Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology news archive 2015-2022
Hear from Sociology Student Ella about her experiences of the Professional Pathways to Charity & Development
As a Sociology student in my final year, the thought of deciding what I want to do for a career was a daunting one! With so many different options and possibilities, I felt quite overwhelmed and unsure.
Experts call for health, care and social services to be designed in a manner that is more sensitive to shame experiences of their users.
New podcast documentary series highlights shame experiences of more than 200 healthcare workers
An interactive online exhibition captures extraordinary moments of the coronavirus pandemic, as expressed by millions across the country.
Volunteers mark decade of horticulture and friendship at community garden connecting students and their neighbours
Volunteers are marking a decade of innovative horticulture at Exeter’s Community Garden - where students work with their neighbours to cultivate food and friendship.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to transform how science and engineering is conducted and funded in Canada, bringing both tremendous opportunities and risks, according to a new expert panel report from the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA).
Pandemic left hospitality workers more vulnerable to conflict from customers and less able to challenge managers over safety due to financial insecurity, study shows
Hospitality workers felt less able to challenge and negotiate bad practice or unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.
Professor Sabina Leonelli, professor of Philosophy and History of Science, has been awarded the American Philosophical Society’s Patrick Suppes Prize in Philosophy of Science in recognition of her book Data Centric Biology.
Encouraging zoo visitors to focus on sounds as much as sights can help them feel a sense of connection with the lives of animals, a study indicates.
Trust in the UK Government, social norms, and privacy concern associated with uptake of NHS Covid-19 app, study shows
Uptake and continued use of the NHS Covid-19 app last year depended on people’s trust in the UK Government, their concern about privacy, and crucially whether other people in their social networks endorse it, a new study shows.
Hospitality workers speak of “moral burden” of their job on new podcast exploring struggles of pandemic working
Hospitality workers discuss the “moral burden” of their job during the pandemic on a new podcast which explores the struggles of those who worked in restaurants, pubs and fast food outlets during the health crisis.
Police staff who have to analyse and categorise images of child sexual abuse cope with the trauma associated with their work by developing informal ways to support each other, research shows.
The number of people diagnosed with autism has jumped by 787 per cent in the past two decades, a new study shows, likely an effect of increasing recognition.
Digital evidence at risk of being missed because of fragmented police training and coordination, study warns
There is a risk of crucial digital evidence being missed or misinterpreted because of a shortage of adequate skills and knowledge in police forces, a new study warns.
Impact of citizen-led forensic efforts to find the “disappeared” in Latin America analysed as part of major new study
The impact of grassroots forensic practices led by families trying to find the “disappeared” in Latin America will be analysed as part of a major new study.
As part of his annual visit to the South West, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales attended a meeting at Tennacott Farm, near Bideford.
Professor Sabina Leonelli has been elected to the prestigious Academia Europaea.
A new podcast series hosted by a University of Exeter academic explores issues linking climate challenge and society, in conversation with some of the UK’s leading researchers.
How to live well in older age? What can we learn from the anthropology of aging?
The trend for highly-educated women to have fewer children isn’t seen among those who are religious, new analysis suggests.
Methods of recording, investigating and learning from deaths following use of force by the police across Europe can be critically lacking, new report warns
Methods of recording, investigating and learning from deaths following use of force by the police across Europe can be “lacking in critical respects”, a new report warns.
"Groups, Clubs, and Scenes: Informal Creative Practices in Japan", led by Dr Jennifer Coates (University of Sheffield) and our own Dr Iza Kavedzija, has been awarded an AHRC Network Grant.
Health and wellbeing benefits of walking on the South West Coast Path valued at over £75 million per year
Latest research has calculated health and wellbeing benefits of over £75 million for people walking Britain’s longest National Trail. The figures were produced as part of a report published today that assesses the health and wellbeing benefits of the South West Coast Path.
Older people in Japan have an “attitude of gratitude” which keeps them feeling hopeful despite the challenges of aging, a new study says.
People back coronavirus restrictions but think autumn local lockdowns were mismanaged by the Government, survey shows
There is widespread public support for coronavirus restrictions, but most people believe local lockdowns this autumn were mismanaged by the Government, a new survey shows.
A major new research project will support open science implementation around the world.
'The Ends of Life: Time and Meaning in Later Years.' Special Issue of Anthropology and Aging, is out now.
University of Exeter experts are leading a major new study to better understand the mental and physical wellbeing issues facing agricultural workers.
A new regional network between the GW4 universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter has launched which will focus on research into neurodiversity and conditions such as ADHD and autism
Less than a fifth of farmers plan on fully retiring and many do not discuss their later life plans with loved ones, according to a new study from the University of Exeter in collaboration with NFU Mutual.
