Sociology & Communications News Archive

May 2014

‘Feeling Funny/Being Human’, Brunel Centre for Comedy Studies Research receives grant from the School of Advanced Study (UOL) in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council

Dr Sharon Lockyer Director of the Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR) receives grant to investigate what humour can tell us about being human

December 2013

Dr Sarita Malik organises International Conference “Community Film Making & Cultural Diversity: practice, innovation and policy”

22nd – 23rd January 2014

October 2013

The first international Centre for Comedy Studies Research launched at Brunel

Dr Sharon Lockyer welcomes large audience at CCSR launch

August 2013

Senior Lecturer curating ‘Visualising Atmospheres’ exhibition in London

Dr Monica Degen, Senior Lecturer in the Sociology and Communications Department at Brunel is curating a new exhibition ‘Visualising Atmospheres’ based in London. Dr Degen along with Clare Melhuish and Gillian Rose from The Open University will be exhibiting their project...

May 2013

PhD Student Fellowship at Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Gabby Samuel wins prestigious Welcome Trust Award

Sociology Professor appointed to work with International Stem Cell Forum

Professor Clare Williams to represent UK on Ethics Working Party of International Stem Cell Forum

September 2012

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.

August 2012

Medical sociology research student receives grant to host bioethics conference

Brunel medical sociology research student, John Gardner, has received a prestigious grant to help host a conference on the subject of bioethics. The event will provide a platform to discuss how health professionals perceive and deal with a number of ethical issues.

July 2012

Media Regulation conference debates the future of public service broadcasting, communication rights and “snoopers’ charter”

On Tuesday 3rd July 2012 the newly formed Centre for Media, Culture and Regulation (CMCR) successfully hosted a colloquium - The Future of Media Regulation: Issues and Challenges.

June 2012

Dr. Sarita Malik awarded AHRC grant to explore Diasporic film

Dr. Sarita Malik has been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant as part of its Connected Communities programme, which explores community-related issues.

April 2012

New book explores criminals' attitudes to crime scene technologies

Professor Barbara Prainsack’s new book, Tracing Technologies, which looks at convicts’ perceptions of crime scene technologies, will be released at the start of next month.

The Brunel Professor of Sociology and Politics of Bioscience’s book, which was written with Professor Helena Machado from the University of Minho in Portugal, will be available from 1st May.

March 2012

Solidarity report suggests new approach to policy

Brunel’s Professor Barbara Prainsack worked in conjunction with Dr Alena Buyx, Assistant Director of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCoB) to produce a report on how solidarity could influence decision-making, which was launched in November.

The project was funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), and administered by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Dutch science and technology link for Brunel Sociology

Brunel University will soon be working with the Rathenau Institute on a Sociology master's degree module.

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.

January 2012

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.

January 2012

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