Jay Michael

Economics professor publishes paper with Australian colleagues

Dr Parviz Dabir-Alai, Professor of Economics and Dean of the School of Business & Economics, has recently published “The impacts of rising energy prices on non-energy sectors in Australia” together with Abbas Valadkhani and Aplerhan Babacan.

The paper has been published in ‘Economic Analysis and Policy’ by Elsevier and introduces an alternative input-output (IO) price model and applies it to a recent IO table for the Australian economy in order to assess the impact of increases in energy prices on a range of non-energy sectors of the economy.

The results confirm much that we know already in terms of the likely impact of energy prices on the so-called tradable sectors, but also raise additional questions for other areas of the economy future research.

Jay Michael

Trip to the Kallos Gallery

On Tuesday 10th March 7 students from Neil Mackie’s Rome in the East history class went to the Kallos Gallery.  http://kallosgallery.com/

We enjoyed a two hour visit under the guidance of Dr Liz Sawyer, and Peter Chuprevich has the following thoughts on the visit.

Up from the recesses of the Greco-Roman world, Kallos Gallery in Mayfair is a panegyric to the diversity and beauty of the art of Antiquity. Amidst the many galleries of fine art, high art, modern art and everything in between, Kallos presents the artefacts of the ancient world with artistic acumen and aplomb. The gallery itself is decorated in a modest yet sleek fashion; cool marble and brick are juxtaposed against bright lighting and slim mirrors. Unlike most galleries that are minimalized in order to avoid distraction, Kallos gallery is constructed as a piece of art itself, bringing agency and life to the pieces—something very important for ancient art that may seem antiquated ergo blasé.

Kallos actively upholds the integrity of its pieces and more broadly of ancient art by encouraging and facilitating interaction with and education of the art. Open to everyone (although please do ring the bell), the gallery and its knowledgeable and passionate members will, with vim and vigour, describe and explain each piece to anyone who would like to listen. To further its educational charge, the gallery hosts students for collaborative sessions in which students are not only taught about the art and its context but garner a glimpse into the romantic workings of the art world, as well as being treated to coffee and tea.

Although Kallos is still in its nascent formation, it has already begun to establish ancient art and its devotees as barons of beauty and lovers of knowledge. Kallos is heralding a new era of mass appreciation for ancient art and will continue to stimulate interest and love amongst those who love all things beautiful. May the art continue to flourish.

Dr Paul Rekret

Richmond’s Paul Rekret presents paper to the UCL ‘Marxism in Culture’ seminar series

‘Paul Rekret presented his paper ‘The Loss of Innocence, The Rise of Despair: The Contradiction of Childhood in Contemporary Music and Politics’ to the UCL ‘Marxism in Culture’ seminar series on March 6th .

Paul Rekret , The Loss of Innocence, The Growth of Despair: The Contradiction of Childhood in Contemporary Music

Rarely remarked upon, the child’s voice has frequently featured as a trope in pop musics; from folk, to soul, to hip hop; from Magical Power Mako, to Archie Shepp, to Jay Z. Drawing on social theories of children and childhood, this paper seeks to understand the ways in which young voices have been employed to evoke particular musical affects.

Monday 30th March 2015 – Panel discussion on UK general election campaign

General Election 2015: PR, Advertising, Polls and the Media: an expert panel organised by Richmond’s Centre for the Study of Persuasive Industries

With just over five weeks to go until polling, top figures from the worlds of public relations, advertising and political research – with some very different political perspectives – discuss the UK election campaign.

Date/time: Monday 30 March, 6.30pm, doors open at 6 .10 pm.

Venue: Lecture Theatre, University of Richmond (Kensington Campus), 17 Young Street , London, W8 5EH (closest tube High Street Kensington)


Matt Carter, former Labour General Secretary and Founder of polling and campaigns company Message House

Francis Ingham, Director General Public Relations Consultants Association and leading Conservative activist

Sir Chris Powell, formerly CEO and Chairman of top advertising BMP DDB and Labour’s advertising advisor for three decades

Ian Wright, former Communications Director of drinks giant Diageo, and long-term Liberal Democrat communications advisor

Chair: Trevor Morris, Professor of Public Relations, University of Richmond and co-author of PR Today

There will be drinks reception afterwards at Asa Briggs Hall, 15-17 Ansdell Street, W8.

Seating is limited.

To reserve seats please RSVP to CSPI@richmond.ac.uk as soon as possible with your name(s).

Professor Dominic Alessio

Richmond’s Prof Dom Alessio publishes new work in National Identities journal

Dom Alessio, Dean of International Programmes and Professor of History, publishes new work on the extreme right in the UK for the Taylor & Francis journal National Identities


“The dragon is not always red: the extreme right and ultra-nationalism in Wales”

By focusing on the ultra-nationalism of the recently defunct Welsh Defence League (WDL), which in turn had a direct influence on the formation of its more infamous relation the English Defence League, this paper re-examines the long-entrenched discourses of competing nationalisms in Wales. By doing so, it highlights a tendency to emphasise only left-leaning cultural and linguistic nationalist types in that country’s historiography, as opposed to the more violent, albeit minority, racist/new racist varieties to be found amongst recent extreme right groupings. Such extreme right antipathy in Wales is not Anglophobic but is directed rather at the ‘substantial numbers of immigrants and minorities … [who] have arrived as a result of empire and its postcolonial aftermath’, particularly those who are Islamic. By taking this new perspective on a heretofore generally ignored, but by no means insignificant Welsh subaltern group, this work further underlines the theoretical difficulties in understanding nationalism(s) generally. More importantly, the paper concludes by tracking the newer and smaller far right groups to have emerged in Wales in the wake of the WDL’s collapse. It argues that these derivative groups and the far right ideology which they represent are likely to remain marginalised but still need to be monitored closely.

