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Ian McAuley

Ian McAuley's research and teaching interests are in the fields of public sector management and public policy.

He has qualifications in Engineering (BE) and Management (Dip Bus Mgt) from the University of Adelaide and public administration (MPA) from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

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Ian McHale

Professor of Sports Analytics, University of Salford

Ian gained a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Physics from the University of Liverpool before studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester in Extreme Value Statistics. After a short time as an Investment Analyst, Ian returned to academia at the University of Salford. Ian is now Reader in Business Analytics and Director of the Centre for Sports Business Research. He is also Chair of the Statistics in Sport Section of the Royal Statistical Society. His research interests include statistics in sport and the analysis of gambling markets and various gambling issues.

Ian has been involved in several high-profile consultancy projects with, for example, the General Medical Council, the Press Association, Football DataCo, the Premier League, and various bookmakers. He was co-creator of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Indicator, the official player rating system of the Barclays Premier League.

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Ian Olver

Ian Olver graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1976, completed an MD in 1991 on clinical trial methodology and a PhD from Monash University in bioethics in 1997. He trained in medical oncology at Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and the University of Maryland Cancer Centre in Baltimore. After serving as Clinical Director, Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Centre, where he currently holds an emeritus appointment, and becoming the first Cancer Council SA Professor of Cancer Care at the University of Adelaide, in May 2006 he was appointed CEO, Cancer Council Australia and received their Gold Medal in 2014. He is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Values Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he accepted an appointment as Professor of Translational Cancer Research and Director of Sansom institute for Health Research and now also Dean of Research Strategy in the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. He currently chairs the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the NH&MRC and serves on NH&MRC Council. He has published over 260 articles in journals, 19 book chapters has written 4 books and edited three others. In 2008 he was awarded the Cancer Achievement Award by the Medical Oncology Group of Australia and in 2011 received an AM for services to oncology.

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Ian Preston

Professor in the Department of Economics, UCL

Ian Preston is Professor in the Department of Economics at University College London. He received his D.Phil in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford in 1989. He is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and is Deputy Research Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at UCL. He has been the Editor of the Economic Journal Conference Volume and the Editor of Fiscal Studies.

His main research interests are in applied microeconomics, particularly consumer demand, consumption and savings, income distribution, taxation, public spending and child costs, political economy and the economics of sport. His interests in the economics of migration concern especially the impact on receiving countries and the nature of attitudes towards immigrants.

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Ian Rae

Honorary Professorial Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Melbourne

Ian Rae is an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD from the Australian National University and many years of experience with university research, reviews, and industry consulting.

Since leaving the laboratory Ian has served as an adviser to government agencies in Australia and to the United Nations Environment Program. He writes about the history of chemistry, chemical technology, and chemists and is co-editor of the Australian Academy of Science journal Historical Records of Australian Science.

He was previously the Dean of Science at Monash University and is a former President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

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Ian Scoones

Ian Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, and the Director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex. He is an agricultural ecologist by original training, and works on the interface between science and environmental, health and agricultural policy, mostly in Africa. Much of his work has focused on land, livelihoods and agrarian change in Zimbabwe (www.zimbabweland.wordpress.com). His recent books include: Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development, Carbon Conflicts and Forest Landscapes in Africa and The Politics of Green Transformations. More details at www.ianscoones.net

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Ian Shields

Associate Lecturer in International Relations, Anglia Ruskin University

In the RAF Ian was a navigator, initially on the Vulcan bomber but later on the Hercules transport aircraft. He commanded a front-line squadron and saw service in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan among other places. He entered an academic stream towards the end of his career, gaining two master’s degrees, and ended his career in an MoD think-tank looking forward 40 years to gauge security threats broadly, and the roles of air and space power in particular.

Since leaving the RAF he has lectured at a number of UK Universities in the fields of International Relations and Security, and presently is the coordinator for the MA in International Relations at Anglia Ruskin University, where he also lectures in Criminology and Working in the Public Services. He maintains his MoD links, and has written for both MoD and wider, defence publications.

Ian’s prime research area is the relationship between the Government and the Media over the use of military force, but he is also researching the International Order and challenges it is facing, as well as broader issues within the International Relations and Security fields.

