Advisory Board

DMiellProfessor Dorothy Miell 
(Chair of the Advisory Board)
Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh 
Head of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The College is one of three in the University and includes all social sciences, arts and humanities research and teaching across 11 Schools with over 21,000 students and around 3,500 staff. Since taking up her post in March 2010, Dorothy has strengthened the University’s ties with many of Scotland’s national cultural organisations and festivals as a board member and through agreements which support collaborations linked to the University’s research, teaching and community engagement.  Prior to coming to Edinburgh, she was Professor of Psychology and Dean and Director of Studies of the Social Sciences Faculty at the Open University.  She continues to engage in research which focuses on understanding the social and communicative aspects of creativity – particularly in collaborative activities such as music making.  Professor Miell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is a past President of the British Psychological Society.  She is on the board of Scottish Opera and is a Council Member of Edinburgh International Festival.  She is also a member of the City of Edinburgh Council Culture Task Group and is a member of the UK Council of the Creative Industries Federation.  

cbrewProfessor Chris Breward
Head of School/Principal, Edinburgh College of Art

Professor Christopher Breward is a leading cultural historian. Appointed Principal of ECA in September 2011, he is also Vice Principal for the Creative Industries and Performing Arts and Professor of Cultural History at the University of Edinburgh. His publications and exhibitions have considered the cultural history of fashion in the West, the history and status of London and other cities as global capitals of fashion, men as consumers of dress and related histories of dandyism, and ideas of fashion, modernity and memory. He has worked on major collaborative curatorial projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

He studied at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art. Prior to joining ECA as the new College’s first Principal, he held posts at Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion (University of the Arts London) and the Victoria & Albert Museum. He is a Governor of the Pasold Institute and a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the RCA, an Honorary Research Fellow at the V&A and a Fellow of the RSA.

In 2012, Professor Breward co-curated the V&A’s Olympic season exhibition British Design: Innovation in the Modern Age 1948-2012. He has contributed catalogue essays to V&A exhibitions on Quilts, Couture, Sport and Fashion, Aestheticism, Postmodernism, David Bowie and post-war Italian Fashion, and to catalogues for the exhibitions Artist, Rebel, Dandy at the Rhode Island School of Design and Ivy Style and A Queer History of Fashion at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. He sits on editorial and advisory boards for journals including Fashion Theory, Costume, The Happy Hypocrite, Visual Culture in Britainand Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture and is series editor for Manchester University Press’s Studies in Design. He is currently working on the cultural history of the suit and supervising PhD students in fashion and design/decorative arts history.

CClarkeProfessor Charlotte Clarke
Professor of Health in Social Science
School of Health in Social Science

Professor Charlotte Clarke joined the University of Edinburgh as Head of the School of Health in Social Science in 2011 and from 2016 is also International Dean for the College of Humanities and Social Science. Prior to this, she worked as Associate Dean (Research) at Northumbria University, leading a substantial and successful research centre.

She qualified as a nurse in 1986 from the Glasgow College of Technology and worked clinically for a number of years before moving into roles that were more focussed on education and research. Her PhD studentship focussed on the experiences of carers of people with dementia.
She has also worked with the National Institute for Health Research as Chair of the NE Research for Patient Benefit Committee, and was Associate Director of FUSE, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health, funded by the UKCRC. She acted as a panel member for the Research Assessment Exercise in 2008 and the Research Excellence Framework in 2014.
Working closely with Professor Heather Wilkinson in the Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia (E-CRED), she is also a co-director of the University’s Centre for Dementia Prevention (CDP), alongside Profs Craig Ritchie and Jean Manson. CDP brings together specialists from the fields of medicine, basic science and the social sciences and aims to:
•    Advance understanding of the basic biology of neurodegeneration
•    Support global efforts to deliver new medicines that could act before clinical symptoms of dementia appear
•    Improve the experiences of living with dementia by developing and implementing strategies that increase quality of life and prevent unnecessary detrimental consequences
Charlotte has a particular interest in research that concerns the health and wellbeing of older people. Much of her work focuses on dementia care, and draws on several social science theoretical bases, such as risk theory. Supported initially by the British Academy, Charlotte initiated and continues to lead the International Collaborative Research Network on Risk in Ageing Populations, with partners from Canada, USA, India, Australia, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Germany and the UK.
Often working in multi-disciplinary teams, she addresses research questions about the experiences of ageing and living with a long term condition. She is also focussed on identifying the ways in which services can best meet peoples’ needs.

