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Steven Bird

Associate Professor in Computer Science, University of Melbourne

I study computational methods for analysing human language, in both written and spoken varieties. This involves scalable techniques for collecting and annotating large amounts of data from many languages. The long-term goal is to preserve hundreds of endangered languages. I have a special interest in undescribed "tone languages" in Africa and Papua New Guinea.

I have taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in algorithms, databases, informatics, philosophy of language, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, data mining, web technologies, and machine translation. Programming is an almost daily activity, and I recently published a book titled Natural Language Processing with Python.

I am co-developer of the new "Algorithmics" curriculum in the Victorian Certificate of Education, introducing university-level computer science into high school.

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Steven Hirschler

Steven is an associate lecturer of criminology and sociology at the University of York. He attained his BA in Political Science at UCLA in 2007. Following the completion of an MA in Comparative Politics at the University of York in 2009, he received his PhD in Politics from the University of York in 2016. His research interests include UK asylum housing, EU and non-EU migration and state responses to immigration trends.

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Steven Hitchcock

Tutor in Work and Organisational Studies, University of Sydney

Steven Hitchcock recently completed his PhD in Organizational Communication at Arizona State University and is currently a tutor in The University of Sydney Business School. Steven’s research examines the discourse of, and practice surrounding, aged and generational narratives in the workplace. Steven is particularly interested in the perspectives of young professionals whose voices often go unattended in organizations, the popular press, and in scholarship.

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Steven Maltby

My current research focus is aimed at characterizing changes in the bone marrow during disease and infection. During a virus infection, an immune response is rapidly induced. This immune response is required to kill the virus and infected cells. However, the immune response often also causes a lot of the damage and pathology that is observed.

I also work with the NHMRC-funded Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma. In this role I have a strong focus on communications and translation of research findings into the clinic and education medical professionals.

I completed my PhD studies with Dr Kelly McNagny at The Biomedical Research Centre, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada (2010). My research focused on the role of CD34 (and the related molecule podocalyxin) in pre-clinical disease models.

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Steven Weber

Steven Weber works at the intersection of technology markets, intellectual property regimes, and international politics. His research, teaching, and advisory work focus on the political economy of knowledge intensive industries, with special attention to health care, information technology, software, and global political economy issues relating to competitiveness. He is also a frequent contributor to scholarly and public debates on international politics and US foreign policy. One of the world’s most expert practitioners of scenario planning,Weber has worked with over a hundred companies and government organizations to develop this discipline as a strategy planning tool.

Steve went to medical school at Stanford then did his Ph.D. in the political science department also at Stanford. He served as special consultant to the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and has held academic fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and was Director of the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley from 2003 to 2009.

His books include The Success of Open Source and most recently The End of Arrogance: America in the Global Competition of Ideas (with Bruce Jentleson) and Deviant Globalization: Black Market Economy in the 21st Century (with Jesse Goldhammer and Nils Gilman). He is currently working on a new book, Beyond the Globally Integrated Enterprise, that explains how economic geography is evolving and the consequences for multinational organizations in the post financial crisis world.

Steve is the faculty director for the Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).

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Stewart Lansley

Stewart Lansley is a visiting fellow at the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research, The University of Bristol, and has written on inequality, wealth and poverty for academic and specialist journals as well as several newspapers.

He is the author of a number of books including The Sharing Economy, (Policy Press, 2016); Breadline Britain, The Return of Mass Poverty (Oneworld, 2015 - with Joanna Mack ) ; The Cost of Inequality (2011); Rich Britain (2006) and Poor Britain (with Joanna Mack, 1985). His previous academic posts include the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Universities of Brunel and Reading. He is also a former executive producer in the current affairs department of the BBC.

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Stian Reimers

Dr Reimers studied natural sciences at Cambridge, where he also completed a PhD in experimental psychology. He holds other degrees from Imperial College London (MSc Science Communication) and Birkbeck (BA English Literature).

Prior to coming to City University London, he held postdoctoral positions at Warwick and UCL, most recently, a fellowship from the ESRC Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution.

Dr Reimers is interested in high-level cognition, in particular judgement and decision making. One particular interest is in the psychology of time - how humans and other animals represent and make decisions involving time, in particular how and why people's discounting of delayed rewards varies across individuals and contexts.

