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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 Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Languages and Culture, wrote a blog post for The HuffPost on how French party Front National (FN) is in freefall a year after receiving 11 million votes in the presidential elections.

Coral Dando, Professor of Psychology was interviewed for BBC’s All in the mind on her new research on eyewitness testimony and immersive virtual environment interviews. Her research was also featured in The Times, PSNews, Daily Mail, and Medical Xpress.

Dr Petros Karatsareas, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on how the Greek Macedonian Slavic language was wiped out by linguistic oppression.

Dr Richard Barbrook, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, was interviewed by VICE Brazil on his ideas of engaging people in politics through online and offline games.

Patricia Hogwood, Reader in European Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations, used her academic expertise to comment on the Skripal case and the outcome of triggering Article 50 one year on.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre and Irish affairs expert, was interviewed on BBC World News on the question of the Irish border as part of the Brexit negotiations.

Following reports of “molested” sex robot Samantha, Dr Victoria Brooks, Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster, wrote an article discussing the ethical questions raised by this, which was widely shared in media outlets, including The Independent and International Business Times.

Dr Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Languages and Culture, has written an article for The Conversation on France’s recent approval of a tough new immigration bill.

Senior Lecturer in Digital Storytelling, Dr Massimiliano Fusari discussed visual journalism and digital content at a public talk for a BBC-run panel.

Dr Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on a new research suggesting that rising carbon dioxide levels could boost plant growth.

Dr Monica Germana, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Creative Writing, wrote an article for The Conversation and Gay Star News magazine about sexism and queer subtext in James Bond films.

Professor Lewis Dartnell, Professor of Science Communication at the University of Westminster, has written an article for the BBC’s Sky At Night on the phenomenon of ‘Snowball Earth’.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre and Irish affairs expert, wrote an article for the Irish Times on the Good Friday Agreement and national identity in football.

Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsen, Lecturer in Politics, was interviewed by the news agency, Agence France Presse (AFP), and commented on the Brexit transition deal agreement, just a year away before Britain leaving the EU.

Dr Catherine Loveday, Cognitive Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, was featured in The Psychologist to talk about her experience of doing media work.

Professor Peter Urwin, Professor of Applied Economics at Westminster Business School, has been quoted by The Independent commenting on Philip Hammond’s Spring Statement. The article was republished by City A.M.

Dr Paul Breen, Senior Lecturer in the Westminster Professional Language Centre and Irish affairs expert, wrote an article for Belfast Telegraph in which he commented on new Channel Four’s TV show ‘Derry Girls’. The article was also published in the print Belfast Telegraph.

Dr Petros Karatsareas, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on why the UK government should not set a deadline requiring all UK residents to speak English.

Dr Ioannis Glinavos, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation on Brexit and Financial Services following Philip Hammond’s speech on Wednesday 7 March.

Dr Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, appeared on ITV's 100 Years Younger in 21 Days measuring the health and biological age of eight older UK celebrities.

Dr Elisabetta Brighi, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, wrote a blog post for the HuffPost assessing Italy’s general elections taking place on Sunday 4 March.

Professor Lewis Dartnell was featured in The Guardian, The Express and Daily Star news outlets for his comment welcoming research findings which show that Earthlings are likely to welcome alien life, rather than panic.

Sally Anne Gross, Principal Lecturer in Music Business Management MA, was interviewed by NPR Music on how women can change the face of Engineering and Producing in the music industry.

A number of University of Westminster academics have offered their expertise to several media outlets commenting on the current Brexit negotiations.

Dr Paresh Kathrani, Senior Lecturer in Law, wrote an article for The Times on whether artificial intelligence machines should get the same rights as humans. This article precedes Dr Kathrani’s upcoming event with Michael Butterworth, a Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy lawyer at Fieldfisher LLP, Europe's leading technology law firm, ‘Robot...

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