News and Events
New Interdisciplinery 'Cost of Living' blog
A new interdisciplinary blog 'Cost of Living' http://www.cost-ofliving.net/ has been launched in collaboration with the Open University and University of Essex.
Dr Lesley Henderson, contributing editor (Co-Director, Centre for Culture, Media and Regulation) explains: “The blog, funded by the Medical Sociology Group/BSA, is aimed at facilitating public engagement in Sociology from a wide readership across politics/economics/sociology". It provides a vibrant mix of topical comments, analytical features and contemporary reviews. Articles will address both enduring questions in health and more immediate concerns – anyone interested in contributing (350-1000 words) should consult the author guidelines on the blog or contact one of the editors.
Research funding for Clare Williams
The Wellcome Trust has awarded Professor Clare Williams funding for her project Selective Reproductive Technologies: framings, choices, responsibilities. The trust’s Ethics and Society Small Grants Committee agreed to fund research leave for the Brunel Professor of Medical Sociology to work on the project. The Wellcome Trust is a charitable foundation that supports those who specialise in biomedical research and the medical humanities.
Grant Success for Research on Disabled Comedians
Dr Sharon Lockyer, Lecturer in Sociology and Communications, has been awarded a research grant by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust for a project entitled Exploring the Potential of Disabled Comedians in Improving the Lives and Experiences of Disabled People. Through interviews with comedians, research will examine how live comedy can be used to as a vehicle to challenge stereotypes and caricatures surrounding disability, and how disabled comedians can have a positive impact on their audiences’ understandings of disabilities. The research, supported by The Big Difference Company, will also look that the social and political implications of such performers.