Western University experts available to comment on election interference, wildfires, Ukraine’s counteroffensive, and the potential U.S. debt default

Western University has experts available on a range of topics including election interference, wildfires, and more.

 May 23, 2023

 May 23, 2023

Election Interference

Former governor general David Johnston is issuing an interim report Tuesday on election interference along with recommendations.

Laura Stephenson
Professor, Political Science

Areas of expertise: Political behaviour, shift in the dimensions of political debate, influence of institutions and context on attitudes, electoral preferences and engagements with politics.


Poor air quality plagued much of Western Canada over the long weekend as wildfires continued to rage.

David Goldblum
Associate Professor, Geography and Environment

Areas of expertise: Impacts of wildfires on forests, grasslands and woodland plant communities.

Paul Kovacs
Executive Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Areas of expertise: Wildfire resilient construction, disaster safety and economic policy, disaster resilience and adaptation.

Ukraine Counteroffensive
All eyes are on Ukraine as a long-rumored counteroffensive is anticipated to begin at any time.

Marta Dyczok
Associate Professor, Political Science and History

Areas of expertise: Russian invasion of Ukraine, culture and history of Ukraine, war of information, history, mass media, migration, post-communism.

U.S. Debt Default
U.S. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are expressing optimism, but a deal still has not been reached. The U.S. could default as soon as June 1.

Cristián Bravo
Associate Professor, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences; Canada Research Chair in Banking and Insurance Analytics

Areas of expertise: Affect of a U.S. default on markets, banking and financial institutions, credit scoring and credit risk, profit-driven business analytics.

Matt Lebo
Professor, Political Science

Areas of expertise: American domestic politics, the presidency and presidential elections, congressional elections, political parties in Congress.

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