The emergence of Hybrid Threats and Hybrid War as new security challenges of the 21st Century – from its early examples in Israels war against Hezbollah in 2006 to Russia’s War in Eastern Ukraine. Dr. Sascha Dov Bachmann, Associate Professor in Law, Co-Director of BU’s Conflict, Rule of Law and Society( https://research.bournemouth.ac.uk/centre/conflict-rule-of-law-and-society/) presented at the 24th Annual SLS-BIICL Conference on Theory and International Law at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. He argues that Hybrid War is more than Compound Warfare by utilising new technologies of cyber and Hybrid Threats. His work on teh subject was recently published as HYBRID WARS: THE 21st-CENTURY’S NEW THREATS TO GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY in the South African Journal of Military Studies, http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1110/1107.
Attracting over 80 delegates, including CEO’s, Directors, entrepreneurs and BU students, the event was organised by Barclays and sponsored by BU and Saffrey Champness. It aimed to facilitate discussion with founders and experts from the South Coast and included an exhibition area where current and past BU students, Static Games, el RHEY and Cub-Bee-Hole, demonstrated their entrepreneurial skills by showcasing their own products and services.
Mark Painter, Centre for Entrepreneurship Manager, who welcomed the delegates on behalf of BU, said, ‘we were delighted to have the opportunity to support and take part in this event. The feedback from the delegates was extremely positive and I am looking forward to building on this activity and exploring other ways for us to work with organisations like Barclays and Saffrey Champness to support entrepreneurs’.
Craig Jamieson, Regional Director of Barclays Wealth & Investment Management introduced Matt Macri-Waller, Founder and CEO of Benefex, who gave an inspiring and entertaining insight into his own journey as an entrepreneur and his approach to tackling the various obstacles he has faced.
This was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Richard Heggie, Head of Proposition and Delivery for Entrepreneurs at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, which provided a fascinating insight into the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the entrepreneurs of today and the future.
Panel member, Nigel Jump, BU’s Professor in Regional Economic Development, reminded delegates of the challenges facing the UK in terms of needing to increase productivity and observed that it will be the entrepreneurs who will drive UK economic growth. The other panellists were Matt Macri-Waller, Founder and CEO of Benefex, Nick Fernyhough, Partner of Saffery Champness, Georgina Hurcombe, Founder and Managing Director of LoveLove Films, and Richard Phelps, Managing Director, Accountable Executive for Entrepreneurs at Barclays.
Mark Painter added, ‘this event is another great example of the Centre for Entrepreneurship working in partnership with other organisations to help share knowledge and expertise and really demonstrates BU’s commitment to engaging with and supporting the business community.’
Bournemouth University research on Computing and Informatics, the Software and Systems Engineering focus area, achieved a strong presence in the IEEE Ninth International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS), which was held from May 13th to May 15th, 2015 in Athens, Greece. (Refer to http://www.rcis-conf.com/rcis2015/).
Our participation included the presentation of three papers:
- “Adaptive Software-based Feedback Acquisition: A Personas-based Design”: Malik Almaliki, Cornelius Ncube & Raian Ali
- “Configuring Crowdsourcing for Requirements Elicitation”: Mahmood Hosseini, Alimohammad Shahri, Keith Phalp, Jacqui Taylor, Fabiano Dalpiaz & Raian Ali
- “Recommendations on Adapting Crowdsourcing to Problem Types”: Mahmood Hosseini, Alimohammad Shahri, Keith Phalp & Raian Ali
The papers were presented by two PGRs, Mahmood Hosseini and Malik Almaliki. Fellow researchers and practitioners praised the timeliness and applicability of the topics and stated their interest for possible collaboration. The presentations also provided a great opportunity for the exchange of knowledge, for increasing the visibility and impact of our research in Computing and Informatics in Bournemouth University and for displaying our vibrant environment. This follows our last year success at this same conference RCIS’14 and our recent strong presence in REFSQ’15.
The research was partially funded by a European FP7 Marie Curie CIG Grant (the SOCIAD Project), and the Graduate School of Bournemouth University via the Santander PGR Development Fund.
Raising awareness of dementia has been a key part of the last three years of BUDIs work. This week we held our 4th annual public open meeting to coincide with national Dementia Awareness Week. The highlight for me was our carer and person with dementia panel where participants from some of our projects spoke about their experiences of living with dementia in the community and the impact our initiatives have had on their lives, in particular the BUDI orchestra. I concur with the comment of one attendee that “The carers panel was thought provoking”. The ultimate aim of the work we do is about improving lives and it is only by hearing about people’s direct experiences that we can ensure that our ongoing and future work addresses the needs and aspirations of those impacted by dementia.