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Other judgement and decision making interests include forecasting - how individuals and organisations can improve the predictions they make about future trends - and game theory - in particular, individual and contextual differences in strategies used for ultimatum, prisoner's dilemma and co-ordination games.

He also works on applying experimental psychology to policy issues, particularly the notion of what constitutes a 'fair' taxation structure. Further afield, Dr Reimers does work on executive control, cognitive ageing, sex differences and cerebral lateralisation.

He has wider interests in psychology, working regularly with the BBC and independent production companies on brain-science-related TV shows, and helping set up fun - yet valid - web-based psychology tests for the BBC website among other places. He also undertakes consultancy projects, examining consumer behaviour and the effects of interventions for major retailers and government departments.

Dr Reimers also has interests in using new technology in psychological research, extending from web-based research through running experiments on mobile phones, to work using Wii input devices - Balance Boards, accelerometers and the like - for recording behavioural data.

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Stuart Gietel-Basten

Stuart Basten studied history and demography at the University of Cambridge (BA 2002; MPhil 2004; PhD 2008). During this time, he held short-term positions in Poland, Slovakia, Italy and the United States. Following postdoctoral positions in demography at St. John’s College , Oxford and the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, he was awarded a ‘Future Research Leaders’ grant by the UK Economic and Social Research Council in 2012. In 2013, he was appointed University Lecturer in Social Policy and a research fellow of Green Templeton College.

He is also an Associate Member of Nuffield College; non-stipendiary lecturer in demography at St. John’s College; Research Fellow at the Risk Society and Policy Research Centre, National University of Taiwan, an Associate Research Fellow at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and honorary professor of sociology at the Beijing Administrative College.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, the Royal Society of the Arts and the Higher Education Academy.

He is currently chair of the Asian Population Association Scientific Committee, convenor for fertility of the European Population Conference, strand organiser for fertiltiy and reproductive health for the British Society for Population Studies and editor of the series Studies in European Population published by Springer under the auspices of the European Association for Population Studies.

Along with Professor Francesco Billari, he co-founded and is the editor of openpop.org, one of the world's leading collaborative blogs on population issues.

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Stuart Wilks-Heeg

Head of Politics, University of Liverpool

Stuart joined the University of Liverpool in 2002 as a Lecturer in Social Policy. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010 and became Head of the Department of Politics in 2014. He is recognised as a leading expert on the UK democratic process, particularly with regard to issues associated with the mechanics of the electoral process. Stuart frequently provides UK political commentary and analysis for newspapers and broadcasters regionally, nationally and internationally. He also contributes to a range of leading political blogs, and tweets on UK politics @stuartwilksheeg

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Sue Onslow

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study

Dr Sue Onslow is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. She is a leading British oral historian and is currently working on the AHRC-funded oral history of the modern Commonwealth. She is on the Editorial Board of the Cold War History journal. She is also a member of Chatham House, a member of the Advisory Board for the Marjan Project for Conflict and Wildlife Conservation (King's College) and on the board of the Young People in International Affairs at Monash SA University, South Africa. She has published extensively on post-war British foreign policy, South Africa, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and the Cold War in the region. She is preparing a monograph on South Africa and the Rhodesian UDI period, to be published in 2012; and an oral history of the Rhodesian security forces in the Rhodesian bush war.

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Sumon Bhaumik

Sumon Bhaumik received his undergraduate education at Presidency College, Calcutta, and got his masters and doctoral degrees in Economics from the University of Southern California. Since then, he has worked both within and outside of academics in Bulgaria, Germany, India and the United Kingdom. He joined the University of Sheffield in 2014.

His research interests are wide ranging, and include corporate governance and firm performance, banks and credit markets, and impact of economic (including financial sector) reforms. He has published widely, including in high profile journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Comparative Economics. In the past decade, he has also worked on a number of projects funded by ESRC, DfID, NESTA, UKTI and UKIERI.

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Susan Collard

Senior Lecturer in French Politics & Contemporary European Studies , University of Sussex

My research interests relate principally to contemporary French politics, and more specifically to the politics of culture and heritage during the Mitterrand presidencies, but I have also more recently developed an interest in the exercise of voting rights by European citizens resident in other EU Member-States.

