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Dr. Clare Backhouse is a historian of dress, with an academic background in English Literature and Art History from Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. Her doctoral thesis examined seventeenth-century fashion and its links to print culture, a subject on which she published with Angela McShane in the compilation Printed Images in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Interpretation, edited by Michael Hunter. She is currently preparing the manuscript for her forthcoming book, to be published with I B Tauris.

John did an undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Emmanuel College Cambridge and then a MSc and PhD in Management Science at Imperial College, London. He then joined the faculty at Imperial College, working in the Management School (latterly the Tanaka Business School) for over 25 years. 

Dr. Jane Beckett teaches contemporary British art at NYU in London, on other programs at London University; at the University of East Anglia where she was Senior Lecturer in Art History. She completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on Dutch twentieth-century art and color theory and is completing a book on the cultural history of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on European and British modern and contemporary art, photography and film, most recently Henry Moore (2003) and in Difference and Excess (2004), written the catalogue on Art and Film (2005) for the British Film Institute and acted as a curator for exhibitions in the UK and the USA. 

Neil Bingham, BA (Hons), PhD FSA, is an author, historian and curator. He specialises in the history of architectural representation, British architecture and post-war modern design. His undergraduate degree was taken at the University of Winnipeg (1977) in his native Canada, where he still maintains a home and a lake-side cottage. His holds a PhD (1985) from the University of London on aspects of Victorian and Edwardian architecture and town planning. For nearly twenty years he was an architectural curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects drawings collection, London and then served as curator of the Melnikov House Museum, Moscow. Presently, he is consultant curator, Royal Academy of Arts, London. His books includeMasterworks: Architecture at the Royal Academy (2010); Wright to Gehry: Drawings from the Collection of Barbara Pine (2005); The New Boutique: Fashion and Design (2005); Fantasy Architecture (2004); Modern Retro: Living with Mid-Century Modern Style (2000); Christopher Nicholson (1996) and C.A.Busby: Architect of Regency Brighton and Hove (1991). Forthcoming is100 Years of Architectural Drawing (2012). He lives in a Span house designed by Eric Lyons in Blackheath, South London. 

Described by The Times as “a polymath”, Clive Bloom is Emeritus Professor of English and American Studies at Middlesex University, best-selling author and publisher. In 2011, Clive was the historical consultant to the BBC and a number of national and international newspapers on the G20 and the summer riots in Britain. He is an occasional feature writer for The Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Irish Times and the London Evening Standard, regularly appearing on television and radio and quoted in the Washington Post and Pravda. Clive also has an entry in the Columbia Book of World Quotations. His numerous books include Riot City, Victoria’s Madmen, Gothic Histories, Restless Revolutionaries, Violent London, Bestsellers, Cult Fiction and many more, all of which have enjoyed international recognition



Monica Bohm-Duchen (MA Courtauld Institute) is an independent lecturer, writer & exhibition curator, who has lectured on a part-time basis at NYU London since 2007. She also teaches for Birkbeck College, University of London. The other institutions for which she has worked include Tate, the National Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, Sotheby's Institute of Art and the Courtauld Institute; the journals to which she has contributed include RA Magazine, Art Monthly and Modern Painters. She curated After Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art (1995) and co-curated Art in Exile in Great Britain 1933-1945 (1986), and Life? or Theatre? The Work of Charlotte Salomon (1998). Her many publications include Understanding Modern Art (1991),Chagall (1998), The Private Life of a Masterpiece (2001) and The Art and Life of Josef Herman (2009). Her latest book, Art and the Second World War, was published in November 2013 by Lund Humphries in association with Princeton University Press.

Keith Bothwell is a senior lecturer at Kent School of Architecture, an architect with over 30 years experience and an ecological consultant. He developed his interest in environment and sustainability while a student at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, visiting pioneering autonomous houses and working as a volunteer at the fledgling Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. In 1996 he completed an MSc in Bio-Climatic Architectural Design, undertaking research for the Building Research Establishment on the pedagogy of sustainable design.

Keith’s research interests focus on the passive environmental design of buildings, and he has recently worked on enterprise projects to retrofit existing buildings to meet very low carbon standards. His research has been published in Canterbury School of Architecture Review, the Proceedings of the Florence International Conference for Teachers in Architecture, and he has just completed a chapter for the forthcoming book: Aesthetics of Sustainable Architecture

Dorota Bourne works as a lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. Her expertise includes change management, international knowledge transfer, innovation and management development. In her past projects she worked in Total Quality Management in car manufacture, change management in the pharmaceutical sector, competency framework designand new business model development for the not-for-profit organizations.

Dr Nicky Busch is a research fellow in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. Her research and teaching cover migration and migration policy, low-paid work in urban environments, transnational labour flows and the study of gendered and racialised work. She is currently working on a book about migrant domestic workers.

Peter Cave read philosophy at University College London and King's College Cambridge. His philosophy lectureships over the years include University College London, University of Khartoum, Sudan, and City University London. He has been attached for many years to The Open University, UK. He has given guest lectures at universities in Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands as well as Romania and Italy.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, sits on the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy and chairs the Humanist Philosophers of Great Britain. He has scripted and presented BBC radio philosophy programmes – some too clever by one eighth – and often takes part in public debates.

He has published academic papers on paradoxes in the usual philosophy journals and has written many lighter pieces for philosophy magazines. His philosophy books include Can a Robot Be Human? What’s Wrong with Eating People? and Do Llamas Fall in Love? – as well as This Sentence Is False: an introduction to philosophical paradoxes. His most recent article is ‘Burqas and Bikinis: Morality and Muddles’ in a small collection edited by Alan Haworth, Right to Object? His most recent book is Philosophy: a Beginner's Guide, and his Ethics: a Beginner's Guide will be published in late 2014.

Peter lives in Soho, London, enjoys opera (well, he thinks he knows what he likes), even delights in religious music, despite his atheism, and is often found with a quip and a glass of wine – or two…


Alice Cicolini is a designer, creative commissioner and producer, curator of several international touring exhibitions on design, and a published author, including a book on contemporary British dandyism, The New English Dandy, for Thames & Hudson. She is a Research Associate at Central St Martins, where she graduated in 2009 with a Masters in Jewellery Design. Formerly Director of Arts & Culture for the British Council in India, she remains closely involved with Indian craft and design as a founding director of IKKIS. She recently founded Fashion Plate, a fashion press, and regularly curates and writes on fashion, design and forecasting.

Alice has exhibited at Rock Vaults, the V&A, Somerset House Vaults, Sotheby's and Asia House in London, and at Nature Morte and Bungalow 8 in India. Her work has been sold at Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Liberty and Matches, and is currently stocked at Fortnum & Mason. She has designed for Peter Ting, Designers Guild, 20ltd and most recently, Winterson.

Dr Mary Conde holds degrees in English literature, the politics of rights and social anthropology from the Universities of Oxford and London. She is Senior Research Fellow in English at Queen Mary, University of London. Her most recent article (2012) was on Catherine Bush and Jean McNeil, her most recent guest lecture (2013) was at the University of Bologna at Ravenna, and her most recent conference paper (2013), on Shani Mootoo, was delivered at the University of Rome 3.