FMackayProfessor Fiona Mackay
Dean and Head of the School of Social and Political Science
Professor of Politics

Professor Fiona Mackay served as Director of the Graduate School of Social and Political Science (2009-12), Deputy Director (2003-07), and Politics Postgraduate Adviser (2007-8). She was a member of the ESRC Virtual Research College (2003-2008), the ESRC Case Studentship Panel (2005-07), and the ESRC DTC Peer Review College (2010). She serves on the editorial board of Policy and Politics and is a Consultant Editor for the British Journal of Politics and IR. She founded and co-directs the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), an international collaboration developing a distinctive approach to the study of gender and politics. She co-edits the new FIIN series Feminist  Institutionalist Perspectives published in partnership with Rowman Littlefield International and currently co-convenes the Gender Politics Research Group which hosts the twitter feed @genderpol and the blog genderpolitics@edinburgh.  Professor Mackay is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS).

Jon Oberlander captured in the Informatics ForumProfessor Jon Oberlander
Professor of Epistemics, the Director of the Data Technology Institute and Assistant Principal Data Technology

Jon Oberlander has been Professor of Epistemics at the University of Edinburgh since 2005. He works on getting computers to talk (or write) like individual people, so his research involves not only studying how people express themselves - face to face or online - but also building machines that can adapt themselves to people. He collaborates with linguists, psychologists, computer scientists and social scientists, and has long standing interests in the uses of technology in cultural heritage and creative industries. He was founder-Director of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance, and is now the University's Assistant Principal for Data Technology, Director of the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation, and Co-Director of the Centre for Design Informatics.

pquaProfessor Paolo Quattrone
Dean of Special Projects, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dean of Special Projects, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Chair in Accounting Governance & Social InnovationProfessor Paolo Quattrone

Before joining Edinburgh, Paolo Quattrone was Professor of Accounting and Management Control at IE Business School, Madrid, and Reader in Accounting at the Saïd Business School, and Official Student (i.e. Fellow) of Christ Church, at the University of Oxford. A truly international scholar, he has conducted research and taught at the Universities of Catania, HEC-Paris, Kyoto, Madrid Carlos III, Manchester, Oxford, Palermo, Siena, Stanford and Luigi Bocconi of Milan. His work addresses questions related to the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings.

Professor Quattrone has published widely on the interface between management control and information technologies (especially ERPs), the history of accounting and management practices and thinking, the diffusion of management solutions, and the managerialisation of higher education institutions. His research appears on journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Contemporary Accounting Research. His work on the accounting and administrative practices in the Jesuit Order has been featured in the Financial Times.

As Fulbright New Century Scholar at the University of Stanford, he conducted research on changes in higher education and the university. Professor Quattrone also served on the Standing Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association for several years. He is Associate Editor of The British Accounting Review  and Critical Perspectives of Accounting and sits on the editorial boards of major academic journals such as Accounting Organizations and Society, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, the Accounting Historians Journal and Organization. More recently, he teaches, consults, and researches in the area of Major Programme Management, where he is developing a series of case studies on reporting, governance and leadership practices to address issues of risk and uncertainty in complex organizations for courses that he teaches at Oxford, and for the Major Projects Leadership Academy of the UK Cabinet.

He is developing a series of 'Impact Cases' on how his research is changing reporting and governance practices in the UK Government's Major Projects such as the Prison Unit Costs Programme, at the Ministry of Justice, and the UK’s Submarine Acquisition programme, at the Ministry of Defence. In collaboration with the Infrastructure and Project Authority, he is now extending his work to various Departments of the UK Government.

In his TEDxOxbridge talk on 'Governing socie-ties', he offers a comparison between corporate and collegiate forms of governance showing how decision-making and deliberation processes can be rethought to rely on collective forms of intelligence that engage participants rather than alienating them. 

The Italian Government awarded him a grant under the programme ‘Messaggeri della conoscenza’ to promote knowledge exchanges between less developed areas of the Italian ‘Mezzogiorno’ and the UK. 

Professor Quattrone is also an Associate Fellow at the Saïd Business School and a Senior Research Associate of Italian Studies at Oxford, both at the University of Oxford.

