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by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  7th April 2020

Trust was heavily eroded during the long period of austerity that followed the global financial crisis and we cannot afford to make the same mistake again. Sam Wren-Lewis, author 'The Happiness Problem', explains why trust is so important in times of uncertainty.…Read more

by Alison Shaw  |  3rd April 2020

Alison Shaw, Chief Executive of Bristol University Press and Policy Press, considers the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and how we can move beyond the catastrophe to improve lives and change societies for the better. …Read more

by Jonathan Wistow  |  30th March 2020

How we as societies respond to the challenges and opportunities arising from the global crisis of coronavirus could lead to fundamental changes in the social contracts across these societies. Jonathan Wistow shows how this is an opportunity to reassess the kind of deal we have with the state and other interests and influences. …Read more

by Kaye Wellings and Sally Sheldon  |  24th March 2020

Based on Decriminalising Abortion in the UK, edited by Sally Sheldon and Kaye Wellings, this briefing covers key messages and policy recommendations around abortion, the likely impact of decriminalisation and how to ensure effective regulation afterwards.…Read more

by Alisoun Milne  |  12th March 2020

Alisoun Milne, author of 'Mental Health in Later Life' argues that we need to challenge ‘the usual culprits’ when thinking about the causes of mental ill health amongst older people. Age related losses undermine mental health, but lifecourse and structural risks play a significant role too.…Read more

Abstract mix of pink, purple and blue from the cover of 'Emotions and Society'
by Åsa Wettergren and Mary Holmes  |  19th December 2019

Mary Holmes and Åsa Wettergren talk about how the Emotions and Society journal came about and the importance of the sociology of emotions to our understanding of society.…Read more

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by Judith Smith  |  10th December 2019

In advance of Thursday's General Election, Professor Judith Smith, Director of the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, examines the main causes of NHS pressure that need attention by a new Government and the manifesto pledges that promise to address them…Read more

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In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast we speak to Sam Wren-Lewis, author of The Happiness Problem: Expecting Better in an Uncertain World. In his book, Sam argues that the way we’re thinking about happiness in modern societies is wrong. We’re not seeing the bigger picture because we’re so focused on control and distracted Read More

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by Sam Wren-Lewis  |  18th October 2019

Sam Wren-Lewis talks about his book The Happiness Problem: Expecting Better in an Uncertain World.  He argues that we are thinking about happiness in the wrong way, but that by changing our approach away from control and towards understanding, we might have a chance of transforming society for the better.   The Happiness Problem by 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