Professor Tony McEnery is Director of Research at ESRC and Interim Chief Executive.

He joined ESRC in October 2016, on secondment from Lancaster University where he was Director of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).

Tony has worked with scholars from a broad range of subjects, including accountancy, criminology, international relations, religious studies and sociology. He has also worked with an array of impact partners including British Telecom, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, the Environment Agency, the Home Office, IBM and Research in Motion. Tony was also Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster, and before that Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

As Director of Research, his role includes developing the strategy for ESRC, supporting and building internal capability and contributing to the closer integration of the Research Councils.