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News Meet the Professors in exciting new lecture series

Hear about our professors' pioneering research as they deliver their inaugural lectures

The series of professorial lectures kicks off on Tuesday 16 April
Image: The series of professorial lectures kicks off on Tuesday 16 April

The title of Professor is awarded to academics who have made a significant impact in their field and these thought-provoking talks are designed to educate, inspire and encourage discussion.

Professor Nachi Chockalingam, Head of the Professoriate

Some of Staffordshire University’s greatest minds are inviting the public to learn about their cutting-edge research in a series of free lectures

Taking place throughout the year, our newly appointed Professors will cover a fascinating array of topics from pioneering health research to the latest business innovations and new developments in renewable energy.

On Tuesday 16 April, Professor of Criminology James Treadwell kicks off the series with his lecture ‘The Life of Crime: Reflections, Observations and Predictions’. James is an ethnographic researcher and his work takes an immersive look at violent and serious and organised crime. 

James’ academic journey has taken him from the dark back rooms of smoke-filled pubs and football hooligans, to cannabis cultivators, drug dealers and violent prisoners. In his lecture, James will explore how crime is impacted by socio-economic, political and cultural factors and what we should know about emerging and changing types of crime.

“Identifying emerging issues, changes in criminal marketplaces and offending types underpins my work.” James explained.

“The predominance of the internet and mobile phones magnifies crime to colossal proportions. In recent years, my ethnographic work has suggested that mutations in crime might increase the number of crimes committed over the net yet under the radar and that prediction seems a good one.”

“For the past several years many of us see crime happen everyday via social media. The highly mediated world today requires new thinking about crime and its impact.”

The next lecture comes from Professor Jess Power who will discuss how to use experimentation, creation and reflection to get into the entrepreneurial mindset, followed by another business masterclass from Professor Vish Maheshwari who will decode marketing myths and reveal how to optimise a brand’s performance.

On World Environment Day in June, Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani will share how his research into low carbon and renewable energy systems can be used to tackle climate change. Then the final two talks come from Professor Chris Gidlow who looks at how we can prevent chronic disease through lifestyle and Professor Roozbeh Naemi whose work is helping to prevent diabetic foot disease.

Professor Nachi Chockalingam, Head of the Professoriate, said: “The title of Professor is awarded to academics who have made a significant impact in their field and these thought-provoking talks are designed to educate, inspire and encourage discussion.

“It’s important for us to share our research with the community and we welcome anyone with a thirst for knowledge to come along and find out more about what we do.”

For more information or to book a place on any of the below events please contact 

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