News from the Social Science Research Group at UWE Bristol

Wartime Child Displacement Conference

The 'Wartime Child Displacement: Comparing Historical and Contemporary Cases’ conference, took place on 8 September 2016, at UWE Bristol. We asked how examples from the historic past might help us to address the multiple political and humanitarian challenges in the current migrant and child displacement situation in Europe.

Academic specialists, members of the Bristol Anglo-Polish Society, local and regional charities and professional educational bodies, as well as experts on post-conflict situations and restorative justice came together to share children's experiences of crisis, journeys and exile the legal and formal processes faced when displaced in own changed country or new country, impact in adult life and for second generations and the significance of community networks of support.

View our Wartime Child Displacement report (PDF). Please email Dr Tillie Curran at for more information.

2015 British Psychological Seminar Competition winners

The Group were very pleased to announce that Dr Nikki Hayfield and Dr Victoria Clarke were successful in winning the 2015 British Psychological Seminar competition. Dr's Hayfield and Clarke have funding to run a seminar series for the Identities theme within the Group, next spring, jointly with colleagues at Birkbeck and the Open University. View further information about the forthcoming seminars.

Social Science Research Group Launch

The Social Science Research Group held it's launch event on 10th September 2015 at the Arnolfini. The theme of the launch was 'Vulnerability, Resilience and Resistance', and over 60 people attended the event. Organisations including the police, probation, transform drugs policy, sexual/domestic abuse charities, victim support and Bristol City Council attended along with staff from across UWE. Members of the group discussed their research in byte size presentations and Professor Havi Carel from the University of Bristol, gave the keynote speech.

View all of the presentations from the launch below:

Keynote speech,
Professor Havi Carel (PDF)

Vulnerability, Resilience, Resistance and Social Control

Vulnerability, Resilience, Resistance and Mobility

Vulnerability, Resilience, Resistance and Austerity

Promoting Gender Equality Guest Speaker

On Promoting Gender Equality: Reflections on Directing the Studies Programme of the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training (UNU-GEST) Programme at the University of Iceland Annadís Greta Rúdólfsdóttir, University of Iceland.

The talk on 29 June 2014 by invited guest speaker Dr Rúdólfsdóttir critically reflected on her five year experience as the Studies Director of the United Nations University Gender Equality Studies and Training (UNU-GEST) Programme at the University of Iceland were she was responsible for defining the curriculum of a 20 week Diploma course on gender equality appropriate for students (both women and men) from Afghanistan, Palestine, Uganda, Malawi and Mozambique.

The process of designing and implementing an international study programme focusing on equality and gender reform raises a number of practical, theoretical and pedagogigal questions. How useful are mainstream theoretical frameworks and categories for gender analysis, which for the most part originate from the North, for making sense of the complex gender orders and gender relations that are part of the students' living and working environments? What kind of pedagogical/feminist approach is best suited for creating safe spaces for positive cross-cultural and inclusive dialogues?

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