Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oxford
My research focuses on behavioural medicine. This is the integration of biological, psychological and sociological knowledge to prevent and treat disease and to aid rehabilitation. You can read more about our research on our team website here https://www.phc.ox.ac.uk/research/research-themes/health-behaviours-theme.
My work focuses on helping people change their behaviour, either to prevent serious disease, or as a treatment for that disease.
A lot of my work has examined interventions to help people stop or reduce their smoking and lately I have worked in helping people manage their weight if they have become obese.
People often use several drugs to help them stop smoking but our research suggested that combining these drugs does not help more than taking only one of them. Our research has shown that people who stop smoking put on a considerable amount of weight and we are investigating the best ways to prevent this weight gain but without harming the chance of stopping smoking.
One of our trials showed that people who were referred to commercial weight management providers lost more weight than people who tried to lose weight without support. However, people who went to their GP or practice nurse for support did no better than people trying without support. This result helped change government policy and local health organisations now contract with commercial weight providers. We have also shown that a brief 30-second behavioural intervention delivered by a clinician opportunistically can motivate a person to take up effective support and lose weight. Such brief interventions were highly acceptable to patients and easy for clinicians to deliver.
I work with several other organisations to improve health and healthcare. I am former president of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine, a former trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity, a member of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. I am a senior editor of the journal Addiction and coordinating editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group. I have worked on several NICE working groups and advised the Department of Health and NHS England on smoking and obesity.
I try to make my publications available to everyone. Please have a look for them here https://ora.ox.ac.uk/ or on researchgate.net.
I am an NIHR senior investigator.
Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, University of the Witwatersrand
Although trained in chemical engineering, I am practised in pyrometallurgy and in chemistry at high temperatures, mostly in the chemical thermodynamics and kinetics of gas-solid reactions (oxidation, reduction and chlorination of oxide and sulfide minerals). I have also worked in teams testing and designing novel processes.
My work in R&D over the last three decades has fostered an invaluable set of skills. I combine a grasp of principles and techniques in "process mineralogy" and chemistry with an understanding of processes in chemical and metallurgical engineering. I retain a practised hand in the laboratory. I communicate clearly in English through writing, speaking and discussion. I have mentored students and colleagues in the craft of research: in critical thinking around process fundamentals and theory; in developing arguments; in marshaling data and evaluating hypotheses; and in communicating.
Professeur d'histoire contemporaine, Directeur du Centre Lucien Febvre (EA 2273), Université de Franche-Comté – UBFC
Ancien élève de l'École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud, agrégé et docteur en histoire, Paul Dietschy est professeur d'histoire contemporaine et directeur du Centre Lucien Febvre à l'université de Bourgogne-France-Comté. Chercheur associé au Centre d'histoire de Sciences Po, il est spécialiste de l'histoire du sport et du football et de l'Italie contemporaine. Parmi ses publications : Histoire du football, Paris, Tempus, 2016, Le sport et la Grande Guerre, Paris, Chistera, 2018 et avec Stefano Pivato, Storia dello sport in Italia, Bologne, il mulino, 2019.
Senior Lecturer in Sport, University of Stirling
My main areas of research interest and expertise relate to drug use in sport and anti-doping policy.
I was a visiting Fulbright Commission Scholar at the University of Texas, Austin from September to December 2012, working on a project entitled: ‘The Doping of Elite Athletes in International Sport and the Politics of the Cold War, 1950-1990'.
I am the co-ordinator of SPS9SP Sports Policy. I also contribute to SPS9R7 Readings in Sports Studies, SPS9D8 Sports Dissertation and dissertation supervision.
My major research interest is doping in sport and the development of anti-doping policies. This has led to several publications including the prize-winning monograph A History of Drug Use in Sport, 1876-1976: Beyond Good and Evil (Routledge, 2007). I have recently completed three projects funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency. I have published on other policy issues including racism in sport, the migration of football players, tourism, and hosting major sports events.
Paul's research interests lie in empirical finance and capital markets, focusing primarily on asset pricing. His research has been published in journals including Accounting and Finance, Applied Economics and The Australian Journal of Management.
He is the chief investigator for a large external grant that was awarded by Platypus Asset Management in 2011 and continues to work collaboratively with professionals in the funds management industry.
