Meet the team

To contact the ESRC IAA team please email esrc-iaa@exeter.ac.uk or phone 01392 722668.

Applications are assessed by members of the University's ESRC IAA Assessment College.

Rob Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, is the academic lead for Exeter's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Account (IAA).

Professor Gleave's research focuses on Islamic law, and Shi'i legal and political theory, and this work has led him to be involved in extensive impact activities with policy makers and practitioners in government, NGOs and law firms. He currently director of the ESRC-funded project Islamic Reformulations: belief, violence, governance, as an Research Councils UK (RCUK) Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow. As Director of this project, and in his previous project leadership, he has coordinated events and programmes encouraging collaboration between academics and external partners.

He was also a member of sub-panel 27 (Area Studies) in REF2014, and is a member of both ESRC and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) peer review colleges.

Claire Packman is Research and Impact Manager in Research Services, working with academics to help maximise and evaluate impacts from research. She delivers training to promote a culture of research impact at Exeter, manages the development of systems to capture impact data, and promotes best practice in the development of impact and engagement activity.

Emma Roberts is the ESRC IAA Co-ordinator and is responsible for the planning and delivery of the IAA programme and its projects. Her role includes providing guidance and support at any stage for those wishing to apply, as well as monitoring and following up of projects as well as project management assistance. Emma also records and reports on the operational performance data of the account and ensures governance and compliance is in place at all stages of the programme, both from an internal and ESRC perspective.