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News in brief - April 2014

Posted on 30 April 2014

Short Guide to Environmental Policy published, launch of major new research project into abused and neglected children and latest news from the Department

New book for Environmental Policy students

Dr Carolyn Snell, Lecturer in Social Policy (SPSW), and Dr Gary Haq, Senior Research Associate in the Stockholm Environment Institute here at York, have published a new short guide on environmental policy: The Short Guide to Environmental Policy, published by Policy Press. 

"The short guide to environmental policy provides a concise introduction to post-war environmental policies, bringing together perspectives from a range of fields including economics, sociology, politics and social policy. It covers a broad range of issues, including causes and effects of contemporary environmental issues, policy approaches to addressing environmental problems, challenges to implementing environmental policies and future environmental challenges. This book is an essential introduction to all those interested in how policies can address environmental problems." [From back cover]

Home or care? What is best?

Professor Nina Biehal is leading an ESRC-funded interdisciplinary research project with colleagues from the Department, Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU), Institute for Effective Education (IEE), Department of Health Sciences, the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and the Department of Psychology, University of Leicester. The project aims to examine what works best for abused or neglected children, whether they should stay at home with support or go into care. 

Recent activities

Dr Neil Lunt co-authored a blog post for the British Politics and Policy blog about the need for a better understanding of the effects of 'medical tourism' on health systems to prompt informed debate about fairness and regulation. Available online.

Dr Carolyn Snell, Dr Mark Bevan and PhD student Harriet Thomson, released their final report and research findings for their eaga charitable trust funded project investigating disabled people and fuel poverty. Their research findings look at the need for recognition of disabled people in fuel povery policy, the way income for disabled people is measured, housing conditions and question the suitability of prepayment meters.

Dr Chris Holden has two chapters in the recently published second edition of Understanding Global Social Policy (Bristol: The Policy Press) edited by Nicola Yeates.