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Taste-makers for the nation: Britain’s fine-dining revolution (10/04/2014)

Frequently derided as stuck-up and exclusive, haute cuisine has dropped its posh image and is appealing to a wider range of customers than ever before, transforming the way we think about food in the process, according to new research.

Michelin-starred chefs are not posh and the culture of their restaurants is no longer elitist. Britain still suffers from an inverted snobbery about the whole thing

According to a new study, however, Britain’s top restaurants have jettisoned their pretentious image and are attracting a wider range of diners than ever before – revolutionising the way the nation thinks about food in the process.  Read more>>


Employers ‘routinely discriminating against stammerers’ (04/03/2014)

Employers are routinely discriminating against people who stammer, rejecting them because of concerns about possible negative reactions from customers or team members, new research suggests.


A study by Dr Clare Butler, of Newcastle University Business School, published in the journalWork, Employment and Societysays that people who stammer experience widespread prejudice in the jobs market.


Thirty-six men from England and Wales, ranging in age from 21 to 65 years, were interviewed and all reported routine discrimination. Some had been immediately rejected at interviews because of their stammer and others could only find jobs where they were over-qualified. Find out more about the study>>

Women's jobs are poorer paid, less flexible and more stressful (04/03/2014)

Women's jobs are poorer paid, less flexible, more stressful, and offer fewer promotion opportunities than men's, a large international study has found.


Researchers say that the results disprove the theory that women have voluntarily traded less high-powered jobs in order to have more flexibility for their responsibilities at home.


Professor Haya Stier, of Tel Aviv University, and Professor Meir Yaish, University of Haifa, analysed survey data on the working lives of 8,500 men and 9,000 women in 27 industrialised countries, including the UK.  Find out more about the study>>

Parents are not more likely to split up if mothers earn more than fathers (18/02/2014)

Couples with young children are as likely to stay together if the mother is the main breadwinner rather than the father, new research shows. 

A paper published in the journalSociologytoday [Tuesday 18 February 2014] says the relationships of parents are in some cases more stable if the mother earns more than the father.  

Dr Shireen Kanji, of the University of Leicester School of Management, and Dr Pia Schober, of the German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin, examined survey data on 3,944 British couples as their first child aged from eight months to seven years.  Read more>>

Alternative Attitudes to Complementary Medicine (10/02/2014)
What are the worrying health implications from research suggesting that some people who trust modern pharmaceuticals are also willing to use complementary and alternative medicine?

It is easy to assume that people who use complementary and alternative medicines will hold anti-scientific views. After all, the scientific community is largely united in opposition to treatments such as homeopathy, reiki and faith healing, so why would the reverse not also be true? Surely the population is divided into two camps with opposing, incompatible views on which form of medicine works?

Little research had been done to test this assumption until Dr Paul Stoneman and colleagues decided to look into the extent to which people's attitudes toward science actually relate to their usage of alternative medicines. Their conclusions are somewhat surprising.

They found that the population is actually split into three main groups, rather than two. There are the groups we’d expect to find: one set of people who trust science while having no belief in complementary and alternative medicine (or CAM for short), and another group who do not trust conventional medicine or their GP or the pharmaceutical industry but do believe strongly in CAM (especially homeopathy). So far, so predictable.  Read more>>

David Willetts MP to announce £14 million funding boost for Data Research Centres (06/02/2014)
The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts MP, has announced the release of £14 million to fund the second phase of the ESRC's investment in Big Data. At a speech at the High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference Mr Willetts outlined what steps are being taken to strengthen the UK’s competitive advantage in Big Data

This latest funding, part of a pot of £64 million announced in October 2013, will be used to support the establishment of the ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre’s at Essex, Glasgow, University College London (UCL) and Leeds Universities.

The Data Research Centres will make data, routinely collected by business and local government organisations, accessible for academics in order to undertake outstanding research in the social sciences in ways that safeguard individuals’ identities. That research will provide a sound evidence-base to inform policy development, implementation and evaluation. This requires not just the development of a safe, secure and efficient system for linking, managing and analysing such data, founded on secure technologies, but also trust between data owners, researchers and other interested parties including the public.  Read more>>

British medical tourists seeking treatment overseas without sufficient information and advice (05/02/2014)
A team of researchers has found that British people travelling abroad for medical treatment are often unaware of the potential health and financial consequences they could face.