Professor Sabine Spangenberg

Richmond’s Prof Sabine Spangenberg publishes article in Global Journal of Human-Social Science

Sabine Spangenberg publishes article “Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch: The Cooperative Idea in German Liberal Thought” in Global Journal of Human-Social Science: E Economics, Volume 15, Issue 1

Abstract- The paper analyses Hermann Schulze-Delitsch’s contribution to the cooperative idea and economic thought of the second half of the 19th century. Schulze-Delitsch has recently been described as a leftish liberal at the exhibition about the German Labour Movement in Mannheim’s Technomuseum (2013), but was placed more centre with publications under the hospice of the Friedrich Naumann Stiftung. During his life (1808-1883) he became the founder of cooperatives in Germany and various forms of associations. Schulze-Delitsch placed the main emphasis on self-help to deflect the danger that the industrialisation posed to small and medium sized companies. It is shown that liberal ideas were the main Leitmotifs for Schulze-Delitsch’s cooperatives. The paper illustrates Schulze-Delitzsch’s position with regards to trade unions, wage funds and political economy.

GJHSS-E Classification: FOR Code: 340301

Murray Woodfield and Petros Silvestros receiving the Crystal Bear

Richmond’s Murray Woodfield wins Best Short Film – Berlin Film Festival 2015

Congratulations to Richmond faculty member, Murray Woodfield who has just won the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival 2015.

The Performance and Theatre Arts Adjunct Professor won Best Short Film with ‘A Confession’.

This is the second consecutive Berlinale win for Director, Petros Silvestros and Producer/Writer, Murray Woodfield who also won the Crystal Bear last year with the short film ‘Mike’.  According to the Berlin Film Festival this is a unique result as no-one in the 65 years of the festival has managed to achieve it.

Peter Grant

Prof Peter Grant delivers inaugural lecture on gender inequality and machismo culture

On Wednesday 11th February a group of students and faculty attended a lecture by Professor Peter Grant (Richmond’s Visiting Professor in International Economics and Development) to hear him deliver a talk with the title “The impact on wellbeing of gender inequality and machismo culture”. Peter is the Founding Co-Director of Restored (www.restoredrelationships.org) which works towards ending violence against women around the world. Peter is also a senior fellow with Agulhas Applied Knowledge for whom he undertakes consultancy on areas of economic development. In the recent past  Peter enjoyed senior positions with both DFID and Tearfund.

Peter’s talk was wide-ranging and delivered as part of the School of Business & Economics’ activities supporting its Wellbeing Research Cluster. Amongst other issues Peter discussed the economic and financial aspects of his message on the damaging implications of the machismo culture he has seen in various part of the globe. He also spoke fondly of his visit the week before his talk at Richmond to Madagascar and the economic and social hardships he had witnessed there.

Undoubtedly, Peter’s talk will offer the assembled juniors and seniors much food for thought for research papers in this area as the presentation reminded the audience of the importance of applied research to some of the core issues students are exposed to in the classroom at Richmond.

An anecdote Peter shared after his talk was that there are only two countries with populations over 50 million that he has not yet visited: Turkey and Iran, but he’s working on this …

You can read more about Professor Peter Grant’s work in this area by looking at the following link: http://www.restoredrelationships.org/get-involved/individual/first-man-standing/

Professor Sabine Spangenberg

Richmond’s Prof Sabine Spangenberg publishes paper entitled “The Euro: A German Tale”

Richmond’s Sabine Spangenberg publishes paper entitled “The Euro: A German Tale” in WiST Wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Studium

The paper aims to identify a German economic policy position in origin and direction since World War II.

Fundamental features are the Waehrungsreform, the independence of the Deutsche Bundesbank and the Stability Law. The Eurocrisis must be placed within its historical context and within the institutional framework to allow an assessment of functional versus structural deficiencies. It is here argued that the focus on price stability singularly cannot maintain fiscal stability without fiscal redistribution, but to prevent fiscal redistribution, policy harmonisation is vital. Neither European macroeconomic policy nor the functional conditions of the monetary union were sufficiently addressed in the Euro zone creation. The structural criteria of a currency union must be supplemented by political consolidation in the form of a concerted European action.

Dr Robert J. Wallis

MA Visual Arts Programmes – Meet the Associate Dean in New York


Dr Robert J. Wallis, Associate Dean of MA programmes and Convenor of the MA in Art History and Visual Culture invites prospective students to meet him in New York next week, to learn more about the MA Art History and Visual Culture and the MA in Visual Arts Management and Curating.  Dr Wallis will be attending the College Art Association Conference, Feb 11th-15th.  He will host an alumni reunion and reception for prospective students on Fri 13th Feb. Please email Dr Wallis for details: wallis@richmond.ac.uk.