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Europe is on lockdown due to coronavirus Blog: The world had the tools to prevent the coronavirus pandemic – why weren’t they used?
3 April 2020

Professor Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics with the School of History, wrote an opinion piece for New Statesman, about the lack of political will and investment in preparing for a pandemic like coronavirus.

An illustration of a pandemic in medieval Europe Blog: How pandemic shattered the harmony of medieval Europe’s diverse cities
3 April 2020

Professor Miri Rubin, Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History with the School of History, wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation, about the impact of historic pandemics on medieval Europe.

A cyclist wearing a facemask cycles past Parliament Blog: What exactly is the government’s coronavirus strategy?
3 April 2020

Professor David McCoy, Professor of Global Public Health, wrote an opinion piece for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest about the government's strategy against COVID-19 and whether it is taking the right approach. It is republished here on behalf of the Queen Mary Global Policy Institute.

Blog: Coronavirus: country comparisons are pointless unless we account for these biases in testing
2 April 2020

Dr Magda Osman, Reader in Experimental Psychology, with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Professor Norman Fenton, Professor of Computer Science, Professor Martin Neil, Professor of Computer Science and Statistics, and Mr Scott Mclachlan, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, with the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, co-wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation, about the flaws in comparing countries on coronavirus.

Students sitting exams Blog: Don’t worry about cancelled exams – research shows we should switch to teacher assessment permanently
27 March 2020

Dr Margherita Malanchini, Lecturer in Psychology, with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, co-wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation, about the positive evidence supporting a switch from exams to teacher assessments permanently.

Signing an online petition via mobile Blog: Covid-19 and the transition period
19 March 2020

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics, with the School of Politics and International Relations, wrote an opinion piece for The UK in a changing Europe, about the lack of support for an online petition to delay the Brexit transition period following the coronavirus pandemic.

A woman offers help to a homeless man Blog: Coronavirus: to avoid major humanitarian fallout, UK must act urgently
18 March 2020

Professor Sophie Harman, Professor of International Politics, with the School of Politics and International Relations, wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation about the vulnerability of the UK's welfare system in facing up to the coronavirus.

An illustration of people wearing face masks to avoid viral transmission Blog: Coronavirus: sequencing the DNA of patients screened for coronavirus might save lives
17 March 2020

Professor Richard Buggs, Professor of Evolutionary Genomics, and Professor Richard Nichols, Professor of Genetics, both with the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, co-wrote an opinion piece for The Conversation about sequencing the DNA of patients screened for coronavirus to help save lives.

A stop Brexit sign in the window of a village house Blog: Brexit has made town twinning a battleground – but it’s always been political
6 March 2020

Dr Holly Ryan, Lecturer in International Political Sociology with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the concept of twinning towns and cities.

Professor Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and Professor John Field, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, comment on recently published results from a lung cancer screening trial. Blog: ‘Irrefutable evidence’ that lung cancer screening works
4 February 2020

Professor Stephen Duffy, Professor of Cancer Screening at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, and Professor John Field, from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Molecular and Clinical Cancer Medicine, comment on recently published results from a lung cancer screening trial.

Large group of Labour Party supporters at an election rally.Credit: tirc83/ IStockphoto.com Blog: Reflections on releasing political polling results into the big wide world
3 January 2020

Professor of Politics, Professor Tim Bale comments on the reaction to survey results on the Labour leadership race. 

Colleagues having a discussion Blog: British people still think some accents are smarter than others – what that means in the workplace
26 November 2019

Professor Devyani Sharma, Professor of Sociolinguistics with the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about accent perceptions.

People entering a polling station Blog: Five reasons to vote in this election
26 November 2019

Dr Rainbow Murray, Professor of Politics with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about why people should vote this election.

Picture of contraceptive pills Blog: The Pope and the Pill: how Catholic women got creative with the Church’s teaching on sex
19 November 2019

Dr David Geiringer, Associate Lecturer with the School of Geography has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about his latest book 'The Pope and the Pill'.

Political party badges Blog: Nigel Farage will fight Labour seats after pact with Boris Johnson fails – so what’s he up to?
19 November 2019

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Nigel Farage's election strategy.

Bolivia Blog: Bolivia in crisis: how Evo Morales was forced out
12 November 2019

Mr Angus McNelly, Lecturer in Latin American Politics and International Development with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the Eva Morales crisis.

