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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

Net zero is not just good science – it’s also a good deal for ordinary people

As the UK moves into a general election, a misinformed debate over the countrys climate transition and legally binding net zero targets risks further dividing people. Much of this debate in the UK focuses on the cost of...

The UK has a growing food black market – and it’s making the cost of living crisis worse

The UK food sector has faced its fair share of challenges, and issues around supply are not uncommon. In the year to January 2024, overall food prices rose by 7%. To compound this, last year, the UKs Competition and...

Why do we need a Net Zero Economy Authority? And how can it fulfil its promise?

To support its climate agenda, the Albanese government is building new institutions. One of the most important will be the Net Zero Economy Authority. The proposed laws to create this authority are currently before the...

African countries could unlock billions in local and global trade – what’s working and what’s not

Africas share of global trade remains disproportionately small, hovering around 2%-3%. Countries on the continent trade more with the rest of the world than they do among themselves. Africa needs to improve its share of...

Race still divides South Africa – study shows little transformation in new suburbs in country’s economic hub

As South Africa reflects on 30 years of democracy, its important to ask whether its cities have changed for the better when it comes to racial mixing. During apartheid, South Africas residential development was...

Politics

Trump’s lawyers in lawsuits claiming he won in 2020 are getting punished for abusing courts and making unsupported claims and false statements

Over the past four years, U.S. courts and state bar associations have taken action to protect the integrity of the U.S. judicial system by penalizing attorneys who filed meritless lawsuits claiming without evidence that...

Election 2024: polling shows voters don’t believe the tax pledges

The two main parties contesting the UK general election have been unusually cautious on their spending plans, despite urgent calls for more public funding to tackle crises in housing, social care and the...

Wisconsin is a key swing state this year – and has a history of being unpredictable

Voters in Wisconsin now considered a critical swing state ahead of the 2024 presidential election may be among the most unpredictable in the nation. Although former President Barack Obama carried the state in the 2008...

TSMC Weighed Leaving Taiwan Amid China Tensions, Deemed Move Infeasible

TSMC disclosed it had considered relocating its chip factories from Taiwan amid escalating China tensions but decided the move was impractical. TSMCs Relocation Discussions Tensions between Taiwan and China have been...

Mexico: Sheinbaum faces uphill task to buck the trend and curtail spiralling violence

Mexico has reached a political milestone. According to a quick count by the countrys electoral commission, Mexican voters have just elected their first female president. In a society that has long treated its women...

Science

Eye exercises to improve sight – is there any science behind them? An ophthalmologist explains why you shouldn’t buy the hype

You may have seen advertisements claiming to eliminate the need for eyeglasses through vision therapy or vision training basically, eye exercises. These exercises include putting pressure on or palming the eye; eye...

The universe’s biggest explosions made some of the elements we are composed of. But there’s another mystery source out there

After its birth in the Big Bang, the universe consisted mainly of hydrogen and a few helium atoms. These are the lightest elements in the periodic table. More-or-less all elements heavier than helium were produced in the...

Engineering cells to broadcast their behavior can help scientists study their inner workings

Waves are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Whether its the rise and fall of ocean tides or the swinging of a clocks pendulum, the predictable rhythms of waves create a signal that is easy to track and distinguish from...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Technology

Altcoin Prices Decline Amid Market Volatility: Recovery Timeline Uncertain

Altcoin prices, including Ethereum and Solana, have dropped significantly due to various economic factors and market sentiment shifts, prompting speculation on recovery timelines. Examining the Causes Behind the Recent...

Trump Advocates for Bitcoin ‘Made in the USA’ After Meeting Mining Industry Heads

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Shiba Inu Burn Rate Jumps 3010%; 232M SHIB Tokens Reduced from Circulation

Shiba Inu (SHIB) token burn rate surged by 3010% on June 12, resulting in 232 million tokens being burned, a notable rise during the market downturn. Unprecedented SHIB Burn Rate Increase The Shiba Inu (SHIB) meme...

Critical Week Ahead: SEC to Comment on Ethereum ETF S-1 Filings

The Ethereum ETF is at a pivotal moment this week as the SEC prepares to respond to S-1 filings, potentially shaping the future of Ethereum-based investment products. Crypto Market Awaits SECs Critical Decision on...
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