The Party for a United Kingdom of England have their say on Fracking…?

“Party for a United Kingdom of England’ declare foreign gas to be repatriated if Fracking goes ahead in Kent”

By Harshad Keval

In startling developments this week, as regional, national and global debates around fracking and its impacts on communities and the environment heat up, the ‘Party for a United Kingdom of England’ waded into the debate, guns and populist trope blazing. Continue reading

Engaging Sociology: Fracking in the UK

By Dr. Matthew Ogilvie

For the last three months the Sociology Programme has been working towards our Public Debate on Fracking in the UK to be held in Augustine House on 19th November between 7.30 to 9.30pm. This debate is part of the Programme’s ‘Engaging Sociology’ initiative, an approach to sociology that seeks to make the discipline accessible, useful and practical. We are confident this debate will be all these things.

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ESRC Festival of Social Science – Human Trafficking in the South East

On Wednesday 5th November we held a specialist workshop event for the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014. In its 12th series, the ESRC Festival is a week-long programme of events dedicated to engaging the public and to raising awareness on the value of the social sciences. Our event was dedicated to the issue of human trafficking in the South East of England. Out of the hundreds of events put on this week, ours was the only one dedicated to human trafficking. We were also delighted to host the event in Margate at the magnificent Turner Contemporary.

With a breath taking backdrop view of the sea, a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners with differing levels of understanding and expertise on human trafficking came together to listen to latest research. In the course of the event, stakeholders shared their experiences and responded to the research’s emerging themes. Attendees included representatives from Kent and Margate Police, the Home Office, Migrant Help, Thanet and Medway district councils, Fire and Rescue, the NHS and others. It was a real privilege to be able to bring together this expertise. The event provided everyone involved the opportunity to discuss their own roles and relationship to the issue of human trafficking. The event was the initiative of Dr. Lorena Arocha, who has been researching human trafficking and related exploitative practices for a decade, both in the UK and abroad.

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