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All aboard the Mobile University bus with Sociological Studies' researchers this September

A number of researchers from the Department of Sociological Studies will be climbing on board a vintage bus this September to present their research as part of the Mobile University event.

PhD students Winona Shaw, Laura Towers, Katey Twyford and Lauren White will each be delivering talks on their research projects, along with Dr Suay Ozkula, Research Associate in the Department, who is working with Dr Warren Pearce on the ESRC-funded project ‘Making Climate Social’.

The Mobile University will take place from Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September 2017 on The Moor, Sheffield, and our researchers will be delivering the following sessions:

Friday 22 September 2017

12:30 – 12:50: Laura Towers - Life after death: Experiences of sibling bereavement

The relationships we share with our siblings are potentially the longest and one of the most meaningful that we will ever have. The death of a sibling can therefore have a profound effect on anyone who experiences the death of a brother or sister. Laura Towers’ research gives surviving siblings a chance to share their stories so that we can better understand their grief and offer support to those in need.

Saturday 23 September 2017

13:30 – 13:50: Winona Shaw – Devoted, deadbeat or Disneyland dads: Moving away from stereotypes of non-resident fatherhood

At least a million fathers in the UK don’t live with their children. This doesn't mean they are absent though, as data suggests that around 87 per cent of these dads are in regular contact with their children. So how do those relationships work and what is daily life like for a ‘non-resident’ dad? Winona Shaw believes that in-depth research can help challenge stereotypes.

Sunday 24 September 2017

11:00 – 11:20: Katey Twyford – How well can people with dementia live in extra care housing?

In extra care housing, everyone has their own apartment and access to community facilities such as a café, restaurant or shop. Care is available when needed. But is it the best place for people with dementia? Social scientist Katey Twyford has been talking to the people who live and work in extra care to find out what works and what doesn’t.

11:30 – 11:50: Lauren White – Talking toilets: Everyday life with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Do you know where the nearest toilet is? For people with IBS, this is often an important factor in day to day life. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common bowel condition that is thought to affect up to 20% of the UK population. Despite this, we still live with a silence around discussing our bowel habits and what goes off behind the toilet cubicle door. Lauren White’s research aims to unpack this and how people live with IBS in everyday life.

15:30 – 15:50: Suay Ozkula – Climate change on social media: Who talks about what in the era of Trump politics?

In the era of Trump, climate change is becoming more and more politicised. But who’s talking about it? And where? Suay Ozkula presents a visualisation of global social media activity that tracks the debate as it unfolds.

For more information on the Mobile University, click here.