Academics from the University of Westminster are available for media comments on a range of Olympic issues.

Cultural and tourism legacies

Dr Nancy Stevenson, expert on tourism policy and the delivery of the Cultural Olympiad in London. She is currently undertaking research on the cultural legacies of the 2012 Games.

Design and fashion

Andrew Groves, expert on design and fashion. Course Director for the Fashion Design BA (Hons) course at the University and a practicing designer, he works as a consultant for leading fashion companies in the UK and internationally. Andrew can offer expert comment and opinion on fashion choices during the Olympics, from team sports kits to leading dignitaries’ style and trends.

Media and communication

Professor Steven Barnett, expert on media policy, regulation, the theory and practice of journalism, press ethics, media and sport. He is a well-known writer and commentator on media issues and acts as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications in the UK Parliament. His latest book on television journalism was published last year.

Muscle physiology and sport science

Dr Richard Mackenzie, expert on exercise metabolism, elite athlete physiology and altitude training physiology. His current research focuses on the effects of exercise on muscle health and type 2 diabetes/obesity.

Public transport

Professor Peter White, expert on the planning, management and operation of public transport in the UK, including the implications of the 2012 Games for public transport.

Sport and law, the regulation of sport

Professor Guy Osborn, expert in law and sport. Whilst his broader areas of interest include sport and law, he has a specific interest in legal aspects of the Olympics and the 2012 Games. He has written widely on issues relating to sport and law, including Regulating Football (2001, Pluto Press, with Steve Greenfield), as well as writing a number of articles on the Olympics such as ‘Consuming the Olympics: the fan, the rights holder and the law’ for the British Library.

Sports events and urban regeneration

Dr Andrew Smith, expert on the strategic use of sport events by host cities. His work focuses on the urban regeneration and tourism outcomes of sport event projects and their impact on images of city destinations.

Sports governance

Professor Simon Lee, expert in law, ethics, religion, politics and sport. He is author of Uneasy Ethics and The Z to A of Oxford Sport and can comment on sports law and governance.


Professor Robert Maitland, expert on tourism policies and the development of tourism in national capitals. His work focuses on the tourist experience of cities, tourism and everyday life, and tourism’s role in urban regeneration and city development.

Urban development and regeneration

Professor Nick Bailey, expert on community involvement, neighborhood management and governance arrangements in urban regeneration and regeneration strategies.

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