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Thought Leadership

How the British press covered the establishment of Israel – I looked into the newspaper archives to find out

Principal of South College Tim Luckhurst explains how UK newspapers wrote about the establishment of Israel.

Reflections on the Sir Harry Evans Global Summit in Investigative Journalism

The inaugural Sir Harry Evans Global Summit in Investigative Journalism brought together acclaimed journalists, publishers and political commentators from around the world. Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, was among those attending the event at London's Royal Institute of British Architects on Wednesday 10 May. Here he shares his reflections on the inspiring summit.
Panel of journalists onstage at the Sir Harry Evans Summit

How King Charles’s coronation will reflect his desire to be defender of all faiths

Emeritus Professor of Modern British History, Philip Williamson, discusses how King Charles III's Coronation will include a larger and more diverse cast of religious participants, including leaders and representatives of the Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities, amongst others.
King Charles at the Durham Cathedral

Sudan’s entire history has been dominated by soldiers and the violence and corruption they bring

Professor Justin Willis from our Department of History explains the history of Sudan from 1820 to the present day in light of the current conflict in the region.
map of sudan

Heritage, historic urban infrastructure, disasters and sustainable development

Professor Robin Coningham is UNESCO's Chair on Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, the Chair of Early Medieval Archaeology and is Associate Director (World Heritage) in Durham's Institute of Mediaeval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) and Co-Director of Durham's MA International Cultural Heritage Management programme. Here Robin discusses the role of archaeology in urban infrastructure, climate change, disaster and risk, as part of Durham’s Global Lecture Series
An image of an archaeological excavation site

Let’s protect nature, but not merely for the sake of humans

Professor Simon James from our Department of Philosophy explains why we must protect nature and his reasoning extends beyond prioritising human needs.
nature landscape

The importance of solitude – why time on your own can sometimes be good for you

Dr Thuy-vy Nguyen from our Department of Psychology explains what solitude is and why it can be beneficial.
person sitting by themselves

The power of small changes in an energy transition

Professor Grant Ingram is the Programme Director of our MSc in Energy Engineering Management at Durham. Grant is an expert in sustainable business engineering development. Here he explains the importance of the power of collaboration and small changes in an energy transition.
An image of solar panels and wind turbines with a distant industrial landscape

Climate change and the so-called Third Pole

Dr Ben Campbell from our Anthropology Department explores increasing concern about climate change and the melting of the Earth’s North and South Poles, but challenges us to consider the so-called Third Pole, the Himalaya-Karakoram mountains, and look beyond climate change as a matter of technical solutions to re-thinking our relationship with the planet.
A pictures of houses built into the Himalaya-Karakoram mountains

Ofsted inspections cause teachers stress and aren’t backed up by strong evidence – things could be done differently

Dr Karen Jones from our School of Education explains the downfalls of the Ofsted system.
sad teacher

Evan Gershkovich: Wall Street Journal reporter latest in long line of journalists punished for doing their job

Principal of South College Tim Luckhurst explains the censorship of journalists during war.
prison fencing

More than 650 refugees arrived in this regional town. Locals’ welcoming attitudes flipped the stereotype

Dr Stefania Paolini from our Department of Psychology collaborated with Dr Sue Watt from the University of New England and Dr Tadgh McMahon from Flinders University to explain a case study on refugees settling in Armidale, Australia.
refugees welcome sign placed on building