Vasilis is the Director of MBA Programmes at Sheffield University Management School and member of the Investment Committee of the PJ Tech Venture Capital fund. He has spent several years in Silicon Valley holding executive positions and has cofounded successful high tech companies.
Reader in Physics, University of Bath
I am a Research Fellow of the Royal Society and a Reader. Prior to that, I was a Research Fellow in the Cavendish Laboratory, at the University of Cambridge, where I was associated with Homerton College.
My research focuses on the interaction between powerful laser light and nanostructured materials. Powerful lasers constitute highly sensitive probes for material properties at the nanoscale, especially through nonlinear optical effect, such as Second Harmonic Generation (SHG). I seeks to apply SHG to chiral plasmonic nano/meta-materials in order to achieve enhanced chiroptical effects. The latter could enable the manufacturing of healthier and safer pharmaceuticals.
Chirality, Plasmonics, Second Harmonic Generation, Metamaterials, Nanophotonics
Founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc.
Victor began his career serving as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He served as a logistics officer during a combat tour to Afghanistan, and during a subsequent tour to Iraq was the officer in charge of an Iraqi Police Transition Team. Later, he was assigned to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, serving as Assistant Professor of Naval Science and Marine Officer Instructor. During this time, he taught a series of undergraduate military history courses covering the evolution of warfare in past and present conflicts.
Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
My research broadly includes impacts of and responses to sexual violence, conflict related abuse and torture. I am particularly interested in the effects of these on women seeking asylum, specifically in relation to accessing support in key dispersal areas.
I am currently researching the impacts and harms of the British asylum system on women seeking asylum in Merseyside, including the harms of immigration detention and wider forms of structural violence. Findings from this, and my previous research, will be published in my first monograph in 2016.
European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control (Board Member)
Sociology of Rights Group British Sociological Association (Law, Crime and Rights conference convener)
Prisons, Punishment and Detention Working Group (Co-ordinator)
Merseyside Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (Board Member)
Books and Book Chapters
Canning, V. (forthcoming – expected 2016) Asylum, Gender and State Power: Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System Oxon: Routledge.
Canning, V (ed.) (2014) Sites of Confinement: Prisons, Punishment and Detention, European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control Publishing.
Canning, V. (2011) Who’s human? Developing sociological understandings of the rights of women raped in conflict, in Hynes, P., Lamb, M., Short, D. and Waites, M. (eds.) Sociology and Human Rights London: Routledge.
Canning, V. (2015) Unsilencing Sexual Torture: Responses to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Denmark, British Journal of Criminology, Online First: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/08/14/bjc.azv079.abstract
Canning, V. (2014a) International Conflict, Sexual Violence and Asylum Policy: Merseyside as a Case Study, Critical Social Policy, February 2014, Vol. 34, Issue 1: 23-45.
Canning, V. (2014b) Women, Asylum and the Harms of Detention Criminal Justice Matters December 2014, Vol. 98.
Canning, V. (2011) Women Seeking Sanctuary: Questioning State Responses to Violence against Women in the Asylum System, Criminal Justice Matters September 2011, Vol. 85.
Canning, V. (2010) Who’s human? Developing sociological understandings of the rights of women raped in conflict, International Journal of Human Rights Vol. 14, nos 6-7, 847-862.
Canning, V. (2014a) Violence in Britain: Behind the Wire at Immigration Removal Centres, The Conversation, available at http://theconversation.com/violence-in-britain-behind-the-wire-at-immigration-removal-centres-25519 last accessed 26/08/2014.
Canning, V. (2014b) Interview: Amnesty International Finds Global Torture ‘Flourishing’ available at http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2014_05_13/Amnesty-International-report-finds-global-torture-flourishing-3174/ May 2014.
Canning, V. (2013) Illusions of Freedom: The Paradox of Border Confinement, Oxford University Border Criminologies available http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk/illusions-of-freedom/ last accessed 17/02/2014.
