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Centre for violence and abuse research recognises its 10th anniversary

On Friday 24 November, the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA) held a special event with around 60 people in attendance, including the Vice-Chancellor and Warden, at Collingwood College to showcase the breadth of the Centre’s work over the last 10 years.
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Is Clare's Law working?

Dr Nicole Renehan from our Department of Sociology, together with project partners Professor Sandra Walklate (Liverpool University) and Dr Charlotte Barlow (University of Central Lancashire) discuss whether Clare’s Law, otherwise known as the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme, is working and if it is fit for purpose.
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New study finds policing of county lines 'criminalises' minority youth

A new research report has raised concerns that policing efforts targeting 'county lines' drug operations in the UK rely on discriminatory assumptions about minority groups and contribute to the criminalisation of minoritised communities.
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Lumiere lights up our ground-breaking research

This week sees the return of Lumiere, the dazzling light art event hosted in Durham bi-annually. This year’s event includes three installations drawing on some of our ground-breaking research.
Night time image from Lumiere 2021 showing the Ogden building with colourful abstract images projected onto one side

ESRC invests £1.6 million in ambitious and novel project

ESRC project success for colleagues in the Department of Sociology

Daniel Khalife: escapes are just one symptom of a failing prison system

John Podmore, an Honorary Professor in our Department of Sociology, discusses how the escape of Daniel Kahlife from HMP Wandsworth is just one symptom of a failing prison system.
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What links a mug, a face mask, Ibuprofen, and toothpaste?

Well, those who came along to the Health & Social Theory research group “Showcase” on Wednesday 21st June found out just that!
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With Pride: LGBTQ+ Lives, Rights, and Inclusion

June is Pride Month, in which we celebrate LGBTQ+ communities globally. Through marches, events, and activities, we recognise the contributions of LGBTQ+ people to society and advocate for their equality, inclusion, and rights. In this article, we highlight the Sociology Department’s ongoing commitment to LGBTQ+ communities in our research, teaching, and community life.
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QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

We are ranked 101-150 globally and joint 18th in the UK in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.
QS World University Subject Rankings 2023

International Women's Day

8 March marks International Women's Day - a day to celebrate the achievements of women. In our Sociology department, led by Professor Catherine Donovan, we have much to celebrate!
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Podcast explores masculinity in the modern world

Researchers from our highly-rated Sociology Department launched a monthly podcast ‘Now and Men’ to discuss issues around masculinity, gender equality and the lives of men and boys in the 21st century.
Now and Men podcast banner with picture of host Stephen Burell

Criminal Justice responses to reports of sexual violence from women with learning disabilities and/or autism

Dr Alison Jobe from our Department of Sociology and Dr Helen Williams of Sunderland University share insights from their upcoming research on women with learning disabilities/autism reporting sexual violence.
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