Director ANU Centre for Health Stewardship, Australian National University
Paul Dugdale is a public health physician with experience as a policy adviser, senior executive, juristictional chief health officer and hospital staff specialist.
He currently consults as Principal Medical Advisor for Aspen Medical Advisory Services Pty Ltd.
His clinical practice has been in chronic disease management including obesity medicine.
He is Clinical Professor of Public Health in the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology, and Director of the ANU Centre for Health Stewardship in the College of Health and Medicine.
He was previously Chair of the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association and is currently President of the Friends of the School of Music at AN
Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University
Paul Felton is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechanics in the School of Science and Technology. He has authored or co-authored world-leading, peer-reviewed research, has contributed to written-press and media features, and is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for multiple PhD researchers.
Paul is one of cricket's most prominent applied researchers focusing on the technical characteristics linked to performance and injury. His main research interest lay within optimising individual sporting performance and has utilised predictive computer simulation models with industry collaborations including the England & Wales Cricket Board and the English Institute of Sport.
Paul also contributes to the teaching on the Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Science and Coaching, and Sport Science and Mathematics courses. He is the module leader of Applied Human Movement Science for Sport, and contributes to the following modules: Introduction to Human Movement Science, Analysis of Human Movement, Applied Sport Science, as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
Associate Professor in Educational Psychology, University of Sydney
Dr Paul Ginns is Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, teaching foundational and elective educational psychology units across undergraduate and postgraduate education degrees. His research focuses on educational implications of human cognitive architecture and embodied cognition, motivation and engagement, and creativity.
Research assistant professor, University of Essex
My research interests include social, personality, political, and cross-cultural psychology as well as science communication and research methods.
A significant part of my empirical work includes human values (e.g., freedom, loyalty, security). Among other things I am interested in how people perceive the values of other people, and whether living in cities or countries in which other people share one's values has positive effects on one's well-being.
Currently, I am especially interested in similarities between groups of people. While people often tend to assume that values, attitudes, and abilities differ between, for example, women and men, younger and older people, or people from different countries, the amount of similarities between these groups is on average pretty large, typically between 80 and 95%. In my research I investigate the effects of highlighting similarities between groups of people.
For a full list of my publications see my Google Scholar profile
Paul Heywood graduated with an MA in Politics (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh, then did postgraduate studies in Madrid and at the LSE, from where he received his MSc(Econ) and PhD (Politics). Before joining the University of Nottingham, he taught at the University of Glasgow and at the University of London. He also worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit, London (1989-93). He has been a member of the ESRC Research Grants Board (2001-05) and was Dean of the University of Nottingham Graduate School from 2003-07. He is currently Director of the University of Nottingham’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, which supports research students in the social sciences. Between 2003 and 2009 he was co-editor of the international journal Government and Opposition, and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors. Professor Heywood is author, co-author or editor of fifteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity in contemporary Europe. In 2006, he was appointed Adjunct Professor at the University of Hunan (China), where he is Senior Adviser to the Center for Clean Governance. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 2002), and an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences (elected 2012).
Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey
Paul Hodkinson is Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey. His research focuses on fathers and fathering, youth cultures, pathways through adulthood and experiences of digital social media spaces. He is particularly interested in understanding people's experiences of contemporary life course journeys and transitions.
His books include 'New Fathers, Mental Health and Digital Communication' (with Ranjana Das), 'Sharing Care: Equal and Primary Carer Fathers and Early Years Parenting' (with Rachel Brooks), 'Media, Culture and Society', 'Ageing and Youth Cultures' (with Andy Bennett), 'Youth Cultures: Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes' (with Wolfgang Deicke) and 'Goth: Identity, Style and Subculture'.
He is currently co-editor of the journal, Sociology, and was previously co-editor of Sociological Research Online.
Ocean and Ice Scientist, British Antarctic Survey
I am a late-career ice/ocean scientist in the Shelf Seas group at BAS, and an honorary professor at the University of Bristol. My research focusses on the physics of polar oceans, sea ice (frozen seawater), and ice sheets (glacial ice). This research is broadly motivated by understanding changes in global ocean circulation and sea-level rise. I primarily study Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. The Antarctic Ice Sheet is currently losing ice, causing sea-level rise, and this has been caused by changes in ocean melting. My current research focus is to understand why this ice loss is occurring, and how it may change in future.
