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Cool to Care?

Cool to Care?

Social Change, the Climate Emergency, and the ‘Snowflake Generation’ The idea that it’s ‘cool to care’ and the recent rise of ethical consumerism in the UK has been driven by ‘Millennials’. But is ‘cool to care’ simply a reworking of... More…
Anti-stigma campaigns in mental health: what gets left out?

Anti-stigma campaigns in mental health: what gets left out?

Over the past two decades, stigma for people with mental health problems has become an increasing concern for researchers, practitioners, service users and politicians. This has led to several international government funded campaigns to increase public awareness of the realities... More…
Atalanta the Greek Amazon: revisioning gender equality in STEMM

Atalanta the Greek Amazon: revisioning gender equality in STEMM

In a previous blog in 2015, commenting on the film ‘Suffragette’, I compared the situation for women in science depicted in the film with modern times. One of the main characters, Edith, was a qualified pharmacist but had been denied... More…
The Fragility of the Enterprise

The Fragility of the Enterprise

I’m at a medium-sized conference, one I’ve attended several times before and I am in a deep depression*. An anthropologist I don’t know is looking at me, intently. She has just told me that she’s especially interested in what I... More…
Mortality rates are still rising in the UK

Mortality rates are still rising in the UK

And everyone is ignoring how many more people are dying When the UK’s annual mid-year population estimates were released in late June 2019, much of the media coverage focused on the fact that the population had risen, but growth rates had stalled. The... More…
Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s "Normal People"

Student Mental Health, Social Class and Insecurity in Sally Rooney’s “Normal People”

ISBN 9780571334650 Format Paperback Published 02/05/2019 Length 288 pages Sally Rooney’s second novel Normal People (recently published in paperback) has drawn a great deal of praise being suggested as a “future classic” for its zeitgeisty insights into the relationships and... More…
Leadership Blues

Leadership Blues

As Britain descends further into the dystopian nightmare that Brexit has become, the latest instalment of our journey from serious country to sick joke is the Tory leadership contest.  That a country, that considers itself a democracy, can choose a... More…
The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

The Colonisation of Pondering and Pottering

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows. No time to see, when woods we pass, Where... More…
Acknowledging Unpaid Public Work

Acknowledging Unpaid Public Work

The Need for Authentic Peer Support The idea of unpaid public work is an underexplored aspect of many women’s lives. Unpaid work might include: being a trustee on charitable boards, providing pastoral care and signposting people to welfare services, participating... More…
The Anti-Vaxx Movement and New Media

The Anti-Vaxx Movement and New Media

Communicating Public Health in a Changing Landscape Some of you may already be aware of the latest Netflix documentary Behind the Curve. It focuses on a group of conspiracy theorists who persist in believing that the earth is flat. The... More…
Urban Nature

Urban Nature

There has been a resurgence of interest in the need for more green space in our cities.  Being near nature lifts the mood, and there is hard evidence of the positive mental health effects of time spent with nature.  However,... More…
Turning the NHS into Uber

Turning the NHS into Uber

In October 2018 the NHS Digital App was launched amidst claims it will be the “digital NHS ‘front door’” to a range of services. Similar to apps such as “Push Doctor” and “GP at hand” it will provide advice, a... More…