Dr. Weigold’s research interests are consumer behavior, health campaigns and warning labels. He has conducted research in advertising and impression management, information seeking, and political communication.
Michele Geraci is a managing director-level investment banker with vast international experience, having worked over the last 20 years in fund management, equity research, corporate finance, management consultancy, and as a telecom engineer across Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Michele regularly participates in conferences and forums. He has been invited twice to the “China Summit”, organised by The Economist, where he gave speeches on financial system reform and on China’s growing role in international affairs. He is a frequent guest on television news programmes (for example, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, CCTV, Al Jazeera) and is often quoted in the media. He is a regular contributor to China Daily and a columnist of Caixin Magazine, offering commentaries on financial and economic issues.
Michele Gilman is the Venable Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Professor Gilman directs the Civil Advocacy Clinic, where she supervises students representing low-income individuals and community groups in a wide range of litigation, legislation, and law reform matters. She also teaches evidence, federal administrative law, and poverty law. Professor Gilman writes extensively about social welfare issues, and her articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, and the Brooklyn Law Review. In addition, she is a co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism, which works to apply the insights of feminist legal theory to legal practice and policy. Professor Gilman is the immediate past President of the Board of the Public Justice Center, a member of the Committee on Litigation and Legal Priorities of the ACLU of Maryland, a member of the Judicial Selection committee of the Women’s Law Center, and received the 2010 University of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Public Service. She received her B.A. from Duke University, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Having previously worked as a political journalist and a lobbyist at Westminster, Michelle joined Royal Holloway as Lecturer in International Relations in 2012. She has articles in prominent journals, including Security Studies and International Affairs, and has two books published: a sole-authored book analysing WMD and the strategic use of concepts, and an edited volume on the Obama administration and continuity in US foreign policy.
Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
Michelle Grattan AO is one of Australia's most respected and awarded political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics.
As a former editor of The Canberra Times, Michelle Grattan was also the first female editor of an Australian daily newspaper. She has been with the Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and Political Editor of The Age since 2004.
Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.
In her role at the University of Canberra, Michelle will be teaching, working on research projects in politics and political communication, as well as providing public commentary and strategic advice.
She is the author, co-author and editor of several books and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2004 for her long and distinguished service to Australian journalism.
Michelle Smith is a Research Fellow in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University and will take up an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship in mid-2015. In 2013, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship on the Australian Research Council Discovery project 'From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Print Cultures, 1840-1940'.
Michelle's research focuses on gender in Victorian literature and culture, as well as children’s literature. Her current project examines female beauty in Victorian print culture. She completed her doctoral dissertation on British girls' literature and empire at the University of Melbourne in 2007. It was published as Empire in British Girls' Literature and Culture: Imperial Girls, 1880-1915 by Palgrave Macmillan (UK) in 2011. It won the 2012 European Society for the Study of English's Book Award for best book by a junior scholar. She is also the editor (with Kristine Moruzi) of Girls' School Stories, 1749-1929 (Routledge, 2013) and the collection Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1940 (Palgrave Macmillan).
Her research has been published in journals including Women's Writing, Victorian Periodicals Review, English Literature in Transition, The Lion and the Unicorn, Continuum, Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature and in numerous edited collections.
Michelle has published opinion pieces in the Age, the Washington Post, New Statesman, and The Drum and has been interviewed on numerous radio and television programmes.
Our research group uses the concepts of agroecology to obtain a deep understanding of the nature of agroecosystems and the principles by which they function. Throughout our research and writings we have aided in the emergence of agroecology as the discipline that provides the basic ecological principles for how to study, design, and manage sustainable agroecosystems that are both productive and natural resource conserving, and that are also culturally-sensitive, socially-just and economically viable. In particular, our research has focused on the ways in which biodiversity can contribute to the design of pest-stable agroecosystems. Several of our studies concentrate on elucidating the effects of intercropping, covercropping, weed management, and crop-field border vegetation manipulation on pest population density and damage and on the mechanisms enhancing biological control in diversified systems.