Five researchers at the University of Exeter have been awarded prestigious fellowships to tackle key issues from food and housing insecurities to autism diagnosis.
New research led by the University of Exeter and The Farming Community Network (FCN) aims to explore how social isolation, loneliness and mental health issues within the farming community are experienced and managed – and how to improve support available.
Weapons were not used in the majority of police incidents where officers had to use force, the first detailed analysis of statistics from a new national reporting system suggests.
Mass surveys and in-depth fieldwork across England will be used to explore how the coronavirus pandemic is both creating new social inequalities as well as reinforcing existing ones.
A new soap opera, comic and app are the latest weapons being used to tackle the epidemic of kidnappings in Mexico.
With an acute labour shortage in the seasonal farming industry and millions of people either out of work or furloughed, The Land Army was born with the goal of connecting farms and agricultural businesses with suitable candidates quickly.
The Patent Scholars Network, a network of patent scholars in the UK and Ireland, is running an online seminar series in summer 2020.
Efforts by police forces to speed up digital forensic analysis could lead to oversights in evidence gathering and interpretation, a new study warns.
A University of Exeter expert has come up with games featuring dancing, storytelling, running and acting to help families struggling to think of new things to do at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
The edited book about the history of neurodiversity movement published by Exploring Diagnosis, is written by autistic people about their own activism.
A University of Exeter expert has been elected to one of the world’s most prestigious academic organisations.
Male doctoral graduates more likely to have a full-time, permanent job than their female counterparts, study shows
Male doctoral graduates are more likely to get a permanent job compared to their female counterparts, a new study shows.
Making Meaningful Lives provides a rich anthropological account of the lives and concerns of older Japanese women and men
Dr Edward Skidelsky has launched a new website relating to his research into the history of virtue and vice terms.
Adrian Currie’s Rock, Bone and Ruin: An Optimist’s Guide to the Historical Sciences is a systematic philosophical examination of how scientists generate knowledge of the deep past.
A University of Exeter sociologist who has had a leading role in managing longitudinal studies which give vital information about the wellbeing of the nation has been awarded CBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
Professor Leonelli has been elected to the International Academy of Philosophy of Sciences and the European Philosophy of Science Association.
Professor Molyneux-Hodgson has been elected as the inaugural President of the newly formed European Research Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities research to ionising radiation SHARE.
The NHS and health services worldwide need to develop policies on when patients should be “re-contacted” about faulty genes, as the current lack of guidance creates a dilemma for health services, experts have warned.
Autistic adults have created beautiful animations as part of a project that highlights their creativity and different ways of thinking.
What can we hear if we stop and listen to the zoo? Does this change our experience of the animals we visit? Which species and what aspects of their behaviour come to the fore and what do we learn as a result?
A panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 12 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a round table networking session.
Autism enhances characteristics such as loyalty and focus which help those with the condition at work and in their relationships with others, experts have found.
The winning student from the University of Exeter was presented with the Thomas Clarkson Gold Medal at The Global Undergraduate Summit in Dublin, Ireland.
University of Exeter academic and partners train Polish torture prevention monitors in monitoring and documenting use of Taser, weapons and restraints
Enhancing the independent monitoring and documenting of the use of weapons and restraints in law enforcement activities was the focus of a capacity-building event for Polish torture prevention monitors on 30 October 2018 in Warsaw.
“Ongoing nervousness” about the use of e-cigarettes in stop-smoking services can be a “significant” barrier to people finding support, research revealed during “Stoptober” shows.
On Wednesday 12 September, a panel of alumni from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies attended an Exeter Scholars event, answering questions posed by Year 13 students on this prestigious programme, followed by a networking session.
On 20 - 21 October 2018, the EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group will be hosting the conference ‘Taking HBCA from Principles to Practice’, organised by Human Behaviour Change for Animals (HBCA)
The EASE (Exeter Anthrozoology as Symbiotic Ethics) working group from the University of Exeter’s Sociology, Philosophy & Anthropology department
A University of Exeter expert has been elected as a fellow of the prestigious British Academy for her research on the therapeutic value of music making.
Her book Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study, is praised by Selectors as "a ground-breaking, richly interdisciplinary and scientifically-engaged study that productively reframes philosophical conceptions of data".
Congratulations to Professor John Dupré, who will serve a two-year term.
University of Exeter academic honoured for research shaping new national data on police use of force
A University of Exeter expert’s work on a new national reporting system on the use of force for all 43 police forces in England and Wales has earned her a major award.
Dr Iza Kavedžija reviews a recent Nuffield Trust report that claimed: "England could learn lessons from Japan to address social care crisis".
