In the third of our introductions to the new programmes, Dr Grant Gibson provides a bit more detail on the programme he’s leading with Dr Diane Pennington – ‘Shifting Paradigms for Dementia’.
In the second of our introductions to the new programmes, Dr Paul Rigby and Dr Daniela Sime tell us a little more about ‘Separated and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Scotland’.
In the first of our introductions to the new programmes, Dr Lynne Duncan and Dr Sarah McGeown tell us a little more about ‘Conversations about language and literacy: promoting equity and attainment through engagement’.
SUII’s current themed programme of work is focussed on better understanding the features of vibrant innovation systems and how best they can be stimulated and progress assessed. In particular it aims to draw out the implications for policy and practice in Scotland. As we approached the end of the programme Scotland’s Futures Forum hosted a workshop in the Scottish Parliament to bring together the five individual projects in the programme to report back and identify some cross cutting themes.
Representatives from credit unions, universities, Carnegie UK Trust, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, the Ethical Finance Hub and others, met last week at the City Chambers for the launch of a new report on the opportunities and challenges facing community credit unions in initiating payroll deduction schemes.
The report, Credit Unions and Payroll Deduction published on International Credit Union Day (20 October 2016) is based on work by academics Dr Kathryn Waite and Dr Robbie Mochrie, as part of a SUII follow up programme, in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals and two community credit unions based in Glasgow – Drumchapel Credit Union and Greater Govan Credit Union.
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Strathclyde, together with the Scottish Human Rights Commission and Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, have recently concluded a seminar series on ‘Children’s Rights, Social Justice and Social Identities in Scotland: Intersections in Research, Policy and Practice’, funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute.
The concept of ‘intersectionality’ has become increasingly popular within and beyond academia, whether in debates about feminism or in relation to the multiple forms of discrimination faced by particular social groups.
In short, intersectionality is about understanding the different and unequal social and economic outcomes for particular groups based on interactions between race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, age and ethnicity. This means to recognise the diversity within seemingly ‘homogenous’ groups (such as ‘women’ or ‘children’), and to draw attention to how the actions of social movements and policy makers often minimize the importance of differences within and between such groups.
Its growing popularity has led to intersectionality being described as a ‘buzzword’ (Davis, 2008), yet there is little discussion about the place of children and young people in such debates. Continue reading “Which children? Whose views? Intersectional Childhoods and Inequalities”