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Professor Edward Harcourt appointed Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation for AHRC

Date: 02/03/2018

Profesor Edward Harcourt

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has today announced the appointment of Professor Edward Harcourt to the position of Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation.

In the role, Professor Harcourt will be instrumental in the strategic planning of AHRC research as the council moves into UK Research and Innovation in April this year. He will fulfil the role on secondment from his current position leading the philosophy faculty at the University of Oxford.

Professor Andrew Thompson, Chief Executive of Arts and Humanities Research Council said: "I am delighted to welcome Edward as the AHRC's new Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation.

"Edward is a highly distinguished philosopher who has ably led the faculty at Oxford and who will be a major asset to the council as we move into UKRI. His strong interest in working across disciplines, including his own research on mental health, will be very valuable, as will his firm commitment to bringing the breadth of arts and humanities research into the public domain." 

Sir Drummond Bone, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, said:  “I am very pleased at the appointment of Edward who will greatly increase the AHRC’s capacity at a senior level, in both academic and leadership terms.

"Edward’s wealth of leadership experience will prove vital in his new role, and his varied areas of expertise are also subjects of great importance within AHRC. With this in mind, I’m greatly looking forward to working with Edward and I am certain that his new role will allow both him and AHRC to flourish in the years to come.”

Professor Harcourt worked for seven years as a lecturer and senior lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, before starting work at the University of Oxford in 2005, where he is currently chair of the Philosophy Faculty Board and Fellow of Keble College. Much of his research focuses on ethics, with topics spanning moral psychology, child development and mental health.

Edward Harcourt, Director Research, Strategy and Innovation, said: “It’s a challenging and exciting time for the AHRC, poised as we are for the formal launch of UKRI, and I am committed to playing a full role in maintaining a strong profile for arts and humanities research within that larger organisation.

"Much of my own work has been in ethics, working across disciplines on mental health and well-being, children and child development, and the mind and its environment. I look forward to the many interdisciplinary opportunities that UKRI will afford.

"It’s also my ambition to make sure the AHRC receives much more recognition for its fantastic collaborations – with museums and libraries or with the BBC for our New Generation Thinkers programme. To maintain the trust that our publicly funded research is based on, taxpayers cannot be reminded often enough of where much of the culture they enjoy comes from: from outstanding UK research.”

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Notes to Editors

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