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Robert H. Nelson

Robert Nelson worked in the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 1975 to 1993 and is a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is the author of Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management.

Dr. Nelson is the author of more than 100 journal articles and edited book chapters. He is also the author of eight books: The New Holy Wars: Economic Religion versus Environmental Religion in Contemporary America (Penn State University Press, 2010); Private Neighborhoods and the Transformation of Local Government (Urban Institute Press, 2005); Economics as Religion: From Samuelson to Chicago and Beyond (Penn State University Press, 2001); ); A Burning Issue: A Case for Abolishing the U.S. Forest Service (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000); Public Lands and Private Rights: The Failure of Scientific Management (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995); Reaching for Heaven on Earth: The Theological Meaning of Economics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1991); The Making of Federal Coal Policy (Duke University Press, 1983); and Zoning and Property Rights (MIT Press, 1977).

The New Holy Wars was the 2010 Winner of the Grand Prize of the Eric Hoffer Book Award for the best book of the year by an independent publisher; and also silver medal winner for “Finance, Investment, Economics” of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”). Dr. Nelson has written widely in publications for broader audiences, including Forbes, The Weekly Standard, Reason, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Denver Post.

He worked in the Office of Policy Analysis of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior from 1975 to 1993. He has served as the senior economist of the Congressionally chartered Commission on Fair Market Value Policy for Federal Coal Leasing (Linowes Commission) and as senior research manager of the President's Commission on Privatization.

He has been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution; visiting senior fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; research associate at the Center for Applied Social Sciences of The University of Zimbabwe; visiting professor at Keio University in Tokyo; visiting professor at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires; visiting professor at the School of Economics of the University of the Philippines in Manila; and senior fellow of the Collegium for Advanced Studies of the University of Helsinki. He was also previously a senior fellow at the The Independent Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, scholarly research and educational organization that sponsors in-depth studies of critical social and economic issues. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University (1971).

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Robert Hanner

Robert Hanner is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. His research program in ecological genomics is largely focused on the detection of environmental DNA and has applications in biomonitoring and food security. He collaborates with a variety of researchers, both in Canada and internationally across academic, industrial, not-for-profit and regulatory disciplines. His lab currently receives support from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), Genome Canada, the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC) and various industry (e.g. Kirkland Lake Gold Corp) sources.

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Robert Herian

I hold a BA(hons) in American Studies from King's College, London, and an LLM from Birkbeck College, London, where I am also in the final stages of a PhD examining the law of equity via critical theory, including psychoanalysis.

I am a lecturer in law at the Open University and also a guest lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London.
I have written, presented and published on a wide range of topics, including papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and also in edited collections on law and its relationships with cultures and societies.

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and one of the founders of the Equity & Trusts Research Network.

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Robert Hortle

Research Fellow, Tasmanian Policy Exchange, University of Tasmania
Rob is a researcher and consultant with over ten years of experience in international development and academia in Australia and the Pacific. Prior to returning to his home state of Tasmania, Rob worked in international development, health, education, and government consultancy across London and Canberra. Between 2014 and 2019, he completed a PhD and Masters in International Development at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

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Robert House

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, University of Oxford
Robert House is a materials chemist working on next generation rechargeable battery technologies. His research focuses on new materials for lithium-ion, sodium-ion and beyond Li batteries and understanding the fundamental charge storage mechanisms and structural transformations which determine cell performance.

Dr House is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford. In 2021, he was awarded an independent research fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering to work on developing lower cost, more sustainable alternatives to the Li-ion battery. Before this he was a Faraday Institution Research Fellow working on the CATMAT project researching high energy density cathode materials for next generation Li-ion batteries.

He has a first degree in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge and completed his DPhil in 2020 at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Prof Sir Peter Bruce. In 2023, Dr House was included on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Science & Healthcare professionals in Europe.

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Robert Kalin

Chair Professor, Environmental Engineering for Sustainability, University of Strathclyde
Professor Kalin’s 35 year academic and professional career has focused on Environment Science and Engineering to underpin global sustainability. His scientific experience ranges from Hydrogeology and Water Resources evaluation of local to regional scale groundwater – surface water systems, study of global biogeochemical cycles and climate change, to isotope hydrology and geochemistry for water resource management. Prof Kalin's environmental engineering credentials include application of site specific groundwater treatment technologies, contaminated land remediation design (including sustainable remediation methods), and development of new chemical analysis techniques for soil, air and water to better manage risk to humans and the environment.