Dr Paul Kennedy joined the Department in 2000, having previously lectured in the Department of European Studies at Loughborough University.
He graduated from the University of Sheffield and completed his doctoral thesis on the Spanish Socialist Government of 1982-1996 at Cardiff University.
Previously he had worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
His monograph entitled 'The Spanish Socialist Party and the modernisation of Spain' was published by Manchester University Press in 2013.
His research interests focus on contemporary Spanish history and politics.
His most recent work has considered the impact of the international economic crisis on Spain, related articles considering the Spanish Socialist Government’s amendment of the 1978 Constitution in 2011, and the impact of the Popular Party Government’s 2012 Labour Reform.
Dr Paul Lashmar joined Sussex in October 2015 as a Senior Lecturer and he is also an investigative journalist and research academic.
Prior to Sussex he was at Brunel University. His PhD is on the links between the intelligence services and the media, which is his core research interest.
Paul is a highly regarded investigative journalist and has worked in television, radio and print. He has been on the staff of The Observer, Granada Television’s World in Action current affairs series and The Independent. He has also produced a number of TV programmes for BBC’s Timewatch and Channel 4’s Dispatches series and is the author of three books and a chapter in ‘Investigative Journalism: Context & Theory’ (2008).
He covered the ‘War on Terror’ for the Independent on Sunday from 2001-2008.
He was awarded ‘Reporter of The Year’ in the 1986 UK Press Awards. Paul has written about terrorism, intelligence, organised crime, offshore crime, business fraud and the Cold War and has broken many major domestic and international stories. He is an adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Often interviewed on radio about these and other subjects.
An adviser to the Centre for Investigative Journalism at City University.
His full CV can be found at www.paullashmar.com
Specialist in journalism education and training
Current research interests:
* The British Press and the EU
* Moral Panics and the Journalist
* Information flow between intelligence agencies and the news media
* The relationship between reporters and their audience
* Excellence in Journalism Practice
* Socio-economic diversity in journalism
* Journalism and war on terror
* Journalism and organised crime
* Online media entrepreneurialism
Forthcoming book. Multimedia Journalism. Co-author with Steve Hill (Solent University) Sage Publications. Due publication Sept 2013. This book is a synthesis of theory and practice and includes interviews with practitioners.
June 2013 - Paul has a chapter "Journalist, Folk Devil?" in Moral Panics in the Contemporary World. (Eds: Critcher, Hughes, Petley and Rohloff). London: Bloomsbury. Moral panic theorists say the media are central to the 40 year old and popular concept, but in this chapter Paul Lashmar challenges the model observing that no research into actual journalism practice on stories deemed moral panics has previously been undertaken.
From July 2011 Paul has been Honorary Editor for the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS). The Proceedings is an annual semi-scholarly publication that has been published since 1870s. The first volume (133) under Paul's editorship has been available since November 2012. For more details contact Dorset County Museum. The index and details of Proceedings can be found here.
Lecturer, Monash University
Paul is a lecturer at Monash University. He is interested in everything related to gravitational physics and Einstein's theory of relativity, and is involved in a variety of research topics such as neutron star and black hole physics, gravitational waves, cosmology, gravitational lensing and alternative theories of gravity. As a member of both the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, and the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array collaboration he is contributing to the global gravitational wave detection effort by modelling gravitational wave sources and developing data analysis search algorithms.
Paul is author of the new book Digital Inferno (launched in 2015). He is a writer, researcher (at the Centre for Research in Innovation Management, CENTRIM, University of Brighton), facilitator and collusion breaker. Paul also co-authored the books Technosophy and E:Quality. He has written articles for journals, conference, newspapers and magazines. You can visit his other web sites at: http://rationalmadness.wordpress.com/ and http://digitalinferno.wordpress.com/ where you can find most of his writings.
