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Professor of Transport, Newcastle University

Dr Elisabetta Cherchi has been appointed Professor of Transport at Newcastle University.  She joins Newcastle from the Department of Transport at the Technical University of Denmark.  She studied for her PhD at the University of Palermo, and was subsequently a research associate at Imperial College London and Professor of Econometric Methods for Transport at the University of Cagliari.

Elisabetta's main research interest is in the demand modelling of consumer behaviour, with particular reference to: discrete choice analysis, microeconomic derivation of behavioral models and bounded rationality (integration with psychology and social effects); decision-making processes, preference formation and dynamic evolution, the effect of habit/inertia; data collection (revealed and stated preference data and long panel data, focus groups, real and virtual experiments); and project evaluation.  She is interested in understanding what drives individuals to adapt and adopt new forms of mobility, in particular sustainable mobility, smart mobility, and driverless cars. 


Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University

Dr Caroline Walker-Gleaves has been appointed Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.  She joins Newcastle from Durham University where she taught and researched education.  Caroline received her doctorate from Leicester University School of Education in the field of pedagogic practice with special reference to the enactment and understanding of care theory within a higher education context.

A former physicist working in the field of engineering at the National Transport Research Laboratory, Caroline is also a trained secondary school teacher with specialisms in physics and music, and has worked in schools and colleges in the UK and overseas.  She has received a number of awards for teaching excellence and pedagogic scholarship, including a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2001 and The International Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching and Learning with Technology, awarded jointly by the US Association of Colleges of Education and the Australian Society for Educational Technology in 2005. 


Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, The University of Edinburgh

Professor J. P. Singh has been appointed Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy, and Director of the Centre for Cultural Relations, at the University of Edinburgh.  He will be joining the University in August, 2016.

He has authored four monographs, edited three books, and published dozens of scholarly articles.  Four of his books address cultural issues at UNESCO.  His book Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (Columbia, 2011) won the American Political Science Association award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012.

J.P.'s current book projects are: Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (Stanford, forthcoming) and Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (Oxford, forthcoming).  He has advised international organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, played a leadership role in several professional organizations, and served as Editor from 2006-09 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology.

J.P. holds a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.  Early forays in the arts include studying film theory and criticism at the Film and Television Institute for India, and at the Xavier Institute for Communication Arts in Mumbai.  He also loves opera.

He was appointed Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies at George Mason University, and a Distinguished Senior Scholar at the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, in 2012.