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Robert Kelchen

Robert Kelchen's research interests focus on higher education finance and accountability policies, including areas such as student financial aid, college rankings, and program evaluation. His teaching interests include financial administration, research methods, institutional research and planning, and organization and governance. His research has recently been published in The Journal of Higher Education, Journal of Education Finance, and Journal of Student Financial Aid. Kelchen’s research and commentary has been covered by outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, Politico, and Newsweek, in addition to appearances on MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, and KABC radio. His work as the methodologist for Washington Monthly magazine’s annual college rankings recently won an award for best data journalism from the Education Writers Association.

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Robert Knobel

Associate Professor, Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy, Queen's University, Ontario
For over 2 years I've been leading the outreach and education efforts at Queen's University in preparing for the solar eclipse in April 2024. I was kept inside during a solar eclipse in 1979 to keep our school safe - and as a space-fascinated 12-year-old I was devastated. At Queen's we've been working to help the community safely see the eclipse, but also using it as a springboard for deeper understanding and inspiration for learning about astronomy and science for the whole community.

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Robert Kopp

Associate Professor, Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences, and Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University

Robert Kopp serves at Rutgers University as an associate professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and as Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute. His research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy. He served as the lead scientist for the Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus (Columbia University Press) and was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2014 Fifth Assessment Report. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Prof. Kopp served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Policy and International Affairs and as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and his undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago. He is a Leopold Leadership Fellow and a recipient of the International Union for Quaternary Research’s Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal and the American Geophysical Union’s William Gilbert Medal.

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Robert Krause

Acting Head of Environmental Justice, Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), University of the Witwatersrand
Robert Krause is the acting head of the Environmental Justice Programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), a public interest law organisation and law clinic based at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has been a researcher in this programme for more than 10 years.

Robert is also a member of the steering committee of the Climate Justice Coalition.

He obtained an LLB and an LLM in public and constitutional law from the University of Cape Town. His LLM thesis addressed the issue of substantive limits to amendments of the South African constitution.

His work involves conducting research on the mining and environmental legal regime. Particular focus areas of the Environmental Justice Programme include public participation in decisions about the environment and the use of natural resources, legislation and policy instruments to transform the mining sector (including social and labour plans and the mining charter), and environmentally-focused spatial planning. His research interests include participatory governance and development and Marxist social theory as a lens for understanding inequality in South Africa, including environmental injustice.

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Robert Macdonald1

Research Fellow in African Studies, The University of Edinburgh
Robert Macdonald is a research fellow working on the 'Local Perceptions and Media Representations of Election Observation in Africa' project. The project investigates the perceptions of observation missions and the ways in which information about these missions circulates in countries hosting observation missions. His broader research interests are in African politics and elections, with a particular focus on Tanzania. He has also been working on the UKRI GCRF/Newton Fund 'African Elections during the COVID-19 Pandemic' project, which looks at ways of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on African elections.

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Robert MacIntosh

Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, Newcastle
I am a specialist in strategy and organizational change. I take a particular interest in what people do in the development of strategy and have therefore studied away days and workshops as well as conducting longitudinal studies with a range of FTSE-listed organizations, major public-sector organizations and SMEs. My recent book "Strategic Management: strategists at work" (Bloomsbury, 2023) offers advice on how to develop strategy.

I Chair the Chartered Association of Business Schools, was formerly the Chair of the charity Turning Point Scotland and am a non-executive board member of Revenue Scotland, the devolved tax authority of the Scottish Government. I am a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Academy of Social Sciences and the British Academy of Management.

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Robert MacIntosh

I am a specialist in strategy and organizational change. I take a particular interest in what people do in the development of strategy and have therefore studied away days and workshops as well as conducting longitudinal studies with a range of FTSE-listed organizations, major public-sector organizations and SMEs. I have published extensively on these topics including "Managing change: enquiry and action" (Cambridge University Press, 2012 with Nic Beech) and "Strategic Management: strategists at work" (Palgrave, 2015 with Donald MacLean). I hold a PhD in engineering, am a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Chartered Management Institute as well as sitting on the Council of the British Academy of Management. As Head of School at Heriot-Watt I am responsible for staff and students at our campus locations in Edinburgh (UK), Dubai (UAE) and Putrajaya (Malaysia).

