Social work and social science

Award for life-changing music therapy tool

School of Humanities and Social Science academic Rebecca Atkinson has won a national award for groundbreaking research behind a new digital music therapy portal called DUET. DUET’s life-improving potential has been recognised with a 2022 UK Advancing Healthcare Award for Dr Atkinson, shared with her colleagues Irene Lo Coco and Elizabeth Nightingale at Chiltern Music…

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Brighton academic in BBC discussion of Afghan migrant experience

University of Brighton’s Dr Nichola Khan will feature on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed on October 6, discussing the experience of Afghan migrants in England. Dr Khan is Reader in Anthropology and Psychology in the School of Humanities and Social Science, as well as being Director of the University’s Centre for Spatial, Environmental and Cultural Politics….

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Brighton Students’ Union Awards 2021

The Brighton Students’ Union Awards 2021 took place this week and we’re delighted to announce two fantastic wins for the school: Inspirational and Motivational Teaching or Support Award Congratulations to Gemma Graham who won for Feedback and Academic Support in this category. Gemma was nominated for making lectures stimulating and funny, as well as always…

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Exploring the rapidly developing area of arts-based social science research

Dr Helen Johnson will lead a seminar this Wednesday, 3 March, exploring the rapidly developing area of arts-based social science research. Dr Johnson is Principal Lecturer in Psychology at the School of Applied Social Sciences, and is also incoming Co-director in the Centre for Arts and Well-Being. She will be speaking under the auspices of…

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Now’s the time to rethink your relationship with nature

Principal lecturer in psychology, Dr Matthew Adams, has written an article for The Conversation on how people engage with and think about nature. This is discussed further in his new book Anthropocene Psychology. Anthropos is Greek for human and cene refers to a distinctive geological time period. The term is used to convey how, for…

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Has lockdown altered our perception of happiness?

Two University of Brighton researchers believe the societal changes caused by lockdown may be changing how we define being happy. Dr Emma Anderson and Dr Charlie Lea, both Senior Lecturers in Psychology, have been combining their different research approaches to examine social media posts before, during and after the Covid-19 lockdown to map out how…

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New British Academy report shows the benefits of studying the social sciences

Qualified for the Future (May 2020) demonstrates the tangible benefits of skills developed in the social sciences, arts and humanities to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future. The report says that these areas will be vital in building the society we want to live in, with individuals able to…

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Podcast: Dr Zoe Boden

Psychology with Counselling Studies course leader and lecturer, Dr Zoe Boden, discusses relationships and mental health during COVID-19 in our latest podcast. ​Dr Boden also talks about her research, which currently focuses on mental health medication use. Listen via the player below or via Apple Podcasts and Spotify – for a full list of available…

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