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Susan J. Prichard

Research Scientist of Forest Ecology, University of Washington

I am a forest ecologist with a specialty in fire ecology. My main interests are in the effects of fire and other disturbances on forest dynamics, climatic change on forest ecosystems, and fuel treatment options to mitigate wildfire effects. I work with the Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory (U.S. Forest Service) in Seattle, Washington and live full-time in the Methow Valley near Winthrop, Washington.

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Suzy Solley

PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London

My research interests are primarily in gender, development, intersectionality, well-being, gendered agency, qualitative methods and South Asian studies.

My doctoral research explores intersectionality, well-being and agency amongst Nepali widows. The methodological approach taken involves a triangulation of qualaitive methods. My research hopes to not only contribute empirically to the limited scholarship on widowhood, especially in Nepal, but also conceptually to reimagine approaches to understanding and theorising widowhood. With this doctoral research, and my personal pursuits outwith this work, I hope to bring attention to the issue of widowhood and in some way improve the lives of Nepali widows.

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Swapnesh Masrani

Swapnesh Masrani is currently Lecturer at the University of Stirling. Swapnesh is the Deputy Director of the Stirling MBA. His research interests are in management history and strategic management. Swapnesh obtained his PhD from the University of St Andrews where he examined the strategic response of firms to growing international competition in the Dundee jute industry during the 20th century.

Currently he is researching the origins and development of governance structures of large businesses in India during the 20th century.

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Sydney Rosen

Professor of Global Health, Boston University

Sydney Rosen, M.P.A., is a Research Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Center for Global Health & Development of the Boston University School of Public Health and the co-director of the Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) of the Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. In collaboration with HE2RO and colleagues at BUSPH, she leads an interdisciplinary team that is carrying out a set of studies on the effectiveness, costs, and benefits of HIV/AIDS care and treatment interventions. She has also worked on other applied economics projects at the Center, including research on the economics of tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, malaria prevention and treatment, and air pollution. Her technical training is in public policy analysis and applied economics. She came to the Center in 2001 from the Health Office of the former Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Before joining the staff of the Health Office, she managed a set of HIID environmental policy projects in the former Soviet Union. She is also the co-founder and former executive director of WorldTeach, Inc., a nonprofit organization that places volunteer teachers in developing countries. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a master’s degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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Taku Tamaki

Lecturer in International Relations, Loughborough University

Taku Tamaki is a Lecturer in International Relations, specialising in the international political dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region. After gaining his PhD at Aberystwyth, he was Research Fellow at the Institute of Asian Cultural Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, and taught International Relations at Plymouth before moving to Loughborough in 2007. He has taught a wide range of courses on international politics and international political economy, including International Relations Theory, the United Nations and International Organisations, The Asia-Pacific in Global Politics, and the International Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific Region.

Having spent four years as a US Treasuries broker at Cantor Fitzgerald (Tokyo office), he brings first-hand experience of political economy to the classroom, having experienced the market turmoil immediately following the announcement of the collapse of Barings Bank in 1995.

Taku is interested in applying the concepts of International Relations and Social Theory to the international political-economic dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region. His main focus is on Japanese foreign policy in East Asia, spanning both Tokyo’s diplomatic- and economic relations with Asia and the US.

His current research investigates the images of Asia in contemporary Japanese foreign- and economic policy pronouncements. Here, he explores how policy elites understand and explain Asia as both a threat and opportunity—an interpretation that transcends both the past and present. He is also looking into Japan’s soft power projection in Western Europe, researching on the way Japanese government perceives its political- and economic activities in the EU and the UK.

He has published in leading journals in international relations and the international politics of the Asia-Pacific, including The Pacific Review, International Relations, and the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific.

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Tamara Hervey

I studied at Glasgow and Sheffield, and held academic posts at Durham, Manchester and Nottingham Law Schools, before joining Sheffield in 2007.

My main research interests are in the field of European Union social and constitutional law, in particular its application in health fields, social security and welfare, and non-discrimination. I have published on the European Union's competence in social fields, especially health law; on the regulation of tobacco in the EU context; on European public health law and policy; on the governance of stem cell research in the EU; on EU non-discrimination law and minority rights; and on the 'right to health' in European contexts. I am interested in socio-legal theory and method, in particular as applied to the law of the European Union.