Another attendee commented “Much wider range of speakers than expected” reflecting the range of projects we showcased, both BUDI projects including, evaluations of dementia-friendly community initiatives in Dorset and North Somerset; our intergenerational IT Club; BUDI Orchestra; Gardening; and Care Farming. As well as a number of external organisations we work with who shared the work they are doing locally to support people with dementia living within the community, including: Alzheimer’s Society, Future Roots, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, and the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.
Following previous successful events I tend to have positive expectations of our community engagement work – this was reflected in the comment of another attendee: “I expected a high standard but that was surpassed”
There is increasing awareness of the risks that young people face in terms of abusive personal relationships and intimate partner violence (IPV), and the Home Office has recently widened the definition the government uses to include abuse against those aged 16-17 as well as adults
Intimate partner violence concerns physical violence directed against a partner and often includes sexual violence and psychological abuse (Jewkes, 2002). This is a global issue and increasing concern is now being expressed about IPV in teenage and young people’s relationships (Keenan-Miller et al. 2007). US research suggests that 66 % of college-aged dating students experience at least one incident of IVP (Smith et al. 2003).
The project which has received Fusion Funding from BU aims to:
- Develop creative methodologies/animation to explore the nature of abuse in young people’s relationships;
- Explore how such methods might be used in domestic abuse prevention education
To date we have had two creative workshops which have used a range of materials and motion capture to produce a short piece of animation visualising mood and emotion. Those involved have enjoyed trying newapproaches to express and visualise meaning associated with relationships and abuse. It is great to be a co-learner in this process and to be taken out of my comfort zone as we are encouraged to use ‘visualisation’ techniques in a co-produced piece of work. Here are some examples of some of our visualisation work to date.
For more information on the CATCAM project please contact:
Dr. Lee-Ann Fenge email@example.com
We would like to invite you to the next research seminar of the Creative Technology Research Centre.
Title: An Overview on the Design and Analysis of Collaborative Decision Making Games
Date: Wednesday 27th May 2015
Room: P302 LT, Poole House, Talbot Campus
Abstract: Collaborative games require players to work together on shared activities to achieve a common goal. These games received widespread interest in the past decade, yet little is known on how to design them successfully, as well as how to evaluate or analyse them.
This talk will describe a research project that aims to deliver a better understanding of collaborative processes designed in the mechanics of Collaborative Decision Making Games (CDMGs) in which collaboration takes place during the game play process at conscious cognitive level. To follow the aim, Collaboration Engineering (CE), a discipline that has studied collaboration for decades is used as a theoretical guideline to analyse and design CDMGs. At the analysis stage of this research, the primary focus is on understanding how CE is used in the design of the mechanics of CDMGs and within the design stage the goal is to demonstrate a pattern-based approach, developed using CE principles, which is then applied to the design of these games.
Potential insights from this research make clear in what contexts CE is relevant and what kind of role it can play both in terms of analysis and the design of CDMGs.
We hope to see you there.
Sheetal Sharma, PhD student in the Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health (CMMPH), published her latest paper this week in the Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities . The paper ‘Nepenglish’ or ‘Nepali English’: A New Version of English? raises the question whether we are beginning to see a new variant of English.
The paper is co-authored with Mrs. Pragyan Joshi from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kathmandu and BU Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. Sheetal’s PhD research focuses on the evaluation of a large-sclae maternity care improvement intervention in rural Nepal.
The paper is based on listening to people in Nepal speaking English and reading their writing in English. English is a living language and different native and non-native speakers develop English in slightly different ways. This paper argues that it is time to consider whether we should study the English spoken by native-Nepali speakers (Nepenglish) as a separately developing variant of English. The question is particularly intriguing since Nepali English bears such a similarity with Indian English, as both are largely based on originally Sanskrit-based languages. The focus is particularly on how native-Nepali speakers express themselves in English.
- Sharma, S., Joshi, P., van Teijlingen, E. (2015) ‘Nepenglish’ or ‘Nepali English’: A new version of English? Asian Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences 4(2): 188-193. www.ajssh.leena-luna.co.jp/AJSSHPDFs/Vol.4%282%29/AJSSH2015%284.2-21%29.pdf
Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen
In this GeoNet seminar we were joined by Gitte Kragh (BU Life Sciences), Hayley Roberts (BU AAFS), Rick Stafford (BU Life Sciences) and Paola Palma (BU AAFS), to discuss their different experiences with volunteers and the challenges they faced during the process. Outsourcing of data collection to volunteers is becoming increasingly popular, allowing the time consuming task to become much more efficient. It also provides a beneficial experience for the volunteers, making unique topics and discoveries accessible to the public. For example, Hayley Roberts expressed the importance of sharing archaeological finds, which would usually be off limits to the public, in order to enrich learning and understanding of Britain’s past.
