In the media
A number of our academics have been reported in the media about their
research or written articles on current affairs. Here's a round-up of some
of these activities. We also have ongoing comment and analysis on the 2015 General Election.
Dr Tom Quinn writing in The Conversations about
It's surprisingly easy to oust David Cameron.
Professor Monika Schmid writing in The Conversation about
When adopted children forget their birth language, it may not be lost
Obituary for Leonore Davidoff in the THE.
Professor Peter Patrick quoted in The Independent about
Hundreds of asylum-seekers ‘wrongly deported’ on drug smuggler’s
Professor Prem Sikka in the Daily Mail about
Number's up for Big Four accountants behind tax avoidance schemes and
duff audits of banks
Karthick Manoharan in The Conversation writing about
The battle for Kobane offers a glimpse of Kurds’ new model democracy
Professor Paul Whiteley in The Mirror talking about
There's something you haven't considered about those Ed Miliband polls
Professor Paul Whiteley writing in The Conversation about Voter
survey shows Miliband panic is overblown
Professor Pam Cox in The Guardian about
The working women’s charter: forty years on, women are still struggling
Professor Prem Sikka in The Guardian about
Labour received more than £600,000 from PwC to form tax policy
Dr Patrick Nolen in The Independent about his research which shows
Competition could make children eat more fruit and vegetables.
Dr Patrick Nolenin The Scotsman about his research which shows
Competition could make children eat more fruit and vegetables.
Dr Patrick Nolenon ITV about
Competitive streak could drive children to eating healthier.
Dr Patrick Nolen writing in The Conversation about research which
found Competition could make children eat more fruit and vegetables.
Professor Prem Sikka writing in The Conversation about
Gloomy outlook from IMF, but it is still not facing up to what caused
the banking crash.
Professor Monika Schmid interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio
about how regional accents are perceived and whether people are
discriminated against because of their accent.
Dr Katharine Rockett and
Professor Steffen Böhm discuss
Should Norway be paying Liberia to stop cutting down forests? In The
Dr Abhishek Chakravarty in The Hindu about his research into
India’s attempt at a China-type population control policy appears to
have had drastic consequences.
Professor Paul Whiteley writing in The Conversation about
Cameron, Clegg and Miliband head to Scotland – but who has the most to
Professor David Howarth writing in The Conversation about
Boris Island is sunk but it may help other airports expand
Dr Rob Johns in the Herald in Scotland about
A battle that's coming to a head
Dr Rob Johns discusses the
Scottish independence referendum on STV
Professor Tom Scotto from the Department of Government talking about
What does the public really think about NATO? in The Conversation.
Professor Paul Whiteley from the Department of Government talking
All eyes on Tory eurosceptics as defection to UKIP forces fight that
could shape next election in The Conversation.
Dr Abhishek Chakravarty from the Department of Economics in The
Hindu about research into
India’s attempt at a China-type population control policy appears to
have had drastic but unintended consequences.
Professor Han Dorussen from the Department of Government interviewed
on BBC Essex about the current situation in the Middle East and how the
West will respond to the threat of Islamic State.
- BBC Essex interview with student Monir Uz Jaman, who won the chance
to study a Masters in Accounting and Financial Management at Essex
Business School after winning the Bangladesh equivalent of The
Dr Rob Johns explains research on
BBC Scotland’s Mind Games about how research shows how being scared
of spiders will affect how you vote in Scottish the referendum.
Professor Tom Scotto being interviewed on LBC Radio about the latest
situation in Iraq.
Professor Tom Scotto interviewed on BBC Essex Drivetime regarding
research carried out in May into public opinion on British UK nationals
who travel to the Middle East to fight in the conflicts.
Professor Tom Scotto on LBC Radio breakfast show and 12 regional BBC
radio stations talking about whether the UK should get involved in the
crisis in Iraq.
Dr Vineeta Chand from the
Department of Language and Linguistics in The Guardian talking about
What makes a language attractive – its sound, national identity or
Professor Michael Roper on BBC World Service as part of a
major public debate on the psychological impact of World War One.