Our research has also extended into Latin America where the enhancement of biodiversity in agriculture can help the great mass of resource-poor farmers to achieve year-round food self-sufficiency, reduce their reliance on chemical inputs and develop agroecosystems that rebuild the production capacities of their small land holdings. Our approach has consisted of devising integrated farming systems emphasizing soil and water conservation, natural crop protection, and achievement of soil fertility and stable yields through integration of trees, animals, and crops. Much of this work is conducted through inter-institutional partnerships with NGOs, International Research Centers and Universities including networks such as SANE, ANGOC and CLADES, as well as international organizations such as UNDP and the CGIAR.
Principal Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick
My current research focuses on contemporary British politics and the political economy of the post-war British state. I maintain an interest in education policy, specifically the politics of higher education, which was the subject of my doctoral dissertation. My forthcoming monograph on the role of Anthony Crosland’s contribution to the politics of post-war British education policy begins a critique of state intervention in education within the context of a ‘moral economy’ of social fairness in the post-war period. This will be followed by a second book, The Birth of the Knowledge Economy, which interrogates the political economy of the post-war state in relation to British higher education. The two books taken together will offer a significant new interpretation of post-war British educational politics and its place in the wider life of the nation.
I have previously researched and published on a wide range of topics including the social history of the First World War, the politics of constitutional reform, contemporary education reform and the tenure in office of the coalition government between 2010 and 2015. I am currently working with Professor Matt Qvortrup (Coventry) and Professor Gillian Peele (Oxford) on a project analysing the politics of the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. I am also editing a forthcoming special section of the Political Quarterly on the role of history in the British political present.
I was born in Liverpool, where I studied for my first degree, receiving a BA in History from the University of Liverpool. An MPhil and PhD in History at Magdalene College, Cambridge followed, and I spent a year at Harvard University as Kennedy Scholar in History. I also read BA Theology at Exeter College, Oxford, specialising in the study of Islam and Catholicism. I have taught widely in universities, teaching History and Politics at both Oxford and Cambridge, Politics, Political Science and International Relations at the London School of Economics (for the Hansard Society) and in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. I also taught education at a number of institutions, and was the founder of the Centre for Education Policy Analysis.
I worked in Westminster politics for a number of years as a speechwriter and political adviser, and I also have a background in journalism. My research draws on this diverse range of experiences; my writing of political history/contemporary political analysis is indebted both to my original training as an empirical historian and my subsequent work in politics and the media.
I have appeared in a range of broadcast media, and in May 2015 contributed election commentary to CNN and BBC local radio.
Security Researcher, Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering, Edith Cowan University
Dr Mike Johnstone is a member of the Security Research Institute and the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia where he teaches secure programming. His research interests include secure development methodologies, wireless sensor networks and cloud security. He is currently working on a large co-operative project about privacy-preserving authentication.
Mike Sandiford is Professor of Geology at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include tectonics, earthquake geology, geomorphology and geothermics. His work on the thermal structure of the Australian crust provides a framework for understanding the extraordinary abundance of Uranium in Australia, and helped promote interest in geothermal energy exploration in South Australia. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised more than 80 young researchers at Honours, Masters, PhD and junior postdoc level. He was recipient of consecutive ARC professorial fellowships (2000-2009), the Mawson Medal from the Australian Academy of Sciences in 2004 (for outstanding contributions to Australian Earth Science), the Hobbs Medal, the Carey Medal and Stilwell Medal (three times) from the Geological Society of Australia. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Geological Society of Australia. He chaired the Science Advisory Framework for NCRIS geoscience capability AuScope. He directed the Melbourne Energy Institute at the University of Melbourne from 2009-2016.
