About us

Di Levine and Lisa SmithWe are dedicated to creating a collaborative and inspiring environment, bringing together researchers from across all disciplines to deliver ambitious, transformative research that makes a difference to the wider world.

We do this by funding interdisciplinary teams to extend the boundaries of human knowledge. We bring outstanding academics from around the world to the University of Leicester for research collaboration and to enrich our environment. We offer our academics a stimulating and provocative events programme that showcases excellent scholarship and liberates debates.

Meet the team

Professor Lisa Smith - Director 


Professor Lisa Smith (right) is Professor of Criminology, and an advocate for interdisciplinary approaches in her area of research expertise (forensic science and criminal justice). Lisa has led large-scale multidisciplinary research projects (e.g. the INTREPID Forensics EU-funded ITN), and collaborates regularly with colleagues from a wide range of social, physical and natural sciences as well as industry, NGO and government partners. In her role as Editor-in-Chief of Science and Justice, Lisa champions high-quality, interdisciplinary research and debate about the role of science in the criminal justice process.

Dr Diane Levine - Institute Manager and Fellow


Dr Diane Levine (left) completed an ESRC-funded PhD at the University of Warwick, following a career as a teacher, programme manager and as a senior manager in the civil service. Di has a particular interest in interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the role technology can (and cannot) play in helping children and adolescents engage in the worlds around them, and in developing their resilience. She is co-author of Oxford University Press’ best-selling textbooks on computing for 4-14 year olds.