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by John Bynner and Walter R. Heinz  |  26th March 2021

John Bynner and Walter Heinz, authors of 'Youth Prospects in the Digital Society', outline some of the challenges and uneven prospects young people face in a digital society. …Read more

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by Jonathan Reades and Martin Crookston  |  18th March 2021

Jonathan Reades and Martin Crookston, authors of 'Why Face-to-Face Still Matters', consider the long-term impact of COVID-19, artificial intelligence and IT on cities and urban life.…Read more

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Clive Diaz, author of 'Decision Making in Child and Family Social Work', looks at the first indications of the effects of COVID-19 and adapted social worker practices on the levels of loneliness and anxiety in children in care and care leavers. …Read more

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by Rob Kitchin  |  9th February 2021

Rob Kitchin, author of ‘Data Lives: How Data are Made and Shape our World’, warns us not to accept data at face value. He explains why he is telling data stories to remind us that the production of data is a creative endeavour.…Read more

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by Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton  |  22nd January 2021

Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton, editors of 'Resisting Neoliberalism in Education', call for a new direction in education, expanding access to online resources, prioritising ALL learner perspectives and harnessing the creativity brought by new voices to the policy table.…Read more

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by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more

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On the Transforming Society podcast, we speak to our authors about today’s key social issues. We get to grips with the story their research tells and focus on the specific ways in which it could create impact. Listen to the five most popular podcasts from this year’s Transforming Society. …Read more

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by Philippe Bihouix  |  8th December 2020

Following the publication of ‘The Age of Low Tech’, Philippe Bihouix explains the concept of shifting baselines and argues that we need the absolute decoupling of economic growth and resource consumption.…Read more

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by Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis  |  24th November 2020

With minimal diversity in tech companies, is it a surprise that inequalities and biases are embedded in technology, and potential impacts on women often overlooked by developers? Bridget Harris and Laura Vitis examine tech abuse and how women are using tech to fight back.…Read more

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by Clare Wilkinson  |  12th November 2020

As COVID-19 continues to heighten attention on science communication in 2020, Clare Wilkinson introduces a new book series 'Contemporary Issues in Science Communication', which seeks to increase the breadth and depth of academic accounts in science communication. …Read more