Similarly, Paola Palma discussed her maritime archaeology projects, including the M.A.D. About The Wreck project, which encouraged the wider community to get involved and learn about maritime heritage in Poole. She has made projects accessible to the entire community, providing opportunities for disabled people and even prisoners to get involved and learn.
Gitte Kragh continued the discussion delving deeper into the sociological aspect of citizen science. She has investigated the relationship between volunteer happiness, work ethic and the outcomes for conservation. It seems that the happier the volunteers the greater the efficiency of work. However, the social aspect of volunteering, making friends and socialising with other volunteers may also inhibit work output. This therefore suggests that management of the projects is highly important and should be specialised depending on the age, skill level and type of project, in order to balance volunteer experience and success of the project.
Public participation plays a key role in data collection as Rick Stafford went on to discuss. Rick has explored the use of social media to help with citizen science such as the collection of bee biodiversity data. Using smartphones and apps is a useful and easy way to collect data on a large scale. Engaging the public is a great way to simultaneously collect data whilst educating and encouraging the community to become actively involved in the conservation of our environment and ecosystems. There are challenges however, as the precision and accuracy of the data collected may be limited due to volunteers’ skill level.
All agreed that management of volunteers was crucial to provide successful outcomes for both the volunteers and the project. The extent of engagement from volunteers is dependent on both social and environmental factors. Hayley Roberts agreed that there are many challenges to overcome, particularly in the Archaeology field, where legislation is usually there to restrict access out of fear that unskilled volunteers will cause destruction to these finite resources. Overall though, it seems that citizen science has a fundamental role in collecting important data, whilst providing an invaluable learning experience for volunteers allowing them to actively participate in environmental conservation, raising public awareness in the process.
Charlotte Unwin, GeoNet Intern
Our next seminar is this Thursday the 21st May from 1-2 in PG19. We have a visit from Craig Young (Reader in Human Geography at Manchester Met University), joined by Tim Darville (BU SciTech AAFS) and Anne Luce (BU M & C)
Craig is currently organising a seminar series which will include the politics of (re)burial, trade in body parts, dark tourism, body donation, diaspora and bodily disposal, the ethics of excavation, ‘green’ burial and theological perspectives on the dead body. In this seminar he will give us a perspective on corpse geographies and deathscapes (places for death, dying, mourning and remembrance). He will be joined by Tim Darvill (BU SciTech AAFS) who has recently published on life, death, ritual and regional identity in Britain c. 1600 BC and by Ann Luce (BU M & C) who will bring a perspective from her research into suicide rates across the US and UK, discourses on suicide and suicide in the media.
BUDI are holding their annual Open Public Meeting on Wednesday 20th May. This years topic is “Dementia-friendly Communities”
The meeting will discuss and debate the concept of dementia-friendly communities and will consider the challenges faced by those living with dementia and how our communities can respond to ensure that people with dementia can live well.
To find out more and book your FREE ticket click here . Please forward details to those you wish may want to attend.
Following on from recent success, we have had five Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) awarded over the past few months. Several of these are in recruitment, with a few more coming into the recruitment stage shortly. It’s been a rather busy time within the world of KTP at BU!
We have two vacancies at local Poole-based business, TDSi and one in Southampton with civil engineering company, R&W Engineering.
As we have a large cohort of final year students finishing their exams shortly, this is an ideal opportunity to advertise these positions to our final year students.
Poole-based vacancies at TDSi
Software Test Engineer – Salary up to £25,000 – 13 month fixed term contract with a possibility of the offer of permanent employment
Firmware Development Engineer – Salary up to £25,000 – 11 month fixed term contract with a possibility of the offer of permanent employment
Southampton-based vacancy at R&W Engineering
IT Systems Engineer – Salary of £25,000 (negotiable) – 25 month fixed term contract with a possibility of the offer of permanent employment
I encourage colleagues to share these job adverts amongst their networks as these are fantastic projects and will provide excellent personal and professional development for the successful candidates.
For KTP enquiries, please contact Rachel Clarke, KE Adviser (KTP) on 61347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Results of a new research report The Gender Gap in the Tourism Academy: Statistics and Indicators of Gender Equality reveal that women are under-represented in the majority of leadership and gatekeeping positions examined and that academic organisations continue to show highly gendered patterns.
