Postal address

Sussex Innovation Centre, Falmer Brighton, East Sussex BN1 9SB, United Kingdom

Email addresses

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Telephone and fax

Telephone: +44 (0)1273 698 017 Fax: +44 (0)1273 789 859

Staff contacts

Sally Hardy

Sally Hardy: Chief Executive


Sally Hardy began her career at the Economic and Social Research Council where she worked as a Scientific Officer in the Industry and Employment Committee dispensing funding to UK based social science academics. Sally moved to the Regional Studies Association where she has been CEO for just over 30 years. She has developed the organisation from a small, UK focused organisation into a global Association with an international footprint. Sally has become an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events. She has advocated on different aspects of Open Access – for journals as well as for monographs and also around copy right reform and educational exceptions. She speaks on publishing practice and particularly on how to grow impact from publishing activity and on issues of learned society strategy.

Suede Stanton-Drudy

Suede Stanton-Drudy: Territorial Networks Officer


Suede joined the Regional Studies Association in May 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Languages and Bachelor of Laws (Hons I). She has worked as a solicitor in private practice in Australia and England, specialising in Immigration Law. Her job role is to assist with the development of the Centres Programme and the Territorial Networks. Suede enjoys dancing, reading and practising Buddhism. Somehow she manages to fit them in around her two adorable but demanding young children and adorable but demanding musician husband.

Lesa Reynolds

Lesa Reynolds: Project Manager (Events and Conferences)


Lesa has worked at the Regional Studies Association since February 2012; arriving with over 20 years of experience in events and conferences management for a variety of organisations in London and the South East, covering disciplines such as fashion and education as well as those concerned with important governmental issues. Lesa made an immediate impact by ensuring that the Association’s inaugural conference in China (2012) and more recently in Brazil (2014) both became resounding triumphs; which have since paved the way for the RSA’s subsequent territorial expansion in ‘Asia Pacific’ and ‘Latin America’. Lesa is also an integral part of the team that initially implemented the RSA’s database investment into its online membership and conferences portal and the system’s continued improvement and development; both of which have contributed to the overall growth and success of the Association.

Daniela Carl

Daniela Carl: Deputy Chief Executive


Daniela, a graduate in Cultural and Tourism Geography (VUW New Zealand, University of Trier and Bonn, Germany), worked previously in research and business development roles at HEI in Germany, New Zealand and the UK, as an events and tourism consultant and tourism management lecturer. Daniela joined the RSA in 2013, bringing wide-ranging international conference management experiences, academic networks and a strong entrepreneurial approach to the Association. Daniela’s job portfolio includes the RSA’s membership, academic journals, territorial networks, marketing, conferences/events and the HQ Office’s Management.

Katharina Bürger

Katharina Bürger: Conference and Events Officer


Katharina joined the Regional Studies Association in November 2018, after having worked as an Events Manager for a private school at the South Coast of England. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism Management (Kempten University of Applied Sciences, Germany) and is a University of Brighton graduate (Master of Science in International Event Management). Her work at the RSA focuses on the planning and organisation of the Associations’ international and varied conferences and events programme.

Ren Qing

Ren Qing: China Division Officer and Editorial Assistant for Area Development and Policy


Ren Qing joined the Regional Studies Association China Division in March 2015 as Development and Editorial Officer. Her portfolios in China Division office mainly include membership management, China Division’s communications including website and social media, promotional activities, and assisting the Chair of China Division to make sure everything runs smoothly. And also as the editorial assistant for the journal Area Development and Policy, she works mainly on communication with the Editorial Team, Editorial Advisory Board, and authors, manuscript management through ScholarOne system, and clerical and administrative matters. Ren Qing graduated from Capital Normal University, China, with a BA in English Education and a MA in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She worked previously as the Administrative Secretary for the Center for Sustainable Development Research of Chinese Academy of Sciences from 2009 to 2011, and as an editor and English teacher in New Oriental Education & Technology Group from 2011 to 2015. She notes that “It’s my honor and pleasure to join the RSA team, and I’m proud of having the opportunity to grow with the new journal ADP as well as RSA China Division.”

Judy Pepper

Judy Pepper: Finance Executive


Judy completed a BA (Hons) in Finance and Accounting at the University of East London. She then worked as a trainee accountant at an international freight forwarders, and then completed her examinations, qualifying as an ACCA accountant in 1996. She then worked for 14 years in various roles for The Emcor group, (which was a major contractor in the construction industry, and managed facilities services for clients including British Airways). Since moving to Sussex, Judy has worked in a number of contract accountant roles, including working for a publishing and events organisation and the Audit commission. Most recently she worked as Finance Manager for a charity in Eastbourne, where her work included responsibility for managing grants, legacies and fundraising.

Klára Sobeková

Klára Sobeková: Grants and Knowledge Exchange Officer


Klára joined the RSA in August 2016. Her academic background is in European studies and European integration with a specialisation in Central and Eastern Europe. In previous roles, she worked in Brussels for the European Committee of the Regions and the representation of Prešov region. In addition, she has also worked at the EU-office of Chemnitz in Germany. Her job portfolio at the RSA includes the administration of the book series and the RSA’s grant schemes and awards.

Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes: Communications and Membership Manager


Alex recently started as the RSA Communications and Membership Manager. Prior to this, she had been a secondary science teacher for 17 years and an archaeological researcher/tech at UCL after completing her Masters in 1995.  She completed her Doctorate in Education in 2015. She would love to communicate your regional studies news and views across social media, so please drop her an email if you want to share.