Dr. Julian M Bass

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

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Contact Details

Newton Building – Room 218

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Current positions

Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering


Dr Bass is researching software development for large-scale systems focusing on multi-national teams and using modern lean and agile methods. He also has interests in deployment architectures used in cloud-hosted software services and leading KTP with Add Latent Ltd to develop and deploy cloud-hosted asset management applications for their major clients in the energy and utility sectors.

Julian has published almost 100 research articles and papers and attracted around £1M in research and technology transfer funding. He has published in journals and magazines such as IEEE Software, Empirical Software Engineering (Springer) and Information and Software Technology (Elsevier).

Dr Bass has co-chaired the Large-Scale Agile Workshop at the Agile Alliance XP Conference and the IFIP Working Group 9.4 conference on the Social Implications of IT in Developing Countries.

He was formerly Higher Education IT Advisor to the Higher Education Strategy Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and worldwide technical Training Manager for Chordiant Software, a Silicon Valley-based enterprise CRM vendor.

Areas of research

Software engineering, Agile software development methods, Large scale offshore agile software development programmes, ICTs for international development (ICT4D), Software-as-a-service application architectures

Areas of supervision

Agile method tailoring in the Middle East and Africa, Agile methods, cyber security and DevOps, Ameliorating technical debt, Cloud-hosted application software architectures


Dr Bass is programme leader for the BSc (Hons) in Software Engineering.

On the undergraduate Computer Science and Software Engineering he teaches agile software development methods (Software Projects with Agile Techniques) and Software Evolution.

Research Interests

Current research interests include

  • Lean and Agile Software Development Processes
  • Cloud Hosted Software Deployment
  • ICT for International Development   
  • Large-scale Enterprise Software Systems 
  • Software Engineering Education

Qualifications and Memberships

Dr Bass is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He represents the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on the Engineering Council Quality Assurance Committee. He is a senior editor of the Electronic Journal for Information Systems in Developing Countries.

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