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by Orsolya Lelkes  |  18th May 2021

How can we create a thriving life for us all that doesn’t come at the price of ecological destruction? Drawing on science and ancient Greek philosophy, Orsolya Lelkes details how we can cultivate our skills for enjoying life without harming ourselves or others, and live autonomous, creative and connected lives.…Read more

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by Heather Whiteside Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans  |  12th May 2021

Heather Whiteside, Stephen McBride and Bryan Evans, authors of 'Varieties of Austerity', consider the austerity measures adopted in response to the global financial crisis and the knock-on effect these have had on the COVID-19 situation.…Read more

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Ruth Lupton and Debra Hayes, authors of 'Great Mistakes in Education Policy', outline the five wrong turns that have hardwired inequitable outcomes into education policy. They identify crucial policy alternatives that would make education better and fairer.…Read more

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by Natalie Armitage Anita Duda and Yvonne Field  |  4th May 2021

Natalie Armitage, Anita Duda and Yvonne Field launch The Ubele Initiative’s Booska Paper, an exposure of structural racism in the third sector and the impact of COVID-19 on funding attitudes in the UK.…Read more

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by Mel Steer Simin Davoudi Mark Shucksmith and Liz Todd  |  28th April 2021

Mel Steer, Simin Davoudi, Mark Shucksmith and Liz Todd, editors of 'Hope Under Neoliberal Austerity', outline the lessons we can learn from recent examples of collaboration between university academics and civic organisations. …Read more

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by Sarah Bird  |  26th April 2021

Sarah Bird, Managing Editor, introduces the new Global Social Challenges Journal, a new, interdisciplinary, non-profit, open access journal, with a mission to question, explore and navigate our way through the social aspects of the challenges that face us.…Read more

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by Robin Finlay and Peter Hopkins  |  20th April 2021

Robin Finlay and Peter Hopkins outline their research with women asylum-seekers and refugees in Glasgow and Newcastle, showing how COVID-19 has exacerbated their existing difficulties.…Read more

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by Stephen Cook and Tania Mason  |  13th April 2021

Conversation around charities has become increasingly negative over recent decades. Stephen Cook and Tania Mason, authors of 'What Have Charities Ever Done for Us?', rebalance the debate by showing the breadth and depth of the contribution charities make.…Read more

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Michelle Jayman, co-editor of 'Supporting New Digital Natives', calls for pupils’ mental health and wellbeing to be at the forefront of education recovery strategies.…Read more

Tim Wakeman profiles some recent victories by Acorn Oxford, a syndicalist organisation fighting for tenants’ rights in one of the most expensive places to live in the UK, and argues that the Acorn model could be used on more or less any issue to bring change.…Read more