Greenspace Governance: Statutory Solutions from Scotland?

By Jill Dickinson and Dr James Marson. Greenspace is widely acknowledged for providing a range of environmental, social and economic benefits, whether such greenspace comprises traditional Victorian parks, overgrown waste grounds, pocket parks or roadside nature reserves. The benefits provided by any type of greenspace are well established, and have been most recently articulated by … Continue reading Greenspace Governance: Statutory Solutions from Scotland?

‘How far is too far’ The rights and wrongs of ‘using’ emotion in fundraising

By Jon Dean and Rachel Wood. How far should charities go in shocking the public in order to meet their fundraising targets? In 2014, a fundraising campaign for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) caused a stir with the stark strapline 'I wish my son had cancer'. The campaign featured Alex Smith holding his young … Continue reading ‘How far is too far’ The rights and wrongs of ‘using’ emotion in fundraising

People, Place and Policy: Conference Report 2018

The fourth ‘People, Place and Policy Conference’ was held at Collegiate Crescent Campus on 27th June.  This year’s interdisciplinary theme of ‘alternative urban futures for tackling social and spatial inequalities’ attracted attendees from across the social sciences. In an opening keynote, Guy Standing set the tone for the conference with a summary of his concept … Continue reading People, Place and Policy: Conference Report 2018

Why was it England that voted for Brexit?

By John Denham Political scientists have given us a wealth of regression analysis linking the Brexit vote to age, education, long-term economic decline, social values and attitudes towards immigration. Valuable though those insights are, the different paths of the different parts of the United Kingdom suggest that something else was going on as well. It … Continue reading Why was it England that voted for Brexit?