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Stan Lee: Heroes for all

Wed 14 November 2018

In the week that Stan Lee died, Julian Schmid, a doctoral researcher in Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies, looks at his legacy from a cultural and political perspective.

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From Munitionettes to Citizens – Women in 1918

Tue 06 November 2018

The experience of the Great War helped to radically change notions of citizenship in Britain. 100 years after the end of the First World War, Dr Sarah Richardson from the Department of History at the University of Warwick, examines how life changed for British women after 1918.

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A Zoological Education

Fri 16 February 2018

Thinking of taking the children to the zoo? You may come home with the next Sir David Attenborough or Jane Goodall. Research by Dr Eric Jensen, from the Department of Sociology, has shown that a day out at the zoo is more than fun. It can help to boost children's science and conservation education.

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Sustainability starts with self

Mon 08 January 2018

There are 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN for the world to try and reach by 2030. From the day they came into force at the beginning of 2016, it gives us 15 years to sort a few things out. But the things that need sorting out are not small matters – among them are feeding the world, solving social injustice, ending poverty and combatting climate change. Surely big issues like these are jobs for scientists and governments - the average person can’t do much - can they?

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Hurricane: Natural phenomenon. Manmade disaster

Fri 01 September 2017

It’s tropical storm season in the Atlantic. The world has watched as Hurricanes Irma and Maria and their counterpart tropical storms have roared around the Caribbean leaving disaster in their wake. But the devastation these events leave behind have as much to do with humans and history as it does with the actual weather, according to Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, a sociologist teaching on the University of Warwick’s Global Sustainable Development programme.

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Part of the family - pets and the emergence of post-human family

Fri 16 June 2017

We are famously a nation of animal lovers. There’s no doubt the British public has a strong affinity with its pets – whether they are dogs, cats, hamsters or lizards. Professor Nickie Charles has been studying that relationship for more than ten years and asking whether we are seeing the emergence of post-human families.

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Women shall develop the world

Tue 07 March 2017

Achieving gender equality by 2030 is a global sustainable development goal. This was established by the UN in 2015. The goal is number five on a list of 17 and sits above clean water and climate action. But why is gender equality so integral to development? Can’t we just solve world problems as we are?

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Prisons - still searching for a solution

Mon 20 February 2017

Victorian prisons were dreadful and frightening places. Writers and commentators of the time criticised the prison system, and called for change. Fast forward 130 years and the media is full of opinion and exposé on the current set-up. England now has the largest prison population in Western Europe. Will there ever be a system which works?

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