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Julia O'Driscoll

Julia O’Driscoll is the engagement editor at TheWeek.co.uk. She specialises in environmental news and lifestyle features, and is a regular guest on the award-winning The Week Unwrapped podcast. Julia is an experienced digital strategist with expertise in social media, newsletter and influencer marketing.

She began her career as a print and digital journalist on magazine titles at Norwich-based publishing company Archant, before moving to London and joining sustainability consultancy Eco-Age. During her tenure there as a social media and content editor, Julia oversaw a digital rebrand and the implementation of the company’s new content strategy. Alongside feature writing and social-first content creation for a range of brands, she also interviewed and commissioned prominent voices from the sustainable fashion and climate justice spheres. She has a master's in liberal arts from Bristol University, and spent a year studying at Charles University in Prague during her degree. 

Will Scotland leave the UK?
Nicola Sturgeon is re-elected to position of first minister
In Depth

Will Scotland leave the UK?

Sturgeon says her government will set out plans for second independence referendum ‘in due course’
11 May 2022
University Arms, Cambridge: modern luxury with academic undertones
Exterior shot of the University Arms
In Review

University Arms, Cambridge: modern luxury with academic undertones

Enjoy the city’s scholastic atmosphere from this scenic perch
10 May 2022
What is the chemtrails conspiracy?
Contrails cross the sky
Why we’re talking about . . .

What is the chemtrails conspiracy?

Theorists believe governments, big businesses or the UN may be behind a large-scale secret plot
4 May 2022
Why Post Office workers are going on strike
Post Office branch in London
Business Briefing

Why Post Office workers are going on strike

Union says pay offer is ‘nothing short of an insult’ to workers
3 May 2022
The rise and fall of streaming giant Netflix
Still from Bridgerton series two
Getting to grips with . . .

The rise and fall of streaming giant Netflix

Subscriber loss has raised concerns about streaming giant’s future profitability
21 Apr 2022
Pros and cons of driverless cars
Tesla driverless car
Pros and cons

Pros and cons of driverless cars

Changes to road rules could see automated vehicles on UK roads by the end of the year
20 Apr 2022
Wim Hof: the ‘Iceman’ touting cold exposure
Wim Hof stands in crowd of swimmers
Profile

Wim Hof: the ‘Iceman’ touting cold exposure

The sexagenarian water fanatic stars in new BBC reality show
20 Apr 2022
How to claim the £200 loan to help cover the cost of bills
Person looking at household bills
Business Briefing

How to claim the £200 loan to help cover the cost of bills

‘Energy levy’ to bring down average increases in household costs
14 Apr 2022
The pros and cons of ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes
Klarna payment app
Pros and cons

The pros and cons of ‘buy now, pay later’ schemes

Payment schemes are booming in popularity but some warn of potential financial risks
13 Apr 2022
Herrera arrest highlights abortion tensions in Texas
Protester holds placard reading: “Pro Roe 1973”
Why we’re talking about . . .

Herrera arrest highlights abortion tensions in Texas

The case has ‘confounded activists on both sides of the abortion debate’
11 Apr 2022
The best TikTok recipes
Amy Wilichowski’s simple but ‘very delicious’ pesto eggs have cooked up a social media frenzy
On the menu

The best TikTok recipes

You’ve tried feta pasta and whipped coffee, but what about these #FoodTok concoctions?
5 Apr 2022
Will Jamie Wallis change the tone of the Tory trans debate?
Jamie Wallis MP
Why we’re talking about . . .

Will Jamie Wallis change the tone of the Tory trans debate?

Conservative LGBT+ patron hopes ‘divided’ party can now have more ‘respectful’ discussion
31 Mar 2022
How Prince William plans to rule as king
Kate Middleton and Prince William pose
Between the lines

How Prince William plans to rule as king

Sources say Duke and Duchess of Cambridge want to ‘rip up the rule book’
28 Mar 2022
Inside Julian Assange’s Belmarsh wedding
Stella Moris on her wedding day at Belmarsh prison
Behind the scenes

Inside Julian Assange’s Belmarsh wedding

Supporters celebrated with ‘champagne and canapes’ but the bride was left ‘fighting back tears’
24 Mar 2022
Russia vs. Ukraine: military strengths and weaknesses
A wall painting shows Russian and Ukrainian tanks
Expert’s view

Russia vs. Ukraine: military strengths and weaknesses

Vladimir Putin has changed tactics on the battleground and could resort to more lethal weapons
23 Mar 2022
Arguments for and against a no-fly zone
Protesters call for no-fly zone over Ukraine
Pros and cons

Arguments for and against a no-fly zone

Experts fear enforcing restrictions on airspace could escalate conflict with Russia
18 Mar 2022
Are beavers bad for the environment?
Beavers playing in a river
In Depth

Are beavers bad for the environment?

