Alan Lester's first degree was from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from the University of London. He has been at the University of Sussex since 2000, becoming Professor of Historical Geography in 2006 and the University's first Director of Interdisciplinary Research in 2013. He has held visiting lectureships at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury and an inaugural fellowship in humanities at La Trobe University
His role is as director of Interdisciplinary Research, Professor of Historical Geography, and co-director of the Colonial and Postcolonial Studies Network
He has have facilitated projects in collaboration with Kew Gardens, the British Library, the National History Museum, the Met Office and various humanitarian and global health-oriented NGOs. As director of Interdisciplinary Research he is now engaged in a wide range of such collaborations.
His is also international partner on the Australian Research Council-funded project, 'Minutes of Evidence', based at the University of Melbourne. Working with a number of state and Aboriginal organisations, this has seen a performance of the play Coranderrk: We Will Show the Country in a number of venues including the Sydney Opera House. The play is a verbatim re-enactment of a nineteenth century colonial commission of inquiry into an Aboriginal reserve and it lays at the heart of new teaching materials and approaches in Victoria.
Chair, APEC Study Centre, expertise international trade law, economics, Asian regional development, RMIT University
Analyst of International Trade and Foreign Policy
Former Diplomat (postings in Singapore, UN New York and Ambassador, GATT Geneva
Director of Masters in International Trade course at RMIT University
Author "The Challenge of Free Trade" 1990 and "Seize the Future" 2000
Alan Shipman is a lecturer in economics at the Open University.
Personal finance, currently focusing on the disintegration of insurance pools and the disincentives to household saving. Other active interests in: Chinese multinational business; impact of ‘academisation’ on knowledge; social economics; foundations of the market economy.
Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Surrey
Alan began as a physicist. However, he developed an interest in computing early on through signal processing for gamma ray burst detectors, and so switched to engineering after his BSc. His post graduate research at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton, was in adaptive filtering, and novel methods of recovering corrupted signals. Alan also worked on novel methods of noise cancellation, both passive and active.
After leaving the ISVR Alan worked for the UK government for many years and subsequently provided advice for some years. He has particular expertise in, and continues to conduct research into, cyber security, covert communications, forensic computing and image/signal processing. Alan has been involved in some of the most significant advances in computer technology which have seen him elected as a Fellow and chartered member of the British Computer Society, Institute of Physics and the Royal Statistical Society.
In addition to his academic and government work, Alan has run businesses focussed on various aspects of Information Technology (IT). In 2000 Alan was pivotal in the flotation of Charteris plc on the London Stock Exchange. He remained a director until 2008 at which point he began to focus back on his academic interests. Alan continues to be a director on businesses involved in IT.
Although Alan has been at the leading edge of technology development for many years, he is primarily a particularly good communicator. He is known for his ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple, yet passionate manner. He not only publishes in the academic and trade journals but has articles in the national press and comments on TV and radio. Despite the length of his experience, his hands-on ability with emerging technologies contributes significantly to the respect he is repeatedly shown when he leads teams where technology is involved.
Graduate Student, International Centre for Olympic Studies, Western University
Alan Oldham completed his undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada in 2007 and attended teacher's college at the University of Toronto, graduating in 2009. Since then he has worked in sport as a professional coach and also in communications as a regular contributor of content for World Rowing. In 2021 Alan began graduate school in philosophy of sport (focusing on sport ethics) under the supervision of Dr. Angela Schneider at Western University, London, Canada. He has a keen interest both professionally and academically in international and Olympic sport, the obligations of athletes, coaches and administrators, and the ethics of sport categorization.
Professor of Political Theory, University of Sheffield
Alasdair Cochrane’s main research interests include: contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics.
Professor Architectural Theory, University of Manchester
Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory and Director of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG) at the Manchester Urban Institute. She holds a DEA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (2001). She has been Visiting Professor at Princeton School of Architecture (2013), Parsons, New School (2015) and Politecnico di Turino (2018). She held the prestigious Lise Meitner Visiting Chair in Architecture at the University of Lund, Sweden (2017-2019).