Canning, V. (2011a) Policy or Practice? Exploring Support for Conflict Rape Survivors Seeking Asylum in Merseyside, Asylum Aid: Women’s Asylum News June 2011.
Canning, V. (2011b) Transcending Conflict: Exploring Sexual Violence Support for Women Seeking Asylum in Merseyside, PhD Thesis (awarded March 2012).
Conference Participation: Selected
Lecturer in British Politics, University of Leeds
Since completing my PhD here at the University of Leeds in 2005, I have taught on a wide range of modules. My primary specialism is British Politics, with a particular specialism in British foreign policy. I have written extensively on the foreign policy objectives of both the Conservative and Labour Parties. I am also the BISA Foreign Policy Working Group Convenor. My PhD was a critical biography of the Labour MP Richard Crossman and was published in 2007.
I am module leader for the third year module British Foreign Policy and the first year British Politics module. I also teach on the second year modules Approaches to Political Science and British Central Government. I have previously run the third year Britain and the EU module and the Political Corruption module. In addition to working in POLIS I have also taught in the School of History and worked at the University of Salford for several years running their second year Labour Party History module.
Much of my current research is focused on British Foreign Policy. I have recently published an article entitled ‘Liberal Interventionism to Liberal Conservatism; the short road in foreign policy from Blair to Cameron’ in British Politics journal. I also organised a conference entitled ‘Britain and the Wider World’, held at the University of Leeds in July 2015, focusing on the importance of personal relationship in bi-lateral foreign policy. The papers from this conference will become a journal special edition.
I am also working on an article on Conservative foreign policy under Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard and am planning to begin writing in the near future on Britain’s development aid programme.
Senior Research Fellow, School of Information Systems, Curtin University
I have a mix of academic and industry project experience.
In the first five years of my employment at Curtin University I was involved in a lot of Industry Funded Projects, where I had to understand the industry problems and propose a solution.
I was involved in researching in diverse areas based upon the industry partners needs and develop solutions with my team of PhD students.
This has resulted in me gaining a lot of experience in a lot of different areas, which is quite unique to me as a researcher since most other researchers are focussed on a very limited research areas.
Further all my research so far has been of practical nature, with real world applications.
My expertise is in the following areas:
1. Information Security, Anti-Spam, Cyber Security, Steganography, Digital Watermarking
2. Wireless Sensor Networks, Smart Grids, Cyber Physical Systems, Internet of Things
3. Low Cost Housing/Construction, Decision Support Systems for Construction Material Selection
4. Consumer Engagement, Data Quality, Social Media, User Contribution Measurement
5. Big Data, Data Analytics
6. Business Sustainability, Aviation Emissions
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in eco-evolutionary dynamics of species interactions in multi-trophic communities. I conduct my research by the way of experimental evolution in laboratory microcosms with various microbes including bacteria, bacteriophages and protists. I am specifically interested in understanding the interplay between environment and ecology in determining the evolution of species interactions and how rapid adaptation might affect the composition, stability and ecosystem functioning of complex microbial communities.
Studying adaptation in real time
Experimental evolution is study of evolution in real time. The method involves culturing replicate populations of study species, such as microbes, in defined laboratory environments for hundreds or thousands of generations. The experimenter will control the environmental conditions but does not directly impose the selection. Instead, selection results from the “struggle for existence” between individuals within each population, and thus, selection is natural.
I use various species of bacteria, protists and phages as my study species. These microorganisms have inherently large population sizes and short generation times that favour rapid evolution. Species can be further cryopreserved in suspended animation, which allows direct comparisons between evolved, ancestral and control populations. Many microorganisms have relatively simple and well-understood genomes, which allow both genetic manipulation and identification of the genetic targets for selection.
