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Robert Dover

Robert Dover

Professor of Criminology, University of Hull
I joined Hull in February 2021, as Professor of Criminology, specialising in Intelligence and Security. I am also the Head of Department of the Department of Criminology and Sociology.

Between 2016 and 2021 I was Associate Professor of Intelligence and International Security at the University of Leicester, where I directed the Postgraduate Research Community in Politics and International Relations, the Enterprise function in the School and our CPD provision.

Prior to this I worked for 9 years at Loughborough University and was until 2016 the Director of the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development at Loughborough University in London and Associate Dean for Enterprise at Loughborough University in London (LUiL), which was the largest project the university had undertaken since it gained its charter. These posts made me responsible for establishing our enterprise footprint in London, managing our strategic enterprise relationships and embedding enterprise and employability through the activities of the campus. I was - until October 2013 - the Academic Theme Developer for the Secure and Resilient Societies Strand, which is a key element in the University’s process of revising its core strategic approach. I have served as an elected member of University Senate and an elected member of the Joint Senate-Council Human Resource Committee and its subcommittees (including probation and promotion committees). During 2011 and 2012, I was Senate’s representative on two senior appointment panels (including that which appointed the new the Vice Chancellor). I have previously worked at King’s College London and the University of Bristol.

At KCL, I was a member of the College’s Academic Board and Director of the Postgraduate Taught Programme in Defence Studies, the largest social science masters in the EU at the time.

Between 2011 and 2020 I was the Convenor of the PSA/BISA Specialist Group, the Security and Intelligence Studies Group and from 2007 til 2015 I was Secretary to the ECPR Standing Group on the EU and then managed its communications.

Global Geopolitics Series

Gaza is now the frontline of a global information war

Feb 08, 2024 12:26 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine have become key battlegrounds in an information war that goes far wider than their tightly drawn physical borders. Carefully crafted social media posts and other online propaganda are...

Global Geopolitics Series

Israel-Gaza conflict: an opportunity for Putin while the world is distracted

Oct 12, 2023 07:23 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Time is an ally of Russia in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia needs to reduce its rate of battlefield deaths and remain militarily active in Ukraine for as long as possible. A great aid to Vladimir Putin would be a...

Global Geopolitics Series

Russian and North Korea artillery deal paves the way for dangerous cyberwar alliance

Sep 18, 2023 05:54 am UTC| Politics

Russia is currently firing some 14 million shells a year in Ukraine. They are only manufacturing 2 million. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, are firing around 2.5 million shells a year, but are also struggling to source...

Nobel peace prize goes to Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian human rights activists

Oct 11, 2022 04:37 am UTC| Insights & Views

On the 70th birthday of Russian president Vladimir Putin, the Nobel prize committee has recognised the work of three winners who are all battling against Putin or pro-Putin regimes. The peace prize has gone to...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin's mobilisation speech: what he said and what he meant

Sep 22, 2022 07:05 am UTC| Politics

When Vladimir Putin took to Russian television on September 21 he wanted to send three clear headline messages. The first is that the threat of nuclear war is credible and serious. The second is that partial...

Global Geopolitics Series

Ukraine conflict: how China could follow Russia's playbook to increase its own powers

Jul 14, 2022 15:34 pm UTC| Politics

Amid the restructuring of the global order that has been accelerated by Russias invasion of Ukraine, the evolving position of China had been lost in the fog of war. The heads of the UKs security service (MI5) and US...

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Economy

Latest inflation figures are good news

The U.S. economy is slowing, but not crashing. In the dismal science, this is what counts as good news. Thats the message I took away from the latest inflation data, released May 15, 2024, which showed U.S. consumer...

The budget is full of good news, but good news isn’t the same as good management

This years budget has something for everyone, with very little in the way of cuts and no new taxes. Its a classic good news pre-election budget. Whether it is too good to be true hinges on whether this budget...

Interest rates: the ugly dilemma facing Europe’s central banks – and why it’s a mistake to cut too soon

Central banks in Europe are discovering an old dilemma: when they lower interest rates because inflation is slowing down, its likely to weaken their currencies. This in turn may delay the fall in inflation towards their...

