The PEARL team is made up of three investigators combining different backgrounds and areas of work.

Carenza Lewis

Professor for the Public Understanding of Research
& PEARL Principal Investigator

Carenza has directed multiple programmes that get staff, students and the public involved in the research process to the mutual benefit of individuals, communities, heritage and academia, inluding Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) a university-community research-orientated archaeology and heritage project.

Carenza has involved more than 10,000 people in research during her career.

Matt Young

PEARL Public Engagement Manager

Matt has a bold passion for engaging wider audiences in research and has developed and delivered a wide range of public engagement activities. Matt’s has a background producing community science and research festivals, as well as specialist engagement shows, exhibitions and performances.

Matt has previously worked various roles in neuroscience research and earned his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham.

Sarah Harris

PEARL Research Assistant

Sarah completed both her BSC Conservation Biology and Masters degrees at Lincoln, looking at the dynamics of signals & behavioural ecology in black grouse.

Sarah has worked in the Lincoln International Business School in academic & student support, as well as in Customer Service in the private sector, gaining insights into research from an academic, student and public point of view, as well as a desire to ensure everyone can get involved in research.