Her research is intrinsically transdisciplinary and crosses the boundaries of science studies, cognitive anthropology, architectural theory and political philosophy. She is the author of seven monographs: The Making of a Building (Peter Lang 2009), Made by the OMA: An Ethnography of Design (010 Publishers 2009), Mapping Controversies in Architecture (Routledge 2012), Five Ways to Make Architecture Political. An Introduction to the Politics of Design Practice (Bloomsbury 2017), Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy (Cornell University Press 2020), Latour for Architects (Routledge 2022), Architecture After Covid (Bloomsbury 2023). She co-authored The New Architecture of Science: Learning from Graphene (World Scientific Publishing 2020) with the Nobel Laureate in Physics Sir Kostya S. Novoselov. She is also the editor of What is Cosmopolitical Design? (Routledge 2015, with Alejandro Zaera-Polo).
Her work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Polish, Turkish and Japanese. Yaneva has delivered more than 147 invited lectures at prestigious universities including in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Irland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysa, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. 42 of these were keynote addresses at major conferences. She is the recipient of the RIBA President’s award for outstanding university-based research (2010).
She is also the recipient of academic grants of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago (2003), the British Academy (2008), the EU (2008-2010), the Swedish Research Council (2019-2021) and the ESRC (2021-2022). She was a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economy and Society Research Council in the UK and serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundations of USA, Switzerland, Austria, Irland and the Netherlands. Yaneva was a judge for the 2017 RIBA President's Medals in the Silver Medal category, RIBA London and a panel member (output assessor) for REF2021 - sub-panels C13 and D32.
Associate researcher, University of Antwerp
I am Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the Catholic University of Congo and an Associate Researcher at the University of Antwerp. My research focuses on urban governance, police sector reform and informal economy in the Democratic Republic of Congo. My research can be accessed here: https://repository.uantwerpen.be/desktop/irua
Elder and research partner
Alberto Molina Pérez es investigador postdoctoral en el Instituto de Estudios Sociales Avanzados (IESA-CSIC). Anteriormente, fue investigador "Juan de la Cierva Formación" en la Universidad de Granada. Se doctoró en 2017 en Filosofía por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Realizó estancias de investigación en las universidades de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Francia) y de Lausanne (Suiza). Sus principales áreas de investigación son los modelos de consentimiento para la donación de órganos cadavéricos y los criterios de determinación de la muerte. En el primer caso, se trata de entender cómo funcionan los modelos de consentimiento tanto en la ley como en la práctica, especialmente cuando se tienen en cuenta los deseos de los familiares, y de explorar el conocimiento y las actitudes del público hacia dichos modelos. En el segundo caso, se trata de analizar los criterios médicos y legales de determinación de la muerte desde una perspectiva epistemológica y, en particular, de analizar el uso del concepto de función en dichos criterios.
Professor of Social Psychology, University of Portsmouth
My main research interest is deception, resulting in more than 600 publications and more than 30,000 citations (H-factor 87). I received grants from British Research Councils, Trusts and Foundations, Insurers, Federal Bureau of Investigation and American, British, Dutch, and Singapore Governments, totalling > $11,500,000. An overview article of 100 years deception research published in Applied Cognitive Psychology in 2022 (doi: 10.1002/acp.3971) showed that I have the most publications and the most citations in the field.
I work closely with practitioners (police, security services and insurers) in terms of conducting research and disseminating its findings. My book Detecting Lies and Deceit: Pitfalls and Opportunities (published by Wiley) is a comprehensive overview of research into (non)verbal and physiological deception and lie detection.
In 2016 I received the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iiiRG) Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of my significant contribution to investigative interviewing.
