Rethinking Freedom at Leeds Civic Hall


Upcoming speakers:


Ellie LeeEllie Lee
28 November 2015: Spencer and the Organic Society - part of the 'Civilization and its Discontents' series of talks at The Tetley

Ellie Lee is Reader of Social Policy at the University of Kent. Her research and teaching draws on sociological concepts such as ‘risk consciousness’ and ‘medicalisation’ to analyse the evolution of family policy and health policy. She is the author of Abortion, Motherhood and Mental Health: Medicalizing Reproduction in the US and Britain (Aldine Transaction, 2003) and co-author of Parenting Culture Studies (Palgrave, 2014). She is the Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies, and regularly discusses her research in the media and other public forums.


Tim BlackTim Black
5 December 2015: Heidegger and the Rejection of Modernity - part of the 'Civilization and its Discontents' series of talks at The Tetley

Tim Black is the books and essays editor of spiked. He is responsible for the spiked review of books, for which he’s written the reviews: Why they’re scared of Heidegger (November, 2009), and Hating modernity, hating the Jews: a reckoning with Heidegger (March 2015).



Previous speakers:


Mike FitzpatrickMichael Fitzpatrick
14 November 2015: Freud and the Repressive Society - part of the 'Civilization and its Discontents' series of talks at The Tetley

Dr Michael Fitzpatrick worked as a general practitioner in East London for 25 years. He writes on a wide range of health and social issues for a range of medical and mainstream publications, and is the author of: The Tyranny of Health: Doctors and the Regulation of Lifestyle (2000), MMR and Autism (2004), and Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion (2008).


Adrian HartAdrian Hart
5 October 2015: Multiculturalism and its Discontents

Adrian Hart is a teacher turned filmmaker living in Brighton. From 1997 his filmmaking prioritises the participation of children and for 10 years he worked on video projects in schools collaborating with various London arts organisations, including the films Safe, the 2002 winner of LWTs 'Whose London?' competition, and Only Human, made in 2006 as an educational resource for Essex primary schools. Adrian is also the author of That’s Racist! How the Regulation of Speech and Thought Divides Us All (Societas, 2015). He also wrote the Manifesto Club reports The Myth of Racist Kids (2009) and Leave Those Kids Alone(2010).



Paul ThomasPaul Thomas
5 October 2015: Multiculturalism and its Discontents

Paul Thomas is Professor of Youth & Policy and Director of Researchat the University of Huddersfield. He is a professionally qualified youth and community worker, and previously worked as a regional manager for a national voluntary youth work organisation, and as a regional youth policy and campaigns officer for the Commission for Racial Equality. Paul has had numerous articles published in peer-review journals, and is the author of Youth, Multiculturalism and Community Cohesion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), shortlisted for the British Sociological Association’s 2012 Phillip Abrams Memorial Prize, andResponding to the Threat of Violent Extremism – Failing to Prevent (Bloomsbury, 2012).


Yunas SamadYunas Samad
5 October 2015: Multiculturalism and its Discontents

Yunas Samad is Professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Bradford. His main areas of interest are: South Asia and the Diaspora; Transnational Identity Politics Diaspora, Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism; Religion and Nationalism; Ethnicity and Nationalism. He is author of numerous reports and books including Muslims and Community Cohesion in Bradford - Joseph Rowntree Foundation Report (York, 2010),Pakistan-US Conundrum: Jihadis, Military and the People – the struggle for control(Hurst & Co, 2011), and co-editor with Kasturi Sen of Islam in the European Union: Transnationalism, Youth and the War on Terror (OUP 2007).


Rachel HolmesRachel Holmes
14 July 2015: Eleanor Marx: A Life

Rachel Holmes is a cultural historian whose work combines meticulous biographical research with an ability to bring the lives and times of her 19th-century subjects vividly to life. She is the author of The Hottentot Venus: The life and death of Saartjie Baartman (Bloomsbury), and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry (Viking & Tempus). In 2014, Rachel co-edited the much-discussed Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago). She was co-commissioning editor of Sixty Six Books: 21st Century Writers Speak to the King James Bible (Oberon, 2011). And she is curator of the new Impossible Conversations talks series at the Donmar Warehouse.


Professor Bill DurodieBill Durodié
27 April 2015: Radicalisation & Security

Bill Durodié is Professor and Chair of International Relations in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, University of Bath. He was formerly Professor in the School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University based in Victoria, British Columbia, where he was Program Head for the Conflict Analysis and Management programs. He previously held positions at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, in the Department of Defence Management and Security Analysis at Cranfield University, part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom at Shrivenham, and in the War Studies Group of King's College London.


