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Showing 30 articles, in Building stronger communities

11 February 2021

Why public toilets just aren’t good enough

Our research found that underfunding and a one-size-fits-all approach to public toilets is producing facilities that are a constant source of anxiety for some users


03 February 2021

Uncovering the regional cost of welfare reform

Sheffield Hallam researchers have charted how a decade of sweeping welfare reforms hit the poorest areas hardest.


10 December 2020

Harnessing the power of song to spread life-saving health messages

Mothers have sung lullabies to their babies for thousands of years. We’ve found a new way to use this age-old tradition.


26 October 2020 | 3 minutes

Dylan Thomas: ‘lost’ fifth notebook reveals how the great Welsh poet changed his style

A recently discovered Dylan Thomas notebook has shed new light on the poems, career and creativity of a literary master.


09 October 2020

Black authors are still underrepresented in UK publishing

A third of English primary pupils are from a BAME background. But in 2017, 99% of children's book characters were white. Our research looks at how children's publishing has a diversity problem.


21 August 2020

Why boxing is still a grassroots sport

In England, 1 in 4 boxing clubs are located in the most deprived 10% of neighbourhoods. Our research sheds new light on their important community role.


24 July 2020 | 2 minutes

Supporting farmers at the front line of climate change

Farming communities in West Bengal bear the brunt of the climate emergency. We worked with them on a scheme to better protect their livelihoods.


17 July 2020 | 2 minutes

Could buffalo milk lead to safer pregnancy in Indonesia?

In West Sumatra, pregnant women and their babies face huge health risks. We're finding a new way to help them stay safe.


18 May 2020

Depression memes may be a coping mechanism for people with mental illness

Up to 27% of people in the UK experience depression. Our research shows that online memes can help them cope with their symptoms.


10 October 2019 | 15 minutes

Making Visible the Invisible: Germany's Black diaspora, 1880s -1945

Today, nearly a million Black people live in Germany. But the longer history of a Black community stretches back to the 1880s – and, until now, this story has remained largely untold.


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