I am currently working on two projects. One is an interdisciplinary project on the European Union's governance of health. This includes public health policies, such as anti-tobacco policy; the regulation of research, particularly in respect of new technologies; the design of healthcare systems; and the implications of the 'single European market' for healthcare. It also includes work on human rights. I am collaborating with scholars and policy-makers in the UK, on continental Europe and in the USA, from disciplines including law, health policy, sociology and political science. I am also beginning a project on global and comparative health law.

The other project is about equality and diversity in legal education and the legal profession.

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Tameka E. Lester

Professor Tameka Lester is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA. She teaches courses in federal income taxation and clinical skills. She holds her undergraduate degree from Winthrop University, her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

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Tanya Hill

Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museum Victoria

I am an extragalactic astronomer, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and am currently working in the field of science communication at Melbourne Planetarium.

I have been the Curator (Astronomy) at Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks since 1999, drawing on my background in research astronomy to create more than a dozen planetarium productions. The most recent of these are now screened in over fifty planetariums across sixteen countries world-wide.

I am proud to be the Australian Representative of the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Science Outreach Network. This sees me working with Astronomy Australia Limited (AAL) to promote ESO’s extensive research accomplishments throughout Australia.

I am also involved in projects to bring research astronomy data into the planetarium to both engage the public and to turn the planetarium into a tool for research astronomers wanting to know more from their data.

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Tapan Sarker

Senior Lecturer, Department of International Business & Asian Studies, Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University

Dr Tapan Sarker is a Senior Lecturer based at Griffith Business School, Griffith University, Australia. His research investigates how socioeconomic, regulatory and environmental factors influence the ways in which people use, perceive and govern natural resources, with a particular emphasis on economic and sustainability accounting principles. Tapan is a former World Bank scholar. He complements his research work with experience in government, international organisations, and iNGOs.

Dr Sarker leads a range of collaborative externally funded project funded by ACIAR, DFAT, NCCARF and The World Bank.

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Tapas Sen

Dr Sen is an expert in nano chemistry and nano-biomaterials with more than 20 years research experience from laboratory scale development to commercial products. He is the principal inventor of three Great Britain patents and has published more than 50 high impact peer review journal articles of his original work, two high impact review articles, two book chapters and seven articles in books in the area of nano-biomaterials chemistry.

He managed several research projects as a principle investigator in the past and currently managing a unique research area “Magnetic Hyperthermia” in collaboration with nanoscale Biomagnetics SL, Spain funded partially by Royal Society, UK. He is the coordinator of one on-going international project funded by UKERI (www.nanowateratulcan.org) in collaboration with two industrial organisations and one academic organisation. He has successfully delivered as a chair / coordinator of one International workshop on magnetic nanomaterials in August 2015 (https://nanowateratuclan.org/an-international-workshop-on-magnetic-nanoparticles/) and one international symposium “Functional Nanomaterials in Industrial Applications: Academic-Industry Meet” in March 2016 (www.nanosymposiumatuclan.net).

Due to his outstanding research reputation, he has been invited to present his group’s research work at top international nanotechnology conferences across the globe, chaired several sessions and participated as a panel member of several forum discussion with academic and industrial organisations. He is a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry, Higher Education Academy, UK and member of the Editorial board of two peer review journals, a member of the peer review panel of the research council UK and Royal Society, UK. He has also completed a foundation degree in project management (PRINCE II) endorsed by the UK government as the project management standard for public projects

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Tara Woodyer

Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Portsmouth

I graduated from Royal Holloway (University of London) in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Geography. I then went on to complete an MA in Cultural Geography Research (Royal Holloway, 2004) before taking time out of academic study to work in the area of Special Educational Needs in secondary education. I then returned to Royal Holloway to complete a PhD in Human Geography (2009) and Postgraduate Certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (2006). Following completion of my PhD (funded by an ESRC Studentship awarded through the Open Interdisciplinary Competition), I joined the Department of Geography at the University of Exeter in 2009 as a Teaching Fellow. In 2011 I was awarded an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, which I completed at Exeter alongside a period as Visiting Scholar in the Centre for Children and Children Studies at Rutgers (Camden) in the US. Following completion of my postdoctoral studies, I joined Geography at the University of Portsmouth as a lecturer.

