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.

by Tara Lamont  |  27th October 2021

Tara Lamont explains why research dissemination to online communities and journalists is no less important than other forms of scholarly engagement, and why Open Access publishing provides the best of both worlds.…Read more

Open padlock.
by Julia Mortimer  |  25th October 2021

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

Satellite view from above that looks like a target.
by Richard Joy  |  20th October 2021

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

Writing on floor saying #LeaveNoOneBehind
by Christopher Pierson  |  14th October 2021

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

by Anne Hessel  |  12th October 2021

As we approach COP26, read this extract from 'A Climate Pact for Europe'. This new book provides the facts on climate issues, the solutions available and their costs to work towards a European Green Deal.…Read more

by Hendrik Wagenaar and Barbara Prainsack  |  11th October 2021

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

by Bethany Simmonds  |  1st October 2021

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

Melted Icebergs
by Emily Watt  |  27th September 2021

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

by Catherine Turner  |  21st September 2021

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

by Paul Sng Kristie De Garis and Amara Eno  |  21st September 2021

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