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Nikos Sotirakopoulos
Saturday 1 December 2018: 'Tetley Talk' - Heroic Individualism: Ayn Rand's Objectivism

Dr Nikos Sotirakopoulos is a lecturer in sociology at York St John University. He has researched on how, in the last decades, some of the core values and concepts of modernity and the Enlightenment, such as individual agency and material progress, have been problematised in the narratives both of the new left and of the mainstream and the extreme right. He is author of The Rise of Lifestyle Activism: From New Left to Occupy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and since 2017 he has been an academic adviser for the Ayn Rand Centre.


Tim Black
Saturday 17 November 2018: 'Tetley Talk' - Condemned To Be Free: Sartre's Existentilism

Tim Black is the editor of the spiked review, and a columnist at spiked. His writing has also appeared in the EU Observer, the Australian, the Independent, La Republica and others. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Sussex. Tim also did our 2015 'Tetley Talk' on Heidegger.


Ella Whelan
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics? 

Ella Whelan is a journalist and author of What Women Want: Fun, Freedom and an End to Feminism (Conor Court, 2017). She was the assistant editor at spiked and host of the spiked podcast between 2015 and 2018. Ella is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and writes forthe Spectator, The Sunday Times, the Sun, The Economist, Conscience Magazine and others.


Remi Joseph-Salisbury
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

Remi Joseph-Salisbury is a Presidential Fellow in the University of Manchester's Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, a trustee and organiser with the Racial Justice Network, and a steering member of the Northern Police Monitoring Project. He is the author of Black Mixed-Race Men (Emerald Publishing, 2018) and co-editor of the forthcoming collection The Fire Now: Anti-Racist Scholarship in Times of Explicit Racial Violence (Zed Book, 2018). He is also the ‘Race and Resistance’ columnist for Red Pepper Magazine.


Surya Monro
Tuesday 2 October 2018: What's the Problem with Identity Politics?

Surya Monro is a Professor in Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Huddersfield, and Director of its Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity & Diversity. Surya works in the fields of gender and sexuality, notably on LGBT and Intersex issues. She is the author of Gender Politics: Citizenship, Activism, and Sexual Diversity (Pluto Press 2005) and Bisexuality (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015), and co-author of Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and Intersex, Variations if Sex Characteristics and DSD: The Need for Change (University of Huddersfield 2017) and co-editor of Queer in Africa: LGBTQI Identities, Citizenship, and Activism (Routledge 2018).


Austin Williams
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Austin Williams is director of the Future Cities Project, and author of China’s Urban Revolution: Understanding Chinese Eco-cities (Bloomsbury, 2017) and 20 Chinese Architects (Thames & Hudson, 2018). He is also the China correspondent for the Architectural Review, contributing editor for AR Pacific Region, and writes occasionally for L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. Austin is senior lecturer at Dept of Architecture, Kingston University, and honorary research fellow at Xi’an-Jiaotong Liverpool University. He is also the author of The Enemies of Progress, co-editor of The Future of Community and The Lure of the City, and co-founded the Mantownhuman Manifesto and the New Narratives initiative.


Giles Blackburne
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Dr Giles Blackburne is Associate Professor of International Business and Executive Director of The Business Confucius Institute at the University of Leeds. He teaches on a range of international business topics at all levels, including the economics of China, principles of international business, and intellectual property. Prior to Leeds, Giles was Director of the China-Britain Business Council from 2005 to 2016, Director of Chinese Studies at the University of Abertay 2001-2005, Manager of the China-Britain Business Council (Scotland) 1994-2001, and lectured in Chinese Politics & Economics at the University of Glasgow from 1991 to 1994.


Paul Waley
Friday 29 June 2018: China's Urban Revolution

Dr Paul Waley is a Senior Lecturer in East Asian Geography at the University of Leeds. His research grows out of a strong focus on particular geographical settings in East Asia. His interests cover urban and cultural geography, both historical and contemporary, with a focus on large cities in China (in particular Shanghai and Nanjing) and Japan (Tokyo). He has published widely in leading urban studies journals.


Joanna Williams
Wednesday 16 May 2018: Women vs Feminism

Joanna Williams is an author, academic and the education editor of the online magazine spiked. Her latest book, Women Versus Feminism was published in October 2017. Her previous books are Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (2016) and Consuming Higher Education: why learning can’t be bought (2012). Joanna taught in schools, further and higher education for over twenty years, most recently as director of the University of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education. Joanna writes regularly for The Spectator and has written for numerous other publications from The Times Higher Education to the Erotic Review.


