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News in brief - 2009 archive

December 2009

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented a paper on the Measurement of minimum incomes at an EU seminar in Brussels on 4th December.

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented a paper on The well-being of Children in the Benelux and Nordic Countries at a Benelux/Nordic Seminiar on Indicators of Child and Youth Well-bring in Amsterdam, 13-15 December.

November 2009

In early November Dr Christine Skinner delivered a paper at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Conference in Washington DC. The paper, 'Comparative Evidence on Child Support Obligations for Families with Children in New Partnerships,' was co-authored by Jacqueline Davidson, Dan Meyer and Christine Skinner.

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented at paper at the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of New South Wales Australia on 2nd November: 'Failing to explain the subjective well-being of children.'

On 5 November Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented a paper at the International Society for Chid Indicators Conference at the University of Western Sydney on Subjective well-being of children in England.

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw has been invited to give two papers to the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Annual Meeting being held in Montreal, 17-21 November: 'Sperm banking for teenagers - Messages from Research' and 'Young people managing fertility issues associated with cancer'.

On 20 November Professor Jonathan Bradshaw spoke at the Peter Townsend Memorial conference Conway Hall London on Poverty and Social Exclusion.

On 26 November Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented a paper at an EU conference on Child poverty and Child well-being in Brussels on Child Poverty in the United Kingdom.

The Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York, which has helped to develop a range of policies to support vulnerable people in society over more than 35 years, has been awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

September 2009

At the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population Meeting held in Marrakech in September 2009, Professor Kathleen Kiernan was the Chair and Discussant on a session on child bearing outside of marriage and child-wellbeing. She also presented a paper on 'Unmarried Parenthood, Family Trajectories, Parent and Child Well-being' and was elected a member of the Nomination Committee.

Professor Kiernan has also been awarded a grant on the ESRC-NIH Health Disparities Programme for a project entitled 'Children’s Health Disparities in the US and UK: the role of the Family'. This is an international collaborative research programme with Princeton, Brown and Columbia Universities in the US and LSE in the UK, which will run for 5 years.

Dr Stefan Kühner gave a talk 'Analyzing the Productive Dimensions of Welfare: Looking Beyond East Asia' at the at the Second UK-Japan Roundtable on the Frontiers of the Qualitative Comparative Method held at the Hokusei Gakuen University/Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 20-21 September.

Dr Elizabeth McDermott gave the following presentation: 'Living on the 'virtual' edge: Researching young people's marginalised sexual and gender identities and distress through the internet' at the European Sociological Association Conference, 2-5th Spetember 2009, Lisbon, Portugal.

Volunteers from across the region are being recruited to join the OPAL Air Survey which starts on 29 September. It involves checking the effect of vehicle and other emissions on lichens which are sensitive to air pollution.

June 2009

Ellen Roberts , director of the Online Masters in Public Management , has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Authority, recognising outstanding teaching quality.

Richard Cookson appeared as a front row expert on BBC1's Sunday morning ethics talkshow, " The Big Questions ", to contribute to a debate on health care rationing hosted by Nicky Campbell.

May 2009

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented a paper on Monitoring Children's Well-being in the European Union at the conference Children and the European Union: Legal, Political and Research perspectives at the Liverpool Law School, 21st April. He also presented a paper on 100 years of social research at the NatCen conference Informing Public Policy; New agendas for Social research, London 23rd April and a paper on the Model Family Method at a seminar on minimum income standards at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. 29 April 2009.

Dr Marilyn Crawshaw visited Uganda in April, meeting with local NGOs and the staff at Uganda Christian University and Makerere University where she delivered a lecture on 'Social work in the UK: Key issues and challenges for newly qualified Social Workers'. Four of our MA social work students spent 5 weeks there on social work placements in April and May.

Professor John Hobcraft gave an invited presentation on 'Understanding childhood pathways to adult health' for a Panel on 'The emergence of health trajectories in childhood' at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Detroit, 30 April 2009. He was also a Visiting Research Associate at the Center for research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University from
22 April to 15 May.

Professor Kathleen Kiernan was a Visiting Research Associate at the Center for research on Child Well-Being at Princeton University from 22 April to 15 May.

Dr Stefan Kuhner led a graduate research seminar on 'Defining and Measuring Social Spending in China' at the School of Government, Sun-Yat Sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. He also gave an invited presentation on the ' Past Successes and Future Challenges of Comparative Welfare State Research' in the Department of Public Administration, Fudan University, Shanghai.

Dr Christine Skinner with Dr Ian Curry-Sumner (Faculty of Law, Utrecht University) have secured a publisher (Wolf Publishing in Nijmegen the Netherlands) for a co-edited book containing papers provided by participants for a multidisciplinary cross country seminar on Child Support Policy in the UK and the Netherlands.

Dr Carolyn Snell has received a grant from Wakefield Council to conduct a project on 'sustainable schools' and a small bursary from Eaga Charitable Trust to help fund an MRes project based on water poverty.

April 2009

A research pilot study led by Carolyn Snell into the rise of water poverty in the York area is discussed by the research team in an interview on Minster FM.

March 2009

Professor Kathleen Kiernan presented a plenary address on Parents, Parenting and Child  Well-Being at the Parents Matter International Conference  London

The department enjoyed a visit in the second week of March from Dr Stanley Witkin, Professor of Social Work at the University of Vermont - who spent a week through the University's Research Visitor scheme. He is a key international figure on constructionist approaches to social research and professional practice.

February 2009

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw  presented the opening plenary on Lone Parent Families in Comparative Perspective at the University of Barcelona/Catalan Government Conference on One Parent Families in the Family Diversity Context, in Barcelona, Spain and also presented a paper on Social Inclusion and Child Poverty at the European Science Foundation conference on Changing Childhood in a Changing Europe, at Nicosia, Cyprus.

At the launch meeting of the EU FP7 Infrastructure Project on the Generations and Gender Programme Professor John Hobcraft was elected as chair of the Consortium Board that oversees the project, which is coordinated by the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute.

Professor Kathleen Kiernan was one of the 11 members of the Good Childhood Inquiry Panel and their report "A Good Childhood: Searching for Values in a Competitive Age" was launched on February 2nd and received extensive television, radio and newspaper coverage.

Professor Kathleen Kiernan was discussant on the session on child well-being at the the European Science Foundation conference on Changing Childhood in a Changing Europe, at Nicosia, Cyprus.

Phd student Sarah Hards (supervised by Carolyn Snell) has been selected for a 3-month ESRC internship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, which provides information on scientific issues to the Houses of Parliament. The placement is planned to start in the autumn, and will involve producing a briefing on a topic relating to the public understanding of environmental issues.

January 2009

The Online Masters Team have been awarded a further 10 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships for their online Masters programmes.  These will be for the September 2009 intake and applications will open in mid April.  (We were also awarded 10 Scholarships last year and those students are about to join our April 2009 intake)

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw presented papers on "A comparison of child well-being in the EU29 at the ChildONEEurope conference on child well-being indicators at the Innocenti Institute in Florence and a paper on  "Assessment of policy packages, particularly social protection systems to reduce child poverty in CEE/CIS at the UNICEF expert consultation What works in reducing child poverty in CEE/CIS in Morges Switzerland.

Professor John Hobcraft has been awarded a grant of 85,000 Euros as part of an FP7 EU Programme on Generations and Gender, coordinated by NIDI.

Richard Cookson presented a paper entitled "Do the poor cost more?" to the UK Health Economists Study Group Meeting, Manchester.