As Dean of Special projects for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences he is coordinating the efforts for the establishment of a new interdisciplinary institute at the recently acquired Edinburgh Old Royal Infirmary on Lauriston Place.

More information is available on his personal web page.

Research interests:
People normally think that accounting is all about numbers and economic rationality. Professor Quattrone’s research and teaching seeks to change this taken for granted and conventional view. He studies accounting and management techniques for their visual power and ability to engage the user rather than simply for their aid to rational decision making. In his view accounting always fails to provide accurate information but it is important for the effects that it produces on organizational actors, and for the roles it plays other than producing information for decision making.

Successful techniques such as the Balanced Scorecard, Strategic Maps, 6-Sigma and information technologies such as Enterprise Resource Planning systems all rely on various forms of visualization and rhetorical techniques which help managers to imagine new business, how to align strategy and performance and the like. These techniques and technologies rather than simply representing financial transactions and performances help organizational actors to innovate and invent new business, processes, and solutions. ‘Numbers are figures’ an Early Modern accounting scholar said. Professor Quattrone takes this statement seriously as indeed management is made by, and produces, all sorts of graphs, images, and strategic visions which inform managers’ behaviours and produce effects. From this perspective accounting and management has to do more with semiotics, visual studies and the sociology of knowledge, science and technology than with economics.

Professor Quattrone is currently working on the analysis of the visual and rhetorical techniques which allow the spread and success of management, governance and accountability practices. He is mainly interested in large multinational corporations, universities, and religious organisations and seeks to bring this wide range of interests and case material into his teaching in the areas of management accounting and control systems. He has just completed as Principal Investigator a project sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) to innovate the design of reporting systems in order for these to generate innovation, wise governance and leadership.

His research interests cut across various disciplines including history and history of science and technology, semiotics, sociology and he is particularly interested in the interface between business and the humanities.

jrobbinsProfessor Jeremy Robbins
Forbes Chair of Spanish
Hispanic Studies, Department of European Languages and Cultures
School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Professor Robbin's work centres on Spanish culture of the seventeenth century and, especially, on the Baroque, and is both interdisciplinary and comparative in scope and method.  Focusing on literature, history of ideas, and art and architecture, my research analyses the Baroque as a European phenomenon, and the Spanish Baroque as a major variant of this.

Research summary

My work centres on Spanish culture of the seventeenth century and, especially, on the Baroque, and is both interdisciplinary and comparative in scope and method.  Focusing on literature, history of ideas, and art and architecture, my research analyses the Baroque as a European phenomenon, and the Spanish Baroque as a major variant of this.

Published and ongoing research covers various aspects of Spanish and European Baroque culture:

  • Spanish Golden Age art and literature (poetry, prose and drama), with a               particular interest in Luis de Góngora, Baltasar Gracián, Pedro Calderón de la Barca and Diego Velázquez.
  • Court culture under Philip IV (1621-65) and Charles II (1665-1700) of Spain.
  • Early modern moral and political philosophy, with a primary focus on Neostoicism and scepticism and their cultural and intellectual impact, especially in the Spanish-speaking world.
  • Court drama and scenography in Baroque Europe.
  • Early modern Jesuits (especially Loyola, Ribadeneira, Gracián).
  • European Baroque quadratura (with a particular focus on (a) Angelo Michele Colonna and Agostino Mitelli and (b) Andrea Pozzo) and the use of space in art, architecture and stage design.
  • The Flemish artist Daniel Seghers.

James Smith Professor James Smith

I was appointed Vice Principal International on 1 November 2014, having held a personal chair of African and Development Studies since 2010. I have previously served as a director of the Centre of African Studies, the Innogen Centre and the Global Development Academy (where I was also Assistant Principal between 2011-14). I have previously held academic appointments at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1997-2002) and worked with Oxfam Southern Africa (2001-03). I hold visiting professorships in Development Policy and Practice at the Open University and in the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg.

I have held several advisory positions. I have been an advisor on DfID's Research Into Use programme and am currently a senior advisor to the ESRC-DfID Joint Scheme for Research on International Development and a trustee at the international NGO, Practical Action and of their publishing arm, Practical Action Publishing. I have experience working with donors, development agencies and NGOs including DfID, IDRC, CIDA, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oxfam and the New Partnership for Africa's Development.