Having helped establish the MA in International Relations at ARU, Ian continues to deliver modules on Conflict and Communication and on War, Peacekeeping and Military Intervention, as well as continuing to help develop the degree. He also delivers modules on Leadership and on Terror as a Crime.

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Ian Warwick

Before coming to MMU, I led Social Work and Criminal and Community Justice teams at other universities. I have been a lecturer in mental health for fifteen years.

Prior to becoming a lecturer, I spent fourteen years in various roles within the mental health service, in particular as an Approved Mental Health Professional.

Thirty years ago I founded (in Sheffield) the first service for male sexual abuse survivors outside London and am a well-respected figure in the survivor community having been a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rape and Sexual Abuse and executive member of The Survivor's Trust.

I currently manage the teams delivering social work, social care and social change degrees.

I have conducted research into the needs and experiences of male survivors for some time, but have also provided consultancy and published on the mental health needs of asylum seeker children. More recently, I have diversified into other areas of mental health promotion and am working on developing resilience in children which was the main focus of my PhD.

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Imad Moosa

Professor, Finance, RMIT University

Imad Moosa obtained a BA in economics and business studies, MA in the economics of financial intermediaries and a PhD in financial economics from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 1975, 1976 and 1986, respectively.

He has received formal training in model building, exchange rate forecasting and risk management at the Claremont Economics Institute (USA), Wharton Econometrics (USA), and the International Center for Monetary and Banking Studies (Switzerland).

Until 1991, Imad had worked as a financial analyst, financial journalist and a professional economist/investment banker. As a result, he gained practical experience in foreign exchange, money market operations, new issues, securities portfolios and corporate finance. He was also an economist at the Financial Institutions Division of the Bureau of Statistics at the International Monetary Fund (Washington, DC).

Imad has served in a number of advisory positions with private and public institutions, including KPMG, AUSAID, US Treasury, Central Bank of Kuwait and the United Nations.

In 1991 he started an academic career by lecturing in Economics and Finance at the University of Sheffield (UK). In 1994 he joined La Trobe University, where he ended up holding a chair in finance, before joining Monash University as a professor of finance during the period September 2006-July 2010.

He has published 13 books and over 160 papers in academic journals. His work has appeared in the Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Quantitative Finance, Journal of Financial Studies, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, IMF Staff Papers, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

He has also written for professional magazines such as the prestigious Euromoney. His most recent books include Quantification of Operational Risk Under Basel II: The Good, Bad and Ugly (Palgrave), The Theory and Empirics of Exchange Rates (World Scientific), and The Myth of Too Big to Fail (Palgrave).

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Inês Varela-Silva

Senior Lecturer in Human Biology, Loughborough University

I am a Human Biologist with a keen interest in global health and well-being throughout the lifespan. My research focus on child growth and health in low-income countries, and among children suffering from poverty, and discrimination. I use a biocultural approach on my research, which puts in perspective the symbiotic effects biology and culture have on humans. I am passionate in disseminating my research through artistic outputs. Science and arts should mingle more. (see my CV here https://www.visualcv.com/dr-ines-varela-silva)

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Ioannis Costas Batlle

My research explores the extent to which youth sport programs can meet the needs of socioeconomically disadvantaged young people. I am particularly interested in youth sports programmes delivered by UK charities.

As a stand-up comedy enthusiast, I am also interested in exploring how comedy can enhace the dissemination of social science research.

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Ioannis Glinavos

Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Westminster

Ioannis Glinavos is Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster. He studied at Essex (LLB) and Kent (LLM, PhD) before taking a Teaching Fellowship at SOAS (Contract Law). He then held lectureships at Kingston (Contract Law) and Reading (Company and Commercial Law). Ioannis has published two books with Routledge (2010, 2013) and a series of articles on Law and Development, Law and Economics and Investment Arbitration.

He is currently researching foreign investor rights in the context of the economic crisis. Ioannis is also a blogger and commentator on Greek politics.

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Ipshita Basu

I am a political sociologist and my primary area of research over the last 10 years has been on the politics of identity, representation and violence in relation to development and governance. I believe that good research should make a social impact and I have taken inspiration from and evolved through connections with academic, practical and policy spheres.

Soon after completing my PhD in International Development from the University of Bath in 2010 I joined BRAC University’s Institute of Governance Studies (now called Institute of Governance and Development) as their Head of Research between 2010-2012. I was steering the IDRC’s Think Tank Initiative programme and during my tenure I led the research team on the publication of the first and very influential State of Cities report on Dhaka. In 2012, I joined the University of Surrey’s Department of Politics where I was engaged with the Centre for Critical Research on International Intervention. I came to the U.K. for the first time in 2001 to study for a Master’s in Gender Studies at the University of Warwick, returned to India to work as a journalist and then a scholarship brought me back to the U.K. in 2004 for an M.Res and Phd in International Development. At present, I am settled in the U.K. but like most cosmopolitan migrants I remain connected with my peers in India, Bangladesh and the rest of South Asia.

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Isaac Tabner

Senior Lecturer in Finance, University of Stirling

I have maintained an active personal interest in stock market investment since the BT3 privatization in 1993. Much of my research and teaching is motivated and informed by practical experience as a private investor: both through the dot com bubble and collapse, as well as, the more recent financial crisis. I am particularly interested in the practical applications of investment theory and research for individual, as well as for institutional investors.

I was awarded the Diploma in Financial Planning (DipPFS) in 2010, the CFA designation in 2003, the ASIP in 2002 and the IMC in 1998. My PhD thesis titled "The relationship between concentration and realised volatility: an empirical investigation of the FTSE 100 Index January 1984 through March 2003" was completed at the University of Stirling in 2004 and in 1999 I was awarded the MSc with distinction in investment analysis from the University of Stirling.

I have been at the University of Stirling since September 1998. I was appointed as a lecturer in finance in September 2003. Prior to this, I was a PhD student, teaching assistant, research assistant and MSc student. Before studying finance and investment, I worked as a marine biologist in Canada, after graduating with an upper second in marine and environmental biology from the University of Saint Andrews.

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Ivano Bongiovanni

Ivano is a PhD Candidate for the School of Management at the Queensland University of Technology and a Sessional Academic in Contemporary Strategic Management at the same institution. He also holds affiliation as a Faculty Member at the SDA Bocconi School of Management of "L. Bocconi" University in Milan.

His thesis adopts a complex systems approach and examines the organisational vulnerability to Safety and Security Disruptions in Australian airports.

With a background in International Relations and Security Management built up in Europe, Ivano has extensive professional and academic experience in the fields of Risk and Crisis Management, Management Consulting and Management of International Organisations.

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Jacob Heller

Associate Professor, SUNY Old Westbury

Jacob Heller is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at SUNY Old Westbury. In 2008 he published The Vaccine Narrative with Vanderbilt University Press, where he looked at Rubella as one of four cases in American medical history. He is currently continuing his research on rumors and attitudes towards HIV/AIDS to include non-American populations, early findings of which were published in the Journal of American Public Health in January 2015.

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Jacqueline Boyd

Jacqueline is currently a lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University, with a passion for domestic species, notably dogs and horses. Her academic and research interests are broad ranging, from the molecular biology of parasitic nematodes to the genetic basis of cryptobiosis and jump kinematics in agility dogs. Jacqueline is very much an academic practitioner and recognises the value of science that has direct application and potential to improve animal health and welfare.

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Jacqueline M Klopp

Associate Research Scholar, Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Columbia University

Jacqueline Klopp is an Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at Columbia University and a Research Associate at the University of Nairobi Institute for Development Studies, Previously, she taught the politics of development at the School of International and Public Affairs for many years. A political scientist by training, her work focuses on the political processes around land-use, transportation, violence, displacement and planning in African cities. Klopp is the author of articles for Africa Today, African Studies Review, African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Comparative Politics, Forced Migration Review, Urban Forum, World Policy Review among others.

Recently, she has been experimenting with creative urban mapping projects for both analysis and advocacy and is a founding member of the DigitalMatatus consortium which has produced the first open transit data and public transit map for Nairobi's quasi-formal "matatu" transit system. She helped start the blogs CairofromBelow and nairobiplanninginnovations.com to provide more grounded and open urban information to citizens. She is also a founder and Board member of the Internal Displacement Policy and Advocacy Center (IDPAC) based in Nakuru, Kenya. She is currently writing a book on the politics of planning in Nairobi.

Klopp received her B.A. from Harvard University in Physics and her Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.

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Jagdeesh Prakasam

Jagdeesh Prakasam is Co -Chief Investment Officer for Rotella Capital Management and oversees the investment process for the firm’s publicly offered programs. He also focuses on the exploration of future research initiatives directly benefitting the firm’s core programs. Mr. Prakasam has been managing various proprietary portfolios as Portfolio Manager since early 2007. The holding period of the trades in these portfolios range from intraday to intermediate term across both futures and equities spaces. Mr. Prakasam joined Rotella Capital Management, Inc. (RCM) in 2003 as a Researcher primarily focused on supporting the research efforts in portfolio construction, risk management, and overlay strategies for RCM’s core trading strategies. He graduated from Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology, Gujarat, India with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering in 2001 and received a Master of Science degree in Finance from the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago in 2003. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designee since November 2007.

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Jaime Luque

Jaime Luque joined the Wisconsin School of Business as assistant professor in the Department of Real Estate and Urban Land Economics in September 2012. Jaime has previously taught at the Department of Economics at the Carlos III University of Madrid.

Jaime’s main academic research focuses on mortgages and securities lending. He also has some work on regional and urban economics. Jaime’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Public Economics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics. He has also written opinion pieces for the Financial Times, Expansion and La Repubblica, as well as for the Vox.eu and Eurointelligence economics op-ed sites.

Professor Luque's teaching specializations include real estate finance and urban economics. He has recently published the textbook "Urban Land Economics" with Springer International Publisher, an initiative that involved the participation of numerous students from the Real Estate program at the Wisconsin School of Business.

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James Borrell

James is a PhD student at Queen Mary University of London. He is interested in conservation and population genetics with a focus on woody plants. His current research seeks to understand the decline of Dwarf Birch in the Scottish Highlands due to habitat fragmentation, climate change and population genetic processes.

James also has extensive field experience on biodiversity research expeditions around the world, from the deserts of Arabia, to the Amazon rainforests. He founded the social enterprise Discover Conservation, and is passionate about citizen science and public engagement. James also speaks regularly to a variety of audiences across the UK.

For more information, please visit www.jamesborrell.com

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James Carney

Senior Research Associate (Psychology), Lancaster University

At the broadest level, my research is concerned with the cognitive and cultural factors that inform how human beings think about, create and communicate representations. In this regard, it cuts across both the humanities and the social sciences. Methodologically, I am very interested in how quantitative and experimental methods can be applied to qualitative cultural and linguistic data (and particularly to 'big' data). To date, I have published on a wide variety of subjects, including experimental psychology, literary studies, anthropology, cultural studies, mythology, social media and linguistics.

I have graduate degrees in discourse linguistics, literary studies and philosophy; I have also held competitively awarded fellowships in the form of a Junior Research Fellowship (Linacre College, Oxford) and a Marie Curie Fellowship (Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford).

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James Foster

Research interests include the application of geodesy to the mitigation of natural hazards, volcanic, tectonic, oceanographic and meteorological processes, and the impact and mitigation of the atmosphere on space geodetic measurements.

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James Henderson

James Henderson has been analysing the Russian oil and gas industry for the past 20 years. Having been Head of Energy for Wood Mackenzie Consultants in the mid-1990s he moved to Moscow as Head of Oil & Gas Research for Renaissance Capital in 1997, and in 1999 became Head of Equity Research. Having returned to the UK in 2002 he became Head of Russia at Lambert Energy Advisory while also studying for his doctoral thesis on partnership in the Russian oil and gas industry at the University of London, which he completed in 2010. He then became a Senior Research Fellow at OIES contributing to the work of the Gas and Oil programmes, mainly covering Russia and the CIS but also contributing research on various global gas issues. His recent publications include analysis of potential North American gas exports and changes in the domestic Russian gas market, while research in progress includes a working paper on Australian LNG prospects and a book on the Russian Gas Matrix (edited with Simon Pirani) to be published by OIES in 2014.

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James Kirby

Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology, The University of Queensland

I received my PhD in the field of clinical psychology from The University of Queensland. My PhD involved developing and evaluating a new version of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program for grandparents. My research is now focused on examining the role of mindfulness and compassion in enhancing nurturing family environments.

I am also a Clinical Psychologist and work in private practice at Psychology Consultants where I practice compassion focused therapy.

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James Knowleds

James Knowles specialises in early modern literature and culture (1500-1700) and has published widely on early modern drama especially Jonson, Marlowe, Marston, Middleton, and Shakespeare. He is an internationally recognised expert on the court masque and civic pageantry and has written on literary and cultural geographies, orientalism, patronage and collecting, manliness and sexuality, verse libel and manuscript culture. He also retains a wider interest in gender, sexualities, and book culture including modern and contemporary gay writing and queer theory.

Research area(s):

Renaissance literature and culture, esp the court masque and civic pageantry, city comedy, revenge and political drama
Caroline and civil war writing
Literary and cultural geographies and orientalism, early modern Irish and Scottish cultures
Patronage and collecting, esp libraries
Manliness, sexualities and book culture including modern and contemporary gay writing and queer theory
Book and manuscript culture, verse libels and literary circulations, censorship, and textual editing

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James Laurenceson

James Laurenceson is currently Deputy Director and Professor at the Australia-China Relations Institute (UTS), University of Technology, Sydney. He has previously held appointment at the University of Queensland, Shandong University (China) and Shimonoseki City University (Japan).

His research focuses exclusively on the Chinese economy and has been published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as China Economic Review, China Economic Journal, Journal of Chinese Economics and Business Studies and China and World Economy.

The Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology, Sydney, was launched by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop in May 2014. The Director is former Foreign Minister Bob Carr. The aim of ACRI is to illuminate the bilateral relationship across political, economic, cultural and other dimensions.

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James McCaw

Associate Professor in Mathematical Biology, University of Melbourne

James McCaw is a mathematical biologist and epidemiologist and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2011 – 15) at the University of Melbourne. After obtaining a PhD in theoretical physics in 2005, he turned his interests to a recognised needs area in Australia – mathematical modelling of infectious diseases to inform public health policy. He now holds a teaching and research position split between the School of Mathematics & Statistics and the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. He also holds an honorary appointment at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. James’ interests range from the application of mathematics to problems in basic biology through to multi-scale integrated health policy analyses.

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James Mehigan

James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at the Open University and a barrister at Garden Court Chambers.

As a lecturer his research interests include policing, prisons, human rights and criminal law. As a barrister he has acted in numerous high profile appeals and inquests and specialises in criminal defence, prison law, inquests and human rights. He is called to the bars of England & Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

He is a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

James is a former member of the Independent Monitoring Board at Pentonville Prison.

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James Morley

James Morley is a Professor of Economics and the Associate Dean (Research) of the Business School at the University of New South Wales. He received his PhD from the University of Washington in 1999. Before moving to Australia in 2010, he was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis (1999-2010) and a Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (2004-2010). He has worked regularly with the forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers and has held a number of visiting positions, including at the Bank of Canada, Bank Negara Malaysia, and the Bank for International Settlements Asian Office in Hong Kong. He recently served as the President of the Society for Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics (2011-2014) and is a founding member of the Shadow RBA Board (2011-), an Academic Fellow at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (2014-), and Co-Editor of The Economic Record (2015-). His research has been published in many top academic journals and focuses on the empirical analysis of business cycles, stabilization policy, and sources of persistent changes in macroeconomic and financial variables.

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James N. Friedman

James N. Friedman is Chief Business Development Officer and has been with FX Bridge since 2002. Mr. Friedman is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in business management. He brings technology and marketing experience from Digital Equipment Corp., Software AG, and SBC Communications. In addition, he has held NASD Series 3 and Series 30 licenses with National Futures Association in United States.

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James N. Gregory

Professor of History, University of Washington

James Gregory is a Professor of History and former Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies at the University of Washington. His research and teaching center on these aspects of 20th century United States history: (1) labor history, particularly the history of American radicalism; (2) regionalism, both the West and the South; (3) race and civil rights history; (4) migration, especially inside the United States.

