Professor of Education Policy Research and Director of Research, School of Education, University of Birmingham
Peter is Director of Research and Deputy Head of the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. He also leads the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Access and programme lead for the Masters in School Improvement and Educational Leadership.
His main research interests are multidisciplinary analysis of participation, choice and engagement in secondary and higher education.
Private and public finance of education.
Conceptual change with particular reference to understanding in economics.
Relationships between different theoretical perspectives on conceptual change, particularly Variation Theory and Threshold Concepts.
Development of teachers’ thinking and practice through ‘Learning Study’
Lecturer in Critical Thinking, The University of Queensland
Director of the University of Queensland Critical Thinking Project and lecturer in critical thinking in the school of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Degree in Education and post graduate degree in Philosophy. Master of Contemporary Science from the ANU. Former Head of Experimental Science at the Queensland Academy of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Adjunct Professor, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University
Peter Fisher is an Adjunct Professor in in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. He has spearheaded a large number of projects at all levels of government as well as private industry including stormwater, creating cooler cities through the use of vegetation and a systemic integration of the water and electricity sectors. He has further been involved in education and training writing tertiary level courses on water management as well as climate change adaptation and water management; some for AusAid. He has also contributed a chapter on Melbourne to a new book, Resilient coastal city regions: Planning for climate change in the United States and Australia as well as to another new book, Managing Urban Disaster Recovery on infrastructure. He has just published with D Trainham, a PhD candidate, Naturizing outside-in: Reconnecting buildings with the natural world through a design innovation metric https://www.cuge.com.sg/research/images/cugeresearch/CG6/Article%2014..pdf in the January 2013 issue of the Singapore based journal, CITYGREEN https://www.cuge.com.sg/research/CITYGREEN. This has recently been incorporated into the Green Building Council of Australia's Innovation Challenge program. A Green Star naturizing index can now be found at http://www.gbca.org.au/uploads/78/34894/Market_Intelligence_Research_FINAL_JUNE2014.pdf.
As an environment and science writer Dr. Fisher has published thirty eight articles since his first for the Australian Financial Review in 1999. Those of relevance to the carbon/climate change arena are: Water industry guilty of burning too much energy, Water Special (AFR, Tuesday 14 August 2003), Susceptible to calamity: Extremes of climate are a fact of life and we should be better prepared for them, The Australian, (Tuesday 21 March, 2006); Cold comfort in climate change, Sydney Morning Herald, (Saturday 6 January 2007); Canberra Times, Climate: Time is against us (Monday 8 January 2007.); and Why we need the urban forest, Urban magazine, (July quarter, 2007). His most recent pieces to with adaptation have appeared as OpEds in The Age - Ready for heavy weather, Monday 23 April 2008; Planning for a flood, Monday 29 September 2008; Big solutions for our water needs will use even more energy, Monday 9 March, 2009; It's time literally to go green, Monday 23 January, 2009; followed by A lack of ingenuity is evident in dealing with our water crisis, Tuesday 28 July 2009. And, a week before the latter, All change for the future, The Australian, Wednesday 22 July 2009. Further pieces appearing in The Age and National Times since then have been Rack ’em and stack ‘em: a silly solution to population growth, Thursday 18 March 2010. When everything's connected, one fault can be catastrophic. Monday, June 21, 2010 and Building for a cantankerous planet, Monday October 11, 2010, and Energy hungry water providers need to get with the power, Monday 3 January 2011.
Research Professor, University of Florida
I am interested in the ecology and conservation of wetlands, and particularly of wetland vertebrates. These creatures are adapted to environments that are extremely productive, yet often very unpredictable, and whose nutrient cycling is completely different from terrestrial, oceanic or lacustrine environments. The field of wetland science is dominated by studies of energetic flow, plant ecology, and nutrient flux, in which wetland vertebrates are often assumed to play minor roles. Yet animals, even vertebrates, are often key in the healthy functioning of these ecosystems, and the conservation and restoration of these ecosystems depends strongly upon an understanding of how larger animals use them, especially in terms of movement behavior, foraging ecology, and reproduction. For vertebrates, this often requires understanding various aspects of ecosystem function at once, and often at regional and even international scales. In my research program, wetland birds have been used intensively and extensively as indicators of ecosystem health, ecosystem function, and as guides for the spatial and temporal scale at which conservation and restoration should occur. My work has included vertical studies of long-legged wading birds in the Everglades (health, reproduction, foraging ecology, energetics, flight behavior, communication, movements, demographics, feedback nutrient loops), comparisons of ecosystems (Everglades, Miskito Coast, Okavango Delta, Brazilian Pantanal), measuring anthropogenic effects (human disturbance, hydrological management, nutrient pollution, powerlines, construction, contaminants), multidecadal studies of population dynamics and movements, and ecosystem/regional planning for conservation.
Dr. Peter Ghosh is Associate Professor of Modern History at Jean Duffield Fellow in Modern History, University of Oxford.
I am interested primarily in the history of ideas, both social and political theory and also the history of historiography, in accordance with my research interests.
I have two related research interests: first, the interface between political ideas and English politics, ca 1850-1895; secondly, the evolution of Western European and British ideas, including historiography, from the Enlightenment to the present. My current publishing commitments centre on Max Weber.
Senior Lecturer and CMI Programme Director, University of Huddersfield
I joined the University on a full time basis in February 2014. Prior to that I had worked as a part time lecturer since October 2013. This followed a successful 4 year period of study at the University where I completed the CIPD professional development course and gained a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development.
Between Dec 2007 and Feb 2014 I worked for Provident Financial Group where I performed a variety of roles within the People Development function. In the first 2 years I was the training lead on a major new project then I transferred to a Divisional role as a People Development Adviser with a specific remit for Learning and Development. In this role I covered Yorkshire, Humberside, the North East and parts of Nottinghamshire. During this time I also developed and delivered modules centrally on the Leadership and Management programmes accredited by the CMI. Between Nov 2012 and Feb 2014 I was based in Head Office again with Internal Verfirier responsibilities for the CMI Level 5 (Senior Management) programme and I designed and managed the Management Learning Academies which provided a 6 weeks induction to the company for new managers with a mixture of classroom and experiential learning.
Between April 2002 and Dec 2007 I worked for Protocol Skills (the UKs largets independent training provider). Having started out as an assessor I became an Internal Verifier (IV) and as such hold D32, D33 and V1 qualifications. In 2003 I became Area Manager for West Yorkshire and Lead IV for Yorkshire and Humberside. In these combined roles I increased our levels of funding by regularly exceeding the funding body target success rate of 70%. During 2005 and 2006 I was seconded to a change management project group which altered the business model from a paper based to an e-portfolio. My role on the project was training lead and I converted all project material into training materials which I then delivered to the pilot location of Yorkshire and Humberside. This successful pilot enabled the e-portfolio to be adopted on a national basis.
Between March 1997 and April 2002 I worked for Thomas Cook. 1997 – 2001 I worked overseas and progressed from being a rep to Head Rep and Resort Manager. I managed multiple resorts in Menorca and Fuertaventura and was Airport Controller in Cancun. My favourite destination was Mallorca where I worked for 3 seasons. My greatest success as a Resort Manager came in Menorca where I achieved 86% good or excellent customer service scores, from 19,000 guests, against a target of 80%.
2001 – 2002 I was Senior Customer Service Adviser in the Bradford office, leading a team of 9, dealing with post holiday queries.
Lecturer in Education, Keele University
I joined Keele in March 2016 to take up the role of Director of PGCE Programmes. I have worked at the Universities of Bristol, Southampton and Bath Spa. I completed my PhD as an ESRC funded scholar, under the supervision of Professors Susan Robertson and Roger Dale at Bristol University, and my thesis investigated the role of the European Commission in the Governance of Education Policy in the European Union. As a researcher, I work in inter-disciplinary collaboration with scholars from Economic Geography, Politics and Sociology with a particular interest in the Political Economy of Education, ethnographies of educational institutions, the inter-scalar production of education policy and the financialisation of Higher Education.
My teaching spans PGCE, Masters and Doctoral Education programmes with particular responsibility for Curriculum, Policy and International Education modules. I have gained research funding and managed research projects for the Economic and Social Research Council and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission in the UK, and the European Commission and Centre for European Policy Studies in Europe.
Peter K Yu is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University School of Law. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he held the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University Law School. He also served as Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China and a visiting professor of law at the University of Haifa, the University of Hong Kong and the University of Strasbourg.
I hold degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of New South Wales in Australia. I am currently Professor of Cognitive Science and leader of the ‘Music Cognition and Action’ research program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. I conduct research aimed at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts.
Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University
Peter Kennedy is a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences, Media and Journalism. His teaching commitments cover modules relating to health, illness and medicine; sport; and Marxism and critical social theory. He also teaches the relationship between knowledge, self and society on the University-wide Master of Research Programme.