Head of Clinical Psychedelic Research, Monash University
Paul Liknaitzky is Head of Clinical Psychedelic Research at Monash University, and Chief Principal Investigator on a program of psychedelic trials. He is a Research Fellow within both the Dept of Psychiatry (School of Clinical Sciences) and the Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health (School of Psychological Sciences) at Monash University. He earned an Honours in Neuroscience and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Melbourne, and has Adjunct or Honorary appointments at St Vincent’s Hospital, Macquarie University, Deakin University, and the University of Melbourne. In Australia, he is an Investigator on a number of the country’s initial psychedelic trials, coordinated the first applied psychedelic therapist training programs, obtained the first industry funding for psychedelic science, and leads the first clinical psychedelic lab. His work is focused on developing a rigorous program of research in clinical psychedelics that seeks to evaluate therapeutic effects, innovate on treatment design, mitigate known risks, explore potential drawbacks, and understand therapeutic mechanisms.
Lecturer in digital architecture design, University of Melbourne
Paul Loh is lecturer in Digital Architecture design at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this Paul studied architecture at the University of Melbourne and University of East London before joining the Design Research Lab at the Architectural Association where he completed his Master in Architecture and Urbanism. He has over 12 years of practice experience in London, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur. Paul was senior lecturer at the University of East London between 2005 and 2011. He has taught at the Architectural Association and lectured in UK, Sweden, Italy and China. He is a partner of Melbourne based design practice LLDS / Power To Make, focusing on the relationship between making, technology and material. Paul is a PhD candidate at SIAL RMIT. His main research interest is digital fabrication and craft formation in computational design.
Paul M. Collins, Jr. is Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from Binghamton University and a B.S. in political science from the University of Scranton. His research focuses on understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and interest group litigation.
The recipient of numerous research awards, he has published articles in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Journal of Law and Courts, Journal of Politics, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Political Research Quarterly, and other journals. His research has been funded by grants from the Dirksen Congressional Center and the National Science Foundation. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Justice System Journal and Law & Social Inquiry, and formerly sat on the boards of Law & Society Review and Political Research Quarterly. He is also the President of the Consortium for Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs and was the List Master of the Law and Courts Discussion List from 2014-2020. His research and commentary have appeared in a host of popular media outlets, including CNN, the New York Times, National Law Journal, National Public Radio, San Francisco Chronicle, Time, USA Today, Voice of America, Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He has also authored articles in SCOTUSblog, Slate, The Conversation, and the Washington Post.
Collins is also the author of three books. The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump, coauthored with Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, was published in 2019 by Cambridge University Press. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, coauthored with Lori A. Ringhand, was published in 2013 by Cambridge University Press and was recognized by Choice as an 2014 Outstanding Academic Title. Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and received the 2009 C. Herman Pritchett Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. This award recognizes Friends of the Supreme Court as the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist.
I am a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. I am interested in nanoscale materials and the use of these novel materials in new technologies such as solar cells.
Paul Nieuwenhuis was born in the Netherlands and studied in Australia, Belgium, Spain and Scotland, where he obtained his PhD from Edinburgh University. After a spell in consultancy, carrying out projects for most of the world’s car and truck makers and acting as a special advisor on state aid in the automotive industry to the European Commission (DGIV), he joined the Centre for Automotive Industry Research (CAIR) at Cardiff University in 1990.
CAIR specialises in the economic and strategic aspects of the world automotive sector, giving it a rare overview of the industry. The centre has attracted contracts from car manufacturers, suppliers and governments, world-wide. Here he also developed his special interest in the problems of making personal mobility compatible with the need for sustainability. In 2001 he became a founder member of the ESRC-funded Centre for Business Responsibility, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University.
He co-created an innovative course in Motoring Journalism together with the highly regarded Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and is also a director – in partnership with colleagues at the Cardiff School of Engineering – of the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence at Cardiff University.
Professor in Rail Strategy, University of Birmingham
Former CEO, board director and economist with experience in policy, business strategy, transport, infrastructure and change. Now using that experience as a professor, non-executive director and mentor to help individuals or organisations make a difference in areas which matter for our society.
Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
Paul Rogers continues his work on trends in international conflict with a particular focus on the interactions of socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints. Within this area of study he works on issues such as the politics of energy resource use and the impact of climate change on international security. He has a particular research interest in radicalisation and political violence. His regional emphasis is primarily on the Middle East and South Asia and his work on sustainable security links with Oxford Research Group. He is also involved in a new pilot project for the Network for Social Change on “Remote Control” – the use of armed drones, Special Forces, privatised military companies and other forces to maintain control, raising issues of ethical behaviour, accountability, precedent-setting and and risk of proliferation. In the past, Paul lectured at Imperial College and was a Senior Scientific Office in Kenya and Uganda.
Lecturer, University of Exeter
Paul is a Lecturer at the University of Exeter and a Research Associate at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT). He also manages the Animal Welfare & Ethics Committee (AWEC) for WWT operations, conservation and other activities.
Paul teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level, with subject specialisms of animal behaviour, animal welfare, conservation biology, zoo animal management and animal health. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Paul is a member of the IUCN Giraffe & Okapi Specialist Group and of the IUCN Flamingo Specialist Group (www.facebook.com/FlamingoSpecialistGroup) and actively engages with colleagues working in flamingo management and conservation. Paul also has a strong zoo research background, and is Co-Chair of the BIAZA Research Committee, and is the Research Officer for the BIAZA Bird Working Group. He also runs the social media for the BIAZA Research Committee. Paul is a member of the Zoos Expert Committee for the UK Government.
After graduating law school Mr. Rosenzweig clerked for Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Since then he has held positions working in all three branches of the Federal government, most recently (from 2005-09) as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.
He is a Senior Editor of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy and as a member of the Advisory Committee to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security. He also serves on the District of Columbia Bar’s ethics Rules Review Committee and has a private practice within the District.
Dr. Roundy studies waves of the tropical atmosphere and ocean and how these waves interact with one another and with atmospheric moist deep convection to modulate global weather and climate. Areas of emphasis include analysis of observations to study modulation of tropical cyclogenesis and the El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) by convectively coupled waves and intraseasonal oscillations.
Associate Professor in History, University of Adelaide
Paul Sendziuk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Historical and Classical Studies at the University of Adelaide, with expertise in the histories of immigration, labour, disease and public health. He is the author of 'Learning to Trust: Australian Responses to AIDS' (UNSW Press, 2003), and co-author of 'A History of South Australia' (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and 'In the Eye of the Storm: Volunteers and Australia's Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis (UNSW Press, 2021).
Senior Teaching Fellow, Strategy & International Business, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick
I embarked on an academic career in 2009 after completing a PhD in Strategic Management at Warwick Business School. A Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, I also possess an MBA (Distinction) from Warwick Business School and an MSc in Finance from Leicester University.
Before completing my PhD, I enjoyed a 30-year career in industry, primarily in finance, with a number of leading UK public companies including RMC Group plc, BTR Group plc and Britax International plc where I specialised in international M&A including the successful acquisition and integration of automotive components and aircraft interiors companies in the UK, Germany, America and South Korea.
Director of the Center for Humanitarian Health, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Spiegel, a Canadian physician by training, is internationally recognized for his research on responding to humanitarian emergencies, with a focus on refugee crises. Paul is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and Professor of the Practice in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH).
Before JHSPH, Dr. Spiegel was Deputy Director and Chief of Public Health at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
He previously worked as a Medical Epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as a Medical Coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde in refugee emergencies, as well as a consultant for numerous international organizations.
Dr. Spiegel was the first Chair of the Funding Committee for Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (2013-2018). Dr. Spiegel has published over 130 peer-reviewed articles on humanitarian health and migration. He has served as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission for Migration and Health and the Lancet Commission on Syria. He is currently co-chair of Lancet Migration and co-director of the EQUAL consortium.
Paul Watson is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Digital Institute. He is PI of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data and also directed the £12M RCUK-funded Digital Economy Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy. He graduated in 1983 with a BSc in Computer Engineering from Manchester University, followed by a PhD on parallel graph reduction in 1986. In the 80s, as a Lecturer at Manchester University, he was a designer of the Alvey Flagship and Esprit EDS systems. From 1990-5 he worked for ICL as a system designer of the Goldrush MegaServer parallel database server, which was released as a product in 1994.
