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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 Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The European Financial Review’s Outlook section, exploring ways for global food security to be achieved by using genetically modified crops to tackle major agricultural problems.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, author and member of Hacked Off has written a blog post for the Huffington Post discussing tougher press regulations.

Dr Bradley Elliott, Lecturer in Physiology in the Faculty of Science and Technology, lent his expertise on Channel 4’s show How to Lose Weight Well by conducting an experiment to check if claims that negative calorie foods exist are valid.

Dr Paul Breen, author and Senior Lecturer in the University of Westminster’s Professional Language Centre, has written a blog post for the Huffington Post analysing Barack and Michelle Obama’s farewell speeches from a linguistic perspective.

Mahammed Bouabdallah, Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Westminster, has been interviewed by Nicole Kobie for the New Scientist’s article titled ‘Twitter is being used in classes to help students learn Arabic’.

The University of Westminster project called ‘REVRLaw: An Immersive Way for Teaching Criminal Law using Virtual Reality’ has been mentioned by the Times Higher Education magazine’s print and online versions as a pioneering example for the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in Higher Education.

Dr Pravin Jeyaraj, a Fellow at the University of Westminster’s Law and Theory Lab, published an article in The Independent about the best ways to dispose a Christmas tree.

Simon Joss, Professor of Science and Technology Studies and Co-director of the International Eco-Cities Initiative at the University of Westminster, has published an article in the magazine Public Sector Executive about smart cities, their technological innovation and local engagement.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, has been interviewed by a Danish newspaper called Information about the post-Brexit media and politics atmosphere in the UK.

Tom Buchanan, Professor of Psychology and Research Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology, has been interviewed by BBC Online about the psychological implications of being ‘monitored’ in smart homes.

Dr Trudi Edginton, a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology wrote an article for the Huffington Post on how to avoid political arguments with family over the festive period.

Dr Magdalena Frennhoff Larsén, Lecturer in Politics in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities wrote on the possibilities of a UK-EU free trade agreement and the potential difficulties of negotiating one. 

Coral Dando, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology wrote an article questioning the effectiveness of torture in interrogation techniques.

Lisa Webley, Professor of Empirical Legal Studies and Director of the Centre on the Legal Profession in the Westminster Law School, wrote an article for The Independent’s i newspaper print and online versions as well as a blog post for the Huffington Post about the legal implications of the approval...

Four Westminster Computer Games Development BSc Honours graduates have been featured in The Sun newspaper print and online versions as the winner of last year’s AppBox Media’s APPrentice competition for designing mobile games.

Dr Peter Paul Catterall, Reader in History, Sociology and Criminology in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, has written a blog post for the Huffington Post about the Supreme Court Miller case where the central issue is whether the executive government can use the Crown’s prerogative powers to give...

Dr Enrica Papa, Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, talked to City AM about the number of planning challenges London is going to face in the next decade, including population growth, environmental issues, housing and transport.

Dr Stuart Thompson, Senior Lecturer in Plant Biochemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology wrote an article on advances in biological technology and how it is changing the world.

Dr Ioannis Glinavos, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster, wrote a blog for The Huffington Post on what to expect from the financial services industry in the aftermath of Trump’s victory.

Spinder Dhaliwal, Director of Postgraduate Studies at Westminster Business School, was featured on BBC World TV’s Business Live with Tanya Beckett on 24 November 2016.

Mykaell Riley, Senior Lecturer in Music, Film and Communication at the University of Westminster, was one of the commentators featured in BBC’s Roots, Reggae, Rebellion.

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance Adrian York published an article on The Conversation about the late Leonard Cohen and his famous song Hallelujah, which has subsequently been republished by The Independent online and by The i newspaper in print.

Nutrition Professor, Alberto Dolci, has written an article for The Conversation about how sports drinks can in fact slow you down despite advertisements are selling the opposite idea. The article has been subsequently republished by Newsweek, The Independent, Daily Mail, This Is Money, IFL Science and the New Zealand Herald.

Professor Mark Clapson, Professor of Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster, told the Housebuilder & Developer magazine that the solution to the capital’s chronic housing crisis would be to build on the green belt around London.

Professor John Golding, Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science and Technology speaks to Wareable about the emerging issue of motion sickness experienced by Virtual Reality users.

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