SSESW research contributes to topical debates


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School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work colleagues continue to impact on policy and discussion across a range of topics by disseminating their work at conferences and in journals. These are just a few samples over recent months where our academics have contributed to important topical debates:

  • Amanda Slevin presented two papers at the XIX International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, Canada, in July including ‘The Corrib Gas conflict: More than a ‘David and Goliath’ type battle’.
  • At the 32nd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychology Society in Galway in August, Alan Maddock presented a Random Controlled Trial he carried out on the effectiveness of ‘Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on psoriasis symptoms, anxiety, depression and wellbeing’.
  • John Karamichas presented a paper entitled ‘Issue framing and agenda setting in the field of environmental policy in Greece’ at the International University Week in Tutzing, Germany, in October. The paper looked at how certain environmental and energy issues were framed in the context austerity.
  • A paper by Ian Cantley in the Journal of Educational Philosophy and Theory was described by a peer reviewer as a ‘stunning …well argued, well substantiated paper with the potential to make a real difference to policy’.  Entitled ‘PISA* and policy-borrowing: A philosophical perspective on their interplay in mathematics education’, the paper is available at . *(the Programme for International Student Assessment).

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