Reflections on ‘The Problem with Democracy’

Parliamentary Affairs has just published an interesting public lecture by Matthew Flinders, along with responses by Jack Corbett and Ian Marsh. The lecture brings together a whole host of complaints that have been targeted at advanced liberal democracies in trying to...

Towards an Ethic of Public Sociology

Reblog: This post was first published by Kevin Gillan at Discover Society. See the original here. Among scholars of social movements there is presently a lively debate about the ethics of social research. While the topic of research ethics is rarely one that excites...

Roundtable Review: Beyond Anti-Austerity?

Last week’s well-attended roundtable – Beyond Anti-Austerity? The Possibilities and Limits of Movements Resisting Neoliberalism – provided much interesting food for thought on a number of big questions facing contemporary movements of the left. What...

Protest Talks 3: Beyond Anti-Austerity?

The Possibilities and Limits of Movements Resisting Neoliberalism 3.30-5.30pm, 3rd December in the Arthur Lewis Boardroom, 2nd floor. All welcome, but please reserve a place via Eventbrite. The wave of protests instigated by the financial crisis in 2011 has already...

Emotional Contagion, Big Data and Research Ethics

The results of a recent psychology experiment on ‘emotional contagion’ last week were heavily reported in the mainstream media and, rather unusually, the discussion was focused on methodology and research ethics. The experiment involved manipulation of the ‘News Feed’...