Home is a complex topic: a social, physical and emotional environment supportive of personal identity that may mitigate isolation and loneliness associated with significant physical and mental health risks in older age. As societies around the world face unprecedented social, economic and political pressures alongside socio-demographic transformations, housing models are evolving and some are proposing citizen-led innovations in social and material design that challenge mainstream ways of doing/living, including women-only senior groups. By providing alternatives to traditional housing development practices and to living alone, these modes of action and living may enhance individual and collective well-being while ageing in place by facilitating forms of mutual-care and companionship alongside independence, empowerment and engagement. They may also generate new power asymetries or exclusions. These developments are not limited to the Global North and span a range of spatial scales and cultural practices. The critical theoretical and empirical questions they raise are only beginning to be explored- and in this session, we want to bring some of these strands of thought together.
This two day event runs from the 26th to 27th of June 2017 and is a fantastic opportunity to meet with research students from around the world, discuss your work in a friendly and encouraging environment and engage with some of Lancaster’s renowned academic staff. The Intellectual Party is more than just another conference – it combines academic challenge with a lot of fun as well!
We woke up before dawn and caught the first train to Waterloo, so we could capture some aerial footage in the early morning London light with no one around. We were interested in using a drone to get a vantage point that no rooftop could offer, looking down on the under-renovation South Bank Tower.
Storms worse than Storm Desmond could happen in the next decade, the floods boss of the Environment Agency told an audience at Lancaster University
We asked three of our undergraduate student ambassadors who are finishing their undergraduate studies this summer to reflect on their life at Lancaster. This is what they had to say:
Congratulations to A In Kwon who has been awarded the Chancellors Medal for exceptional academic performance.
We are pleased to hear that sociology and media studies lecturer Dr. Adam Fish has been awarded a Staff Award in the “Pilkington Teaching” category for 2016. The award celebrates Adam's “innovative, energetic, and enthusiastic teaching and the transformative effect it has had on Sociology’s undergraduate provision.”
Monika Buscher, Katrina Petersen (Centre for Mobilities Research) and Catherine Easton (Law School) are organising a workshop on ethical, legal and social issues in Public Protection and Disaster Relief at the 2016 Public Safety Communications (PSCE) Conference in Brussels, in collaboration with Lina Jasmontaite and the SecInCoRe and EPISECC projects.