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IWD 2022: Women leading the way within SSPP

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy has its research endeavour entirely led by women and four women academics from the faculty have just been selected for the Leading Researchers Programme at King’s.

SSPP's title and a montage of images relevant to the faculty's teaching and research

For the first time in its history, the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy has its research endeavour entirely led by women, reflecting its track record of supporting women into positions of influence.

It has also just been announced that four women academics from the faculty have been selected for the Leading Researchers Programme at King’s.

The competitive Leading Researchers Programme at King’s is an intensive, six-month course of workshops, spotlight sessions and one-to-one coaching designed to help researchers develop as effective leaders of large, complex projects and teams.

The four researchers who will join this year from SSPP are:

  • Jane Catford, a Reader in Ecology in the Department of Geography. She is a plant community ecologist with an interest in community assembly, biological invasions, environmental change and biodiversity.
  • Eka Ikpe, a Reader in Development Economics in Africa, and Director of the African Leadership Centre. Her research offers a critical understanding of socio-economic transformation processes which advances concept-building that centres spaces in Africa and parts of the Global South across the fields of economic development and peace and security.
  • Christel Koop, a Reader in Political Economy in the Department of Political Economy. Her research focuses on regulation, central banking, and other areas of economic policy-making, both at the national and EU-level.
  • Anne Pollock, a Professor of Global Health & Social Medicine in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. Her research explores feminist, antiracist and postcolonial engagements with science, technology and medicine.

All were selected because of their clear ambitions around research and skills development, their impressive and extensive research to date and their potential for larger, strategic achievements in future. Across the six-year history of the programme, this new cohort will mean 16 women academics from SSPP have been part of the initiative.

Traditionally women have been underrepresented in senior academic positions in higher education and King’s is determined to break this bias by ensuring equality of opportunity. It is really fantastic to see that our latest cohort of King’s Leading Researchers includes four women from SSPP who are already demonstrating exceptional research leadership and we are delighted to support them to develop further their skills.– Professor Cathy McIlwaine, Vice-Dean (Research) for SSPP

With the recent arrival of Professor Linda McKie as Executive Dean, the Faculty has extended its track record of supporting women into positions of influence.

Zoë Fearnley is SSPP Director of Operations and leads a Professional Services team that includes many women in leadership roles across the faculty.

Professor Cathy McIlwaine is the Vice Dean (Research), and Professor Rachel Kerr is the Vice Dean (Education) for SSPP.

Other women in senior roles are Dr Jill Hohenstein, Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies and Professor Kate Schreckenberg, who is Associate Dean (Impact & Innovation) until end of March 2022, when Dr Julia Pearce will take over the role.

In this story

Anne Pollock

Anne Pollock

Head Department of Global Health and Social Medicine

Eka  Ikpe

Eka Ikpe

Director, African Leadership Centre

Jane Catford

Jane Catford

Reader in Ecology

Christel  Koop

Christel Koop

Reader in Political Economy

Linda McKie

Linda McKie

Executive Dean, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Zoë Fearnley

Zoë Fearnley

Director of Operations, SSPP

Jill Hohenstein

Jill Hohenstein

Reader in Psychology and Language Development

Julia Pearce

Julia Pearce

Reader in Social Psychology & Security Studies

Kate  Schreckenberg

Kate Schreckenberg

Head, Department of Geography

Rachel Kerr

Rachel Kerr

Professor of War and Society

Cathy McIlwaine

Cathy McIlwaine

Professor of Geography