Dr Richard Coulton joined NYU in London in 2009 as an instructor on the Writing cycle on the Liberal Studies Program. He teaches writing and research skills at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as courses in English Literature. Dr Coulton’s research is principally concerned with the literature and culture of the eighteenth century, and is particularly interested in sites and networks of knowledge and sociability in eighteenth-century London. He has recently published on science and satire in the eighteenth century, as well as on European discourses of the natural history of tea in the early-modern period. Current research includes a collaborative project on book-theft in eighteenth-century London, as well further work on the Anglo-Chinese tea-trade.

Dr. Andrew Crozier was educated at Queen Mary College, University of London, and The London School of Economics, where he completed his Ph.D. He was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University College of North Wales for 20 years when he returned to the University of London to teach Modern German History at Queen Mary and Westfield College. He also has an interest in the History of the European Union and in this respect was appointed Jean Monnet Chairholder in the History of Contemporary Europe. In this capacity he was on several occasions Visiting Professor at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. He has published widely on the relationship between the European Union and the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and has written a pioneering study of the history of the latter organization. His principal publications are Appeasement and Germany’s Last Bid for Colonies and The Causes of the Second World War, a pioneering study of the origins of the Second World War in both Europe and the Pacific. He is currently completing a biography of Neville Chamberlain and writing a study of post-war Europe.

I am a cognitive psychologist, and my main research interest is human visual selective attention. I use a range of selective attention paradigms to investigate to what extent the attention system of the human brain is capable of selective processing of to-be-attended information. I am specifically interested in the control of selective attention by frontal areas of the human brain, which I investigate using behavioural measures, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Electro-encephalography (EEG). After studying at the University of Amsterdam and King’s College London, I received my PhD from the University of Essex, and was then a postdoctoral research fellow at University College London. Since 2002, I am a faculty member of the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Janet Dickinson specializes in the history of early modern England and Europe, with particular interests in cultural and political history. Her first book, Court Politics and the Earl of Essex was published in 2011 by Pickering and Chatto and she has also contributed to a number of works on Elizabethan and early modern European history. Current projects include work on the Tudor nobility and the last years of Elizabeth I’s life as well as court history in general. She has held lectureships at a number of English universities and spends her summers teaching programmes for several American universities in association with the University of Oxford. She is currently Conference Secretary for the Society for Court Studies, which runs a seminar series at NYU in London.

Edward Diestelkamp, Building Design Adviser to the National Trust, London, 2002-present; Assistant to the Director of Historic Buildings of The National Trust, London, 1986-2002; Historic Buildings Representativeof The National Trust, North Wales, 1984-1986;  Architectural Assistant with the Louis de Soissons partnership, London, 1973-1976; PhD in Art History, University College London, 1983; BSc in Architecture, University of Southern California, 1973. 

Michael Douglas-Scott has lectured in the History of Art at Birbeck College, University of London, since obtaining his PhD there in 1996. His special field of interest is Venetian renaissance painting, a subject on which he has published articles and essays both in the United Kingdom and in Italy. He also teaches American undergraduates at Birkbeck College about British art and architecture c. 1600 - c. 1850 

Phillip Drummond studied at Saint John’s College, University of Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate student. He held an Open Scholarship in Modern Studies (English and French), won prizes for English at College and University levels, and founded the university’s largest arts society, the 2,000-member New Cinema Club of Oxford. He went on to become one of the pioneers of UK Film and Media Studies in the 1970s whilst teaching at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) and chairing major initiatives at regional, national and international levels. He joined the Institute of Education, University of London, in 1979 to found the University of London’s first MA degree in Film and Television Studies – and only the country’s second – which he went on to run for nearly two decades. Since 2000 he has been active in US Film, Media and Cultural Studies in London, teaching as an Adjunct for NYUL, the USC Annenberg School, the University of California, and the University of North Carolina and acting as the local Academic Advisor, on behalf of ACCENT International, on the creation of the University of California London Programme. He is also the Director of Academic Conferences London Ltd, a new micro-company which has been responsible since 2011 for pioneering annual international conferences on London, Britain, and global Film and Media under the overall rubric THE LONDON SYMPOSIUM. See,, and for further information.

Ben East studied English at the University of Bristol, Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, and EFL/EAP teaching at International House, London. He has taught English in Spain (Valladolid and Castellò de la Plana), Australia (Adelaide and Perth) and various UK further and higher institutions. Most recently he has taught EAP courses at Coventry University and the University of Hertfordshire. Ben is also Academic Director of an annual summer school residential programme, run in conjunction with the Liceo Scientifico Carlo Livi, Prato, Italy. 

David Edelshain is Senior Lecturer in International Business at Cass Business School, City University, London. He graduated with a BA in Economics from Cambridge University in 1967 and was awarded an MBA from London Business School in 1969. He worked as a Financial Analyst and then Corporate Planner at Pye Telecom from 1969 to 1971 before becoming a director of a company in the retail ceramics and jewellery businesses in 1971. He completed a law degree and was called to the English bar in the 1970s. In 1977, Wedgwood Ltd acquired this business, and, he remained with the organisation until 1980 when he joined a private training and education company. He qualified as a management accountant in 1981. From 1982 to 1984 he worked as a management consultant in an accounting firm and in 1984 joined HM Treasury as a principal first in the Overseas Finance Division and then in the Central Computer & Telecommunications Agency. From 1986 to 1988 he worked in the executive education arm of Tel Aviv Business School in Israel before returning to London Business School in 1988 to work on his doctorate. In 1993 he became a full-time faculty member of City University Business School after teaching there part-time from 1989. From 1995 to 1998 he directed the Executive MBA Programme, then the General & Strategic Management and International Business streams of the Full-time MBA. He is currently Director of the Masters in European Business degree programme. He is married with a son and two daughters and lives in Mill Hill. He supports cricket as a member of the MCC and soccer as a lifelong Arsenal supporter. He was first invited to teach at NYU in London in Spring term 2001 and here has taught courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Management, International Financial Management and Managerial Accounting,

Miranda El-Rayess completed her doctorate at University College London. Her main research interests are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture. She has published articles on Henry James, and her book, Henry James and the Culture of Consumption (Cambridge UP) will appear shortly. Currently Miranda is co-editing a volume of James's short stories for the forthcoming Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James. She teaches at Goldsmiths and reviews for the Times Literary Supplement.

Dr Nicholas Falk, BA (Oxon), MBA (Stanford), PhD (London) is an economist, strategic planner and urbanist. He founded The Urban and Economic Development Group, Ltd. (URBED) in 1976 to offer practical solutions to urban regeneration and local economic development. Over the last five years he has focused on new communities, the future of the suburbs, visions for historic town centres, and the reuse of old buildings. He has a particular interest in drawing lessons from European good practice. He is co-author of the Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood: Building the 21st Century Home (Architectural Press, 2009). Other recent publications include theRegeneration of European Cities, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation;  The Cambridgeshire Quality Charter for Growth for Cambridgeshire Horizons;  and Beyond Eco-Towns with PRP and Design for Homes. 