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Robert Marks

Originally trained as a structural engineer (with a Master's from the University of Melbourne), Robert completed a PhD in economics at Stanford. He was a founding faculty member at the Australian Graduate School of Management, where he taught economics, game theory, and ethics from 1977 to 2006, when it was dissolved.

Since then he has been a professor (full, visitor, and emeritus) of economics at UNSW, and latterly a professorial fellow at his alma mater, involved with the Centre for Ethical Leadership. For thirteen years he was the General Editor of the Australian Journal of Management.

His research interests range from energy and environmental policy, drugs policy, to oligopolistic behaviour and the validation of simulation models. He has been involved in many consulting projects with private and government bodies. In 1997 an entry of his won the Second M.I.T. Competitive Strategy Tournament. He presented the Fourth Herbert Simon Seminar Series, on Agent-Based Computational Economics and Market Design, in Taiwan in 2005.

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Robert Mattes

Professor in Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, and Adjunct Professor in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, University of Cape Town
Professor Mattes is Senior Adviser to, and co-founder of Afrobarometer, a ground-breaking regular survey of public opinion in 37 African countries.

He is also the co-author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and the co-editor (with David Denemark and Richard Niemi) of Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make A Difference? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016).

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Robert McCauley

Professor at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University
Professor Robert McCauley is a research scientist at the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. Professor McCauley has been studying how the noise from seismic survey signals impacts marine fauna since 1992 and has been involved with experiments of seismic impacts on plankton, scallops, lobster, squid, octopus, fish, sea turtles and whales. McCauley has spent a career listening to Australia's ocean: trying to understand the numerous biological signals recorded, how they are made and detected by the animals concerned, why they are made and how us humans can use the sounds to study or monitor fauna; plus understanding the myriad of complexities of how sound behaves in the ocean and natural physical ocean noise.

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Robert Merkel

Robert's primary research interest is in software engineering, and specificially software testing and reliability.

His work on adaptive random testing has been cited in the latest version of the IEEE Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK), guide to "generally accepted knowledge". The IEEE is the global professional organization of software engineering practitioners and researchers.

He has also conducted research into testing web applications, as well as the social and psychological aspects of testing and broader software engineering practice.

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Robert Nkuna

Professor of Practice, North-West University
Robert Nkuna is the Director-General of the Department of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation in the Presidency of South Africa. He joined the department after serving in the same position in the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services for four years.

He has a wealth of experience in public administration, communication and policy development. His vast leadership experience dates back to his days as a student activist and advisory roles in government. He served as an advisor to the Ministries of Telecommunications, Transport & Energy in the Republic of South Africa. Between 2006 and 2010, he was a councillor at the communications regulator - the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. He also served on various boards including South African Post Office and the Media Development & Diversity Agency.

He holds a Master’s degree and is currently pursuing his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, focusing on the regulation of administered prices in Infrastructure and utility industries.

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Robert Nyenhuis

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Robert Nyenhuis is an associate professor in the Political Science department at California State University, Pomona. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on populism, voting behavior, and public opinion in the developing world. He has published in the Journal of Modern African Studies, African Studies Review, and Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Robert currently serves as an Associate Editor at the African Studies Review.

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Robert Oakes

Senior Researcher, United Nations University
Dr. Robert Oakes works in the Environment and Migration: Interactions and Choices (EMIC) Division at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS). He researches the reasons for, and outcomes of mobility including evacuation, displacement, voluntary migration, planned relocation in addition to those who are unwilling, or unable to move. In so doing, he hopes to contribute to understanding in which circumstances mobility should be considered a form of adaptation, and when it represents loss and damage. He undertook his PhD at the University of Sussex where he investigated evacuation decision-making.

