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Friday 10th February 2012

Challenges to the NHS from 'health tourism' going unrecognised

Description
Since the establishment of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, health services in the UK have been funded primarily through general taxation and delivered free at the point of access to individuals. However, recent decades have witnessed an expansion in the global market for health services. This has been manifest in various ways, including an unprecedented increase in the volume of patients willing to traverse national borders for the purposes of receiving medical care.
Date:
Friday 10th February 2012
Categories:
Research, Social Sciences
Thursday 5th January 2012

The Politics of Sporting Mega Events: do the benefits justify the budgets?

The Politics of Sporting Mega Events: do the benefits justify the budgets?
Description
The London Olympics will undoubtedly be a spectacular success and bring with it a number of memorable sporting moments. Beyond the two weeks of action, however, it is worth reflecting on the increasingly political use of sport by a wide variety of states throughout the world. In recent years, there has been a shift from advanced capitalist states to developing, small or 'emerging' states who have queued up to stage a sporting mega-event.
Date:
Thursday 5th January 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 3rd November 2011

Building a Transparent System of Global Aid

Description
Having transparent mechanisms for distribution of global aid is hugely important. It allows scrutiny to ensure money is used effectively. The global aid landscape has changed drastically with the rise of southern donors like India and China. This makes it even more important that transparency for public flows of development aid should be non-negotiable, irrespective of whether or not they are official development assistance.
Date:
Thursday 3rd November 2011
Categories:
International, Social Sciences
Tuesday 1st November 2011

Why 'Faith in the City'?

Description
This week as part of the ESRC's Festival of Social Science 2011, I will be hosting the event, "Faith in the City: communities, regeneration, interaction". The event sets out to explore the way in which faith inspires and influences people to live, work and act in the diverse, vibrant urban space that is today's Birmingham. Despite Alastair Campbell stating the British "don't do God", the event is interesting to many.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2011
Categories:
Social Sciences
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