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​​​​Research, Enterprise & Innovation (RIE) Leadership

Prof Nick Antonopoulos - Vice Principal of Research, Innovation and Enterprise

Nick joined Edinburgh Napier in January 2019 from the University of Derby, where he was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Research Professor in Cloud Computing. He has more than 20 years of academic and leadership experience, with a very strong background in initiating, leading and delivering improvements at an institutional level. 

Nick has an excellent international reputation in his field, evidenced by his papers, books, chairing of prestigious conferences, and his active leadership of broad reaching research partnerships nationally and internationally. He has an extensive network across government, commerce and industry. The Deans of the Schools of Computing, Engineering & Built Environment and Health & Social Care report to Nick.​

With the wide scope of the department, our RIE department has two heads of the department:

Head of Research Funding and Knowledge Exchange​
Linda Wallace

Head of Research Environment & Services​

​Gráinne Barkess​

Responsible for:

Responsible for:

For contact details of support staff at the Research, Innovation and Enterprise office who can help guide any research related enquiries, please visit this page​.


Deans of Schools

School Dean
School of Applied Sciences

Professor Gary Hutchison

School of Arts & Creative Industries Dr Diane Maclean
School of Computing and Engine​​ering & the B​uilt Environment Professor Peter Andras
School of Health & Social Care  Professor Alison Machin
The Business School
Professor Christine Cross


School Heads of Research

School​ Director
School of Applied Sciences​ Dr Graham Wright​​
School of Art​s & Creative Industries Professor Kerstin Stutterheim
The Busines​s School Professor ​Maxwell Chipulu​
School of Computing and Engineering & the B​uilt​​ Environment Professor Ben Paechter
School of Health & S​ocial Care Professor Thanos Karatzias

Schools Innovation and Enterprise Leads 

​School of Applied Sciences​
Dr Susan Brown​​​
School of Art​s & Creative IndustriesProfessor Garrabost Jayalakshmi​ 
The Busines​s School
Dr ​Gary Kerr / Dr Malcolm McGregor (Deputy)​
School of Computing and Engineering & the B​uilt​​ EnvironmentProfessor Robert Hairstans
School of Health & S​ocial CarePeter Hillen


University Heads of Research

Key area Leader
Head of Research Students 
Dr Calum Neill
Head of Research Structures
Professor Karen Diele
Head of Research Culture
Dr Phiona Stanley and Professor Emma Hart​​
Convenor of Research Integrity Committee Dr Rory MacLean​
Public Engagement Vacant
Equality​​​​ Vacant

Research Theme Coordinators

The following colleagues take lead responsibility for each of the underpinning themes, but also work closely together as part of an Interdisciplinary Research Themes Coordinator Team. ​The role of the theme coordinator brings together an academic community to actively debate and collaborate on academic topics related to the relevant theme. The community is encouraged to discuss the curriculum as well as learning and teaching, and not just research and innovation. The aim of developing such a community is to foster more inter-disciplinarity in our academic work that will hopefully produce joint publications, joint bids for external funding, and potentially joint modular or other curriculum developments across the University.

The​me Leader
Health Dr Shufan Yang
Environment Dr Imed Romdhani
AI & Advanced Technologies Professor Amir Hussain
​​​​Culture & Communities ​Dr Alistair Scott

Research Centres

Our Edinburgh Napier Research Centres create and stimulate high-quality knowledge exchange and innovation that benefits the social, cultural and economic life of the society we serve. Across our Schools, our Research Centres bring together academic staff, students and our external partner organisations in a united mission to solve real-world problems, influence policy, and deliver positive impact on a local, national and global scale. 

Visit our main website to find out more >

Theme Leader
The Centre for Child & Family Law and Policy Professor Rob Clucas​ 

​The Transport Research Innovation Centre 
Professor Pat Langdon​ 
The Centre for Cardiovascular Health ​Professor Lis Neubeck​ 
​The Centre for Mental Health Practice, Policy and Law Research Professor Jill Stavert 
​The Centre for Military Research, Education & Public Engagement  Dr Gerri Matthews-Smith​ 
​The Centre for Biomedicine and Global Health Professor Peter Barlow 
​The Centre for Conservation and Restoration Science Professor Karen Diele​ 
​The Tourism Research Centre Professor Anna Leask 
​The Centre for Creative Practice Research Professor Garrabost Jayalakshmi​ 
​The Centre for Arts, Media and Culture Professor Anne Schwan​ 
​The Centre for Mind and Creativity Research Dr Marina Wimmer​ / Dr Suha Jaradat​
​The Centre for Higher Education Research Professor Sally Smith ​
​The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Prof Emma Hart / Prof Amir Hussain
​​​​The Centre ​for Cybersecurity, IoT and Cyberphysical Systems  Professor Bill Buchanan ​

For contact details of support staff at the Research, Innovation and Enterprise office who can help guide any research related enquiries, please visit this page​.