School for Policy Studies lecture series 2017

Wednesday 11 January 2017

'Integrated responses to domestic violence and child protection: Ensuring perpetrator accountability’

Time: 12.30 to 14.30
Location: Room 2D3, Priory Road Complex, University of Bristol, Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TZ
Speaker: Professor Patrick O'Leary

Event overview: This seminar will examine recent Australian research funded through Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) to examine the pathways and levels of integration between child protection and domestic violence services in five states in Australia. Key issues that assist and hamper integration will be examined. These include maintaining accountability of perpetrators where the main issues of protection are domestic violence and how do services work collaboratively with a core set of values and purpose.

Patrick O'Leary returned to Australia after several years in the UK in September 2011 to take up the position as Head of School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith.  Patrick held previous positions as Professor in Social Work at Southampton University and University of Bath and at University of South Australia. He has a distinguished research career in child protection, domestic violence and social work having authored numerous articles, chapters and books. Patrick has done research in far flung and often dangerous settings in the Middle East and Asia and has specialised in child protection in Islamic countries. He is a reviewer for many journals and the Australian Research Council and is a member of the College Peer Reviewers of ESRC (UK). 

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Thursday 2 February 2017

'The beauty of diversity'

Time: 19.00 - 20.30
Location: Woodlands Christian Centre, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2AA

Speaker: Francesca Martinez

Event overview: Francesca will talk about her own rollercoaster journey to self-acceptance, including the challenges of being labelled 'abnormal' and growing up in a society obsessed with conformity. She will look at the politics behind a culture that breeds fear of difference and propose a 'Wobbly Revolution' in how we see ourselves and each other.

Francesca Martinez is an award-winning wobbly* comedian, speaker and writer who has performed sell-out shows in Edinburgh, the West End, Hollywood, Broadway and Davos. She has toured the world from South Africa to Singapore, Ireland to Australia, and Canada to Malaysia. Her stand up show 'What The **** Is Normal?!' was nominated for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival and won the FMN Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Francesca's TV and radio credits include Grange Hill, The News Quiz, The Frank Skinner Show, Extras, Russell Howard’s Good News, The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women, This Morning, BBC Breakfast and Live At The Apollo. She is a regular guest on This Week and Newsnight. Her best-seller 'What The **** Is Normal?!' was published in May 2014 by Penguin Random House, was nominated for the Chortle Book Award and won runner up in the Bread and Roses Book Award 2015. Francesca is a hugely popular motivational and after-dinner speaker, nominated for 'Motivator Of The Year 2005' with Sir Bob Geldof. She won the Public affairs Achiever of the Year Award 2013, and was nominated a Top Ten Game Changer in BBC 4's Woman's Hour Power List 2014. In 2015 Francesca received an honorary doctorate 'for making Britain a fairer and more compassionate society' and a second in 2016 ‘for her contributions to equality, inclusive thought and social commentary’.

* Francesca has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’. “ONE OF THE CIRCUIT'S MOST BRILLIANT COMEDIANS” The Observer

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Thursday 16 February 2017

'Making early years spaces active spaces’ (Jerry Morris memorial lecture)

Time: 17.30 - 19.00
Location: Room 2D3, Priory Road Complex, University of Bristol, 8 Priory Road, Bristol, BS8 1TZ
Speaker: Dr Dianne Ward

Event overview: In this talk, Dr. Ward provides an overview of the important role played by early care and education settings—including preschools, nursery schools, and child minders—on the young child’s physical activity development.  Based on her research, Dr. Ward will explain how environmental and social characteristics of these settings influence child outcomes. 

Dianne Ward’s research focuses on the prevention of obesity through school and community-based, multilevel interventions that promote physical activity and healthy eating.  Included in her research are efforts to understand the determinants of physical activity and healthy eating in children and strategies for measuring the nutrition and physical activity characteristics of organizational settings.

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Wednesday 22 March 2017

'Welfare conditionality: Sanctions, support and behaviour change?’

