SGroup discussion

It was a real pleasure to lead the discussion on how to bridge European-Chinese Higher Education cooperation at the SGroup Think Tank Academy Conference last week. The SGroup – Universities in Europe (SGroup) network is a non-profit organization founded in 1989, composed of over 42 higher education institutions from 20 European countries and 4 countries outside Europe. In … Continue reading

Sociology SAGE Prize Announced

It was a great pleasure to be on the judging panel with Dr Ala Sirriyeh at Lancaster and Prof Ian Tucker at University of East London for this year’s SAGE Innovation/Excellence Prize for the journal, Sociology. It was not easy to decide on a winner as all shortlisted papers were exceptional in their own ways – … Continue reading

Aspen Global Science Congress on Scientific Thinking & Action

After a full year of delay, the Aspen Global Science Congress on Scientific Thinking & Action is finally here!! Delighted to be part of this four-day events co-organized by the Aspen Institute Science & Society Program (USA) and the Question of Science Institute (Brazil) in collaboration with Aspen Italia (Italy). This event would be of interest to anyone working in the areas … Continue reading

Environmental Politics Article of the Year Revealed

Many congratulations to the winner and the runner-ups of the 2020 Article of the Year Award for Environmental Politics !! It was enjoyable working with Hugh and Steven and reading through all the papers long listed by the editors. While we unanimously agree that Professor Robyn Eckersley’s paper is conceptually most impactful, it is safe … Continue reading

Sociology Ranked 1st & 4 July Open Day

According to the newly released Complete University Guide, Sociology at Kent was ranked 22nd over all, but this is mostly dragged down by our low entry standards (Well, what can you do? We are under pressure to recruit recruit recruit!) But we were actually ranked 1st for research quality! Yay!! There is of course more … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – Climate Science Legacies

Before Christmas, I spoke at the conference, Climate Science Legacies and Contemporary Climate Policy & Action, at the University of Birmingham’s Brussels research office. It was a real delight to know Jon Oldfield, the conference organiser, and an expert on Russian environmental politics and his AHRC project Soviet Climate Science and Its Intellectual Legacies.  It was a one-day conference, packed … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – Royal Society SPEAC Discussion

It was a real pleasure to give a short talk at the Royal Society’s Science Policy Expert Advisory Committee (SPEAC) Christmas dinner. Charles Parton (OBE) and I each provided our views on how to promote accountable and productive international science collaborations, especially in relation to China. It was a rare opportunity to discuss transnational research … Continue reading

Dec 2019 – UCU Strikes Back & SOAS

At the beginning of December, I had a dilemma: I’ve agreed a while back to give a seminar at the SOAS China Institute, but then there was the UCU strike. At Kent, or more specifically, at SSPSSR, my colleagues and I were protesting on universities’ failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads. To … Continue reading

Nov 2019 – PEALS 20th Anniversary Seminar

It was a real pleasure to be able to contribute to the series of event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the founding of PEALS centre at Newcastle University. And thanks to PEALS’s amazing organisation, besides the seminar, I had a full day of discussion with various staff beforehand. The day ended with a colleague thanking me … Continue reading