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Five things you find out in a European refugee camp

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 with some of the unexpected,…


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Human Rights Act Consultation

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 initial document on ‘Protecting Human…


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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…

Event: Work Capability Assessment: What Now?

Tuesday 27th October 18:00 – 19:10 University of Glasgow, Gannochy Seminar Room 3 – Wolfson Medical Building Eventbrite Registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/work-capability-assessment-what-now-tickets-19040899844 Controversies and flaws in the Work Capability Assessment are by now well documented, with a large percentage of those declared ‘fit for work’ successfully appealing. In 2014, the Scottish Government’s Expert Working Group on Welfare…

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…


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Thursday Video: Ruth McKenna

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 in Scotland. Ruth also wrote…


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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.


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Thursday Video: Breannon Babbel – The role of GPs in Health Inequality

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 UK.