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Businesses and households must deal with flooding

Businesses and households must deal with flooding

As Britain experiences widespread flooding and many businesses and households are inundated by filthy water or cut off from the rest of their communities, Dr Tim Harries, leading expert on the public response to flood risk based at Kingston University says they must get better at dealing with this type of weather.

International collaboration crucial in preparing mental health nurses to provide high quality care, senior academic says

International collaboration crucial in preparing mental health nurses to provide high quality care, senior academic says

A professor from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has called for knowledge to be shared more widely between different countries to improve care for people with severe mental health issues.

The psychoanalysis of Wilhelm Reich

The psychoanalysis of Wilhelm Reich

Dr Stella Sanford discusses the work of Wilhelm Reich for the Guardian's Radical Thinkers video series.

Expert calls for greater awareness of the impact of crime on people with mental health problems

Expert calls for greater awareness of the impact of crime on people with mental health problems

A senior academic from Kingston University and St George's, University of London is backing calls for better support for people with mental health issues who fall victim to crime following her role in a major new research study.

Cross-examination in the dock

Cross-examination in the dock

Professor Penny Cooper contributes to a debate on cross-examination in the dock as part of BBC Radio 4's Unreliable Evidence series, which explores and analyses the legal issues of the day.

Kingston University expert calls for scientists and farmers to break out of their silos to tackle environmental challenges

Kingston University expert calls for scientists and farmers to break out of their silos to tackle environmental challenges

Dr Frances Harris said a joined up approach was essential to find workable scientifically sound solutions to complex sustainability and land use issues.

The contemporary resonance of Alain Badiou's Ethics

The contemporary resonance of Alain Badiou's Ethics

Professor Peter Hallward discusses a key text by one of the most prominent figures in contemporary French philosophy as part of the Guardian's Radical Thinkers video series.

Learning disability experts support recommendations to improve care

Learning disability experts support recommendations to improve care

Dr Irene Tuffrey-Wijne and Baroness Sheila Hollins from Kingston University and St George's, University of London backed findings by a Department of Health-funded inquiry into premature deaths of people with learning disabilities.

Sociology expert Rupa Huq calls for politicians to get serious about the suburbs

Sociology expert Rupa Huq calls for politicians to get serious about the suburbs

Politicians and policy-makers ignore the suburbs at their peril, Kingston University sociology lecturer Dr Rupa Huq has warned in a new book.

Support from social workers crucial as austerity bites

Support from social workers crucial as austerity bites

A senior academic from Kingston University and St George's, University of London has predicted that social workers will have an even more vital role to play as families feel the pinch in the current economic climate.

Microbiology expert warns of dangers of bacterial resistance

Microbiology expert warns of dangers of bacterial resistance

A Kingston University professor has welcomed the findings of a Government report calling for urgent action to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance.

EU restricting bankers' bonuses and Switzerland curbing executive pay

EU restricting bankers' bonuses and Switzerland curbing executive pay

The EU recently agreed to restrict bankers' bonuses to no more than twice their annual salary. This was soon followed by Swiss voters voting to curb executive pay. The British Government opposes the EU restrictions but if implemented, how would they affect UK business? The effect is unlikely to be as dramatic as some people fear.

Juries need direction and explanations

Juries need direction and explanations

Professor Penny Darbyshire comments on the direction given to jurors in light of the collapse of the Vicky Pryce trial. The jury in the trial of MP Chris Huhne's former wife Vicky Pryce failed to reach a verdict on a charge relating to speeding points she allegedly took for the ex-minister 10 years ago.

Rising inequality, wages and the economic crisis

Rising inequality, wages and the economic crisis

Professor Engelbert Stockhammer of Kingston University's School of Economics, History and Politics comments on the way wealth inequality has contributed to the current global economic crisis as part of his current research, Rising Inequality as a Structural Cause of the Financial and Economic Crisis.

Head of nursing welcomes support for degree-led nurse training

Head of nursing welcomes support for degree-led nurse training

Dr Julia Gale, the head of the School of Nursing at Kingston University's Faculty of Health and Social Care and Education comments that universities will feel bolstered by the strong support provided by Lord Willis in his recent report on nursing education.

Investigating the experiences of carers

Investigating the experiences of carers

It is estimated that in the UK there are approximately six million carers – families or friends who without payment look after someone, often a spouse or elderly parent. By 2037 this figure is expected to rise to nine million.

Minding the gap: bringing health and social care together

Minding the gap: bringing health and social care together

As a senior and top manager for 20 years within local government social services one of my responsibilities was to seek to bridge the gaps between social care services provided by local councils and the services for people with illness and impairment provided by the National Health Service.

Handmade spaces: an exploration of built space, practices, memory and affect in a South London former squatting community

Handmade spaces: an exploration of built space, practices, memory and affect in a South London former squatting community

Handmade spaces is a collaborative project we have been working on since 2009. The aim was to explore how urban spaces, rather than just being the 'fixed' outcome of formal urban design, are the result of social and relational processes: for example, people's activities, uses of and attachment to a space.

Navigating the information highway and serious crime: a research road less travelled

Navigating the information highway and serious crime: a research road less travelled

Use of the internet has grown exponentially in recent years; information technology now forms a core part of the formal education system in many countries, ensuring that each new generation of internet users is more adept than the last. Whilst there are significant economic benefits to governments and businesses from increasing the take-up of online provision, the internet also provides more opportunities for criminal activity enabling the commission of identity theft, fraud, phishing and the abuse of children.

The cost of statelessness

The cost of statelessness

For governments seized with the importance of upholding human rights, the issue of statelessness raises a number of important concerns. Denial or deprivation of nationality to certain groups of people may foster insecurity and fuel cross-border and inter-ethnic wars – for example in Eastern Congo.

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