He has been involved in a number of major new housing schemes, including the new town of Northstowe in Cambridge, the urban extension of Houghton Regis North in Bedfordshire, and an urban village in the centre of Yeovil. He has been appointed a Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment, University of the West of England, and also an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism. He is an active member of the Urban Design Group and the Town and Country Planning Association. Much of his research has focused on the reuse of buildings, including a report on Re-using Redundant Buildings (HMSO), and advising English Heritage and others on the transfer of heritage assets to community groups; these make use of involvement in a number of pioneering adaptive reuse projects. Research reports on the suburbs include City of Villages and the follow up good practice toolkit, Tomorrow's Suburbs, for the Greater London Authority, as well as Attitudes to Higher Density Housing and Neighbourhood Revival: Towards More Sustainable Suburbs in the South East, for the South East England Regional Assembly.  He has also published numerous articles in journals and chapters in books dealing with regeneration, and has edited Built Environment's special edition ‘Towards Sustainable Suburbs’. 

Neil teaches university students and trains company managers and employees about Intercultural Communication, Media, Leadership and People Management. In addition to developing and running the Internship Seminar at NYUL he is Adjunct Professor at Hult International Business School and Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. His most recent management role was in internal communications at Deutsche Bank in London and leading a team in Frankfurt. He has written and spoken at a range of conferences and seminars on journalism, business management and culture. His consultancy and training clients have ranged from Pearson and RBS to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and IMD, the international business school in Lausanne. Neil continues to keep his hand in as business journalist, editor and publisher, sings jazz and acts, and whenever possible enjoys wandering through and watching London’s ever-varying street scenes.

James Fox studied Philosophy at Leeds University (BA Hons), Design and Technology at Sheffield Hallam University (PGDip), Design Education at Sheffield Hallam Univeristy (PGCE), and Landscape Architecture at Sheffield University (DipLA). He has worked as a furniture designer-maker, teacher, and Landscape Architect. James began his career as a Landscape Architect with Jinny Blom and then Todd Longstaffe-Gowan landscape design, where is now the Associate Director. With Jinny Blom he was Project Landscape Architect for the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show Laurent Perrier Garden (Gold) and for the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre interior landscape (BALI award). He has worked with Todd Longstaffe-Gowan since 2006 and has been Project Landscape Architect for Selfridges Hotel; Selfridges Shoe Galleries; Marylebone Garden of Rest (RIBA Award); The Artists House, Kensington (Stephen Lauwrence Prize); Boudouris Mansion, Greece; Hampton Court Palace Trophy Gate, Barge Walk, Chapel Court, Clore Studio Courtyard; and Kensington Palace East Garden, Cradle walk. 

I am a political scientist working in the areas of African history and politics, state-society relations and international development. I use these frameworks to explore a number of related issues pertinent to the study of international relations and politics:

 Forms of knowledge production and maintenance in the area of International Development;

The relationship between modes of global governance and civil society in sub-Saharan Africa;

Post-colonial state formation in sub-Saharan Africa

African political thought, and the historical antecedents of contemporary discourses on Africa.

In terms of the first two of these interests, I have interrogated the power relations which construct a significant alter-globalisationist actor, the Global Call to Action against Poverty (, in order to understand its impact, actual and potential, on discourses and actors in IR. This research appeared in a book published in 2012. I am also co-editing a book with Dr Carl Death at the University of Manchester due out in 2014 on neoliberal governmentality and civil society in Africa. My other research interests are reflected in papers I have published and ongoing research projects, including a study of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their socio-cutural-spatial implications; a project exploring the discursive relationship between the MDGs and civil society organisations in East Africa (funded by the British Academy); and a historical (genealogical) study of Afro-optimism.

Emily Gee has worked at English Heritage since 2001, and is Head of Designation, advising the government on the listing of buildings and other historic assets. The course will inevitably focus on buildings and sites that have special interest worthy of designation (statutory protection or ‘listing’) and we will consider conservation and preservation issues on our travels together. Emily studied in the US (Smith College, BA; University of Virginia, MA Architectural History), was teaching assistant for architectural history courses at UVA, and has a Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association in London. She has published several articles on the history of purpose-built housing for working women in Victorian and Edwardian London and leads English Heritage’s activity on twentieth century architecture. Emily has taught at NYU in London since Spring 2011.

Professor Georgellis is a Research Professor in HR&OB and Director of CRESS (Center for Research in Employment, Skills and Society). He is a Distinguished Associate of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) and ranked in the 5th percentile in the REPEC rankings. He has published widely in the areas of behavioral economics, personnel economics, and human resource management. His recent publications include articles in the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Economic Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, British Journal of Management, Psychological Science, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economica, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work is highly cited and it has attracted media coverage.

Tony Greener has worked in management, PR, communications and marketing since 1972 having been a board director of  Land Rover, BL Cars Europe, Dunlop Slazenger International, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Medical Service and Saatchi & Saatchi where he was Deputy Managing Director of the UK PR agency. 

He and his wife formed their own management training, marketing and communications business, Positive Images, in 1988 and they have since worked for a wide variety of clients in the UK and overseas.

Clients include BT, the Corporation of London, Nestle, Abbey National, Tower Bridge, Taylor Woodrow, Royal Bank of Scotland, the English Tourist Council, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a number of health services and local government bodies and the Institutes of Management in both Singapore and Malaysia. He is a Senior Lecturer at Brighton University Business School and a lecturer at New York University in London.

Tony is the author of The Secrets of Successful PR, published by Butterworth Heinemann in 1990, Internal Communications published by Blackhall in 2000 and Introduction to Business Management published by ICSA in 2008. 

Eve Grubin’s book of poems, Morning Prayer, was published by the Sheep Meadow Press. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many literary journals and magazines including PN Review, Poetry Review, Poetry International, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and Conjunctions, which featured her chapbook-size group of poems with an introduction by Fanny Howe. Her essays have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including, The Veil: Women Writers on Its History Lore and Politics (University of California Press, 2009) and Jean Valentine: This-World Company (U of Mich Press, 2012). She received her BA in English Literature from Smith College, her MA from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, and an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. A former Yaddo fellow, Eve was the Programs Director at the Poetry Society of America for five years and has taught at The New School University and in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at The City College of New York. She is the Poet in Residence at the London School of Jewish Studies, and she is a poetry tutor at The Poetry School.

During a 30-year career with the BBC World Service radio, double award-winning journalist Teresa Guerreiro worked on all aspects of news production, as a writer, broadcaster, news/current affaris editor and documentary/feature maker. She also played a prominent role in training younger colleagues at the BBC. Originally from Portugal, she was London correspondent for the main Portuguese weekend newspaper, Expresso, in the 1980s and 1990s. She holds an MA in English Studies from the Classic University in Lisbon.

Rong Guo is a lecturer in the Chinese language at NYU in London. Rong also teaches on a part-time basis at Imperial College London, University of Westminster and London Metropolitan University where she is the co-ordinator for Chinese courses. In November 2013, she began teaching at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Language Centre.