Teaching Responsibilities

I deliver social and cultural geography components of the undergraduate teaching in the department. I am the co-ordinator of two human geography units:

Foundations of Human Geography
Place: Invented, Experienced, Represented
I also contribute to the following co-taught units:

Geography, Skills and Prospects
Social Geography: Geographies of Wellbeing
Research Design and Practice
Human Geography: critique and discourse
Independent study
I jointly teach a European residential field course to Berlin explores urban geographies, more specifically landscapes of memory, subterranean geographies and gentrification.

I have contributed chapters to the following book series:

The Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Geography series
The Open University’s Childhood series
Ashgate’s Critical Geopolitics series
I have also contributed chapters to the following reference volumes:

Springer’s Geographies of Children and Young People series
CQ Press Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture
Research

Ludic (or playful) Geographies

My interest in play extends to it role across the lifecourse, and coalesces around three key themes: the relation of play to the everyday, a reconfiguration of the politics of play toward an inwardly oriented vitality, and the ways in which play exceeds representation. I am particularly interested in the critical and ethical potential of playful ways of being and doing and how this can operate as an affirmative mode of critique.

Geographies of Material Sensibilities

My research examines how material geographies and sensuous geographies can inform each other in productive ways around questions of tactility, affect and relational agency. As a geographer, it is not only the material relations between people and things that are of concern to me, but also the imaginative spaces that can be configured through these relations and how these spaces are enacted in and of the ‘real’ spaces of the everyday.

Creative Methodologies

Influenced by my concern with material and sensuous geographies, I am interested in exploring ways of investigating non-cognitive and profoundly practical knowledges.

Current Research Projects

Ludic Geopolitics: children’s play, war toys and re-enchantment with the British military

Funding: ESRC Standard Grant (£492,850)

This project analyses military action figures for the purpose of examining a ‘ludic geopolitics’: how contemporary geopolitics are expressed and enacted through play. Studies of the ‘military entertainment complex’ have documented the entanglement of the military and toy industry, however work has focused on videogames in a US context. Despite the iconic status of traditional toys like Action Man, and the commercial success of the contemporary HM Armed Forces brand, action figures are yet to receive critical academic attention. Using an ethnographic approach, this project examines children’s embodied practices with the HMAF range. To contextualise and historicise the brand, this work is complemented by archival and museum-based research of the British action figure’s trajectory. This research critically reviews the status of children, mundane everyday practice and the more-than-textual in critical geopolitics, and makes a significant intervention in the interdisciplinary war toy debate by addressing war toys not just as ideological texts, but as objects in playful practice.

Please see my blog for more information about my research: http://materialsensibilities.wordpress.com/

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Tariq Modood

Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, University of Bristol

I am the founding Director of the University Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship. I have held over 40 grants and consultancies (UK, European and US), have over 35 (co-)authored and (co-)edited books and reports and over 200 articles or chapters in political philosophy, sociology and public policy.

I am the co-founding editor of the international journal, Ethnicities. My publications include Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (2005), Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea, (2007/2013) and Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (2010); and as co-editor, Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (2006), Secularism, Religion and Multicultural Citizenship (2009), Global Migration, Ethnicity and Britishness (2011), European Multiculturalisms (2012), Tolerance, Intolerance and Respect (2013), Religion in a Liberal State (2013), Multiculturalism Rethought (2015) and Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: Debating the Dividing Lines (Feb, 2016).

I am highly committed to public engagement and am a regular contributor to media and policy debates. My work is frequently cited by policy-makers and practioners and on several occasions has influenced policy. I have been Adviser to the Muslim Council of Britain and have served on the DfES Race, Education and Employment Forum; the Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain (1997-2000); the IPPR Commission on National Security (2007-09); the National Equality Panel (2007-10); and the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (2013-16).

My impact case study, ‘Influencing law, policy and public discourse on the accommodation of Muslims in Britain’ was one of three which collectively were ranked as 2nd in the UK by the Sociology 2013 REF. The importance of public intellectual engagement is expressed in this biographical interview:

http://www.tariqmodood.com/uploads/1/2/3/9/12392325/modood-interview.pdf

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Tayanah O'Donnell

Research Fellow, University of Canberra

Research Fellow at the University of Canberra working in climate adaptation and urban planning since 2013. Current PhD candidate at the Institute of Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.

