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 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.

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Professor Colin Bamford

Professor Bamford has has successfully supervised nine PhD and MPhil research students in a range of subjects ranging from public transport segmentation, supply chain development in Eastern Europe, skills for logistics and customer service modelling.

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Professor Peter 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.

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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.

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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. 

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. 

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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.

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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. 

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). 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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.

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.

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Dr Alexander Smith

n addition to lecturing at the University of Huddersfield, Dr Smith is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Kansas. 

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson has worked in the School since 1987, having previously taught mathematics for 10 years in further and higher education. 

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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.

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Dr Pete Woodcock

Dr Woodcock joined the University of Huddersfield in 2005. Pete researches on political philosophy in general and English seventeenth century political thought in particular. 

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