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Welcome to the newly developed Department Blog. Reflecting our commitment to interdisciplinary research, members of staff and postgraduates participate within a wide range of interdisciplinary research based in the Department and across the University. Initially we will have a new blog entry every two months and, in the longer term, intend to have monthly posting updates (past blogs will be archived and available).

Migrant families, Covid-19 travel restrictions, and everyday bordering

By Maria Teresa Ferazzoli and Julie Walsh  In the early days of the pandemic, many countries closed their borders to stop the spread of COVID-19. International travel has continued to be restricted, but with changing caveats, including ‘essential’ travel only, restrictions on travellers from particular countries, and the introduction of vaccination ‘passports’. Most recently, borders… Continue reading Migrant families, Covid-19 travel restrictions, and everyday bordering

What can Yik Yak’s relaunch tell us about kids and online anonymity?

By Ysabel Gerrard Dr Ysabel Gerrard is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Society. She received a British Academy Small Grant to research young people’s views of anonymous apps, and will publish some of the findings of this research in a forthcoming book: “The Platform Generation: Young Lives and Social Media Content Policies” (University of… Continue reading What can Yik Yak’s relaunch tell us about kids and online anonymity?

Beyond Gender Wars and Institutional Panics: Recognising Gender Diversity in UK Higher Education

By Sally Hines According to the UK’s media, academia is currently plagued by ‘silencing’, ‘no-platforming’, and ‘cancel culture’ amidst the Nation’s ‘gender wars’. Over the last year, barely a week has gone by without a broadsheet newspaper article, radio discussion programme, or TV report suggesting that UK Higher Education (HE) has reached crisis point in… Continue reading Beyond Gender Wars and Institutional Panics: Recognising Gender Diversity in UK Higher Education


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Is it still relevant to talk about deinstitutionalisation on World Mental Health Day?

By Maria Teresa Ferazzoli Campaigns like Let’s talk have worked to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and helped to raise awareness about the importance of asking for help. However, there is still limited attention given to the experiences of people affected by severe and chronic mental illness.  Present western mental health care systems… Continue reading Is it still relevant to talk about deinstitutionalisation on World Mental Health Day?

Marginalised Mothers: The Everyday Struggles of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim Lone Mothers.

By Sarah Baz In popular media and discourses the struggling hard working lone mother is often presented through images of White lone mothers.  In contrast, Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim (PBM) women are depicted as passive, lacking agency and embedded in old fashioned and authoritarian families (Qureshi 2016). Diversity in experience and family structure has hardly… Continue reading Marginalised Mothers: The Everyday Struggles of Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim Lone Mothers.