Time: 14.00 - 15.30
Location: Room 10G4/5, School for Policy Studies, 10 Woodland Road, Bristol
Speaker: Professor Peter Dwyer

Event overview: Based on analysis of data generated in 480 interviews conducted in a repeat qualitative longitudinal panel study this presentation will consider the impact of welfare conditionality on the lives of welfare service users. It will also offer some early insights into the effectiveness of welfare conditionality in bringing about behaviour change among those who are subject to conditional welfare initiatives/interventions. This work is funded by ESRC grant ES/K002163/2

Peter Dwyer is Professor of Social Policy and Director of Research in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of York. His teaching and research focuses on issues related to citizenship, welfare conditionality and migration. Professor Dwyer currently leads a large five year, collaborative ESRC funded project exploring the efficacy and ethics of welfare conditionality -

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Tuesday 28 March 2017

'Are we nearly there? Achieving equality child protection in the UK'

Time: 14.30 - 16.30
Location: 7G1, 7 Priory Road, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TZ
Speaker: Professor Paul Bywaters

Event overview: The Department for Education’s blueprint for child protection, ‘Putting Children First’ (2016), made equality in service provision a central goal of policy in England.  However, a recent study of child protection plans and looked after children intervention rates across the 4 UK countries, funded by the Nuffield Foundation,  reveals how far there is to go to achieve that outcome. In this seminar, key findings from the study and their implications for policy and practice will be presented.

Professor Paul Bywaters, Coventry University, currently leads the two year study, ‘Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates in the 4 UK countries’. This project, involving team of researchers in seven UK universities, builds upon earlier work which established key drivers of the vary large inequities in children’s chances of experiencing a child protection intervention in England, also funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and a rapid evidence review of the relationship between poverty and child abuse and neglect for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Paul has been a social work educator and researcher for over 40 years and has written extensively about the relationship between social work and social inequalities.

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Friday 9 June 2017

'Shells and yolks: Domesticity, fortification and comfort'

Time: 13.00 - 14.00
Location: Room 7G1, 7 Priory Rd, School for Policy Studies, Bristol, BS8 1TZ
Speaker: Rowland Atkinson

Event overview: A combination of rising social privatism and aspirations for personal autonomy and embedded housing tenure cultures have produced an embattled positioning domestic sphere. Pervasive expressions of fear and intrusion are experienced at the level of the individual/ised home and this is mirrored in attempts at domesticating urban spaces as well as debates about the control of national-domestic borders. At all levels market orientations in our political-economy stress and produce notions of individual authorship and responsibility that leave the security of the household, in the widest possible sense, left increasingly to household actors or increasingly aggressive external agencies. The resulting archipelago of fortress homes appears to be the concrete manifestation of a culture of fear, risk anxieties and market orientations, yet it also signals a particular social future in which anti-social and embattled actors compete for private resources that offer maximum security.

Rowland Atkinson is Chair in Inclusive Societies at the University of Sheffield. Rowland is an urban sociologist with a strong inter-disciplinary element to his work. His interests have tended to focus on the urban/spatial consequences of social divisions. These interests have generated significant research projects focused on household displacement from gentrification, social exclusion and housing policy interventions and the rise of gated communities in particular. Most recently, the impact of the super-rich on urban life have formed his major preoccupation alongside a renewed interest in the public role of social science and the university in community settings.

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Thursday 23 November 2017

'Health and social care from the front bench, back bench and research bench'

Time: 18.00 - 19.30
Location: Coutts lecture theatre, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Speaker: Mark Drakeford

Event overview: Mark Drakeford has worked as a frontline public sector worker, academic, and politician.   He is a current cabinet member for the National Assembly for Wales, and past Professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University.  The School for Policy Studies’ Centre for Research in Health and Social Care is delighted to welcome him as our annual speaker. He will speak about his personal experience of moving between research and politics, researching policy and making policy.

About Mark Drakeford: A former probation officer, youth justice worker, Barnardos project leader, and Professor of Social Policy, Mark Drakeford has been involved in politics and social policy for more than 30 years. His political career began in the 1980s as a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. Mark was elected Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He has served as Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee and the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds, as Minister for Health and Social Services and is currently Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government.

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