School of Applied Social Science

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New initiative to support those facing gender-based violence during lockdowns

Brighton researchers are offering creative outlets supporting those experiencing gender-based violence during the pandemic to share their stories. Entitled The immobilities of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the transdisciplinary project, with researchers from the universities of Roehampton and Plymouth, focuses on the links between gender-based violence (GBV) and constraints on movement – immobilities –…

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Postgraduate researcher channelling poetic identity into spoken word activism

A Brighton PhD student is combining her research work with an increasingly high profile presence as an activist poet in movements like Black Lives Matter. For her research in the School of Applied Social Science, Annie Whilby is in the second year of a PhD exploring experiences of intimacy and mental health. But as AFLO., she brings…

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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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Major new report reveals unfairness and myths for older people who fund their own social care

Results of a three-year study examining issues faced by people who self-fund later life care was unveiled at the University of Brighton on 17 December. Funded by the Wellcome Trust – and led by the University of Brighton – the new research puts the lived experience of older people at its heart, with case studies…

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Scheme to improve healthcare for the homeless

The university is a lead partner on the Common Ambition project which aims to improve healthcare for people experiencing homelessness in Brighton and Hove. Principal Lecturer from the School of Applied Social Science and project academic lead Dr Mary Darking said: “This project is crucial to our city where so many of us feel frustrated and…

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Student chosen for undergraduate research internship

Beth Hudson, who is studying Psychology and Criminology BA(Hons), has been selected to assist in a research project carried out in the School of Applied Social Science. Beth will receive a bursary to work on a literature review and policy analysis on the project ‘The politics of in/visibility in immigration detention’, led by criminology lecturer…

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Could drugs help fight climate change?

The controlled use of psychedelic drugs can help tackle depression but could they also “restart the beating heart of ecological awareness before it is too late”. Dr Matt Adams investigated claims about the potential of psychedelics “not only for improving mental health, but also, remarkably, as a key to overcoming inaction in the face of…

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Children’s little lies aren’t all bad

White lies are not all bad and can help young people keep relationships functioning, according to a University of Brighton senior lecturer in forensic psychology. Dr Hannah Cassidy said ‘prosocial’ lies are helpful and “act as a social lubricant”, often protecting people’s feelings. For instance, lying when we say we like a gift from a…

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A responsible future?

Through Responsible Futures the University of Brighton harnesses change to enhance the delivery of sustainable economic development, improved environments and more inclusive societies. Responsible Futures research generates new ideas to positively influence policy, practice and behaviours. By bringing together interdisciplinary expertise, we explore opportunities to create more just and environmentally sustainable societies, including research into…

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Exploring care through VR

Researchers at the University of Brighton have contributed to a new virtual reality art project that addresses current public debates around care. Care(less), produced by British artist Lindsay Seers, will be exhibited at Fabrica, Brighton, from 5 October to 24 November before heading to Lincoln and Birmingham. The artwork has been developed with input from…

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