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.
Professor Jo Aldridge
Professor of Social Policy and Criminology
Professor Aldrige's areas of special interest and expertise are the experiences and needs of children and young people, including young carers; domestic violence and abuse; research with people with mental health problems and learning difficulties.
Expertise: Children and young people, young carers, domestic violence and abuse, vulnerable or marginalised groups, mental health, learning disabilities, participatory research methods
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 Richard Bibb
Professor of Medical Applications of Design
Richard is an expert in product design and 3D Printing. He can discuss how advanced digital design technologies can be applied to the design and manufacture of personalised medical devices, and can also comment on the design of 3D Printed products.
Expertise: 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Computer-Aided Design, product design, medical device design
Dr Ali Bilgic
Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Ali's expertise is migration, security and the contemporary Mediterranean migration crisis. He has insight on diverse issues from irregular migration, refugee movements, security policies of EU states, as well as the rise of authoritarian regimes.
Expertise: Security, irregular migration, refugee movements, security policies of EU and European states.
Dr Lucy Budd
Programme Director of MSc Air Transport Management and Reader in Air Transport
Lucy can give interviews on airport operations; airspace and ATM; air transport policy; air travel and globalization; airport expansion, aviation and the environment; airline marketing; the historical development of air transport.
Expertise: Commercial aviation, air transport planning and operations, airlines, airports, globalisation and connectivity.
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
Dr Silvia Costa
Lecturer in Physical Activity and Public Health
Silvia’s research spans from the measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, to the influence of such behaviours for children’s healthy growth and development.
Expertise: Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour in Young Children, Early Childhood Health Policy and Practice, Childhood Obesity
Professor Amanda Daley
Professor of Behavioural Medicine
Amanda’s work is focused on investigating the effects of lifestyle interventions on health outcomes, particularly around women’s health.
Expertise: Testing lifestyle interventions, public health diet and physical activity interventions, women’s health
Dr Owen Davies
Lecturer in Molecular & Regenerative Biomedicine
Dr Davies's research focuses on identifying regenerative approaches for musculoskeletal conditions. He is particularly interested in the role of cell-secreted messengers and how they can be utilised to direct regeneration.
Expertise: Tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, extracellular vesicles, musculoskeletal biology, stem cells.
Professor David Deacon
Professor of Communication and Media Analysis, Loughborough University London
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, Loughborough University London
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
Lecturer in Economics
Huw is a pro EU voice and is a member of the Global Economy Research Interest Group.
Expertise: Brexit, Economics
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 Fiona Ellis-Chadwick
Director of Impact@SBE
Dr Fiona Ellis Chadwick studies online retailing, the impact of digital of UK towns and cities. She looks at e-commerce and online consumption, as well as the history and development of online retailing
Expertise: Online retailing, digital towns, the high street, Internet retailing, Digital skills (business)
Dr Ashleigh Filtness
Lecturer in Transport Safety
Dr Filtness is an expert on the impact of sleep loss and fatigue on safety critical tasks e.g. driving.
Expertise: driver sleepiness, driver fatigue, sleep loss, road safety, sleep research, driver impairment
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 of Microeconomics
Dr Monica Giulietti is an expert in the economic analysis of competition and regulation in the energy markets and energy consumers’ behaviour. She can be interviewed in English or Italian, and competently in French and Spanish.
Expertise: Energy markets, energy policy, competition and regulation.
Dr Anna Grosman
Assistant Professor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Loughborough University London
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
Lecturer in Psychology
Iuliana researches sleep behaviour and public health. Iuliana is working large datasets for patterns of daytime activity, sleep behaviour and long-term health outcomes; and studies which examine the role of sleep duration in metabolic health.
Expertise: Behavioural medicine, sleeping disorders, sleep quality and effects on long-term health.
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 Liam Heaney
Lecturer in Exercise Metabolomics
Dr Heaney specialises in the development and application of mass spectrometry-based methods to measure biologically relevant metabolites for applications such as clinical biomarker investigations and measurements of illicit drug use.
Expertise: Biomarkers, clinical analysis, metabolomics, anti-doping
Dr Lewis Herrington
Terrorism Expert, Loughborough University London
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
Dr John Hillier
Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography
John is an expert in multi-risk hazard, especially for weather in the UK, and on the shapes on the Earth's surface left by past ice sheets.
Expertise: Catastrophe modelling, risk modelling for the insurance industry, hazard footprints, past ice sheets
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
Dr Clare Holley
Lecturer in Psychology
Clare’s research spans from children’s eating behaviour, and the influences of caregivers on children’s eating, to methods of altering children’s diet and eating behaviour as well as the impact of food poverty on children’s health and wellbeing.
Expertise: Eating behaviour, Children’s Eating, Child Feeding, Infant Feeding, Childhood Obesity, Food Poverty
Dr Eugenie Hunsicker
Senior Lecturer in Mathematics and Director for Equality and Diversity in the School of Science
Eugenie is an expert in statistics and Equality and Diversity in STEMM disciplines.
Expertise: Statistics, metabolomics, imaging science, high dimensional (“wide”) data, equality, diversity and inclusivity in STEMM, unconscious bias, equality monitoring
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
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 James King
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
James had expertise on the interaction between exercise and the neuro-endocrine regulation of appetite & energy balance. He has also researched chronic metabolic disease, cardiometabolic health and effects of exercise on appetite and energy balance.
Expertise: Exercise and diet, energy balance, metabolism and chronic metabolic disease, cardiometabolic health, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.
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 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, Sports Medicine, Concussion, Cricket, Football, Cardiac Screening
Professor Kevin Lomas
Professor of Building Simulation
Kevin is an expert in building energy use, heating systems, thermal comfort, overheating, and the energy efficiency and energy refurbishment of homes.
Expertise: Buildings energy use, Home heating, Overheating, Energy efficiency
Dr Aija Lulle
Lecturer in human geography
Core research focuses on how lives change through migration, and how migrants evolve across the course of their lives.
Expertise: Post-socialist migration, youth migration in Europe, young Europeans in the UK, family migration and ageing, Brexit and migration.
Dr. Argyro Elisavet Manoli
Lecturer in Sports Marketing and Communications
Elisavet is an expert in marketing communications management, such as branding, social media, and crisis communications. She has expertise in sport corruption, match-fixing, financial crime and financial fair play.
Expertise: Professinal football, marketing, communications and commercial sport, corruption, match-fixing and scandal. Speaks English and Greek.
Dr Marco Mazza
Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
Marco G. Mazza uses theory and computer simulations to investigate soft matter systems such as active swimmers, liquid crystals, and granular matter.
Expertise: Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Modelling, Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Soft Matter, Physics of Planktonic Microorganisms.
Dr Sarah Mills
Reader 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 Gilberto Montibeller
Professor of Management Sciences
Professor Montibeller is available to discuss operation management, which includes sporting event such as Olympics and World Cups. A decision scientist, Gilberto is an experienced expert on behavioural operations.
Expertise: Strategic decision making, risk analysis, lone-wolf terrorists, infectious diseases, malaria, multicriteria decision analysis
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 Tim Oliver
Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance
Dr Tim Oliver is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London who is a leading specialist on Brexit, UK foreign policy and UK politics (especially Greater London).
Expertise: Brexit, UK politics, London (London's internal politics, relations with rest of UK, place as a global city), US-UK and US-Europe relations, and UK defence policy
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
Lecturer in Psychology
Carolyn studies links between exercise behaviours and eating attitudes among athletes and clinical or adolescent populations. She looks at eating disorder educational interventions in sport and exercise in eating disorder recovery.
Expertise: Research design and statistics, clinical psychology, athlete mental health, eating behaviour and risk factors for disordered eating.
Dr Artie Prendergast
Lecturer in pure mathematics
Dr Pendergast researches algebraic geometry, looking at the interplay between the algebra of polynomial equations and the geometry of their solution sets.
Expertise: Algebraic geometry.
Dr Sara Read
Lecturer in English in the School of Arts, English and Drama
Dr Read specialises in women's reproductive health and medicine in early modern popular culture.
Expertise: Seventeenth-century culture and literature. Early women's reproductive health and medicine.
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
Dr James Sanders
Research Associate in Digital Health Technology for Lifestyle Medicine
James is an expert in the use of novel technology use in physical activity and sedentary behaviour research and the effects of such behaviour, especially in the workplace. He has worked on campaigns with Yakult and Nissan.
Expertise: Physical activity, sedentary behaviour in adults, sitting time in sedentary jobs, novel technology use in physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
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
Dr Jonathan S. Seaton
Reader in Business Economics
Jon is an expert in business economics, supermarkets and grocery pricing, as well as general economics. He prefers to be contacted via email.
Expertise: Supermarket, Prices, Grocery, Business Economics
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
Research Associate, Sustainable Food Supply Chains
Jamie has a broad range of expertise regarding risk management, resilience and sustainability in contemporary food supply chains.
Expertise: Food Security, Supply Chain Resilience, Food Waste, Sustainability Evaluation
Dr. Martin Sykora
Lecturer in Information Management
Dr Martin Sykora is an expert in Social Media and Sentiment Analysis, and can be interviewed in English, German or Slovak.
Expertise: Social Media Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Big Data.
Dr Ian Taylor
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Ian studies human motivation. He has extertise on fundamental processes that drive behaviour and lead to long-term health. Currently, he is investigating the motivational determinants of healthy decision making and consequences low motivation.
Expertise: Human motivation; processes of behaviour; motivation in educational settings
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
Dr Rhoda Trimingham
Rhoda's research interests lie generally in sustainable design, but more specifically in sustainable packaging.
Expertise: Design, sustainability, packaging, product design, environmental
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
Dr Matt Vidal
Reader in Sociology and Political Economy, Loughborough University London
Matt is an expert in work, employment, and human resource management; labour markets; and comparative political economy (focusing on Europe and North America).
Expertise: Work and Employment, Human Resource Management, Labour Markets, Job Quality, Bad Jobs, Capitalism, Economic Growth, Economic Crisis, Financial Crisis, Economic Stagnation, Inequality.
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
Dr Duncan Walker
Senior Lecturer in Applied Aerodynamics
Duncan’s expertise lies in applied aerodynamics using both experimental and computational techniques to reduce emissions and pollution in aircraft engines.
Expertise: Gas Turbine Aerodynamics, Combustion System Aerodynamics, Fuel Injector Flows, Compressor Transition Ducts, Installation Aerodynamics, Bicycle Aerodynamics, Experimental Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Professor Michael Walls
Professor of Photovoltaics for Power Systems
Michael Walls is Professor of Photovoltaics for Power Systems in the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST). He is responsible for photovoltaics device research within CREST and his research focus is in thin film photovoltaics.
Expertise: Solar energy, photovoltaics device research, thin film photovoltaics
Dr Elliot Woolley
Lecturer in Sustainable Manufacturing
Dr Woolley's research interests are in the field of resource-efficient manufacturing, particularly energy consumption within factories.
Expertise: Energy systems, resource efficient manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and sustainable development, food waste.