Valerie Bryson
Wednesday 16 May 2018: Women vs Feminism

Valerie Bryson is Professor Emerita of Politics (ie officially retired but still academically active) at the University of Huddersfield.  She has published extensively on feminist theory and politics, and her work has been translated into Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Greek. Her books include Feminist Political Theory (latest, extensively revised, edition 2016), Gender and the Politics of Time (2007) and Feminist Debates (1999). She taught and researched at a number of UK universities before joining the University of Huddersfield in 1992. She is currently working on a new book: Western Feminism: contemporary challenges and debates.


Wendy Earle
Saturday 28 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Art Survive The Culture Wars?

Dr Wendy Earle writes on the arts and culture for spiked and is convenor of the Academy of Ideas Arts & Society Forum, which promotes open and open-ended discussion of the arts and culture and of the place of arts and culture in society. She works at Birkbeck, University of London, to promote knowledge exchange and public engagement with research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Previously she worked in educational publishing and at the British Film Institute.


Pauline Hadaway
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Culture Save the City?

Pauline Hadaway has worked in arts and education in the UK and Ireland since 1990 and is co-founder of The Liverpool Salon, a new forum for public debate on Merseyside. She is undertaking a professional doctorate at the University of Manchester’s Institute of Cultural Practices, researching different uses of cultural heritage as a tool for peace-building in Northern Ireland and Britain. She has been published widely including: Policing the Public Gaze (2009), published by The Manifesto Club; Re-imagining Titanic, re-imaging Belfast, in Relaunching Titanic: Memory and Marketing in the ‘Post Conflict City (2013) and Escaping the Panopticon, Photography Reframed (2017).


Christopher Bailey
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talks - Can Culture Save the City?

Christopher Bailey is a Visiting Professor at York St John University and Professor Emeritus in Cultural History at Leeds Beckett University. Chris worked in art and design higher education for over thirty five years and has published research on cultural policy, design history and the impact of IT on pedagogy in the visual arts. He established the Centre for Cultural Policy & Management at Northumbria University and consults for UK and overseas clients. He was a member of the European Community National Panel that chose Paphos to be European Capital of Culture 2017. Chris has held numerous voluntary positions in the cultural sector, and is Chair of York’s cultural partnership York@Large.


Leanne Buchan
Saturday 14 April 2018: Tetley Talk - Can Culture Save the City?

Leanne Buchan works for Leeds City Council‘s Culture & Sport team, alongside running her own freelance cultural consultancy. She led the development of the Leeds Culture Strategy and the associated Delivery Plan for the city pioneering a co-produced, open-sourced approach. She is also the Leeds 2023 team lead for Marketing, Communications & Artistic Projects. Leanne’s professional interests explore how culture can be used as a catalyst for change, engagement, and investment. Her experience takes in everything from strategic cultural development and managing European peer-learning projects to commissioning artists and events, and marketing and promotions for cultural programmes. Visit her website: www.leannebuchan.com


James Woudhuysen
Saturday 2 December 2017: Tetley Talks - Fascism: "The Mobilization of Passions"

James Woudhuysen is a visiting professor of forecasting and innovation at London South Bank University. He has written for the Economist and The Times, and contributes regularly to Blueprint magazine and to spiked. He is co-author of Energise! A future for energy innovation (Beautiful Books, 2009) and editor of Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation (Shanghai Jia Tong University Press, 2012). For more than 40 years, James has also written and lectured about 19th- and 20th-century history and politics, with a particular interest in the First and Second World Wars. Visit his website at: www.woudhuysen.com/


Penny Lewis
Saturday 25 November 2017: Tetley Talks - Futurism: "To Sing the Love of Danger"

Penny Lewis is a lecturer in Architecture & Urban Planning and the Wuhan Joint Degree Programme Leader at the University of Dundee. She is also a founding member of the Foundation for Architecture & Education (AE Foundation), and she writes for newspapers and architectural publications. Her work includes; Challenging Contextualism (2004) and Curious Rationalism (2006). She is co-author of In Defence of the Dome (1999), and contributed a chapter to Future of the Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated (2008).


Philip Cunliffe
Saturday 18 November 2017: Tetley Talks - Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution

Philip Cunliffe is Senior Lecturer in International Conflict at the University of Kent. He completed his doctorate in war studies at King’s College London and, before joining the Kent, Philip taught in the defence studies and war studies departments of King’s College London. In 2008 Philip was appointed to provide reports on Western Balkan politics for the Economist Intelligence Unit. He contributes regularly to the international media and has broadcast on local radio stations as well as BBC Radio 4, Al Jazeera, Russia Today and Press TV. He blogs at www.thefirstphilippic.wordpress.com and tweets @thephilippics.


