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The long roots of childhood, and how they explain economic inequalities across the whole of life

Alissa Goodman. In my inaugural lecture earlier this summer I asked the question, what are the root causes of the economic inequalities in our society, and why have these been so difficult to budge? This is a question that I’ve

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Social sciences and social policy

‘Can’t flip the bus stop over’: researching gender and public advertising in London

Kaitlyn Regehr and Jessica Ringrose We met Sierra, a single mother of two, at Kennington tube station in South London. Sierra identifies as Black British, and walks using two sticks, due to limited mobility. On this rather windy day, she

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Posted in Social sciences and social policy

What have longitudinal studies ever done for us? A beginner’s guide is here

Alison Park. Earlier this year the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) launched its Longitudinal Studies Strategic Review – commissioned to assess the value and future needs of longitudinal research in the UK. The review clearly recognised the importance of the UK’s

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Posted in Evidence-based policy, Social sciences and social policy, young people

Are Emoji a ‘universal language’? Today is World Emoji Day so let’s 🤔 about it

William Gibson.  What does heart ❤️ followed by ghost 👻, robot 🤖 and LOL mean? What about googly eyes 👀 followed by the peace sign ✌🏻? This is a trick question really because the answer is… it depends. It depends

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Posted in Language and literacy, Social sciences and social policy

Don’t let your cookies leave a trail of crumbs for someone else: why you should care about digital data privacy

Kim Nguyen and Romasha Sanyal Ever thought about how when you use the fingerprint sensor on your Android, you’re actually just uploading a digital print of your biometrics? Or that your Facebook news feed isn’t just confirming what you believe

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Posted in Further higher and lifelong education, Social sciences and social policy
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