Richard Freeman

International scientific advisory board

2006           Programme Leader for Researcher Development, Institute of Education, University of London
1997-2006  Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Psychology, London South Bank University
1994-1997  Psychology Research Fellow, University of Birmingham
1994           PhD in Psychology, Birmingham University.
1989           BA (Hons) Social & Political Sciences, Jesus College, Cambridge

Head of the Educate~ Editorial Board
Member of the UK AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group Network
Member of the Vitae Researcher Developers Advisory Group
Chair of London Researcher Developers Group

I have two primary research interests: I am interested in issues related to doctoral education, especially psychological issues that can affect doctoral submission. In addition, I am interested in traffic psychology and I have recently been involved in two European projects on traffic psychology: Driving under the Influence of Drugs, Alcohol and Medicines (DRUID) & Social Attitudes to Road Traffic Risk in Europe (SARTRE).

I am responsible for the design, strategic development and organisation of the Institute of Education’s programmes of early-career researcher provision for our 900+ postgraduate researchers (MRes, MPhil/PhD and professional doctorates). I am also responsible for supporting academic staff in developing their skills in doctoral supervision. From October 2014, I will be Programme Leader of the innovative Online MPhil/PhD, which is a purely online mode of doctoral study with no need to visit the UK. In addition, I teach research methods and statistics.


  • Freeman, R.P.J. and Tolmie, A. (2012). The development of digital theses: the role of Doctoral and Graduate Schools. In R. Andrews, E. Borg, S. Boyd-Davis, M. Domingo, and J. England (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses. London: Sage Publications, pp.47-62.
  • Freeman, R.P.J. and Steyaert, S. (2011). The History and Organization of the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA): Reflections on the First 30 Years of EFPA. European Psychologist, 12(1), 90-99.
  • Booth, D.A., Freeman, R.P.J., Konle, M., Wainwright, C.J., Sharpe, O. (2011). Perception as interacting psychophysical functions: Could the configuring of features replace a specialised receptor? Perception, 40, 509-529.
  • Booth, D.A., Sharpe, O., Freeman, R.P.J. and Conner, M.T. (2011). Insight into Sight, Touch, Taste and Smell by Multiple Discriminations from Norm, Seeing and Perceiving, 24, 485-511.