Frederick Douglas Mural

Black History Month: reflecting on Roots/Routes

Black Studies encourages innovative ways of thinking about research, narratives and belonging, says Dr Hannah Robbins
October 2021
Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling

Improving the quality and professionalism of civil servants and strengthening democracy

By assisting countries in the Western Balkans to reform their civil service and overcome cronyism and political patronage, Professor Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling is helping states move towards integration with the European Union.
October 2021
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Empowering vulnerable communities to fight Covid-19: the case of Zimbabwe

Researchers and NGOs are helping the displaced and marginalised to better protect themselves against the pandemic
August 2021
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Evaluating the risk of labour exploitation among migrant workers in the UK during Covid-19

Researchers at the University of Nottingham evaluate the risk of labour exploitation among migrant workers in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic
July 2021
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Communicating with Generation Z

How Government fell short in its Covid-19 messaging for vulnerable young people – and how it can improve
May 2021
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Roadmap to accountability: Overcoming barriers to justice in Liberia (part two)

Overcoming barriers to post-conflict justice in Liberia, which has experienced two violent civil wars between 1989 and 2003 has been a key aspect of Professor Olympia Bekou’s work.
May 2021
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A year on: Economic and health crises converge in Cambodia’s garment industry

Building back better social and health protection in the global garment industry after Covid-19
April 2021
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System leadership in disruptive times: robust policy making in school trusts in England

Research has given new insights into the robustness and resilience of school trusts in supporting their students, staff and communities during the pandemic
April 2021
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Roadmap to accountability: Overcoming barriers to justice in Liberia (part one)

On 18-19 July 2019, the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre brought together Liberian stakeholders and international experts in Monrovia for a historic Legislative Conference on Accountability for Past Crimes in Liberia
April 2021
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Forced marriage and lockdown in the UK

Dr Helen McCabe's research explores the impact of Covid-19 on those vulnerable to, or already experiencing forced marriage
April 2021
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Our stories: exploring UK family lives

Exploring the lives of marginalised families through digital networks
April 2021
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Hiding in plain sight: County Lines during Covid-19

Lockdown makes the exploitation of young people by drug dealers harder to detect. Dr Ben Brewster’s research is helping police and safeguarding agencies respond
April 2021
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Single sourcing

With billions spent on new contracts for PPE, the pandemic has put government procurement practice under intense scrutiny
March 2021
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A year on: working class women and work during the Covid-19 pandemic

The pandemic has further exposed deep gender and class inequalities, say professors Tracey Warren and Clare Lyonette, and the government must act if we are to rebuild a fairer society
March 2021

Misogyny against women and girls is everyone’s responsibility

Loretta Trickett and Louise Mullany talk about how Misogyny against women and girls is everyone’s responsibility
March 2021
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Sharing knowledge is key to fully understanding the impact of Covid

Introducing a blog series on the University of Nottingham’s ongoing research contribution to the Covid-19 effort
March 2021
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Strengthening democracy

A landmark study of party politics in Europe is shaping constitutional reform in Georgia
January 2021
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Teaching the teachers: improving education

Facundo Albornoz’ research improved training of secondary school teachers in Argentina and is influencing the global debate on the best and most cost-effective approaches to improve education
January 2021

Policy Impact and Public Engagement Awards

Policy Impact and Public Engagement Awards
January 2021
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An academic working in government: reflections from a Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Paul S Monks (Leicester University) shares his thoughts and reflections three months into assuming his role as Chief Scientific Adviser during an unprecedented time
December 2020
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Making way for 5G and beyond

New wave modelling is helping roll out the next digital revolution
December 2020
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Cities and communities after the pandemic

Cities and communities after the Covid-19 pandemic
December 2020
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Covid-emocracy: challenges and lessons from the US Election

Challenges and lessons from the 2020 US Election
November 2020
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Covid-19, mass unemployment and structural change

The pandemic is accelerating irreversible shifts already under way in the UK economy
July 2020
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Integrated, agile evidence from social scientists is helping policymakers respond to Covid-19

The ability to supply reliable business data in almost real-time limits the damage caused by uncertainty and is helping the UK plan for recovery
June 2020
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Covid-19 and lessons for teaching and learning

Universities have already moved to online lectures. Now’s the chance to really shake-up how we deliver education
June 2020
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Trust: a challenge for our times

One of the questions you might have asked yourself in the last few months is: when is someone or something trustworthy, and how can I tell?
May 2020
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‘Yet I Alive!’: COVID-19 and the future of the novel

From Defoe to Zoom, storytelling evolves – but the urge to connect will always be with us,
May 2020
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The battle against children’s unsupervised screen time

Lockdown highlights the challenges of ensuring the rights of children are protected in the digital world.
May 2020
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Researching economic recovery after the virus

Policymakers must address the profoundly uneven impact of Covid-19 on communities, sectors and regions across the UK
May 2020
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The economy after Covid-19

John Gathergood, Professor of Economics, argues that the Covid-19 crisis has most likely brought forward economic structural change not expected until the 2040s, while pushing the government finances into their worst state since the 1940s
May 2020
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Education after Covid-19

Professor Simon McGrath explores the potential for education to adapt post Covid-19
May 2020
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What is distancing doing to our social lives and wellbeing?