The research project, produced by an international group of twelve tourism academics known as ”While Waiting for the Dawn”, shows that while women account for nearly half of tourism academics, only 13% of fellows of the prestigious ”International Academy for the Study of Tourism” are women. From over 6000 editorial positions analysed in 189 journals, there are only 25% of women holding top-editorial positions and the gender gap intensifies in the top 20 journals in the field (where women representation is only 21%). A similar under-representation appears among invited speakers at conferences. Among all the invited speakers of the 33 international conferences analysed only 24% are women. Conferences with a complete absence of women as invited/keynote speakers are quite common (almost one third had an all-male line up of invited speakers).
This is the first report that maps the gender gap in tourism studies. The analysis confirms similar results of other national and international studies that show men continue to be over-represented among the gatekeepers who set the academic and research agendas.
“It is a shocking wake-up call, especially for early career researchers. It pushes us to think about what it is to be an academic and how we can use our agency to break the gendered glass ceiling” says Elaine Yang, PhD Candidate at Griffith Business School and the administrator of the online community ”Women Academics in Tourism”.
Many studies of gender in research rely on national or regional labour statistics (e.g. EU), but a distinguishing feature of this report is that the data analysed takes into consideration the global nature of academic networks. It reveals that the gender glass ceiling exists not only in relation to professorships, but it extends to other forms of academic titles and leadership positions. Academic leadership is contextual to specific research communities and besides mapping career progression, it is crucial to establish other indicators to monitor gendered patterns in gate-keeping and high visibility positions in global networks.
Ana María Munar, Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School, who coordinated this research project said ”We hope this report will help to raise awareness and contribute to creating a more just academy, where women have equal opportunities to shape the present and the future of tourism scholarship”.
A vodcast of this report and the full report can be accessed here: https://sites.google.com/site/tourismeducationfutures/about-tefi/gender-equity-in-the-tourism-ac
For questions and further information about this report, please contact:
While Waiting for the Dawn, UK:
Avital Biran, email@example.com
Donna Chambers, firstname.lastname@example.org
BUDI – Dementia Friends Awareness Session
Dementia Friends sessions are part of a national initiative by the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness of dementia within our local communities. The sessions are designed to help people learn more about what it’s like to live with dementia so that those affected by the condition can feel included in their local community.
Dr Michelle Heward and Dr Ahmed Romouzy Ali from Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) will be delivering a Dementia Friends session on Thursday 21st May 2015 10-11 am in TAG22, Talbot Campus at Bournemouth University.
If you would like to attend, please email Dr Ahmed Romouzy Ali on email@example.com
A little while back (August 2014-Jan 2015) I had Fusion Investment study leave to work on my manuscript ‘Straight Girls and Queer Guys: the Hetero Media Gaze in Film and Television’. Just wanted to follow up from this, to advise that the manuscript has now been submitted to Edinburgh University Press, and its on its way for production. I expect it will be a few months before its eventually published, but its such a relief to actually finish it. The research process was most engaging, and as with all concepts it changes and modifies, as a ‘work in progress’.
Here is a taster of the agreed back cover:
“Exploring the archetypal representation of the straight girl with the queer guy in film and television culture from 1948 to the present day, Straight Girls and Queer Guys considers the process of the ‘hetero media gaze’ and the way it contextualizes sexual diversity and gender identity. Offering both an historical foundation and a rigorous conceptual framework, Christopher Pullen draws on a range of case studies, including the films of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, the performances of Kenneth Williams, televisions shows such as Glee, Sex and the City and Will and Grace, the work of Derek Jarman, and the role of the gay best friend in Hollywood film. Critiquing the representation of the straight girl and the queer guy for its relation to both power and otherness, this is a provocative study that frames a theoretical model which can be applied across diverse media forms.”
Now I am on to my next book project, the educational biography of Pedro Zamora.
On Tuesday 12th May, Andy Ford, supported by Emily Norton, introduced us to the Landsat program, which has been running since 1972. The various Landsat satellites have been scanning the earth, providing researchers with images that can be compared to show changes in geographic features, such as glaciers and land use, such as deforestation in Brazil. Using the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), these images can be produced with both accuracy and consistency, allowing comparison over time. These images also reveal the extent of natural disasters, including the Boxing Day tsunami and the recent earthquakes in Nepal. It is important that scanning, rather than aerial photography be employed, as this allows for the production of images using wavelengths, such as near infra-red, which the human eye cannot see. These can then be represented in ‘false colour composite images’, revealing much more than photographs alone.
