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Centre for Applied Linguistics

Is it time to recognise that linguistic and cultural diversity can drive civic participation and social well-being?

Professor Jo Angouri writes for Conversation UK with Professor Loredana Polezzi and Professor Rita Wilson

Thu 21 February 2019, 12:47

Centre for Education Studies

CES Postgraduate Conference - 11 May - Open to all University staff and students

Please see find more information HERE

Registration is open until teh 29th April and there is the opportunity to submit abstracts and/or posters until 26th April.


PhD scholarship for 2019

We are pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded PhD scholarship for 2019 entry ‘Well-being of pupils and teachers in North Wales schools’ in collaboration with the Regional School Effectiveness and Improvement Service for North Wales (GwE). For further details please click here.

Thu 28 March 2019, 15:51 | Tags: Faculty of Social Sciences

Centre for Professional Education

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Opportunities and Limits of Experimental Social Science

Professor David Stark (CIM) and Professor Nick Chater (WBS) Event

Mon 16 May 2016, 09:59 | Tags: interdisciplinary social science news-item-1 stark

Centre for Lifelong Learning

Association for Academic Outreach Conference 2019 to be held at Warwick this April

Dr. Anil Awesti, Senior Teaching Fellow and Tutor and Jim Judges, Senior Academic Technologist will be reflecting on two examples of the Centre for Lifelong Learning outreach activities at the Association for Academic Outreach 2019 Annual Conference on 27 April 2019.


CAGE Advantage Magazine

Welcome to the Spring 2019 issue of Advantage.cage-logo.jpg

The magazine of the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy.

Our research, which is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) addresses issues related to improving living standards, raising productivity, maintaining global competitiveness and facilitating economic well-being.

In this issue, Chris Anderson looks at the diverging opinions of Leavers and Remainers about our economy and compares this state of affairs with the US after Trump’s election. He explores the ideas of whether this really makes a difference? Do voters change their economic behaviour after a vote? And is their economic behaviour politically motivated?

Conversely, Mark Harrison looks at another superpower, the former Soviet Union, on the eve of the Second World War, and talks about his latest publication: The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia Volume 7: The Soviet Economy and the Approach of War, 1937–1939 (co-written by R. W. Davies, Mark Harrison, Oleg Khlevniuk, and S. G. Wheatcroft). In it, he shows how official statistics exaggerated the growth of the economy and the population, and concealed how low productivity and living standards persisted.

Back in the UK, in his article on bus travel, Michael Waterson tells us how the increased cost in bus fares is leading to fewer people using these crucial public services. These declining numbers and deteriorating local government subsidies is leading to passengers increasingly having to shoulder the operating costs. From here, we move to the online world. Specifically social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and politicians’ have used it to micro-target voters. Looking mainly at the US, Michela Redoano shows how Facebook ads have been successfully used in elections to inform and ultimately persuade voters. So, can we trust governments? Specifically can we trust them to spend revenues they receive in ways that improve the welfare of their citizens? And do they spend tax revenues and non-tax revenues in different ways? Lucie Gadenne answers these questions and more in her article starting on page 19.

Lastly, we also publish an article by Ashok Manandhar, who was the winner of our 2019 essay writing competition. His article, a summary of Morgan Kelly and Cormac Ó Gráda’s working paper, shows how, using a variety of novel data sources, the authors piece together a picture of working class migration to Paris, and the changes wrought by the expansion of the railways.

We hope you find this issue enjoyable and informative!

View Spring 2019 issue

About CAGE

Established in January 2010, the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) is a research centre in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick

The Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy produces a wide range of publications which are available to download from the Centre’s website.

Wed 24 April 2019, 08:13 | Tags: Department, Spotlight

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

Working Collaboratively 2019

This one day workshop aims to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by working collaboratively on your PhD and what it means for your research. Collaborative research provides unique opportunities for doctoral researchers – and unique challenges.

Welcoming PhD students from all disciplines across the Social Sciences working in collaboration with non-academic institutions or those considering a collaborative element to their research, the workshop will provide the opportunity to:

  • Consider key challenges around collaborative research and strategies to navigate them
  • Learn the skills of engagement with non academic collaborative partners
  • Share research and network with other collaborative students


Full programme coming soon but the day will include:

  • Academic perspective on collaborative research
  • Student presentation on internships
  • Student presentations on undertaking a collaborative studentship
  • 'Talking to Muggles' - An interactive workshop lead by Warwick Ventures

For more details go to the events page on the Midlands Graduate school website

Tue 19 March 2019, 15:42

Institute for Employment Research

IER team visits India for project launch workshop in April/May

GCRF logoClare Lyonette, Gaby Atfield and Sudipa Sarkar will visit India for the first of a series of workshops as part of the ESRC Global Challenges Research Fund project 'Inequalities and skills acquisition in young people: Identification of factors affecting successful outcomes in the DDU-GKY Indian skills programme for unemployed young people’.

The IER team will be joined by Bhaskar Chakravorty, an IER PhD student and research assistant, and Himadri Sinha, co-investigator on the project, based at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS).

During the first workshop visit, the IER team will deliver workshops to Master's students at XISS on quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as engaging with key local stakeholders.

Fri 19 April 2019, 10:50 | Tags: young people, unemployment, skills


Law award in honour of Dwijen Rangnekar

The Law School has established an annual award for contributions to social justice to honour our former colleague, and friend, Dr Dwijen Rangnekar.

All current and former students of Warwick Law School are eligible for the award.

Wed 17 April 2019, 08:27 | Tags: Award, Alumni, Feature

Politics and International Studies

NSS Now Open for PAIS Finalists

NSS LogoThe National Student Survey (NSS) is now open at the link below. In partnership with our students, we have built the PAIS department together. Thank you! We’d love your feedback on the three or four years you have spent with us, in PAIS.


Why else complete the survey?

  • Treat Yourself – by receiving £5 Eating at Warwick credit, as a thank you
  • Help a Charity – for each PAIS response, we will donate £5 to the Warwick Cancer Research Centre, our finalists chosen charity.
  • Shape the Future of PAIS – your feedback will help shape the future of the PAIS department

It will take just 5 minutes to complete. Your feedback matters and makes a huge difference to PAIS as shown on our You Said We Did page.

Last year PAIS achieved 95 per cent for overall satisfaction - No 1 in the Russell Group.

Please remember the £5 credit only applies to those who complete online so please complete early to ensure you do not lose out.

Simply send your confirmation email – after completing the survey - to to receive your £5.

Wed 06 February 2019, 10:51 | Tags: Front, UG


Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson to be a Guest on BBC Radio Four's 'In Our Time' Programme


Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson will feature in a forthcoming edition of In Our Time, to be broadcast on BBC Radio Four on Thursday 9 May 2019 at 0900. Professor Ansell-Pearson, who specialises in modern European philosophy and is the author of monographs on Bergson and Nietzsche, will discuss Bergson and the Question of Time with Melvyn Bragg and his fellow expert guests.

In Our Time is BBC Radio Four's flagship discussion programme exploring the History of Ideas, and has been presented by Melvyn Bragg since its inception in 1998. The programme's reputation and cultural impact is such that it is claimed to have "transformed the landscape for serious ideas at peak listening time".

Wed 17 April 2019, 12:14 | Tags: socialsciences Home Page External


The latest edition of Toxic News is now available

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.

Mon 18 March 2019, 15:14 | Tags: Research