Stephen Hannah studied economics at Sussex and University College, London. Following a lectureship at the University of Keele - publishing research on macroeconomic theory and labour markets - Stephen joined HM Treasury during the turbulent 1980s to advise the UK Chancellor on monetary and exchange rate policy. He then moved to the City of London, in the wake of the UK financial sector's "Big Bang," enjoying a long career as Chief Economist and independent consultant, advising on financial market strategy to a wide variety of clients.

Stephen returned to the academic sector a few years ago, teaching postgraduate programmes in economics, quantitative methods and research techniques. At NYU London, he lectures on Intermediate Macroeconomics and Money & Banking. His research interests focus on macroeconomic models, financial markets and fiscal policy.

Dr Brian Hanson has been writing about architecture and design for nearly 40 years. His Architects and the ‘Building World’ from Chambers to Ruskin: constructing authority (Cambridge University Press, 2003, 2011) was nominated as a Book of the Year by The Architects’ Journal, saying it “goes right to the front of the pack” and “should lead to the revision of our understanding of later 19th-century architecture”. He has teaching experience in 10 countries, and for over 20 years advised HRH The Prince of Wales on architectural and urban matters.

Nigar Hashimzade is Professor of Economics at Durham University and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Her previous academic posts were at the University of Reading and University of Exeter. She earned her PhD in Economics from Cornell University in 2003. Her research articles in economic theory and econometric theory have been published in leading international journals. She regularly presents at the major international conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Economics Association, the annual conferences of the Royal Economic Society, and the annual meetings of the Econometric Society.

Michael Hattaway is Professor Emeritus of English Literature in the University of Sheffield. He was born in New Zealand and studied in Wellington and at Cambridge. He also taught at the Universities of Wellington, Kent at Canterbury, British Columbia, and Massachusetts at Amherst. Author of Elizabethan Popular Theatre (1982), Hamlet: The Critics Debate (1987), and Renaissance and Reformations: An Introduction to Early Modern English Literature (2005); editor of As You Like It, and 1-3 Henry VI (New Cambridge Shakespeare), of plays by Ben Jonson and Francis Beaumont, and of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays (2002), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama (1990 and 2003) and Shakespeare in the New Europe (1994). He has written an electronic book on King Richard II (2008) and edited a NewCompanion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture (2 vols, 2010). In 2010 he gave the 100th Annual Shakespeare Lecture for the British Academy.

Richard Hill studied architecture at Cambridge University and has worked as a manager of construction projects in both the public and private sectors. He has taught widely in universities in Britain, the United States and Italy, and is the author of Designs and Their Consequences: Architecture and Aesthetics (Yale University Press, 1999). He is now an associate in Richard Griffiths Architects, one of Britain's foremost practices specialising in the conservation and re-use of historic buildings. He has played a key role in major regeneration projects at St Pancras and Kings Cross, London, and has prepared numerous conservation plans for historic buildings and their settings. 

Courtney received her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis, and has been teaching writing and literature at the university level for ten years. She is a full time staff member at NYUL, teaching Writing and English courses while also working administratively as the Liberal Studies Coordinator. Courtney specialises in 20th and 21st Century literature, and her research focuses on mass collaborations - large groups of people writing narratives together. She has published essays on the author David Mitchell, collaborative Internet storytelling, and social media and memory.

Dr Stephen Inwood was born in 1947, and was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and St Antony’s College, Oxford, where he gained a D.Phil (Ph.D) in Modern History. He was a university lecturer in history for about thirty years, and then became an almost full-time writer, continuing to teach only at NYU in London. The four books he published (all with Macmillan) in those years are A History of London; The Man Who Knew Too Much (a biography of Robert Hooke); City of Cities (a study of London between 1883 and 1914); and Historic London: an Explorer’s Companion. He assisted Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, with his book, Johnson’s Life of London, and he was praised by the Mayor as the best historian of London. He is married to a head teacher, and has three sons.

Dolores Iorizzo has a joint appointment at Imperial College London in the Centre for the History of Science and the Department of Computing. She is Co-editor of Newton's Theological Manuscripts at the Newton Project and and is also Head of Unit for Arts, Humanities and Cultural Heritage at the London e-Science Centre ( Projects include creating open-source multimedia electronic editions in the history of science, philosophy and history, and cross-repository semantic interoperability for e-research in the humantities and sciences.  Her current project is 'Origins of the Calculus: Cultures of Science in Leibniz and Newton'. 

Dr. Ruchama Johnston-Bloom’s research focuses on intersections between modern Jewish and Islamic thought and culture, and on the complicated position of Jews vis-à-vis Orientalism. She recently received her PhD from the University of Chicago, where she wrote her dissertation on nineteenth- and twentieth-century German-Jewish scholarship on the Qur’an and Islamic modernities. She is currently turning her dissertation into a book manuscript, as well as working on a new project focused on German and German-Jewish intellectuals in Egypt during the interwar period, and continuing to research and write about the groundbreaking work of the nineteenth-century German-Jewish Orientalist Gustav Weil. Recent publications include: “Symbiosis Relocated: The German-Jewish Orientalist Ilse Lichtenstadter in America,” Leo Baeck Institute Yearbook 58 (2013). In 2011, Dr. Johnston-Bloom was a fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at Hebrew University. As a PhD candidate she taught at the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Cambridge.

As well as teaching at NYU in London, Nesta is Director of Research at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, an affiliate of the University of Manchester, UK. Formerly, she was Reader in Theatre Arts and Head of Drama for many years at Goldsmiths University of London. She has published on JM Synge, Sean O’Casey and David Mamet (all Methuen) and Brian Friel (Faber & Faber), and acting and production processes in a number of theatre journals; organized projects for and with the British Council, the National Museum for the Performing Arts, Trinity College Dublin, the Council of Europe Cultural Networks, the European Commission, the European Cultural Foundation, Arts Council England, the Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, and London Weekend Television; has been a consultant/adviser to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Wales, University of Surrey, Leeds Metropolitan University, the British Centre of the International Theatre Institute, International Women Playwrights, the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance, the Pan Centre for Intercultural Arts, the Centre for Performance Research, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and University of the Arts London; and given papers at international conferences, directed theatre productions of English classics and revivals of modern European plays, and conducted acting, directing and playwriting workshops, at venues across Europe (east and west) and North America. Moreover, she has researched in the USA (mainly Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis and New York) and was a Visiting Professor at Middlebury College, Vermont and Visiting Director for the Potomac Theatre Project. She is currently a Contributing Editor of New Theatre Quarterly (Cambridge University Press) and the Artistic Director of NXT (New Cross Theatre), a company committed to promoting new writing for theatre. 

