Global social challenges
There are multiple interlocking crises currently gripping the planet. Significant threats and dangers lie ahead of us, but so do opportunities, as new ways of being, thinking, and doing emerge.
This stream of Transforming Society is a space for exploring the complexities of the global social challenges across disciplines and fields. It seeks to build and share the knowledge needed to shape a fairer world, across and for the global south and north, hoping to foster dialogue between academics, practitioners, policy makers and the wider public.
Julia Mortimer, Journals and Open Access Director at Bristol University Press, welcomes in Open Access Week 2021 and explains how Bristol University Press is leading the way towards a more equitable publishing landscape.…Read more
Richard Joy looks ahead to COP26 and sets out the desired outcomes against which we should benchmark its success. We need significant shifts in our global economic model and consumption-driven, oil-dependent society.…Read more
In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Jess Miles speaks with Chris Pierson, author of 'The Next Welfare State?', about current policy, the mistakes of the past, and ways in which the welfare state should be transformed in order to ensure collective wellbeing.…Read more
Hendrik Wagenaar and Barbara Prainsack profile their new book ‘The Pandemic Within’. COVID-19 has exposed fault lines in our economic, social and political order. Here are tools to imagine solutions to the crisis. …Read more
On the International Day of Older Persons, Bethany Simmonds, author of 'Ageing and the Crisis in Health and Social Care', charts the discriminatory attitude towards older people revealed in government policy and rhetoric throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. …Read more
Ahead of COP26, Senior Commissioning Editor Emily Watt recommends some of Bristol University Press’s recent books from the growing climate change list. …Read more
Catherine Turner champions mediation as a tool for making the world more equal, inclusive and sustainable in the pandemic recovery, by involving the marginalised in decision making on security, development or climate change issues. …Read more
How do people navigate the tensions of an increasingly divided British society? In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Jess Miles talks about issues around racism, resilience and identity raised in 'This Separated Isle', with editor Paul Sng, Kristie De Garis, whose portrait and story appears in the book, and photographer Amara Eno.…Read more