Dr Kennedy's research specialisms and interests include football studies, sport, health and illness, Marxism, and Critical Social Theory.
He is a reviewer for the Journal, Soccer and Society and for the Journal, Capital and Class. He is a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal, Critique; and an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Socialist Theory & Movements, School of Social and Political Sciences, Glasgow University. He co-wrote with Dr David Kennedy the book Fan Culture in European Football and the Influence of Left-Wing Ideology (2013, Routledge).
He received his undergraduate degree in social sciences at Liverpool John Moores University and his MPhil and PhD degrees at Glasgow University.
Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. He has a secondary appointment in the Tufts philosophy department. He was the founding deputy director (2001-6) and then the second director (2006-15) of Tisch College’s CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which he continues to oversee as an associate dean.
Levine graduated from Yale in 1989 with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. From 1993-2008, he was a member of the Institute for Philosophy & Public Policy in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. During the late 1990s, he was also Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal. Levine is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, Discovering Justice, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.
Peter Manning was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at UTS in 2014. He was Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Monash University (2009-2012) and at UTS (2000-2009). He has also taught at the University of Sydney and Qatar University.
Prior to teaching he was the Head of News and Current Affairs at the Seven Network (1996-2000), and Head of TV News and Current Affairs at the ABC (1989-1993). In the latter role, he began the ABC’s very successful website (abc.net.au) and founded “Lateline”, “Foreign Correspondent” and “Landline”.
In the 1980s he was a field producer and then Executive Producer of “Four Corners”, winning many awards for its investigative journalism. He began his career at Fairfax and has been a reporter in print, online, radio and television.
He is the author of three books: “Us and Them: Media, Muslims and the Middle East” (Random House, 2006), now an e-book, “Dog Whistle Politics and Journalism” (ACIJ, 2004) and “Green Bans” (ACF, 1975). His PhD thesis is also currently being considered for publication.
He has written many chapters and papers for national and international peer-reviewed journals. He is a public commentator in various forums on media matters. He has his own blog (www.us-and-them.com.au) and his own Facebook site.
Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University and works in CUSP which has 95 PhD students working on all aspects of the green economy. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, an advisor to three WA State Premiers and was on the Board of Infrastructure Australia from 2010 to 2014. He was a Lead Author for Transport on the IPCC. He has written 17 books and 286 refereed articles. Peter’s book with Jeff Kenworthy 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' was launched in the White House in 1999 and their most recent book is 'The End of Automobile Dependence'. In 2001-3 Peter directed the production of WA’s Sustainability Strategy in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, the first state sustainability strategy in the world. In 2004-5 he was a Sustainability Commissioner in Sydney advising the government on planning issues. In 2006/7 he was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville. In 2014 Peter was awarded an AO for contributions to urban design and sustainable transport, particularly related to the saving and rebuilding of Perth’s rail system.
Mitchell Professorial Fellow, Victoria University
A Mitchell Professorial Fellow, Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s education and training system. He has experience working as a policy adviser, senior executive and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers, and TAFE institutes, and has been instrumental to several major policy changes and reviews.
Peter has held a number of senior appointments including: adviser to the Minister for Employment Education and Training in 1987; head of various state government departments and authorities; General Manager for Strategy and Planning at Victorian State Training Board; General Manager of the Australian National Training Authority; Deputy Director General in the Queensland Department of Employment Training and Industrial Relations. He was a member of the Expert Panel for the Review of Australian Higher Education (Bradley Review) in 2008. For The Allen Consulting Group, Peter undertook a Review of Post-Secondary Education for the Queensland State Government, led work on Schooling Resources Standard for the Review of Australian Government School Funding (Gonski), and led a major project to develop a model of the Australian tertiary education system.
Peter’s work as a Mitchell Institute Fellow is focused on the future shape of tertiary education in Australia including its interface with secondary education and with the labour market. He is Professor of Tertiary Education Policy at Victoria University and an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Graduate School of Education at The University of Melbourne.
Peter was educated at the University of Otago, the University of New England and Simon Fraser University. He has been a visiting Scholar at the University of Otago, The University of British Columbia, Rutgers University and The University of Oxford.
Peter’s research is focused on the interactions between economic growth, economic development and international trade. He has also written on human capital accumulation, trade and environmental issues, the causes of long run growth through history, corruption, military spending and immigration.
