Dr Allan Sudlow

Allan Sudlow
Head of Research Development
The Library’s research strategy: funding, partnerships, policy, engagement and postgraduate programme across all disciplines
Related Offices
Principal Investigator for the British Library's AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Programme; AHRC and ESRC Peer Reviewer and Grants Panel Member; Co-Investigator for the Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resource; British Academy Skills and Strategy Advisory Groups; Board of the School of Advanced Study, University of London; UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship Panel Member; Co-Chair of the Independent Research Organisation Consortium

Allan manages the Research Development Team, who are responsible for development of the Library’s research capability as an independent research organisation (IRO). The team works with staff across the Library and with external partners to:

  • support collaborative research partnerships & funding bids;
  • co-ordinate the Library’s postgraduate research, fellowship and early career programmes;
  • support BL staff research development;
  • improve BL research management and governance;
  • and promote the visibility, value and benefits of BL research to different audiences.

The Library’s research portfolio spans the humanities, arts, social sciences, life sciences, information research, computing and technology.

After gaining a PhD in neurophysiology, Allan had a postdoctoral research career at Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Imperial College, London, as well as time in the pharmaceutical industry. He then went to the UK Medical Research Council  where he managed the neuroscience research portfolio, later moving to oversee strategy and policy on research data. Allan joined the British Library in 2008 to lead on science research and engagement, and became Head of Research Development in 2014. 

He enjoys the breadth of research disciplines and subjects that the team gets involved with, and has a particular interest in the history of ideas. In 2017 he chaired the Project Board for the Library’s exhibition – Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy Myth.