Criminal justice system still failing the innocent16 December 2011Innocent people are still languishing in prison despite a publicly funded body that was set up to assist them to overturn their wrongful convictions. The Innocence Network UK (INUK) calls today for the reform of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) — the last resort for innocent victims of wrongful conviction.
Dr Ryerson Christie gives keynote lecture at Durham University1 December 2011Dr Ryerson Christie will give a keynote lecture at St Aidan's College, Durham University on The Pacification of Soldiering and the Militarization of Development: Contradictions Inherent in Provincial Reconstruction in Afghanistan, on Friday, 2nd December.
Dr Gaston Fornes receives award9 November 2011The Government from Ningxia, a province in the North West of China, has awarded Dr Gaston Fornes the Liupan Mountain Friendship Award for his “contribution to the development of Ningxia’s economy and society.”
Dr Marguerite Marie Peutz wins faculty research prize4 November 2011The best research dissertations produced by postgraduate students in each of Bristol University’s six faculties have been announced. Dr Marguerite Marie Peutz wins the Social Science and Law faculty prize for her research project "Ethical Space and the Experience of Psychosis: A Study of a Dutch Self Help Group".
Hilary Hartley PhD thesis prize winner announced4 November 2011In memory of former PhD student Hilary Hartley, the School has created an annual prize of £100 for the best PhD thesis. The 2011 prize is awarded to Karen Tucker for her dissertation 'Governing Global Civil Society: The WTO, NGOs, and the Politics of Traditional Knowledge and Biodiversity.'
Dr Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol27 October 2011Dr Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan, Senior Lecturer in European Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol, commented to The Huffington Post and was interviewed by John Darvall for the mid-morning show on BBC Radio Bristol [27 Oct] about the situation in the eurozone and growing economic crisis.
SPAIS announce new postgraduate research scholarship19 October 2011The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) will be offering a postgraduate research scholarship for a new Home (UK or EU) student for September 2012 entry. The scholarship will offer funding for three years to cover tuition fees and a maintenance stipend equivalent to RCUK rates. Applications are invited from strong candidates in all areas of sociology, politics or international studies.
The work of Professor Harriet Bradley celebrated at colloquium in London12 October 2011A colloquium is being held at The Women's Library, London on 25 November, to celebrate the important academic contribution of leading sociologists, Harriet Bradley and Anna Pollert, both of whom are retiring in 2011. After careers motivated by socialist feminist politics and activism, Anna and Harriet have made a huge contribution to the study of women’s work, gender and class and its inter-relationship, although in both cases their work extends beyond this.
SPAIS students present at KIAS Conference in Canada5 October 2011SPAIS students, Luke Burns and Kazuaki Tsujii, presented their undergraduate dissertation research at the KIAS inaugural International Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference, at the University of Alberta, Canada, in August 2011.
Decisive role of trade unions in Ed Miliband’s leadership victory20 September 2011One year on from Ed Miliband’s victory as Labour party leader, new research from the University of Bristol published in the Palgrave Macmillan journal British Politics, explores the extent of trade union involvement in the electoral contest and how they determined the outcome of that electoral contest.
University of Bristol Innocence Project asks: Is William Beck a victim of mistaken eyewitness identification?25 August 2011William Beck was 20 when he was arrested for an armed robbery of a post van in Livingston, Scotland on 16 December 1981. Nearly three decades later, after serving six years of imprisonment for a conviction based exclusively on eyewitness identification, he continues to maintain his innocence. The University of Bristol Innocence Project (UoBIP) has taken on Mr Beck’s case and has today submitted a response on his behalf following two rejections by the Scottish Criminal Case Review Commission — the independent public body set up to review alleged miscarriages of justice
New book co-edited by Dr Marta Bolognani published3 May 2011A new book co-edited bu Dr Marta Bolognani of SPAIS and Dr Stephen Lyons of the University of Durham entitled 'Pakistan and its Diaspora: Multidisciplinary Approaches' has been published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Professor McLennan tells Story of Sociology4 April 2011A new book by Gregor McLennan, Professor of Sociology in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, provides an accessible and absorbing introduction to sociology and the wider field of social theory.
SPAIS academic addresses Ambassador’s Group21 March 2011Dr Martin Gainsborough, Reader in Development Politics in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies has addressed the Informal Ambassador’s Group in Hanoi, Vietnam , while on a field trip to the country.
South West Doctoral Training Centre23 February 2011The Universities of Bristol, Exeter and Bath have created the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) which draws together the established research excellence of more than 770 academic and research staff at the three institutions.