I was awarded my PhD in 1991 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) and came to the UK in 1994, when I joined the Psychology Department as a Senior Lecturer. In 1996 I was promoted to Reader and in 2000 to my current position: Professor of Applied Social Psychology.
Currently Senior Lecturer in International Law at Anglia Ruskin University. My areas of specialization include Public International Law and International Criminal Law.
Assistant Professor and a faculty in the Center for Comparative Education and Policy Studies, Addis Ababa University
lebachew Kemisso Haybano is an Assistant Professor and a faculty in the Center for Comparative Education and Policy Studies (CCEPS) at Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia. He has got PhD in International and Comparative Education from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. His research focuses on how national education systems deal with issues of identity development and the integration/inclusion of refugees. He has consulted with various organizations including Danish Refugee Council, Jesuit Refugee Service, UNICEF, Education International, and UNHCR, among others, on studies related to refugees in across sub-Saharan Africa. Alebachew has extensive experience working with refugees in the camps and urban areas of Ethiopia, and excellent insider knowledge of the refugee operation and refugee management systems in Ethiopia. Alebachew’s postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for African Studies focuses on studying the promises of Ethiopia’s new policy for inclusion of refugees into national education systems and the challenges of its local implementation using evidences from the Gambella region in the Western border of Ethiopia. His research project aims to explain how historical experiences of refugee inclusion/integration inform the implementation of the new policy; understand how diverse meanings of inclusion and different approaches for inclusion affect the implementation of the new policy; analyze hopes and fears of refugees and host communities related to the implementation of the new policy; and investigate existing capacities and incentives in the Ethiopian education system that can facilitate or hinder implementation of the new policy for inclusion of refugees into national education system.
PhD (City University London), M.A. (University of Lancaster), M.Sc. (FLACSO Argentina), M.Eng. (ITBA)
PhD Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of Guelph
I am an ecologist and entomologist with experience in habitat restoration, environmental analysis, insect taxonomy and genomics. My PhD research investigates plant-insect interactions in agroecosystems. I have 11 years experience with research in insect community ecology, conservation and scientific communication.
I work at the University of Guelph's Centre of Biodiversity Genomics. One of my PhD chapters focuses on analyzing the DNA of spider gut contents to explore their potential as bio-insecticides in agriculture.
Professor of Philosophy , Cardiff University
I did my undergraduate work at Bologna University (Italy) and gained my PhD on Quine at the University of Hull (UK). In the meantime I studied and taught for a couple of years at Syracuse University (US) before coming to Cardiff in 1992.
In 1996 I was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in School of Philosophy (General Philosophy) at the University of Sydney, and in 1997 I was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University (US).
My current work lies at the intersection of ethics, the philosophy of language, and epistemology and focuses on epistemic vice, silencing, prejudice and ignorance. My latest book is The Mismeasure of the Self: A Study in Vice Epistemology (Oxford University Press, 2021).
virtue and vice epistemology
epistemic injustice and the epistemology of ignorance
anger and affective polarization
Research Associate - Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Alessandro Manduca-Barone is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. His academic background is in economics, philosophy, and biomedical ethics. He has had the opportunity to work in various health and health policy arenas, including as a Policy Analyst for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and as a Strength, Conditioning and Injury Recovery Specialist for those with complex health issues. He currently sits on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair for the Stonegate Community Health Centre. His research interests have included: ethical issues pertaining to consent and capacity, competency assessments, clinical research with terminally ill subjects, medical assistance in dying, and care issues for those living in a continuing care context.
Medical Doctor; Co-Founded NCDFREE and festival21; Associate Researcher, University of Copenhagen
Dr Demaio trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia. While practising as a doctor he completed a Masters in Public Health including fieldwork in Cambodia to develop and evaluate a community-based, culturally appropriate health intervention for noncommunicable diseases, particularly diabetes.
