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Are you looking for an academic to provide expert commentary/analysis for a news story/documentary?

This experts directory is a searchable database of Queen’s academics who are interested in talking to the media about their areas of expertise.

If you cannot find the right expert, please contact Queen’s Communications Office and a member of the team will be able to help you.

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Professor Dave Archard

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Professor Dave Archard has applied moral, political and legal philosophy to issues of contemporary concern and played a prominent role in the public world of law and policy.

Expertise: rights of the child, duties of parents, family, nature of the family, sexual consent, privacy, multiculturalism, nationalism, education

Professor Martin Atkins

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Research Centre in Sustainable Energy

Professor Atkins has a distinguished career as an industrial R&D Manager, Project Manager as well as several Chief Technologist, and Chief Technology Officer roles in addition to his current post as CEO of Green Lizard Technologies (a QUB spin-out company) and his Chair of Chemical Innovation and Sustainability.

Dr Michele Bannister

School of Mathematics and Physics, Astrophysics Research Centre

Dr Bannister is an internationally recognised astrophysicist and inspirational science communicator who has made major discoveries.

Expertise: Astronomy, planetary systems, Solar System, asteroids, Kuiper belt, ʻOumuamua, interstellar objects

Professor Jose Bengoechea

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Professor Bengoechea’s research into combatting the multidrug resistant microbe Klebsiella pneumoniae – one of the hospital superbugs – is recognised worldwide.

Expertise: cell biology, medical research, antibiotic resistance

Professor Robert Bowman

School of Mathematics and Physics, Centre for Plasma Physics

Professor Bowman’s research is focused on the development and evaluation of advanced materials for data storage technology.

Expertise: data storage technology, rare earth magnetism, rare-earth-ferromagnetic coupling phenomena, synthetic magnetic multilayers, plasmonic materials

Professor John Brewer

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor Brewer is an internationally recognised expert in peace studies and conflict transformation.

Expertise: peace studies, conflict transformation, peace processes; religious peace building; religion and conflict; history of sociology; social science; higher education; qualitative research; ethnography, peace processes

Dr Graham Brownlow

Queen's Management School

The relationship between economics and history: in particular how incentives have shaped past as well as contemporary businesses in Ireland.

Expertise: Economic History, Business History, Topics in Contemporary Business Economics (e.g. Brexit, Regions and Devolution), Applied Institutional Economics, Economic Organisation of Violence, Communicating Economics (e.g. pedagogy and public understanding)

Professor Janice Carruthers

School of Arts, English and Languages

Professor Carruthers is a world-leading expert on the French language (variation and change; the structure of oral French) and on Language Policy.

Expertise: Modern Languages in the UK, Language Policy, French language

Professor Biqiong Chen

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Professor Chen, an expert in polymer nanocomposites, takes a holistic approach to research, combining synthesis, functionalisation, processing, characterisation and application of polymers, nanoparticles and polymer nanocomposites.

Expertise: Materials Science and Engineering, Polymers, Nanocomposites, Nanomaterials

Professor Nathan Congdon

Centre for Public Health

Professor Congdon’s research is about delivering high-quality, low-cost eyecare in underserved areas of low and middle-income countries.

Expertise: Global eye health, refractive error in children and adult, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, Chinese healthcare system

Dr Kieran Connell

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Dr Kieran Connell is a leading historian of post-war Britain, and has particular expertise in the histories of immigration, multiculturalism and popular culture based in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

Expertise: Race, immigration, multiculturalism, popular culture

Professor Paul Connolly

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Professor Connolly is the founder and former Director of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI), an applied social science research centre that draws together just under 100 academic and research staff.

Expertise: education, education research, shared education, diversity and social inclusion in the early years

Professor Amilra De Silva

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Professor De Silva built the fluorescent PET sensor design tool generally useful for molecular scientists, collaborated to construct the market-leading OPTI blood electrolyte/gas analyser and invented the experimental field of molecular logic-based computation.

Expertise: sensor technology, chemistry, photophysics, photochemistry, sensors

Professor Ryan Donnelly

School of Pharmacy

Professor Donnelly holds the Chair in Pharmaceutical Technology in the School of Pharmacy and is Director of the university’s £3M pioneer research programme Materials & Advanced Technologies for Healthcare, comprising 55 academics from Pharmacy, Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Biological Sciences, Nursing and Medicine.