Ann Furedi
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Ann Furedi has been CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (bpas) since 2003; which is the UK’s leading abortion service. Before then she was director of policy and press for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the UK’s regulator of embryo research and assisted conception. Ann has written extensively in defence of women’s autonomy of reproductive choice, and is the author of The Moral Case for Abortion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She is also a board member of the American research charity, IBIS Reproductive Health and chair of the governing body for Mid Kent FE College.


Georgia Testa
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Georgia Testa is a lecturer in Medical Ethics in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science at the University of Leeds. Her main teaching responsibility is for the medical ethics provision in the School of Medicine, and on Biomedical Ethics for the Inter-disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre. Georgia’s current and past teaching for Philosophy includes Introduction to Ethics; Environmental Ethics; War, Terror and Justice; and The Ethics of Life and Death. She is a Trustee of the Institute of Medical Ethics as well as the Chair of their Education Committee, and case studies editor for the journal Research Ethics.


Michael Thomson
Thursday 19 October 2017: What is the Moral Case for Abortion?

Michael Thomson is Professor of Law at the University of Leeds. He is a graduate of the Universities of Southampton (LLB) and Birmingham (PhD Law), and joined the School of Law in July 2013, having previously held a Chair in Law at Keele University. His interests span the fields of health law, children’s rights, and legal theory with a particular focus on legal embodiment. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Reproducing Narrative Gender, Reproduction, and Law (Dartmouth, 1998) and, with S McGuinness, ‘Medicine and abortion law: complicating the reforming profession’ (Medical Law Review, 23.2, 2015).


Alastair Donald
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics?

Alastair Donald is the associate director of the Institute of Ideas, and coordinates planning and programming across projects including Battle of Ideas and Battle of Ideas Europe, and is co-founder of the IoI’s residential school Living Freedom which allows 18-25-year-olds to explore the meaning and ideals of freedom in the twenty-first century. Alastair is the co-editor of the books The Lure of the City: from slums to suburbs (2011) and The Future of Community: reports of a death greatly exaggerated (2008). He has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Independent, City Metric, Architectural Review and Blueprint.


Stephen Coleman
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics? 

Stephen Coleman is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Leeds, Honorary Professor in Political Science at the University of Copenhagen and Research Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. His main research interests are: methods of political engagement; uses of digital media in representative democracies; intersections between popular culture and formal politics; political efficacy; citizenship education; political aesthetics, performance and rhetoric; literary and dramatic representations of politics; and forms of deliberation and decision-making. Stephen has written widely on democracy, public engagement and the media, including How Voters Feel (CUP, 2013).


Michael Meadowcroft
Wednesday 31 May 2017: What's the Future of Democratic Politics? 

Michael Meadowcroft has been active in Liberal politics for over fifty years. He has been a Leeds City Councillor, a West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Councillor, and was MP for Leeds West, 1983-87. Over the past twenty years he has been mainly concerned with new and emerging democracies, and has led or been a member of some fifty missions to thirty-five countries. His academic thesis was on Leeds City government and he has lectured extensively on Leeds local history. Michael writes regularly and is the author of The Politics of Electoral Reform (Fourth Ed., 2016). Visit his website.


Phil MullanPhil Mullan
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Phil Mullan combines business management with research and writing, primarily on economic matters. He is the author of Creative Destruction: How to start an economic renaissance(Policy Press, 2017), and The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is not a Social Problem (IB Tauris, 2000). In business, he is a director of Epping Consulting, having completed eight years in senior management roles with Easynet Global Services, an international communications services company. Previously he had been chief executive of the internet services and training company Cybercafé Ltd. Read Phil’s blog.


Prof Andrew BrownAndrew Brown
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Andrew Brown is Professor of Economics and Political Economy and Divisional Director of Research at the University of Leeds Business School. HIs research advances explanations of key developments in economy and society. He has published on theories of value and growth, financialisation, the euro, job quality and satisfaction, well-being, infrastructure economics, and ICT. He also stresses the research importance of methodology and philosophy, and leads large-scale interdisciplinary research across economists, engineers, mathematicians, environmental scientists and social scientists within the ‘Financialisation, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development’ project. He works closely with policy makers, and has advised HM Treasury on infrastructure economics.