Eco-evolutionary dynamics of predator-prey and host-parasite interactions in complex communities
Microbial community responses to environmental change
Cascading effects of antibiotics in multi-trophic microbial communities
Trophic interactions and the maintenance of within-species cooperation
Phage therapy in clinical and agricultural contexts
Senior Research Associate in EU Environmental Politics, University of East Anglia
I studied sustainable development and European Union politics throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate studies in France, Denmark and the UK (2005-2010). After two years at a leading French environmental think tank (IDDRI) I went back to academia to study for a PhD in EU environmental politics at the University of East Anglia (2012-2016). I am now a Senior Research fellow at UEA working on environment and the EU referendum.
Assistant Professor of Psychology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Viviane Seyranian is a social psychologist who researches how communication and narrative content can be framed to optimize influence and behavioral change, particularly in the environmental and health realm. Her award winning research on her theory called Social Identity Framing (Seyranian, 2013, 2014) provides support for the idea that implicating social identity in communication helps to garner support for social change.
In addition to her research in social influence, Dr. Seyranian also develops and tests a wide variety of interventions seeking to empower minority populations. Her research utilizes diverse methodologies ranging from lab and field experiments to qualitative methods such as manual and computerized content analysis.
Dr. Seyranian earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University and her B.A. cum laude in psychology and government from Claremont McKenna College. She completed her postdoctoral training at the University of Southern California.
Volodymyr received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona. He has taught at the University of California, Irvine, and held short-term appointments in South Korea, Germany, and France. Volodymyr's research covers various issues in economics of the aviation sector. He has published over 30 papers in scholarly journals. He co-edits Journal of Air Transport Management, and has advised The Netherlands Competition Authority and the European Commission.
David's principal research interests are in the areas of health economics and well-being, labour economics transport economics and open economy macroeconomic modelling. Prior to his appointment as Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in September 1995, David spent three years teaching at the University of Keele. Before that he was a Research Fellow, first at Warwick Research Institute, and then at Warwick Business School Research Bureau. He obtained his first degree in Economics from the University of Hull, his Masters degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and his PhD. from the University of Keele. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in September 2000, and became Assistant Director of the Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) in November 2001. He also served on the Quality Assurance Agency for Scotland’s Enhancement Themes Steering Committee for the First Year Experience Enhancement Theme. In August 2010 he was appointed Director of Learning and Teaching in the Business School. He received the HEA Economics Network eLearning Award in 2006 in recognition of innovative good practice in the use of eLearning to enhance economics teaching. In the July 2009 graduation ceremony he received the (student-nominated) College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Teaching. In September 2011 he was awarded the Student Nominated Teaching award from the Economics Network.
W. Rocky Newman (Ph.D. The University of Iowa, MBA & BS-BA Bowling Green State University) has been a professor of supply chain and operations management at Miami University since 1987. Newman teaches in the areas of operations management, supply chain management, and manufacturing strategy. His research interests include manufacturing strategy, organizational issues in supply chain management as well as supply chain management strategy. His work has been published in many journals including: International Journal of Production Research, The Journal of Production and Inventory Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, American Journal of Business, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, The Journal of Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Mid American Journal of Business, The International Journal of Operations and Production Management, The International Journal of Production Economics, The International Journal of Forecasting, Integrated Manufacturing Systems, The International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, The Journal of Supply Chain Management, and others.
He is on the editorial board of several academic journals and has served as the editor in chief of the American Journal of Business.
He has authored several popular textbooks in the field of Supply Chain Management. He coordinates the Farmer School of Business’ highly ranked Supply Chain Management Program at Miami University.
He has served on the Midwest DSI board for many years in a variety of roles including president and program chair for the MWDSI annual conference in 2003 and 2009. He served on the board of directors for the Supply Chain Council (www.supply-chain.org) from 2008-2014. He is SCOR-S certified and has incorporated SCOR-S into his teaching with over 250 of his students certified through 2014. He has served on the APICS Board of Directors (2014) and now serves on the APICS Supply Chain Council Board of Directors.
