COVID-19 academic experts
Across a whole range of themes, we have experts available who can help media by providing analysis on aspects of the coronavirus crisis from multiple angles.
This is a non-exhaustive list of University of Bath academics from across our Faculties and School of Management who can provide analysis on aspects of the current coronavirus crisis from different angles.
For further information, or for interview requests, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225-386319.
Please note we cannot guarantee availability of all academics at all times and most interviews would have to be conducted via Skype or Facetime.
The science of the virus
- Andrew Preston: Studying bacterial pathogens (respiratory diseases) and making vaccines
- Asel Sartbaeva: Storage of vaccines
- Ben Ainsworth: Behavioural scientist who works on behavioural measures in relation to infection control.
- Christof Lutteroth: The use of VR for home-based exercise and for eye-gaze (hands-free) typing
- Ed Feil: Sequencing data to study bacterial pathogens, tracking epidemics, epidemiology
- Emma Denham: Microbiology. How bacteria respond to changes in their environment and what they do to ensure their survival.
- Jenny Scott: The role of pharmacists and how they can help in this crisis, including homeless people and their vulnerability in this situation.
- Kit Yates: Mathematical modelling behind pandemics like this
- Laurence Hurst: Genetics, mutation and evolution of microbes, biological aspects of disease transmission, including infection rates.
- Matthew Lloyd: Drug discovery and development
- Sam Sheppard: Genetics/genomics and evolution of bacterial pathogens.
- Sarah Chapman: Vaccine hesitancy, or why people don’t take medicines.
- Paula Moraga: Geospatial data analysis tools for informing the response to disease outbreaks
- Stephen Husbands: Drug discovery and development.
- Tim Rogers: The analysis of mathematical models of epidemics.
Business and economic impact
- Andy Crane: Workforce exploitation and modern slavery
- Andrew Graves: Logistics and effect on airlines and wider industry including self-employment
- Andy Rowell: Tobacco and the industry response to covid
- Anna Gilmore: The tobacco industry
- Bruce Morley: Impact on exchange rates, volatility and the effect on financial markets
- Chris Budd: Mathematical modelling of effects on areas such as supply chains, food, energy creation, cleaning of ambulances etc.
- Chris Martin: Monetary policy including what Central Banks have done
- Elenora Fichera: Health economics
- Jens Roehrich: Supply chains, including for supermarkets
- Neil Howard: Universal basic income as a policy response
- Luke Martinelli: Universal basic Income and trade offs
- Michael Rogerson: Corporate ethical behaviour and workers' rights
- Don Lancaster: Brand strategy and communications
- Tamsin McLaren: Fashion retail innovation and strategy
Individuals' health and wellbeing
- Caroline Hickman: Virus anxiety and the impact on mental health
- James Turner: Exercise and immunity
- Janet Withall: Staying active in older age
- Jo Daniels: Clinical psychologist, health anxiety and CBT
- John Campbell: Exercise and immunity
- Julie Barnett: Loneliness and how technology can help
- Maria Loades: Impact on childhood and adolescent mental health
- Polly McGuigan: Exercise and ageing and ‘exercise snacking’
- Punit Shah: Cognitive psychologist – can cover coronavirus from multiple angles
- Yasin Rofcanin: Human resource management and work-life balance
Political and social effects
- Bill Durodie: Risk and Decision Making
- Brad Evans: Wider political implications of coronavirus
- Emma Carmel: Migration policy and Covid-19 and data-led AI for monitoring and tracking
- Graham Room: Policymakers' use of science
- Hannah Rumble: Funeral practices and end of life care
- John Troyer: Death, dying and society’s reaction to events such as this
- Kate Woodthorpe: Funeral practices, cremation and burial
- Luisa Enria: Social and political dimensions of epidemics and community responses
- MariCarmen Gil Ortega: Distance learning in education
- Nick Pearce: Decision-making in government
- Rachel Forrester-Jones: Impacts on older carers, as well as people with learning disabilities and/or people with mental health problems
- Rita Griffiths: Universal Credit
- Shona McIntosh: Home schooling
- Timothy Hill: Fake news, conspiracy theories, 5G mast vandalisation
- Venera Bekteshi: Human trafficking, forced migration (plus mental health challenges tied to Covid-19)