Dawn Witherley

Dawn Witherley BA (Hons), MSc, and GMBPsS

Research Culture Manager


I am the Research Culture Manager in CRESR, joining in 2022 with over 13 years experience working in Professional Services Research Support. My role is a new hybrid academic-professional role that combines my in-depth knowledge of the regulated research funding environment with my academic research background in Sociology, Urban Regeneration, and Psychology, to work as a core member of CRESR’s academic research teams.


My research interests are in quality of life, well-being, and social, cultural and economic inclusion, stemming from my first degree in Sociology, and subsequent Master’s Degrees in Urban Regeneration and Psychology. My research focused on digital inclusion and the impact of both ICT and social media on quality of life and well-being. My cross-disciplinary background has broadened my appreciation for addressing societal challenges and I am particularly interested in researching new and emerging phenomena impacting humanity and exploring equitable transitions towards creating a considerate and just world for our children and future generations.

In parallel to advancing my academic research interests, I work alongside CRESRs Academic Development Lead in my Professional Services capacity sharing my knowledge of regulated research grant funding. Specifically, I provide localised advice and support to the CRESR community with identifying and submitting quality and impactful research grant applications to suitable regulated research grant funders. Within the Research Centre, I am primarily aligned to the Sustainable Futures Research Cluster where the focus on humanitarian challenges caused by the climate emergency resonates with my core research interests.

Research interests

  • Quality of Life
  • Well-being
  • Social, Cultural and Economic Inclusion
  • Social Psychology of Climate Change
  • Information and Communications Technology – rise of new technological innovations and their societal, cultural and environmental impact
  • Mixed Methods Research Designs


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