Member Type: Founding Faculty

Dr Amelia Peterson

Amelia is a social scientist with a background in policy and consulting. She studies education reforms and their relationship to social, geographic and labour market inequalities.

Prior to LIS, Amelia was an LSE Fellow in Social Policy. She has also taught and supervised students at the University of Bristol and at Harvard, where she received her PhD.

Dr Ash Brockwell

Ash is an artist, writer, and consultant.

Ash has spent time in Tanzania and the UK successfully working on issues around education, sustainability, diversity, and wellbeing.

Dr Bronwyn Tarr

Bronwyn is a human behavioural scientist interested in the evolution of social behaviours, particularly music and dance.

Bronwyn completed her DPhil (PhD) at the University of Oxford, where she has continued her research in evolutionary anthropology and psychology.

Prof. Carl Gombrich

Carl has joined the LIS team from UCL to lead on curriculum design, teaching and learning. Carl has degrees in Maths, Physics and Philosophy and was a professional opera singer before joining UCL in 2002. In 2010, he was appointed Programme Director of the interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (BASc) programmes and led the design, development, launch and implementation of the degree, from a first cohort of 84 students in 2012 to a steady state of over 450 students in 2018. Carl is a regular speaker at events on interdisciplinarity and liberal arts and sciences both in the UK and abroad…. Read more »

Dr Ebrahim Patel

Ebrahim is an applied mathematician who holds an MMath and PhD from the University of Manchester, both in Mathematics. He is especially interested in the mathematics of complex systems and human behaviour.

Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Isaiah is a designer who holds a BSc in Anthropology from UCL and was a visiting undergraduate to Harvard. He has further academic interests in computer science – and everything in between. Isaiah is passionate about positive mental health, inclusive design, social mobility, and education, and has worked with a range of organisations including Airbnb and J.P. Morgan.

Dr James Carney

James is interested in how computational, experimental, and interpretive methods can be combined to interrogate cultural data. “Though human beings are a symbolic species, it is only recently that we have become able to gain anything other than a partial view of our cultural outputs. If these partial views––generated by traditional academic disciplines––are exceptionally valuable, they are nevertheless conditioned on a poverty of information that no longer exists: we only hypothesise when we do not have enough data to mandate a conclusion.” James’ ambition is to use processes of automated inference to interrogate the cultural record on a scale that… Read more »

Maria Madero

Maria holds a BA in Art from Los Andes University in Bogota. She also holds two MAs in Art (Sculpture) and Philosophy and Contemporary Critical Theory, from the Slade School of Fine Art and Kingston University Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy.  She has worked as an independent photographer and translator, and has taught at Escuela des Artest y Letras and the University of Los Andes. From 2015, Maria was head of the Visual Arts programme at El Bosque University (UEB), Bogota.  Maria has exhibited all over the world, in cities including London, Edinburgh, Seoul, Mexico City, Santiago de… Read more »

Dr Mattia Gallotti

Mattia is an academic philosopher with a strong background in the social sciences. Mattia read economics and philosophy at Bocconi University and the LSE, before completing a PhD at the University of Exeter. Prior to joining LIS, he lectured on the philosophy of the social sciences at the London School of Economics, and he led on the academic management of The Human Mind Project.

Dr Priya Lall

Priya is a social epidemiologist whose work has promoted social justice causes in developing countries. Some of these causes include access to healthcare for marginalised groups and provision of water and sanitation. Priya has previously lectured on research methods, health, and environmental change and is keen to challenge and share with younger thinkers.