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Preventing veterans’ homelessness in Scotland

Dr Steve Rolfe, Lecturer in Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences Just over a year ago, I wrote a piece here about the research we had just completed on the housing journeys of Armed Forces veterans. Our research highlighted the challenges that some veterans can face in dealing with housing issues. Although the popular perception

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Communication strategies for supporting ambitious climate policy

Dr Hannes R. Stephan, Lecturer in Environmental Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling For all the mixture of success and disappointment that COP26 in Glasgow has delivered, as reported by my colleagues on this blog, it is certainly true that the COP has boosted public awareness of the global climate crisis. But

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The British German Forum: A focus on building resilience

Dr Sandra Engstrom, Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences About a month ago I had the privilege of being asked to speak at the British German Forum at Wilton Park due to my research in community resilience. Wilton Park has been a not-for-profit executive agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) since 1991;

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Saying Goodbye to COP26

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling In her final instalment on COP26, Lena Dominelli reflects on the outcomes of the conference and the prospects for the months ahead. Another COP has come and gone, and so I am doing some stock-taking. The optimism, excitement and hope that

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COP26: No participation, no inclusion, no climate justice

Dr Andrea Schapper, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Stirling Climate justice activism is central to the international climate conferences today. While world leaders come together in annual Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to agree further reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, climate finance, mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage, the

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COP26: Reflections of a first-time attendee

Dr Sandra Engstrom, Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling As a first-time attendee to a COP event, I knew it would be large and somewhat overwhelming (especially as we are still in the pandemic) but nothing really prepared me for the scale of the event or how it would run.

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SIEC – More than just an Environment Centre

Christie Frail, Business Development and Policy Support, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Scotland’s International Environment Centre is a collaborative venture, working with partners across the Stirling and Clackmannanshire region to drive a genuinely inclusive transition to Net Zero. As the Centre is officially launched, Christie Frail overviews how SIEC is already working towards that goal.

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COP26: a view from the frontline in the battle against climate change

Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor of Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling Long-standing COP attendee Lena Dominelli reflects on her time at COP26 so far and the twists and turns, promises and anticipation of what the conference will – or will not – deliver. What a hectic week it has been at COP26,

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