Social work and social science

A protest outside Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire

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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Every Thought There Ever Was artwork by Lindsay Seers

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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Student’s homelessness article is highly commended

A School of Applied Social Sciences PhD student’s paper about homelessness has been ‘highly commended’ in prestigious research awards. Bruno De Oliveira’s article ‘On The News Today: Challenging Homelessness Through Participatory Action Research’ was singled out for recognition by an editorial team in the 2019 Emerald Literati Awards. Bruno’s paper was originally published in the…

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Call for Papers: Southern Perspectives upon Policing, Security and Social Order: Seminar and roundtable

Call for Papers: Southern Perspectives upon Policing, Security and Social Order: Seminar and roundtable 27th June 2019, University of Brighton, Falmer Campus Critical scholarship from Southern and Post-Colonial criminology has posed new challenges to dominant criminological thinking about law and ‘order’, policing (by ‘consent’ or otherwise), community, accountability and the state. At the same time…

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Igniting Innovative Collaborations through Creative Methods

18 researchers from across the university gathered together for a stimulating day of activities, discussing, applying and developing a range of creative research methods. The event, which took place just before Christmas, was supported by Creative Futures, with a view to facilitating collaborations between the many researchers at Brighton who have expertise in this field….

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Kate becomes new President of the British Psychological Society

Professor Kate Bullen, head of the School of Applied Social Science, will become the new President of the British Psychological Society (BPS) at its AGM on 30th August. Professor Bullen has been interviewed by the BPS’s ‘The Psychologist’ magazine as she takes the chair and said “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to serve as BPS…

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Healthy Futures 2018

Last week, as the celebrations for the NHS’s 70th birthday drew to a close, academics from across the university came together to share innovative ideas about health at our Healthy Futures event. Professor Gillian Bendalow, Professor in Sociology of Health and Medicine, represented the School of Applied Social Science and delivered a presentation on ‘Emergency…

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