The researchers say this can, in some cases, have catastrophic effects for individual patients.

At least 63,000 UK residents travel abroad for medical treatment each year. However, the study led by the University of York, and involving the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Royal Holloway University, the University of Birmingham and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, concludes that many people are embarking on medical tourism without understanding the risks involved.

These include a lack of redress in many countries should things go wrong, and the costs of non-emergency care at home to rectify poor outcomes of treatments received overseas. Many people, the researchers say, are unaware that under current NHS eligibility and commissioning rules, individuals may be personally liable for these costs.  Read more>>

UK failing to promote human rights for asylum seekers (04/02/2014) 
Thousands of asylum seekers are living in destitution for years in the UK due to failures in local and central governments to address the problem in the support system, a report has found.

A report by the University of Sunderland analysed people living in destitute conditions highlights that this is a long-term problem, instead of a short-term phase of homelessness. In 2005 it was estimated that 283,500 people in the UK who came into the asylum process were living in poverty, some for more than six years and it is believed the number has continued to increase.

The report, Between Destitution and a Hard Place: Finding Strength to Survive Refusal From the Asylum System, said those fleeing persecution in their home country live in constant fear and anxiety about their situation. Several of those featured in the report were themselves or knew of people becoming depressed or mentally ill. Some were even relieved when they were diagnosed with illnesses such as tuberculosis because it meant they would receive help and treated like a human.
In the report, which has been sent to MPs and charities throughout the UK, it found one of the main difficulties experienced by those refused asylum was that destitution was accepted as the only way, with no other option because of the dangers they faced back in their home countries.  Read more>> 

SRO Rapid Response Call: Representations of the Poor and the Politics of Welfare Reform: ‘Benefits Street’ and Beyond (04/02/2014)

Recent public debate in the UK surrounding Channel 4’s ‘Benefits Street’ documentary has highlighted an apparent proliferation of media representations of unemployed and/or working class lives that emphasise themes such as dependency, laziness, anti-social behaviour and criminality. At the same time, welfare reform has become increasingly central to public debate and policy making in many countries across the world. This rapid response call invites sociological consideration of the relationships between contemporary cultural representations of the poor and political/ideological developments with respect to welfare and social security.

Rapid Response articles should be up to 3,000 words in length. Please indicate your article is in response to this call on your submission.

Authors are encouraged to submit articles as soon as possible after the call and papers are reviewed and published (if accepted) as they come in. The final deadline is 30 April 2014.

Sociological Research Online publishes high quality, fully peer-reviewed articles across the spectrum of current sociology. An innovative, online-only journal affiliated to the BSA, we reach a wide international readership, have fast turnaround times and encourage integration of audio, video and images, as well as welcoming text-only contributions. We also publish special sections and rapid response articles which address current issues in sociology and the public arena.  Submit now>>

Resilient nature of privacy online examined in book (29/01/2014)
Online privacy is still alive and thriving, according to a new book co-authored by a University of Greenwich economic sociologist.

Dr Paola Tubaro, programme leader for PhD and research degrees in the Faculty of Business, and senior lecturer in the Department of International Business & Economics, helps challenge the received wisdom that the large-scale sharing of content and personal details on social media – and the resulting mass surveillance by government – inevitably means the end of privacy as we know it.

In Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy, published by Springer, Dr Tubaro and her fellow researchers argue that privacy has not declined, but has become cyclical.  Read more>>


European LGBT communities face barriers and bullying (29/01/2014)
A European study by Sheffield Hallam University into the barriers and bullying faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) young people in education and employment has been launched at the European Parliament in Brussels by MEP Michael Cashman.

The West Midlands MEP - Labour's human rights spokesman in Brussels - said more needs to be done to end bullying at the launch of the new Sheffield Hallam-authored report from the International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation in partnership with the Intergroup on LGBT Rights and the Intergroup on Youth.

The study of LGBT people aged 15 to 38 from Croatia, Denmark, the Republic of Ireland, Italy and Poland found 73 per cent had experienced name-calling whilst at school and one in three had considered suicide as a result of homophobia in schools.  Read more>>

Show us the money, say Scottish voters (23/01/2014)

Never mind issues such as welfare, currency or Europe. What matters is the economy, Scots say in an independence survey.

