Spotlight on Research

Demystifying Islamic Hospitality

  • Professor Marcus Stephenson

The global Muslim population totalled 1.6 billion in 2010 and is forecasted to increase dramatically to 2.8 billion in 2050 according to Pew Research Center. In the latter part of this century, Islam is expected to exceed Christianity as the largest religion in the world.

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Does Corporate Internationalisation Improve Firm Performance?

  • Professor Chaiporn Vithessonthi

Many managers understand the importance of international strategy, which refers to a firm’s international diversification. In my recent study, I found that for publicly listed firms in the United Kingdom, the proportion of firms with foreign assets grew from 4% in 1990 to 36% in 2016.

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The Power of Music

  • Professor Don Bowyer

In 1994, I was playing the trombone on the main stage in a cruise ship somewhere on the Caribbean Sea. I was playing with the 5th Dimension, a pop/soul/R&B band that had its biggest hits almost 30 years earlier.

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Getting the Bear Facts

  • Associate Professor Dr Shyamala Ratnayeke

Few species evoke as much fascination, amusement and attraction as do bears.

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Student Consumption and Debt in Victorian Oxford

  • Professor Sabine Chaouche

In 1877, then student at Magdalen College, Oscar Wilde was twice summoned by the University of Oxford proctors to appear before the University Court concerning a £30 debt involving fashionable goods.

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Detecting HFMD: A Virologist’s Race Against Time

  • Professor Poh Chit Laa

The year was 2000 when an unprecedented outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in Singapore claimed the lives of five children. Professor Poh Chit Laa, then a researcher at National University of Singapore, felt herself grieving with a mother who lost two children to the disease.

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The Economic Voting Puzzle of Malaysia

  • Professor Yeah Kim Leng

Economic voting behaviour, whereby voters reward the incumbent ruling party for delivering economic prosperity, is pervasive across countries.

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Audience Participation in Classical Music

  • Professor Don Bowyer

Aleatoric or chance music is music in which an element of the composition or performance is subject to chance. Various forms of chance music have existed in western art music for centuries, becoming something of a staple of modern music in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Could Low-Dose Radiation Be Beneficial for Us?

  • Professor David Bradley

Nuclear power plants and incidences like Chernobyl and Fukushima have resulted in radiation phobia (radiophobia) — the fear that even the smallest dose of radiation is harmful.

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Nanotechnology in Harnessing Solar Energy

  • Professor Saidur Rahman

We use solar energy to power our heaters, electronic devices and even vehicles. The idea of using solar energy is hardly new as attempts at developing solar technologies began as early as the late 19th century.

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