Wade Chumney joined the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics in August 2014. Prior to that he was employed at Georgia Tech as the Cecil B. Day Assistant Professor of Business Ethics and Law in the Scheller College of Business since 2009. He was previously an assistant professor at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee and a visiting lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Professor Chumney also spent five years in private practice before embarking on an academic career.
His research agenda focuses on the interplay between business ethics, law and technology: focusing on intellectual property, data privacy and security, and the impact of the Internet. Professor Chumney has been an invited speaker at several prestigious universities, including: the University of Michigan Patent Law Colloquium in 2012, ICN Business School International Business Seminar in 2012, and the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall Law School Spring Privacy Speaker Series in 2011. Additionally, he has been invited to present his research at numerous peer-reviewed conferences to discuss his areas of interest. He has also received several honors for his research. In 2011, he was awarded the SEALSB Young Scholar Award of Excellence by the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies in Business. In 2009, he was awarded the Outstanding Scholarly Activity Award by the Belmont University College of Business Administration. The same year, he received a best paper award from the United States Association for Small Business & Entrepreneurship (USASBE). In 2008, he accepted a Distinguished Proceedings Paper Award from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB). Additionally, he was honored with the Holmes-Cardozo Best Paper Award from ALSB, the highest honor given by the academy to a piece of legal scholarship in a given year.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Professor Chumney has a Juris Doctor from the University Of Virginia School Of Law, a Master of Science in Information Systems from Dakota State University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.
Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies, University of Technology Sydney
Wanning Sun researches and supervises research students in a number of areas, including Chinese media and cultural studies; rural to urban migration and social change in contemporary China; soft power, public diplomacy and diasporic Chinese media. Wanning is the author of three single-authored monographs Leaving China: Media, Migration, and Transnational Imagination (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), Maid in China: Media, Morality and the Cultural Politics of Boundaries (Routledge, 2009), and Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media, and Cultural Practices ( Rowman & Littlefield, 2014). She has edited numerous volumes, including Media and the Chinese Diaspora: Community, Communications and Commerce (Routledge, 2006). She is a member of the editorial board for several journals, including Media International Australia (ANZCA), Asian Journal of Communication, and Communication, Culture & Critique (ICA).
Lecturer in Criminology, Deakin University
Dr Wendy O’Brien lecturers in Criminology and conducts research on human rights and international justice. Wendy's current research focuses on children's access to justice, and on the legal responses to violence against women, children and LGBTI identified individuals. Wendy also conducts work on the practical implementation of public policy with a particular focus on the evaluation of responses to women and children in contexts of sexual assault. Recent publications include scholarly articles in the International Journal of Children’s Rights, and the Human Rights Law Review.
Prior to her appointment at Deakin, Wendy served seven years as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Crime Commission where she conducted intelligence led research, and provided policy advice on issues of sexual violence and the wellbeing of children.
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Associate Dean (Teaching), Director of the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, Loughborough University
Wilfred is a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship as well as Director of the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development. Wilfred has taught at bachelor, master, MBA, and PhD levels, in a number of different programmes and countries on the core themes of his academic research. His research focuses on collaboration for innovation, within and between organisations. Wilfred has consulted a number of large and small firms as well as government and NGO organisations.
Trained as both an economist and a philosopher, Wilfred focuses his research and teaching on collaboration within and between organisations to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. The approaches taken include social network analysis, (gift) exchange theory, and institutional theory. He has published award winning books and articles, in a range of international academic journals.
CURRENT RESEARCH AND COLLABORATIONS
Wilfred is involved in a number of projects with leading firms and academics across different continents. He is keen to collaborate with organisations that seek to improve their innovative performance, providing advise in exchange for research collaboration.
CURRENT PHD/RESEARCH SUPERVISIONS
Wilfred supervises PhD projects that focus on the antecedents for and effects of innovation for large as well as small firms, in particular the strategic implications for firms of their strategic choices where innovation is a key research focus.
INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES
Wilfred is an editor-in-chief of the Review of Social Economy, associate editor of Innovation Management Policy and Practice, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Organisational Change Management.
Business and political elites
Will’s research focuses on three areas. First, on the mobility, economic impact and social networks of highly skilled migrants. Specifically, he is focusing on the management of global talent in a range of economic sectors across different countries. Second, on how reputation and leadership is built and sustained within different types of institutions, with a particular focus on professional service firms. Third, on some of the methodological, fieldwork and practical challenges with interviewing business and political elites.
After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC and then a masters degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Dr. William Brink, CPA, CFP began his career in public accounting working for McGladrey in Wilmington, NC. These years of professional experience would prove to be helpful as Dr. Brink attended the University of South Carolina for his doctoral degree in Accountancy. Today, Dr. Brink lives in Oxford Ohio and is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy at Miami University.
Course Director (B Des Arch), Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Technology Sydney
William Feuerman is the founder and principal of Office Feuerman, a Sydney-based design office, founded in New York in 2007. Before starting Office Feuerman, William worked at several leading international architecture firms including five years at Bernard Tschumi Architects in New York.
Feuerman has coordinated and taught in graduate and undergraduate architecture programs in Australia and the United States, including Columbia University GSAPP, the University of Pennsylvania, and the interior design program at Pratt Institute. Since 2012, he has been the Course Director for the Bachelor of Design in Architecture Program and Senior Lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
Feuerman received a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD) from Columbia University, GSAPP and a Bachelors of Architecture (BARCH) from the California College of the Arts. He came to Sydney in 2010 via New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Professor of Philosophy, King's College
Editor of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. Author of the forthcoming book, Free Market Existentialism: Capitalism without Consumerism.
Professor of Contemporary Philosophy and Literature, Brunel University London
I am one of the leading experts on contemporary, continental philosophy in particular as regards how it relates to contemporary political situations. I specialise in the work of Agamben, Badiou, Derrida, Foucault, and Deleuze. I also work extensively on violence, conflict, terrorism, world politics and technology.
I teach a course on violence at Brunel University specialising in issues of capital punishment, technology, terrorism, surveillance and control. I have recently published articles in the media on ISIS decapitations and on the crisis in capital punishment in the US.
I have also published academic work on violence, for example: “Agamben, Benjamin and the Indifference of Violence” in Towards a Critique of Violence: Benjamin and Agamben. London: Bloomsbury, July 2015.
I am currently working with my agent on a book about the way digital technology has changed our relationship towards violence and death. Provisionally entitled "Snuff" it stretches from the use of social media to develop an intimate digital relationship with images of extreme violence, to the way digital technologies such as drones distances us from acts of war making them seem no more real than video games.
Research associate, University of Notre Dame Australia
Xavier Symons is a research associate with the Institute for Ethics and Society. Xavier has a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Sydney, and is currently a PhD research student with the Centre for Moral Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the Australian Catholic University. In 2016 Xavier is a visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. He is also deputy editor of the online bioethics news service BioEdge. Xavier has a strong background in the Catholic intellectual tradition, and has taught philosophy and Catholic social ethics at the Australian Catholic University.
Lecturer, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University
Yee-Fui researches in the areas of political integrity and the law, as well as the interaction between public law and politics. She is particularly interested in the influences on the contemporary Executive, such as ministerial advisers, the media and lobby groups, which has led to reactive government decision-making and policy-making.
She has conducted commissioned research in multidisciplinary teams on local government democracy, the regulation of political lobbying, as well as parliamentary integrity systems.
Yee-Fui was awarded the Monash Silver Jubilee Postgraduate Research Scholarship, as the highest ranking PhD applicant in the University, as well as the Monash Postgraduate Law Dean's Award, as the top-ranking PhD applicant in the Monash Law Faculty. Her forthcoming book 'Ministerial Advisers in Australia: The Modern Legal Context' will be published by Federation Press as a finalist for the Holt Prize.