In August 1995 he moved to Newcastle University, where he has been an investigator on research projects worth over £40M. His research interest is in scalable information management with a current focus on Cloud Computing. He sits on the board of Dynamo North East, an industry-led organisation created to grow the IT economy of the region. Professor Watson is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a member of the UK Computing Research Committee. He received the 2014 Jim Gray eScience Award.
Professor, Department of Government, University of Essex
My research interests involve examining the nature & significance of political participation, particularly electoral participation, & also in understanding the causes & effects of public opinion on politics.
Professor in Animal Microbial Ecosystems, Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol
I am Professor of Avian Infection and Immunity. My research interests are in the infection biology of bacterial infections in the chicken both relating to foodborne infection (Salmonella and Campylobacter) and animal health from the perspective of both the pathogen and host response.
Professor of Global Affairs, University of Notre Dame
Paul Winters is associate dean for academic affairs and the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Global Affairs in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Winters’s research and teaching focus on rural poverty and food insecurity and the evaluation of policies and programs designed to address these issues. He has published numerous journal articles and working papers in the areas of rural poverty and food insecurity, rural development, small-scale agriculture, inclusive and sustainable food systems, agricultural data, impact evaluation, migration and social protection programs. He holds a PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California at Berkeley, an MA in economics from the University of California at San Diego and a BA in non-Western studies from the University of San Diego.
Paul Xavier McCarthy is an author, speaker and observer of technology and its global impacts. His new book ''Online Gravity'' is about how the web is transforming the way we work, learn and play is published by Simon and Schuster in New York, London and Sydney.
McCarthy is CEO of Online Gravity Consulting a specialist corporate innovation and technology strategy advisory firm. He is also adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales School of Computer Science and Engineering.
Previously, he was Executive Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sirca—a global technology company based in Sydney that provides online services for data-intensive researchers and analysts in financial services and other domains. McCarthy is also co-founder of several innovative enterprises for IBM, NSW Government and CSIRO—Australia’s National Science Agency and the inventors of Wi-Fi.
McCarthy received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Graduate DipArts in Fine Arts both from the University of Sydney, where he won the Ian Langham Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Science, his Master of Design in Digital Media from the University of Western Sydney and his MBA from Macquarie University, where he won the MGSM Award for Advertising and Marketing.
I’ve enjoyed a varied career ranging from early days in pure science (principally geology), through water resources and environmental engineering (especially groundwater engineering), on through mining environmental engineering to energy engineering. There are several persistent threads running through all of these experiences, mainly to do with quantitative geoscience, numerical modelling of fluid flow and reactive mass transfer, and the translation of high-level conceptual principles into hands-on engineering solutions, invariably for purposes which I believe are socially and environmentally benign. I owe my formal education to two universities: Newcastle University in the UK (BSc and PhD), and Oklahoma State University in the USA (MS), where I spent two very happy years as a Harkness Fellow (1984-86), taking advantage of burgeoning activities in the then-National Centre for Groundwater Research and the EPA’s RSKERL Lab in Ada.
My education was extended – and continues to be – by industrial experience, with Yorkshire Water, the National Rivers Authority, Centro Yunta (La Paz, Bolivia), NIREX, Northumbrian Water, Project Dewatering Ltd, Cluff Geothermal Ltd, Five-Quarter Energy Ltd and various consultancy missions worldwide. I spent just under 20 years at Newcastle University, where I: taught water and environmental engineering; founded and led the HERO research group (which won the University the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for the first time in 2005); established what is now the Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research; founded and Directed the Newcastle Institute for Research on Sustainability; served as the University’s Public Orator; and was the UK's first-ever Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Engagement. I joined Glasgow University in August 2012.
I currently serve as Chair of the Global Scientific Committee of the Plant Earth Institute, an intermational NGO (of which I am also a Trustee) which aims to promote South-South collaboration in science-based projects that further the cause of 'scientific independence for Africa'. I am also a Trustee of Arran Community Energy, which is striving to implement renewables in a manner compatible with the important tourist industry of that beautiful Scottish island.
My current research is entirely focused in the energy sector, and besides engaging with the broad challenges of keeping the lights on and homes and businesses warm whilst decarbonising our energy systems, I focus specifically on three areas in which my particular skills and experience can be put to best use: geothermal energy, underground coal gasification tightly coupled to carbon capture and storage, and hydropower.