Seeing Sociologically … COMPETITION

In February we launched our Seeing Sociologically competition – an opportunity for our Sociology students in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages at Northumbria University to capture their Sociological view of the world in up to 5 photos, with the first prize of an iPad! Staff in the Department also took up the challengeContinue reading “Seeing Sociologically … COMPETITION”

Sensing (and finding room for) the emotional in policy-relevant research: The case of homelessness

Adele Irving and Oliver Moss introduce their research into homelessness in NewcastleImaging Homelessness in a City of Care was an ESRC-funded participatory mapping initiative, undertaken in the summer of 2014. It was led by Northumbria University and supported by Newcastle City Council, five homelessness charities and 30 members of the Newcastle’s homeless community. The aims ofContinue reading “Sensing (and finding room for) the emotional in policy-relevant research: The case of homelessness”

European governments are responsible for the Mediterranean death toll

Dr Tom Vickers, Senior Lecturer in Social Sciences, Northumbria University The deaths of at least 1,200 people in the last week, as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe, have caused outrage in the European media, and protestations of concern from political leaders. Yet this scale of death was widely predicted whenContinue reading “European governments are responsible for the Mediterranean death toll”

Cake, coffee and community development: The Community Cafes initiative

Tackling Poverty and Inequality: Learning from International Practice for Changing North East Contexts On Tuesday 3rd March, we held the first of three community café events, part of a series of five events co-hosted by IPPR North (http://www.ippr.org/north/) and the Department of Social Sciences’ Centre for International Development (www.northumbria.ac.uk/cid), in partnership with three local communityContinue reading “Cake, coffee and community development: The Community Cafes initiative”

Reflections on a career in Sociology

I retired in 2010 as Head of Social Sciences after working for over 30 years as a lecturer in Sociology. My interest in sociology as a subject stems from my sociology degree started as a supposedly mature student in 1971 in what was then called North London Poly. I needed just 2 A-Levels (acquired byContinue reading “Reflections on a career in Sociology”