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Despoina is our Administrative Officer and coordinates our team’s efforts.


Despoina Tsimprikidou

With a background in international and European Studies and MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulations from London School of Economics. Despoina has experience of working in the European Committee of the Regions and in the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently, she manages the day-to-day operation of the Institute, and provides support to our postgraduate students and research teams.


Jeremy is Senior lecturer in Modern History and Deputy Director of the Institute of Education and Humanities.

Dr Jeremy Smith

Jeremy has taught on various aspects of British and European History since the late Eighteenth Century, specialising in the history of Anglo-Irish-Northern Irish relations, terrorism and counter-terrorism, peacebuilding, peace-making and reconciliation. Amongst his publications are Making the Peace in Ireland, 1886-1998 (Pearson, 2002); Britain and Ireland: From Home Rule to Independence for Longman in their Seminar Studies series; The Tories and Ireland: Conservative Party Politics and Home Rule, 1910-1914 (Irish Academic Press, 2000).


Luci is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology.

Dr Luci Attala

Luci is the Programme Director for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies in the Anthropology Faculty. Her research focuses on materialities with specific attention afforded to water.  Luci teaches on several postgraduate courses, including People’s Worlds Lives and Livelihoods, and Interactions with the Environment Making Things, Transforming Things. She sits on Oxford University’s Educere Network. In 2015, Luci received the Green Gown Award for her inspirational contribution to sustainable education. Amongst Luci’s books is How Water Makes Us Human (University of Wales Press, 2019)


David is a Quaker writer and thinker, with a background in economics.

Prof David Cadman

Professor Cadman’s work is centred upon teachings of love and compassion, wholeness and connectivity, including exploring principles of harmony in education, food & farming, well-being, business and economy. Formerly Chairman of The Prince’s Foundation and a Trustee of the Prince’s School of traditional Arts, David is Harmony Adviser to The Prince’s Foundation based at Dumfries House in Scotland. Amongst David’s books are Love & The Divine Feminine (Panacea Books, 2020) and three edited volumes on The Speeches & Articles of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (University of Wales, Press, 2014, 2018)


Nick is a Principal Lecturer and Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture.

Prof Nicholas Campion

Director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, the only academic Centre in the world to deal with cultural relationships with the sky and the cosmos. I am responsible for taking forward the Centre’s research and teaching activities, through supervising PhD students, sponsoring research projects, organising conferences and other events, and publishing research via the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmosand the Sophia Centre Press. Nick’s research interests include: exploring how worldviews and cosmologies are constructed, the history of astrology, cultural astronomy, space exploration, ethics and myth utopianism, contemporary politics and international relations. Among Nick’s publications is The New Age in the Modern West: Counter-Culture, Utopia and Prophecy from the late Eighteenth Century to the Present Day (Bloomsbury, 2015).


Caroline is Programme Manager for MA Equity and Diversity in Society and MA Harmony and Sustainability, Theory and Practice.

Prof Caroline Lohman-Hancock

Caroline’s research focuses on sociology, education, sustainability and inclusion. She is PhD Supervisor and PhD Internal Examiner. She has published widely, including articles, chapters and other texts. Amongst her papers is “Reflections upon Education for Sustainability: Supporting Students’ knowledge, Understanding and Practice”, in Campion, N. The Harmony Debates: Exploring a Practical philosophy for a Sustainable Future (The Sophia Press, 2020); and “Local Implementation of National Policy: Social Justice Perspectives from the USA, India, and Wales” in a book entitled Cultures of Social Justice Leadership: An Intercultural Context of Schools (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020).


Alex is Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Lecturer in Modern History.

Dr Alexander Scott

Alex’s area of research is modern cultural history, with a specific focus on the histories of cities and museums. He is also interested in the politics of memory and theories of modernity and postmodernity, and how these relate to the practices and discourses of historians. His approach to learning, research and teaching is interdisciplinary, drawing insights from critical theory, art, literature, anthropology, cultural geography, memory studies, and media, film and cultural studies. His teaching includes; the Cultural histories of cities; Black Atlantic history; Museums and heritage; Empire and colonialism; French, Haitian and Industrial Revolutions.


Angus is Lecturer in Theology & Religious Studies

Dr Angus Slater

Angus’ teaching is focused on aspects of inter-religious dialogue, particularly at higher levels. I also teach aspects of Christian Theology, particularly contemporary contextual approaches such as queer theology, as well as contributing to a number of study skills and introductory modules across Theology, Religious Studies, and Church History. His recent publications include: A Radical Orthodoxy in a Pluralistic World: Desire, Beauty and the Divine (Routledge, 2017); and “Challenging the Legitimacy of Extremist Narratives through Pedagogy” in Education and Extremisms: Rethinking Liberal Pedagogies in the Contemporary World (Routledge, 2017).

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