The current debate on Scottish independence has focused on issues such as welfare and equality, keeping the pound or remaining in the EU - but may have missed the mark. New results from the Scottish Social Attitudes survey, funded by the ESRC and carried out by ScotCen Social Research, suggest it's the economic consequences that matters the most to people.  


The survey was conducted between June and October 2013, with the researchers interviewing a sample of 1,497 adults face-to-face between 25 June and 23 October 2013. The survey finds that:

  • If independence meant that voters would be £500 a year better off, 52 per cent would support independence and only 30 per cent oppose it. However, if they stood to lose £500 instead, 15 per cent would support independence and 72 per cent would be opposed.
  • 71 per cent of those who think Scotland's economy would be 'better' under independence are likely to vote 'Yes'. In contrast, 86 per cent of those who think the economy would be 'worse' are inclined to vote 'No'.
  • However, over half of the respondents (52 per cent) feel independence won’t make any difference for the economy.

Many other prominent arguments and questions in the referendum debate apparently make little difference to how most voters are inclined to vote, with people agreeing across the divide.  Read more>>


Dr Mark Monaghan (Leeds) comments on the recent upsurge of mainstream media stories reporting drug use (23/01/2014)
Lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy and Crime, Dr Mark Monaghan, comments on the recent ‘tabloid sensation’ emerging over the last week that has reported a number of drug use allegations by powerful members of society and celebrities.


Dr Monaghan highlights the recent news stories concerning drug use allegations by the TV cook and personality Nigella Lawson and former head of the Co-op Bank, Paul Flowers. Dr Monaghan considers these cases in the wider social context of drug consumption in the over-50s.

Drug use evidence suggests that its usage has steadily declined since 2005, although this past month is perhaps an indicator of more recent trends.

Dr Monaghan concludes however that “there is no suggestion that we are about to witness an epidemic of drug use for those in or approaching retirement age”. Read more>>


British Academy launches series of public debates discussing the biggest issues of our time (22/01/2014)
New for 2014, the British Academy is launching a series of free debates to encourage the public to discuss some of the most important challenges of our time and show the role academic research plays in helping us understand and address them.

The British Academy Debates will look in turn at some of today's toughest questions and illuminate the crucial issues involved, with the aim of helping individuals, communities and politicians make better informed decisions in key areas that affect their lives.

British Academy President Lord Nicholas Stern says: "We are not driving to answers for these questions, but putting on the table serious analysis from across the spectrum of the humanities and social sciences. We want to get beyond the usual cut-and-thrust sloganising in which these subjects are discussed."

The British Academy Debates will focus in turn on issues surrounding Ageing, Immigration and Well-being. In the first series, leading academics and public figures will debate the challenges – and the opportunities – posed by our steadily ageing population, with debates in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, chaired in turn by journalist Evan Davis, classicist Mary Beard and actor Simon Callow.  Read more>> 

Labour government would “restore the dignity of social science,” says Byrne (22/01/2014)
A Labour government would “restore the dignity of social science within government,” the Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, Liam Byrne MP, said.

Speaking at a Campaign for Social Science meeting, Mr Byrne said he was “pretty attracted” to reinstating the post of Chief Social Scientist within government, abolished in 2010, as part of this. “We need to hire more social scientists [for government],” he said.

He said that social scientists could produce the research that told government how to get the best return on investment for its spending. They were also vital for ensuring that civil servants had the skills needed for their work – “making sure that policymakers are well-versed in techniques of research is incredibly important.”  Read more>>


Winning hearts and minds (22/01/2014)
CEOs need to speak from the heart to win gender diversity battle, according to research by King’s and KPMG.

An ability to talk about the business case for diversity is not sufficient for CEOs to really drive the kinds of behavioural change needed to increase the number of women at senior levels, according to new research by King’s College London and KPMG. Instead CEOs need to be brave, and talk from their hearts as well as their heads.

In one of the first major studies on the role of the CEO in driving change on diversity and inclusion, Dr Elisabeth Kelan from the Department of Management at King’s analysed how CEOs of global organisations explain the need for action on gender to themselves and to others, and the kinds of leadership behaviours they use to help make change happen.  Read more>>

'The long and short of it': Sustainable food supply chain Commission (21/01/2014)

The Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT), Food Ethics Council and the University of Warwick have set up a Commission to explore the challenges of maintaining a sustainable supply chain.

