News and events
The institutional logic of giving migrants access to social benefits and services
14 May 2019
The social rights of migrants have become a salient political issue in Northern Western European countries. The context is the increased level of migration, in general, and the right to free movement of labour within EU, in particular. The underlying unresolved question is whether generous welfare states can coexist with high levels of migration. On 31 May, Christian Albrekt-Larson, Professor of Comparative Welfare Studies ...
Housing shortage could hinder government's domestic abuse proposals
14 May 2019
Dr Marian Duggan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, welcomes government moves to force councils to provide adequate housing to domestic abuse victims, but says a lack of available locations could hinder the initiative. Read Dr Duggan’s comments in the University’s News Centre.
Ethnographic study of parliaments in the UK, Myanmar and Ethiopia
8 May 2019
Deepening democracy through political scrutiny The fashionable idea of 'evidence-based' law-making implies that expert opinion consists of incontrovertible facts that can be turned into solutions, irrespective of politics. Laws about children are often conceived as if they are especially free from contamination by politics. At a seminar on 22 May, Emma Crewe, Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS, will challeng...
Food poverty: agony of hunger the norm for many children in the UK
1 May 2019
'The Conversation' has just published an article by Iain Wilkinson, Professor of Sociology, on food poverty and how going hungry is affecting children in the UK. Professor Wilkinson worked with The Food Foundation, an independent think tank that tackles the growing challenges facing the UK's food system, on the analysis of submissions to the final report of the Children's Future Food Inquiry. T...
The use of democratic forums in attitudes research - WelfSOC research presented at Oslo City Hall
29 April 2019
On 9 April, PhD candidate Adrienn Győry presented her research findings to a group of policy experts at the Department of Planning and Strategy in the City Government of Oslo. The department had invited her and Dr Trude Sundberg to give an overview of welfare attitudes and immigration, and more specifically to provide new knowledge found in Adrienn’s research, where she uses t...
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