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Festival of Social Science comes to town

Fascinating MMU events open for all

RESEARCHERS will be sharing their insights on our social, economic and political lives to the public as part of the nationwide Festival of Social Science.

Academics from across Manchester Metropolitan University are hosting thought-provoking debates and seminars, covering everything from government cuts to TV to sustainable development.

The events are open to everyone to help understand the world around us and how social science affects us all – at work, in school, as parents, in our communities and nationally – as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s 2014 Festival of Social Science.

In total, seven events are being held by MMU’s researchers from the health, education, business, art and law disciplines - making the University’s world-class research and knowledge accessible to all.

Engage and involve

Principal lecturer in social care Dr Martin King, who is hosting the event ‘Beyond the Childcatcher: social work in film and TV’, said: “Social science affects us all so it’s important to be able to understand what’s going on around us and to make sense of our society, culture and institutions.

“We want to be able engage and involve as many people as possible and bring research directly to the public. The festival is a fantastic opportunity to welcome people who are interested into the social science and University community.

“It promises to be lively and stimulating, and everyone is welcome to attend and join in.”

MMU’s academics will be joining colleagues from across the country who are hosting similar sessions in 40 UK towns and cities.


The 12th annual Festival of Social Science takes place from November 1-8 with more than 200 free events nationwide. It aims to provide an opportunity for everyone meet with social scientists including businesses, charities, schools and government agencies.

MMU events are:

  • ‘Disability and Austerity: impact of the cuts’ on November 5, at the Birley Campus
  • ‘Does ‘Poverty Porn’ undermine the Welfare State?’ On November 6, Z-Arts on Stretford Road, Hulme
  • ‘Beyond the Childcatcher: social work in film and TV’ November 8, at Manchester Central Library
  • ‘Community Arts as Social and Psychological Medicine?’ November 8, at the Birley Campus
  • ‘Developing Women’s Enterprise to Create Sustainable Communities’ November 4, MMU Business School
  • 'Community services for women survivors of sexual violence’ November 4, Manchester School of Art

  • 'Resolving conflict between consumerism and sustainable development', November 7, MMU Business School
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