Peter has also served as an expert consultant to the Productivity Commission and to the Department of Innovation, industry, Science and Research.
Research and RHD Coordinator & Lecturer in Sound, Production, Lecturer in Interactive Art Media, VCA., University of Melbourne
I am an artist who works in interactive media, cross/multi modality creative arts, and have published and exhibited internationally. I currently work at the Victorian College of the Arts and have 12 RHD students in areas including design, interactivity, community arts, music, and media.
My PhD explored the relationship of creator, object and audience through ephemeral computer based artworks.
Associate Professor, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University
Dr Peter Sivey is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University. He is working on research on healthcare markets including hospital waiting times, hospital performance reporting, doctor pricing and financial incentives for doctors
Professor of Finance, UNSW Australia
Professor Peter Swan AM FASSA is currently in the School of Banking and Finance, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales (UNSW). Swan completed his Honours Economics Degree at ANU, his PhD at Monash and after visiting positions at the University of Chicago and Rochester, joined the Economics faculty at ANU, then to a chair at AGSM, and was foundation professor in the Finance department at the University of Sydney prior to returning to UNSW.
He gained recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2003 with the Order of Australia (AM) and elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1997. He undertakes research into corporate finance, corporate governance including board structure, executive compensation, stock market trading and design, M&A activity, and many other areas of finance and economics.
He has a significant public profile as an op ed writer for major newspapers. Peter has published over 100 articles and book chapters, with 49 articles in refereed international journals. He received distinguished awards in the form of UNSW Scientia Professor and ARC Professorial Fellow and has presented at top international conferences including WFA, AFA, EFA, FIRS, and Econometrics Society World Congress.
Peter Taylor-Gooby is Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research.
He chaired the British Academy New Paradigms in Public Policy Programme (2010/2011) and is Chair of the REF Social Work and Social Policy and Administration panel 2011-15, a Fellow of the British Academy, a Founding Academician at the Academy of Social Sciences and, previously, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, Sociology and Social Policy Section.
He participated in the Prime Minister’s No 10 ‘progressive consensus’ Round Table and advised the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit between 2009 and 2010.
He has also written 23 books, including The Double Crisis of the Welfare State and What We Can Do About It, a new book published by Palgrave.
Peter Thomas is a Senior Vice President at the Zaner Precious Metal Division and he is considered one of the leading gold authorizes in the world today. As a licensed floor broker, he was a filling broker in the silver pit when silver ran to $55 an ounce. He currently manages a global cash desk which handles Refiners, Recyclers, Mining Operations and Coin & Bullion companies. He is constantly in demand for his insightful opinions drawn from his 35 years of metals trade to such news companies and magazines publishers as EconoTimes, Bloomberg News, WSJ, The Guardian,US News and World Review, Hard Assets, Kitco, and Modern Trader magazine. Contact him at @Goldbug111, (312) 277-0140 or email@example.com.
Professor Peter Wells has vast experience of research into the global automotive industry around which he has developed his academic and theoretic interests in socio-technical transitions, business models, cultures of automobility and sustainability.
- Alternative local economies
- Automotive industry
- Celebrities, wealth and sustainability
- Corporate strategy
- Government transport and environment policy
- Sustainable business models
- Transitions to sustainability
Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Professor Peter Whiteford of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University previously worked at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. He has had extensive professional experience in the field of social security policy and research, in a range of different national contexts and at the international level. He worked as a Adviser in the Office of the Minister for Social Security in 1995-96 and previously as a Consultant to the Social Security Review and in Government Departments in Australia, as well as in University research centres in the United Kingdom and in Australia, and for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris between 2000 and 2008.
In July 2008, he was appointed by the Australian government to the Reference Group for the Review of the Australian pension system, and in 2009 he was an invited keynote speaker for the Australian Treasury Conference on reform of the Australian tax system.
Lecturer/ Psychologist/ PTSD Researcher, Curtin University
Dr. Petra Skeffington holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Western Australia, a Master of Counselling from Murdoch University and a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and PhD from Curtin University. She currently practises as a Clinical Psychologist Registrar in Perth and is a sessional academic in the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University. Dr. Skeffington’s research experience includes PTSD, resilience to trauma, treatment of non-suicidal self injury, and OCD. Dr. Skeffington has worked extensively in the field of trauma, including treatment of PTSD and the impact of trauma on individuals, partners and families.
Professor, University of Adelaide
Petrina Coventry is Industry Professor and Director of Development with Adelaide University Faculty of Professions and Business school.