Professor Ian CramIan Cram
27 April 2015: Radicalisation & Security

Ian Cram is Professor of Comparative Law, University of Leeds. He currently serves on the Board of Editors of the International Comparative Law Quarterly, and previously acted as General Editor for the new edition of Borrie & Lowe The Law of Contempt that was published in 2010. Ian also recently appeared as an expert witness on constitutional reform at the House of Commons, and has written three monographs, including Terror and the War on Dissent - Freedom of Expression in the Age of Al-Qaeda (Springer, 2009), as well as numerous articles in leading international law/politics journals.


Kate WickerKate Wicker
27 April 2015: Radicalisation & Security

Kate Wicker is a PHD researcher in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds. Her research interests lie in the role of experts and evidence in public policymaking, particularly in contexts where knowledge is uncertain and contested. Kate's PhD analyses how expertise is expressed, conferred and denied among ‘radicalisation’ experts in the UK. Kate also teaches on crime-related undergraduate modules. She has recently carried out policy-led projects in the Scottish Government's Justice Analytical Services and with Leeds University Union. Before starting her PhD, she worked at York St John University and the Economic and Social Research Council.​


Geoff DibbGeoff Dibb
21 March 2015: Tea & Cake with Oscar Wilde: A Vagabond in Leeds

Geoff Dibb is a retired civil engineer and planner living in Wakefield, and the author of Oscar Wilde - Vagabond with a Mission: The Story of Oscar Wilde’s Lecture Tours of Britain and Ireland (2013). He first became interested in Oscar Wilde’s lectures when he read a letter Wilde had written when visiting Leeds. He researched Wilde’s lectures for 30 years, and has written many papers for the Oscar Wilde Society journal, The Wildean. In his presentation Geoff will describe Wilde’s lecture tours, particularly focussing on his visits to Leeds, other towns in the West Riding and across Yorkshire.



Timandra HarknessTimandra Harkness
9 March 2015: Big Data: Big Hope or Hype?

Timandra Harkness is a writer, comedian and radio presenter. She is the resident reporter on BBC Radio 4’s The Human Zoo, and she also presented the Radio 4 documentaries Data, Data Everywhere and The Singularity. She has written for the Daily Telegraph, WIRED, BBC Focus, Spiked-online, Men’s Health, and The Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, and she is writing a book on Big Data for Bloomsbury’s Sigma popular science imprint, due out in 2016.  Timandra is currently touring BrainSex, a solo comedy show about brain science and gender which got 4 star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.



Mark BirkinMark Birkin
9 March 2015: Big Data: Big Hope or Hype?

Mark Birkin is Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy, Director of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics, and Director of the Consumer Data Research Centre. His major interests are in simulating social and demographic change within cities and regions, and in understanding the impact of these changes on the need for services like housing, roads and hospitals. He is co-editor of the journal Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, a member of the editorial board of GeoInformatics and GeoStatistics, and on the programme committee for the European Social Simulation Association and GeoComputation. He is currently leading the university’s ESRC research project into Big Data.


Graeme TiffanyGraeme Tiffany
9 March 2015: Big Data: Big Hope or Hype?

Graeme Tiffany is an independent education consultant with a background in youth and community work and street social work. His work includes training, lecturing, research and project management. Graeme is a pioneer of ‘Community Philosophy’, which uses philosophical tools to support community participation in decision-making. As a part-time PhD student in the philosophy of education, Graeme is researching ‘uncertainties’ in education. As such, he is interested in the role of data systems, their effect on the practice of educators and social workers and implications for democracy. Follow his activities and read his blog here.


David ChandlerDavid Chandler
17 November 2014: Resilience: The Governance of Complexity

David Chandler is Professor of International Relations and Research Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding and editor of the journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. He is also editor of the Routledge book series Studies in Intervention and Statebuilding and a new series Advances in Democratic Theory. His most recent books include Resilience: The Governance of Complexity (2014) and Freedom vs. Necessity in International Relations: Human-Centred Approaches to Security and Development (2013). Visit his website.


Katy WrightKaty Wright
17 November 2014: Resilience: The Governance of Complexity

Katy Wright is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Bauman Institute, University of Leeds.  Currently, she is critically exploring theories of community resilience through qualitative empirical work in South Wales, involving the development of an alternative approach to understanding resilience. Previously, Katy has worked on research projects covering topics including human rights in post-conflict societies; health and social care; and disability and employment; and she has a particular interest in the themes of community, engagement and risk/vulnerability.


