News Focus

The Campaign invites social scientists to contribute their views on current events

Is it too late to build a better world?

August 2, 2017

Professor Sir Keith Burnett FRS explains why the UK should invest in the social sciences. The greatest challenge we face is to use our intellects to guide our actions in making the world a better place for us and our… Read more »

Spotting the fake

July 31, 2017

Marina Jirotka is Professor of Human Centred Computing, Associate Director of the Oxford e-Research Centre and Associate Researcher of the Oxford Internet Institute. Helena Webb is a senior researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford.… Read more »

We need a new narrative around sexuality in the UK

July 10, 2017

It’s been 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, marked by decades of progress made by the LGBTQ community in the push for equality. Here, Michelle Grimwood, PhD Scholar in the Faculty of Education Health at the University… Read more »

Should we be worried about the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement?

June 27, 2017

Last week’s Queen’s Speech confirmed that despite the path chosen by the US, the UK would honour the Paris Agreement. Here Shonil Bhagwat, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Open University, looks at the motivations and implications behind the US… Read more »

The DUP for early learners

June 13, 2017

Theresa May’s ongoing efforts of forming a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party following last Thursday’s hung parliament have propelled the Northern Ireland party into the national spotlight. Professor John Brewer of Queen’s University Belfast offers a ‘crash course’… Read more »

Brexit, net migration and Eurochildren

May 31, 2017

Dr Nando Sigona, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of IRiS at the University of Birmingham, looks at UK net migration targets and how the consequences of Brexit are felt more widely among EU nationals. The UK’s Office for National Statistics… Read more »

France’s ambiguous presidential election

May 12, 2017

As a new president is inaugurated in France, James Shields FAcSS, Professor of French Politics and Modern History at Aston University, warns against seeing Emmanuel Macron’s election as a mandate to reform France or as a sign that the challenge… Read more »

Rights and repression: how leaders respond to violent and peaceful protests

May 2, 2017

Dr M. Rodwan Abouharb, Senior Lecturer in International Relations at UCL, looks at the multipronged approach of leaders in responding to both violent and peaceful protests. Clyde Beatty, one of America’s most famous lion tamers performing in the early 20th… Read more »

Social science is key to tackling challenges facing UK healthcare

April 26, 2017

Following the launch of The Health of People report on April 5, Alessandro Lanuto, Communications Manager at the Campaign for Social Science, looks at how the social sciences can relieve pressure on healthcare services and improve population health. There are… Read more »

The Oscars and inequality that stubbornly persists

March 14, 2017

As the dust settles on last month’s Oscars ceremony, Sara De Benedictis of City University London and the London School of Economics, and Dr Anne Graefer of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, analyse the event’s political undertones,… Read more »

Martin McGuinness’s resignation and the prospects for change in Northern Ireland

January 12, 2017

Martin McGuinness’s resignation has prompted reactions ranging from accusations of political sabotage to speculation about his ailing health. Here, John Brewer, Professor of Post Conflict Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, examines what this means for Northern Ireland’s future, and whether… Read more »

‘Fake news’–why people believe it and what can be done to counter it

December 13, 2016

In the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump in the US, “fake news” has emerged as a pervasive, and potentially subversive, phenomenon. In an article promoted by the Campaign and originally appearing in The Conversation, Professor Simeon… Read more »

From Rabbits to Ubers: What the ‘new’ gig economy means for employment, education and politics

November 7, 2016

The ‘#gigeconomy’ has rapidly transformed how people work. Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography at the University of Birmingham, traces the evolution of these transformations and their effect on the capitalist system, while setting out how education… Read more »

New constituency boundaries for the House of Commons: gerrymandering or independent process?

