Loughborough University has a huge array of experts who are specialists in many different academic and professional fields. The experts contained here have experience of working with the media and are happy to be contacted for comments and interviews.
Dr Catherine Armstrong
Lecturer in American History in Politics, History and International Relations
Catherine is an expert in the history of slavery through to the present day. She is able to discuss the issue in a global context, including in the contemporary world, as well as America's history in a religious and social context.
Expertise: Slavery, Oral history as a therapy, Transgender studies, American history
Professor of Criminology
Primary research interests are youth justice, youth crime prevention and social justice.
Expertise: Criminology, Community Safety, Crime Prevention, Juvenile Crimes
Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Alex is an expert in politics and international relations. He frequently comments on current affairs, especially terrorism.
Expertise: Terrorism and political violence, UK, EU and French politics, Religion and politics (especially anarchism), Leo Tolstoy’s political thought
Lecturer in Economics
Huw is a pro EU voice and is a member of the Global Economy Research Interest Group.
Expertise: Brexit, Economics
Professor David Deacon
Professor of Communication and Media Analysis
David Deacon teaches on the BSc in Communication and Media Studies, MA in Media and Cultural Analysis and MA in Global Media and Cultural Industrie
Expertise: Journalism, News Production , Public Relations, Communication and media theory and methods , Political Communication, Media History, Producing the News, Communication and Citizenship, Researching Communications, Critical Viewings
Professor Helen Drake
Chair of French and European Studies
An expert in contemporary French and European affairs. Project leader for '28+Perspectives on Brexit: A Guide to the multi-stakeholder negotiations' (2017-2018), which provides a blow-by-blow breakdown of the Brexit process.
Expertise: Contemporary French politics, Contemporary European Union affairs, Contemporary Political Leadership
Dr Dale Esliger
Senior Lecturer in the Measurement of Physical Activity
Dr Esliger's research focuses on enhancing the tracking of physical activity, and advancing the understanding of the interplay between physical activity, sedentary behaviour, and health.
Expertise: Physical activity measurement methodologies/technologies, sedentary behaviour, health, wearable technology
Dr David Fletcher
Senior Lecturer in Sport and Performance Psychology
David is a world leading sports psychologist, also specialising in performance management, executive coaching, and sport business.
Expertise: Sports Psychology, Performance Psychology, Management, Coaching, Consultancy, Leadership, Performance Environment, Performance Culture, Performance Lifestyle, Sports Performance, Resilience
Dr Jonathan Folland
Reader in Human Performance and Neuromuscular Physiology
Jonathan is an expert in muscle function, particularly relating to speed and strength. He also specialises in sports injuries and sports biomechanics.
Expertise: Exercise Physiology, Physiology, Human Performance, Sports Performance, Neuromuscular Function, Kinesiology, Kayaking, Canoeing, Running, Power, Biomechanics, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Injury
Dr Borja Garcia
Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy
An expert in European governance, sport and football
Expertise: FIFA, UEFA, Lisbon Treaty, Anti-Doping Legislation, Premier League, European Union, Sport in the European Union
Professor Jacqui Glass
Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction
Jacqueline Glass is Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Construction, with particular expertise in responsible sourcing in construction.
Expertise: Architecture and Building Construction, Sustainability, Responsible and Ethical Sourcing, Sustainable Procurement and Supply-chain Management, Standards, Research, Knowledge Exchange; Public Engagement
Dr Anna Grosman
Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Anna is an Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University with a strong background in investment banking and mergers and acquisitions.
Expertise: Corporate governance: boards, ownership, dividends policy and payout, compensation; State capitalism; Crowdfunding; Big data (policy and societal implications), Economic markets of interest with regards to Russia, UK, West Balkans and China
Professor Andy Harland
Senior Lecturer in Sports Technology
Andy is world-leading expert in sports equipment design, manufacture and testing.
Expertise: Sports Technology, Sports Equipment, Computer Modelling, Footwear, Football, Footballs, Football Boots, Apparel, Protective Equipment
Professor George Havenith
Professor of Environmental Physiology and Ergonomics
George’s key research areas are human thermal physiology, environmental ergonomics and heat transfer through clothing.
Expertise: Heat, Cold, Heat Stress, Hypothermia, Human Performance in Hot Weather, Human Performance in Cold Weather, Clothing Ergonomics, Hot Weather Survival, Cold Weather Survival
Dr Emma Haycraft
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Emma's research focuses on parent-child interactions in the context of feeding, eating and mealtimes.
Expertise: Child Feeding, Infant Feeding, Childhood Obesity, Children’s Eating, Children and Sedentary Behaviour, Children and Exercise, Infant Feeding, Parenting, Young Mothers
Dr Lewis Herrington
Dr Herrington covers terrorism and the rise of extremism in the UK and abroad. He is a regular media commentator on Islamic State and terrorist attacks.
Expertise: Terrorism, Islamic State, Extremism, Jihad, Radicalisation, Syria
Professor Sue Hignett
Professor of Healthcare Ergonomics and Patient Safety
Sue's research focuses on patient safety, patient handling, and hospital and ambulance design.
Expertise: Patient Safety, Patient Handling, Hospital Design, Ambulance Design, Health & Safety, Healthcare, Ergonomics
Professor Donald Hirsch
Director, Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP)
Donald is Director at the Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP) poverty, income, welfare.
