Our Speakers

External Keynote Speaker: Professor Karen Ross, Newcastle University

Karen Ross is a feminist activist media scholar whose personal and political interests happily coincide with her professional and academic ones. Over the past few decades, she has researched and written extensively about the multiple intersections involved in considering the gender-media nexus and her latest book, Gender Politics News: A Game of Three Sides (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017)maps the complex landscape of formal political processes and the tricky and gendered relationships which exist between politicians and journalists. She is currently leading on an EU-funded action project which aims to promote gender equality in media industries through sharing good practices and providing online training materials for students and media professionals. She is also advising the Council of Europe on strategies to combat sexism and working with UNESCO on the gendered aspects of media freedom. Last year, she developed a participatory impact project with older women on challenging stereotypes and suddenly realised that she was one!

Internal Keynote Speaker: Professor Mike Berners-Lee, Lancaster University

Mike Berners-Lee thinks, writes, researches and consults on sustainability.

About his first book, How Bad Are Bananas? The Carbon Footprint Of Everything, Bill Bryson wrote “I can’t remember the last time I read a book that was more fascinating, useful and enjoyable all at the same time.”

His second book, The Burning Question, co-written with Duncan Clark, explores the big picture on climate change and the underlying global dynamics, asking what mix of politics, economics, psychology and technology are really required to deal with the problem. Al Gore described it as “Fascinating, important and highly recommended”.

Mike is the founder of Small World Consulting, an associate company of Lancaster University, which works with organisations large and small to enable sustainability. His is involved in a range of research from carbon metrics to behaviour change.