Milford Bateman is currently a freelance consultant on local economic development and visiting Professor of Economics, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia and Adjunct Professor of Development Studies, St Marys University, Halifax, Canada
Miranda Stewart is a Professor and Director of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute at Crawford School of Public Policy, The ANU. She is also a Professor at Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne. Her numerous edited or coauthored books include Not-for-Profit Law (2014, with O'Connell and Harding, Cambridge U Press); Tax, Law and Economic Development (2013, with Brauner, Edward Elgar); Housing and Tax Policy (2010: Australian Tax Research Foundation) and Death and Taxes (2014, with Flynn, Thomson). Miranda was a consultant to the Henry Tax Review on housing and has authored many articles in national and international academic journals. She is currently researching tax in a global economy and institutions of tax reform.
Mirjam Büdenbender is a doctoral candidate at KU Leuven. Her research is part of the ERC funded project on the ‘Real Estate/Financial Complex’, which investigates the linkages between real estate markets and financial practices in contemporary capitalist societies. Mirjam studies the case of Russia and Poland. In so doing, she explicitly addresses the relationship between real estate and modern financial practices as well as their differential construction in post-Soviet societies.
As part of this project, Mirjam spends several periods of field research in her respective case countries. In Moscow she works as a research intern at the Institute for Urban Economics. Her fieldwork includes interviewing academics and professionals in real estate and related sector, analysing newspapers, government and industry documents, and accessing locally produced secondary material.
Previously Mirjam completed a BA (First Class Honours) in International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Sussex (2011) and a Master (Distinction) in Political Economy at the University of Manchester (2012).
In her previous degrees Mirjam studied the political economy of finance and the financialisation of everyday life through the lenses of housing markets. Her bachelor dissertation investigated the financialisation of the residential housing market in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her master’s thesis explored the historical origins and subsequent failure of the housing market as a growth and welfare model in the UK.
Mirjam speaks German (native language), English (full professional proficiency), Russian (professional proficiency) and French (basic). She has training in NVivo, SPSS and elite interviewing.
Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria
Completed PhD at University of Pretoria, specialising in international trade, non-tariff measures, regulatory and policy issues and how they impact international trade and economic development. Hold MSc in Agricultural Economics from Oklahoma State University (OSU). Undergraduate and Honours degrees were completed at University of Limpopo
PhD candidate, University of Leicester
I have just started a 4 year PhD program with the University of Leicester as my home institution (2015-2019). My research will aim to explore unidentified regulators of the RAS-MAPK pathway which plays a major role in cell proliferation (and if de-regulated, cancer).
In 2015 I completed a Masters degree entitled 'Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology' at the University of Leicester (2015-2016).
My undergraduate degree, in Biological Sciences, was again at the University of Leicester (2011-2014).
Recently I have developed a great interest in communicating scientific concepts to the public. As a result of this I started a three month placement at the University of Leicester Press Office which has provided me with an outlet to communicate science to the public.
Senior Lecturer in Geomatics, University of Melbourne
Dr Mohsen Kalantari is a Senior Lecturer in Geomatics and Associate Director at the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) in the Dept of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He teaches Land Administration Systems (LAS) and Spatial Analysis and has several publications.
Dr Kalantari is a spatial data engineer and in recognition of his research he has been awarded a prestigious Victoria Fellowship. The Victoria Fellowships recognise young researchers with leadership potential and aim to help them enhance their future careers, while developing new ideas which could offer commercial benefit to Victoria.
He previously worked as a Research Fellow on a range of research projects at the CSDILA. He has also worked at the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Land Victoria and has an extensive knowledge of land administration systems of Australia.
He completed his PhD in 2008.
Associate professor, University of Bath
I have been involved in research and teaching cancer biology for over a decade. I did my PhD in radiation oncology, and subsequent research on tumour hypoxia led to our drug reaching Phase II clinical trials. I also teach a very popular course on cancer biology to students at Bath, which made me realise how much I enjoyed teaching AND how little resources there were on introducing cancer genetics to the general public. It led to my writing a free e-book (Introduction to cancer biology, www.bookboon.com) and a free online course ('Inside Cancer' - www.futurelearn.com). The online course was designed for anyone with an interest in cancer - from sufferers to researchers - and has attracted over 32000 learners from over 90 countries, with 98% recommending the course to friends.