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Terry Goldsworthy

Assistant Professor in Criminology, Bond University

Dr. Goldsworthy is currently conducted research into the use and perceptions of performance and image enhancing drugs. This research survey can be undertaken users and non-users of these type of drugs.

The survey can be accessed at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bondpiedstudy

Dr. Terry Goldsworthy has more than 28 years of policing experience in Australia as a Detective Inspector. He has served in general duties, watchhouse and as a motorcycle officer before moving to the Criminal Investigation Branch in 1994. He spent eight years as a Detective Senior Sergeant on the Gold Coast in charge of the CIB at Burleigh Heads.

Dr. Goldsworthy has completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws, Advanced Diploma of Investigative Practice and a Diploma of Policing. As a result of his law studies Dr. Goldsworthy was admitted to the bar in the Queensland and Federal Courts as a barrister in 1999. Dr. Goldsworthy then completed a Master of Criminology at Bond University. He later completed his PhD focusing on the concept of evil and its relevance from a criminological and sociological viewpoint. In particular Dr. Goldsworthy looked at the link between evil and armed conflicts using the Waffen-SS as a case study.

Dr. Goldsworthy has recently published his first book titled Valhalla's Warriors, which examines the genocidal actions of the SS in Russia during World War II. He has also contributed a chapters to the tertiary textbooks, Serial Crime and Forensic Criminology, published by Academic Press. He contributed a number of articles to the Australian Police Journal.

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Terry L. McCoy

Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies and Political Science, University of Florida

I am Professor Emeritus of Latin American Studies and Political Science at the University of Florida where I spent most of the professional career. I also held faculty positions at The Ohio State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. At UF I taught political science courses and inter-disciplinary courses and trained MA and PhD students.I also served as Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, Associate Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research and founding director of the Latin American Business Environment Program. I finished my career as Adjunct Lecturer in the College of Business at Illinois where I taught an undergraduate honors seminar on business in Brazil which incorporated a business case competition in Brazil.

My area of interest is on the political economy of Latin America, especially the environment for business and investment.

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Thas Ampalavanapillai Nir

Professor Thas Nirmalathas is the Director of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute. He is also the Co-Founder and the Academic Director of Melbourne Accelerator Programs (MAP) which supports entrepreneurial activities of the University Community through business acceleration models.

Prof Nirmalathas obtained his BEng and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1993 and 1998 respectively. Between 2000 and 2004, he was the Director of Photonics Research Laboratory (Melbourne Node of Australian Photonics CRC) and also the Program Leader of Telecommunications Technologies Program. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Program Leader for the Network Technologies Research Program in NICTA. He was also the acting Lab Director of VRL in 2007. Between 2006 and 2008, He was the Research Group Manager of the Networked Systems Group of Victoria Research Laboratory (VRL) at the National ICT Australia (NICTA), a premier Australian research centre of excellence in ICT. Between 2010 and 2012, he was the Head, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne

He has written more than 400 technical articles and currently hold 2 active international patents and 1 provisional patent application in the process. His research interests include microwave photonics, optical-wireless network integration, broadband networks, and scalability of telecom and Internet services.

He has serviced as chair of steering committees of Asia Pacific Microwave Photonics and IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics Conference series in 2008/2009. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the International Conference on Optical Internet (COIN). He was also Guest Editor for Special Issue on Opto-Electronics and Communications of the IEICE Transactions in Communications. He was the General Co-Chair of 2008 IEEE Topical Meeting on Microwave Photonics/ Asia Pacific Microwave Photonics 2008. He is currently an Associate Editor of IEEE/OSA Journal of Lightwave Technology. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of Optical Society of America and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

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Thees F Spreckelsen

Thees Spreckelsen studied social sciences at the Universities of Erfurt and Aberystwyth. His DPhil in sociology (Oxford, Nuffield College) focused on the cross-national comparison of national identities. Following his studies he was a research officer both at the department’s Centre for Evidence-based Intervention and the Oxford Institute of Social Policy. Thees has recently been Lecturer for Quantitative Sociology and the University of Kent’s Q-Step centre. As Research Fellow in Quantitative Methods he is involved in the department's methods teaching and provides methodological support to researchers.

