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Professor of Architectural Design, University College Dublin

Professor Nasrine Seraji has been appointed Professor of Architectural Design at University College Dublin.  She joins the University from Hong Kong University, where she is currently Professor of Architecture and where she will retain a Distinguished Visiting Professorship. 

Nasrine will take up her role at UCD Architecture in early 2021, bringing to bear a wealth of experience and expertise in practice, research, and education. 

Professor Seraji studied at the Architectural Association, where she also taught. She has always divided her time between practice and academic roles. Her practice, based in Paris, has produced a number of significant buildings, projects and masterplans, beginning with the Temporary American Centre (1991) and including apartment and housing projects, an extension to the School of Architecture in Lille and most recently a transportation and apartment complex for RATP in Paris.

Nasrine held appointments at Princeton and Columbia before becoming Professor and Chair of Architecture at Cornell University. She subsequently moved back to Europe, serving as Professor and Head of the Institute of Art and Architecture in Vienna and as Dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Malaquais, Paris.  She took up her appointment as Head of Architecture in Hong Kong in 2014. 

She was elected Fellow of the RIBA in 2017, and has had numerous honours in France including the Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (OAL), Officier de l’Ordre Nationale du Mérite (ONM) and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.


Head of the School of Economics, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey's School of Economics is delighted to announce that Professor Maurizio Zanardi has been appointed as Head of School and will be succeeding Professor João Santos Silva, effective from 1 January 2021.

Maurizio has been serving as Head of School and a Professor of International Economics at the Lancaster University Management School. His research interests are in international trade and political economy. Maurizio received his PhD in Economics from Boston College and his BA in Economics from the Catholic University of Milan. Prior to joining Lancaster University as a Reader in 2013, he held positions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Tilburg University, and the University of Glasgow.

As Head of School, Maurizio will also become a member of the Faculty’s senior management team.

Speaking about his time as Head of School, Professor João Santos said: "It has been a great pleasure and a privilege to serve the School of Economics in this role. I am very grateful to all the colleagues in the School, the Faculty, and the University, for the tremendous support I received during these 64 months; I would not have made it without their help."

Regarding the new appointment, Professor Graham Miller, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Professor Zanardi to the School of Economics. We conducted an extensive search for a candidate able to lead our exceptional group of staff at Surrey, and I am very excited to have secured Maurizio through this process.”

"We are thrilled that Professor Zanardi will be joining the School of Economics and hope you can join our efforts in welcoming him to the wider University."


Dean of Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Steve Wood as Dean of Surrey Business School.  Steve was previously interim Dean of the School and Director of Research.  Before that, he was Head of the Department of Marketing and Retail Management.  Steve has been Professor of Retail Marketing & Management since 2012.  

A former Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) Scholar, Steve was Reader in Strategy, University of Southampton (2011-2012), and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at University of Surrey (2005-2011).  

His research focuses on: the internationalization of retailing; the economic geography of retailing; and, retail pricing.

Steve has published in leading social science journals including Economic Geography, Journal of Economic GeographyEnvironment and Planning A, Regional Studies, Journal of Business EthicsThe Service Industries JournalJournal of Marketing Management and European Journal of Marketing amongst others.  His research has been cited by the press in publications such as The EconomistChina Daily and Retail Week

Prior to 2005, Steve spent three years at Tesco plc in its marketing and property departments advising on store development strategy both domestically and abroad, and also worked as a Retail Analyst for Verdict Research, a London-based retail consultancy.  He is a member of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geography Society (Committee Member); the Society for Location Analysis (SLA), the European Association for Education & Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD), the National Retail Planning Forum Research Committee as well as a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Higher Education Academy (FHEA).