At London Metropolitan University, there are a wide range of experts to comment on the news and offer insights.
Some of the topics we can comment on include:
- the environment and rewilding
- sport science
- food science
- early years education
- fine art
- child and women abuse
- architecture and sustainable building
- knife crime
Operation Trojan Shield: fighting encrypted criminal activities
London Met's Dr Mark Roycroft reports on the operation, which saw over 800 arrested in a huge global crime sting, using an encrypted communications app secretly run by law enforcement.
"Never test the patience of a fasting student"
Journalism student Alima Bibi gives her Ramadan do’s and don’ts.
Elections 2021: Will the goddess Fortuna smile upon Mr. Johnson again?
Dr Peter Laugharne, Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations on the significance of the vote on 6 May, which will be the first public test of Labour leader Keir Starmer.
Pontins and 'No Irish Need Apply': the prejudice that refuses to die
Professor Louise Ryan and Professor Don MacRaild explore the enduring anti-Irish prejudice in Britain following the reveal that holiday firm Pontins holds a blacklist of Irish surnames.
Changing the conversation: from women's safety to women's freedom
Professor Liz Kelly, Director of London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, asks what it is about our culture that allows women to be harmed, and what it would take to change this
The impact of Covid on student parents
Research by London Met academics Jane Lewis, Heather Allison, Patrick Mulrenan and Helen Redd explores the additional pressures the pandemic is having on students with children.
Racism in the media
Wendy Sloane, Associate Professor of Journalism, on why making newsrooms more diverse is key to tackling racism in the media.
Sarah Haid on social enterprise and the women who've inspired her
Sarah discusses her work with the London Met Lab and how London Met's students are giving back to their local communities through her social enterprise, Better Safe Communities.
On International Women's Day, Dr Karen McNally explores how Hollywood is revisiting its business model, practices and space as a marker of 21st century American culture.
Britain and China's 'deteriorating' relationship
Head of Politics and International Relations Dr Andrew Moran weighs in on hostility in Sino-UK relations, and the news that China has banned BBC World News from broadcasting.
Racialising pandemics: lessons from history
Professors Louise Ryan and Don MacRaild explore the ways in which nations and their people have historically been stigmatised by disease.
I'm dreaming of a green Christmas
After a challenging year, we all deserve a break this Christmas, argues Siân Moxon, but let's make sure we give the planet one too.
The shocking normalisation of child homelessness
Recent history has seen things that previously provoked outrage become disturbingly 'normal' says Patrick Mulrenan. This Christmas, let's make sure child homelessness isn't one of them.
Britain 'at the back of the queue'?
Dr Andrew Moran, Head of Politics and International Relations, says Biden's election may have made it harder to establish a UK-US trade deal post-Brexit.
What will US-China relations look like under Biden?
Dr Andrew Moran, Head of Politics and International Relations, says Biden is entering a relationship with China that is different to the one he left as Vice-President four years ago.
"We need the arts now more than ever"
Rishi Trikha says we must decide what kind of a world we want to live in when the current crisis recedes - and we should fight to ensure art, and artists, are part of it.
Protein Misfolding Disorders: a ticking time bomb?
Research into why, how and when proteins misfold is crucial for understanding how they go on to cause disease, says Dr Cassandra Terry, Reader in Protein Pathology.
Teardrops: demanding justice for victims of police brutality
Sofia Akel discusses her research into the extent of police brutality in the UK, which informed Kano's powerful music video performance of 'Teardrops'.
"In a democracy, it is important that every vote is counted"
Dr Andrew Moran, Head of Politics and International Relations, weighs in on the tumultuous American election amid Trump's false claims that the result is being 'stolen'.
"Black Sells": the portrayal of Black people in cinema
Sylvia Henry, recent Film and Broadcast Production BA graduate, reflects on the importance of Black representation in film and recalls the ways Blackness has been exploited in film.
Grace Jones: a short story
As part of Black History 365, we share an extract of an award-winning story by London Met alumna Irenosen Okojie which explores the experience of being Black and African in London.