Mark DavisMark Davis
17 November 2014: Resilience: The Governance of Complexity

Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds, Founding Director of the Bauman Institute and Director Building Sustainable Societies. He is interested in the capture and translation of the social world into economic interests, specifically how individual freedom is reduced to market choice and how this can be reconciled with the challenge of creating fairer, more resilient, and more sustainable societies. He is author of the forthcoming Consumer Culture and Society: A Critical Introduction, and editor of Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in the Writings of Zygmunt Bauman’s Sociology (2013). Mark was elected a Fellow of the RSA in 2010.


Dave ClementsDave Clements
8 October 2014: Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

Dave Clements is a public servant with over a decade’s experience working in strategic management, project and communications roles in local government. He convenes the Social Policy Forum at the Institute of Ideas and blogs for the Huffington Post. He is also the author of Social Care for Free Citizens (Manifesto Club, 2010), and co-editor of The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (Pluto, 2008).


Anne DanksAnne Danks
8 October 2014: Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

Anne Danks was born and raised in Scotland, where she studied French and German at St. Andrews’ University. Having begun her career  teaching in some challenging secondary schools, she now pursues a passion for social justice through her work with The Trussell Trust, particularly through helping communities set up and develop sustainable foodbank projects. She is also part way through an M.A. in Justice, providing her with an opportunity to rigorously examine and dismantle common assumptions about poverty and its causes.


Richard Bridge
8 October 2014: Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

After working in the private sector as Finance Director of a medium-sized company in South Leeds for 17 years, Richard switched career. He has since worked as an outreach adviser for a number of Citizens Advice Bureaux since 2006 and currently supervises the Children’s Centre advice project in Leeds for Better Leeds Communities. Richard recently graduated in Social Policy from the University of Leeds, and is author of the report ‘The institutionalisation of emergency food provision: a danger to the social safety net?’ (University of Leeds, August 2014).


Justine BrianJustine Brian
8 October 2014: Hunger in the UK? The Food Banks Phenomenon

Justine Brian is the National Coordinator for the Institute of Ideas sixth-form Debating Matters competition. She is an occasional writer on food issues and has produced a number of debates at the Battle of Ideas festival of debate on food-related topics. She has also appeared on the radio, including Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on the issue of ‘frugal food’. She recently completed a degree in Classical Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.


James HeartfieldJames Heartfield
27 September 2014: What Happened to Agency? - part of the 'What Does it Mean to be Human?' series of talks at The Tetley

James Heartfield is an author, journalist and lecturer, who writes across a wide range of subjects including history, environmentalism and development. He is the author numerous books including The European Union and the End of Politics (2013) and The ‘Death of the Subject’ Explained (2006). Visit his blog.


Ashley FrawleyAshley Frawley
20 September 2014: Should We Be Happy? - part of the 'What Does it Mean to be Human?' series of talks at The Tetley

Ashley Frawly is a lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, Swansea University. Her research deals with the sociology of health and illness, and the rising importance attributed to emotions and behaviour in contemporary politics. She is the author of Semiotics of Happiness: Rhetorical Beginnings of a Public Problem (2015).


Helene GuldbergHelene Guldberg
13 September 2014: Are We Just Another Ape? - part of the 'What Does it Mean to be Human?' series of talks at The Tetley

Helene Guldberg is co-founder and director of online publication spiked, associate lecturer in Childhood Development at the Open University and the US study abroad centre, CAPA. Helen is the author of Reclaiming Childhood: Freedom and Play in an Age of Fear(2009), and of Just Another Ape (2010). Visit her blog.


Frank FurediFrank Furedi
9 September 2014: What Does Authority Mean in the 21st Century?

Frank Furedi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Kent, as well as being a prolific author and social commentator. During the past 15 years his studies have been devoted to an exploration of the interaction between risk consciousness and perceptions of fear, trust relations and social capital in contemporary society. His most recent book, Authority, A Sociological History (2013), develops his work on trust through a historical investigation of the meaning of authority, and follows Moral Crusaders in an Age of Mistrust: The Jimmy Savile Scandal (2013) and Invitation to Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown (2007). For a full list of publications, visit his website.


Kim KnottKim Knott
9 September 2014: What Does Authority Mean in the 21st Century?