Monica Mary Grady CBE (born 1958) is a leading British space scientist, primarily known for her work on meteorites. Since 2005, she has been Professor of Planetary and Space Science at the Open University, and is currently Head of the Department of Physical Sciences.
Prior to 2005, Grady was based at the Natural History Museum in London, where she curated the UK's national collection of meteorites. She graduated from the University of Durham in 1979, then went on to complete a Ph.D. on carbon in stony meteorites at Darwin College, Cambridge in 1982. Since then, she has built up an international reputation in meteoritics, publishing many papers on the carbon and nitrogen isotope geochemistry of primitive meteorites, on Martian meteorites, and on interstellar components of meteorites. She gave the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2003, on the subject "A Voyage in Space and Time". Asteroid (4731) was named Monicagrady in her honour.
Grady was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to space sciences. She is the first UK scientist to be President of the international Meteoritical Society.
Grady is the oldest of eight children; her youngest sister, Dr Ruth Grady, is a Senior Lecturer in microbiology at the University of Manchester. Grady's husband, Professor Ian Wright is also a meteoriticist.
I have been a Lecturer in International Relations at Salford since February 2016. I completed my doctoral research at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies on non-Western foreign policies towards the Iranian nuclear programme. During this time, I also was a visiting Research Fellow at China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing, at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Brussels, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.
I am a seminar leader in the modules ‘US Foreign Policy’ and ‘Theories of Power and Domination’ (Level 6) and contribute to teaching in the module ‘International Politics 2’ (Level 4).
My research focuses on Russian foreign policy, Russian-Western relations, and their impact on the international relations of the post-Soviet space and the Middle East. I have researched Chinese, Russian, and Turkish foreign policies towards Iran and the controversial politics surrounding sanctions policies. I also have an interest in EU diplomacy and US Foreign Policy.
Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Neuroscience, University of Oxford
Morten is also Professor of Neuroscience at the Music in Brain Center at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is interested in understanding pleasure in its many forms, including chocolate and music. Professor Kringelbach uses advanced neuroimaging, neurosurgical and computational methods to understand brain function together with Hedonia team members and international collaborators. He is on the advisory board for Scientific American and a Fellow of the ASP. He has published fourteen books, and over 300 scientific papers, chapters and other articles.
Senior Lecturer in Biotechnology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
I hold a PhD in Plant Biotechnology from UKZN, where I served as a lecturer from 2009 to 2013. I then joined the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as a Senior Lecturer in the Biotechnology Department. I lecture in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology. My current research interests lie in the improvement of commercially-important crop such as Eucalyptus and sugarcane, through various biotech interventions, as well as in the development of in vitro protocols for rare and/or medicinal plants.
Adjunct Faculty Member, Trinity College Theological School, University of Divinity
I am a journalist by profession and a historian by academic qualification. Currently a freelance journalist and author, I taught journalism as a senior academic at RMIT University until 2005. My area of expertise is commentary on contemporary religious issues, particularly pertaining to women, gay issues, marriage, etc.
PhD, University of Warwick, UK
Associate Professor: Pan African Institute, University of Johannesburg
Political Economist - Africa Insights - Global Change
Nader Habibi is the Henry J. Leir Professor of Practice in the Economics of the Middle East at Brandeis University’s Crown Center for Middle East Studies. His current research project is focused on labor market conditions for university graduates in the Middle East. He also maintains a website on issues of underemployment and overeducation in developing countries (www.overeducation.org)
Before joining Brandeis University in June 2007, he served as managing director of economic forecasting and risk analysis for Middle East and North Africa in Global Insight Ltd. Mr. Habibi has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research and management positions; including vice-president for research in Iran Banking Institute (Tehran), assistant professor of economics in Bilkent University (Ankara), research fellow and lecturer on political economy of Middle East at Yale University. The author of one book on bureaucratic corruption and several articles in refereed journals; he earned his Ph.D. in economics at Michigan State University.
