Social science helping to close the gender gap

Sarah Womack 150.jpgSarah Womack is former political correspondent and social affairs correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, with a particular interest in women’s issues and social science.

Here she writes about International Women’s Day, and how ESRC research contributes to its 2017 campaign theme #BeBoldForChange

There’s a fascinating piece of social history that goes like this; in the beautiful coastal outpost that is Aldeburgh, Suffolk, three young women gather in 1860 to plot their careers. One said she would become Britain’s first female doctor. One would pursue the right of women to go to university.

The third, only 13 at the time, would press for women to have the vote. Continue reading

Kick-starting the housing revolution – but who will benefit?

Raj Patel is Acting Director of the Policy Unit at Understanding Society. His career has included roles at the Learning and Skills Network, and in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (now the Department of Communities and Local Government). An economist and policy analyst, he has worked extensively on national public campaigns, policy research, local and regional development and designing new ways to tackle social issues.

Raj Patel

Ahead of an Understanding Society policy debate tomorrow (10 December) in London Raj discusses the future of UK housing.

Kick-starting the housing revolution – but who will benefit?

The housing crisis has been many years in the making but what’s different about the crisis and ‘affordability’ today is that it is no longer an issue just for those on low income. Continue reading