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Flats covered in green vines
by Robin Hambleton  |  16th October 2020

Launching his new book ‘Cities and Communities beyond COVID-19’, Robin Hambleton calls for a harnessing of the response shown by local communities during the pandemic, in line with the theme of UN World Cities Day 2020.…Read more

Stack of beer barrels
by Nathaniel G. Chapman and David L. Brunsma  |  13th October 2020

Reporting on the research behind their new book 'Beer and Racism: How Beer Became White, Why It Matters, and the Movements to Change It', Nathaniel G. Chapman and David L. Brunsma join the new narrative challenging the entrenched whiteness of craft beer in the US.…Read more

Sunlight in a forest
by Anna Wienhues  |  6th October 2020

Anna Wienhues, author of 'Ecological Justice and the Extinction Crisis' explains ecological justice, and asks, why does it matter today?…Read more

Balloons with faces drawn on
by Matthew Flinders  |  2nd October 2020

Matthew Flinders considers how populist politicians exploit our collective doubt and anguish in this age of anger and looks at how feelings trump facts.…Read more

Close up of clock
by Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser  |  24th September 2020

Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser, authors of 'Slow Computing', look at how our use of digital devices leaves many of us feeling rushed and stressed, and discuss ways we can take back control of our use of tech and how it is used in relation to us. …Read more

Timelapse of city
by Gordon Pearson  |  22nd September 2020

Gordon Pearson, author of 'Remaking the Real Economy', explains how political economic decisions need to be based on real knowledge and understanding of how the three different layers of the economy work, to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.…Read more

Two older people on a bench
by Paul Nash and Gemma M. Carney  |  15th September 2020

Gemma Carney and Paul Nash, authors of 'Critical Questions for Ageing Societies', discuss the role of ageism in explaining death tolls during the pandemic and how we can start to address age discrimination in health and social care.…Read more

Protest sign saying 'We will not be silenced'
by Rebecca Tomlinson  |  14th September 2020

Rebecca Tomlinson, our Commissioning Editor for Criminology, recommends books from our Criminology list on gendered violence and sex work.…Read more

Guy wearing Guy Fawkes mask
by Thomas Swann  |  5th September 2020

Thomas Swann, author of 'Anarchist Cybernetics', discusses what social media used to be like for activists, how that has changed and why we need to take back control of our technology.…Read more

Art of giant hand pointing at a figure
by Keith Dowding  |  2nd September 2020

Keith Dowding talks through the arguments in his book, It's the Government, Stupid, including looking at individualism, choice, and how governments have passed blame and responsibility onto citizens during COVID-19.…Read more