The Commission will give parliamentarians, industry and academics the opportunity to discuss issues food companies face in ensuring the sustainability of supply chains and explore upcoming policy developments that seek to tackle them.


Among the topics discussed will be employment conditions; distribution of profit; how to best tackle resource depletion and climate change. Following the conclusion of the Commission, a 15-20 page report will be published outlining its findings and adding to the dialogue between parliament, industry and academia on this important issue.  Read more>>

Research finds many too poor to die (21/01/2014)
A new report, launched today by the University of Bath's Institute for Policy Research, will argue that the current system of state support for funeral costs requires urgent review.

Launched at an event in Westminster, co-organised and hosted by the International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK), the report challenges government to rethink its DWP-administered Social Fund Funeral Payment, which is highlighted as ‘outdated’, ‘overly complex’ and ‘insufficient’ at meeting the needs of the poorest in society.

With the average cost of dying having risen by 7.1% in the past year now standing at £7,622 (funeral, burial/cremation, plus estate administration) the report’s authors estimate that over 100,000 people will struggle to pay for a funeral this year alone.

In spite of the lowest ever recorded mortality rates for England and Wales, the cost of dying has steadily increased over recent years. The average cost of a funeral in fact rose by a massive 80% between 2004 and 2013, and the costs of dying are expected to continue to increase over the next 5 years. Read more>>

Football Fans get FFITer and Lose Weight (21/01/2014)
An initiative that helps male football fans feel better and live a healthier lifestyle by losing weight, taking more exercise, and improving their diet has been a resounding success, according to new research published in The Lancet and BMC Public Health.

The Football Fans in Training programme* (FFIT) has run for three seasons at Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) clubs. The research, led by a team at the University of Glasgow and involving the University of Aberdeen and other institutions, shows that FFIT has proved extremely popular with men, and its effectiveness and value for money have now been clearly demonstrated in one of the world’s first randomised control trial (RCT) of a health programme delivered through professional sports clubs.

Professor Sally Wyke, one of the two Principal Investigators from the University of Glasgow said: “We now have ‘gold standard’ evidence that the FFIT programme can help men lose weight and keep it off. After 12 months, the difference in weight loss between men who did the programme and men in a comparison group, who did not do the programme, was 4·94kg.”  Read more>>

Feminist and Women’s Studies Association Book Prize 2014 - nominations open (09/01/2014)
The Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK & Ireland) is delighted to announce the FWSA Book Prize 2014, a competition for books published in fields of feminist, gender and women’s studies.  The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2014.  Find out more>>

ESA seeks Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor and Book Reviews Editor for European Societies (08/01/2014)

The European Sociological Association (ESA) is seeking applicants for the positions of Editor-in-Chief, Assistant Editor and Book Reviews Editor for European Societies. Closing Date: 31 March 2014.  Find out more>>


Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology (16/12/2013)

The Social Science Research Council announces a twenty-year program of biannual grants from the Mark Family Fund for the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology.

The prize recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work. It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958–2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships.

The 2014 competition for the Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology is now open. Applications will be judged by members of the Visual Sociology group of the International Sociological Association (ISA).

ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize - nominations open! (31/10/2013)

The ESRC Prize is an annual opportunity to celebrate the outstanding economic and social impacts achieved by ESRC-funded researchers. Applications are now welcome and will close at 16.00 on 22 November 2013. Winners receive £10,000 and £5,000 to the second place winners.

Applications are welcome from any current or previously ESRC funded projects, including those funded before 2008.

There are six categories for the ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize:

  • Outstanding Impact in Business - research which has generated business impact through successful knowledge exchange and engagement
  • Outstanding Impact in Public Policy - research that has contributed to the development of UK public policy, at the local, regional or national government level
  • Outstanding Impact in Society - research that has made a contribution benefitting society more widely or a specific group of the public
  • Outstanding International Impact - research that has achieved impact at an international level in business, policy or societal issues
  • Outstanding Early Career Impact - student researchers who have achieved or show potential in achieving outstanding impacts in any of the above categories
  • Impact Champion of the Year - a nominated individual who has a significant personal track record in knowledge exchange and supporting and enabling impact.