Professor Tim Bale Blog: The ground war: Conservatives likely to be outgunned
8 November 2019

Professor Tim Bale, Professor of Politics with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The UK in a Changing Europe about the campaigning capabilities of the UK's political parties.

The Brexit clock Blog: These are the pros and cons of every Brexit option left on the table
29 October 2019

Professor Rainbow Murray, Professor of Politics with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the pros and cons of each Brexit option.

The flags of the UK and Israel Blog: The real danger that Brexit poses for Israel
29 October 2019

Dr Toby Greene, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow with the School of Politics and International Relations has written an opinion piece for The UK in a Changing Europe, about the real impacts Brexit will have on Israel.

Photograph of one of the Argentinian presidential candidates, Alberto Fernández Blog: Argentina elections: is frontrunner Alberto Fernández a populist?
24 October 2019

Dr Sam Halvorsen, Lecturer in Human Geography from Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Argentina's presidential election. He explores whether one of the candidates, Alberto Fernández, can be seen as a populist. 

Photograph of Jeremy Corbyn MP Blog: Labour conference: Jeremy Corbyn battles it out with members over Brexit
23 September 2019

Tim Bale, Professor of Politics from Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of the Labour Party and their stance on Brexit. He argues that Corbyn – supposedly a very different leader of the Labour Party and one who promised to be guided by its members – will probably get away with ignoring them when it comes to Brexit.

Photograph of Alberto Fernández, the frontrunner for Argentina's presidency Blog: Alberto Fernández – who is the frontrunner for Argentina’s presidency?
19 August 2019

Dr Sam Halvorsen from Queen Mary's School of Geography has published an opinion piece for The Conversation about the forthcoming presidential elections in Argentina. His analysis sets out explanations for Alberto Fernández’s shock success in the recent primaries and what a victory would mean for politics in the country.

Salt Blog: There is no great salt debate: we should be consuming less
16 August 2019

Feng He, Sonia Pombo and Monique Tan from Queen Mary's Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine published an article for The Conversation about their research into salt consumption.

An image of a violent video game Blog: It’s no wonder the military likes violent video games – they can help train civilians to become warriors
16 August 2019

Professor Neve Gordon from Queen Mary's School of Law has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about violent video games. In the context of recent massacres in the United States, he argues that there is an ethical impact of violent games on society.

Photograph: Some of the contestants appearing on Love Island Blog: What Love Island can tell us about the history of love
11 July 2019

Dr David Geiringer from Queen Mary's School of Geography has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the hit ITV show Love Island. He argues that the TV programme can tell us a lot about the history of love and the framing of youth culture.

Blog: People are unpredictable at predicting what they will do when it comes to politics
27 June 2019

Professor Philip Cowley and Professor Tim Bale from Queen Mary's School of Politics and International Relations have written a joint opinion piece for The Times. Using the example of Donald Trump's recent visit to the UK, and drawing on data from their recent YouGov polls, they argue that people are "hopeless" at predicting their own behaviour.

Blog: Saving children’s teeth in Sudan – without anaesthetic or drills
25 June 2019

Fadil Elamin, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, published an article for The Conversation on his work as a dentist in Sudan providing care and alternative treatments for children with tooth decay. 

Photograph of Boris Johnson Blog: Boris Johnson: Conservatives could be making a major error in letting him avoid the press and public
19 June 2019

Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics from Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for The Conversation about the Conservative Party leadership contest. He argues that Boris Johnson, frontrunner to become leader and therefore, Prime Minister, should be "tested" ahead of the vote by party members.

Photograph of Boris Johnson Blog: Six things people get wrong about the Conservative leadership contest
13 June 2019

Philip Cowley, Professor of Politics from Queen Mary University of London has written an opinion piece for Prospect Magazine in which he spells out the six things that people get wrong about the Conservative leadership contest. He argues that much of the commentary on the subject is misleading at best.

Blog: Online gambling: children among easy prey for advertisers who face few sanctions
12 June 2019

Julia Hörnle, Professor of Internet Law at Queen Mary’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies has written an opinion piece for The Conversation. She argues that children are vulnerable when it comes to being targeted by rogue online gambling advertising and that current restrictions do not go far enough.