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by Bristol University Press and Policy Press  |  29th December 2021

Listen to authors and editors talking about the key social challenges of the moment in the top ten Transforming Society podcast episodes from 2021.…Read more

by Ruth Weatherall  |  29th November 2021

Ruth Weatherall shares how breaking down the barriers between her two identities – academic and activist – opened up new possibilities.…Read more

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by Tara Lamont  |  3rd November 2021

In this episode, Tara Lamont, author of the Open Access 'Making Research Matter: Steps to Impact for Health and Care Researchers', talks about why it's so hard to make research matter in today's world and how to try and overcome this difficulty.…Read more

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by Levi Gahman Filiberto Penados and Shelda-Jane Smith  |  16th September 2021

The Future We Dream is a collaborative arts-based project by Maya communities from Belize, a response to orthodox academic models of research which, although well intentioned, so often scrutinise and stigmatise indigenous communities, and focus on what they lack.…Read more

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by Sondra N. Barringer Erin Leahey Misty Ring-Ramirez and Karina Salazar  |  9th September 2021

Sondra Barringer, Erin Leahey, Misty Ring-Ramirez and Karina Salazar outline the results of their study into how committed US universities really are to interdisciplinary research. …Read more

by Tamantha Stutchbury and Sharon Robinson  |  26th August 2021

Tamantha Stutchbury and Sharon Robinson profile the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Program, a relatively new way of bringing together the disciplinary expertise needed to solve complex problems.…Read more

Pattern of faces
by Carol Rivas and Ikuko Tomomatsu  |  25th August 2021

In this episode, Jess Miles speaks with Carol Rivas and Ikuko Tomomatsu about their special issue of 'Evidence & Policy' - 'The many faces of disability in evidence for policy and practice: embracing complexity’.…Read more

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by Oli Williams; Doreen Tembo; Josephine Ocloo; Meerat Kaur; Gary Hickey; Michelle Farr; and Peter Beresford  |  24th May 2021

The authors of two new Rapid Response titles on COVID and co-production question why the expansion of co-production in research and policy development has not found its way into pandemic response. They call for co-produced approaches as a way of working that can help address the social wrongs we now need to right. …Read more

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Shamser Sinha argues that sociology’s methodology strips the humanity from its research subjects through the separation of their dialogue from its temporal and sensory contexts, and calls on sociologists to learn from those beyond the field by developing ways of reflecting how we think with our senses, not in isolation from them. …Read more

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Inviting nominations to the Hidden REF, a competition that recognises all research outputs and every role that makes research possible, James Baker looks at the people behind the competition and how their standpoint shapes it.…Read more