October 7, 2016

With Jeremy Corbyn’s re-election and ever-louder whispers of a possible snap election before 2020, the impact of last month’s new constituency boundary proposals could redefine the political landscape sooner than expected. Here, Dr Alistair Clark, Senior Lecturer in Politics at… Read more »

A second Corbyn victory will have significant consequences, both for the Labour Party and for British politics

September 22, 2016

With Jeremy Corbyn’s widely-expected landslide victory to be announced on Saturday, Dr Judi Atkins, Lecturer in Politics at Coventry University, assesses the implications of his re-election both for Labour and British politics more broadly. Following the EU referendum result and… Read more »

Terror, Republican values and a very French paradox

September 15, 2016

As France comes to terms with a series of major terrorist atrocities, its core Republican values are being tested by a prolonged national state of emergency and an increasingly security-driven public agenda. Professor James Shields FAcSS, Professor of French Politics… Read more »

The need for a whole system approach in prison reform

September 2, 2016

Professor Martina Feilzer, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University, looks at the challenges that lie ahead for the sweeping prison reforms announced in last May’s Queen’s Speech, and what the… Read more »

Understanding the (Rio 2016) Olympics

August 3, 2016

With the Rio Olympics kicking off this Friday, Professor John Horne FAcSS, Professor of Sport Sociology at the University of Central Lancashire, and author of Understanding the Olympics, looks at the challenges facing the Olympic brand and discusses some of… Read more »

Driverless cars and the society of traffic

May 27, 2016

Last week’s Queen’s Speech set out bold new technological initiatives that seemed reminiscent more of science fiction than practical policy. In the first of our series of responses to some of the government’s proposals, Dr Eric Laurier, Reader in Geography… Read more »

Study indicates immigration not to blame for terrorism

February 18, 2016

Migration is overall not a source of terrorism according to new research from the University of Warwick. In fact the study indicates that more migration could create a decrease in the number of terrorist attacks, not an increase. The research… Read more »

Four billion people affected by severe water scarcity

February 17, 2016

There are four billion people worldwide who are affected by severe water scarcity for at least one month a year. That is the conclusion of University of Twente Professor of Water Management, Arjen Hoekstra, after many years’ extensive research. This… Read more »

Media scepticism sows doubt, not progress, on climate change

December 11, 2015

In the third and final article of our COP21 commentary series, Dr. Catherine Happer, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow, looks at why climate change still hasn’t captured headlines in the UK, and how the interplay between media… Read more »

What do belief systems have to do with climate change?

December 7, 2015

In the second article in our COP21 commentary series, Shonil Bhagwat, Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Open University, looks at the similarities between belief systems and climate change, and how their interconnectedness helps reinforce climate change as an idea,… Read more »

The ‘issue from hell’

December 2, 2015

From November 30 to December 11, the eyes of the world will be on Paris as leaders from around the globe convene to agree historic measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions. With COP21 now in full swing, the Campaign takes… Read more »

We need to invest in early intervention services to improve lives and save money

May 7, 2015

Dr Sajid Humayun, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, writes about a recent letter in the press from charities saying that early interventions to stop young people getting into serious difficulties could save £1.7bn a year: Persistent… Read more »

Schools need to do more to tackle bullying

May 1, 2015

Dr Loretta Trickett, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, International Criminal Law and Criminology, at Nottingham Trent University, writes about a recent important study on the effects of bullying, and her own childhood experiences It is perhaps unsurprising that a longitudinal… Read more »

European governments are responsible for the Mediterranean death toll

April 24, 2015

Dr Tom Vickers, Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages at Northumbria University, writes about the recent migrant deaths in the Mediterranean: 24.4.15:  The deaths of at least 1,200 people in the last week, as they attempted to… Read more »

Sex crimes not being recorded: the police need to believe allegations

November 18, 2014

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has today published a damning report on police crime recording. It estimates that, each year, almost a million crimes are missed out of official figures. It points particularly to violent and sex crimes that… Read more »

Multiculturalism promotes better exam results

November 18, 2014

Dr Caroline Howarth, of the London School of Economics, argues that multiculturalism itself is part of the reason for good exam results in London: Recent research discussed in The Guardian last week shows that schools with higher numbers of ethnic… Read more »

Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell was right to resign

September 2, 2014

Professor Saville Kushner has 30 years’ experience working with the Home Office and the police service on policing culture and national police training. He has served as advisor on a ministerial working party on police training. He has worked at… Read more »