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Dr Gabi Recknagel

Research Development Adviser (Social Science Cluster)


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As Research Development Adviser (Social Science Cluster) in the Research Development Social Science Cluster, I support research funding applications over the whole project life cycle. This mainly involves advice and guidance on funding and project development, costings, submission processes including university and sponsor requirements, and managing the grant if awarded. 

I am also Discipline Lead for the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology (SPA), and for Human Geography (Exeter), acting as main point of contact for academics to help them access resources and expertise from colleagues across Research Services. With Directors of Research, ADRs and Research Managers, I support the development and implementation of research strategies (REF and ROM).


I joined the University of Exeter in 2014 after a professional career in project and funding development in the Voluntary and Community Sector and, prior to that, in Further Education as European Funding Officer. In these contexts I have initiated and managed many flagship projects – funded by the EU and UK government - mostly in adult and community learning, survived unscathed a European audit, and worked with partners across sectors and with policy makers.

My ESRC-funded PhD thesis in Sociology (Goldsmiths College) explored questions of power, empowerment and agency of ‘active citizens’ and the respective role of government policy, voluntary sector values and practices, through a qualitative, organisational case study. Most of all, as a CASE studentship (collaborative PhD), I have experienced research at the intersection of academia and the non-academic world. Hence my passion about ‘research impact’ and thoroughly enjoying my impact role, facilitating research collaborations with non-academic partners and stakeholders.  

Maybe on account of having learnt English abroad and being fluent in several European languages, I am embarrassingly meticulous about the correct use of English language, grammar and punctuation (and always glad to be corrected), as well as clarity of expression. Alas, not being much of a creative writer myself, I am content with facilitating the work of others, including through academic editing.

Outside of my university presence I am most happy when roaming outdoors (or working as volunteer ranger at National Trust) or relaxing around a pool or snooker table somewhere in town. 

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