Petrina has spent over twenty years working in Asia, the United States and Europe performing global leadership roles with The General Electric Company, The Coca Cola Company, Proctor and Gamble and Santos Ltd. She has worked across multiple industry sectors including energy, oil and gas, education, fast moving consumer goods and financial services.
Her work in the area of ethics and governance, transformation and change, organization design, human capital planning and policy has led to increased involvement with governments, industry associations and consulting groups across the Asian region.
Petrina is an ethicist by background and has been appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. She is a Non-executive director of AHRI, a Non-executive director of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, and a Non-executive director of Beston Global Food Company Ltd.
Adjunct professor, Roosevelt Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, City University of New York
Phelim Kine is an adjunct faculty member in the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College at the City University of New York. He lectures on human rights developments and challenges in Asia.
Mr. Kine is also Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch in New York where he supervises the organization’s work on Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Philippines.
Phil Godsiff is a Senior Research Fellow at the Surrey Centre for the Digital Economy, (CoDE), part of the Business School at the University of Surrey, UK. CoDE was formed to study the impact of digital technology on business, the economy, and society. Working closely with businesses, CoDE adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to analyzing the broad economic, organizational, and sociological changes brought about by the advance and spread of digital technology. His research interests include the effect of developments in the digital economy on industries, such as financial services, where existing business models may no longer be appropriate, and where new forms of currency and organization, such as crypto- and personal currencies, have the potential to emerge leading to profound effects on the economy and wider society.
He is an Investigator on a recently awarded UK Research Council grant titled “CREDIT”, which is examining the nature and practices of these crypto currencies, and will be defining the future research agenda. The main themes of the research are to explore the effect of these “currencies” on the digital transformation of business models, and to clarify issues around governance, standards and regulation. He took part in ministerial roundtable discussions at the UK Treasury after the UK Chancellor’s 2015 Budget announcement of an expanded research programme into Digital and Crypto Currencies.
He was a member of the expert panel comprising practitioners and academics which advised Sir Mark Walport, the UK Government Chief Scientific Officer, during his preparation of his report “Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond blockchain” published in January 2016. Phil contributed the chapter on disruptive potential which explored the way blockchain technology might spark the next industrial revolution, and the implications for the economy and society.
He holds an M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Management from Exeter University. He received his PhD in 2013 with a study on “wicked problems”, (those without a rational solution), and how they impacted the operations of a government agency. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and spent 30 years working at a senior level in in the Financial Services industry.
Professor of Economics, University of Canberra
Prof Phil Lewis is the Director of the Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR) and Professor of Economics at the University of Canberra. Phil is among the best-known economists in the area of employment, education and training in Australia and is the author of over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters. Apart from a distinguished academic career he has worked in government and has produced a number of major reports for the private and public sectors. He has an extensive track record of economic analysis and econometric analysis. He has over 30 years experience of management of research projects in universities and in government research organisations such as BLMR and ABARE. He is Past National President of the Economic Society of Australia, Past President of the Western Australian and Canberra branches of the Society and in 2008 was made Honorary Fellow of the Society for his contribution to the economics profession.
Siemens Professor of Energy Systems, Newcastle University
Prior to joining City University London in 2013, Professor Corr held Professorial positions at the University of East Anglia (2009-2013; where he was Head of Psychology) and Swansea University (2004-2009; where he served as Head of Department); and previously, he was Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. His professional affilations include: Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol.) of the British Psychological Society (BPS; and also an Associate Fellow); Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA); and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council (CSci). Professor Corr is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Professor Corr is one of the Co-Founding Presidents (along with Professor Eammon Ferguson, Nottingham University) of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences (BSPID), which has the aim of furthering the scientific study of individual differences in the UK.
He was honoured to be elected by Society members to the offices of President-Elect (2013-2015) and President (2015-2017) of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID), which is the main international scientific society in this area of psychology.
Professor Corr holds editorial positions with several scientific journals in the field of personality and individual differences.
Research Professor: Energy Institute, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town; Fellow: SA Acad of Engineering ; Fellow & Past President, SA Institution of Chemical Engineers; Fellow, SA Institute of Mining & Metallurgy; Fellow: SA Chemical Institute (SACI);
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Computer Science, Princeton University
I am interested in computer networks and security, and why the two don't get along very well. I enjoy being part of all phases of a research project—from sketching ideas on a whiteboard, to implementation, and finally deployment and maintenance. To this end, I have worked in the three research areas listed below. I keep maintaining code I have developed in these research projects, so they are open-ended in some sense.