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Robert Olson

Senior Lecturer of Computing Security, Rochester Institute of Technology
I am a specialist in web application security, mobile application security, and offensive cybersecurity. I have been teaching cybersecurity courses since 2011 and have taught courses in web application security, mobile application security, reverse engineering, malware development, exploit development, and penetration testing. I have spoken at and conducted professional trainings at numerous industry-focused cybersecurity conferences on topics in offensive cybersecurity and cybersecurity education. In addition to my education and experience teaching cybersecurity, I also hold the following certifications: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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Robert Overstreet

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, Iowa State University
Dr. Robert E. Overstreet is an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management. His role is to help advance supply chain management research and outreach in the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. Dr. Overstreet engages in industry-based research and enjoys building research and student relationships between academia and practice. In addition to his formal education, he holds multiple industry certifications (Certified Professional Logistician, Certified in Transportation and Logistics, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt). Prior to entering academia, Dr. Overstreet served in the United States Air Force for nearly 28 years in leadership positions across several functional areas including logistics planning and analysis, transportation and vehicle management, as well as multi-national logistics operations. His combat deployments include one year near Mosul, Iraq where he advised a two-star Iraqi general on the care and provisioning of the 2nd and 3rd Iraqi Armies and six months near Herat, Afghanistan, where he served as the garrison commander of Camp Arena as well as senior logistician in Train Advise Assist Command–West. He also served as a sub-regional commander for Defense Logistics Agency–Energy Middle East in Bahrain where he was responsible for Department of Defense energy needs in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Syria.

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Robert Park1

Judith and David Coffey Chair in Sustainable Agriculture, Plant Breeding Institute, University of Sydney
Professor Robert Park’s career began after he completed a PhD in Plant Pathology at La Trobe University in 1984. His first appointment was with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, where he worked on the impact of wheat stripe rust in the north eastern Australian wheat belt. He was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney’s Plant Breeding Institute in 1988, and has worked there since on rust diseases of cereals. Professor Park was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt research award in Germany in 1995, and a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to the USA in 2010. In recognition of his work in China, he was awarded the Friendship Award of China in 2009. This is the highest honour that the Chinese Government bestows on foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to China.

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Robert Patalano

Lecturer of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Bryant University
I am an archaeologist and biological anthropologist who specializes in early human paleoecology. I am currently a Lecturer in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, School of Health & Behavioral Sciences, Bryant University and a Research Affiliate in the isoTROPIC Research Group at the Max Planck Institute of Geoanthropology.

My research lies at the intersection of paleoanthropology, paleoecology, and geochemistry and combines traditional archaeological field methods with lipidomics and isotope studies to cast new, detailed light on relationships between environmental processes, cultural change, and human evolution. I have an extensive research portfolio and network which geographically spans eastern, southern, and western Africa, the Middle East, east and southeast Asia, and western Europe, and temporally covers the past two million years.

Much of my work investigates the role climatic and environmental variability had in shaping human origins and diversification. To do so, I use a suite of archaeological biomarkers to reconstruct past plant ecology and water availability (plant waxes), anthropogenic fire history (aromatic hydrocarbons), and population dynamics (faecal stanols and sterols). I am also an expert in multiple gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analytical techniques, including compound specific stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry.

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Robert Reinecke

Professor, Earth systems modelling, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
My research focuses on global groundwater in the context of global hydrological modeling. I'm interested in surface water body to groundwater interaction, human impact on groundwater resources and the impact of climate change on the hydrological cycle.

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Robert Reynolds

Professor of Modern History, Macquarie University
Robert Reynolds is a Professor of Modern History at Macquarie University.

He has published widely on gay history, oral history and psychoanalysis.

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Robert Robinson

Associate Professor, Ornithology, University of East Anglia
Rob is one of the senior scientists at the British Trust for Ornithology and holds an affiliation with the University of East Anglia. He provides strategic leadership and co-ordination of research across BTO as a whole. This includes improving the support our scientists have to undertake analyses effectively and ensuring best use is made of the valuable data collected by volunteers both for academic research and to inform policy. He is interested in how changes in bird populations and distributions are determined by demography, particularly the combination of survival and productivity, and his research focusses on understanding how these processes operate, particularly within an applied context.

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Robert Rosenberger

Professor, School of Public Policy, Georgia Institute of Technology
Robert Rosenberger is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and is currently serving as the President of the Society for Philosophy & Technology. His research in the philosophy of technology explores the habitual relationships people develop with everyday devices, with applications in design and policy. This includes lines of research into the driving impairment of smartphone usage, the educational advantages of computer-simulated frog dissection, the roles of imaging devices in scientific debates, and the critique of hostile design and architecture (especially anti-homeless design). His edited and co-edited books include Postphenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations, Postphenomenology and Imaging: How to Read Technology, The Critical Ihde, and the interview book Philosophy of Science: 5 Questions. His monographs include Callous Objects: Designs Against the Homeless, and Distracted: A Philosophy of Cars and Phones.