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Thembi Mutch

Global Studies Associate Fellow, University of Sussex

Thembi Mutch is a global studies research associate at Roehampton and Sussex Universities, working on a collaborative post-doc project that explores narratives of modernity and cultural ventriloquism in Tanzania, related to the Chinese pipeline and the discovery of oil and Liquid natural gas. She completed her PhD, Women in Zanzibar: their discussions around Media and Modernity, at SOAS, University of London, in 2015.

Her research interests include: representation ethnicity and gender, China in Africa, race and diversity, Southern conversations (and Northern deafness), Tanzania coastal environments, media in East Africa, human rights and advocacy in East/Southern Africa, competition for resources in East and Southern Africa, pastoralism and landrights, mining, and human trafficking.

Before academia she has worked for over 20 years as an journalist, covering African arts and human interest and history for various World Service and Radio 4 outlets. She has worked extensively with the BBC: on radio programmes including Woman's Hour, Newshour, Farming Today, Musical Migrants and several documentaries. On television including various BBC, Channel 4 and European stations.

Thembi is an NTCJ freelance journalist, published by the The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Interpress Service, The Ecologist, Financial Times, Focus on Africa, Think Africa, Resurgence, The Ecologist, The Conversation, and The Daily Telegraph among others.he has lectured at Sussex University, London University (Birkbeck and SOAS) South Bank University, Brighton University and Birmingham University on various graduate and post graduate Journalism and Media Studies Courses. She has won the Prince Rainier iv award for investigative environmental journalism (2007) and been shortlisted for several others.

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Themis Prodromakis

Themis is a Reader in Nanoelectronics and EPSRC Fellow affiliated with the Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology Research Group and the Southampton Nanofabrication Centre of ECS at the University of Southampton. He previously held a Corrigan Fellowship in Nanoscale Technology and Science, funded by the Corrigan Foundation and LSI Inc., within the Centre for Bio-inspired Technology at Imperial College London and a Lindemann Trust Visiting Fellowship in EECS UC Berkeley.

Dr Prodromakis is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a Member of the INE and the IET, and also serves as member of the BioCAS, Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems and the Sensory Systems Technical Committees of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society. He also represents the CAS society on the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and is a member of the ITRS Emerging Research Devices Working Group.

He is an Associate Editor for Nature's Scientific Reports, the IEEE Sensors and the Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering. His background is in Electron Devices and micro/nano-electronics processing techniques, with his research being focused on bio-inspired devices for biomedical applications.

Themis's research has led in establishing a wide-number of bio-inspired devices and technologies for mimicking biological functions as well as linking these with electronics, with some examples including: memristive elements, integrated CMOS chemical sensors, cell-culture platforms, biocompatible encapsulation techniques, advanced neural interfaces and lately ion-channel mimetic (single-molecule) transducers.

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Thomas Hasting

Dr. Thomas Hastings is Research Associate at the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at Sheffield University Management School and Associate Fellow at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI). His research inquiries are geared to gaining a better understanding of working lives and the challenges people face when engaging with the labour market.

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Thomas Holt

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University

Thomas J. Holt is an associate professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on computer hacking, malware, and the role of the Internet in facilitating all manner of crime and deviance. His work has been published in various journals including Crime and Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and Youth and Society.

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Thomas Kochan

Thomas Kochan is currently Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management and teaches and studies Work and Employment Relations at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For the past 40 years I have applied my research by working intensively with leaders in business, labor, and government to update labor and employment policies and practices to catch up with changes in the workforce and the economy. I just published Shaping the Future of Work (Business Educators Press, 2016) that focuses on what workers, employers, government, and educators can do to meet the needs and aspirations of the "Next Generation" workforce.

I also teach a MIT "MOOC" on line course that addresses these issues. Information about the course can be found at: https://www.edx.org/course/american-dream-next-generation-mitx-15-662x#.VNuR5bDF9IU

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Thomas More Smith

I am an economist and finance professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. I specialize in the economics and finance of sports, entertainment, education, franchise businesses, wages and productivity, labor and macroeconomic trends. I teach across all programs at Goizueta -- BBA, MBA, EvMBA, Executive MBA, Executive Education and even offer a finance course for non-business students.

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