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Aston University Expert Directory 

This is a tool for journalists to explore Aston's diverse range of experts available to comment on stories for both the written and broadcast media.

If you have a specific person in mind or are looking to browse by subject area, the directory enables you to quickly find the perfect contributor for your story.

To book an interview, contact the press team:

  • Ben Kennedy (Aston Business School, Language & Social Sciences)
    0121 204 4592 / b.p.kennedy@aston.ac.uk
  • Susi Turner (Life & Health Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science, Aston Medical School)
    0121 204 4978 / s.j.turner@aston.ac.uk

Filter by subject category using the drop-down menu or search for a specific person or area of expertise using the search box.

ImageNameBiographyExpertise
Reham Badawy One of Aston's developing researchers, award-winning Reham has a first class honours BSc in Neuroscience and Smart Systems. She is undertaking interdisciplinary research using advanced statistical machine learning techniques for medical...statistical machine learning; applied mathematics; smartphones; Parkinson's disease
Professor Urszula ClarkUrszula is Head of English and an expert in regional and social variation in English. She is Director of The West Midlands English: Speech and Society Project. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, stylistics and English Pedagogy....English language, accents, dialects, West Midlands, speech and society, linguistics, sociolinguistics, language and identity, variations of English
Professor Tim GrantAs a forensic linguist, Tim uses a scientific approach to language to help convict criminals. His specialism is short-form messages - such as texts, Twitter posts and emails. He has helped to gain justice in a variety of high-profile cases, from...forensic linguistics, authorship analysis, short-form message analysis, language in society, psychology of language and communication
Professor Tim BainesTim is a leading international authority on servitization and spends much of his time working hands-on with both global and local manufacturing companies, to understand servitization in practice and help to transform businesses. He spent 10...servitization, manufacturing, advanced services, operations strategy, business models, product-service systems
Professor Simon GreenSimon Green is Professor of Politics and Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe. He specialises in European politics, focusing on immigration, integration and citizenship policy, as well as on German political structures and party politics. He...Germany, Brexit, immigration, German elections and policy, European Union, integration and citizenship
Professor Sarah HainsworthA leading forensic science expert on stabbing, dismemberment and knife sharpness, Sarah joined Aston University in 2017, as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the School of Engineering & Applied Science's first female Executive Dean. Sarah's...knife sharpness, dismemberment, stabbing, forensic science, automotive tribology, 3D non-contact laser vibrometry, microstructural evolution
Professor Roslyn BillRoslyn is a biotechnologist who develops yeast as a 'cell factory' to make membrane proteins in sufficient quantity and quality for use in the development of cutting edge therapeutic drugs. Membrane proteins play pivotal roles in all...microbiology, biotechnology, protein production, recombinant proteins, yeast biology, membrane proteins, G proteins, aquaporins, biology,
Professor Peter Lambert Peter's research involves working on rapid tests for diagnosis of infection and new ways to overcome microbial resistance and treat bacterial infections. In the 1970s he worked on the discovery of new antibiotics in the UK's...antimicrobial resistance, AMR, antibiotic resistance, bacterial infection, healthcare-related infection, healthcare-acquired infection
Professor Mark HartMark is Deputy Director of the Enterprise Research Centre and one of the Programme Directors of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme - which educates leaders of high-growth SMEs and social enterprises across the UK. Mark has...small business, entrepreneurship, enterprise, SMEs, business growth, business policy, economic performance, social enterprise, employment rates
Professor John GaffneyJohn is a political commentator and author and currently co-director of the Aston Centre for Europe. Specialising in French politics and the discourse of leadership, he regularly contributes to TV and print media. In 2015 he published 'France in...French and British politics, political leadership, Europe, Brexit, Labour leadership, elections, parties, Le Pen, Front National
Professor Heiner EvanschitzkyHeiner is co-director of Aston Centre For Retail Insights (ACRI) and a marketing expert. He conducts relevant, cutting-edge research to discover unique insights on the current challenges in retailing. In a career that has taken him across the...retail, retailing, marketing, supermarkets, business, brand, customer satisfaction, franchising, service marketing, shopping, trends
Professor Gina RipponAs a cognitive neuroscientist, Gina uses brain imaging techniques - electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) - to investigate individual differences in the brain. Her research has helped further the study and understanding...brain imaging, neuroscience, autism, dyslexia, sex differences, MEG, magnetoencephalography, EEG, electroencephalography, cognitive neuroimaging
Professor George FeigerBefore joining Aston in 2013, George ran a wealth management business in the US. Before this, he had senior roles in business including Director of McKinsey & Co, Global Head of Investment Banking for SBC Warburg and Global Head of Onshore...international economics and finance, entrepreneurialism, enterprise and SMEs, macroeconomics, business education, risk management, capitalism, investment banking
Professor Ellis CashmoreEllis is one of the UK's leading experts and commentators on celebrity culture. Among his most recent books are 'Beyond Black: Celebrity and Race in Obama's America', 'Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption',...celebrity culture, media, sport and society, the impact of television on contemporary culture, the changing form of racism, sociology
Professor Edward SweeneyEd leads a multidisciplinary group of academics with interests in logistics, transport, supply chain and engineering management. His research interests are in supply chain design and integration, with a particular emphasis on the divergence between...supply chain management, logistics, LINK