Staff

RIASA Academic Faculty

Dr. Paul Lloyd, Academic Director

After graduating from Leeds University with a BA in Communication Arts and Public Media, Paul worked for a time as a manager within the National Health Service before retraining as a teacher in adult education, teaching a range of social studies subjects. He gained his MA in Education from Southampton University and taught on adult and further education teacher training courses before becoming a course leader for several years, developing an interest in leadership development.

He has also worked with a national youth organisation in the development and delivery of a youth leadership development programme and has taught many regional trainers to continue the development of the initiative.

Developing out of his interests in leadership and his work in Higher Education, Paul took charge of two large student unions as Chief Executive and was involved with the management of both welfare and business operations and lead the transition of both organisations to registered charities. He has continued his interest in leadership development through work with the elected student union officers and his doctoral research. His doctorate from Leeds University, examined the training and development of student union leaders.

He is currently researching Communities of Practice within a coaching environment.

Dr Colin Howley, Assistant Professor of English and Communications

Assistant Academic Director

With an interdisciplinary academic background in American literature and cultural studies, Dr Howley has taught a wide variety of courses at several British Universities including the University of Sheffield and John Moores University.

Dr Howley’s research interests focus upon the area of modern and contemporary cultural production – with a particular reference to sport, music, masculinities and racial identities. He has published articles on Spike Lee, John Edgar Wideman, and music culture. He is currently pursuing further research into sports literature and film, and the relationship between Modernism and contemporary African American fiction.

Dr Howley has presented research papers at national and international conferences including British Association of American Studies (BAAS) and the Sports Literature Association (SLA).

Recent Conference Papers:

  • Jun. 2012 Documentary, Ethnography and the Representation of Community in Soul in the Hole
  • Sports Literature Association annual conference, Springfield, MA.
  • Apr. 2009 Invisible Views’: Blackness, Urban Bodies and Community in John Edgar Wideman’s Two Cities: A Love Story
  • British Association for American Studies annual conference, Nottingham.
  • May. 2006 ‘“Reconsidering Muscular Assimilation”: Basketball, Race and Class in John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers
  • International Sporting Cultures Conference, Liverpool.
  • Apr. 2004 ‘Writing Hoop Dreams: Basketball and the Quest for the American Dream’
  • British Association for American Studies annual conference, Manchester.
  • Jun. 2003 ‘“Ball and Chain”: The Basketball Court and the Trope of the Prison Yard In Contemporary African American Narratives’
  • Sports Literature Association annual conference, Springfield, MA.
  • Apr. 2002 ‘“In Your Face”: African American Culture and the Aesthetics of Basketball in Contemporary American Fiction’
  • British Association for American Studies annual conference, Oxford.

Dr Albert Danso, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Economics

BA (Ghana), MSc (Leeds) and PhD (Pursuing at the York Management School)

Albert holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana, MSc from the Leeds Business School and a PhD (in Finance) from York Management School. He began his career with the Richmond University in 2014 as Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Economics. Before joining Richmond University, Albert taught at the Leeds Beckett University as a Part time Lecturer (mathematics) in the International foundation Programme. He also taught in Ghana for a number of years. Albert’s teaching experience lies in the areas of Corporate Finance, Mathematics, Economics and Research Methods.

