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Professor Molly Scott Cato is a Member of the European Parliament, responsible for developing economic policy for the Green Party. She has co-authored a ground-breaking textbook that challenges conventional approaches to the teaching of economics.

Introducing a New Economics provides a new, progressive approach to economics teaching that highlights sustainability and justice and covers issues such as work, employment, power, capital, markets, money, and debt. In 2018, it was published in the United States by University of Chicago Press.

Leading Historian and TV presenter Dr Suzannah Lipscomb is unearthing the voices of ordinary women in 16th century France, by using church court documents that have previously been unstudied.

Her research into the records, which date from 1560 to 1615, is revealing previously unknown information about the lives, motivations and values of ordinary women in early modern France, which due to the high rate of illiteracy at the time has been until now largely hidden.

Staff from our Department have completed a four-year study, in partnership with the English National Ballet, that concluded that organised dancing offers physical and mental benefits to people with Parkinson’s disease.

The study, led by Dr Sara Houston and Dr Ashley McGill, concluded that dancing provides Parkinson’s sufferers with physical improvements, greater motivation and improved mental health.

Image: Dance for Parkinson's participants with Jennie Harrington, English National Ballet artist. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Professor Adam Ockelford, from the School of Education, runs Sounds of Intent, a UK-wide programme that aims to support the musical development in the early years of children with learning difficulties.

Co-founded with the Royal National Institute of the Blind, the programme’s practitioners deliver training and support to children’s centres, nursery and early years staff, parents, carers and music practitioners across England, in hundreds of day courses.

Professor Graham White produced a play for BBC Radio 4 in 2017 centered around the Hague trail of Ratko Mladic, the 'Butcher of Bosnia'. General Mladic Is Waving was broadcast in the aftermath of the conviction of former general at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Professor White has produced a number of plays for the BBC, including an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd and dramatisations of Primo Levi's The Periodic Table and Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.

Professor Aisha K. Gill was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's 2017 Birthday Honours list for her services in tackling forced marriages, ‘honour’ crimes and violence against women.

She has advised the Ministry of Justice, the Metropolitan Police and Crown Prosecution Service and her research was instrumental in the passage of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.

The Before Shakespeare research project, led by Roehampton’s Dr Andy Kesson, has been exploring the origins of London’s commercial theatre, which dates back to the mid-sixteenth century.

In partnership with leading organisations such as Shakespeare’s Globe, and taking advantage of the archaeological remains of the original playhouse, the £250,000 project is helping change people’s understanding of the beginnings of theatre and playhouses in the UK.

Pioneering Roehampton research has demonstrated that people with schizophrenia can train themselves to control brain regions linked to verbal hallucinations.

The breakthrough, by brain imaging expert Professor Paul Allen, used an MRI scanner and a computerised rocket game and showed that people were able to alter activity and connectivity in the speech and language regions of their brain.

Dr Lewis Halsey, Dr Louise Soanes and Dr Jonathan Skinner from the Department of Life Sciences are undertaking an EU-funded project to protect sea turtles at risk of extinction.

The project works with Anguilla National Trust (ANT) and Anguilla's Department of Fisheries and Marine Resource. They are monitoring nesting populations, identifying the impact of illegal hunting, and working with local organisations and policymakers to protect the species. The work of the project has been featured in a number of media outlets, including the BBC.

Dr Stacey Abbott has produced research exploring the roles of the vampire and zombie within popular culture. Her most recent book, Undead Apocalypse, investigated the roles of the fictional creations in well-known films and tv shows including the Walking Dead and 28 Days Later.

Dr Abbott is an expert in gothic and horror genres in film and television and a member of the British Film Institute. Between 2014 and 2016 she was President of the Whedon Studies Association, which studies the work of The Avengers director and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon.