Visionary work to implement research findings is making important differences to people's lives locally, nationally and globally. By working tirelessly with non-academic partners – often over many years, academics in the school have built on their research to raise awareness, improve welfare, and increase social justice. Here are some examples:
Dr Sarah Dauncey has pioneered a new field relating to disability in modern Chinese culture, focusing on the development of new ways of understanding disability in a non-Western context. She has examined how people with various types of impairment are depicted in different types of media and how these images contribute to the formation and articulation of identities.
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Dr Alison Gardner's research has launched the first place-based approach to ending modern slavery: a model of integrated local work that she terms "slavery-free communities". This research is being implemented across the UK and internationally, transforming city-based antislavery action and service coordination, and therefore achieving better outcomes for victims and communities.
Professor Rachel Fyson and Rachael Clawson led the ‘My Marriage, My Choice’ project looking at how people with learning disabilities may be forced into marriages they do not understand. They have worked closely with the government’s Forced Marriage Unit since 2009.
Dr Simon Roberts studies workers’ entitlements when they are employed in another country from their own. Although these should be standard across the EU, some employers find loopholes that save them money at the expense of vulnerable workers.
Professor Justine Schneider’s research team set out to understand what makes good home care for people with dementia. Findings were distilled into five vignettes portraying everyday dilemmas, and developed into a cartoon narrative by Tony Husband. 'Winston's World' can be used to prepare anyone to look after people with dementia at home.
Professor John Holmwood’s influential book, 'Countering Extremism in British Schools? The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair', explores how allegations that a Birmingham school was indoctrinating its pupils were dealt with by the press and the courts. Ultimately, 21 schools were investigated amidst national headlines.
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