See winners from 2013 and submit your application for the 2014 Prize.

The British Academy of Management (BAM) launches the BAM Researcher Development Grants Scheme (10/10/2013)
Through this scheme, BAM will be providing grants of up to £4,000 to encourage and support research activities with the ambition of advancing business and management scholarship through empirical research.


Applications that contribute to the creation and dissemination of management knowledge through research are welcomed. Proposals for research with either a practice or teaching orientation are also encouraged.


The scheme is part of the BAM mission to support vigorous, relevant, ethical, and independent research in business and management.


The scheme is open to all BAM Members and non-members wishing to apply to the scheme can join BAM. Applications are invited from individuals or teams (which also includes industry partnerships). The application deadline for the scheme is Thursday, 31 October 2013.  Find out more >>


Academicians of the AcSS (30/09/2013)

We are delighted to announce that a number of BSA members have been conferred the award of Academicians of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS).


BSA Honorary Vice Presidents Emeritus Professor Martin Albrow, Professor David Morgan and Professor Michele Barret were all recognised alongside BSA members Emeritus Professor Jenny Hockey, Professor Alison Anderson, Professor Jon Gabe and Professor Ian Rees Jones.  All have all been rewarded for their significant contribution to the social sciences and we pass on our warmest congratulations to all our new Academicians.


For a full list of Academicians, visit The Academy of Social Sciences website.


The Stuart Hall Project - in cinemas 6 September! (28/08/2013)
A film about revolution, politics, culture and the New Left experience. Highly acclaimed at this year’s Sundance and Sheffield Documentary festivals, the new film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall.

A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies – and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left – Stuart Hall’s resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah’s filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall’s intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century. Find a screening near you >>


Call for Evidence: Gender and Poverty (12/08/2013)
Professor Mary Daly and Fran Bennett (Oxford University) have been commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to conduct a review of evidence about the links between gender and poverty and identify effective strategies which would tackle these. Evidence pertaining to both women and men is relevant. The work has a UK focus, however, relevant evidence from other countries (that is available in English) would also be considered.

The team are particularly interested in robust (preferably costed) studies of social policies/programmes/projects which have had gender and poverty as a focus - or those which have not done so, but have nonetheless had effects on, or implications for, the gendered incidence of poverty. They are also interested in different countries' overall approaches to gender issues.

Please get in touch if you are working in these areas, and/or can alert them to relevant material - including unpublished work, or work in progress.

The team would be most grateful if you could share this material, ideally as a link, but otherwise in a word file or PDF attachment. Any help will be gratefully acknowledged.  Please contact Fran Bennett if you can help.


Climate Change Article Prize 2013 (05/08/2013)

What is the best (broadly) sociological article you have read – or written! - on climate change? Why not nominate it for the British Sociology Association's Climate Change Study Group’s 2013 Article Prize?

The prize will be awarded to the best article - as selected by a panel of judges - addressing any aspect of the sociology of climate change that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal in the last year (since July 2012). Prize winners will be invited to present and discuss their work at a celebratory event early in 2014. The first prize is £100 in book vouchers with second and third prizes of £25 in book vouchers.

To nominate an article: simply email the article title and abstract together with a short (max 150 words) statement of why you think your chosen article deserves to win the prize to Pennie Drinkall by 5.00pm on Friday, 31 August 2013. Do not send the full article.  Read full details about the prize, eligibility and judging process.


New Bursary Competition Announced (posted 30/07/2013)

Raised at the 2013 AGM as a helpful way to put the Sociology of Religion Study Group funds to good use in support of its membership in this period of financial austerity and cutbacks, the Committee is pleased to announce a new bursary competition for Socrel members at any stage in their career who are in need of financial assistance in order to undertake training or participate at an event that will further their academic career.

Any Socrel member in financial need, whether postgraduate, early career or other, can apply for up to £300 to support training or event participation (we have a total of £1000 to distribute this time). The bursary is intended to develop the individual's career and the wider discipline.

Priority will be given for methods training and to members who have not recently received Socrel bursaries. The fund excludes events organised directly by the BSA and Socrel.  Find out how to apply


Evaluation of Learned Societies Project (posted 14/05/2013)
The Academy of Social Science invites tender applications from suitably qualified consultants to undertake an evaluation of learned societies. The first phase will be to evaluate the social and economic value of learned societies to set a benchmark for the second later phase to evaluate the impact of the move to open access publishing in the UK on learned societies on learned societies.