Coffees, emails and never-ending hope: bringing Verve Magazine online
Nikos Papanikolaou, interim chief editor of London Met’s student magazine Verve, discusses how the team have adapted in the face of an extraordinary year.
Student voice: the joy and beauty of being Black
"We are so much more than a month" - Adebukola Fadipe writes about Kelechi Okafor and Candice Brathwaite, two of the women who’ve most inspired her, and the power of Black joy.
Trade Unions and Independence Movements in the English-speaking Caribbean
Jeff Howarth looks at the role trade unions played in the constitutional histories of the English-speaking Caribbean and the resources London Met has to offer its staff and students.
Why is the Nvidia-ARM deal significant?
Nvidia’s acquisition is fuelled by the drive to bring artificial intelligence (AI) to everything from self-driving vehicles to robotics, says Professor Bal Virdee.
Shapeshifting the creative
Dr Jane Turner discusses the process of creating Gog Magog, a new dance film, and how global events shifted its form and structure.
The politics of recession
Britain has experienced a recession to some degree in every decade since the 1950s. But the extent the economy has shrunk in 2020 puts the country in politically uncharted waters.
The mysterious death of widening participation?
Patrick Mulrenan, Course Leader for the Community Development and Leadership, questions the message the government is sending out about widening participation.
Polarisation in the Polish Presidential Election
Dr Angelos Chryssogelos, lecturer in Politics and International Relations, takes a look at the Polish Presidential Election and what is causing the political divide within Poland.
The power of collective mourning
Dr Denise Turner reflects on the #StarsInMemory campaign, a collective act of remembrance for the Social Work and Social Care sectors, and those who have lost their lives to COVID-19.
The launch of Times Radio
Wendy Sloane, Associate Professor in Journalism, comments on the launch of Times Radio, which hopes to pose a credible challenge to BBC Radio 4.
Nationalism, militarism and masculinity – how do the three connect?
Dr Stratis Andreas Efthymiou argues that militarism, nationalism and masculinity have a symbiotic relationship, which is made and remade in social, political and symbolic activity.
Lax COVID-19 rules put lives of Mexico’s maquiladora workers at risk
The maquiladora workers in Ciudad Juárez face a terrible dilemma: isolate at home without a peso in their pockets or show up to work and risk losing their lives.
'A change is gonna come' - but it has not come fast enough
For Trump, Black Lives only Matter in the context of what white voters want, says Dr Andrew Moran, Head of International Relations and Politics.
Student voice: All lives cannot matter if Black lives do not matter
This is not Black people's fight alone, writes Adebukola Fadipe (Journalism, Film and Television Studies BA). It's a fight for all of us.
Digital religion and design principles
Jon Baldwin, Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, considers how religion may have influenced technology and the internet.
Turkey's multi-layered adventure with Covid-19
“We will see a Turkey that seeks to be more globally influential after COVID-19 subsides, but fails to attain its desired degree of influence”.
Why the NHS Nightingale hospitals are so aptly named
Dr Noel-Ann Bradshaw pays tribute to Florence Nightingale’s pioneering work on representations of data on the bicentenary of her birth.
Rising knife crime in London
Dr James Alexander responds to the latest national crime statistics which show that knife crime saw a record high from December 2018-19, with London accounting for a third of cases.
Credit after coronavirus
Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor in Banking and Finance, comments on the likely impacts of COVID-19 on credit lending and availability.
Experts urge action on Violence Against Women and Children during COVID-19
The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Met say the crisis creates a conducive context for all forms of violence against women and children to flourish and escalate.
Home-working during the COVID-19 pandemic
Trying to replicate the office isn't the best strategy while working from home, says Emeritus Reader in Architecture, Frances Holliss, but there are many ways to adapt and thrive.
Stay at home? How coronavirus is impacting homeless people and homeless students
Patrick Mulrenan says that there has been considerable interest in those who won't stay at home during the COVID-19 crisis, but not enough is being done for those who can't.
The challenges facing the Jewish Chronicle and the role of faith-based media
Wendy Sloane, Associate Professor in Journalism, comments on what the impending death of the Jewish Chronicle could mean.
