read more + Dr Alice Watson and BBC release 13 new episodes of 'Tales from Call the Midwife' To mark the anniversary of the first BBC radio broadcast, the remaining 13 episodes of the 'Tales from Call the Midwife' podcast have been released today. Presented by Dr Alice Watson, a researcher in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford, this exciting new audio series records fans of Call the Midwife who have experienced or been touched by the show's storytelling. The latest episodes explore a range of new themes from diabetes and stillbirth to racism and disability, and capture the drama's ability to shine a light on marginalised communities.
read more + When will life return to normal after the pandemic? No one can ever know for sure when life will return to normal after a particular event, not least because what's normal keeps on changing, even in normal times. Nevertheless, it's a question we can't help pondering - particularly when new COVID developments, such as the emergence of the omicron variant, keep on shifting the pandemic's goalposts - Prof Danny Dorling writes in The Conversation.
read more + Brexit And Beyond with Professor Danny Dorling Danny Dorling talks to 'UK In a Changing Europe' Director Anand Menon about the wealth and inequality gap in this country, how academics should communicate their findings to the wider world and the importance of using experts in a pandemic in this new Brexit and Beyond podcast.
read more + Dr Fiona McConnell awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize Congratulations to Dr Fiona McConnell who, it was announced today, has been named as one of five recipients of the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Geography. The award supports researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising.
read more + Bullying and Blocking at the UN A new report edited by Dr Fiona McConnell details how certain regimes are manipulating the United Nations Human Rights System to block and attack those representing minorities, indigenous communities and other unrepresented peoples. The report is based on a 3-year study by Oxford University, with UNOP and the Tibet Justice Centre.
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read more + Why is life expectancy faltering? For the first time in 100 years, Britons are dying earlier. The UK now has the worst health trends in western Europe - and doctors and experts believe that the impact of austerity is a major factor. Professor Danny Dorling comments in a Guardian article on the decline in life expectancy in the UK for the first time in 100 years.
read more + Professor Gillian Rose elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences The School is delighted to announce that Professor of Human Geography Gillian Rose has been conferred a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, in recognition of her work shaping the field of cultural geography. As an Academy Fellow Professor Rose joins distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors working in Social Sciences.
read more + Is Fukushima doomed to become a dumping ground for toxic waste? Seven years after the Tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdowns, SoGE research fellow Dr Peter Wynn Kirby discusses possible future plans for the radiation-hit exclusion zone, including robot test-fields and safe storage for Japan's 17,000 tonnes of radioactive waste. "It is only a matter of time before it becomes possible for politicians to publicly back the idea of transforming the area around Fukushima Daiichi into a secure repository."
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read more + Concerns raised over rising deaths in England and Wales Health chiefs are failing to investigate a clear pattern of rising death rates and worsening health outcomes in England and Wales, argues Danny Dorling and colleagues in The BMJ, as the latest figures show more than 10,000 extra deaths in first weeks of 2018 compared with previous years.
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read more + New 'Settlers' exhibition opens Dr Claire Hann and Prof Danny Dorling have helped curate a new exhibition entitled 'Settlers: Genetics, geography and the peopling of Britain', that opens at the Museum of Natural History today. From the arrival of the earliest modern humans to the people of the present day, 'Settlers' tells the dynamic story of Britain's ever-changing population.
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read more + The rise of the planetary labour market "This will be the first year in human history in which a majority of the world's population is connected to the internet." SoGE Research Affiliate Professor Mark Graham writes for the New Statesman on the rise of this newly emerging labour market in which millions of jobs can be performed from "almost anywhere on Earth".
read more + Water Wars The 2011 drought in Russia, which led to wheat trade embargos, is said to have been a contributing factor to the Arab Spring. SoGE Visiting Professor David Grey shares his thoughts on the rising demand for water and its geopolitical consequences: "The problems of the complex parts of the world are problems for all of us and, if we don't contribute to a solution, then we will all suffer," he says.
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read more + Squatting makes the world a better place Covering the eviction of one of Britain's "highest-profile and most politically significant squats" -Grow Heathrow - the Guardian cites Dr Alexander Vasudaven's work, documenting how the economic crisis has been followed by a crackdown on squatters' rights across Europe and north America.
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read more + How squats can shape the cities they're in Vice interviews SoGE Associate Professor Alexander Vasudevan on his new popular history on squatting: 'The Autonomous City'. "Squats may disappear but they politicise people's lives," Vasudevan comments. "It is often an instrumental and formative moment for them. These are moments that point to different ways in which we might think about how we house ourselves in cities."