Expertise: Drug delivery, pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Technology

Professor Stuart Elborn

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Experimental Medicine, Institute for Health Sciences

Professor Elborn is a well-established international leader in healthcare having driven major changes in healthcare delivery in the field of cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.

Expertise: Medicine, health, Cystic Fibrosis, bronchiectasis, Respiratory

Professor Chris Elliott

Institute for Global Food Security

Professor Chris Elliott is a leading expert on international food supply chains and the implications for food quality, authenticity, integrity and safety.

Expertise: food fraud, food security, supply chains, food integrity

Professor Geraint Ellis

School of Natural and Built Environment

Professor Ellis’s career has been driven by the belief that people’s health and well-being are strongly shaped by the places they live, and that the way we build cities is crucial to securing a high quality of life for all. He has also focussed on the need to address climate change through spatial planning, including fostering energy transition through social engagement.

Expertise: Environmental Planning, Natural and Built Environment, healthy cities, urban planning, urban growth, sustainability, energy transition

Professor Richard English

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor Richard English is an internationally recognised historian, academic and author having conducted extensive research in Irish politics and history, political violence and terrorism.

Expertise: terrorism, political violence, Irish politics and history

Professor Alan Fitzsimmons

School of Mathematics and Physics, Astrophysics Research Centre

Professor Fitzsimmons studies icy comets from the cold outskirts of our Solar system, and rocky asteroids that can pass too close for comfort.

Expertise: Astrophysics, solar system, asteroids, comets, space, space mining

Professor Colin Harvey

School of Law

Professor Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies.

Expertise: Law, Brexit, Human Rights

Dr Katy Hayward

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr Katy Hayward is a sought-after expert on Brexit, the Irish border and the peace process, and a leading political sociologist on the island of Ireland.

Expertise: 1998 Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement; Border management; Brexit; Cross-border conflict and cooperation; EU integration; Irish border; Northern Ireland politics and society; Peace and conflict processes; Political sociology;

Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas

Queen's Management School

Professor Hewitt-Dundas' research interests include the dynamics of innovation ecosystems in an international context, innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium enterprises, business strategy and technology adoption.

Expertise: business, innovation, business growth, technology adoption, management, industry

Professor Mark Lawler

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology

Professor Lawler is passionate about translating high quality science for the benefit of patients and has over 20 years’ experience in cancer research.

Expertise: Genetics, Molecular/Experimental Medicine, Cancer biology/medicine, Drug discovery, Graduate education, Bioethics, Science/education policy, Art Therapy, Public perception of Science

Professor Noemi Lois

Centre for Experimental Medicine

Professor Noemi Lois is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology in the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine and a Medical Retina specialist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

Expertise: health, medicine, diabetic retinopathy

Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden

School of Law

Professor McAlinden is a world-leading expert on the subject of sexual offending against children.

Expertise: sexual offending against children, grooming, child sexual abuse, exploitation, institutional child abuse, peer abuse

Professor Christopher McCrudden

School of Law

Professor Christopher McCrudden is a world-leading expert human rights and equality law at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast and the William W Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

Expertise: human rights law, equality law, European Union Law, Human rights in Northern Ireland, European Economic Area, Brexit

Professor Fearghal McGarry

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Professor McGarry is one of Ireland’s leading historians. His work has helped shape understanding of contentious history in our divided society.

Expertise: Modern Ireland, political violence, public history

Professor Lee McGowan

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor McGowan’s research focuses on European Politics. Over the last two decades, he has developed an international reputation for expertise in the politics of competition policy and produced the first major work from political science on the EU competition regime.

Expertise: European Union, EU governance, European competition policy, far right, Brexit

Professor Andy Meharg

School of Biological Sciences, Institute for Global Food Security

Professor Meharg has gained a worldwide reputation for his research into a global food problem – the high levels of toxic arsenic in rice, the staple diet of half the world’s population.

Expertise: Food security, contaminants in food

Dr Kinga Morsanyi

School of Psychology

Dr Kinga Morsanyi is a developmental psychologist with a focus on thinking, reasoning, mathematical cognition and education.

Expertise: psychology, cognition, mathematical cognition, reasoning, dyscalculia, mathematical abilities, mathematical anxiety

Dr Fiona Murphy

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Dr Murphy is passionate about conducting research which engages with some of the more critical societal topics of our time. Her research covers experiences of institutionalisation, displacement and conflict.

Expertise: asylum seekers, refugees, conflict

Dr Joanne Murphy

Queen's Management School, The William J Clinton Leadership Institute

Dr Murphy's research explores leadership, change and organisational development in politically volatile environments. She has particular expertise in the areas of policing, diplomacy and public management.

