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City lights reflecting onto water.
by Phil Allmendinger  |  16th June 2021

Phil Allmendinger reflects on the digital revolution’s effect on cities, warning us to look up from our smartphones and reengage with the ‘forgotten city’ – the parts that digital doesn’t touch.…Read more

Homeless man sleeping in mask.
by Clare Bambra Julia Lynch and Katherine E Smith  |  15th June 2021

Clare Bambra, Julia Lynch and Katherine E Smith dispel the myth that COVID-19 is an equality of opportunity disease. They outline how it kills unequally, is experienced unequally and impoverishes unequally... and that this inequality could have been avoided. …Read more

Chess game.
by Sven Biscop  |  14th June 2021

Sven Biscop, author of 'Grand Strategy in 10 Words: A Guide to Great Power Politics in the 21st Century' discusses the difference between competition and rivalry in international politics, and where the EU and US should set the red line in China and Russia’s pursuit for power.…Read more

City reflecting off a metal globe.
by Timothy J. Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones  |  10th June 2021

Tim Dixon and Mark Tewdwr-Jones explain how crucial it is for cities to reimagine how people will want to live, work and play in urban environments in 2040 and beyond.…Read more

Cup next to a laptop which has a virtual call on it.
by Nicole Brown  |  25th May 2021

Nicole Brown reminds us that ‘new’ approaches to remote participation in conferences and within academia is something those with disabilities and chronic illnesses have long been campaigning for. Giving an insight into the effect of the ableist culture in academia, she offers hope that COVID-19 has facilitated a more open-minded approach.…Read more

People at a concert.
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

Wide eyes in fear
by Matt Flinders  |  21st May 2021

In this episode of the Transforming Society podcast, Jess Miles speaks with Matt Flinders, co-editor of the latest themed issue of Global Discourse, about the role of fear in politics and public policy.…Read more

Leland Harper, contributor to the new issue of Global Discourse on the politics of fear, charts the marked differences in the effects of COVID-19 on Black and White America and explains why it’s essential to use race-based data in developing policy responses to the pandemic. …Read more

Children playing in bubbles.
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

Person holding out pennies in their hands
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