Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE


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University of Portsmouth

Andy Thorpe

An economist whose previous research has focused on such indelicate topics as methane emissions from animals has been appointed associate dean for research at the University of Portsmouth. Andy Thorpe, currently professor of development economics at Portsmouth, has taught at the university since 1993. Prior to that he was visiting professor in agricultural economics at the National State University of Honduras. He described his time in the country as a "springboard" for his early scholarly focus on the political economy of Central American agriculture. Since then he has undertaken a variety of research projects, looking into issues such as how methane emissions from animals are influencing the environment and how fisheries in Central Asia and Africa are being affected by climate and regime change. He said of his new role: "It will be a challenge in light of the new fees regime, the increased competition for funding and the forthcoming research excellence framework. It is, however, a challenge I look forward to taking on. In the current climate, I believe it is crucial to continue to explore synergies with businesses and other academic institutions, and also to encourage young researchers. I look forward to working collaboratively with fellow professors to identify new avenues of research that could have a meaningful impact on society."

University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Gold

A prominent environmentalist has been appointed associate director of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles. Mark Gold, currently president of non-profit environmental organisation Heal the Bay, is an alumnus of UCLA, having received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology and his doctorate in environmental science and engineering from the institution. He said that he was excited to be rejoining his alma mater: "UCLA's education enabled me to become an environmental leader at Heal the Bay, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to give back to the university through teaching, fundraising and leadership." Dr Gold has a long history of environmental advocacy in California; he served as Heal the Bay's executive director from 1994 to 2006 and was chair of the Santa Monica Environmental Task Force for 18 years, as well as being a member of the Urban Stormwater Federal Advisory Committee and vice-chair of the California Ocean Science Trust. At UCLA, he will devote half his time to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and half to the university's development arm to attract donations for the institute. "The opportunity to have a hybrid job that's part-academic, part-development is really appealing," he said.

New College of the Humanities

Eric Golson

An expert in the economics of warfare has joined the faculty of the New College of the Humanities. Eric Golson, who has been appointed lecturer in economics at the new private college in London, said he was attracted by philosopher and founder of the college A.C. Grayling's "fantastic" efforts to promote teaching and the student experience. "He is, in effect, trying to set up a US-style liberal-arts college in the UK with an emphasis on small class sizes," Dr Golson said. "I think it's important to convey ideas to students: the smaller the groups are, the better you can do that and the more focused you can be. …

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