University lecturer is tipped as rising star

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An international animal rights expert from Sheffield University is being tipped to be a future media star by the BBC after being named as a ‘New Generation Thinker’.

Dr Alasdair Cochrane from the Department of Politics is one of ten academics from across the UK to be named New Generation Thinkers 2014, a partnership between BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The aim is to find the brightest minds who have the potential to turn their ground-breaking research ideas into fascinating broadcast programmes.

As a result Dr Cochrane and the nine other researchers, who were chosen from a list of 60 finalists, will spend the next 12 months working with BBC presenters and producers to develop his research and ideas into broadcasts.

Dr Cochrane will make his debut appearance on Radio 3’s arts and ideas programme Free Thinking, which starts on Tuesday June 10, and will then be invited to make regular contributions to the network throughout the year.

Dr Cochrane is a leading expert on animal rights, taking a distinctively political approach to the question of what is owed to animals as a matter of justice.