Expertise: Poverty, Income, Welfare, Minimum Income Standard, National Living Wage, Universal Credit
Professor Barrie Houlihan
Professor of Sport Policy
Research interests include the domestic and international policy processes for sport and including the diplomatic use of sport, and drug abuse by athletes.
Expertise: Sport, Doping, Diplomacy
Professor Tom Jackson
Professor of Information and Knowledge Management
Tom's research interests include the impact of email on staff productivity and stress levels, email preservation and archiving and electronic communication and information retrieval.
Expertise: Information Management, Knowledge Management, Email, Email Productivity, Email Stress, Email Preservation, Social Media
Dr Mark King
Reader in Sports Biomechanics
Mark is a practicing sports bio-mechanist, with strong links to the ECB, International Cricket Council and Badminton World Federation.
Expertise: Biomechanics, Sports Biomechanics, Sports Performance, Jumping, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Computer Simulation, Movement
Dr Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos
Lecturer in Digital Communications
Kostas' research interests include computer networks performance monitoring and management, network security through cross-layer measurements and data fusion techniques.
Expertise: Network performance monitoring, Network security, Anomaly based Intrusion detection, Data fusion, Knowledge engineering
Dr Karen Lumsden
Director of the Policing Research Group
Karen’s research interests broadly fall under the remit of the sociology of crime and deviance, with contributions to debates on social research methods including ethnography and reflexivity.
Expertise: Policing, Youth culture, Car culture, Social media, Gender, Online abuse, Criminology
Dr Dominic Malcolm
Reader in Sociology of Sport
With a keen interest in the medical provision within sport and the working practices of the individual's involved, Dr Malcolm particularly focuses on cricket and football.
Expertise: Sociology of Sport, Sports Injury, Violence in Sport, Foul play, Physiotherapists, Drugs in Sport, Cricket, Football, Cardiac Screening
Dr Sarah Mills
Senior Lecturer in Human Geography
Sarah researches youth volunteering, citizenship, informal education and youth organisations.
Expertise: Youth Volunteering, Youth Groups, Youth Organisations, Scouts, Girl Guides, Woodcraft Folk, National Citizen Service
Professor Kevin Morgan
Professor of Psychology
Kevin is an expert in sleep and its impact on health.
Expertise: Sleep, Insomnia, Sleep and Health, Sleep and Sports Performance, Sleep Deprivation
Dr Joe Piggin
Senior Lecturer in Sport Management & Policy
Dr Piggin is the Programme Director of and lecturer in MSc Sport Management. He is currently teaching on Sport Policy Analysis, The Sport Industries, the Masters Research Projects and Introduction to Physical Activity and Public Health.
Expertise: Sport policy translation into marketing and programmes, physical activity, public health policy
Dr Ash Routen
Research Associate in Physical Activity and Public Health
Dr Routen's research focuses on developing and evaluating initiatives for increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviour in children.
Expertise: Physical activity, sedentary behaviour, schools, children, health
Professor Jim Saker
Professor of Retail Management
Jim has been involved with the automotive industry for 20 years. He is an industry expert with specialist knowledge of retail, strategy and management within the sector.
Expertise: Automotive Industry, Automotive Retail, Automotive Management, Retail, Car Retail
Dr Andrea Soltoggio
Specialises in human-robot interaction, artificial life and neuro-robotics.
Expertise: Neuro-Robotics, Artificial Life, Artificial Intelligence, Human-Robot Interaction
Professor Elizabeth Stokoe
Professor of Social Interaction
Professor Stokoe teaches on the BSc Social Psychology programme, covering modules in relationships, qualitative methods and forensic psychology.
Expertise: Social interaction
Dr Alexandra Stolzing
Senior Lecturer for Regenerative Medicine
Alexandra’s work covers the biology of ageing and regeneration with a particular focus on regenerative and cellular medicine.
Expertise: Cryopreservation, Regenerative medicine, Cell-based therapies, Ageing
Professor Vicky Tolfrey
Professor in Applied Disability Sport
As Professor of Applied Disability Sport, Vicky is a world-renowned academic in the field of disability and Paralympic sport.
Expertise: Disability Sport, Paralympic Sport, Paralympics, Wheelchair, Wheelchair Sport
Professor John Tyrer
Professor of Optical Instrumentation
John specialises in the development of innovative and bespoke laser based imaging products and services. He has developed a device that can identify tiny amounts of explosive particles
Expertise: Optical Engineering, Optical non-destructive testing, Residue detection, Airport security, Counter-terrorism, Laser safety, Computer-generated holography Display holography, Optical strain analysis, Optical vibration analysis, Underwater laser applications, High power laser machining, Human body shape measurement and performance analysis, Human biomechanical analysis using optical methods, Optical forensic analysis, Non-contact laser based temperature measurement of high-speed components
Lecturer in Psychology
Research activities span from breastfeeding and child feeding difficulties to adult eating disorders and body image disturbances in general and specific populations, in particular transgender.
Expertise: Transgender Health, Hormones, Compulsive Eating, Body Image, Appetite, Obesity
Lecturer in Sports Law
Serhat Yilmaz is a lecturer in sports law at Loughborough University with specialist knowledge in the regulation of football players’ agents, now known as intermediaries.
Expertise: Sports law, regulation of football players' agents, EU sports policy, governance of football, exploitation of minors in sport, financial fair play regulations