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Settling the Sacred: refugee & migrant women - narratives of faith, settlement, and acculturation.

While it has been estimated that approximately eighty four percent of the world’s population hold religious beliefs and adhere to some type of religious practice (Pew Research Centre, 2012), it has historically been neglected as a field of interest and study for development scholars and practitioners (De Wolf & Wilkinson, 2019). In 2020 the global number of refugees reached 26.3 million, and the resettlement and positive integration of refugees in third countries became an UNHCR global priority (UNHCR, 2020). The aim of this study was to gain a more nuanced and practical understanding of how religion interacts with the settlement and acculturation experience of migrant and refugee women in Australia. The research built on Berry’s (1997; 2005) acculturation framework and used an Arts-Based Engagement Ethnography (ABEE) approach. This facilitated the collection of qualitative data through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with six women from Zara’s House – refugee women and children’s centre in Newcastle. T…

Status: Live|Last updated:May 20, 2022 1:02 PM
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The changing role of environmental sustainability in the UK housing market: Research into the weight given to the environmental sustainability of a dwelling in purchasing decisions and whether demand for environmentally sustainable housing has been impacted with the rise in what has been popularly referred to as the ‘climate crisis’ in recent years.

The UK Government is pushing through with plans for as many as 300,000 new houses a year whilst the climate crisis picks up a pace with the recent extreme flooding event in Germany and the wildfires across the Mediterranean. It is apparent more than ever that we need to reduce carbon emissions drastically and fast. New housing needs to be net carbon zero to help reduce the impact of UK housing which uses as much as 40% of the annual energy in the UK. But what of the homeowner and how do they feel about environmentally sustainable housing? Is there pressure from the bottom that demands that we building both more housing and much better insulated housing with low carbon footprints? This research paper looks at a pair of case study sites on the edge of Bicester, one with normal standards of construction and one with high sustainable credentials and asks the people that live in those communities what is important to them in the houses they live in. Key Words: housing; homebuyers; climate crisis; sustainable hou…

Status: Live|Last updated:May 16, 2022 9:46 AM
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How can comics be used to support young people's meaning-making with museum collections

As a comics artist and educator, I have a strong interest in the application of comics in educational contexts outside the formal classroom, particularly in museums and heritage settings. Previous studies involving comics suggest that this art form is particularly well-suited for narrating personal viewpoints and interpretations. With this in mind, I designed a small-scale research study in order to investigate how creating comics may support young people’s meaning-making with museum collections. The study is aimed specifically at individuals from the adolescent age range (10-19 years old) – an age group that is often overlooked in museum and gallery education in favour of activities for younger children or families. The study involved a group of eight participants, recruited through local arts organisations. Due to the lockdown restrictions, this study took place online, through a series of Zoom workshops. Participants engaged with an online collection of an art museum, and selected objects that …

Status: Live|Last updated:May 10, 2022 12:09 PM
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How can making Art be used to better understand how I learn as an Artist Teacher?

This autoethnographic study investigates learning in and through art practice from the perspectives of artist and adult learner. An interpretivist approach to reflective practice was adopted to generate self-knowledge to enable an exploration of ‘self’ in learning, whilst the exploration of cognitive and sensory processes involved in making was analysed in relation to knowledge generation and learning as meaning making. The focus for this research was prompted by a dissatisfaction with my adult learner identity and a desire to gain a more comprehensive understanding of learning in my art practice in order to proceed as a more confident and accomplished artist teacher. Arts based research methods were employed to investigate learning in my art practice through the creation and analysis of visual data over a period of eight months. Reflexive data analysis practice revealed holistic learning that evolved from the perception and interpretation of experience. Self-reflection through art practice was id…

Status: Live|Last updated:May 10, 2022 12:08 PM
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An Assessment of the Research Behaviours of Academic Staff in Nigerian Universities

It is incontrovertible that research plays a central role in the growth and development of any nation. It also serves as a medium through which academic staff and experts across disciplines share new knowledge, ideas, and innovations. That explains why institutions of higher learning place a high premium on scholarly publications as a precondition for tenure appointments and promotion of their academic staff, from time to time. However, there seems to be poor incentives for researchers in Humanities, Management and Social Sciences; compared to their counterparts in the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine. This study, therefore, assessed the current research behaviours of academic staff in public and private universities in Nigeria, with a focus on three universities in Kwara State, such as University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Ilorin (Federal), Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete (State), and Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin (Private). The study used primary and secondary data collection methods to achieve i…

Status: Live|Last updated:May 4, 2022 2:24 PM
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Spontaneous Volunteers: Can their informal participation be managed to support and official UK emergency response?