The Invitation to Tender document can be downloaded here. The return date for completed tenders is Friday, 31 May 2013.


Understanding Society Innovation Panel Competition: Call for proposals (posted 09/05/2013)
The Innovation Panel Competition is one way researchers can get directly involved with influencing and developing Understanding Society study, while developing their own research interests. Researchers submit ideas for an experiment or test to be carried in the subsequent wave or waves of the Innovation Panel e.g. successful entries submitted in the Competition in 2011 were carried in Wave 5 of the Innovation Panel, which was carried out in 2012. Deadline for submissions 15 May 2013.


Sociology at Frankfurt becomes one Department (posted 12/04/2013)

Sociology at the Goethe-University, Frankfurt was organized into a single Department of Sociology since 1 April 2013. Despite the 20th century fame of sociology in Frankfurt through the visibility of "The Frankfurt School," the Frankfurt sociologists had been divided into two institutes.


With 24 professors and 50 assistants, sociology in Frankfurt is the largest sociology department in Germany, together with Bielefeld.  "Working together in one institute made sense in light of the move to the Westend campus, the wave of retirements and new hires in recent years, and the new Bachelor and Masters course offerings," according to the first chair of the new department, Professor Heather Hofmeister: "We wanted to increase the visibility of sociology in Frankfurt and show that Frankfurt is reinventing itself."  


The sociologists have elected 5 professors to get them started: besides Hofmeister as chair, Prof. Markus Gangl is the Director of Finance, Prof. Kira Kosnick is Director of Personnel, Prof. Birgit Becker is Director of Research, and Prof. Phil C. Langer is Director for Teaching. Says Hofmeister, "Coordinating our teaching and course offerings through one common department is something that will benefit the students tremendously." 


Your Research Methods Teaching - HEA Survey (posted 11/04/2013)

The Higher Education Academy STEM cluster is carrying out a major project entitled Skills in Mathematics and Statistics in the Disciplines and Tackling Transition. The work is considering the mathematical and statistical skills of undergraduate students throughout the UK, across a range of subject areas in Higher Education (HE). Sociology is one of the chosen subject areas. As part of this project they are conducting a national survey of HE Heads of Departments of Sociology and HE lecturers who are involved in teaching quantitative methods to Sociology undergraduates. If you are in either of these categories please complete the questionnaire which should take between 10 and 15 minutes.  The survey will close w/e 19 April 2013.


The BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group invites postgraduates to enter the 2013 Peter B Clarke Memorial Prize (posted 19/03/2013)
Essays on any aspect of contemporary religion written from a sociological perspective are welcome. 

The winner of the prize will receive:

a cheque for £100 (sponsored by Taylor & Francis)
a £50 voucher for books from Taylor & Francis (sponsored by Routledge)
a year's subscription to the Journal of Contemporary Religion

If the judges decide that there is a runner-up, the second prize is a cheque for £50 (sponsored by Taylor & Francis).

The winner will have the opportunity to publish his/her essay in the Journal of Contemporary Religion (JCR), subject to the JCR’s normal peer review.  Find out more >>


Call for Strategic Advisors for Data Resources at ESRC (posted 07/03/2013)

The ESRC are pleased to announce a call for Strategic Advisors for Data Resources.


The data landscape has evolved considerably over recent years and to reflect this the ESRC are seeking to appoint a consortium of advisors to provide strategic advice on the following areas to enable them to respond fully to current and future challenges:

  • Administrative data
  • Social media
  • Business data
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Biosocial research
  • UK Strategy for Data Resources for Social and Economic Research 2013 - 2018

This is an exciting opportunity to provide strategic leadership and exercise fundamental influence over the delivery of key data resources across the UK social science community.  Applications are sought from consortiums based at UK research organisations eligible for ESRC funding, consisting of three to five senior applicants who between them have the knowledge and skills to cover the above areas. The appointments are for 36 months and each applicant will need to devote up to a 20 per cent time commitment to the role.


Please can you pass this information on to whoever you feel may be interested in applying for these roles.  If you have any questions or would like any further information, please contact Sarah Werts via email or on 01793 41 3199.


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