Dr Ng is a Victorian Convenor of the Electoral Regulation Research Network. She has previously worked as a Policy Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, a Senior Legal Adviser at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as a Manager at the Victorian Department of Justice. Yee-Fui has also practised as a solicitor at top tier law firms in Melbourne, London and Canberra. She has researched and taught at the Australian National University and Monash University.
Yu Keping is the Chair of Politics, Professor and Dean at the School of Government, Peking University, Beijing, former Deputy President of the Central Compilation & Translation Bureau, and founding Director of PKU Research Centre for Chinese Politics. His major fields include political philosophy, comparative politics, globalization, civil society, governance and politics in China. Among his many books are Essays on Modernizing State Governance (Beijing, 2015), Globalization and Changes in China’s Governance (2013), Governance and Rule of Law in China(ed., 2012) and Democracy is a Good Thing (2010).
As a leading intellectual and advocate of democratic governance in China, Professor Yu has a number of honorary titles at many universities and was selected as one of the “30 most influential figures in the past 30 years since the reform in China” in 2008 and ranked in the “2011 Global Top 100 Thinkers” by Foreign Policy in the US. Recently, Professor Yu was selected as the “Most Influential Scholar of 2015” by the Chinese News Weekly.
Assistant Professor, Managing People in Organizations, IESE Business School, Universidad de Navarra
Yuan Liao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Managing People in Organizations at IESE. She holds a PhD in International Business from Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University and an MPhil in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining IESE, Prof. Liao was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Management at University of New South Wales, Australia. She has taught at Simon Fraser University and Justice Institute of British Columbia in Canada. At IESE, Prof. Liao teaches courses on leadership and cross-cultural management in MBA, global executive MBA, and Leadership Development programs.
Prof. Liao's research interests lie in cross-cultural management, cultural intelligence, and multiculturalism. Her research aims to understand the underlying mechanisms through which culture influences attitudes and behavior and to improve the way people work with others in culturally diversified workplaces. Her academic work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, among others.
Professor of Sustainable Operations Management and Founding Dean of College, Brunel University London
Zahir is Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Brunel Business School, which he joined in August 2006 as the Head of School. Prior to this, he was the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science). He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position where he completed a MPhil. His has a PhD from Brunel University in the area of investment evaluation before undertaking his leadership development at the Harvard Business School.
During 2014, Professor Irani enjoyed a full time secondment to the Cabinet Office, where he was a Senior Policy advisor. He currently maintains strong links across several Government departments and often advises on matter.
Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in Manufacturing Information Systems through to more recent works in Transformational Government. He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals. Zahir manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).
Under his leadership, Brunel Business School received the 2013/14 Times Higher Award – Business School of the Year.
From "friendship clubs" and two-line classifieds to flipping through faces on Tinder, the technologies and rituals of dating have changed much in the past 40 years. But how deep do these changes go? Does gender operate as differently within the new courtship realm as the range of new dating technologoies would suggest?
My research is intended to answer these questions, focussing on how mediated dating platforms (eg lonely hearts adverts, computer dating message boards, introduction agencies) have evolved since 1970 and tracking how singles using these platforms have put to work ideas of gender in their adverts or profiles. The study focusses on the metropolitan environment of London, where new technologies, fashions and experimentalism in relationships were more observably taken up than elsewhere in Britain, and considers the effects on daters of the capital's heightened discourses of consumerism, permissivness, choice and alienation. Crucially, London formed a major (though certainly not exclusive) hub of the Women's Liberation Movement, and the ways in which the newly strident and bounteous discourse generated by the movement was used, played with or ignored by daters is also of key interest to me, raising broader questions of how the political relates to the personal in the domain of gender.
More broadly, I am interested in Anglo-American and global courtship cultures throughout the 20th century (up to the present), and particularly in how new technologies are adopted, used or rejected by daters around the world. I am also extremely interested in historiographical debates, particularly those concering where lie the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary history and its sources, especially live digital ones like Facebook.