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The Human Rights Q&A: Political artist Carla Novi

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 Glasgow to study for a…


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Syria and the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis: A Failure of International Responsibilities

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 situation where hundreds of thousands…


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The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain for not much gain

Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the national, regional, local authority and…


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English Votes for English Laws

by Prof. Adam Tomkins, John Millar Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow MPs return to Westminster in a couple of weeks. Among the constitutional matters competing for their attention will be “English votes for English laws”. This has been a contested and troublesome area of constitutional reform for the Government. Here are my…

Urban Land Reform

URBAN LAND REFORM IN SCOTLAND – updated 03/11 – new Briefing Paper: response to Scottish Government Report to Sounding Board In May 2014, the Land Reform Review Group submitted its final report to the Scottish Government. The First Minister announced in November 2014 that the Government would consequently bring forward a Land Reform Bill, which…

Poetic Politics Conference

‘Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On’ is an inter-institutional, publicly engaged symposium focused on cultural responses to the referendum. It will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, with a connected evening performance event at a nearby venue. Registration for the day programme…

Free Event: Benefit Sanctions, retrospect & prospects

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 (JSA), Employment and Support Allowance…


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Podcast: Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, University of Lancaster on the financial crisis in Europe

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.