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Going to Strasbourg


Professor Paul Johnson's research aims to gain knowledge about the motivations and aspirations of the people who make complaints to European Court of Human Rights. In interviewing 19 UK applicants who had filed for civil rights abuses regarding sexual orientation discrimination, Professor Johnson makes this unique and valuable oral history available to a wide audience for the first time. Information about the research's published book can be found here.

Reproductive justice? A critical examination of abortion law and practice in the UK and South Africa

Led by Dr Merran Toerien, this project aims to establish an international collaboration to facilitate comparative research concerning the striking contrast between the legislation and provision of abortion in the UK and South Africa. In the long term, the collaborative project will use innovative empirical research to address key gaps in social science scholarship concerning abortion provision. View the resulting publication here.

Sleep during recovery from drug and alcohol dependence: a sociological study of embodied change

In recognition of the lack of sociological research on sleep during rehabilitation, Professor Neale and Professor Nettleton's research project investigates the everyday lives of recovering heroin users to analyse the importance of sleep in overcoming addiction. Comparing between perceptions of sleeping patterns and actual patterns of sleeping, this project has released several publications which can be viewed here.

Using the Mass Observation Archive to explore electoral (dis)engagement (1983-2010)

Dr Nathan Manning's in-depth research on citizens’ (dis)engagement with electoral politics, and how this changes over time, is rooted in the analysis of a 27 year long data collection of a panel of respondents describing their views and feelings about six elections between 1983-2010. With a focus on the feelings and emotions people draw upon when talking about their (dis)engagement with electoral politics, the analysis aims to provide a new understanding of political disengagement and dissatisfaction and the factors making them pervasive in our experience of contemporary politics. The resulting publication can be viewed here.