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In the media

Westminster staff regularly comment on current affairs and as expert voices in national and international media. Here are some recent highlights:

Dr Richard Barbrook, Senior Lecturer in Politics, was recently featured in Russia Today discussing the Brexit situation, what it means for the Tory party and business, and his predictions.

Dr Marie Polley, Senior Lecturer in Health, Sciences and Research, was interviewed by Good Housekeeping on the positive outcomes of social prescribing.

Dr Ed Bracho-Polanco, Lecturer in Journalism and Media, wrote an article for The Conversation on how new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro used misinformation and ‘fake news’ as part of his presidential campaign.

Dr Mudra Mukesh, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, and her colleagues from institutions in Canada and France, had their research on the impact of company logos on crowdfunding platforms, published in Forbes.

Deborah Husbands, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Vice-Chair for the University’s BME Staff Network, wrote an article for The Guardian on the attainment gap in higher education and what should be done to tackle this issue.

Dr Winston Mano, Director of the Africa Media Centre, took part in a panel discussion for the TRT World podcast ‘Roundtable’ to comment on the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) election which took place on 30 December.

Dr Rosa Schiano-Phan, Principal Lecturer in Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Westminster, was interviewed by the Evening Standard on how the way buildings are designed could have an effect on air pollution levels.

Mykaell Riley, Principal Investigator of Bass Culture research at the University of Westminster, was interviewed by BBC Radio London to talk about reggae music.

Dr Adam Eldridge, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 to discuss the concept of night life in current Western culture.

Dr Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Westminster, was recently quoted in the Daily Mail explaining how the sensation of ‘butterflies in our stomach’ is triggered and how this works.

Professor Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was interviewed by Agence France Presse (AFP) on Prime Minister Theresa May’s confidence vote fight over Brexit.

Professor Christian Fuchs, Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute at the University of Westminster, was interviewed by BBC Radio 4 on the effects of Twitter on politics and which consequences this may engender.

Dr Karen Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Westminster, was interviewed on the JVS Show about what the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules are and how they would affect the UK after leaving the EU.

Professor Graham Smith, Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, was featured in articles from The Guardian discussing the idea that members of the public should be given the chance to end the Brexit deadlock.

Professor Pippa Catterall, Professor of History and Policy at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, wrote an article for The Conversation discussing the idea of a free vote that would offer Prime Minister Theresa May a way out of her Brexit dilemma.

Dr Shirley J Thompson, Composer and Reader in Composition and Performance at the University of Westminster, was featured among eight successful British women speaking about the commemoration of women winning the right to vote in 1918.

Professor Catherine Loveday, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was invited to discuss whether physical exercise can improve our mood in a recent All in the Mind podcast.

Professor Izzet Kale, Research Director in the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries, recently gave an interview to BBC Click on an innovative firefighting technology developed by the Applied DSP and VLSI Research Group (ADVRG).

The University of Westminster Pop Up, run by the Creative Enterprise Centre, was recently featured on London Live.

Dr Sam Raphael, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, was recently interviewed by Al Jazeera, as part of an investigation into a covert CIA programme of torture favoured by the Trump administration.

Professor Catherine Loveday, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, discussing her new research using music to help people get to sleep.

Carl Jones, Senior Lecturer in PR and Advertising, wrote an article for The Drum on the PR strategy used in the Iceland Christmas advert, recently banned from TV for being considered as ‘too political’.

Professor Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the Westminster School of Media and Communication, wrote an article for The Conversation discussing the Daily Mail’s activities under its new editor, Geordie Greig.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer at Westminster Professional Language Centre and Irish affairs expert, was interviewed by the French outlet So Foot.com on the history between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national football teams, as part of the historical game which took place on 15 November.

Mykaell Riley, Principal Investigator and Director of the Black Music Research Unit at the University of Westminster, was featured in the Jamaica Observer for his work on the Bass Culture 70/50 exhibition.

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