Negative views of flexible working prevalent, especially among men

Dr Heejung Chung, Reader in Sociology and Social Policy, examines how flexible working arrangements often lead to negative views from co-workers and career barriers.

See the University’s News Centre for details of Dr Chung’s research.

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State pension age rises causing huge uncertainty for older workers

Research involving Professor Sarah Vickerstaff uncovers numerous issues being caused by the rising state pension age.

The alignment of state pension ages for women and men – while in some senses a milestone for gender equality – has created very real difficulties for those whose who will now not receive their State Pension when they had originally expected to.

As a result many older workers, particularly women, are living increasingly precarious lives because they are being forced to remain working in physically demanding and sometimes insecure jobs.

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Diesel emissions report shows why action is vital to tackle health impacts

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Event celebrates 100 years of the Women’s Movement in the South East

The University is hosting a free event on Saturday 8 December, at its Tonbridge Centre, to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Movement in Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Organised by Dr Anne Logan, the event will feature talks and discussions on several areas of the Women’s Movement, including a focus on the Women’s Suffrage movement in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells, and a look at art and literary works produced in response to the Suffrage campaign.

See the University’s News Centre for further details and to register (places are free but limited) and Women’s History Kent for the programme.


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Research book launch

At this event on Monday 26 November, five Kent authors will offer brief reflections about the arguments and insights of their newly published books and discuss questions from an open audience.

The event aims to celebrate the contribution of CSHE, CER and the Visual and Sensory Research Cluster (SSPSSR) to emerging research across theory and practice.

One of the five authors is Dr Dawn Lyon, who will introduce her new book What is Rhythmanalysis?

In recent years, there has been growing interest in Henri Lefebvre’s posthumously published volume, ‘Rhythmanalysis’. For Lefebvre and subsequent scholars, rhythmanalysis is a research strategy which offers a means of thinking space and time together in the study of everyday life, and this remains its strength and appeal.

‘What is Rhythmanalysis?’ addresses the task of how to do rhythmanalysis. It discusses the history and development of rhythmanalysis from Lefebvre to the present day in a range of fields including cultural history and studies of place, mobility, work and nature. It considers how the body is directly deployed as a research tool in rhythmanalytical research as well as how audio-visual methods can get at rhythm beyond the capacity of the senses to perceive it. See Bloomsbury Academic for more information.

See the Centre for Ethnographic Research for details of the book launch.

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Legal highs review shows banning drugs does not solve problems

See the University News Centre to read Professor Alex Stevens‘ comments on the government’s review into the ban on legal highs, which has found the sale of these drugs has gone underground as an illegal trade as a result.

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Post-Soviet Union happiness lag between east and west Europe explained

Research finds that mass unemployment after the fall of the Soviet Union may have had a far longer-term impact on the health and happiness of those living in Eastern Europe than was previously thought.

Academics, including Dr Olena Nizalova, joint Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics in the Centre for Health Services Studies and the Personal Social Services Research Unit, set out to examine why many Eastern European nations’ populations reported lower happiness levels than Western nations, despite several years of economic growth and quality of life improvements prior to the Great Recession that started in 2008.

See the University News Centre for the full story.

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Inequality must be tackled to stop London crime surge

Professor Larry Ray comments on how the policy and government can take a better long-term stance to tackle the rising crime rate in London. He says “To be effective, increased resources, policing, violence reduction units, community cohesion initiatives need to be combined with serious and far-reaching measures to reduce inequalities and deprivation in London and other cities in the UK.”

To read Professor Ray’s comments in full, see the University’s News Centre article.


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Centre for Philanthropy celebrates 10 years of research and engagement

The Centre for Philanthropy celebrated 10 years since its inception on Tuesday 6 November.

Its research has provided some of the first detailed studies of philanthropy, fundraising and volunteering in the UK, and it has successfully launched the first postgraduate degree in Philanthropic Studies outside North America.

See the University News Centre article for details

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‘Cruel’ benefits system must be overhauled

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has now joined the list of agencies, including the National Audit Office, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Trussell Trust, who point out that benefits sanctions are ‘pointless and cruel’.

See the University’s News Centre for Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby’s reponse to an MPs report criticising benefit sanction schemes.

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