Keynote speakers

Presenting our keynote speakers:

Shaping Futures: Doctoral College Conference,

University of Surrey, 22-23 June 2021.


Professor Amelia Hadfield 

Dean International, Head of Department of Politics, Director of the Centre for Britain and Europe (CBE) 

Amelia joined the University of Surrey in January 2019 as Head of the Department of Politics, and Chair in European and International Affairs. Amelia is a long-standing Jean Monnet Chair in European Foreign Affairs, researching, teaching, consulting & postgrad supervising on EU foreign policy, EU-UK relations. Amelia is regularly called upon as a guest speaker, external supervisor, research partner, consultant and media pundit on areas of EU foreign affairs, and of late, EU-UK relations. 


Professor Helen Griffiths

PhD, FRSB, Swansea University 

University leadership positions 

Professor Helen Griffiths was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor at Swansea University in August 2020. She is responsible for leading the development, implementation and continuous improvement of Swansea University’s Research & Innovation portfolio. She has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. Prior to this she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey (2016-2020). Previously, Helen was Pro Vice-Chancellor International at Aston University (2014-2016) following from five years as Executive Dean of Life & Health Sciences at Aston University (2009-2014). Helen has been a member of the respective University Executive Boards and Councils since 2009. 


Professor Jim Al-Khalili 

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Distinguished Chair, Professor of Physics,

Professor of Public Engagement in Science,

Centre Director

Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey where he holds a Distinguished Chair in Physics as well as a University Chair in the public engagement in science. He received his PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from Surrey in 1989 and then spent two years as a SERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College London before returning to Surrey in 1991. He was appointed lecturer in 1992 and, in 1994, was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for five years during which time he established himself as a world leading authority on nuclear reaction theory of light exotic nuclei, publishing widely. Following this he reverted to a full-time lectureship in the Department at Surrey. He was elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2000 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2001. He was promoted to Professor of Physics in 2005. 


Professor Tim Jackson

Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP)

Tim Jackson is Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Surrey in the UK. CUSP builds on Tim’s vision over three decades to explore the moral, economic and social dimensions of prosperity on a finite planet. He’s served as an advisor on sustainability to numerous commercial, government and intergovernmental organisations. During five years at the Stockholm Environment Institute in the early 1990s, he pioneered the concept of preventative environmental management—a core principle of the circular economy framework—outlined in his 1996 book Material Concerns: Pollution Profit and Quality of life. Between 2004 and 2011, Tim was Economics Commissioner on the UK Sustainable Development Commission, where his work culminated in the publication of his controversial book Prosperity without Growth (Routledge 2009/2017). In 2016, he was awarded the Hillary Laureate for exceptional international leadership.


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