His prize-winning books include "The Southern Diaspora: How The Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America" and "American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California"

His current work explores the political geography of the American Left and includes the online Mapping American Social Movements project http://depts.washington.edu/moves/

In addition, he is active in the field of digital and public history, directing a set of online projects focused on the labor and civil rights history of the Pacific Northwest. http://depts.washington.edu/labhist/

He currently serves as president of the Labor and Working Class History Association.

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James Renton

I am interested in racism, especially antisemitism and Islamophobia; Empire; and the genealogy of global politics. My research focuses on European ideas of the Jew, the Arab, and the West; post-secularism; British and French colonialism in the Jewish and Middle Eastern worlds; the First World War and its afterlives; the Zionist-Palestinian conflict; the League of Nations Mandate system; the West and the Middle East relationship; and the political public sphere in the colonial world after 1914.

My first book, The Zionist Masquerade: The Birth of the Anglo-Zionist Alliance, 1914-1918 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), was a new history of the Balfour Declaration. Placing the Declaration within the wider story of the global politics of race and nationalism in the Great War, the book put forward a new interpretation of its origins, purpose and significance.

I am currently writing a biography of the idea of the Middle East, for which I was awarded an Early Career Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. With Ben Gidley (COMPAS, Oxford), I am also co-editing a book on antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe, from the Crusades to the 21st century.

Outside of the academic world, I have written for Ha’aretz, openDemocracy, The Conversation, The Jewish Quarterly and Teaching History, and regularly give public talks. On television, I have featured in programmes including ‘Al-Nakba: The Debate’, which focused on the British role in the history of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict, ‘World War I through Arab Eyes- Episode 3: The New Middle East‘, and ‘The Grand Mufti’, a documentary about the Palestinian leader Muhammed Amin al-Husayni.

I am a committee member of the British Association for Jewish Studies, an Honorary Senior Research Associate in the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College London, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. I am also a member of the History & Policy Network, and the chair of ErRS: the Ethnicity, Race, and Racism Seminar at Edge Hill. In 2015, I organised the ErRS symposium ‘Islamophobia and Surveillance: Genealogies of a Global Order’.

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James Strong

Fellow in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

I am a Fellow in Foreign Policy Analysis and International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where I completed my PhD in 2012. Prior to joining the IR Department faculty I spent one year as Executive Officer to LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun.

My research looks at the domestic sources of democratic foreign policy, particularly the media and public opinion, and also at the foreign policy making process in contemporary Britain. I am presently working on papers looking at parliament's war powers in light of Iraq, Libya, and Syria, and the way media organisations in different states report statements by foreign leaders. I am also revising my PhD thesis, on British public debate prior to the Iraq war, for publication.

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James Sweeney

Prof. James A. Sweeney's research is about the after-effects of conflict: principally human rights in transitional democracies, and the rights of refugees. His monograph, 'The European Court of Human Rights in the post-Cold War Era: Universality in Transition' was published in hardback by Routledge in November 2012, and in paperback in 2014. His work on the human rights of failed asylum seekers was cited by the House of Lords in the case of R (on the application of M) v Slough BC [2008] UKHL 52, by the Court of Appeal in R. (on the application of SL) v Westminster City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 954, and most recently in R. (on the application of Refugee Action) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWHC 1033 (Admin). In the latter case Home Secretary Theresa May was found to have acted irrationally by freezing the level of cash support to be provided to asylum seekers to meet their essential living needs, for the financial year 2013/14, at the rates which had applied since 2011.

Prof. Sweeney has acted as an expert advisor to the Council of Europe in relation to freedom of assembly projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan (with the Venice Commission), Georgia, and Kosovo. In March 2011 he delivered human rights legal training to judges of the Ukrainian Supreme Court as part of a UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office project. Likewise in 2013 and 2014 he convened a series of workshops on human rights and judicial interpretation for the Constitutional and Supreme Courts of Kosovo, on behalf of the FCO. Throughout 2009 he acted as an expert advisor to the EU's Committee of the Regions as it prepared its Opinion on reforms to the Common European Asylum System.

Prof. Sweeney joined Lancaster University Law School in 2013. Prior to that, he has worked at Durham, Newcastle and Hull. From 2011-2013 he was Deputy Director of Durham Global Security Institute.

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