Publications

  • Adomako, S., Danso, A. Uddin, M., Damoah, J.  (Forthcoming). Entrepreneurs’ Optimism, Cognitive Style and Persistence. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research.   
  • Adomako, S.,  Obeng, G. D,   Opoku, R. A. &  Danso, A. (ForthcomingPerceived regulatory burden, institutional ties, financial resource capability and corporate social performance in a sub-Saharan African economy. Journal of General Management.
  • Adomako, S & Danso A. (2015). The moderating influence of financial literacy on the relationship between access to finance and firm growth Venture Capital. Vol. 18 (1), pp 43 – 61
  • Adomako, S., Danso, A. & Ampadu, E. (2015). Institutional Outlook of Entrepreneurial Climate in Ghana.  International Journal of Social Economics,46 (6), pp 566 – 582
  • Danso, A., & Adomako. S. (2014). The financing behaviour of firms and financial crisis. Managerial Finance. Vol. 40 (12), pp.1159 – 1174.  
  • Adomako, S. & Danso, A. (2014). Regulatory environment, environmental dynamism, political ties and performance. Study of entrepreneurial firms in a developing economy. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 21(2), pp.212- 229. 
  • Adomako S.  & Danso A. (2014) Financial Literacy and Firm performance: The moderating role of financial capital availability and resource flexibility. International Journal of Management & Organizational Studies. Vol. 3(4) 
  • Adomako, S., Gasor, G. K., & Danso, A. (2013). Examining Human Resource Managers’ Involvement in Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) Process in Ghana. Journal of Management Policy and Practice, 14(6), pp 25-36.

    Conference Presentations

    • Coffie, W., Osita C, Fosu S.  & Danso A. (2015). Conditional Heteroscedasticity in Mauritius and Zambia Stock Market Returns with Varying Distribution Densities. Africa Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Mauritius. 2nd Sept- 4th Sept. 2015.
    • Fosu, S., Danso A, Wasim A & Coffie W. (2015). Information Asymmetry, Leverage and Firm Value. Africa Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Mauritius. 2nd Sept- 4th Sept. 2015.
    • Adomako S. & Danso A (2014). Financial literacy, access to finance, resource flexibility and firm performance in an emerging economy. The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference, Manchester, 5th – 6th November, 2014.
    • Danso, A. & S. Adomako (2014). Interrelationships between entrepreneurial risk-taking, network ties, and firm performance. British Academy of Management, 9th to 11th September 2014 – Belfast Waterfront, Northern Ireland.
    • Danso, A. & Uddin M. (2013). Firm-level Determinants of Capital Structure: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Kampala, Uganda. 3rd Sept- 6th Sept. 2013.

 

Dr. Samantha Bracey, Assistant Professor of Sports Management

Samantha is currently completing a PhD under the supervision of Professor Joan Duda and Dr Eleanor Quested at the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Samantha’s research interests are concerned with the well- and ill-being experiences of children with a particular focus on team sport engagement. Specifically, she is interested in developmental aspects of children and young people’s perceptions of well- and ill-being and the relationship with motivational processes and the social context. Samantha has also engaged in research projects in elite dance, physical activity and disability sport settings investigating associations of social-environmental and motivational processes with adaptive and health-conducive participation. 

Samantha has presented her research findings at national and international conferences. In 2010 Samantha was the recipient of the student poster presentation award at the biennial DSEP BPS conference. Samantha also contributes to the advancement of sports science by serving as a reviewer for international peer-reviewed academic journals. In 2011 Samantha co-organized a national conference focusing on child obesity and children’s healthy engagement in physical activity entitled ‘Healthier Physical Activity for Healthier Kids’.

Samantha has accrued 6 years’ experience of teaching in higher education and has a keen interest in continuing to develop her pedagogic skills and knowledge. In 2012 Samantha completed the postgraduate certificate in higher education at the University of Birmingham achieving the award for excellence and receiving the module prize. Samantha has been an associate of the Higher Education Academy since 2012.

