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The SRA newsletter

17 June 2011

My career: Ceridwen Roberts
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Ceridwen Roberts is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Social Policy and Interventions, Oxford University, and Commissioning Editor of the SRA News. She tells us about her driving forces, career highlights and heroes.

Read the full interview here


Recession Britain

Sheffield University geographers Danny Dorling and Bethan Thomas have produced Bankrupt Britain: An Atlas of Social Change (Policy Press, 2011). It focuses on the last three years revealing, in Dorling’s words, ‘the extent of Britain’s bankruptcy in financial, residential, political, moral, emotional and environmental aspects.’  Some of these aspects are quirky and the results surprising: for example, the  rate of malicious calls to emergency services – growing most in Hertfordshire, Gloucester and Hereford and Worcester, falling most  in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Strathclyde. Read more on the Amazon website

Text analytics

The Market Research Society website currently has an article and comments on the use of software to analyse the content of online communications – texts, tweets, blogs and so on.  It has mostly been tried out so far in assessing sentiments about brands. Its performance is variable – unable, for example, to recognise irony or sarcasm. But some market researchers see great potential here for assessing awareness and attitudes – maybe also for social research? Read the article here

Campaign for Social Science

The campaign’s programme of road shows reaches London at UCL on Monday 27 June. All are welcome. Find event details here


A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies Poverty and Inequality in the UK 2011 analyses changes to average income, inequality and poverty since 1997.  It finds that average incomes rose and relative poverty declined but change was not evenly spread, so that income equality increased. Read the report here 

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published Poverty and Ethnicity: a review of evidence focusing on six areas: education, work, caring, social networks, the role of places, and inequality within ethnic groups. Read the report here

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