Farming and fisheries industries voice concern about reintroduction of wild species
10 Mar 2022
The countries with nuclear weapons
Nuclear weapon test
In Depth

The countries with nuclear weapons

Total global tally of nukes has dropped from 70,000 to around 14,000 in past 55 years
10 Mar 2022
How reliant is Britain on Russian gas?
Gas pipeline
Today’s big question

How reliant is Britain on Russian gas?

Gas prices have soared by 70% in less than two weeks as Vladimir Putin threatens supply
4 Mar 2022
Do NGOs cause more problems than they solve?
Refugee camp in Syria
In Depth

Do NGOs cause more problems than they solve?

Recent scandals have fuelled long-running debate about the roles played by non-governmental groups
3 Mar 2022
The controversies of Molly-Mae Hague
Molly-Mae Hague
Profile

The controversies of Molly-Mae Hague

The influencer and entrepreneur has put a few noses out of joint during her short career
25 Feb 2022
The Duchess of Cambridge in Denmark – in pictures
Kate Middleton chats with parents in Copenhagen
In pictures

The Duchess of Cambridge in Denmark – in pictures

Kate Middleton’s whistle-stop two-day tour was packed with engagements
24 Feb 2022
Palacio Solecio: regal renovation breathes new life into palace
Palacio Solecio is also home to the aptly-named Restaurant Balausta
The big trip

Palacio Solecio: regal renovation breathes new life into palace

An elegant hotel tucked in the side streets of Malaga’s old town
15 Feb 2022
What’s happening in Northern Ireland
Paul Givan
The latest on . . .

What’s happening in Northern Ireland

Resignation of first minister plunges devolved government into ‘turmoil’
4 Feb 2022
How violence in Myanmar descended into civil war
Civilian forces have stepped up resistance tactics in the past 12 months
Getting to grips with . . .

How violence in Myanmar descended into civil war

UN has accused ruling military of committing ‘crimes against humanity’
3 Feb 2022
Michael Gove’s 12 missions for levelling up
Michael Gove
Why we’re talking about . . .

Michael Gove’s 12 missions for levelling up

Minister promises to ‘call time on postcode lottery’ for economic and educational opportunities
2 Feb 2022
What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?
J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter
Getting to grips with . . .

What is a ‘trigger warning’ and why are they controversial?

Debate continues over whether content labelling helps or harms students
28 Jan 2022
Where Melania Trump’s great hat auction went wrong
Melania Trump
Why we’re talking about . . .

Where Melania Trump’s great hat auction went wrong

Cryptocurrency crash blamed for ‘deflated results’
27 Jan 2022
Ashling Murphy: the calls for change to protect women in Ireland
Vigils have taken place across the Republic of Ireland in memory of Ashling Murphy
In Depth

Ashling Murphy: the calls for change to protect women in Ireland

Minister to publish strategy to end violence against women as experts highlight need for cultural change
21 Jan 2022
Christine Lee: the Chinese spy with links to a Labour MP
Offices of Christine Lee & Co Solicitors
Profile

Christine Lee: the Chinese spy with links to a Labour MP

Solicitor suspected of ‘political interference’ has long ties to UK establishment
14 Jan 2022
How safe are UK prisons?
A prison guard at HMP Pentonville, London
In Depth

How safe are UK prisons?

Former inmate describes ‘horror’ of giving birth to stillborn baby behind bars
12 Jan 2022
How Covid-19 set back the battle against child labour
Child holds out blistered and red hands
In Depth

How Covid-19 set back the battle against child labour

The number of child labourers increased by millions in 2021 
11 Jan 2022
Michael Gove’s billion-pound plan to end cladding scandal
Michael Gove
Getting to grips with . . .

Michael Gove’s billion-pound plan to end cladding scandal

Housing secretary warns residential property developers that ‘we are coming for you’
10 Jan 2022
How the ‘Colston Four’ were found not guilty
The Colston Four celebrate the verdict outside court
Getting to grips with . . .

How the ‘Colston Four’ were found not guilty

Conservative MP calls for appeal after protesters cleared of criminal damage charges
7 Jan 2022
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