Professor Denis Judd is a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, a PhD of London University, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Professor Emeritus of History at London Metropolitan University. He has published over 25 books, including the biographies of Joseph Chamberlain, Prince Philip, George VI and Alison Uttley, historical and military subjects, stories for children and two novels. Some of his most recent books are the highly praised and best selling Empire: The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present, The Boer War and The Lion and the Tiger; the rise and fall of the British Raj. He has reviewed and written extensively in the national and international press and in journals, has written several programs for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and is an advisor to the BBC History Magazine. He is often interviewed for national and international television and radio.  Among his most recent books is his edited edition of the Diaries of Alison Uttley (2009). His books Empire:The British Imperial Experience from 1765 to the Present, The Boer War and his biography of George VI have recently been reissued in revised paperback editions. His two novels, The Adventures of Long John Silver and Return to Treasure Island have been translated into several languages and are about to appear in Russian. 

Dr Kelly lectures on British Politics and works as a policy adviser in Westminster. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2000 and subsequently published his thesis under the title ‘The Myth of Mr. Butskell’. He has been published in academic journals and lectured at both British and American Universities. He has also advised political parties in Eastern European and Africa about policy development. 

Dr. Kirkham completed undergraduate degrees in english literature and psychology at the University of Toronto and went on to obtain a PhD in psychology from Cornell University in 2003. She worked as an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Stanford University until 2007 and currently works at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College, University of London. 

Dr. Jan Knoerich is a Lecturer at King’s College London. His teaching and research covers international and Chinese political economy, research methods and Chinese international investments. His main research examines the globalisation of Chinese enterprises from business, development and political economy perspectives. Dr. Knoerich has conducted extensive academic fieldwork in China, Indonesia and other countries, has published in peer-reviewed academic journals and books such as the Journal of International Management, Economics Letters and Chinese International Investments (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), and has made contributions to a variety of United Nations publications. Dr. Knoerich holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Prior to his arrival in London, he was a lecturer at the University of Oxford and spent several years working on international investment and development issues for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.

Dr. Kovas is a Reader in Genetics and Psychology at Goldsmiths College and a visiting lecturer at UCL, King’s, and New York Universities. Dr Kovas is the director of InLab (International Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Investigations into Individual Differences in Learning; at Goldsmiths, University of London; the director of the Laboratory for Cognitive Investigations and Behavioural Genetics at Tomsk State University; and also co-directs the Russian-British Laboratory of Behavioural Genetics (Goldsmiths & Psychological Institute of the Russian Academy of Education, Moscow). Dr Kovas teaches Genetics and Psychology and supervises many BSc, MSc, PhD, and Post-graduate students’ research in the UK and abroad. Dr Kovas also leads the genetically-informative mathematics research in the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) at the SGDP Centre, King’s College, London. Her research programme involves conducting international, interdisciplinary research into the individual differences in learning, with particular focus on mathematical ability and other STEM fields. Yulia Kovas received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry. Her thesis on Generalist Genes and Mathematics explored the origins of the individual differences in school mathematics. She received a degree in Literature and Linguistics as well as teaching qualifications from the University of St Petersburg, Russia in 1996, and taught children of all ages for 6 years. She received a BSc in Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2003 and an MSc in Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry from the SGDP Centre, King’s College. For further information on research and publications visit: and

Leya Landau’s main research interests lie in the field of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writing and culture, and in the relationship between literature and the city. She has published articles on Romanticism and London, eighteenth-century opera and women poets of the period. She is currently writing a book on the female urban imagination in eighteenth-century literature. She has taught at both American and British universities, and most recently at University College London. 

Harkness Fellow, University of Washington 1967-68. Berwick Prize, London Math Soc 1973. Invited Speaker, International Congress of Mathematicians, Helsinki 1978. Professor of Mathematics, University College London, 1975 – present, Dean 1981-1984, Head of Department. 1991-2006. Renyi Prize, Hungarian Academy of Science 1988. Austrian Cross of Honour for Arts and Science, Austrian Academy of Science 2006. Vice President, London Math Society (U.K.’s National Organization for Mathematics) 2006-present. Has published over one-hundred research articles in learned journals. Many invited lectures including NYU (Courant Institute) in 2007. 

Kate taught psychology at Royal Holloway (formerly Bedford College) for over thirty years, and has also taught in the University of Wales at Bangor, the City University, and Kings College London. Her research has focused on mental health in minority groups in the UK. She is interested in how religious factors can affect mental health. She has been involved in providing and evaluating culture-sensitive mental health services, and is involved in mental health charity and other community work. She has published several books (the last to appear was Religion, Culture and Mental Health: Cambridge) and numerous articles, and edits the journal Mental Health, Religion and Culture.

Recent invited and plenary lectures include lectures to the World Federation for Mental Health (Athens, 2009), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (London, 2009), the All North Wales Psychiatry Conference, St Asaph, 2010), the Sinai Scholars Conference, (Dartmouth College, 2010 and Philadelphia University, 2011), the Ethnic Health Initiative (London, 2012), the South London and Maudsley Trust (London 2012), the World Psychiatric Association (Tel Aviv 2012) and the National Spirituality and Mental Health For (London 2013).

Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect and historian, who takes on a range of projects in Britain and abroad, many with a conservation slant. ‘My work reflects my interest in the dramatic and sculptural potential of landscape, and is imbued with whimsical, historical eclecticism', he says. 'I like to think that my gardens are intelligent as well as beautiful, as they are informed by my training as an architect, landscape architect, geographer and historian’. Current projects range from the creation of a new garden within the old walls of a fortified house on the island of Hydra in Greece to the preparation of a conservation strategy for the gardens at Kensington Palace. Todd is President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust and Gardens Adviser to Hampton Court Palace. He is also the author of several books including The Gardens at Hampton Court Palace (Frances Lincoln) and The London Town Garden (Yale University Press).  He holds a Bachelors in Environmental Studies (BES) from the University of Manitoba; a Masters of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Harvard University; and a PhD in Historical Geography from University College London. 

David Margolies taught in a number of British and American universities before settling into the English Department of Goldsmiths College, University of London, from which he is now retired Emeritus Professor, where he offered courses in Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare's theatre and popular culture. He is widely published internationally on Shakespeare, Elizabethan prose fiction and the development of Marxist criticism in the 1930s. His latest book is Shakespeare's Irrational Endings, published by Palgrave

John Mark M.A.(Hons) Cantab. M.Sc in Economics (London) is Senior Lecturer in Economics at King’s College, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. His major publications include the 800 page volume on The Food Industries, Reviews of the Statistical Sources of the United Kingdom Vol XXVIII, Chapman and Hall, London, further work on statistical sources and recent papers on the semi-conductor industry. He read history at St. Catharine’s College Cambridge and did his postgraduate studies in economics at University College London and the London School of Economics. 

Matthew Mauger, BA (Warwick), MA (Queensland), PhD (London), researches extensively in the literature of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries; in particular, he focuses on how Enlightenment legal debate forms an important context for artistic production in the period. He completed a PhD entitled 'Prophetic Legislation: William Blake and the Visionary Poetry of the Law' in 2005, and has published an article about legal architecture in Blake's 1790s epic The Four Zoas. He has recently completed an article examining harassment of dissenters in the City of London in the mid-eighteenth century, and continues to work on the writing of legal theorists including William Blackstone, Joseph Priestley, and Jeremy Bentham. 

