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Head of Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University

Newcastle University is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Rhona Smith as Head of Newcastle Law School.  Rhona will be joining the School in August.  Latterly, she was Professor of International Human Rights at Northumbria University.

With a background in Scots' law, Rhona's principal specialism is in the UN human rights system, as well as in human rights at regional and nationsal levels.  She has a long-standing involvement in human rights education and capacity building.  Her Textbook on International Human Rights (Oxford University Press) is in its seventh edition.


Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Newcastle University

Newcastle University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Jonathan Sapsed as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Newcastle University Business School. Jonathan will join the University in June.

Jonathan is currently Principal Research Fellow at CENTRIM in the University of Brighton, where he researches and lectures on inovation management and policy.  He has been a researcher at SPRU, University of Sussex, where he did his doctorate, Imperial College Business School, and the London School of Economics.  He was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, Suffolk University Boston, and a Visiting Lecturer at IBICT and the Federal University of Rio de Janiero.  His work is published in journals such as Organization Studies and Research Policy.  He is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries and has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Management, Technovation and International Journal of Innovation Management.  


Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation, Newcastle University

Professor Mark Reed has been appointed Professor of Socio-Technical Innovation at Newcastle University, as part of the N8 AgriFood Resilience Programme.  He joins Newcastle from Birmingham City University, where he held the position of Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Research.

The AgriFood Resilience Programme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England catalyst fund and by the N8 universities - the eight key research universities across the North of England.  Professor Reed is now also a Chair within the Programme.

Professor Reed said:

"Feeding a growing population in an era of environmental change is a huge task for the people that manage our land, both here in the UK and across the globe.  Technical innovation is one vital element - but how we use that innovation is also key in ensuring we can produce the food we need in a way that maintains resilience across the whole range of functions we take from our landscapes including clean water, flood control, carbon storage, biodiversity and the green spaces that are essential for human physical and mental health".

Professor Reed is already developing a programme of research on climate change with colleragues at the N8 AgriFood team at Leeds and builds on existing research collaborartions in seven out of the eight N8 universities.  His research focuses particularly on sustainable food production and resilient chains.