Prof. Adrian Hopgood
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Biography: Adrian Hopgood is Professor of Intelligent Systems at the University of Portsmouth, where he is Director of the Future & Emerging Technologies theme and Executive Director of the Space South Central Enterprise Network. He is also a visiting professor at the Open University and at Sheffield Hallam University. He is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT), and a committee member for the BCS Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence.
Professor Hopgood has worked at the level of Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor in four universities in the UK and Belgium, and he has enjoyed scientific roles with Systems Designers PLC and the Telstra Research Laboratories in Australia. His main research interests are in artificial intelligence and its practical applications. He has supervised more than 20 PhD projects to completion and published more than 100 research articles. His textbook "Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists: A Practical Guide to Artificial Intelligence" is ranked as a bestseller and its fourth edition was published in 2022.
PhD, Fellow (Life member) of the British Computer Society,
Reader in Business Information Management & Systems,
University of Westminster, United Kingdom
(Also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor at Southwest Jiaotong University, China)
Biography: Dr Shuliang Li is a Reader in Business Information Management at Westminster Business School, University of Westminster. He acted as BIM&O departmental Research Leader from January 2010 to July 2013. Prof. Li is also Sichuan 100-Talent Scheme Visiting Professor in China for research collaboration purposes. He is a Fellow (Life member) of the British Computer Society (FBCS).
(Official Web page: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/directory/li-shuliang )
Prof. Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
Reader in Social Media Marketing & Sustainability
British School of Fashion, GCU London, United Kingdom
Biography: Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion, Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas is a National Teaching Fellow, Vice Chair of The Costume Society and Editor-in-Chief for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Case Studies. Natascha’s cross-disciplinary research spans creative industries practice; sustainable fashion; social enterprise and responsible business; cultural heritage, consumer behaviour and international fashion marketing.
Natascha has extensive experience teaching in Europe, Asia and North America and is an award-winning case study author winning the Case Centre 2020 Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility, and co-author of Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach (Palgrave Macmillan). Natascha has presented at conferences internationally and her publications have appeared in journals including the Journal of Fashion Management and Psychology Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts.
Natascha is a contributor to industry and media pieces on fashion business and consumer behaviour including for the BBC, SHOWstudio and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Prof. Joanne Roberts
University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Biography: Joanne Roberts is Professor in Arts and Cultural Management at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK, where she is also Director of the Winchester Luxury Research Group. Joanne gained her PhD at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies, Newcastle University, UK, and she has held academic posts at the Universities of Durham, Newcastle, and Northumbria, UK. Her areas of expertise include, creativity and innovation, luxury, knowledge management and international business. Joanne has written extensively in the fields of business and management. She has published widely in leading international academic journals including Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Management Learning, and Research Policy. She is author of Multinational Business Services Firms (Ashgate, 1998/ Routledge 2020) and co-editor of: Knowledge and Innovation in the New Service Economy, with A. Andersen, J. Howells, R. Hull and I. Miles (Edward Elgar, 2000); Living with Cyberspace, with J. Armitage (Continuum, 2002); and, Community, Economic Creativity and Organization, with A. Amin (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her most recent sole authored book is A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management (Sage Publications, 2015). Additionally, she is the co-editor, with J. Armitage, of Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design, Media (Edinburgh University Press, 2016) and The Third Realm of Luxury (Bloomsbury 2020). Joanne is co-editor, with P-Y. Donzé and V. Pouillard of The Oxford Handbook of Luxury Business, (Oxford University Press 2022). Joanne is an editor of the academic journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation (Taylor & Francis), and an editorial board member of several journals including: Luxury: History, Culture, Consumption (Taylor & Francis), and critical perspectives on international business (Emerald).