People arriving at a disaster informally, often in large numbers, who are willing to help are known as spontaneous volunteers. They are often first to assist the affected community and can be a vital resource to the emergency responders. Spontaneous volunteers are not part of the UKs emergency response framework and their inclusion has not been given the recognition it deserves. Competencies, accountability, coordination and ‘not needed’ are cited as barriers to their participation. This research investigates impacts spontaneous volunteers can have in an emergency response with focus on the perspective of the emergency responders. It compares the frameworks of the USA’s Federal Emergency Management Agency as they actively include spontaneous volunteers and the UKs framework that does not. The research found that spontaneous volunteers were not a significant problem to the emergency responders as it was the invited third sector organisations who were tasked to manage them, even though they have found this ca…

Status: Live|Last updated:April 21, 2022 1:19 PM
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Black underachievement: will more black history in schools make a difference?

Along with other ethnic minorities, Black Caribbean students continue to be amongst the poorest achieving groups in English schools. Additionally, black history remains significantly underrepresented in the English National Curriculum. This dissertation project researched whether introducing more black history into the English National Curriculum could be a strategy for increasing academic satisfaction and reducing underachievement of Black Caribbean students. The documentary review examined the central theme of knowledge and power and the aims and values of the current National Curriculum for England. It also explored Critical Race Theory (CRT), specifically applying the concepts of interest-convergence and interestdivergence to the National Curriculum and the role of ‘acting white’ in black underachievement. Finally, the documentary review also examined the impact of social media and TV and explored how they were utilised in the portrayal of the black community. A cross-sectional design approach was used to…

Status: Live|Last updated:April 13, 2022 5:37 PM
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Long live the Localism Act? – An investigation into the value of Neighbourhood Development Plans: The case of Aylesbury Vale

In the age of Localism, neighbourhood planning aims to provide a statutory platform for communities to positively engage in local planning matters and shape future place-making. With over 2,750 neighbourhoods now involved with planning at grassroots level, uptake of the process has undoubtedly been positive. Existing literature highlights the potential to contribute to the existing development plan, introduce innovative policy and improve the resulting quality of development, whilst others criticise the initiative, arguing that the protectionist agenda of many communities is likely to undermine the objectives of neighbourhood planning and add little value to the pre-existing development plan. Utilising a case-study of Aylesbury Vale, this dissertation explores the extent to which neighbourhood plan policies deviate from the current development plan, and as a result of these policies whether the quality of development is markedly improved. This has been supported by stakeholder insights into whethe…

Status: Live|Last updated:March 25, 2022 1:50 PM
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An investigation into the advertising value of YouTube in-stream video ads in mobile devices, brand awareness, consumers’ flow experience and purchase intention of smartphones across Millennials and Gen Z in the UK

With the significant growth of video as a marketing tool, YouTube shows a massive advertising potential through mobile devices across Millennials and Gen Z in the UK. While prior research has found a significant positive relationship between YouTube advertising value and purchase intention, the factors that influence consumers’ acceptance of YouTube advertising are still unknown. This study aims to determine the impact of the advertising value of YouTube in-stream video ads in mobile devices, brand awareness, and consumers’ flow experience on purchase intention of smartphones across Millennials and Gen Z in the UK. A YouTube advertising model has been developed to explain purchase intention. It extends Ducoffe’s web advertising model with later added dimensions of advertising value (credibility, personalization, and incentives) along with brand awareness and flow experience. The model is tested through quantitative data analysis, mainly correlation and multiple regression, using SPSS. The data was collected f…

Status: Live|Last updated:March 24, 2022 9:36 AM
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Genderquake: The impact of the 2010 Chilean Earthquake and Tsunami on Sexual and Gender Minorities

Sexual and gender minorities are largely invisible within disaster studies and continuously discriminated against in disaster risk reduction strategies. Consequently, the social inequality and exclusion they face can render them to extremely vulnerable post-disaster situations. Through the analysis of their experiences during the 2010 Chilean earthquake and tsunami, the specific vulnerabilities of these minorities are explored, highlighting the intersectional vulnerability of female trans sex workers. Additionally, the social capital of these minorities is explored as an effective way to increase disaster resilience. This project provides a new context-lead study, maintaining that heteropatriarchal assumptions can further marginalize these groups in emergencies.

Status: Live|Last updated:March 4, 2022 10:05 AM
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