Dr Mark DavisMark Davis
11 May 2017: Can We Manufacture An Economic Renaissance?

Mark Davis is Associate Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the Bauman Institute at the University of Leeds. A sociologist of economic life, he is primarily interested in the relationships between money, markets and morality. Mark is also a consultant to UK centre-left think tanks, chiefly Finance Innovation Lab, New Economics Foundation, and Compass, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He edited Liquid Sociology: Metaphor in Zygmunt Bauman’s Writings on Modernity (Routledge, 2013); and has authored numerous reports, most recently with T Braunholtz-Speight on Financial Innovation Today: Towards Economic Resilience (Bauman Institute, 2016).


Josie Appleton
12 April 2017: Rise of the Busybody State

Josie Appleton is convenor of the Manifesto Club; she oversees the club’s campaigns and publications, and coordinates the membership programme. She heads up the Campaign Against Vetting, and is author of its series of reports (starting with The Case Against Vetting in October 2006). She also founded and edits the Thinkpieces series, and chairs Manifesto Club salons. As a journalist and writer, she writes on the freedom issues of the day for a number of publications, and is the author of Officious: Rise of the Busybody State (2016).


Adam Crawford
12 April 2017: Rise of the Busybody State

Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology, University of Leeds, and Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute. He is Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership, a collaboration between universities and policing partners in the north of England. With Professor Shapland (Sheffield) he is exploring the use of restorative justice in policing. He is Co-Investigator on an AHRC project: ‘The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing’. Recent books include Legitimacy and Compliance in Criminal Justice (2013) and International and Comparative Criminal Justice and Urban Governance (2011).


Andrew CalcuttAndrew Calcutt
26 November 2016: Tetley Talks - Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood

Andrew Calcutt is Principal Lecturer in Journalism at the University of East London. He is the co-author of Journalism Studies: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2011), and the author of Arrested Development: Pop Culture and the Erosion of Adulthood (Continuum 1998, reprint Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). He also edits East Rising, the news-led, regional website 'staffed' by UEL students.


Angus KennedyAngus Kennedy
19 November 2016: Tetley Talks - Is Art Good For Us?

Angus Kennedy is convenor of the Institute of Ideas’ educational initiative The Academy which he established in 2011 as a modest attempt to demonstrate what university should be like and so rarely is. He is interested in and writes on the philosophy of freedom and is the author of Being Cultured: In Defence of Discrimination (Societas, 2014). See fuller biography here.


Joanna Williams
11 October 2016: Does a 'Culture of Conformity' Threaten Academic Freedom?

Dr Joanna Williams is the director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Kent. She has published articles in a number of academic journals, and is the education editor of spiked as well as a regular contributor to the Times Higher Education and the Guardian Higher Education Network blogs. Joanna is the author of Consuming Higher Education: Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012), and Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).


Dr Nick EmmelNick Emmel
11 October 2016: Does a 'Culture of Conformity' Threaten Academic Freedom?

Dr Nick Emmel is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Leeds. He is a realist methodologist and critical sociologist who always questions preconceived and common sense notions and names causes. Nick's research-led teaching addresses health inequalities and inequities in an international context. He is the author of Sampling and choosing cases in qualitative research(London: Sage, 2013).


Claire FoxClaire Fox
20 July 2016: Brexit: What Next For The UK?

Claire Fox is the Director of the Institute of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. She convenes the annual Battle of Ideas festival of debate held in London each autumn. Claire is a panellist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on TV and radio programmes such as Question Time and Any Questions?. She is a columnist for the Times Educational Supplement and the Municipal Journal, and she is the author of "I Find That Offensive!" (Biteback Publishing, 2016).


Dr Jim ButcherJim Butcher
15 June 2016: Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Dr Jim Butcher is a Reader in the Geography of Tourism at Canterbury Christ Church University, and the author or three books and numerous papers and articles on tourism and culture, most recently Volunteer Tourism: The Lifestyle Politics of International Development (Routledge, 2015) with Pete Smith. He has written for THESspiked and has appeared on TV and radio commenting on the tourism industry and its critics. Jim is a defender of mass tourism and a critic of the inflated claims made for eco-alternatives. He is a member of the American Association of Geographers and the Royal Geographical Society.


