Economy and Society

Transformations and Justice

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Protest photo by Nathan Keirn/Wikimedia [CC2.0 share alike license].

Research in this cluster examines the relationship between economic change, social transformation and social and economic justice.

Cluster members have a track record in generating research that is internationally renowned and socially engaged. The cluster asks: how are economic organisations and relations being spatially reconfigured now? What patterns of social inequality and injustice are enacted as labour, finance, housing and education are transforming? And how can such changes be re-imagined for a more just world? Current work examines a wide range of themes in both the developed and developing worlds including the geography of finance, transnational migration, urban precarity, social inequality, environmental health governance, uneven urban transport, and labour market restructuring.

In bringing economic, social and urban geographers together, the cluster is guided by a concern for conceptual and methodological innovation and the development of research committed to working with and alongside local communities.

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20/11/22 20 November 2022 -
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Don't panic about the birth of Baby 8 Billion. Before he's 65 our numbers will be in reverse We should not be alarmed at the rise in global population; it's inequality, greed and waste that are the real problems of our age, writes Professor Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography and author of Population 10 Billion in an opinion piece for The Guardian.
06/10/22 6 October 2022 -
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Austerity led to twice as many excess UK deaths as previously thought - here's what that means for future cuts Cuts to public services and living standards across Britain from 2010 contributed to 335,000 excess deaths - twice as many as previously thought, according to new research. These austerity measures were introduced by the coalition government elected into office that year, partly in response to the banking crash of 2008. Prof Danny Dorling explores the consequences for future cuts in an article for The Conversation.
06/10/22 6 October 2022 -
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20th anniversary of the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation The 20th anniversary of the Dana Declaration on Mobile Peoples and Conservation was marked in Wadi Dana, Jordan, from 7-10th September 2022 with the event titled Dana+20: Mobile Indigenous Peoples, Conservation, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Two Decades after the Dana Declaration. Working with the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN, Jordan), representatives of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), concerned practitioners and academics, and representatives of Mobile Peoples from around the world - including Mongolia, Malaysia, India, Iran, Jordan, Sweden, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and Peru - came together to discuss shared concerns.
17/12/21 17 December 2021 -
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Christmas socialising: three health experts explain how to interpret new advice Prof Danny Dorling is one of three health experts asked for their thoughts by The Conversation on how to cut down on socialising to slow the spread of Covid-19 in line with the guidance from Chris Whitty the chief medical officer for England.

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