Meet our academics
At Essex we have a wealth of experienced and knowledgeable academic members
of staff from all around the world. Excelling in international research means
our students are taught, supported and supervised by world leaders in their
Below is a sample of our academics, for more staff profiles please see the
individual School and Department pages.
Dr Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones, Essex Pathways Department
Nilüfer Demirkan-Jones has studied a BA, MA, MPhil and PhD
in Linguistics. Nilüfer is the Graduate Director overseeing the
Essex Pathway's graduate provision including
Pre-Masters Diplomas and linked Linguistics courses MA TESOL,
TEFL and CELTA.
Nilufers’ interest areas include Teacher Education, learning
strategies, (inter)cultural syllabus in language teaching and
e-learning. Nilüfer is also responsible for managing CPD courses
for international clients, including students, teachers and
professionals in other disciplines.
Dr Christopher Land, Essex Business School
Dr Christopher Land
is the Graduate Director (PGT) in Essex Business
School and a Reader in Work and Organisation Studies. He
joined Essex from Warwick Business School, where he taught for a
number of years after completing his PhD there. Chris’ research
and teaching interests range from work in branding and the
creative industries, to social entrepreneurship, the labour
theory of value and new age ethical organisations.
Chris has written many research papers for internationally
renowned academic journals as well as book chapters and reports.
He has edited two textbooks and is regularly invited to speak at
conferences and research colloquia around the world.
Dr Sanae Fujita, Human Rights Centre
Fujita is an Associate and a part-time teacher in the
Human Rights Centre and also a Visiting Researcher of Aoyama
Gakuin University (AGU) in Tokyo, Japan.
Sanae’s area of research is human rights and development,
especially activities of International Financial Institutions
and teaches her area of expertise regularly both in the UK and
Japan. Sanae has been engaged in policy review of the Asian
Development Bank, especially on its information disclosure and
Professor Simon Lucas, School of Computer
Science and Electronic Engineering
Lucas teaches in the
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering. Simon's
main research interests are artificial intelligence and games,
evolutionary computation and reinforcement learning and is a
member of the Robotics Research Group and Intelligent Systems
Research Group. Simon is the founding editor-in-chief of the
IEEE Transactions on Computational Intelligence and Games where
he has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers.
Co-founding the IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and
Games, Simon has played a major role as chair of many international
conferences, including the IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation
and Parallel Problem Solving From Nature. Simon has been an invited
keynote or tutorial speaker at many international conferences
including PPSN, IEEE CEC, IEEE CIG and ICGI and is currently
principal investigator on the EPSRC Grant: UCT for Games and Beyond.
Dr Karen Hulme, School of Law
Karen Hulme is a
senior lecturer in the
School of Law after joining as a Doctoral student in 1997.
Karen had previously studied an LLB and Masters at the
University of Nottingham specialising in public international
law. Karen developed her interests in environmental law and the
laws of war and was awarded a doctorate in 2002 for her thesis
on the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict.
Her book entitled, Worn Torn Environment: Interpreting the
Legal Threshold won the American Society of International
Law’s Francis Lieber Prize for 2004 for ‘outstanding scholarship
in the field of the law of armed conflict’.
Karen has taught public international law, international law
of armed conflict, law of evidence, tort law, constitutional
law, human rights and the environment. Karen is also founder and
Director of the Essex Law Clinic – a pro-bono legal advice
service which students can get involved in.
Dr Stefan Niemann, Department of Economics
Niemann joined the
Department of Economics in September 2007 from the University
of Bonn and is the Graduate Director. Stefan’s main research
interests are Macroeconomics and Public Finance and is currently
working on models of optimal monetary and fiscal policy and firm
Stefan has published a variety of papers and textbooks
including, Public debt, discretionary policy, and inflation
persistence and A portrait of firm expansion and
Professor Florence Myles, Department of
Language and Linguistics
Florence Myles teaches in the
Department of Language and Linguistics. Professor Myles has a
PhD in Second Language Acquisition and directed many research
projects funded by the ESRC, AHRC and the British Academy.
Florence was President of the Association for French Language
Studies (2003-7), and is currently President of EUROSLA
(European Second Language Association).
She was Editor of the Journal of French Language Studies
(CUP) until 2012, and on the Editorial Board of Second Language
Research, of Language Teaching, of the EUROSLA Yearbook, and of
the Revue Française de Linguistique Appliquée. She is co-author
of Second Language Learning Theories, now in its 3rd edition.