Partners and People

University of Sheffield

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice is Professor of English Language in the School of English. Her research interests span the histories of varieties of English, the social context of language change, and the investigation of meaning change in language using computational methods.

Professor Patricia Cowell is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Dept of Human Communication Sciences. Since 1987 she has researched biological and behavioural differences between males and females, with a focus on brain anatomy, environment, speech, language and cognition across the life span.

Dr Seth Mehl is a member of research staff in the School of English. His research centres on linguistic meaning, including semantics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis. Much of his work is methodological, asking what we can know about meaning in language via specific research methods, particularly corpus analysis techniques and cognitive linguistic approaches.

Dr Sharron Hinchliff is Reader in Psychology and Health at the School of Nursing and Midwifery. She has an interest in gender, health, and older age, and has been carrying out research in this area for 20 years. Sharron is one of the co-applicants on the project.

Dr Meesha Warmington is a Lecturer in Psychology in the Dept of Human Communication Sciences. Her research examines executive control (i.e., attention, working memory and cognitive flexibility), language and literacy development in bilingual children and adults. Current projects focus on cognitive-linguistic processing in Hindi-English speakers in the UK and India.

Pala Forerunners

Paul de Bruyn is director of Pala Forerunners. He has been intimately involved in rural socio-economic development initiatives for 30 years. Prior to Pala Forerunners, he established and was CEO of the KaNgwane Housing Trust in Mpumalanga. For the next 10 to 15 years Paul is focussing on growing Pala Forerunners, its reach and impact and establishing it as a lead developmental agency in the developing world.

University of Pretoria

Glen Ncube is a lecturer in the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria. His main areas of research interest include the histories of medicine and rural healthcare; medical humanities; and archives. He previously held postdoctoral research fellowships in the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative (University of Cape Town), and in the history department of the University of South Africa. He is an executive member of the Historical Association of South Africa (HASA).

Alois Mlambo joined the University of Pretoria in 2004 as Professor of History and was appointed Head of Department on 1 January 2012. He is the founder and coordinator of the South-South History Departments Partnership programme which seeks to promote the  research, writing and teaching of history in southern Africa and consists of the Universities of Zambia, Botswana, Witwatersrand, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Pretoria and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe.

University of the Free State

Rory Pilossof holds positions in the International Studies Group and at the School of History at the University of Kent, UK, where he is a visiting fellow. He primarily works on the economic and social history of southern Africa. His main interests are land, labour and the process of decolonisation in the region.