Global social challenges

by Sarah Nash  |  16th September 2019

With the Global Climate Strike starting on Friday, this week we’re bringing you articles on climate change from Bristol University Press authors. Here, Sarah Nash, author of Negotiating Migration in the Context of Climate Change, explains the need to disentangle the relationships between phenomena such as human mobility and climate change in order to bring Read More

by Mark Featherstone  |  3rd September 2019

In a world marked by political and economic uncertainty, debt appears to be a constant, an enormous dark cloud weighing upon our lives. We are always in debt, struggling to make ends meet, maintain repayments, and balance the books. In the wake of financial crash of 2008 debt was big news and many imagined the Read More

by Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams  |  8th August 2019

In their ground-breaking book, The Economics of Arrival, Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams argue that, although everyday economics tells us there is no such thing as enough growth, we have, in fact, ‘arrived’. Economic growth has already brought unrivalled prosperity for GDP-rich countries; we have enough. The challenge is now to make ourselves at home Read More

The Economics of Arrival book cover
by John Brenton  |  17th July 2019

John Brenton, Sustainability Manager at Bristol University, shares his thoughts on The Economics of Arrival by Katherine Trebeck and Jeremy Williams.…Read more

by Mary Mellor  |  25th June 2019

What does money mean? Where does it come from and and is it really in short supply? Most importantly, should the creation and circulation of money be a matter of democratic choice? Listen to Mary Mellor, author of Money: Myths, Truths and Alternatives, part of our British Sociological Association 21st Century Standpoints series, examine money’s Read More

Informal refugee camps in and around Calais may no longer be in the news but the problem is far from solved. In this impact case study, Sarah Mallet shows how her book, Lande: The Calais Jungle and Beyond, co-written with Dan Hicks, and the corresponding exhibition at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, create a Read More

by Ana Paula Gil  |  12th June 2019

Ana Paula Gil is the International Journal of Care and Caring/Transforming Care Conference Best Paper winner 2018. Her article ‘Care and Mistreatment – Two Sides of the Same Coin? An Exploratory Study of Three Portuguese Care Homes’ was published in IJCC vol 2:4.  The article shows how important it is to provide care, support and Read More

by Katherine Trebeck and Huw Thomas  |  28th May 2019

Huw Thomas, co-editor of Futures of Work, talks with Katherine Trebeck, co-author of The Economics of Arrival, about how most developed countries have arrived, and instead of enlarging the economy they should focus on improving it. Image Credit: Terje Sollie via Pexels

by Nick Gallent  |  23rd May 2019

In 1973, Horst Rittel and Melvyn Webber published a paper in Policy Sciences contrasting the ‘tame’ problems of science (resolvable through the calm application of scientific rationality) with the ‘wicked’ problems of the social world. One of the ten reasons why social problems are often wicked – difficult to decode and resistant to any solution Read More

by Sophie Sheinwald and Benita Matofska  |  9th May 2019

“My name is Greta Thunberg I am 16 years old. I come from Sweden. And I speak on behalf of future generations, I know many of you don’t want to listen to us – you say we are just children. But we’re only repeating the message of the united climate science. Many of you appear Read More