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How might supporting the Lionesses bring about change among men?

The success of the England women’s football team in the European Championships has highlighted the positive fan culture that exists in the women’s game. Dr Stephen Burrell from our Department of Sociology explores how this could bring about change among men.
Women enjoying an England football match.

The New Spirit of Capitalism: How neoliberalism has changed the way we do religion

In his new book – Neoliberal Religion: Faith and Power in the Twenty-First Century – Mathew Guest interrogates the relationship between contemporary religions and neoliberal logic, and how the former have used the latter to build their movements.
Pound notes.

What’s it like being a young person with long COVID? You might feel like a failure (but you’re not)

Dr Ana Leite, from our Department of Psychology, talks about the experience of being a young person with long COVID.
A woman struggling with long COVID at the computer.

How cities are embracing nature-based solutions to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss

As the planet warms, the demand for keeping cool is growing. The International Energy Agency estimate that air conditioners and electric fans today account for about 10% of all global electricity consumption and will triple by 2050 – requiring the equivalent of all the electricity currently used by the USA and Germany just to keep us cool.
A row of buildings in a green landscape.

Understanding Moral Injury

As we launch the International Centre for Moral Injury (ICMI), we talk to Revd Dr Brian Powers, former US Air Force Special Operations Weather Team officer, a veteran of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, about his research and how understanding Moral Injury can help people heal.
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World’s military must accurately report carbon emissions

The world’s military must more accurately report its carbon emissions or measures to cut the greenhouse gas risk becoming “guesswork”.
Military fighter jets on an aircraft carrier

Examining the protests in Iran

Iran has seen weeks of anti-government protests which began following the death of Mahsa Amini in mid-September, days after her arrest for allegedly not complying with the country’s strict rules on head coverings. Professor Anoush Ehteshami, the Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations, in Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs, examines the current wave of protests.
A map showing the word Iran

Neanderthals: how a carnivore diet may have led to their demise

Professor Paul Pettitt from the Department of Archaeology investigates how understanding our ancestors' diets can reveal crucial information about their varying degrees of evolutionary success.
Cave paintings made by Homo sapiens

Ukraine war: lessons from the Blitz suggest Russia’s targeting of cities could backfire

Professor Tim Luckhurst, Principal of South College, discusses how lessons from the Blitz suggest that Russia's targeting of cities in Ukraine may backfire.
Image showing damage to buildings in the city of Odessa, Ukraine

What long-term economic stagnation means for climate change

Current economic problems are bad for green investment, but according to Dr Jack Copley, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy in our School of Government and International Affairs, the economic obstacles to effective decarbonisation are more deeply entrenched.
A solar panel array in the sunshine

Four ways to support a friend or loved one with long COVID

An estimated 2.3 million people in the UK are currently living with long COVID. The condition is most commonly reported by people aged 35-69, but it can affect people of any age. And many young people will also face the need to support friends or relatives. Dr Ana Leite from our Department of Psychology gives us a few tips on how to support a loved one.
A man and a woman with their arms around each other

‘Something that speaks to you in the quiet of the night’: Horror writing with Naomi Booth

This Halloween, Dr Naomi Booth, Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies and award-winning fiction writer tells us about horror writing and the Boggart, a forgotten folklore monster.
Farmhouse on open moorland