New appointments to Professorships and Associate Professorships

Carmel Conn - Education

Carmel Conn, Associate Professor



We are pleased to announce four new appointments to Associate Professor and Professorships.

Dr Louise Bright, Director of Research and Business Engagement, said: "Becoming an Associate Professor and Professor is huge achievement and marks significant and sustained effort which is recognised by independent expert reviewers as meeting the required standards. It is such a pleasure to read the applications as they come to the Committee for review – the range of work and impact these individuals have within and outside of USW is impressive. Congratulations to all of our new Associate Professors and Professors.”


Dr Emily Underwood Lee, research fellowEmily Underwood-Lee, Associate Professor of Performance Studies

Emily is a research fellow at The George Ewart Centre for Storytelling. Her research focuses on little heard personal stories from those whose voices may have been marginalised and on the differences that hearing these stories can make in policy, practice and daily life for both teller and listener.  She has a particular interest in stories of gender, health/illness and heritage. Her current AHRC-funded project, Performance and the Maternal, considers how maternal performance helps us to understand the lived condition of motherhood.  Emily has led on a number of funded research projects including the award-winning Forty Voices, Forty Years in collaboration with Welsh Women’s Aid,  Storytelling for Health in collaboration with Swansea Bay University Health Board and Kicking Up Our Heelswith Great Ormund Street Hospital. 


Podcast: Emily Underwood-Lee on storytelling during difficult times



Dr Carmel ConnCarmel Conn, Associate Professor of Inclusive Pedagogy

Carmel is a senior lecturer and course leader for the Masters in SEN/ALN (Autism). She began her teaching career working with young people with behavioural, emotional and social needs, and went on to work with children with language difficulty and specific learning difficulties. For a number of years she worked as a SENCO in a bilingual school for the deaf in central London, teaching through the medium of British Sign Language. Her research interests include practices in inclusive education in relation to disabled children, focusing particularly on autism and the ways in which autistic children and young people engage with learning. She has extensive experience of conducting research in schools including how additional learning needs are being considered within the development of the new curriculum for Wales.  You can read more about her work on the Unit for Development in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities research website.



Dr Stuart ToddStuart Todd, Professor in Intellectual Disability Research

For most of his academic life, Professor Todd has been involved in research with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, but he has also explored family/carers’ perspectives on caregiving across the life span. His most recent work focusses on the relationship between death, dying and intellectual disabilities. As well as research, he contributes to nurse education teaching and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You can read a profile of Professor Stuart Todd here and see his latest work on the Unit for Development in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities research website.


Professor gareth WhiteGareth White, Professor of Operations Management

Professor White specialises in operations management and the societies within which organisations operate. This includes social and environmental management and systems; the tools and techniques of mapping and analysing internal and external supply chains; and the role and impact of information technologies upon organisations. His work is grounded in the real-world challenges that face modern organisations, identified through his network of commercial and industrial contacts, and enabled by his considerable experience in a wide range of industries. Professor White is an Incorporated Engineer and a member of the Editorial Board of Strategic Change: briefings in entrepreneurial finance. His latest research explores the issues that surround the application of Artificial Intelligence, blockchain and cybersecurity systems.