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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:

Jonathan Robinson, Programme Director at Music Tank, recently lent his academic expertise to comment on the allegations that Spotify use ‘fake’ artists to cut royalty costs.

Professor Dibyesh Anand, Head of Department of Politics and International Relations, recently gave an interview to Al Jazeera commenting on the Indian Prime Minister’s first historic visit to Israel.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre at the University of Westminster, has written a blog for the Huffington Post about how the Irish political party Sinn Fein could benefit by taking their seats in the Houses of Parliament.

Atef Alshaer, Lecturer in Arabic Studies in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities wrote an article describing the historic and current power of poetry in politics.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre at the University of Westminster, has written an article for Writer’s Digest giving tips about how to write well and even win a literary prize.

Dr Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology wrote an article for the Conversation on the necessary protection of the Svalbard seed vaults.

Dr Aidan Hehir, Reader in International Relations in the Faculty of Social Science discussed Theresa May’s claim that she would change Human Rights laws if they were getting in the way of stopping terrorism with BBC London’s Eddie Nestor.

Dr Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Westminster, lent her psychological expertise to comment on how memory is affected by depression.

The book “Aliens: The World’s Leading Scientists on the Search for Extra-terrestrial Life”, containing a chapter by Professor Lewis Dartnell, was reviewed in The New York Times’ Books of the Times section by Jennifer Senior.

Duncan Bowie, Senior Lecturer in Planning and Transport at the University of Westminster, has written an article for The Conversation discussing decision-makers’ failures regarding the Grenfell Tower fire.

Dr Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in French Language and Culture, has recently written a blog for the Huffington Post discussing the French legislative elections and assessing President Macron’s first weeks in government.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, wrote a blog post for HuffPost discussing the power of British media on elections.

Dr Kevin Morgan, Senior Lecturer of Psychology at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on which symptoms can mean experiencing a delusion and how people can detect this condition. The article was re-published by The Independent.

The University of Westminster’s Cognitive Neuropsychologist Dr Catherine Loveday, and Professor Damien Ridge, Professor of Health Studies at the University, have written a comment article for the i newspaper providing the public with psychological advice on how to cope in the aftermath of terrorist attacks.

A number of University of Westminster academics have offered their expertise to several media outlets commenting on the General Election on 8 June 2017.

Dr Anastasia Denisova, Lecturer in Journalism at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster, has published a blog for the Huffington Post regarding President Trump’s mysterious tweet including the word ‘covfefe’ and the reactions it received across the world.

Jacob Johanssen, Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Media Research Institute, has written a blog for the Huffington Post on Facebook’s policy guidelines leaked by The Guardian.

Professor Peter Paul Catterall from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Westminster appeared on Al Jazeera to comment on how the Tories and the leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn are portrayed in British media.

Dr Diana Garrisi, Research Associate at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) of the University of Westminster, has co-written a blog for the Huffington Post, with Jacob Johanssen, Senior Lecturer in the Communication and Media Research Institute, about the first Face Equality Day raising awareness on facial diversity.

Dr Antonis Michalas, Lecturer and Head of the Cyber Security Research Group at the University of Westminster, wrote a blog post, outlining the lessons that need to be learnt following the ransomware WannaCry, which among many countries and industries also affected the NHS in England.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, used his academic expertise to comment on the origins of political slogans in an article for The Economist.

Professor Peter Paul Catterall, Reader in History and Social Policy at the University of Westminster, recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post on Labour Manifesto’s leak and its consequences on the Labour campaign.

Professor John Owens, Emeritus Professor of United States Government and Politics, Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for the Conversation, on how Donald Trump could potentially be ejected from government. The article was re-published in Business Standard and the Raw Story.

Dr Patricia Hogwood, Reader in European Politics at the University of Westminster, recently wrote a blog for the Huffington Post on how the French President Macron’s victory’s results have been perceived by German politics.

Anne-Gaelle Colom, Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster’s Department of Computer Science, was featured in an article in Kettle Mag by Jamie Mercer where she spoke about how women could be encouraged to pursue tech jobs.

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