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Robert Samuels

Continuing Lecturer in Writing, University of California, Santa Barbara
Bob Samuels' research interests include academic writing, social science writing, psychoanalysis, rhetoric, and media. He holds doctorates in Psychology and English, and he is the author of numerous books, most recently "Political Pathologies from The Sopranos to Succession," "Educating Inequality: Beyond the Political Myths of Higher Education and the Job Market," "The Politics of Writing Studies: Reinventing Our Universities from Below," and "Why Public Higher Education Should Be Free."

He blogs at Changing Universities.

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Robert Schertzer

Associate Professor of Politics, University of Toronto
Robert Schertzer is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He publishes and teaches on the intersection of three areas: federalism, constitutional law, and the politics of national identity. His work has appeared in many top venues, including Ethnic and Racial Studies; Publius; Nations and Nationalism and the International Journal of Constitutional Law. His first book, The Judicial Role in a Diverse Federation (2016, UTP), was shortlisted for the best book on Canadian politics by the Canadian Political Science Association. Prior to joining UofT, he spent a decade with the Government of Canada working on social policy, immigration policy and intergovernmental relations.

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Robert Sears

Graduate Research Assistant in Plant Science, University of Tennessee
Rob is a PhD student in the Plant Sciences Department and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Stewart Biotechnology Lab at the University of Tennessee. The focus of his work is the creation of novel environmental sensors using biological sense-and-report systems, rather than mechanical. Through his work, Rob aims to create novel tools for the agricultural, biotechnological, and space industries.

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Robert Smith

Lecturer in International Relations, Coventry University

the theory and practice of statebuilding; contemporary Iraqi politics; counterinsurgency strategies in post-conflict environments; and British foreign policy during the Blair era. His PhD thesis looked at the US-led reconstruction of the Iraqi state following the invasion in 2003.

Ongoing research considers the development of the Iraqi state since regime change, with particular interest devoted to the Kurdistan Regional Government. He is currently writing with Mark Garnett and Simon Mabon (Lancaster University) a textbook on British Foreign Policy since 1945. He has taught International Relations at Lancaster University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office within the Iraq Policy Unit in 2003-4, and recently operated as a political and security analyst based in Erbil, Kurdistan.

Research Areas:

Contemporary politics of the Middle East, especially Iraq
Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi Kurdish politics
Statebuilding and Nationbuilding
United States Foreign Policy
British Foreign Policy
Contemporary security issues and the “War on Terror;” Counterinsurgency
Human Rights.

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Robert Taub

Director of Music, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth
As Music Director for the Arts Institute at University of Plymouth, Dr Robert Taub is excited about building and leading Musica Viva - a collaborative programme featuring fellow leading musicians as well as colleagues within the University that brings top tier concert performances and broad-based music educational events to communities of all ages in Devon and the South West.

From New York’s Carnegie Hall to Hong Kong’s Cultural Centre, Robert is acclaimed internationally as a concert pianist and recording artist. He has performed as guest soloist with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and many others.

He has also performed solo concerts on the Great Performers Series at New York’s Lincoln Center and other major series worldwide, and has been featured in international festivals, including the Saratoga Festival, the Lichfield Festival in England, San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Geneva International Summer Festival, among others. He has also initiated and led several concert series and festivals, including a highly touted series at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where is only predecessor as Artist-in-Residence was TS Eliot.

Following the conclusion of his highly celebrated New York series of Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Taub completed a sold-out Beethoven cycle in London at Hampton Court Palace. His recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas have been praised worldwide for their insight, freshness, and emotional involvement. In addition to performing, Robert Taub is an eloquent spokesman for music, giving frequent engaging and informal lectures and pre-concert talks. His book Playing the Beethoven Piano Sonatas (Amadeus Press) is a standard for the Beethoven Sonata literature.

