Meet the team
Professor Emma Barrett
SPRITE+ Director (The University of Manchester)
Before joining UoM in March 2018, Emma was Research to Practice Fellow at the Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) at Lancaster University, leading efforts to ensure that CREST’s research activities focused on end user requirements and fostering strong links between academics and stakeholders. From 2003-2015, she led a UK Government research unit of 25 specialist staff and contractors that developed and applied behavioural, psychological, and social science research to a range of security and defence issues. She was awarded the OBE in 2010.
Emma is a Chartered Psychologist. She completed her doctorate in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and holds a MSc in Investigative Psychology, a Conversion Diploma in Psychology, and a BSc in Anthropology. She is the co-author of Extreme: Why some people thrive at the limits (Oxford University Press, 2014), and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Professor William Lee
SPRITE+ Co-Director (Imperial College London)
Bill has initiated successful multidisciplinary centres in radioactive waste Immobilisation Science (at Sheffield with BNFL), Advanced Structural Ceramics (EP/F033605/1), Engineering and Manufacturing Studies (with AWE) and currently is a member of two EPSRC programme grant consortia in materials for extreme environments (EP/K008749/1) and transpiration cooling in hypersonic vehicles (EP/P000878/1).
Bill has advised UK Government as a member of Nuclear Innovation and Research Advisory Board, Deputy Chair of the DECC advisory Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, and special advisor nuclear to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee (2013).
Dr Stacey Conchie
SPRITE+ Co-Director (Lancaster University)
Stacey has worked with a number of industry and government partners to understand the impact of trust on safety- and security- related behaviours. Using field and experimental methods, she has helped agencies understand the role of trust in leader-follower exchange, the changing nature of trust following micro and macro interventions, the measurement of trust using implicit and explicit methods, both offline and online, and the impact of distrust on team performance and how this may be addressed.
Stacey is a Chartered Psychologist, a member of the UK’s Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats, and an incoming board member (as communications director) of the First International Network of Trust.
Professor Sakir Sezer
SPRITE+ Co-Director (Queen’s University Belfast)
Professor Vladimiro Sassone
SPRITE+ Co-Director (University of Southampton)
Vladimiro’s research expertise is on cyber security, including social and human factors, cyber-crime, data privacy (anonymity and anonymisation), internet-of-things, trust, provenance, blockchain, internet computing, foundations of computation. He has authored about 250 publications, reaching an h-index of 37 and around 3800 citations (source PoP). Since 2014, he has secured in excess of £3.8m in research funds. Vladimiro has developed large networks of collaborators in academia, industry and government, including The Cabinet Office, FCO, DBEIS, NCA, ICO, NAO, FCA and Bank of England, and worked with governments internationally, Italy, Malta and West Bengal, and nationally, NCSC/GCHQ, DSTL, the Regional Organised Crime Units and Hampshire Police. He is Chief Scientific Officer at the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finances.
Professor Mark Elliot
SPRITE+ Expert Fellows Co-ordinator (The University of Manchester)
He is one of the key international researchers in the field of Statistical Disclosure and collaborates widely with non-academic partners, particularly with national statistical agencies where he has been a key influence on disclosure control methodology used in censuses and surveys and where the SUDA software that he developed in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science at Manchester is used. In 2012, he has led the UK Anonymisation Network, which has 600 members and provides advice, consultancy and training on anonymisation.
Aside from Confidentiality, Privacy and Disclosure, his research interests include Data Science Methodology and its application to social science. He is director of the University’s new interdisciplinary MSc in Data Science and the doctoral programme in Data analytics and society.
Dr Natalie Theodoulou
SPRITE+ Project Manager (The University of Manchester)
Following a position in the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Salford, Natalie joined the University of Manchester as a Research Impact Officer in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In this role, Natalie supported academics to deliver impact from their research and managed various funding schemes and multidisciplinary research networks.
Natalie has since joined the SPRITE+ team as Project Manager, responsible for managing all operational activities to ensure delivery of the work programme.
Dr Dmitry Dereshev
SPRITE+ Digital Content Manager (The University of Manchester)