Europe is still in short-term crisis mode over Ukraine and lacks a vision for its post-war identity

Some believe that the war in Ukraine has fundamentally changed Europe, giving birth to a different kind of European order. That is, it appears to be driving structural shifts in the way Europe is run and organised that...

Mortgage prisoners: regulatory changes and low credit scores have left thousands trapped in a cycle of high payments

There are 8.5 million households in the UK who own a home with a residential mortgage, often with fixed interest rates from two to five years. Usually, when that mortgage deal ends, the borrower will move to another deal...

Politics

Why is the government proposing caps on international students and how did we get here?

The federal government is due to introduce legislation on Thursday to enable new caps on the number of international student places at educational institutions in Australia. These include universities, TAFEs and private...

Britain is not as broken as everyone seems to think

According to many politicians and commentators, the UK is in a very sorry state. Ahead of the general election expected this year, Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to fix broken Britain. He has spoken of his vow...

Belief in democracy is on the decline in Africa

Democracy in Africa has not had a good year. Military juntas from Mali to Niger appear to have cemented their grip on power. Sudans democratic dreams were dashed when the countrys two most powerful strongmen opted for war....

Term limits aren’t the answer

Theres no denying that the current Congress has been one of the most chaotic in recent memory. The paralysis in 2023 and 2024 over the selection of the speaker of the House helped lead to one of Congress most unproductive...

An obscure provision of Ohio law could keep Biden off the ballot there in November

President Joe Biden might not appear on the November 2024 presidential ballot in Ohio. Ohio law requires that presidential candidates be certified that is, the state must be notified that presidential candidates have been...

Science

Black holes are mysterious, yet also deceptively simple − a new space mission may help physicists answer hairy questions about these astronomical objects

Physicists consider black holes one of the most mysterious objects that exist. Ironically, theyre also considered one of the simplest. For years, physicists like me have been looking to prove that black holes are more...

Is dark matter’s main rival theory dead? There’s bad news from the Cassini spacecraft and other recent tests

One of the biggest mysteries in astrophysics today is that the forces in galaxies do not seem to add up. Galaxies rotate much faster than predicted by applying Newtons law of gravity to their visible matter, despite those...

Why are algorithms called algorithms? A brief history of the Persian polymath you’ve likely never heard of

Algorithms have become integral to our lives. From social media apps to Netflix, algorithms learn your preferences and prioritise the content you are shown. Google Maps and artificial intelligence are nothing without...

IceCube researchers detect a rare type of energetic neutrino sent from powerful astronomical objects

About a trillion tiny particles called neutrinos pass through you every second. Created during the Big Bang, these relic neutrinos exist throughout the entire universe, but they cant harm you. In fact, only one of them is...

The Mars Sample Return mission has a shaky future, and NASA is calling on private companies for backup

A critical NASA mission in the search for life beyond Earth, Mars Sample Return, is in trouble. Its budget has ballooned from US$5 billion to over $11 billion, and the sample return date may slip from the end of this...

Technology

Marathon Digital and Kenyan Gov't Collaborate to Revolutionize Renewable Energy Sector

Marathon Digital, one of the worlds largest Bitcoin mining operations, has announced a collaboration to transform Kenyas renewable energy sector. Marathon Digital and Kenyas Ministry of Energy Forge Alliance to Bolster...

Joe Biden's Stance on Pro-Crypto Legislation: Senator Lummis Speaks Out on Capitol Hill

Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) warns that President Biden may veto crucial legislation despite Congresss pro-crypto stance. During a May 24 interview, she highlighted the bipartisan support and the resistance from certain...

3 Major Crypto Trends to Watch During US Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

As the US gears up for Memorial Day, the cryptocurrency market remains active, poised for significant volatility. Key trends include increased trading volumes, potential Bitcoin resilience, and impacts on the CME...

Shiba Inu (SHIB) Just Lost Critical Price Level: Panic Sets in Amid Bearish Indicators

Shiba Inu (SHIB) lost a critical price level of $0.000024, triggering panic among investors. The tokens dip below this vital support level has raised concerns, with technical indicators suggesting more potential...
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