Olav Muurlink

Senior Lecturer, organisational behaviour, management, CQUniversity Australia

Olav Muurlink is a social and health psychologist, specialising in work and wellbeing, as well as attitude change. He is a senior lecturer in organisational behaviour at Central Queensland University, with a background in media and manufacturing SMEs. He is also chair of the international education charity, Co-operation in Development, which builds and operates free schools for disadvantaged children the delta of Bangladesh.



Oleg Benesch

Lecturer in East Asian History, University of York

BA (Alaska Fairbanks), MA (Reitaku), PhD (British Columbia)

Oleg Benesch is Lecturer in East Asian History, specializing in the history of early modern and modern Japan and China. Before arriving at the University of York, Oleg was Past & Present Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. He has spent almost six years living and researching in Japan, including two years at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo.

Oleg’s publications and teaching interests cover a variety of fields, including Japanese intellectual, religious, and social history, Chinese intellectual history, as well as the transnational history of modern East Asia. He has presented his research findings at academic conferences and invited lectures throughout East Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia. Oleg’s recent monograph, Inventing the Way of the Samurai: Nationalism, Internationalism, and Bushido in Modern Japan, was published by Oxford University Press in 2014. He is a co-author of the 2015 book, Civilizing Emotions: Concepts in Nineteenth-Century Asia and Europe, also published by Oxford University Press.



Olivia Remes

PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

Olivia Remes is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on mental disorders and is using the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study, one of the largest, European cohort studies looking at chronic diseases and the way people live their lives.

She has received a PhD studentship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

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Oludayo Tade

Dr Oludayo Tade teaches Sociology of Deviant behaviour and Social problems at the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan. He holds a PhD in Criminology. His research interests include crime, Media Studies, child labour, child trafficking, Family Studies, transactional sex and cybercrime.

He is an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). Dr Tade was a recipient of the University of Ibadan Postgraduate School Scholar Award in 2008-2010. He was a grantee of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI), University of California, Irvine, United States of America in 2013. He is currently a 2015 grantee and the principal investigator on "Dimensions of Electronic Fraud and Governance of Trust in Nigeria's cashless ecosystem, being funded by IMTFI.



Ottmar Edenhofer

Deputy Director and Chief Economist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Professor Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the TU Berlin - Berlin Institute of Technology and Deputy Director as well as Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He currently leads Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - which is focusing on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. In 2012 he was appointed director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). From 2008 to 2015 he served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Ottmar Edenhofer supports the Science-Industry Cooperation, the Workgroup Climate, Energy and Environment within the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as an active member, and furthermore advises the World Bank within the advisory committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. Since 2013 he is also co-chairing the new Energy Platform by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE). In January 2015, Ottmar Edenhofer was elected a member of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering acatech due to his outstanding scientific achievements.



Owen D. Thomas

Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Exeter

My primary research interests lie in International Relations, British Foreign Policy and Security.

My current research examines the work of British public inquiries into issues of security and foreign policy. Briefly put, a public inquiry is an exercise in social science. It explains the occurrence of social phenomena. Social scientists are aware that their methodological commitments are productive. Methods and methodology ‘make social worlds’ by framing an explanation in terms of specific understandings of causation, structure and agency, and political responsibility. Through a range of qualitative methods this pioneering research explains how inquiries conduct their investigations, shaping contemporary policy debates and public discourse on security and strategy.

Funded by a highly competitive ESRC 1+3 Studentship, I completed my doctoral research in 2014, which examined the relationship between publicity, secrecy and security through the Iraq public inquiries. From 2003 Britain conducted several public inquiries, each obstructed by official secrecy justified on the grounds of national security. This led to an apparent dilemma whereby a liberal ideal of publicity was balanced against security. I rejected this balance. Instead I showed how publicity and official secrecy are both tools of security, and that the inquiries are a site of contestation between them. This research, grounded in a range of qualitative methodologies, showed how attempts to seek either publicity or secrecy constitute security practices. The inquiries and the British case for war were united by the same security practice, thus a resistance to government secrecy in the name of publicity reinforces rather than rejects the basis of liberal war.

My research has also generated important social and policy impact. I have been invited to speak on my research at the European Parliament, the Houses of Parliament, and on BBC radio.

Through my research activities I have developed a successful record of external funding, including awards from the British International Studies Association, the ESRC Festival of Social Science and an ESRC Overseas Institutional Visit award for a Visiting Scholar position at the New School for Social Research



Owen Davis

PhD Candidate in Social Policy, University of Kent

I am a final year ESRC-funded PhD Candidate in Social Policy interested in the links between social benefit policies and mental health. In particular, I am concerned with how social benefit policies impact on social inequalities in mental health.

I became interested in this topic originally through my professional experience working in social care and local government. Since then I have applied an academic perspective to the question.

I also have interests in current issues in social policy such as the rise in food bank usage and associated food insecurity and have published on this (see below)

Did Food Insecurity rise across Europe after the 2008 Crisis? An analysis across welfare regimes., Social Policy & Society (2017)



Oz Shy

Senior Lecturer in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Oz Shy has has published three books: How to Price (Cambridge University Press, 2008), The Economics of Network Industries (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Industrial Organization: Theory and Applications (MIT Press, 1996). Oz Shy has published more than 60 journal and book articles in the areas of industrial organization, network economics, banking, payments, labor economics, and international trade. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Industrial Organization, and maintains a Website on banking reform (

Oz Shy has taught at the Universities of Michigan, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Stockholm School of Economics, Hanken School of Economics, and the State University of New York, and was a research professor at the WZB - Social Science Research Center, Berlin.



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