Kim Knott is Professor of Religious and Secular Studies, and Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellow, Lancaster University. She is currently juggling a fellowship on the role of ideologies and beliefs in areas of conflict, risk and insecurity with research on contemporary religious iconography in public spaces. She recently published Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred, Diasporas (2013) and is author of Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (2000). From 2005-11, she directed a national research programme on ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’ for the Arts and Humanities Research Council, producing a website for young people and teachers of Global Education, Citizenship Education, History and Geography called Moving People, Changing Places.


Jane RickardJane Rickard
9 September 2014: What Does Authority Mean in the 21st Century?

Jane Rickard is a lecturer in Seventeenth-Century English Literature, University of Leeds. Her research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, notions of authorship and authority, and the cultures of manuscript and print. She is particularly interested in monarchical writing and its reception. Jane is the author of Authorship and Authority: the Writings of James VI and I (MUP, 2007), which is the first comprehensive book-length study of the King's writings. She is also co-editor of Shakespeare's Book: Essays in Reading, Writing and Reception (MUP, 2008), and is currently completing a second monograph, Writing the Monarch in Jacobean England.


Angus KennedyAngus Kennedy
20 September 2014: Have We Still Got Soul? - part of the 'What Does it Mean to be Human?' series of talks at The Tetley

Angus Kennedy is head of external relations at the Institute of Ideas and founder of its educational initiative The Academy. He also chairs the Institute’s Economy Forum and is a member of the European Cultural Parliament. He is the author of Being Cultured: In Defence of Discrimination (2014).


James WoudhuysenJames Woudhuysen
17 June 2014: World War I: Origins, and Warnings for the 21st Century

James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. A St Paul’s School scholar and physics graduate, James has a knack of registering trends before other people, and offering counter-intuitive proposals on what to do about those trends. The only things James does not forecast are the weather, the stock market, the horses and your own personal destiny. For more than 20 years, he's consulted for major corporations and for government. He’s also a journalist and is co-author of ENERG!SE: A Future for Energy Innovation (2009). Visit James' blog ‘Thinking about the future’.


Neil Walshaw
20 May 2014: Tequila Night: Has Lad Culture Gone Too Far?

Neil Walshaw is the Labour councillor for Headingley Ward. He is also a member of the West Yorshire Integrated Transport Authority. Neil has been vocal in his opposition to Tequila and was widely quoted in the media in the wake of the controversial Tequila promo video. Neil also gave evidence in the licence hearing for Mezz Club.


Georgia Greenfield
20 May 2014: Tequila Night: Has Lad Culture Gone Too Far?

Georgia was a volunteer for Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL) and a member of Leeds University Union Feminist Society. Georgia was active in the protests against Tequila UK and began an online petition calling for Tequila UK to donate its profits to SARSVL.


Dan Clayton
20 May 2014: Tequila Night: Has Lad Culture Gone Too Far?

Dan is an independent film-maker and web manager of Leeds Salon. He helped produce the documentary Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible, and has recently directed a short film on the anti-fracking activists at Balcombe.


James Heartfield
31 March 2014: The European Union and the End of Politics

James Heartfield is a writer, journalist and lecturer living in north London. He writes across a wide range of subjects including history, environmentalism and development. Amongst his most recent books are: Unpatriotic History of the Second World War (2012); The Aborigines' Protection Society: Humanitarian Imperialism in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Canada, South Africa, and the Congo, 1836-1909 (2011); Green Capitalism: Manufacturing Scarcity in an Age of Abundance (2008); and The 'Death of the Subject' Explained (2006). James is also a director of the development think-tank Audacity. Visit his blog here.


Simon LIghtfootSimon Lightfoot
31 March 2014: The European Union an the End of Politics

Simon is Senior Lecturer in European Politics, University of Leeds. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Europe Centre, Australian National University and the Corvinus University of Budapest. He is co-organiser of the EADI Working Group ‘Development Aid of the Non-DAC Donors’. In 2009 he won the Political Studies Association's Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching and was awarded a full University Teaching Fellowship. In 2013 Simon won the prestigious award of National Teaching Fellow. He has written widely on the European politics and is author of Europeanising Social Democracy: The Rise of the Party of European Socialists (2009).


Jim BullerJim Buller
31 March 2014: The European Union and the End of Politics

Jim is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of York, where he teaches on British politics, public policy and the European Union. He completed a BA in Politics at Warwick University and an MA in British Government and Politics at the University of Exeter, before undertaking a PhD at Sheffield University on the Thatcher Government and the Single European Act. Jim was appointed as a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Birmingham in 1995 before joining York in 1999. He has written widely on European politics and is currently completing a book entitled ‘The International Sources of British Politics', to be finished 2015.

