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University of Bradford appoints new Dean

Published: Fri 12 Sep 2014

Professor Donna Lee has joined The University of Bradford as Dean of Social and International Studies.

Donna joined in August from the University of Kent where she was Professor of International Political Economy. Before that she was Professor of Political Economy and Diplomacy at the University of Birmingham as well as holding various managerial positions such as Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences, Directory of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, and University Senior Tutor.

The author of several books, journal articles and book chapters on economics and commercial diplomacy, small state political economy, corporeal capitalism and international trade negotiations and development, she has built an international reputation. She works regularly with a number of foreign ministries, the World Bank, World Trade Organisation, the commonwealth Secretariat, Oxfam, Advocates for International Development and the Global Poverty Organisation.

Donna was awarded the Lord Dearing Award for Teaching Excellence, Nottingham University in 2001 as well as the Political Studies Association Bernard Crick Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2000. She works regularly as a consultant for the Higher Education Academy. Donna is currently external examiner at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.

University Of Bradford Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Cantor, said: “I am delighted that someone with the international reputation of Donna has joined the University of Bradford to lead the School of Social and International Studies. She brings vast experience both as an academic, manager and as an advisor on the world stage and I look forward to working with her as we continue to build on Bradford’s position as a leader in this field.”

Donna said: “This is a very exciting time to be joining Bradford and particularly as Dean of such a uniquely interdisciplinary and prestigious School. Bradford pioneered Social and International Studies and I look forward tremendously to leading the School at an important time in the University’s development.”

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