Communities, Culture & Conflicts: Research Impact

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Paper by Mapping the Novgorod Forest team accepted!

Following the presentation of a poster at the prestigious Conference on Environmental Archaeology of European Cities held in Brussels in May 2015, we were invited to submit a paper for… »

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Conflict and Rule of Law in the blogosphere

BU’s Conflict, Rule of Law and Society research team have been contributing to some important global discussions on a range of international blogs. Recent topics include Flight MH17, Crimea and Ukraine,… »

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Kelvin Trevett, Access Dorset citizen journalist

BU Citizen Journalism Project Featured on BBC

Pioneering citizen journalism project, ADTV, involving The Media School’s Einar Thorsen, Dan Jackson and Ann Luce has recently been featured on BBC radio and BBC’s The Politics Show, for a… »

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World Social Work Day research seminar

Ravages to social welfare, the social protection floor and social work have been rife throughout many countries following the 2007 fiscal crisis and often responded to by the world’s neoliberal… »

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Organisations undertaking training with the National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work since 2008.

Improving health and social care practice.

Social work is about making a positive difference to the most vulnerable in society. Since 2008 BU’s research-based continuing professional development (CPD) programmes have improved practice for 6,170 health and social care professionals.

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Dr Lilleker at Westminster

Reforming politician’s communication; enhancing public engagement

BU’s empirical research demonstrates how political representatives can better engage citizens using social media. Researchers were invited to advise the Labour frontbench in the UK House of Lords on the topic and developed a bespoke training programme. Subsequent monitoring shows increased uptake of Twitter and weblogging by Labour frontbench peers to propagate ideas.

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Porton Down: one of the sites visited in the Overt Research Project’s Secrecy and Cold War Bus Tour.

Provoking reflection on society’s critical ethical issues

BU research by White focuses on the relationship between art, technology and culture. Exhibitions, workshops and presentations across the UK, Europe and in the USA have provoked societal reflection on critical topics such as genetics and germ warfare, among other controversial ethical issues.

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Enhancing emotional literacy in journalism training

Modern journalists often have to report in areas of war and conflict and there is a growing need to support their emotional handling of difficult reporting situations, as well as encouraging greater emotional literacy in the profession.This research was prompted by the growing concern about the mental health of some journalists, especially those involved in conflict reporting. It identifies areas of opportunity for and resistance to the promotion of emotional literacy amongst journalists, which could lead to more effective strategies for training.

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ICMP staff including Ian Hanson support Iraq Ministry of Human Rights investigations of mass graves in Ramadi, Iraq 2011.

Developing training, standards and policies for forensic investigation of mass graves

Evidence from forensic investigations of mass graves is used in legal and humanitarian contexts, provides evidence for prosecutions and aids in identification of missing persons. BU’s multidisciplinary research in forensic archaeology, anthropology and international law has informed and developed standards and universal policies for these investigations.

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Stonehenge Monument and Landscape

Researchers within the Archaeology Group at BU have been investigating Stonehenge and its landscape for over 20 years.

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The Singing Landscape Project

BU’s AHRC funded Singing Landscapes Project focused on raising awareness of our musical heritage through the investigation of English folk music. The project created a sense of common ownership over ‘the music of the people’, and encouraged enquiry into the rich but largely unknown store of music discovered by George Gardiner, Percy Grainger, Cecil Sharp, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, amongst others.

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L-R: Simon Rook (BBC) Tony Stoller (BU) and Paul Wilson (British Library) at an archives summit held at the British Library.

Promoting and leading British radio archive policy

Despite being a rich source of social, cultural and political history, radio archives are mostly inaccessible. Research by the Centre for Media History (CMH) at BU was the motivation behind a committee formed to raise awareness of the problem. The committee strongly supported the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to make their catalogue available to the public via the British Library (BL) and the research itself informed the library’s new sound archive policy.

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