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Social value as a "force for good" is rarely contested, yet despite near-universal acceptance of its ambition, the reality of implementing a social value agenda in practice can be full of conflict, tension, and challenges. More importantly, it often fails to drive systemic reductions of poverty and inequity. Drawing on research in the social housing sector, we explore the need for organisations to position their social value agenda as part of a wider eco-system (e.g. Northern Powerhouse or the Liverpool Social Economy). The challenges of a collaborative systems approach in practice, particularly around sub-optimisation of the parts to enable contribution to the ‘greater good’, are discussed. Social value demands a wholesale buy-in to the ethos, and a collaborative approach across a region. We illustrate the tensions, challenges and opportunities to drive and sustain positive social impact, through the case of Equity Housing Group, our partner in this research project.
What happens when an ice sheet warms up? The world’s leading glaciologists and climate scientists have been pondering this simple question for over two decades. Their answer… it’s definitely been getting smaller but very difficult to precisely predict its long-term future.
To be fair it is a much more difficult question to answer that it might appear. It’s hardly surprising to know that as the climate warms, the ice melts more. But where is that melt happening? How much of the meltwater refreezes? Where and when does the meltwater reach the bed of the ice sheet? How much of the melt reaches the sea and actually raises global sea levels? As the climate warms, the ice sheet also accumulates more snow, it slides across its bed more quickly in the summer, and where the ice reaches the sea it breaks up into huge icebergs. How will all these processes be affected by continued warming and what is their combined effect on the long-term future of ice sheet? All these processes make the answer to our simple question much less straightforward, but much more fascinating.
Co-organised with the Centre for the Study of International Slavery
This session will explore how forced labour has been effectively removed from mainstream research agendas concerned with forced labour.
It will focus on three key sites of forced labour, including the use of work in immigration detention centres, prison work, and workfare schemes. These sites all are all forms of forced labour that are organised and administered by government.
The session therefore raises fundamental epistemological questions about how social problems are conceptualised in relation to policy agendas, and asks questions about how we can reshape the current debate on forced labour.
In an unstable and rapidly changing world it is sometimes hard to see what investments in the future may be worthwhile. Health underlies human capital to a great extent, in terms of healthcare costs but even more in relation to its effects on economic productivity, societal functioning, and the wellbeing and longevity of the population. Moreover, health capital is passed from one generation to the next. Yet we face new health challenges globally, especially from non-communicable diseases but also from infectious disease and the damaging effects of urbanisation and environmental destruction.
Demographic changes exacerbate these challenges and Professor Hanson will examine the new developments in health.
'The Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL' features as part of the national Being Human Festival. Being Human aims to engage the public with the very best of the innovative research taking place across the humanities and is led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Dementia is certainly a tough subject for comedy, almost everyone is affected by it and knows someone who is living with dementia. In 2030 it is going to be the leading cause of death and disablement. There isn’t an easy way to explore something as tricky and challenging as Dementia. As the late Sir Terry Prachett said, "If there is indeed an emerging sense - finally - that we’ve stopped pussy footing around dementia and can now bear to utter its name, we nevertheless find a cloud of unknowing persists."
There's no doubt life is difficult and complicated. If it wasn't for our ability to often find humour in difficult situations, life could be very dreary indeed. In the Tangled Veil and the Cloud of Unknowing - LOL we have combined personal stories of dementia, amusing anecdotes with text analysis research. We have captured emotions both sad, true and funny to gain a fresh perspective of people’s dementia journeys.