Where, then is the relevance to mass graves? Bringing together the disciplines of environmental science, phenology, archaeology and forensic sciences has allowed the research team to address the issue of mass graves, which can be complex and present geographical challenges. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, for example, there are over 200 excavation sites but over 10,000 persons still missing. Building on research conducted by Emily Norton, it was proposed that mass graves would, when compared with surrounding land, show vegetation growth with a spectral signature. This is where vegetation growth is weaker and the start of the season delayed. Using pilot research, including analysing a burial plot of animals following the UK Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001, these assertions have been shown to be correct. This interdisciplinary technique can, therefore, assist in the location of clandestine mass graves, along with eyewitness testimony, geophysics, soil probes, geospatial techniques and aerial photography. Of these, the on-going analysis of the Landsat images may prove to be the most valuable.
Although covering a highly technical subject, Andy’s presentation was engaging, leaving the audience in awe of the science, whilst demonstrating, clearly, the value of working across disciplinary boundaries.
Inspired? Then go along to one of our other Interdisciplinary Research Week events.
The Consumer Research Group (CRG) has a number of activities planned over the coming months, which it would like to inform colleagues about.
1. Interdisciplinary Research Week – May 13th, 12-2pm, Barnes LT, Talbot Campus
As part of this week of events, Juliet & Jeff (Management School), Janice (Media) and Siné (Science & Technology) will be presenting on interdisciplinary research in Consumer Behaviour. The event will start with lunch at 12 followed by our presentation at 12.30. All are welcome to attend.
Contact: Juliet Memery is hosting this event so please contact her if you have any queries or just come along!
2. Ideas Camp – 11th June, Russell-Coates Museum
Most of you will have seen Janice’s email about this. The idea is to have a day away from Campus when we can meet together as a group and start to think about working on research together. We hope that each of us will emerge with the beginnings of a research project that we can take forward.
Contact: Janice Dengri-Knott is hosting this event so please contact if you have yet to book a place on this event. We already have 20 bookings so please hurry as we may soon reach capacity for this event.
3. Making Contact with Business Event – 23rd June, Venue: TBA, Talbot Campus
As we work out our research we may wish to make contact with business in order to seek funding or work with industrial partners. Jayne Codling, Liam Toms and Rachel Clarke have kindly agreed to give a short workshop introducing you to how you might go about this. Many of you will have been involved with business previously but this will provide an up-to-date picture of how this is working at BU currently.
4. Writing effective research grants and getting research grant support – TBA, September
5. Speaker Series
Speakers are now being booked for September, November and January. We hope to be able to hold these in the early evening to allow both academics and business contacts to come along. Our aim is to provide high profile speakers talking on interesting/controversial subjects. More news will follow shortly.
Siné, Juliet, Janice & Jeff
Bournemouth University team from Faculty of Management, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Faculty of Science and Technology were at the Institute Paul Bocuse for VeggiEAT (@veggieat) mid-term review. It was a very productive meeting with a lot of effective outcomes for research and knowledge exchange. Professor Heather Hartwell represented Bournemouth University as PI and manager of the project and the team is pleased to announce that VeggiEAT will continue to move towards a healthier future for European Union.
If you want to know more about the project and get involved, please contact Professor Heather Hartwell (firstname.lastname@example.org) and join Professor Ann Hemingway during the Interdisciplinary Research Week (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/veggieat-a-voyage-of-discovery-tickets-16206313520).
The Politics and Media Research Group in FMC has a very stimulating guest speaker lined up for this afternoon (Monday). Dr. Jeffrey Murer is Lecturer on Collective Violence at the University of St. Andrews, in the School of International Relations. He is unusual for an IR specialist in that he draws deeply on ideas from psychoanalysis in his studies of violent political conflict. The title of his talk is “The Politics of Splitting: Anxiety, Loss and the Anti-Semitic, Anti-Roma Violence of Contemporary Hungary”. While focussing on the situation in Hungary, his talk will illustrate how an interdisciplinary, psycho-social approach can be applied to generate insights into violence in many other contexts.
The talk will be in P406. It will start at 5.00 and be followed, until 6.30, by questions and discussion.
All staff and students are welcome.
The March 2015 newsletter of the Dutch University of Groningen’s School for Behavioural & Cognitive Neurosciences dedicated two pages to the question: ‘How to pick the right journal?’ The author of the English-language newsletter contribution, Liwen Zhang, offer its readers a brief introduction on journal selection for a scientific manuscript. The newsletter piece is based on two papers which both share their submission stories and suggestions of journal selection. We were pleased to see that one of these two papers is by two Bournemouth University professors: Hundley and van Teijlingen. Their paper which gives advice on one specific aspect of academic publishing is called ‘Getting your paper to the right journal: a case study of an academic paper’ . It was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing in 2002.
- vanTeijlingen, E., Hundley, V. (2002) Getting your paper to the right journal: a case study of an academic paper, Journal of Advanced Nursing 37(6): 506-511.