Our Team

Over the course of 15 years, OPENspace has established a thriving, multi-disciplinary team of researchers, advisors and support professionals with a diverse knowledge and skills base and a commitment to collaborative working.

The OS team at the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2018 (Image courtesy of Jo Thompson)

Directors and Associate Directors

Our Director is:

  • Professor Catharine Ward Thompson

Our Associate Directors are:

  • Professor Emeritus Peter Aspinall
  • Dr Simon Bell

Read more about our Directors and Associate Directors

Research Fellows and Associates

Our Research Fellows are:

  • Dr Sara Tilley
  • Dr Alicia Montarzino
  • Dr Lynette Robertson (Honorary)
  • Professor Jenny Roe (Honorary)
  • Dr Penny Travlou

Our Research and Teaching Assistants are:

  • Leyla Deniz
  • Athina Georgiou Shippi
  • Ziwen Sun

Read more about our Research Fellows and Associates

Professional Support 

Our Administrator is:

  • Rachael Fowler

Our Support Assistant is:

  • Catie Cundall

The team member responsible for marketing our Landscape and Wellbeing MSc is:

  • Deborah Reid

Read more about our Professional Support team

Partners and Clients

We are grateful to the extended OPENspace community – drawn from the public, not-for-profit and commercial sectors – for the support they provide as both funders of, and partners to, our research, including our Advisory Group members:

  • Leslie Forsyth (Edinburgh College of Art, retired)
  • Patrik Grahn (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
  • Peter Ingram-Monk (Scottish Disability Equality Forum)
  • Robin Moore (Natural Learning Initiative)
  • Julie Procter (Greenspace Scotland)
  • Alan Rees (International Play Association, retired)
  • Marcus Sangster (Forestry Commission Scotland, retired)

Browse a full list of OPENspace research partners and clients

We are also grateful to the many other research centres throughout Scotland, the UK and beyond with whom we collaborate, and to the following former members of our team who have contributed to our success over the last 15 years:

  • Dr Susana Alves (Research Associate)
  • Dr Katherine Brookfield (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Angela Curl (Research Associate)
  • Dr Catherine Findlay (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Catherine Millington (Research Associate)
  • Dr Nina Morris (Research Associate)
  • Dr Agnès Patuano (Research Assistant)  
  • Dr Eva Silveirinha de Oliveira (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Katherine Southwell (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Takemi Sugiyama (Research Associate)
  • Dr Affonso Zuin (Research Associate)

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