A two-day discussion about ways of recording, evaluating and comparing information about deaths following police uses of force around the world.
The event was hosted by Egenis, The Centre for the Study of Life Sciences and the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
Evolved masculine and feminine behaviour can be inherited from social environment – not just from genes
The different ways men and women behave, passed down from generation to generation, can be inherited from our social environment – not just from genes, experts have suggested.
Dr Sabina Leonelli is helping to boost the amount of science research in Europe which will be openly available for all to read without charge.
One of the UK’s leading social scientists is joining the University of Exeter from her previous post as Chief Executive of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).
Listening to five minutes of West African or Indian pop music can give the listener more positive attitudes towards those cultures, research from the Universities of Oxford and Exeter has found.
Great philosophical questions such as ‘What is art?’ and ‘Should you always tell the truth?’, are being debated by Exeter primary school children, with the help of University of Exeter philosophers.
For decades the “father of genetics” Gregor Mendel has been portrayed as living an isolated, monk-like existence, cut off from society.
On Saturday 3 December, the University of Exeter welcomed a senior delegation from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).
University of Exeter social sciences students have been successful in an academic competition referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”.
New methods of genome editing which could increase food production rates in farmed animals require urgent ethical scrutiny, according to a University of Exeter expert.
Suspected drunks trying to get into pubs and clubs in Weymouth could be breathalysed and refused entry from Friday 16 September.
University of Exeter experts will collect large amounts of propaganda put on the internet by Islamic State terrorists in real time to understand how it radicalises people.
The Annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference 2016: “Moral Enhancement”. University of Exeter, 7-8 July 2016.
The annual Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference is taking place this year at the University of Exeter, with the topic of moral enhancement.
This project will work across the spectrum of disability, working closely with communities and organisations, and it will seek to enhance agency and challenge discriminatory and excluding practices
Published in 'Sociology': a review of Steve Fuller and Veronika Lipinska’s 'The Proactionary Imperative: A Foundation for Transhumanism'.
The University of Exeter has strengthened its position as being among the very best universities in the world for Social Sciences.
In just over a year, five MA Anthrozoology students have published articles based on the work they conducted during the course in high-standard peer-reviewed journals.
Sociology at the University of Exeter has increased its position in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 rankings. It is now ranked in the top 5 – 3rd in the UK for Sociology, an increase of 10 places over the last year.
In its first appearance in the Complete University Guide 2016, the University of Exeter ranked 6th in the country for Anthropology.
Professor John Dupré, Director of the Egenis research centre, has been appointed to a new genome editing working group established by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
SPA postgraduate organises an Experts Meeting to discuss the use of the electric-shock weapon the TASER™ in the UK.
Abi Dymond, researching Security, Conflict and Justice, worked with her supervisors at Exeter, Professor Brian Rappert, and the University of Bristol, as well as with the Criminal Justice Centre at Queen Mary, University of London and with colleagues at the South West Doctoral Training Centre, to bring together a wide range of participants.
We are now looking to recruit mentors to be a part of the scheme starting in Fresher’s Week 2015.
Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology celebrates notable Research Excellence Framework (REF) success.
The department has been ranked in the top 10 units for Sociology in the UK in the UK government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2014.
Slum settlements have a strong visual identity. We are used to seeing TV footage of densely packed, ramshackle homes squeezed onto strips of land in inner cities. Dr Tom Rice – a sound anthropologist at The University of Exeter – takes an alternative perspective and explores what a slum sounds like and how this embodies and reflects the local culture.
The resource provides instructions on a variety of home-based games and activities that require little or no equipment.
The conference welcomed PGRs from across SPA to present on the impact of their research in industry, academia, society, or on themselves as PGRs.
Act now to ensure animal welfare is at the heart of plans to introduce genome editing into farmed animal breeding, says independent ethics body
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, is calling on the Government to put animal welfare at the heart of plans to approve new breeding technologies in farming and food production, in a new report ‘Genome editing and farmed animal breeding: social and ethical issues’, published today.
Festival of Social Science: A fascinating insight into social science and its influence on our lives
Exeter academics will be demonstrating how our research is investigating the key issues in modern day life at a series of events.
Would you like to earn money talking about your course and student life? Do you want flexible work?
A non-profit company, which specialises in dementia daycare for the elderly, has increased its capacity 20-fold since its inception.
A new research project will unite police and researchers to increase evidence-based knowledge, skills and problem solving approaches within policing.
A major investigation into the views of volunteers on the consent process for medical research has been found to conflict with the standard practice required for consent in the UK.
A scheme to breathalyse suspected drunks trying to get into pubs and clubs in Torquay has seen a 39 per cent drop in violent crime.