His most recent research projects include an analysis of the excess supply of college graduates in MENA countries, impact of economic sanctions on Iranian economy and the impact of Arab Spring uprisings on economic conditions of the affected countries. Habibi also serves as director of Islamic and Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He has recently published a work of fiction about Middle East geopolitics titled: Three Stories One Middle East (2014).
Associate Professor of Communications, Elon University
Nafis Alam is an Associate Professor at the Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) in the University of Nottingham - Malaysia Campus (UNMC). Prior to this, he was attached with Monash University at Sunway campus where he worked as lecturer in finance. Before that he worked with Multimedia University, Malaysia and CMC Sudan where he was the coordinator of the International MBA program.
He has published quite extensively in the area of finance and his scholarly research has featured in leading journals like Journal of Assets Management, Journal of Banking Regulation, Journal of International Banking law & Regulation, Review of Islamic Economics; Journal of Internet Banking and Commerce and Journal of Financial Services Marketing among others.
He also co authored three books in Islamic Finance among them is Encyclopedia of Islamic Finance which is first of its kind and has sold over 1000 copies worldwide.Dr. Alam is also Visiting Lecturer for Durham Islamic Finance Summer School, Durham University, UK. He is reviewer for leading finance & Islamic finance journals. He has also participated in leading Islamic finance conferences worldwide among them significant was participation in Harvard Islamic Finance forum at Harvard Law School and Gulf Research Meeting at Cambridge University, UK.
Nancy Modesitt is an Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she teaches Employment Law and Employment Discrimination. Before becoming a law professor, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice as well as at several large law firms, where she specialized in employment law, including employment discrimination law. She is the lead author of Whistleblowing: The Law of Retaliatory Discharge. In addition to her academic work on whistleblowing, Professor Modesitt has testified before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on its strategic enforcement plan and proposed restructuring that agency to improve its ability to combat discrimination.
I am a historian of the early modern British Atlantic, with specific interests in the place of women within dissenting communities. I am currently adapting my PhD thesis (obtained from the University of Warwick in 2014) into a monograph titled: 'Female Friends and the early Quaker Community: Gender and Identity in the Atlantic Age, 1650-1750'. It advances existing knowledge on the experiences and social interactions of Quaker women in England and the colonies between 1650 and 1750 by reconceptualising the relationship between female identity and domesticity.
I am developing an innovate new research project on female enmity and conflict, entitled 'Making Enemies: Conflict, Disputes and the Cultivation of Female Identity in the early modern British Atlantic'. This project will provide the first in-depth study of female enmities in the 17th and 18th centuries and will question whether female antagonisms had a distinctly gendered dimension and how this transformed as it crossed the Atlantic.
I am currently working as a Teaching Fellow in Early Modern British History at the University of Warwick. In 2014-2015 I worked as a programme co-ordinator at the University of Oxford for the interdisciplinary research Centre Women in the Humanities (WiH), led by Dr Selina Todd and Dr Senia Paseta and co-ordinated the History Faculty’s Centre for Gender, Identity and Subjectivity (CGIS). I also acted as the Senior Editor for the Interdisciplinary Research Journal 'Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal' at the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick and am also on the Steering Committee of the Women’s History Network and will be acting as Committee Liaison Editor for their journal Women’s History.