Dr Rob Johns discusses in The Scotsman the
possible reasons behind the relative stability of opinion polls ahead of
the Scottish independence referendum.
Proffesor Andrew Canessa from Sociology writing in
The New Statesman about his research into Bordering on Britishness: what
does it really mean to be Gibraltarian?
Professor Nick Allum writing in The Conversation about
'Some people think astyrology is a science – here’s why'.
Professor Pamela Cox in the Daily Express on
How Britain’s first shopgirls brightened the retail industry.
- David Lockwood obituary in
Professor Prem Sikka commenting on
Prince Charles’s tax bill in The Mirror
Professor Pamela Cox on BBC 2 for her three-part series on
Dr Wyn Johnson quoted on
BBC Online about how “Le Chunnel” was never a term adopted for the
Professor Paul Whiteley being interviewed on
BBC Look East about the lack of interest among young people to vote
in the forthcoming elections (forward to 0:2:31 minutes).
Professor Paul Whiteley and
Professor Tom Scotto writing about
Age and Foreign Policy Beliefs for the Political Studies
Professor Dick Hobbs on
BBC Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed as a judge in the Ethnography Award.
Professor John Stittle from Essex Business School writing in The
Conversation about how
train operators are setting up to fail.
Dr Michael Bailey writing in Open Democracy about
Richard Hoggart, one of Britain's leading cultural commentators and
public intellectuals, has died aged 95.
- Criminology and social anthropology student Stephanie Gibson has
one-year placement at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in
the United States.
Professor Prem Sikka talking about corporate secrecy on
BBC Radio Four’s Today programme (forward to 1:51:42 minutes).
Professor Prem Sikka talking about corporate secrecy on BBC News.
- Business Weekly story on
Professor Prem Sikka receiving a
Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Turkish Weekly:
Professor Todd Landman: Patterns, struggles and the new dynamic face
of human rights movements.
Professor Anthony King gave his views in the Financial Times to
David Cameron's handling of the Maria Miller case
Professor Anthony King was interviewed on
BBC Essex saying Maria Miller’s resignation was inevitable (forward
to 2:10 minutes).
- Professor Erik Gartzke is writing a blog in the Washington Post
What World War I can tell us about international commerce and war today
- Dr Darren Thiel
interviewed on BBC Essex about the new KTP looking at the impact of
welfare reforms (forward to 0:2:09 minutes)
Professor Dick Hobbs writes in The Economist about how
the boom in British gangster literature may be coming to an end.
- BBC News magazine story about research by
Professor Marco Francesconi, from the Department of Economics, and
the University of Edinburgh regarding
Why women are more choosy at speed dating than men.
Professor Paul Whiteley on ITV Anglia Late Edition talking about his
research into the changing fortunes of the economy and how this relates
to voters’ perception of the Coalition.
Dr Neli Demireva from the Department of Sociology talking to The
Independent about her research into
Living in mixed communities ‘makes people feel British’. Her
research was also featured in
Professor Paul Whiteley from the Department of Government on BBC
Look East talking about the de-selection of South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo.
Professor Miriam Glucksmann from the Department of Sociology spoke
BBC Radio 4's Food Program (from 0:15:50 minutes) about Britain's
ready meal eating habits, finding that people, particulary women, lied
about their eating habits.
Dr Roland Meeks from the Department of Economics was interviewed by
BBC Essex’s Ian Puckey about the
International Monetary Fund (IMF) increasing its growth forecast for the
UK economy (forward to 0:44.17 minutes).
Professor Anthony King was on the Richard Bacon show on BBC
Radio 5 Live to talk about political blunders.
- Four Essex academics featured on BBC Essex in one morning in
Professors Todd Landman and
Tom Scotto talked about the assassination of President Kennedy,
50 years on.
Boehm from the Essex Sustainability Institute spoke ahead of
that day’s Nine Billion Conference and
Renos Papadopoulos spoke of the unfolding situation in the
Professors Todd Landman,
Diane Elson and
Professor Steffen Boehm have all written articles for Society
- Female Transgression: Lapdancing and Body Building, an
event held by the Centre of Criminology and the Department of
featured in the Daily Gazette.
