Gill Malin: Chair Gill Malin: Chair

Gill Malin

Reader, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Gill has been a Reader in Biological Oceanography in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA since July 2009. She did her BSc and PhD at the University of Liverpool and has also worked at the University of Bristol and Case Western Reserve University (Ohio, USA). She established the Marine Trace Gas Biology lab at UEA whilst working on two 5-year UK Natural Environment Research Council Advanced Research Fellowships. Gill attended the very first ResNet meeting in 2000 and found it very inspirational. She has been actively involved in the committee for over a decade now and has built up a lot of equality and fairness expertise. 


Tori Cann: Deputy Chair Tori Cann: Deputy Chair

Tori is a Lecturer in the Humanities in the Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities.  Her research is broadly concerned with feminism, cultural politics and identity.  More specifically she explores gender within youth cultures, seeking to make sense of the ways in which gender is reproduced through the regulation of cultural taste articulations.  Tori teaches on the Foundation Year in the Humanities, and she is particularly concerned with encouraging students that are under-represented in higher education to study at university.  As well as being deputy chair for the ResNet committee she is also a committee member of the International Girls Studies Association, a member of ARTS Emergency and co-founder of the community project Day of the Girl Norwich.

Jenni Barclay Jenni Barclay

Professor of Volcanology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Jenni's background is in Geology, with a first degree from the University of Edinburgh and PhD from the University of Bristol. Her passion within geology is Volcanology and her PhD looked at several aspects of the degassing process associated with silicic volcanoes.  Her first post-doctoral research project in 1996 involved an experimental investigation of the magma storage conditions of the newly erupting Soufriere Hills Volcano and as well as two further post-doctoral positions (Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Maitre Assistante at the University of Geneva) and she also undertook several periods as a duty scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. The experiences on Montserrat and elsewhere convinced Jenni of the need for a truly inter-disciplinary approach in order to properly understand volcanic eruptions and mitigate their impact. Since her appointment at UEA in 1999, Jenni has made full use of the rich diversity of researchers at UEA that go beyond the usual realms of geology and collaborate with sedimentologists, atmospheric scientists, geophysicists and social scientists on a variety of different problems relating to volcanic phenomena.

Tharin Blumenschein Tharin Blumenschein

Tharin Blumenschein

Lecturer, School of Chemistry, University of East Anglia
Tharin studied Molecular Sciences as an undergraduate at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the same institution. From there, she spent five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta, in Canada, then moved to the UK in 2005 and was a postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College for two years. Tharin joined UEA in 2007, as a Lecturer in Biomolecular NMR spectroscopy in the School of Chemistry, and uses nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy to look at the dynamics and structure of proteins.

Samantha Fox Samantha Fox

Sam Fox

Researcher, Dept. of Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre
Sam did her degree in the school of biological sciences at UEA and then went on to complete a masters degree by research thanks to a scholarship from The Sainsbury Laboratory. She is now a researcher at the John Innes centre where her current interests are the study of plant growth and development. Sam has recently become a champion for equality and diversity at JIC and is involved in several educational outreach activities particularly the Year 10 Science Camp. 

Lindsay Hall Lindsay Hall

Dr Lindsay Hall is the Microbiome Research Leader at the newly formed Quadram Institute (formally Institute of Food Research) on the Norwich Research Park. She has a BSc (Hons) in Microbiology from the University of Glasgow, a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Cambridge (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute), was a postdoctoral fellow at University College Cork, Ireland, and a Senior Lecturer at the UEA (Norwich Medical School). Lindsay is a Wellcome Trust Investigator, and her research team studies early life gut microbiota-host interactions with a particular focus on the beneficial microbe Bifidobacterium. 


Helen Murdoch Helen Murdoch

Equality and Diversity Manager, University of East Anglia

The Equality and Diversity Office at the University of East Anglia helps pull together work that takes place on equality matters right across the campus. Our work covers both staff and students and our office is based in Room 0.12 in The Registry.

Yvonne Tasker Yvonne Tasker

Yvonne Tasker

Professor, School of Film, Television and Media Studies, Associate Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of East Anglia
Yvonne Tasker is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Her research lies in the field of Feminist Media Studies. She has published widely on issues of gender and popular culture. Her most recent book is 'Soldiers' Stories: military women in cinema and television since WWII'. A new anthology, 'Gendering the Recession: Media and Culture in an Age of Austerity' co-edited with Prof Diane Negra (UCD), will be published by Duke University Press in 2014.


Helen Warner Helen Warner

Helen Warner

Lecturer in Media and Culture, School of Political, Social and International Studies, University of East Anglia
Helen is a Lecturer in Cultural Politics, Communications and Media Studies. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender, fashion and celebrity culture. She has published articles on contemporary US television, fashion and celebrity culture in several journals. Forthcoming work includes a monograph, Fashion on TV: Identity and Celebrity Culture (London Berg, 2013) and a co-edited collection on gender and popular culture with Dr Heather Savigny.





Penny is a Senior Scientist within the Crop Transformation group at the John Innes Centre and is responsible for co-ordinating the Brassica transformation programmes at JIC, collaborating with many different scientists both locally and globally.  Penny is an Honorary Lecturer at the UEA and lectures to post graduate students on the current state of play regarding GM and genome edited crops, with a special interest in the general history and current global market status of biotech crops and their regulatory oversight in the EU.  She is actively engaged in science communication working with EU scientists, breeders, farmers, policy makers and the public.   Penny hosts the Crop Genetic Seminar Series and is also the communications officer for the International Society of Plant Molecular Farming. Penny has been the John Innes Centre, ResNet representative since May 2017.

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