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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:

Professor Steve Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, commented on the appointment of the new Daily Mail’s editor Geordie Greig.

Professor Jimmy Bell, from the Faculty of Science and Technology, was interviewed by Newsweek on the ‘skinny fat’ body type and the misconception that being slender means being healthy.

Dr Catherine Loveday, Cognitive Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, reviewed Joe Penhall’s play Mood Music exposing the psychological issues that are present in the music industry for The Psychologist.

Jean Seaton, Professor of Media History at the University of Westminster, appeared on the BBC West Midlands’ Danny Kelly podcast talking about who to trust with news in the age of ‘fake news’.

Mark Clapson, Professor of Social and Urban History at the University of Westminster, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Thinking Allowed’ programme about how suburbia has changed over time.

The University of Westminster MusicTank’s Help Musicians UK research, exploring musicians’ mental health, has been featured by The Guardian after James Blake spoke out about his own mental illness.

Dr Catherine Loveday, Cognitive Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s ‘All in the Mind’ podcast commenting on a newly discovered memory syndrome and computer gaming addiction.

Dr Paresh Kathrani, Senior Lecturer in Law, wrote an article for The Conversation on recognising the rights of intelligent machines.

Dr Petros Karatsareas, Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for the British Academy Review magazine, discussing the language shift experienced by London’s Greek Cypriot diaspora.

Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, was featured in several mainstream media outlets for her research into London’s mini Holland scheme and her ‘Near Miss Project’.

Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation, discussing the departure of Daily Mail’s editor Paul Dacre and what the outcome of that would be.

Dr Catherine Loveday, Principal Lecturer at the University of Westminster, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind to discuss research on sleep and mental health, published in the Journal of The Lancet Psychiatry, which involved ninety thousand people.

Dr Monica Germana, Senior Lecturer in English Language and Creative Writing, was part of a panel discussion commenting on gender unbalance and sexism for BBC Radio 5 Live’s Tony Livesey and Sarah Brett’s podcast.

Professor Christian Fuchs, Director of the Westminster Institute of Advanced Studies and CAMRI, was interviewed in the Spanish daily El Mundo on GDPR and how the new regulation is an important step towards protecting our personal data and fighting the dangerous triple alliance of digital capitalism, neoliberal ideology and far-right...

Dr Aidan Hehir, Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation, discussing the situation in Kosovo and its prospects of joining the EU.

Dr Itay Lotem, Postdoctoral Fellow in Modern Languages and Culture, wrote an article for the New Statesman on the Swedish pre-elections polls ahead of the September general elections.

Darrell Kofkin, Project Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Rwanda programme, was featured in Rwanda News Agency and Hope magazine commenting on the University of Westminster’s partnership with the University of Rwanda to boost social entrepreneurship.

In an article for The Conversation, Dr Maria Holt, Reader in Politics at the University of Westminster, highlighted the role of Palestinian women as activists, protesting an unjust occupation.

In Mental Health Awareness Week and following the death of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchinson, Dr Catherine Loveday and Sally-Anne Gross discussed recent research into the psychological issues affecting musicians.

Dr Syeda Waqar, Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, wrote two articles on Donald Trump’s recent decision to pull the US back from the historic 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

Dr Rachel Aldred, Reader in Transport at the University of Westminster, was featured in The Times and Transport Xtra to talk about her new research on pedestrian safety recently published in the Journal of Transport and Health.

Ipsita Roy, Professor in Microbial Biotechnology, wrote a blog post for the HuffPost on the dangers of micro-plastics.

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.

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