An international study to inform government response to the pandemic and understand its societal impact.
May 2020
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Viral democracy: Covid-19 and elections

Governments seeking legitimacy for a post-virus future must avoid delaying elections and ensure voters can safely take part
May 2020
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Covid-19: However good the science, you need good politics too

Stephen Meek looks at how the UK’s response to the pandemic highlights the complex relationship between science and politics
May 2020
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Ending slavery after Covid-19

A recovering world can learn from the anti-slavery movement's innovations in supporting marginalised communities
April 2020
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After the virus: building a more resilient and fairer society

Introducing reflections and debate from our researchers on the challenges, as well as opportunities, of a post-Covid-19 world
April 2020
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Improving financial opportunities for all

Nottingham has some of the UK’s highest levels of household debt, but a new partnership, chaired by Shaun French, is helping to change that
October 2019

The business of Brexit

It is the biggest change in the UK political landscape for more than half a century. But what will be the true impact of Brexit on British business?
October 2019
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Cutting the cost of quick credit

Professor John Gathergood was instrumental in the reform of consumer credit rules – saving borrowers more than £600 million in the process
October 2019
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Policymakers and academics

The head of the Policy Profession of the UK Civil Service reflects on building mutual understanding with academics
October 2019
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See bike, say bike

Thousands of road deaths could be prevented by asking drivers to talk to themselves
October 2019
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Keeping the plane in the air: EU regulation in the Brexit era

Dr Simon Roberts, a leading international expert on the free movement of people across the EU, explains why the role has never been more important.
October 2019

Children should be seen and heard

Professor Andrew Fisher is pioneering the teaching of philosophy – from the primary school to post-doctoral level – and transforming the way thousands of children across the East Midlands are taught.
October 2019
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A for app

Innumeracy and illiteracy costs the global economy £120 billion. Innovative digital technology is being used by children in the UK and around the world to acquire these vital skills
October 2019
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Combating corruption

Paul Heywood’s research is shaping the agenda of the global fight against corruption. He explains how we can loosen its grip, while policymakers reflect on his contribution
October 2019
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Life work

A landmark global study is informing policy and debate on life imprisonment
October 2019
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Trust us, we’re philosophers

Local businesses, charities and the NHS have all benefited from the work of academics Katharine Jenkins and Jonathan Tallant, who specialise in putting philosophical concepts to use in the real world
October 2019
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Misogyny matters

It’s been three years since Professor Louise Mullany and colleagues started working with Nottinghamshire Police as they became the first force in the world to classify misogyny as a hate crime. She reflects on the far-reaching impact.
October 2019
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The Trojan Horse Affair

When 21 Birmingham schools were investigated over fears about Islamic education it made national headlines. Professor John Holmwood’s work explores how the fallout from the case is continuing to shape debate.
October 2019
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A new revolution

A study into the legacy of Haiti’s revolution two centuries ago is informing research helping to secure a more inclusive, diverse and equitable society in Britain.
October 2019
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Safe space

Making the internet a safer place by putting young people at the heart of policy
October 2019
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Fighting slavery from every angle

The Rights Lab was created in response to target 8.7 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): to end slavery in every corner of the world by 2030.
May 2019
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Capturing the power of data

The notion of using social science for good drives the narrative of our work.
November 2018
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Listen to survivors

The voices of the survivors of slavery have largely gone unheard in the creation of antislavery policies and programmes - The Survivor Alliance is redressing this
November 2018
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Every person counts

The world is witnessing its fourth major antislavery movement, and there are good reasons to hope it will be the last.
November 2018
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Fighting slavery from every angle

Inside the Rights Lab, more than 100 University of Nottingham academics have created the world’s leading research platform for ending slavery
November 2018
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Beyond impact

The Knowledge Exchange Framework.
November 2018
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Drawing back the veil

The ‘My Marriage, My Choice’ project looks at how people with learning disabilities are being forced into marriages they might not understand.
November 2018
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Viva Cuba!

How Che Guevara inspired a world-leading authority
November 2018
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MOOCs make history

Online learning is not only deepening engagement with a worldwide community of participants: it enriches research.
November 2018
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Fighting slavery from space

Dr Doreen Boyd is using satellite imagery from Google Earth and her expertise in remote sensing to help end modern slavery
June 2018
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Not just for the generals – Advising Nato on hybrid warfare

Hybrid war was recently the subject of the first ever overseas speech by a Director General of MI5. It has long fascinated Dr Andrew Mumford and his research has influenced UK and Nato policymakers.
June 2018
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Learning for life

Discover how adult education transformed Dr Sharon Clancy's life as well as her father's, a Derbyshire miner.
June 2018