James Woudhuysen
25 November 2013: Fracking and the Future of Energy

James Woudhuysen is Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester. A St Paul’s School scholar and physics graduate, James has a knack of registering trends before other people, and offering counter-intuitive proposals on what to do about those trends. The only things James does not forecast are the weather, the stock market, the horses and your own personal destiny. For more than 20 years, he's consulted for major corporations and for government. He’s also a journalist and is co-author of ENERG!SE: A Future for Energy Innovation (2009). Visit James' blog ‘Thinking about the future’.


Andrew CooperAndrew Cooper
25 November 2013: Fracking and the Future of Energy

Andrew Cooper has been a Green Party Councillor on Kirklees Council since May 1999. He was the Green Party Candidate in the General Election for the Huddersfield constituency, and is the party’s lead candidate for the Yorkshire and Humber region for the 2014 European Elections. He has worked in the energy efficiency/microgeneration sector for the last 20 years. Andrew blogs at ‘Greening Kirklees’, where you can read his Letter to Yorkshire & Humber MEPs regarding Fracking.


Kevin Yuill
1 October 2013: Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

Kevin Yuill is a historian and author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), which appeared in March. He has published in The Tablet, Spectator, the Canadian National Post, Arts and Letters, Spiked-online and the New York Times on the subject of assisted suicide. He researches intellectual history of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries at the University of Sunderland. His interests include social movements of the 1970s, including the right-to-die and gun control movements, the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and Franklin Roosevelt, American liberalism, race and immigration, the civil rights movement, and the history of affirmative action. He is also author of Richard Nixon and the Rise of Affirmative Action: The Pursuit of Racial Equality in an Era of Limits (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).


Raymond Tallis
1 October 2013: Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was, until recently, a physician and clinical scientist, and is currently chair of Healthcare Professionals for Assisted Dying. He has published fiction, three collections of poetry and over 20 books on philosophy literary theory, art and cultural criticism. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world. His most recent books include: Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity (Acumen 2011), on which he spoke at Leeds Salon in May 2012; In Defence of Wonder and Other Philosophical Reflections (Acumen, 2012); and the forthcoming Reflections of a Metaphysical Flaneur (Acumen, 2013).


Lynn Hagger
1 October 2013: Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

Lynn Hagger is co-author of A Good Death? Law and Ethics in Practice (Ashgate, 2013), and Lecturer in Law, Sheffield University, where she teaches Tort, Principles of Healthcare Law & Ethics, and Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Technology. Lynn currently serves as a non-executive Director on Leeds Teaching NHS Trust Board, and is part of a network of multi-disciplinary research collaborators in the national and international context, in particular: the Northern Genetics Knowledge Park; the Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle; member of EU Neuromics Patient & Ethics Council: and the University of Lubeck, Germany. She is also co-author of Assisted Suicide by Organizations in England (DOI: 2011), and author of The Child as Vulnerable Patient: Protection and Empowerment (Ashgate 2009).


Peter D. Williams
1 October 2013: Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

Peter D. Williams is a 'revert' from atheism - via dissenting liberalism - to orthodox Catholicism, and a speaker for Catholic Voices, a media speakers bureau that argues the Catholic Church's case in the public square. Peter is also a senior officer for the UK's premier pro-life political lobby group, Right to Life (RTL), a secular pluralist organisation that campaigns on humanist and feminist principles and, using evidence-based argumentation, for the human right to life. RTL tackles issues affecting the most vulnerable people inside and outside the UK, including assisted death and euthanasia, abortion and embryo-destructive stem cell research, and population control.


Pauline Hadaway
1 October 2013: Should We Legalise Assisted Dying?

Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts administration since 1990 and been director of Belfast Exposed Photography since 2000, overseeing its transformation from a small scale, though politically significant, city based project into an internationally renowned gallery of contemporary photography. Pauline’s research and consultancy interests include: the impact of policies which employ the arts as a tool for social change; shifting relationships between citizens, civil society and the state, including restrictions on photography in public space; and the impact of policy both on artistic autonomy and management practice. Pauline is currently undertaking doctoral research at the University of Manchester, examining definitions of the public and private in arts policy and practice.

Nick Jones
10 July 2013: The Leeds 'Summer' Salon on Nietzsche

Nick Jones completed his PhD at the University of Leeds in 2005, and now teaches in the university’s School of Philosophy, Religion & History of Science, where he’s Head of First Year for Philosophy. His area of specialisation is the History of Philosophy from the 17th-19th centuries, and he teaches courses on Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. He has also published a book on the philosophy of George Berkeley, Starting with Berkeley (Continuum, 2009).