Emily Midorikawa studied history at University College London and creative writing (MA, prose fiction) at the University of East Anglia. She has held positions lecturing in writing with, amongst others, the University of Cambridge and the Open University. She is currently based at City University London. Emily is an award-winning writer, who has seen her work published in various UK journals and newspapers, including Aesthetica, Mslexia, the Daily Telegraph and The Times. She is a visiting writer for Circle of Missé and was a judge for their 2012 Writing Competition. For the past few years, she and NYU writing tutor Emma Claire Sweeney have presented joint papers at the annual conferences of the National Association of Writers in Education. To find out more about Emily’s writing and teaching work, visit


I was initially interested in economics and finance. I had first a master degree in econometrics from La Sorbonne and a finance degree from the IEP in Paris. After six years as a risk analyst for a future and commodities broker at the city in London, I decided to change my career. I wanted to teach and I had a real love for philosophy. I did my PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics and I have been teaching there ever since I graduated. My fields of reasearch are primarily moral and political philosophy as well as philosophy of economics. 

Vincent-Wayne Mitchell is Professor of Consumer Marketing CASS Business School, City University London. He has done extensive research into marketing and consumer behaviour, with particular focus on consumer decision making, complaining behaviour and risk taking. He has won 8 Best Paper Awards and has published over 200 academic and practitioner papers in journals such as Journal of Business Research, British Journal of Management, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Consumer Affairs, International Journal of Advertising, Services Industries Journal, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Consumer Marketing, as well as numerous conference papers. He has worked with companies such as Coca Cola, Safeway, Tesco and the Cooperative Bank as well as completing a major study on consumer usage of quantity indicators for the DTI. He sits on the Editorial Boards of six international journals, is an Expert Adviser for the Office of Fair Trading and is Head of Marketing at CASS. Vince's new book Real People, Real Discussions won the Financial Times/Pearson Higher Education book of the Year in 2010:


Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, Westminster Business School (University of Westminster) since 2005. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Alicante in 2004 and was a research scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2003 and 2004. Prior to joining the Westminster Business School (WBS), he taught microeconomics, econometrics and time-series analysis in the Department of Economics at the University of Alicante from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 through 2005, he worked as a graduate teacher assistant in the Departments of Economics and Statistics at the LSE. At WBS he has lectured in international economics and econometrics at postgraduate level, and in applied statistics at undergraduate level.

His research interests fall in the areas of econometric theory, semi-nonparametric methods, financial and macro-econometrics, continuous-time models, portfolio choice, and forecasting. His current work focuses on semi-nonparametric density functions for modelling and forecasting the probability distribution of economic variables, long-memory time series, portfolio decision theory and, market risk forecasting and regulation and their relation with efficiency in capital allocation, economic growth, and social welfare. He has published his research work in journals such as Economics Letters, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, International Journal of Forecasting, Quantitative Finance, Spanish Economic Review, Journal of Forecasting, among others.

Dr Dirk Nitzsche is a Senior Lecturer at Cass Business School (City University, London). He is also a visiting lecturer at New York University (in London) - Stern School since 2001 and has links with Olin Business School at Washington University in St Louis. After completing his PhD in 1996 he worked in the economics department at the University of Newcastle before joining City University Business School in 1997 and the Management School at Imperial College in 1998. In 2004 Dirk rejoined Cass Business School (City University) where he is the course director for MSc Financial Mathematics and MSc Quantitative Finance. Dirk has written a number of articles in refereed journals and recently co-authored three textbooks in finance: Investments: Spot and Derivative Markets (2001, 2008), Financial Engineering: Derivatives and Risk Management (2001) and Quantitative Financial Economics (2nd edition) (2004). He has presented his work at international conferences in Europe, the US and Australia. His research interests includes the wider areas of asset pricing as well as fund management and portfolio theory.

Dirk's current research focuses on the perfomance of the mutual fund industry where he uses sophisticated statistical techniques in alalysing the industry. Key questions which are addressed here are persistence of fund performance, ability of market timing and whether the fund performance can be explained by luck or skill.

Mike Newman is an Emeritus Professor at London Metropolitan University (attached to the Faculty Advanced Institute for Research in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). He had previously been the Course Leader for the BA Peace and Conflict Studies and Professor of Politics, while also holding a Jean Monnet Personal Chair in European Studies. His most recent work is Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions (Hurst and Columbia University Press, 2009) and he is also the author of Socialism - A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005), Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin 2002), Democracy, Sovereignty and the European Union (Hurst, 1996), Harold Laski - A Political Biography (Macmillan, 1993), John Strachey (Manchester University Press, 1989), and Socialism and European Unity (Hurst, 1983). He is now writing a book on ‘Writers, justice and Transitions’ and is also an adviser with the peacebuilding NGO, International Alert.

Charles C. Noel, an American, has lived and taught in London, for British and American Universities, since the early 1970s. Before that he earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University, and taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Columbia University. His research speciality is eighteenth-century Spanish culture and politics, including the changing role of Bourbon court. He has published a number of articles and essays which have appeared in British, American, French and Spanish journals and collections. 

Munira E. Olia, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, whose areas of expertise include mental health in disadvantaged settings and complex emergencies, as well as cross-cultural, community-based care. She received her bachelor's degree in Spanish from the University of Virginia and her medical degree from Georgetown University; thereafter completing her adult and child & adolescent psychiatry residency training at Harvard and NYU respectively. She has traveled and studied children in diverse settings, both in the states and abroad; and subsequently directed mental health projects for international humanitarian organizations in the Philippines, Honduras, and Gaza, providing clinical care and academic instruction. She advocates for human rights and child protection, as well as holistic interventions that reduce trauma and bolster resilience, such as strengthening the family unit and providing early childhood development education.

Benedict O’Looney M.Arch (Yale) is an architect and a lecturer at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He taught from 1994-2004 in the history and theory programme at the Architectural Association, and from 2004-2007 at the University of Kent. As a practitioner he has worked as a project architect at Alsop Architects and Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners contributing to their renovation of Paddington Station and the Bath Spa Project. The re-use of historic buildings is a particular focus of his work and that continues in his own practice Morris + O’Looney architects. Benedict is chair of Southwark’s Conservation Areas Advisory Group and the vice-president of the London Sketch Club. 

Dr. Deirdre Osborne is a Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts for Goldsmiths, University of London. Research and publications embrace late-Victorian literature (focusing on motherhood, maternity and colonial ideology), women and espionage in World War II France and contemporary Black British writing. She recently edited Hidden Gems (Oberon Books) and a Special Issue on Black British Women's Writing for Women: A Cultural Review. Other publications include essays and interviews with Kwame Kwei-Armah, Roy Williams, Lemn Sissay, debbie tucker green, Andrea Levy and SuAndi. Her next book is Critically Black: Contemporary Black British Dramatists and Theatre in the New Millennium (Manchester University Press). Dr. Osborne is currently editing the Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature 1945-2010 for Cambridge University Press, and will be giving a paper on Black British poetry and Landmark Poetics at the Amercian Association of Comparative Literature at New York University, New York in April 2014.

