This podcast series from the Public Engagement Network (PEN) at Oxford Brookes University is a platform for academics, across all faculties, to informally share, discuss and contemplate their research with the wider community
Dr. Kiron C. Neale is a Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University graduate, and expert on systems-level energy transitions, the mainstreaming of solar energy, and small-island energy systems. Dr. Neale’s research expertise focuses on the interactions between ‘culture’ and ‘policy’ during energy transitions i.e., how Government policies can influence and be influenced by cultures and vice versa to support the mainstreaming of residential solar energy. He has research experience in the Caribbean (Barbados and Trinidad) and Pacific (O’ahu, Hawai’i) and has recently published a book on this topic to highlight the solar energy narrative(s) of small, tropical islands: “Mainstreaming Solar Energy in Small, Tropical Islands: Cultural & Policy Implications”.
At present, Kiron is one of the EiE Lead Assessors at Oxford Brookes University where he coordinates energy efficiency audits for small and medium-sized enterprises and community groups in Oxfordshire in the UK. Additionally, as part of his role, he is also involved in th…
Dr Maurizio Sibilla is a Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Construction here at Brookes. He leads national and international research focusing on the low carbon transition. His work experience over the past few years has focused on the bridge between technology and design culture, reconfirming his interest and enthusiasm for environmental technology. His work was recently picked up by COP26 regarding how our approach to climate research must be more interdisciplinary.
Dr Giulia Rossetti is a Lecturer in Events Management in the Business School, Oxford Brookes University. She teaches modules related to events, festivals, and marketing at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. Giulia's areas of expertise are: understanding festival and event experiences using cultural sociology and serious leisure theories; festival socio-cultural impacts; and the educational value of festivals and events. Her PhD at the Technological University Dublin explored cultural capital development at literary festivals in Ireland and in Italy (URL: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/tourdoc/32/).
The Little Fireface Project is part of Oxford Brookes University's Slow Loris Fund. Led by Professor Anna Nekaris, the team has been working towards slow loris conservation, including in West Java Indonesia where they study the Critically Endangered Javan slow loris. In this podcast, they describe an innovative way to approach conservation, working with the local community to improve farming practices for coffee, whilst at the same time banning hunting and littering - this process has led to the village's certification as Wildlife Friendly. Postdoctoral researcher Marco and PhD student Sophie tell you more!
Dr Ingrid Medby is a Senior Lecturer in Political Geography. Ingrid joined Oxford Brookes University in the autumn of 2017, after having previously taught at University College London (UCL). Prior to this, she completed a PhD in Political Geography at Durham University. Her research interests lie in the areas of geopolitics, identity, nationalism, and statecraft, focusing on the Arctic region.
Prior to her PhD, Ingrid worked for the North Norway European Office in Brussels, Belgium. She continues to write regularly on Arctic issues for High North News, and engage with related policy.
Simon Kövesi is Professor of English Literature at Oxford Brookes University. He researches working-class writing from the Romantic period through to contemporary literature. His books include Eighteenth-Century English Labouring-Class Poets, 1700-1800 (3 vols, 2003), James Kelman (2007), New Essays on John Clare: Poetry, Culture and Community (2015), and John Clare: Nature, Criticism and History (2017). He is currently working on a book entitled Literature and Poverty: 1800–2000, and a paperback edition of Pierce Egan’s 1821 smash hit Life in London. He appears as a boxer-cum-fool in the 2015 feature film By Our Selves, made by Andrew Kötting.
In this instalment, Lindsay Steenberg discusses her research into gladiatorial imagery in the media and the recent release of her book on the subject, Are You Not Entertained? Mapping the Gladiator in Visual Culture. She also guides the listener through the paradoxical pleasures of the contemporary action cinema as part of her new project on the fight scene.
The film recommendations that Lindsay shared are: The Old Guard, Triple Threat, The Raid, The Raid 2, Shadow and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Dr Lindsay Steenberg, BA (hons), MA, PhD, Cert HEP, SFHEA
Lindsay Steenberg is Reader in Film Studies at Oxford Brookes University where she co-ordinates their graduate programme in Popular Cinema. She has published numerous articles on violence and gender in postmodern and postfeminist media culture. She is the author of Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture: Gender, Crime, and Science and the recently published Are You Not Entertained? Mapping the Gladiator in Visual Culture, for which she…
Dr Ryan C Pink PhD MSc BSc (hons) AFHEA
After completing an Msc in Medical Diagnostics and Molecular biology PhD on dietary linked Oesophageal cancer in developing world South Africa, he worked for industry around Europe on a 6 million Euro point-of-care early diagnostic cancer tool, which lead on to working on an early cancer diagnostic tool for the International Technology Research Institute, Taiwan. Ryan went to Oxford Brookes as a Research Fellow in 2009 to set up primary blood cell culture and gene profiling in partnership with WIMM, University of Oxford and The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Ryan is now a Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology and Genomics at Oxford Brookes University focusing on the effect of extracellular vesicles in cancer and CEO of MetaGuideX cancer diagnostics. Ryan help set up the AHSC MSc Medical Genomics course. He is the assistant manager for the Oxford Academic Health Science Partners promoting biomedical research between Oxford Brookes University, University of Oxford, Oxford…
OUR AIM is to raise awareness of human rights issues through the arts including informative films, performances, talks, workshops, and exhibitions.
FOUNDED in 2003 the Festival was initiated by Brookes University postgraduate students on the MA in Development and Emergency Practice (DEP) which is supported by the Centre of Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) within the school of Architecture.
THE FESTIVAL IS CURATED AND LED by students and the organising committee which is open to all undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and academics across the university.
2020 THEME is RESILIENCE. Through film, art and talks the 18th Oxford Human Rights Festival shares the voices and stories of resilient individuals. We will celebrate cultures, encourage debates and discussions and have opportunities to develop pathways to strengthen our resilience and thrive.
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