Global social challenges

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 Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald  |  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

by Lynne Pettinger  |  24th April 2019

The present is a time of multiple crises, and these social, environmental and economic crises affect how work is organised, what work is like, and what work does in the world.  …Read more

by David Morgan  |  13th April 2019

David Morgan, author of Snobbery part of our British Sociological Association 21st Century Standpoints Series, talking about what snobbery is and why it has more serious effects on society than we think. Listen to the podcast on Soundcloud

by Alexandra Fanghanel  |  7th April 2019

In the middle of 2017, a postgraduate student walked into my office to speak to my colleague, announcing that he was about to share some sensitive information. I made moves to leave the room to give him some privacy. ‘No’, he said, ‘I want you to hear this, too’, and informed me that he was going to go on trial accused of rape. He wanted everybody to know, so that he could be transparent. So that we would understand, if he was upset in class sometimes, why this was.…Read more

by Henry Palmer  |  4th March 2019

I graduated two years ago in Philosophy and Film studies. Whilst the destined occupation for such a degree is philosopher-cum-filmmaker, becoming an entrepreneurial Uber driver seemed the next best step.…Read more

by Russell Foster  |  18th February 2019

This post was first published on the Global Discourse blog and can be viewed here. The Limits of EUrope special edition of Global Discourse is out this month… Co-editor Russell Foster previews the edition: ‘EUrope’ is changing. In the most visible way this change has recently manifested itself in a drawn-out Brexit which will satisfy no-one, the rise Read More

by Anna Gupta, Sue Clayton and Katie Willis  |  15th February 2019

Katie Willis, Sue Clayton & Anna Gupta, authors of Unaccompanied Young Migrants: Identity, Care and Justice, look at the reality of immigration for unaccompanied and separated children.…Read more

by Allison Gray  |  9th January 2019

With A Handbook of Food Crime winning a Choice Outstanding Academic Title award, co-author Allison Gray explains what food crime is and why it can't be ignored.…Read more

by Peter Beresford  |  22nd November 2018

Peter Beresford discusses developing inclusive action and conversation, globally, about participatory public policy.…Read more