Julia Pascal started her career as an actor and developed her stage work into directing and writing.

She was the first woman director at the National Theatre.

Her plays focus on war, Jewish history, culture and exile.

Nineveh explored post traumatic stress syndrome in former soldiers from Rwanda, Lebanon, Israel and Kashmir, and was produced at Riverside Studios in 2013. Julia's play on modern Israel, Crossing Jerusalem, was set in the last intifada and was produced by the Tricycle Theatre and the Karlsruhe Staatsteater. Most of her dramas have been seen in the UK and continental Europe, and scenes from her St Joan were workshopped at the Lincoln Center's Directors' Lab. Her short on extraordinary rendition, The Wedding Party, was seen at the 2012 Ohrid Festival, Macedonia and in 2013 at The Actor's Centre, London.

As a Writing Professor she has taught at NYU's Study Abroad Program since 2008 and at St Lawrence's since 2003.

She has taught at The University of York, Kingston University, Chichester University, City University, Middlesex University, and in Germany at the Universities of Bamberg and Heidelberg. She has given a keynote speech at the University of Mainz.

Her texts are published by Oberon Books, Faber, Virago and Boxtree. These include The Holocaust Trilogy, The Yiddish Queen Lear/Woman In The Moon, The Shylock Play, Crossing Jerusalem and other plays. In 2013 Oberon published her latest volume, Political Plays.

As a journalist she was Dance Editor of City Limits and an arts feature writer for The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Independent, New Society and the BBC.

She is director of Pascal Theatre Company, which runs children's drama workshops and creates large community projects. These include Jewish Mothers & Daughters: A Film Archive, Between East and West, the first photographic exhibition of the British-born Chinese, and The Secret Listeners, which reveals the story of those refugees helping the war effort by listening to conversations between German POWs during World War Two. She has co-edited a book on this which was published in 2013.

Awards include a Leverhulme Prize, The Lisa Ullman Travelling Scholarship, The Goethe Institute Scholarship, Alfred Bradley Prize for her stage and radio play Theresa, the Colombine Prize for Best Play from Moondance in 2004 and a NESTA/ National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. In 2013 she was an NYU Scholar in Residence.

She is a judge on the 2014 Jewish Film Festival and a presenter at Jewish Book Week.

Writers' Residencies have been at The Wiener Library, Kingston University and the University of York.


In 2014, her St Joan, was seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Her play on Israel/Palestine, Crossing Jerusalem, will be presented in London in August 2015.


Dr. Alan Powers studied History of Art at Cambridge and took his PhD there on Architectural Education in Britain 1880-1914. He has combined teaching (mainly at the University of Greenwich) with writing, exhibition curating, and voluntary conservation work with the Twentieth Century Society. This work has been on subjects relating to British art, architecture and design. Books include Britain in the series Modern Architectures in History, and Eric Ravilious, artist and designer, published in 2013. He began teaching for NYU in 2013.


Anthony Price is Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has also taught at the University of York, the University of Oxford, and Brown University. He has enjoyed two research fellowships: one at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, another funded by the Leverhulme Foundation. He has published four books: three of these are published by Oxford University Press, one by Routledge; three are on Greek philosophy (largely Plato and Aristotle), one on practical reasoning and reasons for action.

Dr. Ribak has a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Reading. She published a book on inter-communal relations in Byzantine Palestina and papers on the architecture and art of religious structures in Byzantine Palestina. Her latest paper: ‘Archaeological Evidence from the Byzantine Holy Land on the Origins of the Iconoclastic Movement’ has recently been published in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association‏. She is currently interested in the relations between Jews and Christians in Medieval Britain. She teaches at the Open University and IES, London, as well as New York University London.

 I am interested in the way that someone's thoughts and behaviour are linked to those around them.  In my lab at University College London (, we use gaze, speech and motion tracking technology to investigate how perception and cognition are embedded in the social world. We present pictures, speech and movies to participants. They watch the displays, recall information, form opinions, talk to each other and play games. We explore how the identity, beliefs and simply the presence of other people can influence individuals’ cognitive and perceptual processing. Before coming to UCL, I was an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, a graduate student at Cornell, a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Stanford University, and an assistant professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I was fleetingly on television as part of a BBC documentary, and recently received the Early Career Provost's Teaching Award at UCL, where I am senior lecturer.

In addition to teaching on the Business and Political Economy (BPE) Program at the Stern School of Business, New York University, Dr. Jyoti Saraswati is Director of the Beyond the Developmental State Working Group for the International Initiative for the Promotion of Political Economy (IIPPE). His research is primarily focused on the political economy of emerging markets in Asia, particularly as it pertains to capital formation in, and the emergence of transnational corporations from, India and China. He is author of Dot.compradors: Power and Policy in the Development of the Indian Software Industry (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and co-editor of Beyond the Developmental State: Industrial Policy into the 21st Century (Pluto Press, 2013) and publishes regularly in prominent academic journals and news outlets including China Report, Economic and Political Weekly, Third World Quarterly, Development Viewpoint, Queries and Open Democracy. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Saraswati worked across public and private sectors in both the UK and Japan, and continues to provide consultancy to a number of major international organisations and private corporations, including the European Commission and the World Bank. He is currently working with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) on a project evaluating the prospects of industrial catch-up in several sectors across four major emerging economies. Dr. Saraswati has also taught at the Department of International Development, Oxford University, and the School of Politics and International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London. He is currently writing an international economics textbook centred on presenting a practical, rather than theoretical, guide to the structures of, and systems within, the global economy.

Hagai M. Segal is an academic, consultant and analyst, specialising in Middle Eastern affairs, geo-strategic issues, and modern terrorism/militancy. A United Nations Alliance of Civilizations recognised ‘Global Expert’, Hagai serves on the London First Security & Policing Advisory Board and the Executive Advisory Committee of the Global Risk Network. An analyst, consultant and advisor for numerous companies, private bodies, business groups, security agencies and politicians - advising them on these same issues - Hagai has taught and guest lectured at Universities across the globe. A regular guest on national + international television and radio stations/channels Hagai also writes for a number of newspapers and publications around the world. He is a recipient of the NYU in London Annual Teaching Award. You can find further information on his work on his website at

Hagai has additionally been commended for outstanding teaching evaluations on the Liberal Studies Program, by the Dean of Liberal Studies, Dean Schwarzbach.

Dr Gavin Stamp, M.A., Ph.D. (Cantab.), born 1948, educated Cambridge University. Architectural historian and writer. From 1990 until 2003 he taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, and was made a personal professor by the University of Glasgow. He is an honorary professor at the University of Cambridge. In 2003-4 he was a Bye-Fellow of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and a Mellon Senior Research Fellow. Since then he has reverted to being an independent scholar, also involved with journalism and television. Author of books on Edwin Lutyens, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, George Gilbert Scott junior and other architectural subjects. His most recent books are The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Britain's Lost Cities, and Lost Victorian Britain.

