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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.

Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Jaakko Hämeen-Anttila has been appointed the new Iraq Chair in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  Formerly a professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki, Professor Hämeen-Anttila has published extensively on the languages, history and culture of the Middle East.  His recent publications include Case Studies in Transmission (Münster, 2015) and he is currently working on the trasmission of the Middle Persian Khwadaynamag into medieval Arabic.

He earned his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 1994.  Before coming to Edinburgh, he worked as a Senior Researcher of the Finnish Academy 1997-2000 and Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Helsinki 2000-2016.

Chief Operating Officer, Edinburgh Genomics

Edinburgh Genomics is pleased to announce the appointment of Joel Fearnley as its Chief Operating Officer.  Joel brings a wealth of industry experience in senior technical and commercial roles across the electronics and life science industries.  He co-founded and successfully led microfluids start-up Lab901, which was susequently acquired by Agilent Technologies.  Most recently, Joel was General Manager of Agilent's global Microfluidics Business. 

Commenting on his appointment, Joel said "Having worked with Edinburgh Genomics in the past, I know how much quality and potential there is here and I am delighted to be joining the team at such an exciting time.  The combination of outstanding people and state-of-the-art facilities makes us strongly placed to break new ground in advanced genome sequencing and I believe that demand for our high quality services will continue to grow rapidly."