Dr Naomi Stead is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Queensland, and Deputy Director of the research centre ATCH (Architecture | Theory | Criticism | History). Her research interests lie in the cultural studies of architecture - in its production, reproduction, and reception, and the place of architecture in the broader cultural imaginary. Current research projects examine experimental writing practices in architecture, and the representation of architecture and architects in popular media. She was a co-investigator on the ARC Discovery project 'The Cultural Logic of Queensland Architecture: Place, Taste and Economy' (2011-2014) with Prof John Macarthur and Dr Deborah van der Plaat, and was the leader of the ARC Linkage project ‘Equity and Diversity in the Australian Architecture Profession: Women, Work and Leadership’ (2011-2015) which led to the founding of the award-wnning website Parlour: Women, Equity, Architecture, edited by Justine Clark.
Having been trained as an architect at the University of South Australia, Stead received her PhD from the University of Queensland, and has taught at the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Queensland. Her doctoral thesis, ‘On the Object of the Museum and its Architecture’ (2004), examined the cultural politics of architecture in recent, purpose-built social history museums.
Stead edited the 2012 book Semi-Detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture (Uro, Melbourne, 2012). She was from 2012-2015 co-editor of Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research (Norrkoping, Sweden), and from 2011-2014 editor of Architectural Theory Review (Sydney).
Stead has been a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden, and a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her scholarly work has been published in anthologies such as Critical Architecture (Jane Rendell et al. eds, Routledge, London, 2007), Architecture and Authorship (Katja Grillner et al. eds, Black Dog, London, 2007) and Architecture, Disciplinarity and Art (Andrew Leach and John Macarthur eds, A & S Books, Ghent, 2009), and Mongrel Rapture (Mark Raggatt and Matiu Ward eds, Uro, Melbourne, 2015). She has published in journals including the Journal of Architecture, Volume, OASE, Performance Research, JAS: Journal of Australian Studies, Fabrications, and Critical Studies in Television. She is a past Editorial Board member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, and has edited three volumes of conference proceedings. She has supervised eleven PhD and research Masters students to completion, and been a keynote at Australian and international conferences.
Stead also maintains a number of ‘para-academic’ writing, exhibition, and art projects. These include the 2009 exhibition ‘Mapping Sydney: Experimental Cartography and the Imagined City’ at the UTS DABLab; the 2015 exhibition 'Hung Out to Dry: Space, Memory, and Domestic Laundry Practices,' with Kelly Greenop and Allison Holland at the UQ Art Museum; the 2015 exhibition 'Portraits of Practice: At Work in Architecture' with Justine Clark, Maryam Gusheh and Fiona Young at the Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney. In 2009 Stead made a series of short films for the UTS Equity and Diversity Unit in collaboration with Sam Scotting; she has an ongoing writing collaboration with Dr Katrina Schlunke of UTS; and continues an ongoing visual research project Documentation: The Visual Sociology of Architects.
Stead is widely published as an art and architectural critic, having written more than fifty commissioned feature and review articles in industry magazines. These include Places Journal (for which she is a columnist), Architecture Australia (of which she was a contributing editor 2003-2012), Architectural Review Asia Pacific, Monument, Artichoke, Pol-Oxygen, and [Inside]: Australian Design Review. In 2008 she was awarded the Adrian Ashton Prize for architectural writing by the NSW chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Senior Lecturer Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, University of Cambridge
Napoleon Katsos is interested in how experimental research in language acquisition and processing can inform theoretical linguistic inquiry and vice versa. His particular focus is in the area of semantics and pragmatics, especially implicature, presupposition and quantification. Together with colleagues, he has been awarded grants by the AHRC, the British Academy, the ESRC, and other funding bodies to work on aspects of experimental pragmatics with typically- and atypically-developing children and adults.
Napoleon is also interested in bilingualism, and is a founder member of the Cambridge Bilingualism Network.
PhD Candidate in International Relations, University of Kent
Natalia Piotrowska is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Kent. Her research areas include international security, foreign policy analysis and Turkish foreign and security policy (with a special focus on Turkish-Israeli relations). Natalia adopts an interdisciplinary approach to her research, and draws from psychology and sociology in order to further the understanding of domestic and foreign policy of states. In her PhD project, the role of friendship in International Relations is explored through the theoretical prism of ontological security.
