Talking points: a roundup of latest opinion pieces from Leicester experts

Posted by ap507 at Dec 05, 2014 04:45 PM |
From the next installment in the 007 franchise to shortages in people training to be teachers in the UK, Leicester experts give their thoughts on topical issues

In the latest in a series of opinion pieces James Chapman (pictured), Professor of Film Studies from the Department of the History of Art and Film, has written an article for The Conversation discussing the background of the 24th James Bond film in the series, the upcoming ‘Spectre', and how it may be returning to more traditional 007 territory.

Dr Christopher Wilkins from the School of Education has written an article for The Conversation discussing shortages in people training to be teachers in the UK and the potential challenges the secretary of state for education may face in the future.

Dr Fabian Frenzel from the School of Management has written an article on slum tourism for the London School of Economics and Political Science Africa Blog, where he discusses how slum tourism has taken off in inner city Johannesburg and whether it is enough to break the cycle of advanced urban marginality.

You can discover other thought-provoking pieces on The Conversation.

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