View the latest news from departments within the Faculty of Social Sciences below.
If you are a CES student and graduating on the 16th July 2019 we would like to invite you to a reception prior to your ceremony - a chance to meet and celebrate with fellow students and staff
Congratulations to Sam Flynn who has been taking part in the Warwick VIBE (Venture into Business Engagement) programme and who won the ‘VIBE learning award’. She was presented with a bottle of champagne and £500.
VIBE was created to help Social Sciences researchers respond to the changing landscape of research funding which increasingly includes collaborating with business to solve some of society’s biggest issues. Further details can be found here:
Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event
The seventh annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference
On 3 - 4 June 2019, the seventh edition of annual Warwick Economics PhD Conference was held at the University of Warwick campus.
In addition to the generous financial support from the department, this year, the Centre for CAGE partly funded the conference. The conference, organized by Ph.D. students of the Economics department, received about 200 applications from graduate students of leading research institutions in the world. A multi-stage selection process and a scientific committee, consisting of faculty members and Ph.D. students of the department, helped in process of whittling down these high-quality applications to twenty – 12 seminar presentations and 8 poster presentations.
Prof. Debraj Ray set the ball rolling with his engaging keynote address. The talk focused on the logical next step of research – how to publish, and publish well. This was followed by top-notch presentations by students from UCLA, MIT, KU Leuven, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Toulouse School of Economics, Queen Mary University, LSE, UPF, Paris School of Economics, and University of Toronto. The papers presented covered a broad range of topics and fields in the subject – Political and Public Economics, IO, Development, Economics Theory, Econometrics, Behavioral, and Applied Economics.
Each presentation was followed by discussion and comments from students and faculty members in the audience providing the authors constructive feedback on their work. Interesting poster presentations contributed another aspect to the event and were also well received. This year, the conference also provided financial support to applied research projects that were deemed promising by an evaluation committee of faculty members. The winners of the grant presented their projects. Alongside the academic discussions, the conference also catered towards opportunities for informal discussions and networking during the lunch and dinner events.
Overall, the event was a success and achieved its target of providing a platform to graduate students to showcase their work, and gave an opportunity to students at Warwick to discuss their research and promote the department’s program to their peers across the globe.
Duncan Lees was interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 documentary "Branding Genius" https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p071kl7q about various aspects of how the "brand" of Shakespeare operates in education, in China and elsewhere.
IER secured Bronze Athena SWAN Award
IER has been awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN Award in recognition of its efforts to promote equality, representation, progression and success for everyone working within the Institute.
Professor Clare Lyonette, along with Catherine Vassallo, IER’s Administrator, led the Athena SWAN submission with support from the Self-Assessment Team (SAT). Clare and Catherine are delighted with the award which is a testament to the incredible hard work and effort by all involved.
‘We are proud that the Equality Challenge Unit has recognised us in this round of awards and we are now looking forward to fully implementing our Action Plan. We have a dedicated team of staff who will be working together to make sure that the impetus is maintained over the coming months and years’.
‘The Athena SWAN submission included new data collection and analysis and led us to reflect upon our processes and practices more closely, particularly with a new intake of early career researchers in recent years. We will strive to ensure that they, and all staff and students, are equally recognised and have equal opportunities to thrive in a busy and demanding research-only environment’.
The IEL Collective will be hosting its first Inaugural Conference from 6-7 November 2019 at the University of Warwick and is calling for papers.
Dr Trevor McCrisken has been featured on a number of media outlets this week, discussing US President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom.
Dr McCrisken first discussed President Trump's arrival into the country on BBC Breakfast:
Trevor then spoke about what the visit will entail and what it means for the two countries:
Dr McCrisken has also featured on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio (19 minutes in) and LBC.
Philosophy Department Undergraduate Essay Competition 2019 - 'Philosophy in the Wild'
The winners of this year's undergraduate Philosophy in the Wild' essay competition are Maya Kokerov (winner), Euan McGinty (runner up) and Neville Birdi (runner up). The judges were impressed by the quality of all the essays submitted, and the choice was a difficult one. However, the essays produced by Maya, Euan and Neville were selected for the way they imaginatively interpreted the brief, and how all three pieces of work demonstrated the importance and value of philosophy in the world today. The winners were awarded vouchers worth £100 (first prize) and £50 (runners up) respectively.
Maya (first prize), applied metaphysical ideas on personhood to the contemporary issue of social media: "I was interested in tackling the common idea that the internet is solely used to express superficial aspects of our lives - but it is possible to use social media smartly if we think about it in philosophical terms".
Euan channelled his interest in the Philosophy of Language to explore the way certain words and terms can influence our perception of the world, relating particularly to environmentalism. He focused on John Baird Callicott's discussion about the historical baggage associated with the term 'wilderness'. Says Euan: "my aim was to apply some of the knowledge I've gained from studying philosophy and put it in the context of issues that concern me".
Neville's inspiration came directly from Professor Kimberley Brownlee's lectures on Ideas of Freedom, and particularly 'freedom of thought' and 'freedom of expression'. Writing the essay allowed Neville to draw links between the philosophical theory and the real world: "everyone now knows we live in a 'post-truth' and 'fake news' age, so when better to discuss the value of thought, expression, and the press?" he says.
Congratulations to all three winners on their achievement from everyone in the Department!
The Toxic News e-magazine was conceived as a result of the European Research Commission funded project Toxic Expertise hosted by the Sociology Department. The project examines competing claims about the health effects of pollution, focusing on the global petrochemical industry.
In this edition Diane Sicotte writes on the toxic relationship between fracking and plastics; Troy D Abel, Jonah White and Stacy Clauson examine environmental injustice in South Seattle; Sarah Marie Wiebe, Jen Bagelman and Laurence Butet-Roch explore the experience of indigenous peoples at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve in Canada's 'Chemical Valley'; Sophia Jaworski suggests we move beyond environmental injustices associated with proximity of industry towards interrogating the toxicity of everyday landscapes. Finally Angelo Raffaele Ippolito explores the moral struggles of a community in Taranto, Southern Italy, faced with industrial pollution from the largest steel mill in Europe.