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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Dangerous failings in legal aid and justice systems spotlit in new book

A book published this week by Dr Jo Wilding reveals major systemic failings hindering justice for immigrants, from the Windrush generation to Afghan refugees. Dr Wilding – Visiting Research Fellow in the University of Brighton’s School of Humanities and Applied Social Science – wrote the book during a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Economic and Social…

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New report calls for vital immigration legal advice support

Brighton academics have teamed with major national organisations for a report highlighting a growing crisis around vital immigration legal advice. Published on 21 June, the report – A Huge Gulf: Demand and Supply for Immigration Legal Advice in London – was commissioned by the Justice Together Initiative and Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and was funded by the Greater…

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Decolonising the Curriculum – new issue

The latest issue of Decolonising the Curriculum is now available with a focus on teaching and learning about race equality. The publication features multidisciplinary articles, with examples of evidenced-based practices, from academics and thoughts from students across five Higher Education institutions including Dr Lambros Fatsis from the School of Applied Social Sciences. Download your copy.(pdf)

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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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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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Interdisciplinary study to probe surge in gender-based violence driven by lockdowns

University of Brighton associate professor Lesley Murray has received a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant to delve surges in domestic abuse during the COVID crisis. The £131,485 grant from UK Research and Innovation will support an interdisciplinary team that unites Murray – Associate Professor in Sociology in the university’s pioneering Cities and Injustice Research and Enterprise Group– with Jessica Moriarty, Principal Lecturer…

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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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