The University Presents Christmas Media Contacts List

Posted on Friday 21st December 2007

Listed below are key contacts who can provide expert media comment for matters relating to Christmas.  The University also offers expertise across a very wide range of subjects and can offer further suggestions as required; please contact the main press office numbers for further information or help in setting up interviews. 

General University of Birmingham Communications Office contacts:

Head of Communications:

Rachel Burrows:  07799 656649

University of Birmingham academic contacts:

Dr Pat Hanlon:   

Transport economics in general: air transport, especially airlines and airports; congestion; travel at Christmas

Dr Chris Kidd:   

Climate and atmopshere: climate change; climate extremes; rainfall and white Christmasses

Prof. Stephen McKay:

Family finances at Christmas/families in debt

Prof. Paul Stewart:

Obesity; high blood pressure

Prof. Isabelle Szmigin:

Commercialism of Christmas; Consumer behaviour and shopping: consumption; consumer innovations; older consumers; ethical consumption; alcohol consumption; credit and debt; relationship marketing; anti-drink driving advertising campaigns at Christmas 

Dr Peter Webb:

Popular music and the music industry (including Christmas number ones and digital music );Media: film and television

Dr Gary Wood:

Relationships and family; stress and loneliness at Christmas