Professor Todd Landman was interviewed by the
Up All Night programme (from 2:34:42) on BBC Radio 5 Live about
his new book, Human Rights and Democracy:The Precarious Triumph of Ideals.
Professor Tom Scotto reported widely on the Syrian crisis, most
notably in a live interview on Nick Ferrarri’s Breakfast programme
on LBC Radio.
Professor Paul Whiteley was interviewed by regional television
East on the impact of outsourcing and job cuts within local
- A new study by
Professor Paul Whiteley showing how public perception of
trustworthiness and honesty in Government has plummeted, was the
subject of a piece on
The Independent’s Blog.
Professor Prem Sikka wrote an article,
Barclays and KPMG involved in $660 tax ‘sham structure’ for
Professor Pamela Cox commented on an article in the Telegraph on
whether the etiquette being depicted in Downton Abbey was correct.
Professor Diane Elson, also of the Women’s Budget Group (WBG),
featured in a Guardian and Observer article on the WBG’s new report
spending cuts are hitting women worse.
Professor Tim Hatton achieved over 250 pieces of national and
international press and broadcast coverage with his paper asking
how Europeans have grown so tall? Coverage included BBC Radio 4
World at One, BBC Radio 5 Live,
The Telegraph and
- New research by
Professor Marco Francesconi,
Professor Emilia Del Bono and
Ermisch from the Institute for Social and Economic Research,
found the effect of continuing to work after eight months of
pregnancy was equal to that of smoking while pregnant, gaining
world-wide media coverage.
Dr Jackie Turton appeared on
Women’s Hour talking about maternal incest for BBC Radio 4.
- New research from the National Policy Monitor based at Essex was
the Guardian, finding fear of crime has fallen to its lowest
level for eight years, influencing public attitudes on how police
deal with crime.
- Professor Dick Hobbs appeared on
Thinking Allowed following the horse meat scandal, talking about
organised crime in the UK for BBC Radio 4.
Dr Natasha Ezrow was interviewed on
Al Jazeera TV
following the death of Hugo Chavez.
- New research from the
National Policy Monitor based at Essex found that
David Cameron’s popularity is at its lowest ebb since before the
2010 general election.
- A new study by Professor Alison Booth finds
women in groups take more risks
Professor Eric Smith was approached by Jamie Moakes to provide
economic expertise for his plan to
make He-Man action figure Ram Man into a commodity
- The Financial Times wrote an article
Working women key to rise in living standards, which
featured research in a paper co-authored by
Professor Mike Brewer.
- Following the death of Kim Jong-Il,
Dr Natasha Ezrow was interviewed by BBC World Service on The
World Today programme
- Following the death of Colonel Gaddafi last week,
Dr Natasha Ezrow has been interviewed by a
number of media outlets to offer expertise and commentary on the
events in Libya
- Dr Sarah Birch's
research following the riots in the UK gained media coverage in
- In the lead up to
ISERs policy discussion event on Wednesday about the benefits of
the Guardian and
Daily Mail articles cover the latest research findings.
Pere Ayling's research to find out why Nigerian children come and
study in the UK contributes to an article in TES magazine
Dr Natasha Ezrow speaks to BBC World Radio about the Arab Spring
- Paper by Sarah Birch causes debate between political party
After the riots, politicians should look to their own morals, says
Natasha Ezrow interviewed by BBC about the need for a 'democratic
government for Libya'
With AV now firmly off the agenda, what exactly are the
Liberal Democrats for?
An article written by
Professor Anthony King from the in the Daily Mail
- Bottle-fed babies 'more likely to suffer from
A large research project carried out by the universities of
Oxford, Essex and York, together with University College
London has come to the conclusion that babies who are
breastfed are less likely to have behavioural problems by
the age of five than those given formula milk.
Professor Todd Landmann is interviewed on BBC Radio
Essex about President Obama's visit to the UK.
These restless reformers have left the constitution in
disarray, an article by
Professor Anthony King on the British constitution being
- Is university worth the investment?
Professor Paul Whiteley has published research
highlighting a positive correlation between the number of
students in higher education and economic growth -
irrespective of the subjects that student study.The