Emma Claire Sweeney is a prize-winning writer, published most recently in The Times, Mslexia, and The Independent on Sunday.

Her fiction has been awarded Arts Council, Escalator, and Royal Literary Fund Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish.

Last year, Emma Claire published The Memoir Garden – an Arts Council sponsored collection of poems comprising the words and experiences of adults with learning disabilities.

Having co-written literary features, Emma Claire and her long-standing writer friend and NYU-L colleague, Emily Midorikawa, launched Something Rhymed. Each month the site features a different pair of famous author pals, and Emily and Emma Claire challenge themselves (and their followers) to complete an activity based on a prominent feature of that particular relationship.

Emma Claire is represented by Veronique Baxter at David Higham and is currently completing The Waifs and Strays of Sea View Lodge – a novel inspired by her autistic sister.


Dr Eiko R. Thielemann is a Senior Lecturer in European Politics & Policy in the Department of Government and the European Institute of the London School of Economics. Since completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2000, he has held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Southampton and LSE, as well as visiting posts at the Australian National University (ANU), the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of Victoria. He has also worked as a consultant for the European Commission. His research focuses on EU- and comparative policy making in particular on issues such as: international co-operation (burden-sharing); asylum & immigration; multi-level governance, federalism, regionalism and devolution; redistribution, regional and state aid policy. He has been a guest-editor for the Journal of Common Market Studies and the Journal of Refugee Studies and is currently completing a research monograph on 'Burden-Sharing: The International Politics of Unwanted Migration'. 

Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication and Co-Director of the India Media Centre of the University of Westminster in London. His research interests include political economy of global communication; global news flow; media and mediated culture in India and among South Asian diaspora. He is the Founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication. Among his main publications are: Contra-Flow in Global News (1992); Electronic Empires - Global Media and Local Resistance (1998); International Communication - Continuity and Change, third edition (forthcoming); War and the Media: Reporting Conflict 24/7 (2003) and Media on the Move - Global Flow and Contra-Flow (2006); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (2007); Internationalizing Media Studies (2009),  Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (2012), and Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (2013).

Retired Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Queen Mary University of London.

BSc (Hons.) [Rhodes], MSc [Natal], PhD [Cantab.], FRSC.

Major research interests: Pyrrolylpolyene fungal pigments, carotenoids, spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry.

Most recent publication: R Keese, M P Braendle & T P Toube, Practical Organic Chemistry, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2006. 

Basic education:- Tollington Grammar School London N10 - State & Drapers'Co. scholar at Queen Mary College, London University, B.Sc (1st)-1954, Ph.D 1957. Academic posts:-Yale University ( Fulbright Travel scholarship) Post-doctoral research fellowship 1957-59. Lecturer Birmingham Univ., 1960, Lecturer (1961 - 72) Reader (1972-1998), physical chemistry Queen Mary College-London University, Snr.Lecturer (physical chem.) Brunel University (1998-2000), Lecturer (organic chemistry) New York Univ. (London) (2000- present). Other appointments:- Internation Atomic Energy Agency "expert" Buenos Aires (1954) Athens (1967 & 1972). Associate Prof - Univ. of Hawai'i (1978). Research interests:- Radiochemistry, Electronic structure of molecules, X-ray spectroscopy. Book 'Orbitals & Symmetry' 1970 , reprint 1979. Over 210 articles in the scientific literature (+conference reports, book reviews etc). Research grants received from EPSRC, Royal Society, Univ. of London, European Commission (DG XII). 

Dr. Donald Verry is a Teaching Fellow at University College London, where he teaches economic principles, labour economics and public economics. His research and publication areas are labour economics, human capital and development economics. He has acted advisor and consulatant to international organisations the OCED, ILO and UNDP.

Sophie von Stumm completed her PhD in Psychology in July 2010 at Goldsmiths University of London, to which she returned in September 2012 as a Lecturer after working at the Universities of Chichester and Edinburgh.

Sophie’s research explores the causes and consequences of individual differences in lifespan cognitive development, with a specific focus on the role of personality traits for intellectual growth and cognitive aging. Sophie has published in the top leading psychology journals, including Perspectives on Psychological Science and Psychological Bulletin, and her research has attracted funding from various bodies, including the ESRC and the Central Research Fund of the University of London.

Dr Lisa Weber has a PhD in Marine Sciences, in addition to a first class degree and an MSc equivalent in Physical Geography. Most recently she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. Her entire education at University and subsequent jobs have revolved around environmental and marine issues. Her research is focused on the biogeochemical cycles of nutrients in marine ecosystem models, which is an important aspect of the global carbon cycle and climate change research.

Valerie Wells is research scientist in the Pharmaceutical Science Research Division at King’s College London. Her research is focused on defining differences in the signalling pathways which operate in normal and cancer cells, in order to exploit differences in their genetic makeup which can be targeted to selectively activate programmed cell death in cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed. A novel cytokine, βGBP, has been identified and cloned and has been found to selectively induce apoptosis in cancer cells. Valeries Wells is currently investigating the molecular signalling pathways activated by βGBP leading to programmed cell death. 

Katharine Whitehead was born in Manchester and educated at the University of Sheffield where she completed an undergraduate degree in Physics and a doctorate in Experimental Solid State Physics. She then went on to work in Professor Donal Bradley’s Molecular Electronic Materials group at Imperial College, London specialising in Liquid Crystalline and Inorganic Semiconducting Polymers. 

Matt Wolf is London theatre critic of The International New York Times (formerly the International Herald Tribune) and London editor of the website; he is also theatre editor and a founding member of The Arts Desk website (, which started in September, 2009. For 13 years Matt was London theatre critic of Variety, and he spent over 20 years as the London-based arts and theatre writer for The Associated Press. A graduate of Yale, Matt moved to London in 1983, since which time he has written for most major newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including The Times and Sunday Times of London and The Evening Standard, The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. Matt is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Sam Mendes At the Donmar: Stepping Into Freedom. He has lectured frequently on many university programs in London and teaches regularly for Syracuse University in London and the University of California at Berkeley's summer abroad program, as well as NYU London.

Dr Philip Woods teaches Cultures and Contexts: Contesting British National Identity at NYU in London. Until recently he taught at Kingston University, London where he was Academic Advisor in the International Office. He studied History at the London School of Economics and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His doctorate, which was published, was on British-Indian politics after the First World War. His current research is on the British use of film propaganda in India, and the role of war correspondents in Burma during the Second World War. He has published in a number of academic journals including The Historical Journal of Film Radio and Television, South Asia and Indian Horizons.

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Dr. Jane Beckett teaches contemporary British art at NYU in London, on other programs at London University; at the University of East Anglia where she was Senior Lecturer in Art History. She completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art on Dutch twentieth-century art and color theory and is completing a book on the cultural history of Amsterdam. She has published extensively on European and British modern and contemporary art, photography and film, most recently Henry Moore (2003) and in Difference and Excess (2004), written the catalogue on Art and Film (2005) for the British Film Institute and acted as a curator for exhibitions in the UK and the USA.

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