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Read more at: Cambridge Horizons: Spotlight on Reproduction

Cambridge Horizons: Spotlight on Reproduction

Horizons is the University of Cambridge's research magazine. In the latest issue of Horizons , Prof Sarah Franklin is one of the advisory editors for the "Spotlight on Reproduction", which explores ancient ideas of generation and new frontiers in fertility, asks how the womb sets us up for life and what influences the...

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Cambridge Digital Verification Corps wins the Technology Enabled Learning Prize 2020 (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category)

The Digital Verification Corps is a collaboration between student groups at Universities around the world with Amnesty international, designed to provide fact-finders and verification for digital accounts of human rights abuses. Witnesses of human rights violations are increasingly using smartphones to record what they see...

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New Head of Department - Dr Manali Desai

Dr Manali Desai takes up the chair in Sociology this year, and in doing so becomes the first woman of colour, to our knowledge, to lead a Cambridge department in the University’s 811-year history. Dr Desai is a Reader in Sociology and a fellow at Newnham College , Cambridge. In this interview, she speaks to MPhil alumnus...

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Employing Essential Workers: Displaced Syrian Healthcare Professionals in The UK and Europe

As countries around the world wrestle with the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Employing Essential Workers tells the story of three healthcare workers displaced from Syria, and their aspirations for work in Turkey, Germany and the UK. The short film was produced by Research for Health in Conflict ( R4HC ), a...

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Read more at: Dr R Sánchez Rivera - Supervisor Award 2019-20 Winner

Dr R Sánchez Rivera - Supervisor Award 2019-20 Winner

Undergraduate supervisions are one of the most important features of a Cambridge education and the Faculty of HSPS is keen to encourage and reward best practice for the provision of supervisions. Each year, the Department of Sociology presents a Supervisor Award to a member of staff or postgraduate student who have...

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Congratulations to Brendan Burchell on his receipt of a professorship at the University of Cambridge

Brendan Burchell first came to Cambridge in 1985, thinking he’d stay for a couple of years as a research associate. “In my wildest dreams there was no way I thought that I’d stay permanently and become a Fellow of Magdalene College – let alone become a Cambridge Professor” he says. His first degree was in Psychology from...

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Read more at: Amnesty investigation finds global misuse of tear gas

Amnesty investigation finds global misuse of tear gas

With the help of researchers at the University of Cambridge, Amnesty has launched an interactive website documenting security forces’ misuse of tear gas in 22 countries around the world. Tear Gas: An investigation is the organisation’s new interactive, multimedia microsite explaining global use of tear gas, how it is used...

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Policing in a Pandemic: Building Trauma Resilience - Dr Rick Hanson and Dr Jess Miller

"Wouldn't it be great to one day get a neuroscientist and a Buddhist in a room together to help just sort out the policing brain?" In 2019, the National Police Wellbeing Lead, CC Andy Rhodes, made this observation at the annual #UpBeat conference, and just under a year later, Dr Jess Miller, Dr Rick Hanson and Police Care...

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Read more at: Department awarded gold rating in 2019-2020 Green Impact Awards

Department awarded gold rating in 2019-2020 Green Impact Awards

Congratulations to the Sociology Green Team who have once again earned the highest recognition in the annual NUS Green Impact Awards! Despite the disruption of the pandemic, our committed team worked hard to submit their workbook and participate in the remote audits to showcase their work, which was recognised with a Gold...

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Photography Competition 2020 - Results

The Department of Sociology is delighted to announce the results of this year’s Photography competition, which bore the theme "Sociology of Change". This year we received entries not just from across the UK but also from as far afield as Kuala Lumpur! The Department would like to thank all of the students that took part in...

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