Daniel Ben-Ami
22 May 2013: Who's Afraid of Inequality?

Daniel Ben-Ami has worked as a journalist and author for over 20 years, specialising in economics and finance. His work has appeared in general and specialist publications including most of the UK's broadsheets. He is the editor of Fund Strategy, a specialist weekly magazine on investment funds and financial markets, and also writes regularly on the issue of economics for the UK broadsheet press, and on his own blog. Daniel is also the author of Cowardly Capitalism (Wiley, 2001), which was recommended by the Baker Library of Harvard Business School. His most recent book is Ferraris For All (Policy Press, 2010), which is a strident defence of economic progress.


Danny Dorling
22 May 2013: Who's Afraid of Inequality?

Danny Dorling has been Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield since 2003. He has published with many colleagues more than a dozen books on issues related to social inequalities in Britain and several hundred journal papers. He is an Academician of the Academy of the Learned Societies in the Social Sciences, Honorary President of the Society of Cartographers and a patron of Roadpeace, the national charity for road crash victims. Much of Danny’s work is available open access on his blog. Amongst his most recent books include: Injustice: Why Social Inequalities Persist and Fair Play for Policy Press in 2011; The No-nonsense Guide to Equality (New Internationalist, 2012); and The Visualization of Social Spatial Structure (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).


Martin O'Neill
22 May 2013: Who's Afraid of Inequality?

Martin O’Neill is Lecturer in Moral & Political Philosophy, University of York. He works on equality and social justice, and a number of issues at the intersection of political philosophy and public policy. He is co-editor with Thad Williamson of Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and of Taxation and Political Philosophy, co-edited with Shepley Orr (UCL) forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is the author of numerous reports and articles including: “Constructing a Contractualist Egalitarianism,” Journal of Moral Philosophy (2013); "What Should Egalitarians Believe?", Philosophy & Public Affairs (2008); and “The Facts of Inequality,” Journal of Moral Philosophy (2010). Visit his personal webpage here.


Tiffany Jenkins
12 March 2013: What is Good Art?

Dr Tiffany Jenkins is an independent sociologist and cultural commentator. She is a regular contributor to the broadsheet press on cultural issues, especially The Scotsman and the Independent. Her research explores contested authority in the cultural sector. Her monograph Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority is published by Routledge (2010). Her second book ‘Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of Antiquity Ended Up in Museums – And Why They Should Stay There’ will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is the Culture Editor for the journal Sociology Compass. Previously she was a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, and arts and society director of the Institute of Ideas where she continues in this role in a voluntary capacity. Visit her website here.


Nigel Walsh
12 March 2013: What is Good Art?

Nigel is the Curator of Contemporary Art at Leeds Art Gallery. Born and brought up in Bradford, Nigel came to Leeds in 1986, having previously trained as an exhibition organiser with the Scottish Arts Council after completing a degree in English Studies with Fine Art at the University of Stirling. He took up the post as Leeds Art Gallery’s first dedicated ‘exhibitions officer’ before moving on to be Senior Assistant Keeper (Exhibitions) and then Curator of Exhibitions. In 2007 he took a ‘sideways’ move into his current role, with responsibility for the Gallery’s permanent art collection, thought to be “probably the best collection of 20th century British Art outside London”. Nigel currently lives in Ilkley where he is on the Board of Management for the Ilkley Literature Festival.


Kenneth Hay
12 March 2013: What is Good Art?

Kenneth is Chair of Contemporary Art Practice, University of Leeds, and an artist working as one-half of Moorland Productions. As an academic his research interests are in Italian art and philosophical aesthetics, art practice as research, modernism and postmodernism, architecture history and theory, Cubism, Cyberspace, European Art from 1900, and the contemporary world art. He is also called in to advise at several universities and academies throughout the world. As an artist he works in the fields of painting, photography, print, digital imagery, video, sound and multimedia. He exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad with Moorland Productions, including the Venice Biennale (2003), Hope Gallary, London (2006), Taiwan (2007), and 10 international shows in 2012, including in Armenia, Georgia, the Czech Republic, and Korea.  Ken is also Artistic Director of an International Arts and Film Festival in south west France.


Antonia Stowe
12 March 2013: What is Good Art?

Antonia Stowe is an experienced visual artist and facilitator of projects within private, public and educational settings, working on a diverse range of developments, regeneration projects, and community and schools engagement programmes. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Fine Art/Sculptural Practice from the Un

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