The University of Huddersfield’s View from the North blog is updated on a weekly basis with posts from leading academics and researchers at the University. The posts will give up-to-date and insightful commentary on some of the key issues in the UK and overseas and will cover a range of topics and current affairs.

We invite and encourage comments, posts, articles and research materials from all those interested.

To find out more about our contributors, please read their bios below.

Dr John Anchor

Dr John Anchor

Dr Anchor is a career academic. His current research interests are strategic management in emerging markets, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East; political risk assessment in international business, especially in emerging markets;and human capital theory – as applied to Higher Education funding policy, in both developed and emerging markets.

Find out more about Dr John Anchor.

Professor Colin Bamford

Professor Bamford s a well known member of staff both within the University and for the various text books and articles he has written over many years. He has successfully supervised nine PhD and MPhil research students in a diverse range of subjects ranging from public transport segmentation, supply chain development in Eastern Europe, skills for logistics and customer service modelling.

Find out more about Professor Colin Bamford.

Professor Peter Bradshaw
Professor Bradshaw

Professor Bradshaw joined the University of Huddersfield in 1993. Peter has published and spoken widely on health service policy and professional issues and has produced over the last decade, 50 refereed papers for scholarly journals. He also has extensive Editorial and Editorial Board experience.

Find out more about Professor Peter Bradshaw.

Professor David Canter

Professor David Canter

Over the last 20 years Professor Canter has been prolific in mapping out Investigative Psychology, opening up thinking on the psychology of criminal actions and the ways in which this can inform police investigations and the courts. David Canter’s commitment to the systematic, scientific analysis of human behaviour (which recently earned him one of only 26 prestigious BPS Honorary Fellowships ever awarded from across the discipline) emerged out of his work on how people act in disasters and emergency situations from the Kings Cross fire to the Bradford City football ground disaster to the evacuation of the World Trade Centre on 9/11.

Find out more about Professor David Canter.

Dr Andrew Crines

Dr Andrew Crines

Dr Crines joined the Politics Team as a part time lecturer and researcher following the successful completion of his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Brendan Evans in January 2011. Since then he has co-organised with Dr Richard Hayton two academic conferences focused upon oratory in British party politics.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and the Publicity Officer for the Political Studies Association Specialist Group for the Study of Conservative politics.

Find out more about Dr Andrew Crines.

Professor Brendan Evans

Professor Brendan Evans

Professor Evans was appointed Emeritus Professor in November 2007. He continues to be an active researcher and has published further articles and research in the areas of urban regeneration in Britain and the USA. Currently, he is also writing a biography of former government minister J.P.W. Mallalieu and a jointly authored book with Dr Georgina Blakeley on Politics of urban regeneration.

Find out more about Professor Brendan Evans.

Dr Bernard Gallagher


Dr Gallagher has worked as a researcher, specialising in child protection, since 1987. His special area of interest is child protection but he is also interested in the care of looked after children. Given the sensitivities of child protection research, along with the challenges arising from other studies he has worked on, he is concerned with the methodological and ethical issues that arise in social research.

Find out more about Dr Bernard Gallagher.

Dr Abigail Locke

Dr Abigail Locke

Dr Locke is a qualitative, critical social scientist interested in issues around social and health psychology, focusing on how the assumptions that we take for granted are constructed. She has recently co-founded the Institute for Health Citizenship that provides transdisciplinary perspectives on issues around health, wellbeing and the citizen.

Find out more about Dr Abigail Locke.

Dr Jodie Matthews

Dr Matthews came to Huddersfield in 2009 and as well as undertaking original research, has organised a popular public lecture series (New Perspectives on Britishness) and an international conference(Identity and the Other British Isles). Her current research focuses on the representation across various forms of migrant groups in Britain in the mid- to late-nineteenth century.

Find out more about Dr Jodie Matthews.

Dr Surya Monro

Dr Monro joined the University of Huddersfield in 2009. Prior to this, she conducted interdisciplinary research in the fields of sexuality and gender, citizenship, and local and national governance. Her research interests concern equalities and diversity, focusing on gender and sexuality and the intersections of these with other equalities areas, including ‘race’, faith, and nationality.

Find out more about Dr Surya Monro.

Dr Andrew Mycock

Dr Mycock joined the University in 2007 and his teaching and research interests include citizenship and identity in post-empire states, with particular focus on the impact on government programmes of citizenship and history education in the UK and Russian Federation. Recent work has focused on the development of active citizenship and democratic participation of young people in the UK.

Find out more about Dr Andrew Mycock.


Dr Shirley Pressler, Senior Lecturer in Pyschology

Dr Shirley Pressler

Dr Pressler joined the University of Huddersfield in February 2007, but has been teaching psychology to undergraduates and postgraduates since the early 1990’s. Before joining the University of Huddersfield she was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Edge Hill University. Shirley is a committee member of The North West Branch of The British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Chartered Psychologist (BPS).

Find out more about Dr Shirley Pressler.

Kevin Rowles

Kevin Rowles

Kevin Rowles has taught economics for many years at all levels. Currently his main interests involve the extension of economic policies within the European Union and also the political dimension to the process of integration.

Find out more about Kevin Rowles.

Dr Robin Simmons

Dr Robin Simmons

Dr Simmons joined the University of Huddersfield in 2004. His research focuses mainly on education policy and the history of education, the political economy of education, and education and social justice in particular.

Find out more about Dr Robin Simmons.

Professor Peter Slee

Professor Peter Slee

Professor Slee took up post as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield in January 2010.  He is responsible for planning, resources and marketing across the University.

Find out more about Professor Peter Slee.


Dr Alexander Smith

Dr Alexander Smith

In addition to lecturing at the University of Huddersfield, Dr Smith is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas. With financial support from the British Academy, ESRC and Leverhulme Trust, Dr Smith has carried out postdoctoral research on the interface of politics, religion and science in the USA.

Find out more about Dr Alexander Smith.

Ron Thompson – Head of Division of Lifelong Learning

Head of Division of Lifelong Learning Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson has worked in the School since 1987, having previously taught mathematics for 10 years in further and higher education. He  has recently led a research project into the experiences of young people following Entry to Employment (E2E) courses, and is now co-directing, with Robin Simmons, a three year longitudinal ethnographic study of NEET young people, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Find out more about Ron Thompson.

Dr Rupert Till

Image of Dr Rupert Till

Dr Till is a composer, musicologist and musician. He is interested in the interaction of postmodernity, music and culture and also has an interest in creative uses of spatialisation, and microphone and loudspeaker design, and is pursuing patent applications for new kinds of microphone and loudspeaker.

Find out more about Dr Rupert Till.

Dr Pete Woodcock

Pete Woodcock cropped

Dr Woodcock joined the University of Huddersfield in 2005. Pete researches on political philosophy in general and English seventeenth century political thought in particular. Pete is also currently researching into the political philosophy of the Simpsons, and is interested in republican political thought

Find out more about Dr Pete Woodcock.

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