Monthly Archives: March 2010

Oxford Brookes’ Dr Sarah Whitmore invited to give expert opinion on Ukrainian parliamentary reform

Dr Sarah Whitmore of Oxford Brookes’ Department of Politics, International Relations and Sociology, was recently interviewed for the programme Ukraine Today on Radio Ukraine International. Dr Whitmore was also invited to give an expert opinion on proposals for parliamentary reform which comprises the results of a joint project by the Laboratory of Legislative Initiatives and The Westminster Foundation for Democracy. This involved being a guest speaker at the European Parliamentary Traditions and Ukrainian Realities Conference held in Kyiv on 3-4 March 2010.

Dr Tina Miller makes research visit to WHO headquarters

Dr Tina Miller, of Oxford Brookes’ Department of Politics, International Relations and Sociology,  has recently visited the World Health Organisation (WHO) headquarters in Geneva where she met with colleagues in the department of Making Pregnancy Safer (MPS) and Reproductive Health and Research (RHR). Her research visit included finalizing the production of technical notes she had been invited to write on Gender and Fatherhood following a presentation at the headquarters last year. In addition she continued work with colleagues on a case study proposal (which WHO had earlier commissioned her to produce) on Interventions to address cultural barriers in maternal and newborn health services. This work continues and opportunities to develop the case study proposed in the concept paper are to be explored. Improving maternal and newborn health is a key focus within the millennium development goals. For further information go to

Brookes’ Dr Tina Miller contributes to BBC Radio Oxford discussions on parenting

Tina Miller has been invited as a studio guest on two recent BBC Radio Oxford programmes to talk on subjects related to her research areas. The first of these focused on a discussion of paternity and maternity leave provision in the UK and policy changes that have been proposed by the government to redistribute how leave is allocated between parents. In the second programme the economic costs of becoming a parent and raising a child in the Western world was the focus of the discussion following publication of the findings from a survey which claimed the average cost of raising a child from birth to 21 years in the UK was now almost £200,000.

Mikko Kuisma and Michael Lister appointed to the ESRC Peer Review College

In connection to their continuing success of securing research funding
from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Dr Mikko Kuisma and
Dr Michael Lister have been invited to serve as Academic Reviewers in the
Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Peer Review College. Peer
Review College members play an integral role in the ESRC’s work by
providing expert quality reviews of research proposals and final reports.
Both of them have been appointed until 30 June 2012, with a subsequent
extension to July 2014.

Professor John Gold to chair Olympic conference

Professor John Gold, of Oxford Brookes’ Department of Anthropology and Geography, has been invited to chair a conference in London entitled Olympics & Paralympics 2012: Creating a UK Legacy for the Future, Today. Contributors include Chris Foy (2012 Games Strategy Manager), Lord Glentoran (Shadow Minister for Sport and the Olympics), David Brooker (Director of Legacy, Government Olympic Executive) and many others. The conference will be held on Wednesday 24th March.

So far this year Professor Gold has been in great demand: he was invited to serve as International External Assessor, Peer Review panel, ‘Urban Systems’ research centre, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany in February 2010; he was invited to give public lectures on his architectural work and on ‘London 2012, Olympic legacy and the challenge of sustainable urbanism’ at Bowdoin College, USA in March 2010; and he was invited to give a paper on Olympic legacy for the 25th anniversary seminar series for the Centre for Urban History at Leicester University in March 2010.

Brookes MSc in Primate Conservation students awarded Primate Action Fund grant

Alice Martin and Katie Grounds, MSc in Primate Conservation students at Oxford Brookes University, have been awarded a grant of $2,800.00, in support of their project Exploring the capacity of eco-hotels for the conservation, education, and management of four endemic and endangered primates in Sri Lanka; Macaca sinica sinica, Trachypithecus vetulus philbricki and Semnopithecus priam thersites.

This award is made possible by a special Primate Action Fund administered under a grant from the Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation. Alice Martin also received £500 from International Primate Protection League, and £500 from Gilchrist Education Trust for the same project.

Brookes’ Associate Dean invited to Department of Health advisory panel

Richard Huggins, Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Law, has been invited to join the advisory panel for a Department of Health funded research project exploring ‘Young People and their Drug and Alcohol Use’, which is being conducted by the Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford.

Tina Managhan to present and join panel at PSA Conference

Tina Managhan, Senior Lecturer in International Relations has been invited to act as a discussant on the panel Feminism and Nuclear Weapons at the forthcoming Political Studies Association Conference in Edinburgh (29 March – 01 April 2010).  She will also  be presenting her paper titled (Re)reading the Borders of the Canadian Aesthetic Community through the Warrior’s Return.

Dr Lucy Ford to join CONVERGE advisory panel

Dr Lucy Ford from the Department of International Relations, Politics and Sociology has been invited onto the advisory panel for the EU funded four year research project CONVERGE, which aims to rethink globalisation in the light of contraction and convergence. Lucy will be bringing her expertise in International Relations and global governance to the project.

Awarded close to 1.4 million Euros for 4 years research, the project is the first EU FP7 funded research to extend the concept of contraction and convergence beyond emissions trading. CONVERGE aims to re-think globalisation by developing our understanding of convergence beyond emissions-trading across wider social, economic and ecological dimensions of sustainability. The project will research, develop and test the processes of contraction, convergence and divergence in current forms of globalisation.

Brookes’ research anthropologist selected in Whitley Award finals

Angela Maldonaldo, a research student at Oxford Brookes’ Department of Anthropology, has been selected out of 100 applicants as one of the eight finalists for the Whitley Award.  Angela will have an interview in May, when she will find out whether she has won one of the awards. More information about the Whitley Award can be found via the link