Expertise: Leadership, management, peace, conflict

Professor Dimitrios Nikolopoulos


Professor Nikolopoulos's research addresses fundamental limitations of performance and efficiency in computing systems. His research area is system software --specifically the operating systems, virtualization software, languages, compilers and libraries that underpin large-scale computing.

Expertise: computing systems; system software

Dr Julie Norman

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Dr Julie Norman is an expert on conflict, security, human rights and development in the Middle East and Africa.

Expertise: conflict, security, human rights and development in the Middle East and Africa

Professor Máire O'Neill

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, ECIT

Professor Máire O’Neill is a leading cybersecurity expert. Maire is a UK Female Inventor of the Year, was the youngest Irish Academy fellow and youngest-ever engineering professor at Queen’s University Belfast.

Expertise: Cyber Security, Cryptography, Hardware Security, Data Security, Internet of Things

Professor Joe O'Sullivan

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Throughout his academic medical career, Professor O’Sullivan has been committed to improving the lives of patients with prostate cancer through research and innovation.

Expertise: cancer, cancer research, prostate cancer, molecular radiotherapy, External Beam Radiotherapy, Advanced prostate cancer, Castration resistant prostate cancer

Professor David Phinnemore

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Professor Phinnemore is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading academic experts on the European Union and Brexit, particularly in relation to Northern Ireland.

Expertise: European Union, Brexit, Northern Ireland, Politics, International relations

Professor Mark Price

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Research Centre in Sustainable Energy

Professor Price is a leading academic in engineering with extensive industry experience. He is focused on design and manufacturing and particularly how new approaches to design are needed to take advantage of the brave new world offered by advanced manufacturing technologies.

Expertise: aircraft structures, design automation for airframes, aerospace

Professor Pedro Rebelo

School of Arts, English and Languages, Sonic Arts Research Centre

Professor Rebelo is a composer, sound artist and performer working primarily in chamber music, improvisation and sound installation. His work brings together a critical and practice-based understanding of sound which is articulated in performance, composition, exhibition and writing.

Expertise: music, conflict, sound, sound installation, chamber music, improvisation

Professor Neil Robertson

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Professor Neil Robertson produces Artificial Intelligence for the real world.

Expertise: Face recognition, visual security, artificial intelligence

Professor Manuel Salto Tellez

Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence

Professor Salto Tellez is an international pathologist and is one of the drivers behind the Precision Medicine Centre of Excellence.

Expertise: Cancer research, precision medicine, artificial intelligence, digital pathology

Professor Michael Semple

The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Professor Michael Semple works on innovative approaches to peace-making and engagement with militant Islamic movements in Afghanistan and South Asia.

Expertise: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Taliban, terrorism, conflict resolution

Professor Stephen Smartt

School of Mathematics and Physics, Astrophysics Research Centre

Professor Smartt is an astrophysicist specialising in surveying the sky for transient and explosive events.

Expertise: astrophysics, space, supernovae, exploding stars

Professor Paul Stapleton

School of Arts, English and Languages, Sonic Arts Research Centre

Professor Stapleton conducts research in the areas of new musical instrument design, music performance, sound design, and critical improvisation studies.

Expertise: music, instruments, improvisation, sound design

Professor Allen Thurston

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

A former primary school teacher, Professor Thurston’s work is focussed on how to improve learning in high poverty schools. He is an expert in the use of cooperative learning techniques in the classroom and a pioneer of the use of randomised trials in education.

Expertise: education, literacy, school improvement, improving literacy, cooperative learning, educational research

Dr John Topping

School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Dr John Topping is criminologist and an internationally recognised expert in policing, including police reform and accountability, along with stop and search powers.

Expertise: Policing, police reform, stop and search, post-conflict policing

Professor Isabel Torres

School of Arts, English and Languages

Professor Torres has an international reputation in Spanish Renaissance (‘Golden Age’) Literary and Cultural Studies; her major contribution has been in the field of Renaissance and Baroque poetics.

Expertise: Early Modern Spanish Literature and Culture; Spanish Language; Renaissance Humanism; Classical Heritage.

Professor Michael Tunney

School of Pharmacy

Professor Tunney's research focuses primarily on the improved detection and treatment of lung infection in patients with respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), bronchiectasis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Expertise: lung infection, Cystic Fibrosis, antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance

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