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Think talking on your hands-free while driving is safe? Think again

The RAC’s Be Phone Smart campaign reported that drivers using phones caused 2263 crashes between 2013 and 2017. However, most such campaigns focus on hand-held mobile phone use rather than hands-free. Research carried out by Dr Graham J. Hole (University

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Evaluating public policies in Africa

In 2014, the African Union adopted the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa 2024 (STISA-2024). The first 10-year part of the Union’s longer-term Agenda 2063, 2019 marks the strategy’s halfway point, and an opportune time to take stock and

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Narrating blood – the impact of hidden blood-related conditions

Blood disorders – such as anaemia, menstrual disorders and HIV/AIDS – are often ‘hidden’ from view, to both those who suffer from and those who treat them. They are complex health issues, often perceived in terms of weakness or stigma,

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Posted in Equality and Diversity

Son preference in the UK

Pre-natal sex selection – the attempt to control the sex of offspring before birth – is a contentious issue. In 2012, concerns arose that prenatal sex-selective abortions were occurring in the UK, and since then the topic has been on

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Forecasting with fishers to save lives at sea

Accurate, accessible and timely marine weather forecasts are of crucial importance in planning and conducting fishing safely around the world, yet this essential information is not easily accessible to artisanal fishers from the South-West Coast of India, and as a

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Improving the effectiveness of the UK’s medical innovation ecosystem

In light of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy’s ambitious goals, Dr Michael Hopkins (SPRU – Science Policy Research Unit) sets out to examine the strengths and weaknesses of the UK’s medical innovation ecosystem in a new policy brief. Drawing on

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Humanitarian Corridors: safe and legal pathways to Europe

Professor Michael Collyer and Dr Fabio Petito (School of Global Studies, University of Sussex) have released a policy briefing on the Humanitarian Corridors initiative – a new way of helping vulnerable refugees that is gaining momentum in Europe. Launched in

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An infrastructure evolution – The NIA: A transformative opportunity for UK infrastructure

By Dr Ralitsa Hiteva, Research Fellow at SPRU (University of Sussex) A new policy brief discussing the transformative potential of the National Infrastructure Assessment (NIA) has been published by the SPRU Infrastructure team. The key message of the policy brief is

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Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB): Recognising our differences can be our strength

At a time when violent extremism, religious discrimination and oppression are making daily headlines, research led by Dr Fabio Petito (School of Global Studies, University of Sussex) seeks to guide Europe and North America’s next steps in Freedom of Religion

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Supporting cultural change to improve equality and diversity in Higher Education

In September 2015, Business Secretary Sajid Javid asked Universities UK to investigate ‘lad culture’ and violence against women, with a focus on creating cultural change. The issues of bullying and harassment in higher education were receiving widespread media coverage, as

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