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.
- 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 Apprentice.
- Dr Rob Johns from the Department of Government 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 from the Department of Government being interviewed on LBC Radio about the latest situation in Iraq.
- Professor Tom Scotto from the Department of Government 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.
- Tom Scotto from the Department of Government 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 from Department of Sociology on BBC World
Service as part of a
major public debate on the psychological impact of World War One.
- Dr Rob Johns from the Department of Government discusses in The
possible reasons behind the relative stability of opinion polls ahead of
the Scottish independence referendum.
- Dr 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'.
- Dr 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
- Dr Pamela Cox on BBC 2 for her three-part series on
- Dr Wyn Johnson, from the
Department of Language and Linguistics, quoted on
BBC Online about how “Le Chunnel” was never a term adopted for the
- Professor Paul Whiteley from the Department of Government being
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 from the Department of Sociology 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.
- Michael Bailey from Sociology 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:
Interview with 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 from the Department of Government is writing
a blog in the Washington Post about
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 from the Department of Government on ITV
Anglia Late Edition talking about his research into the changing
fortunes of the economy and how this relates to voters’ perception of
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
Steffen Boehm have all written articles for Society Central.
- 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 from Essex Business School wrote an
Barclays and KPMG involved in $660 tax ‘sham structure’ for
- Dr Pamela Cox commented on an article in the Telegraph on
whether the etiquette being depicted in Downton Abbey was correct.
- Sociology’s Professor Diane Elson, also of the Women’s Budget
Group (WBG), featured in a Guardian and Observer article on the
WBG’s new report which says
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, Emilia Del Bono and
John 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.
- Chris Nicholson from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
presenter Dave Monk a case which saw Essex County Council paying
almost £1 million in damages to four siblings it failed to protect
from parental abuse
- New research into honesty in Britain by Professor Paul Whiteley
wide media coverage
- Jenny Amos, a PhD student studying in our department of Language
and Linguistics, is a guest blogger on
Linguistic Research Digest about the 't-to-r' feature, a
pronunciation feature observed in Tyneside and West Yorkshire
English, as well as in Liverpool.
- Dr Enam Al-Wer talks to The Dave Monk programme on BBC Essex
how accents change
- Dr Rob Johns tells
Channel 4 News: "...for a lot of people it is really what works
and if an independent Scotland would mean they [the Scottish people]
were better off, then they could well be inclined to support it."
- Wide media coverage followed after new research from Dr Patrick
Nolen and Professor Alison Booth revealed girls do better in
- A new study by Professor Alison Booth, from the Department of
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 Mike Brewer, Institute
for Social and Economic Research
- 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 (Department of Sociology) research to find out why
Nigerian children come and study in the UK contributes to an article
in TES magazine
- Natasha Ezrow (Department of Government) speaks to BBC World
Radio about the Arab Spring
- Paper by Sarah Birch from the Department of Government causes
debate between political party leaders:
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
Department of Government 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 in disarray.
- Is university worth the investment?
Professor Paul Whiteley, Department of Government, has
published research highlighting a positive correlation
between the number of students in higher education and
economic growth - irrespective of the subjects that student