Speakers

The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on the Social Sciences (ECSS). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

This page provides information about presenters. For details of presentations and other programming, please visit the Programme page.


  • Professor Matthew Weait
    Professor Matthew Weait
    University of Portsmouth, UK
  • Dr Tom Houghton
    Dr Tom Houghton
    Curtin University, Australia
  • Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
    Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK

Previous Speakers

View details of speakers at past ECSEE conferences via the links below.

Professor Matthew Weait
University of Portsmouth, UK

Biography

Matthew Weait is Professor of Law and Society, and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. He studied law and criminology at the University of Cambridge, and gained his DPhil from the University of Oxford. He qualified as a barrister and is a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. In 2017 he was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He has worked at a number of universities, including Oxford, Keele, and Birkbeck, University of London - where he was a founder member of the Law Department. He has held visiting positions at Oxford, Cardozo Law School, the American Bar Foundation, and the University of British Columbia. Matthew’s research is concerned with the impact of law, especially criminal law and criminal justice process, on people living with HIV and AIDS and on efforts to prevent the spread of HIV. He has been a consultant for UNAIDS and was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Global Commission on HIV and Law, which reported in 2012. He is an advisor to the European AIDS Treatment Group, and a trustee of Watipa – a charity that provides educational opportunities to young people in developing countries.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | HIV – Environmental Phenomenon or Bodily Harm?
Dr Tom Houghton
Curtin University, Australia

Biography

Dr Tom Houghton is Director of the MBA (Oil & Gas) at Curtin Graduate School of Business, Australia, and was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde, UK. His principal field of research is sustainable energy economics and he has a keen interest in energy for development, having established a training program in Renewable Energy for Developing Countries with UNITAR. Dr Houghton is a Visiting Professor at Nagoya University of Commerce and Business, Japan, where he provides courses in sustainable energy to MBA students. Before joining Strathclyde he spent more than five years in the power industry and a further eight in the banking sector, latterly as director at the Japanese bank Nomura. With colleagues in Asia and the United States, he established a consulting company in the renewable energy sector in 2011. Dr Houghton holds an MEng from Imperial College, an MBA from London Business School and a PhD from the University of Strathclyde.

Dr Tom Houghton is the editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Innovation for Low Carbon Energy: Are Power Utilities Ready?
Dr Eddie Bruce-Jones
Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, UK

Biography

Eddie Bruce-Jones (DPhil, Berlin; LLM, KCL; JD, Columbia; MA, Berlin; AB, Harvard) is Deputy Dean at Birkbeck College School of Law, University of London, where he teaches and researches in the areas of human rights, European law, legal theory, equality law and legal anthropology. He is author of Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, 2016), and co-author of the forthcoming Anti-Discrimination Law: Texts, Cases and Materials, 3rd Edition (with Aileen McColgan, Hart, 2019). His scholarly writing can be found in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Race & Class and the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. He currently serves as Assistant Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for Critical European Law and is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, in Frankfurt, Germany, for his ongoing research on the British colonial indenture system. He is a member of the New York Bar and an Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. He serves on the Board of Governors of Birkbeck College, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Asylum, Immigration and Nationality Law, the Board of Trustees of the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations.

Keynote Presentation (2018) | Contemporary Continuities: Racism, Populism and Migration