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In the Spotlight

7th January 2020

At Northumbria we are delivering world-class research that is making a real impact.

We conduct ground-breaking research that is responsive to the science & technology, health & wellbeing, economic & social and arts & cultural needs of the communities.

Our academics are sharing their research with the rest of the world, through public speaking, broadcast media interviews and in print.

Click below to find out more about some of the opportunities academics from across our faculties have been involved with in recent months.

*Please note, all external links correct at time of publication but may be subject to expiration dates.

Broadcast Media

From television and radio interviews to podcasts and live debates, our academic experts have been discussing their research in broadcast media around the world.

Professor Tanja Bueltmann - Humanities

Professor of History Tanja Bueltmann appeared on the flagship German political talk show Anne Will in September to discuss the political situation in the UK, including Brexit and the impact it will have in Europe and on European citizens living in the UK

Watch Professor Bueltmann on the show here.

 

Hannah Martin - Geography and Environmental Sciences

 PhD researcher Hannah Martin featured on Sky's Landscape Artist of the Year when the show came to Newcastle and Gateshead for episode five of this year's series.

With this year's contestants tasked with painting the iconic Tyne Bridge, Hannah was able to provide some key background information about the history, culture and identity of the structure.

Sky customers can watch the episode again here..

 

Professor Jason Ellis - Psychology

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research Jason Ellis appeared on the Channel 5 documentary The Science of Sleep: How to Sleep Better.

The two-part series examined why so many people in the UK struggle with sleep.

You can watch both episodes again here.

 

Dr Laura O'Brien - Humanities

In September, Northumbria historian Dr Laura O'Brien featured on the BBC Radio 4 Podcast You're Dead To Me.

 Alongside presenter Greg Jenner and comedian Dan Schreiber, she took a look at the early life of Napoleon.

You can listen to the episode again here..

 

Professor Jean Brown - Arts

Jean, who is Director of Northumbria's University Art Gallery, was interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Today programme about an exhibition of Norman Cornish's work which has recently gone on display at Bowes Museum.

You can listen to Jean's interview again here..

Her comments subsequently featured in a number of national newspapers, including The TelegraphThe Daily Mail and The Mirror.

 

Dr Nauman Aslam - Computer and Information Sciences

Nauman was interviewed on BBC Radio Newcastle, giving his expert opinion on the cyber-attack which was launched on the Labour Party's web services in November.

 

Claire Bessant - Northumbria Law School

Solicitor and Associate Professor Claire Bessant was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 for it's Women's Hour Parenting Podcast about the issue of 'sharenting' - in which parents share information about their children on social media.

Claire compiled her top six tips for parents to consider when sharing photos and videos online.

You can read more about sharenting here.

 

Hannah Martin - Geography and Environmental Sciences

PhD researcher Hannah Martin featured on Sky's Landscape Artist of the Year when the show came to Newcastle and Gateshead for episode five of this year's series.

With this year's contestants tasked with painting the iconic Tyne Bridge, Hannah was able to provide some key background information about the history, culture and identity of the structure.

This followed the bridge's 90th anniversary last year, with Hannah contributing to a number of events and articles around this key milestone.

Sky customers can watch the episode again here.

Hannah Martin - Geography and Environmental Sciences

PhD researcher Hannah Martin featured on Sky's Landscape Artist of the Year when the show came to Newcastle and Gateshead for episode five of this year's series.

With this year's contestants tasked with painting the iconic Tyne Bridge, Hannah was able to provide some key background information about the history, culture and identity of the structure.

This followed the bridge's 90th anniversary last year, with Hannah contributing to a number of events and articles around this key milestone.

Sky customers can watch the episode again here.

In Print and Online

Our experts have been sharing their thoughts and findings in a variety of journals, newspapers, blogs and online titles.

 

Professor David Smith - Humanities

Professor David J Smith, Founding Head of Music of Music at Northumbria University, was interviewed by Music Teacher Magazine.

In a detailed Q&A feature he told readers all about Northumbria's new Music BA (Hons) and Foundation year degrees, discussing what it was that made the course so unique.

You can read the interview in full on the Music Teacher Magazine website here.

 

Professor Katy Shaw - Humanities

Professor of Contemporary Writings Katy Shaw co-authored a lead article for the New Statesman magazine, which included a front page byline.

In the piece she discussed Brexit, the general election, devolution and Englishness.

You can read the full article, The English Question, here.

 

Professor Mike Rowe - Social Sciences

Criminologist Professor Mike Rowe was interviewed by Research Professional about his success in winning an Economic and Social Research Council Research Grant worth £329,384 for his proposal to study public perceptions of police.

In the interview he gives his advice to anyone applying for funding for academic projects, including making time to discuss ideas, however whimsical they may at first appear.

Read Mike's article in full here.

 

Paolo Gerli - Newcastle Business School

Doctoral Researcher and member of Northumbria's Digital Economy and Innovation Research Group Paolo Gerli was interviewed by Wired magazine for a news article about the Labour party's plans for state-owned broadband.

He was quoted in the article which was published in the run-up to the general election and set out how the failure of BT and its competitors shows why state intervention may be needed when it comes to broadband.

You can read Paolo's full article here.

 

Waitman Beorn - Humanities

Senior Lecturer in History Waitman Beorn recently had two articles published by high profile US news publications.

His article 'The War-Crimes Presidency' was published by The New Republic magazine, in which he discussed President Trump's attitude towards the US military and war crimes. Read the New Republic article online here.

A second piece by Dr Beorn entitled 'Here’s what a split-second combat decision looks like. I didn’t need to murder' was published by The Washington Post. In this article Dr Beorn reflects on his time spent serving in the US Army in Iraq, and how the military has changed under President Trump. Read the Washington Post article here.

 

Dr Ali Malik - Social Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice Lecturer Dr Ali Malik joined forces with Dr Kath Murray of the University of Edinburgh to write an article for Scottish newspaper The Herald.

The article explored the impact of the resignation of Scottish Police Authority chair Susan Deacon.

You can read the full article You can read Ali's full article here.

Speaking Opportunities

Find out more about the talks, seminars and conferences our academics have been involved with.

 

Professor Alfredo Moscardini, Professor Rebecca Strachan and Dr Tetyana Vlasova - Computer and Information Sciences

Professors Moscardini, Strachan and Dr Vlasova represented Northumbria University at the British Council International Education Conference 2019 in Edinburgh in December.

Together they presented a session which provided a hands-on exploration of how a systems approach, in which you to step back and see the whole picture rather than focusing on the individual parts, can be used to develop successful and meaningful partnerships. Between them the team have a wealth of experience in education, systems thinking and working with international partnerships across the globe.

The session started with a short overview of what makes a successful partnership, followed by a series of interactive discussions exploring how to construct a ‘common vision’ using a systems approach.

 

Professor Alister Scott - Geography and Environmental Sciences

Alister was the headline speaker at the Liveable Cities and Urban Nature seminar, in Uppsala, Sweden.

The seminar was organised by engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll and SLU Urban Futures - a sustainable urban development research collaboration based at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Scott spoke about his take on local cases and frontrunners in urban nature from Uppsala and Tierp, following work he has been carrying out with key Swedish agencies and researchers on urban nature and planning.

 

Professor Chris Newman - Northumbria Law School

Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria, delivered a talk entitled Seeking Celestial Eden, Protecting the space environment at TEDxWarwick.

The talk breaks down the moral and legal questions which underscore the New Space Age.

Starting with the seemingly simple question of ‘Who owns the moon?’, this talk delves into the many ethical and legal intricacies of space exploration, space mining and future interplanetary colonisation.

You can watch Professor Newman's full talk here.

 

 


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