In 2010, Alessandro relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on noncommunicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. He designed, led and reported a national epidemiological survey, sampling more than 3500 households to better understand national knowledge, attitudes and practices on noncommunicable diseases and risk factors and provide policy recommendations to address them.
Alessandro held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He has established and led the PLOS blog Translational Global Health, and has served on the Advisory Board of the EAT Initiative: the global, multi-stakeholder platform for food, health and environmental sustainability. To date, he has authored over 20 scientific publications and more than 80 blog articles.
In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against noncommunicable diseases using social media, short film and leadership events – reaching more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months. Then, in 2015, he founded festival21, assembling and leading a team of knowledge leaders in staging a massive and unprecedented, free celebration of community, food, culture and future in his hometown Melbourne.
In November 2015, Alessandro joined the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (Geneva), as Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition.
While a staff member of the World Health Organization, Alessandro alone is responsible for the views expressed in this column, and they do not necessarily represent the decisions or policies of the World Health Organization.
Lecturer in Urban Data Science and Sustainability, The University of Edinburgh
I am Lecturer in Urban Data Science and Sustainability at the Edinburgh Future Institute and the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Lanscape Architecture of the University of Edinburgh.
My research sits at the intersection of Urban Planning, Geography and Computer Science and I am interested in developing new spatially informed computational methods to better understand the mutual relationship between human behaviours and their urban contexts. This work blends traditional and new forms of data to provide quantifiable evidence of urban dynamics and inform policy making. My current substantive focus concerns how we can equitability manage Net Zero transitions within cities.
Senior Lecturer in Communication and Applied Linguistics, University of Portsmouth
I teach Communication and Applied Linguistics at the University of Portsmouth. I am interested in the representation of violence against women in both online and traditional media.
Senior Lecturer, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne
Alexander Bacalja is Senior Lecturer of English and Literacy Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and the Language and Literacy Research Hub. After beginning his career as a secondary English teacher, Alex has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for almost a decade. He coordinates and teaches secondary English curriculum in the Master of Teaching (Secondary) program at the University of Melbourne and works closely with the broader English teaching profession through school partnerships and leadership roles with Victorian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Association for the Teaching of English. His areas of research, scholarship and publications include: the impact of digital technologies, especially digital games, on the literacy practices of young people, critical digital literacy education, and English teaching curriculum and policy.
Alex has over 20 years of experience working in the child protection and out of home care sectors. She has worked in both government and non-government sectors, including homelessness, strategic policy and planning, child and youth engagement and residential care management. Since completing a Masters in Youth Studies with the ACU, Alex’s area of interests is in the connection between youth policy and practice and how best to translate this directly for workers on the ground and the children and young people they work with. She commenced work with the ICPS in September 2017 as a research officer.
Dr Alex Ireland is a Research Associate within the School of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University. His main research interest is in how the muscle and impact forces which squash, bend and twist our bones during movement end up determining their size and shape. This work has involved examination of a number of different populations from spinal cord injury patients to elite tennis players, and from toddlers to nonagenerian pole vaulters. Alex is currently employed on an MRC-funded project investigating how changes in our motor nerves affect our muscles and movements as we age.
Lecturer, Swansea University
I am interested in social and evolutionary perspectives of psychology, and have used these approaches to study topics related to face perception. My work has examined facial cues to personality, physical and mental health, and differences between men and women in terms of skin texture and colouration. I've also investigated the way cosmetics can change social perceptions and how they act on naturally occurring differences between men and women. My most recent projects have investigated body image and misconceptions of attractiveness ideals between men and women.
Lecturer in German, Aberystwyth University
M.A. in English Literature, German Linguistics, Applied Linguistics (English) from Augsburg University (Germany); MSc in Psychology (Chester, UK); PhD in Theatre Studies (Wales). I am currently Lecturer in German at Aberystwyth University. I am a Fellow of the HEA and a graduate member of the BPS.
My research focuses on performance philosophy and contemporary politics (especially Zizek and performance), post-1956 European Drama, theatre translation and on Easy German Grammar.