Publications and Conference Presentations:

  • Wold, B., Duda, J.L., Balaguer, I., Smith, R., Ommundsen, Y., Hall, H.K., Samdal, O., Heuzé, J-P., Haug, E., Bracey, S.J., Castillo, I., Ramis, Y., Quested, E., Krommidas (2013).  Comparing self-reported leisure-time physical activity, subjective health and life satisfaction among youth football (soccer) players and adolescents in a reference sample. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Bracey, S.J., Quested, E. Duda, J.L. (2013, December). The conceptualization and assessment of children’s well- and ill-being. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology biannual conference 16th – 17th December 2013, Manchester, UK.
  • Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2011). Children’s conceptualisations of well- and ill-being: Summary of a qualitative inquiry and initial development of a multi-dimensional measure of children’s well- and ill-being. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review.
  • Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2011, July). Development and initial validation of a psychometric measure of children’s well- and ill-being. Paper presented at 16th Annual Congress of the ECSS 6th – 9th July 2011, Liverpool, UK.
  • Bracey, S.J., Quested, E., & Duda, J.L. (2010, December). Children’s conceptualisations of well- and ill-being. Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Sport and Exercise Psychology biannual conference 8th – 9th December 2010, London, UK.

Dr. Lucia Morawska, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History

Educated in the UK and Poland, I specialise in Modern European History, Cultural History and Philosophy. I have recently completed a PhD in History. My PhD dissertation: : Lelov:  cultural memory and a Jewish town. Investigating the identity of an ultra-orthodox society  is planned to be published also as a non-academic work to become available to the wider public.
I also have a long-standing interest in the philosophy and critical thinking.
Previously, I researched in the Philosophy of Dialogue and Jewish Mysticism which resulted in my Masters Dissertation: Mystical and kabbalistic ideas in Martin Bubber’s Philosophy of Dialogue. Role of the Other and its linguistic creation. My BA degree has trained me to cover Social Sciences and Humanities and my subject specialism is History and History of Philosophy and Ethics with an elective in Cultural History. I have also studied Politics and Journalism in addition to these core subjects.

I taught at University of Huddersfield before coming to Richmond in 2010 to lecture in World Cultural History, Introduction to Philosophy and Gender and Culture at RIASA in Leeds. 

Professor Victoria Myers,  Adjunct Instructor in Sports Management

Currently in the process of completing a Doctorate at Leeds Beckett University, Victoria has a multidisciplinary academic and research philosophy, combining interests in Sports Consumer, Sports Sponsorship, Sports Law, Sports Marketing and Strategic Management. Victoria has a strong teaching profile previous experience involves course leadership at The Manchester College (accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University), delivering Foundation Degrees in Sport Management.

Victoria is an active researcher, her previous research and current projects include;

  • Assessing creative strategy within voluntary, public and private sports organisations
  • Critically analysing the ‘My Life’ project with Blackburn Rovers Football Club
  • Examining sponsorship decision making process within elite disability sport
  • Investigating the sponsorship process of Paralympic athletes and examining issues relating to media, barriers to securing sponsorship and athlete identity.

Her doctorate research combines the sport management and social science fields to create a unique cross disciplinary investigation between sport sponsorship and elite disability sport. 

Dr Ernest Kadembo, Adjunct Associate Professor of Business

Ernest is a distinguished academic at postgraduate and undergraduate levels with experience spanning across Africa and Europe. He is also a reputable management consultant with diverse interests and experience in Management, Quality, Leadership, Story Branding, Purchasing and Marketing. He has been an external examiner and council member for various professional institutions.

He has successfully handled more than 150 management consultancy assignments, and has published more than 15 journal articles. He has lectured in more than 20 institutions, and has  taken top leadership responsibility as Vice President of the Southern Africa Institute of

Marketing, Councillor of the Zimbabwe Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Acting Chairman of Business Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, member of the audit committee of the Oldham Council and Programme Leader at the Oldham Business Management School.

Emily Tebbs-Dube, Adjunct Associate Professor of Economics.

Professor Tebbs-Dube is a senior lecturer in Economics from Leeds Met University’s Business School. She has taught extensively in Africa, China and the U.S. her master’s is from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. She has worked with several African governments on poverty reduction, management and leadership programs. 

Emily has added a North American flavor to the program. Her life experiences and travel has made a connection to the students on the program who can relate to working and studying in a different cultural environment from which they grew up in.

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