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UK General Election 2017 – Durham University expertise

(10 May 2017)

A selection of Durham University experts who are available for comment to the media in the lead-up to, and during, the upcoming 2017 General Election is listed below

Durham University operates over two campuses. Our Durham campus is in the Durham City constituency (held by Labour’s Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods) and Queen’s Campus, in Stockton, is in the Stockton South constituency (held by the Conservative James Wharton).

Constituency Explorer

Professor Jim Ridgway from Durham’s School of Education has updated the Constituency Explorer he designed in collaboration with the House of Commons Library in 2015. It is an interactive, online tool that uniquely provides data on all 650 constituencies that make up the United Kingdom. The tool enables users to compare and contrast data from each parliamentary constituency on issues as varied as home ownership, country of birth, health and occupation. The data used is from the last Census and includes the 2015 General Election results. Users can use the tabulation tools to compare constituencies by region or by party of the MP.

Expertise

Economics

Professor Richard Harris, Deputy Dean (Research) and Professor of Economics, Durham University Business School

Areas of expertise:

  • Productivity in the UK
  • Differences in UK regional performance
  • Evaluation of government industrial policy

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 45388; (email) r.i.d.harris@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=10666

Dr Christos Tsinopoulos, Director of Master in Management Programmes and Associate Professor in Operations & Project Management, Durham University Business School

Areas of expertise:

  • Brexit and UK manufacturing
  • Effect of Brexit on businesses

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 45555; (email) chris.tsinopoulos@durham.ac.uk 

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/business/about/our-people/search-results/?id=902&127937

Education

Professor Joe Elliott, School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Education practices in different countries
  • Children's development, behaviour and learning, both in relation to UK and internationally
  • Children with special educational needs – eg dyslexia, ADHD

NOTE: Professor Elliott is also known as Professor Julian Elliott

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 45011; (email) joe.elliott@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/education/staff/?id=2004

Professor Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Public Policy, School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Education policy
  • School performance including academies, free schools and grammar schools
  • Widening participation in Higher Education
  • Equity in education
  • Teacher supply
  • Interventions to overcome disadvantage
  • Social mobility

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 48419; (email) s.a.c.gorard@durham.ac.uk

Staff Profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=11539

Professor Steve Higgins, School of Education

Areas of expertise:

• Evidence in education and evidence based policy and practice
• Interventions to overcome disadvantage (and Pupil Premium)
• Equity in education and social mobility
• Primary education (reading and mathematics)
• Effective use of digital technologies for learning in schools.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 48359; (email) s.e.higgins@durham.ac.uk

Staff Profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=4444

Energy

Professor Andy Aplin, Professor of Unconventional Petroleum, Director of CeREES (Centre for Research into Earth Energy Solutions) in the Department of Earth Sciences

Areas of expertise:

  • Oil and gas
  • Unconventional hydrocarbons including gas shales and shale oil
  • Fracking

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 334 2332; (email) a.c.aplin@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=11542

Professor Jon Gluyas, Executive Director, Durham Energy Institute; Dean of Knowledge Exchange & Professor in Carbon Capture and Storage & Geo-Energy in the Department of Earth Sciences

Areas of expertise:

  • Carbon capture and storage;
  • Petroleum production;
  • Geothermal energy.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 42302; email j.g.gluyas@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/earth.sciences/staff/academic/?id=7636

Professor Tooraj Jamasb, Chair in Energy Economics in Durham University Business School and Co-Director in Durham Energy Institute

Areas of expertise:

  • Energy policy
  • Energy sector reform and market liberalisation
  • Consumer pricing
  • Fuel poverty (tax relief and welfare support)
  • Regulatory economics

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 334 5463; (email) tooraj.jamasb@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?mode=staff&id=11463

Health

Professor David Hunter, Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health, School of Medicine and Health

Areas of expertise:

  • Health and health care services
    • Health policy and management
    • Healthcare reform
    • Public health
    • Health and well-being

Contact: Communications Office on +44 (0)191 334 6075 or email communications.team@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=63

Professor John McLachlan, Professor of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health

Areas of expertise:

  • Medical training (for doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners)
  • Standards and availability of international doctors post Brexit
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Human reproductive biology (eg cloning, IVF, etc)
  • Arts in medicine

Contact: (email) j.c.mclachlan@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/school.health/staff/?username=dhs0jcm

Law

Professor Thom Brooks, Professor in Law and Government, and Head of Durham Law School

Areas of expertise:

  • Asylum law
  • Brexit
  • British Politics
  • Citizenship
  • Criminal Justice
  • English Devolution & EVEL
  • EU Migration Crisis
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Labour Party
  • Restorative Justice
  • Punishment
  • Sentencing 

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 44365; (email) thom.brooks@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=11140

Twitter: @thom_brooks

Please note that Professor Brooks is a member of the Labour Party

Professor Helen Fenwick, Professor in Law, Durham Law School 

Areas of expertise:

  • Counter-terrorist law and policy
  • Public protest
  • Human Rights Act; proposals for a Bill of Rights 

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 42831; (email) h.m.fenwick@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=421

Professor Clare McGlynn, Professor in Law, Durham Law School

Areas of expertise:

  • Rape law and policy
  • Violence against Women
  • Restorative Justice and Sexual Violence
  • Legal Regulation of Pornography

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 42837; (email); clare.mcglynn@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=429

Professor Gavin Phillipson, Deputy Head of Durham Law School

Areas of expertise:

  • The Human Rights Act, the European Convention on Human Rights and Conservative plans for a British Bill of Rights
  • Anti-terrorism law and human rights
  • Media law, especially hate speech, privacy, defamation, press regulation and Leveson.
  • The UK Constitution and constitutional reform including:
    • The impact of Brexit on the constitution
    • English Votes for English Laws
    • The Fixed Term Parliament Act
    • Government formation House of Lords Reform
    • The role and powers of the Crown
    • Decisions to use military force and the role of Parliament

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 42805; (email) gavin.phillipson@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/law/staff/stafflist/?mode=staff&id=5039

Professor Robert Schuetze, Professor of European Law at Durham Law School

Areas of expertise:

  • Consequences of UK ending its EU Membership
  • European Union Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Federalism 

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 334 2802; (email) robert.schuetze@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=2757

Professor Eleanor Spaventa, Professor of European Union Law, Durham Law School

Areas of expertise:

  • Rights of European Union and UK citizens post Brexit
  • Free movement of goods, workers, establishment and services in the EU
  • European Union Citizenship
  • Internal Market
  • Fundamental Rights in the EU
  • EU Constitutional Issues
  • Discrimination (nationality, religion etc) in the EU

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 46857; (mobile) +44 (0)7737895877; (email) eleanor.spaventa@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/law/staff/?id=4411

Politics

Dr Gidon Cohen, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Government and International Affairs

Areas of expertise:

  • Political activism (including apathy among party activists)
  • Party membership and organisation
  • British political history

Contact: Communications Office on +44 (0)191 334 6075 or email communications.team@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/directory/profile/?id=2889 

Dr Nick Vivyan, Lecturer in the School of Government and International Affairs

Areas of expertise:

  • British politics
  • Public opinion and elections
  • The relationship between MPs and constituents

Contact: Communications Office on +44 (0)191 334 6075 or email communications.team@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.durham.ac.uk/sgia/profiles/?id=9278

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