LAHP TEAM

Professor Alison Blunt Director
Professor of Georgraphy

Queen Mary University of London

Alison Blunt is Professor of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Vice-President (Research and Higher Education) of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) and co-director of the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership between Queen Mary and The Geffrye Museum of the Home. Her research on home, migration and the city has been funded by the AHRC, ESRC and The Leverhulme Trust. Her books include Domicile and diaspora: Anglo-Indian women and the spatial politics of home (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005) and, with Robyn Dowling, Home (Routledge, 2006; second edition in preparation). Recent projects include the research and public engagement project ‘Home-city-street’ with Casper Laing Ebbensgaard and Olivia Sheringham, and the collaborative project Globe with artist Janetka Platun, Olivia Sheringham and Caoimhe McAvinchey. She has supervised 24 PhD students to completion, and has been awarded 13 AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award studentships with the Geffrye Museum, the V&A Museum of Childhood, the RGS-IBG and PEROU. Alison has supported her students to develop research impact and public engagement through co-curated exhibitions, films and learning resources. As former editor of Transactions of the IBG and co-editor of the RGS-IBG guide to publishing for new researchers, Alison also has a particular interest and experience in supporting PhD students to publish their research.

As Director of LAHP, Alison Blunt is responsible for the strategic leadership, development and delivery of LAHP.

Department of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Rd, Bethnal Green, London E1 4NS

Professor Hugh Bowden Deputy Director/Head of Training and Cohort Development
Professor of Ancient History

King’s College London

Hugh Bowden is Professor of Ancient History at King’s College London. He works on ancient religion, with a focus on issues of cognition and experience. He is particularly interested in the way that cognitive science, including neuroscience and experimental psychology, working with the evidence of archaeology and history, can contribute to our understanding of the role of religion in society. He has also written widely about Alexander the Great. His books include Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (2014) and Mystery Cults in the Ancient World (2010). He was an adviser on the redisplay of the London Mithraeum beneath the Bloomberg building. He has considerable experience as a PhD supervisor, and his students have gone on to have successful careers within the academic world and beyond it.

As Deputy Director (Training and Cohort Development), Hugh Bowden is responsible for providing academic leadership to LAHP’s training framework and cohort building activities, and managing its internal funding competitions.

Department of Classics, King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Dr Anna Sexton Deputy Director for Collaborations and Partnerships
Anna Sexton is a Lecturer in Archives and Records Management at University College London. Her research is primarily focused on participatory and trauma-informed approaches to archives and record-keeping, particularly in the context of mental health and social care. Her broader research interests include the intersections between ethics, rights, and social justice across archives, record-keeping, data management and cultural heritage contexts. Current research projects include Co-Investigation on the AHRC funded MIRRA project which centres the needs and rights of care leavers in the design of social care recordkeeping systems.
As a professionally qualified archivist and records manager, she has held senior leadership roles in the record-keeping field, most recently as Head of Research at The National Archives (TNA), where she shaped the research priorities and drove the research agenda under TNA’s role as an AHRC Independent Research Organisation. Whilst at TNA she had oversight over TNA’s collaborations with Higher Education Institutions, which included the administration of TNA’s Collaborative Doctoral Awards and involvement in various Doctoral Training Programmes. During her time at TNA, she acted as External Chair for LAHP.
As Deputy Director (Collaborations and Partnerships), Anna Sexton is responsible for leading on the Collaborative Doctoral Awards Competition and the Placement Schemes, whilst working across LAHP to foster strong relationships with non HEI partners.

Department of Information Studies, University College London, Gower Street, WC1E 6BT.

Mispa Same EssakaLAHP Manager
Mispa Same Essaka manages all aspects of the Doctoral Training Partnership, from preparation of bids for additional funding through to the detailed day-to-day management of the LAHP partnership and its AHRC funding. Mispa is responsible for developing strategic and day-to-day working relationships across LAHP’s academic partners, as well as with key staff in the Research Councils, cultural and business partners, and other funders. Mispa manages all financial aspects of the partnership.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership Office
Room 204, Second Floor
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Angela Kamara Doctoral Training Administrator
Angela Kamara provides ad-hoc administrative support to the partnership.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership Office
Room 204, Second Floor
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Valeria FarruggiaLAHP Senior Support Officer
Valeria Farruggia supports the LAHP with a specific focus on collaborations and external partnerships. Valeria coordinates the administration of the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme, the Placement Scheme with non-HEI partners and the process for the competitive allocation of funds for staff-led and student-led activities. Valeria manages the planning, organisation and delivery of all LAHP events including inductions, cohort development events, research days and events in collaboration with non-HEI partners. She also manages the LAHP communication platforms including the website, the newsletter and social media.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership Office
Room 204, Second Floor
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

Lewis KnappLAHP Support Officer
Lewis Knapp administers the LAHP open studentship competition and is responsible for creating and updating all LAHP student records in collaboration with the 8 LAHP HEIs. Lewis also administers the research training programme and coordinates the competitive allocation of the additional research funds including the processing of related expenses claims.

London Arts & Humanities Partnership Office
Room 204, Second Floor
School of Advanced Study
Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU