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First anniversary of the Coalition Government – Durham University expertise

(21 April 2011)

Experts in areas including politics, economics, education and health are available for media comment on the first anniversary (May 11, 2011) of the UK Coalition Government coming to power.

On May 11, 2010, David Cameron became Prime Minister after the Conservatives agreed to form a Coalition Government with the Liberal Democrats following the General Election.

The list below includes work and out of hours contact details (where available). Those listed below have previous print and broadcast media experience. Photographs of those listed are available.

The list also includes experts who can contribute to coverage of local elections and the referendum on the Alternative Vote system which take place on Thursday, May 5.

Durham University has additional experts in a range of topic areas, including defence, energy and environment, foreign affairs, homeland security and terrorism, law, social policy, etc.  Please contact the office for more information or visit our online media guide to expertise at: www.dur.ac.uk/news/expertise

Filming/interview opportunities

Media wishing to use Durham University as a potential filming venue or wishing to interview staff as part of their coverage of the Coaltion Government's anniversary or the Alternative Vote referendum can contact Durham University Media Relations Office on +44 (0)191 334 6075; email media.relations@durham.ac.uk

Note: Durham University's Durham City campus is approximately half an hour from BBC TV and Radio studios and ITV Tyne Tees studios in Newcastle and Gateshead respectively. The University's Queen's Campus, in Stockton, is approximately 10 minutes from BBC Tees' studios in Middlesbrough.

ISDN

A broadcast quality ISDN line is available at our Durham City campus and can be booked via the Media Relations Office on +44 (0)191 334 6075 or email media.relations@durham.ac.uk. The ISDN number is +44 (0) 191 386 2749.

Expertise

Politics

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

Areas of research/expertise:

  • The Alternative Vote system;
  • Local elections;
  • Political activism (including apathy among party activists);
  • Party membership and organisation;
  • British political history.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 47184; (email) gidon.cohen@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/sgia/profiles/?mode=staff&id=2889

Dr Christian Schweiger, Lecturer in Politics, School of Government and International Affairs

Areas of expertise:

  • The Alternative Vote system;
  • Local elections;
  • Political economy (in relation to the UK and the EU);
  • British politics generally;
  • British politics in relation to the EU - particularly Germany.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 334 7220; (mobile) +44 (0)75 25841970; (email) christian.schweiger@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/sgia/profiles/?mode=staff&id=4425

Professor Tim Clark, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Dean of the Graduate School

Areas of expertise:

  • Analysis of speaking skills of politicians;
  • Leadership skills (political and business);
  • Charisma in public speaking

Contact: (office) +44 (0) 191 33 45416; (mobile) +44 (0)7908 917 582; (email) timothy.clark@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/dbs/faculty/staff/profile/?id=697

Professor David Byrne, School of Applied Social Sciences

Areas of expertise:

  • Health and social class
  • Economic and social change
  • Urban and regional development and regeneration

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 334 6826, (email) dave.byrne@dur.ac.uk

Staff profile: http://www.dur.ac.uk/sass/staff/profile/?id=645

Professor Martin Laffin, Professor of Public Policy and Management, Durham Business School

Areas of expertise:

  • Lib-Dem coalition strategy;
  • Change in public sector organisations.

Contact (office) +44 (0) 191 33 45280; (email) martin.laffin@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/dbs/faculty/staff/profile/?id=708

Please note: Professor Laffin is only available for print media interviews.

Professor Joe Painter, Head of Department in the Department of Geography

Areas of expertise:

  • The Big Society.

Contact (office); +44 (0) 191 33 41906 (email); j.m.painter@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: http://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/staff/geogstaffhidden/?id=353

Professor Gary Craig, Chair in Community Development and Social Justice, School of Applied Social Sciences

Areas of expertise:

  • The Big Society;
  • Community development and empowerment;
  • Social policy;
  • Race and ethnicity;
  • Poverty and social exclusion.

Contact (home) +44 (0)1347 848376, (mobile) +44 (0)7909 738985, email: gary.craig@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: http://www.dur.ac.uk/sass/staff/profile/?id=8058

Economics

Mr Tony Cleaver Senior Teaching Fellow in Economics and Finance, Durham Business School

Areas of expertise:

  • General economics;
  • Fiscal and monetary policy;
  • International Trade;
  • Development economics.

Contact: (office) + 44 (0)191 334 6345, (home) +44 (0)191 386 7919; (email) tony.cleaver@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/dbs/faculty/staff/profile/?id=698

Professor Ranald Michie, Professor in the Department of History

Areas of expertise:

  • The history of:
    • The City of London as a financial centre;
    • Exchanges and securities markets;
    • British banking and banking crises.

Contact: (office): +44 (0) 191 33 41067 or (email) r.c.michie@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/history/staff/profiles/?id=403

Education

Professor Peter Tymms, Head of Department, School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • General policy: educational standards and testing;
  • General policy: Primary education.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 48413; (mobile) +44 (0)7736 365159; (email) p.b.tymms@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/education/staff/?id=640

Dr Robert Coe, Director of the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Examination standards;
  • Education: Assessment;
  • General Policy: Evaluation of policy impact

Contact: (office) + 44 (0) 191 33 44184; (mobile) +44(0) 7507 790 474; (email) r.j.coe@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/education/staff/?id=614

Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring: www.cemcentre.org

Professor Julian Elliott, Director of Research, 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 Joe Elliott.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 48412; (mobile) + 44 (0) 7852 767403; (email) joe.elliott@durham.ac.uk

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

Dr Christine Merrell, Director of Research and Development, Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM), School of Education

Areas of expertise:

  • Assessment in the Early Years and Primary age range.

Contact: (office) +44 (0)191 33 44226; (mobile) +44 (0)7834 567748; (email) Christine.Merrell@cem.dur.ac.uk

Staff profile: http://www.dur.ac.uk/education/staff/?id=2582

Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring: www.cemcentre.org

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: (office) +44 (0) 191 33 40362, (mobile) +44 (0)7802 501 042; (email) d.j.hunter@durham.ac.uk. Alternatively please contact Prof Hunter's secretary, Christine Jawad, on + 44 (0)191 334 0360 or email christine.jawad@durham.ac.uk

Staff profile: www.dur.ac.uk/school.health/staff/?username=dhs0djh

Professor John McLachlan, Associate Dean in Phase One Medicine, School of Medicine and Health

Areas of expertise:

  • Medical training (for doctors, nurses and allied health practitioners);
  • Complementary and alternative medicine;
  • Human reproductive biology (eg cloning, IVF, etc);
  • Arts in medicine.

Contact: (office) +44 (0) 191 33 40323, (mobile) +44 (0)7511 297326; (email) j.c.mclachlan@durham.ac.uk

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

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