Associate Professor, Media Arts & Production, University of Technology Sydney
Alex Munt is a screenwriter/director and academic. He leads the Creative Practice Research Group in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at UTS.
Senior Fellow, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Adjunct Professor, International Human Rights Law, University of Ottawa, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa
I am an international human rights lawyer, with over 35 years of experience, including serving as Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada for 21 years.
I am currently a Senior Fellow with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow with the Atlantic Human Rights Centre at St. Thomas University. I am an adjunct professor of international human rights with the faculties of law at the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University. In the past I have been a visiting professor and a sessional lecturer with Osgoode Law School at York University and for several years was a lecturer with the capstone seminar in international human rights law and policy with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa.
Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of Houston and a masters degree in Physics from Odessa National University in Ukraine. Prior to joining Lehigh's faculty, Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy served as an assistant professor at the University of Memphis, where he taught graduate Macroeconomics and Econometrics, and conducted research on monetary policy analysis.
Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy's papers have been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and others. He has been the recipient of several research grants and his research has been referred to at the U.S. Congress.
Graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1994 with a BA in Natural Sciences. After competing a PhD in Neuroscience at University College London he moved to Stanford University to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in human brain imaging specializing in the neural computations underlying our perception of colour. Continued this research as a Principle Investigator at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco until moving to York in 2011. Current research interests include visual attention, the representation of colour and contrast in the human brain and the way in which these processes are affected by neurological diseases.
Emeritus Consultant, St Vincent's Hospital, Darlinghurst
Dr Alex Wodak AM was Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney (1982-2012) but is now an Emeritus Consultant. Dr. Wodak is President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation, and a Director of Australia21 and was President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004). He helped establish the first needle syringe programme and the first medically supervised injecting centre in Australia (when both were pre-legal) and often works in developing countries on HIV control among injecting drug users.
PhD in Civil Engineering (Transport), Monash University
MA in Social Psychology, Harvard University
Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Alexander Crizzle is a Gerontologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan. His interests are within the field of road safety that includes assessments for determining the ability to drive safely, commercial motor vehicle safety and alternative transportation, particularly in rural areas. He is leading a large CIHR team on developing evidence-based fitness to drive guidelines (funded by CIHR), as well as leads multiple studies on truck driver health and wellness and its impact on driver performance (Funded by WorkSafe BC and Alberta's Ministry of Labour). He's also leading a provincial study on developing a proposed alternative transportation system that is feasible and sustainable (funded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation). Dr. Crizzle is a member of the dementia and driving team, as part of the larger Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging initiative, to develop interventions for driving cessation in those with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers. He is also a member of the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive), an interdisciplinary health-related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers.
Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
I am studying the microbiome of ancient and modern metagenomic samples that are associated with humans.
Assistant Professor, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University
Alexander McClelland, PhD., is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Carleton University. His current research is funded by both CIHR and SSHRC, where he examines issues of incarceration, surveillance, public health, and policing. He was a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow with Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa.
Adjunct Researcher, Karolinska Institutet
After graduating from the study programme in psychology in 2011 with a MSc I worked as a clinical psychologist at an outpatient psychiatric care unit and as an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet. I became a Licensed Psychologist in Sweden in 2012 and have continued doing part-time clinical work in different settings ever since. I finished my PhD at the Department of Psychology at Stockholm University in 2017 with a doctoral thesis on the negative effects of Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy. After my dissertation I spent almost two years as a researcher at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Institute of Child Health at University College London. I completed a post doctoral position at the Centre for Psychiatry Research at Karolinska Institutet in 2021, where I am presently an Adjunct Researcher, doctoral supervisor, and principal investigator for the implementation of patient-controlled admissions to inpatient care in Region Stockholm. Since 2021, I am an Associate Professor and Study Director at the Department of Psychology at Uppsala University, and since 2022 I am the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.