Death, Dying and Social work under COVID-19
Dr Denise Turner, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, examines some of the pressures now put on social workers as people around the world lose loved ones to coronavirus.
Has COVID-19 set back diversity and inclusion in the workplace?
Dr Jo Cartwright, lecturer in HR Management, writes that the COVID-19 lockdown exacerbates the juggling act facing working parents and carers, and exposes the undervaluing of care work.
The Potential Effects of Covid-19 on Global Political Regimes
Dr Ahmet Erdi Ozturk, lecturer in International Relations and Politics, has provided his expertise on how coronavirus could affect political regimes.
Urban wildlife in the age of coronavirus
Siân Moxon, senior lecturer and sustainability coordinator at The Cass, discusses how human relationships with nature and wildlife may change through isolation measures.
The 2020 US Elections and coronavirus
"What is at stake here for Trump is re-election", says Dr Andrew Moran, Head of International Relations and Politics.
The history of St. Patrick's Day in London
Dr Tony Murray, Curator of the Archive of the Irish in Britain, discusses the last century of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in London.
Is the age of ownership over?
"In a society where we are encouraged to take ownership of our future, we’re renting it instead," says Patrick Mulrenan, Course Leader in Community Development.
The economic impact of coronavirus
“The relatively new and unknown coronavirus may present investors with an investment opportunity,” says Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor in Banking and Finance.
Billie Eilish and the history of the Bond theme
Stephen Good, Senior Lecturer in Music Production, comments on Billie Eilish’s 'No Time to Die' – the latest theme track in the 007 film series, and those that have come before it.
Life after death?
“Humankind has always utilised available resources to assuage the finality of death.”
What bans of 'overly sexualised' adverts tell us about regulation today
Dr Nicolas Cambridge, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Marketing, comments on the banned Pretty Little Thing advert and the grey areas it reveals in marketing regulations.
The Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan
There is evidence of human to human transmission by direct contact, but the risk in the UK is low says Dr Gary McLean, Professor in Molecular Immunology.
Compliance in post-Brexit Britain
"The overall impact is that GDPR and ePrivacy regulation are likely to grow rather than diminish after Brexit," says Dr Nirmala Lee, Associate Professor in Banking and Finance
It’s the era of Trump television, but Mad Men was there first
Dr Karen McNally, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, comments on how the award-winning drama predicted the times we live in now.
Expert Commentary: Boris' Big Gamble
Dr Peter Laugharne, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Politics, provides his insight on the upcoming General Election.
Expert Comment: Supreme Court ruling on prorogation
Dr Peter Laugharne, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, comments on the Supreme Court's ruling on prorogation.
Expert comment: Impeachment of Trump
Dr Andrew Moran, Head of International Relations and Politics, provides insight on the latest call for the US President's impeachment from Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
Expert Commentary: Prorogation of Parliament
Dr Peter Laugharne, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, on the prime minister's attempt to prorogue Parliament.
Expert comment: The next Prime Minister must take action on social mobility
Patrick Mulrenan, course leader for Community Development and Leadership BSc, calls on the new PM to take real action on social mobility.
Expert Comment: Raids on ABC News
Wendy Sloane, senior lecturer in Journalism, comments on the recent police raids on ABC News Headquarters in Australia, and what it means to press freedom.
Expert Comment: Donald Trump state visit
Dr Andrew Moran, Acting Head of International Relations and Politics, offers his insight into President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom, on 3 June 2019.
Expert comment: Sequels and remakes
Karen McNally comments on why remakes are hugely popular after Disney announced the remake of Aladdin.
Expert comment: The Jeremy Kyle Show axed
Wendy Sloane, Journalism BA senior lecturer, comments on the axing of the Jeremy Kyle Show and the impact this has on young people and the media.
Expert comment: WhatsApp hacking
Professor Karim Ouazzane, Professor of Computing and Knowledge Exchange, offers his insight into the recent WhatsApp hacking.
Expert comment: Homeless deaths nine times higher in deprived areas
Patrick Mulrenan, a Housing and Community Development expert at London Met, comments on the recent news that homeless deaths are nine times higher in deprived areas.