Prior to beginning her PhD, Natalia was awarded a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Political Sciences (focus: foreign services) from the University of Wroclaw (Poland). During this time, she was also an exchange student at the Yeditepe University in Turkey (2008/2009) and the Belgrade University in Serbia (2010/2011). Natalia was awarded the Scholarship for Academic Achievements by the Institute of Political Sciences at the University of Wroclaw, the Scholarship for Academic Merit by the Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education and the University of Kent 50th Anniversary PhD Scholarship.
Nathan Kerrigan is a Research Assistant at Coventry University. He uses ethnographic approaches to explore a number of issues around identity, community and exclusion. This research tends to examine the ways rural identities are maintained and protected from wider social pressures such as urbanisation, neoliberal expansion and population growth. In this, he has focussed on the ways in which prejudices, such as racism, against minority ethnic groups are worked up as unintended consequences.
Nauro Campos is Professor of Economics and Finance at Brunel University London, a post he has held since 2005. He is also a Research Fellow at IZA-Bonn and a Research Professor at ETH-Zürich. His main fields of interest are political economy and European integration. He has previously taught at the Universities of Bonn, CERGE-EI (Prague), Newcastle, Paris 1 (Sorbonne) and Warwick. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore), a Robert McNamara Fellow at The World Bank, and a CBS Fellow at Oxford University. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the (Central) Bank of Finland and was a visiting scholar (usually more than once) at the IMF, World Bank, European Commission, University of Michigan, ETH, USC, Bonn, UCL and Stockholm. From 2009 to 2014, he was seconded as Senior Economic Advisor/SRF to the Chief Economist of the Department for International Development (during the reigns of both Winters and Dercon.) He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) in 1997, where he was lucky enough to learn about institutions from Jeff Nugent and Jim Robinson and (more than) happy to be Dick Easterlin’s RA for three years. His research has been supported, among others, by the European Commission, World Bank, Spencer Foundation (Chicago), Department for International Development, and the Economic and Social Research Council.
Professor of Higher Education, University of Mississippi
Neal Hutchens is a Professor of Education at the University of Mississippi (effective July 2016). Neal previously held faculty appointments at Penn State University and the University of Kentucky. His research focuses on legal issues in higher education, with a key strand of his scholarship dealing with issues related to faculty independence and autonomy. An important extension of his research in this area relates to challenges confronting non-tenure-track faculty. Neal also examines legal questions related to college students’ First Amendment rights. He was the 2015 recipient of the William A. Kaplin Award from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law.
Neal’s scholarship has appeared in publications that include the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Journal of College and University Law, Counselor Education and Supervision, Kentucky Law Journal, West's Education Law Reporter, Journal of Law and Education, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Neal is on the editorial board for The Review of Higher Education and for Education Law & Policy Review and is a member of the authors' committee for West's Education Law Reporter. He also serves on the Litigation Committee for the American Association of University Professors. Neal is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is also a part of the author team—along with William A. Kaplin, Barbara A. Lee, and Jacob H. Rooksby—for the upcoming sixth edition of The Law of Higher Education.
Neal Hartman is a Senior Lecturer in Managerial Communication at the MIT Sloan School of Management who focuses on organizational communication issues.
His teaching of management communication and intercultural communication emphasizes working in teams, conflict and conflict resolution, leadership, and cross-cultural communication. Hartman has lectured on cross-cultural, leadership, and organizational communication issues, and has taught in the International MBA Programs at Tsinghua, Fudan, and Zhongshan (Lingnan College) Universities in China. He also serves as co-lead facilitator for CMI-Enterprises, which is part of the Cambridge-MIT Initiative, working with undergraduate students from MIT Sloan, Cambridge University, and other European universities to develop their entrepreneurial skills.
Hartman holds a BA in music theory and composition and an MS in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina and an ABD in organizational communication from the University of Texas.