni

DTP Director

I am a Professor of Gerontology and Social Policy in the Department of Gerontology at the University of Southampton. I am also a member of the Centre for Research on Ageing and the ESRC Centre for Population Change. My research interests are at the interface of ageing over the lifecourse and social policy. Recent research projects have focused on informal care provision across the lifecourse in the UK, Europe and China; pension protection among minority ethnic groups in the UK; and long-term care provision in India, China, the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Professor Phil Haynes

DTP Deputy Director (Brighton)

I became Professor of Public Policy at the University of Brighton in 2008. I was Head of School, Applied Social Science, at Brighton from 2007-2015. My main research interests are complexity theory, case based methods and their application to a wide range of policy topics. I am an Associate of the ESRC CECAN programme.



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Professor Liz Twigg

DTP Deputy Director (Portsmouth)

I graduated from the Department of Geography in 1984 and undertook my PhD studies in GIS and Health at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 1996 I joined the University as an ESRC-funded part-time research fellow working on multilevel analyses and small area estimates of lifestyle behaviour. I became a full-time lecturer in 2003, was promoted to Reader in Human Geography in 2011 and became a Professor of Human Geography in 2015. My main research interests focus on the influence of place and space on health, health behaviour and well-being.

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Prof Michael Vlassopoulos

DTP Deputy Director (Training)

I am a professor of economics at the Department of Economics of the University of Southampton. I am also a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Germany. I am an applied microeconomist with wide-range interests that span a number of areas: behavioural, public, labour and development economics. Recent and ongoing projects focus on Workplace Incentives in Firms and Public Organizations; Discrimination of Minority Groups; and Prosocial Behaviour.


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Dr Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada

DTP Deputy Director (Collaboration)

Dr Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada is Associate Professor at the Department of Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.




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Mr Glenn Miller

DTP Manager

Glenn is the Manager of the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership and is the first point of contact for all DTP students, applicants and supervising staff.


+44 (0)2380 593476


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