Upcoming book launch event: 'A Watershed Moment for Social Policy and Human Rights? Where next for the UK Post-COVID'
28th June 2021
Launch of the new book 'A Watershed Moment for Social Policy and Human Rights? Where next for the UK Post-COVID'
About this event on Tuesday 20th July 2pm-3.30pm
- A peek at the book chapters
- Talks by the guest speakers
- Q&A with the authors
- Open discussion space
For more information about this event and to register click here
The book 'A Watershed Moment for Social Policy and Human Rights? Where next for the UK Post-COVID' by Drs Amy Clair, Jasmine Fledderjohann, and Bran Knowles, is available from 25th June through Policy Press at:
About the Book
With the ideological shift to neoliberalism and the introduction of austerity measures following the Global Recession, the UK has experienced divestment in the National Health Service, growing food bank use, increasing housing problems and growing inequities in access to digital services. These inequities have been both highlighted and compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Questioning the ideology that economic growth should be prioritized above all else, this book demonstrates that an alternative approach to social policy, based on human rights and social justice, is necessary to tackle the existing systemic inequalities brought to the foreground by COVID-19.
About the Authors
Dr Amy Clair is a Research Fellow in the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change (MiSoC) at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (ISER), University of Essex. She has a PhD in Social Policy from the University of York, and her research focuses on how social policies can improve well-being, with particular focus on housing, education, and child well-being.
Dr Jasmine Fledderjohann is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University and a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow. She completed her PhD in Sociology and Demography from the Pennsylvania State University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford before joining Lancaster. Currently she leads the Food Security for Equitable Futures project (@Food_Equity), which explores how lives in the Global South are shaped by undernourishment and hunger. Her work in the UK focuses on food insecurity, food bank use, and social policy.
Dr Bran Knowles is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University's Data Science Institute and based in the School of Computing and Communications. Her research explores socially responsible and trusted computing across a wide range of contexts, with a particular interest in trustworthy artificial intelligence and sustainable information & communication technologies. Current funded research projects in these areas include BIAS: Responsible AI for Labour Market Equality and Design Principles and Responsible Innovation for a Sustainable Digital Economy (PARIS-DE).
About the Chair
Professor Karen Broadhurst FAcSS is Professor of Social Work in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University and Co-Director of the University’s Data Science Institute. Karen's interests are in child and family justice, and she is recognised nationally and internationally for high quality, high impact research that has catalysed measurable change in policy and practice. Karen's team have pioneered the use of population-level family court data to generate completely new evidence about the impact of family justice systems on the lives of children and families. Karen and colleagues initiated the high profile Born into Care series, funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, which is transforming preventative services for the very youngest children in family court proceedings, and their parents. Karen collaborates with colleagues in Australia, Europe, the US and in China, through joint programmes of research on family justice and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.