In addition, Taub prepared a new edition of the Beethoven Piano Sonatas for Schirmers Performance Editions, published by Hal Leonard Corporation. He has also performed several “historic pianoforte” concerts in the London area of Beethoven Sonatas, playing pianofortes – 1795 Longman and Broderip, 1816 Broadwood, and 1823 Streicher – specifically associated with Beethoven during his years of composition of particular Sonatas.
He has recorded the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Scriabin, as well as works of Babbitt, Schumann, and Liszt, several of which have been selected as “critic’s favourites” by Gramophone, Newsweek, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

Taub has been in the vanguard of new music, having premiered piano concertos by Milton Babbitt (MET Orchestra) and Mel Powell (Los Angeles Philharmonic), and making the first recordings of the Persichetti Piano Concerto (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Sessions Piano Concerto. He has also premiered solo piano and chamber music works commissioned for him by Milton Babbitt, Jonathan Dawe, Jane O'Leary and other major composers.

During his first term at the Institute for Advanced Study, he initiated a concert series dedicated to the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas. So popular were these concerts that he played each programme three times to sold-out houses; the series was featured in the US national press. In addition, Taub started a lunchtime series of informal discussions about music. In his subsequent two terms, he included chamber music in the concert series, bringing in world-renowned colleagues, with at least one work from every concert broadcast on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He also expanded the popular informal talks to include interviews with important young composers.

Robert Taub is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton where he was a University Scholar. As a Danforth Fellow he completed his doctoral degree at The Juilliard School where he received the highest award in piano. Taub has served as Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University and at UC Davis prior to his time at the Institute for Advanced Study. He is currently Director of Music, The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, where he initiated and directs the Musica Viva Concert Series.

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Robert Taylor

Robert is a Senior Lecturer in Public Law. He joined the School of Law as a lecturer in September 2014. Prior to this, Robert studied at Durham Law School, graduating with a LLB (Hons) in 2008, an MJur in 2011, and a PhD in 2014. In 2016, Robert became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Robert is a leading researcher in UK Public Law and his work has been published in Public Law, the Modern Law Review and the Edinburgh Law Review. In 2020-21, Robert completed a Scottish Parliament Academic Fellowship on Brexit Statutory Instruments. On 18 May 2022 he gave evidence to the European Scrutiny Committee at the UK Parliament on the potential impact of the proposed Brexit Freedoms Bill on retained EU law in Scotland.

From 2021-222, Robert was a visiting scholar at Edinburgh Law School researching the constitutional foundations of the Union between England and Scotland.

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Robert Whelan

PhD Candidate, Centre for Inflammation Research, Institute for Regeneration and Repair, The University of Edinburgh
In 2021, Robert completed his MSc in Biology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Specialising in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology, he undertook two research projects within the Animal Sciences and Health/Bioinformatics and Genomics clusters, collaborating with research teams at Radboud University, Nijmegen and KU Leuven in Belgium. The first used the zebrafish as a model system to investigate the glucocorticoid receptor and innate immune cell migration during the inflammatory response. A later project focused on the taxonomic and functional profiling of zebrafish intestinal microbiome using metagenomic approaches and next-generation sequencing datasets. Today, Robert bridges these areas, combining his research interests in human disease, inflammation, and the gut microbiome and applying them to his present PhD project.

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) are chronic immune-mediated conditions affecting the gastrointestinal tract. They are common, with a global prevalence approaching 20-30 million individuals by 2025.

The gut microbiome is a critical factor in the development of IBD and there are now several approaches aimed at manipulating the gut flora as therapy including faecal transplantation, probiotics and selective expansion of beneficial bacteria populations using spore technologies. However, we do not yet have the precision medicine tools to refine our understanding of the complex gut microbiome and its interconnection with IBD disease activity to improve the way we choose and tailor microbial-based treatments.

Emerging evidence suggests that inflammation may begin in the oral cavity and spread to the gut as pathobionts move between those body sites, hence there is a need to investigate the oral-gut microbiome axis in IBD.

Robert – alongside PI’s with bioinformatics, clinical and IBD expertise – aims to characterise the metagenome to determine if the complexities of the gut microbiome can be refined and reduced based on oral microbiome data to allow for a simple, quicker and more acceptable form of microbiome analysis that can be carried out in the widest IBD setting. Together, they will use strain-level metagenomics to look at the cross-talk between the oral and gut microbiota in IBD, and functional metagenomics to look at functional correlates with disease progression, outcome, and mucosal healing.

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