Human Rights


Blog on Carnegie UK/Policy Scotland workshop on embedding Dignity and Respect in the Scottish Social Security system Des McNulty The Scottish Government has identified five principles underpinning its approach to devolved social security: Social security in an investment in the people of Scotland Respect for the dignity of individuals is […]

Dignity and Respect: workshop on new Social Security arrangements in ...


In early November, Glasgow University PhD students Mary Anne MacLeod (Urban Studies) and former Policy Scotland intern, Sarah Hamlin (Scottish Literature) spent time volunteering in refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais respectively. Over this blog series they will be sharing different aspects of their experiences. This first blog post deals […]

Five things you find out in a European refugee camp


Human Rights Act Consultation Kurt Mills Convenor, Glasgow Human Rights Network   The government in Westminster announced in May 2015 that it intended to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. No specific government proposals have been published yet, although the Conservative Party did publish an […]

Human Rights Act Consultation



The Human Rights Q&A: Political artist Carla Novi   “I wanted to tell the story of the protesters in Mexico City, whose lives have been transformed in the past year since the 43 students disappeared”   Artist Carla Novi, 33, grew up in Mexico City. In 2009, she moved to […]

The Human Rights Q&A: Political artist Carla Novi


Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities Kurt Mills University of Glasgow   The crisis of humanity we see in the Mediterranean and Europe is part of a much larger complex of issues related to how the international community deals with war, atrocities and humanitarian crises. The […]

Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of ...




Policy Scotland is proud to support this Glasgow Human Rights Network Event Human Rights – Law, Power and Politics: Reflections of an Experience Professor Mashood Baderin, SOAS, UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre, University of Glasgow Wednesday 28th […]

Annual Human Rights Lecture


When: Tuesday 29th September Time: 19:00-21:00 Where: Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow Public meeting called by Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet) Scottish Refugee Council Positive Action in Housing Scottish Trades Union Congress Afghan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Scottish Catholic […]

EVENT : Refugees Are Welcome Here! – Solidarity From Scotland ...




BENEFIT SANCTIONS: RETROSPECT & PROSPECTS Dr David Webster, University of Glasgow 16:15 – 17:30, Monday 1st June Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre B (room 412) This seminar will present a critical analysis of the UK system of benefit ‘sanctions’. These are financial penalties imposed by officials on claimants of Jobseekers Allowance […]

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects


The Friday Video has been rebranded as the Thursday video. It’s still the same exciting tasters of the ground-breaking research taking place at the University of Glasgow – just the day earlier. This week’s video is from Ruth McKenna who discusses the impact of perceptions of Russia on Russian-speaking immigrants […]

Thursday Video: Ruth McKenna


Recruitment crisis at the NHS frontline? Why we should be concerned for deprived areas. by Breannon Babbel Findings from a recent British Medical Association (BMA) poll[1] have alarm bells ringing for general practice as a whole in the UK, and particularly for general practice in deprived areas. While the poll […]

Recruitment crisis at the NHS frontline?



This podcast was recorded at the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture held at the University of Glasgow. In this lecture, hosted by the Department of Sociology, Professor Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster, discusses the financial crisis in Europe and its democratic, social and gender-related outcomes.

Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University ...


This is the last Friday before what is sure to be an historic UK General Election on 7 May 2015. To celebrate, Policy Scotland are replacing this week’s Friday Video with a special podcast from our interns, Sarah Hamlin and Amy Watson. In this podcast, Sarah and Amy have a […]

Thursday Video Election Special – Gender and the 2015 General ...


This week’s Policy Scotland Friday Video features Breannon Babbel, Urban Studies researcher at the University of Glasgow. Breannon talks to us about her research and fieldwork with General Practitioners in deprived areas of Glasgow, and how their experiences can help shape policies that address health inequality across Scotland and the […]

Thursday Video: Breannon Babbel – The role of GPs in ...



In the first of our Friday Video series, we talk to Urban Studies postgraduate researcher, Kainde Manji, about her work on welfare reforms and people living with disabilities in Scotland.

Thursday Video: Kainde Manji discusses welfare and disabilities in Scotland


‘Making Sense of the Crisis: Is the financial crisis cascading into a democratic crisis in Europe?’ Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster The European nightmare is that economic crisis leads to the re-emergence of ethno-nationalism and fascism, with violence engulfing democratic institutions. Potentially, the crisis, […]

Video: Sylvia Walby presents the 2015 David Frisby Memorial Lecture


Dr. Matthew Waites, Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Glasgow discusses his recent book, “Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Commonwealth”. You can download or listen to it here:

New Podcast! Sexual orientation and gender identity in the Commonwealth



By Professor Anton Muscatelli The economic crisis of the last decade has cast the spotlight on economic inequality. But whilst inequality has been thrown into sharper relief by the recent recession, it has much deeper roots. Increasing inequality pre-dates the financial crisis in most industrialised countries. Understanding its causes is […]

Tackling trends in inequality