Keeping bad actors out of the Tor network
As communities grow in size, it becomes increasingly hard to keep out bad actors, and Tor is no exception because the network is run by volunteers. In 2013, I started developing exitmap, a fast and flexible scanner for Tor exit relays. If you have a background in functional programming, think about it as a map() interface for Tor exit relays. It allows you to run arbitrary, TCP-based tests over each exit relay. One of the main tasks of exitmap is to expose and block malicious and misbehaving exit relays. I recently broadened my scope to Sybil relays, sets of Tor relays that are under the control of a single entity. I am developing sybilhunter which is meant to assist in finding and analysing Sybils.
Early on in my Ph.D. studies, I became interested in the Great Firewall of China (GFW). I was first exposed to the GFW in 2011, when trying to understand how it blocks the Tor network. I have since revisited the topic several times, to understand how the GFW fails over space and time, and how its active probing component is designed. As part of my work on the Tor network, I also helped characterise—and circumvent—a censorship system in Ethiopia.
Motivated by my work on censorship systems, I became interested in traffic obfuscation, i.e., shaping network traffic in a way that it is hard to classify and block. I started by developing a small tool for server-side circumvention. It was designed to prevent the GFW from recognising Tor handshakes on the wire. The tool transparently rewrites the window size in a SYN-ACK segment, forcing the client to split its initial payload across two segment instead of one. Back in 2012, the GFW would not reassemble TCP streams, rendering it unable to spot circumvention traffic “protected” by this tool. I then went on and developed ScrambleSuit, a polymorphic traffic obfuscation protocol. ScrambleSuit can protect against the GFW's active probing attacks by relying on a “password” that is shared between client and server. ScrambleSuit has since been superseded by the faster and more elegant obfs4, which is no longer maintained by me.
I am currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Somerville College, University of Oxford, where I now research the interaction between Arabic, Greek and Latin thought in medieval law, with a particular concentration on the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
I completed by DPhil in 2014, at the University of Oxford, on the topic of the relationship between theology, scholastic thought and the early English common law.
Dr Ryan's area of expertise is commercial equity, in particular the liability of third parties to a breach of trust. Her PhD formulated a new classification for Barnes v Addy liability. Her current research explores breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial relationships and self-executing contracts, usually enabled by Blockchain technology. Dr Ryan designed and coordinates a commercial equity elective that examines directors’ duties, Ponzi schemes and the trust as an alternative to a corporate arrangement. Her teaching research investigates how authentic legal processes can improve law students' problem-solving. In conjunction with the UTS Connected Intelligence Centre, she is piloting the use of discourse analytics software to improve law students' legal writing skills.
Professor Phillip O’Neill is Director of the Centre for Western Sydney at Western Sydney University. Previously he was Foundation Director of the Urban Research Centre at WSU, and Director of the Centre for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Newcastle.
Phillip is a widely published international scholar with expertise relating to economic and industrial change especially in large cities.
He had held visiting research fellowships at Bristol University, The University of Massachusetts, the National University of Singapore, the University of Oxford and University College London. Phillip was Editor-in-Chief of the journal Geographical Research 2010-14. He sits on the editorial boards of a number of leading international journals and is a member of the advisory board of iBuild, a leading UK infrastructure research venture.
Phillip has held six prestigious Australian Research Council grants including his current grants which investigate Australia’s obstinate infrastructure problems and international infrastructure financing trends.
Phillip writes regular columns for the Fairfax regional and community press and is a prominent media commentator.
In recent times he has completed a 25 year outlook study of employment for Western Sydney, an investigation of mortgage distress in significantly affected Western Sydney neighbourhoods, a detailed audit of Sydney’s threatened agricultural lands, and a path-breaking analysis of Sydney's fresh fruit and vegetable supply chains.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Stellenbosch University
Phoebe Runciman is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town. She was awarded her PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Cape Town, after completing her undergraduate degree in Sport Science and her Honours degree in Biokinetics. Her primary research focusses on individuals with disability, including performance, fatigue and exercise pacing strategies of elite athletes with cerebral palsy, brain regulation and muscle activity during exercise, functional capacity and biomechanics of lower limb amputees using bionic or mechanical knee and ankle prostheses, as well as epidemiology of injury and illness of athletes with disability at major sporting competitions (Summer and Winter Paralympic Games).