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Re-evaluations of wellbeing under lockdown: implications for a socially just environmental transition by Paul Bridgen

The UK Covid19 lockdown, introduced as infections began to rise in mid-March, prevented the population from undertaking many of the everyday activities taken for granted in late modern consumer society. Citizens could only leave their […]

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Researching poverty in the pandemic: thinking through ethical issues and challenges by Kayleigh Garthwaite et al.

There are always ethical issues that researchers must be mindful of when carrying out research on poverty and social security. Power dynamics, the sensitivity required when asking people about their experiences, and importance of offering […]

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Teachers, the anti-heroes? The global pandemic crisis and the construction of teachers as the problem ‘Other’ – by Sotiria Grek

Whilst teachers’ work is valued more and more by parents who have had to assist their children with home schooling, teachers in England are under attack. In the following piece, Sotiria Grek is discussing the reasons for […]

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The WHO in the limelight: squaring a triangle of science, politics and policy in global health emergencies by Dr Cleo Davies

After the SARS outbreak in 2002-2004, the 2009 flu pandemic, and Ebola in 2014-2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) is back in the limelight due to Covid-19. The organization and its work in coordinating global […]