Dr Davina StanfordDavina Stanford
15 June 2016: Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Dr Davina Stanford is a Senior Lecturer at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism & Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University.  Her research interests include responsible tourist behaviour, destination management and responsible tourism transport in protected areas.  She has several years’ consultancy experience in destination management including work International organisations such as UNEP and UNWTO; National organisations such as VisitEngland; and local destination organisations, charities and landscape partnerships. Davina is Course Leader for the Responsible Tourism Management MSc at Leeds Beckett University.


Dr Simon WoodwardSimon Woodward
15 June 2016: Traveling for a Change? The Merits of Ethical Tourism

Dr Simon Woodward is Principal Lecturer in the School of Events, Tourism & Hospitality at Leeds Beckett University. Simon's current interests include community involvement in protecting and managing heritage; the role of historic university buildings as tourist attractions and student engagement with World Heritage values. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Leeds Beckett University and his consultancy work, Simon Chairs the ICOMOS-UK Cultural Tourism Committee, sits on the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee and is a Trustee of the Landscape Research Centre, a charity promoting public engagement with the archaeology of North Yorkshire.


Dr Kate BrownKate Brown
5 May 2016: Who Benefits From The 'Vulnerability Zeitgeist'?

Dr Kate Brown lives in East Leeds and is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime at the University of York. Before studying for her PhD she worked in the third sector for around ten years supporting vulnerable groups such as young women who sold sex, young drug users and families affected by domestic violence. Her book Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practicewas published by The Policy Press in 2015. Kate is also Chair of Trustees for Basis Yorkshire, a sex work and sexual exploitation support charity.


Dr Ken McLaughlinKen McLaughlin
5 May 2016: Who Benefits From The 'Vulnerability Zeitgeist'?

Dr Ken McLaughlin co-ordinates modules on sociology and mental health atManchester Metropolitan University and is concerned with the way in which societal problems are increasingly viewed through a therapeutic gaze. His book Social Work Politics and Society: From radicalism to orthodoxy highlighted the authoritarian consequences of the ‘therapeutic turn’ in contemporary political life, with particular focus on social policy development and social work practice. His work has appeared in a number of professional journals including the British Journal of Social Work and Critical Social Policy and in the online current affairs magazine spiked.


Dr Ruth PatrickRuth Patrick
4 April 2016: What Welfare State Do We Want?

Dr Ruth Patrick is based in the Department of Sociology & Social Policy at the University of Leeds, where she did her degree in Social Policy as a mature student. She then completed a PhD, which explored the lived experiences of welfare reform. Before her studies, Ruth worked in London for the Fabian Society and the IPPR; organising conferences and events, and conducting research on issues including Inheritance Tax reform and housing affordability. Between her undergraduate degree and her PhD, she also worked for Shelter providing housing advice to offenders in prison.


Dr Andrew DunnAndrew Dunn
4 April 2016: What Welfare State Do We Want?

Andrew Dunn is a senior lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Lincoln. He is the author of Rethinking unemployment and the work ethic: beyond the 'quasi-Titmuss' paradigm (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which offers a critique of mainstream social policy writing about unemployment. His latest article, in the journal 'Social Policy and Society' (forthcoming, 2017), argues against the use of relative definitions of poverty.


Luke Gittos
2 March 2016: Is 'Rape Culture' a Dangerous Myth?

Luke Gittos is a solicitor practising criminal law. He has extensive experience in defending allegations of rape and sexual violence. He is also the legal editor forSpiked-online, where he writes regularly about legal developments in this field and about defendant's rights generally. He regularly participates in debates on legal issues on television and radio. His first book, Why Rape Culture Is A Dangerous Myth: from Steubenville to Ched Evans, was published by Societas in September 2015.


Dr Kate BrownKate Brown
2 March 2016: Is 'Rape Cultue' a Dangerous Myth?

Dr Kate Brown lives in East Leeds and is a Lecturer in Social Policy and Crime at the University of York. Before studying for her PhD she worked in the third sector for around ten years supporting vulnerable groups such as young women who sold sex, young drug users and families affected by domestic violence. Her book Vulnerability and Young People: Care and Social Control in Policy and Practicewas published by The Policy Press in 2015. Kate is also Chair of Trustees for Basis Yorkshire, a sex work and sexual exploitation support charity.


Hannah Bows
2 March 2016: Is 'Rape Culture' a Dangerous Myth?

Hannah Bows is a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) atDurham University examining rape and serious sexual assault against people aged 60 and over. More broadly, her research interests have focused on violence against women and she has assisted and led on a number of projects in this area. She teaches a number of modules at undergraduate level including criminal law and gender violence modules.



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