Mental health, academic life and me

integrity, honesty and courage – try this

ESRC blog

by Matt Flinders

There can be little doubt that mental health is a growing global challenge. And it really is a global challenge. Although rapid rises in relation to depression, anxiety, substance misuse, self-harming and eating disorders have been well-documented in many ‘advanced’ and relatively wealthy countries, it has been estimated that over 80% of those suffering from mental health disorders actually live in the Global South where support is rare.

Seen from this perspective the potential role and impact of the social sciences in terms of helping to understand why the mental health of so many nations seems to be fraying and what might be done has never been greater. I’m not suggesting that it is the role of the social sciences to come up with simple answers to complex problems. But I am suggesting that the complexity of the mental health challenge – with its cultural, economic and…

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Graduate Workers, Political Activism, and the Uncertain Futures of Cautious Universities

ah activism

The Activist History Review

by Marley-Vincent Lindsey

Sweat racks my brow as I climb the final steps to the eighth floor of an apartment building on Pelham Parkway in the Bronx. I take a minute to catch my breath, and use that time to find the name of the supporter. After buzzing once, the person opens the door and I repeat the words I’ve been saying all day: “Hey! My name’s Marley, I’m volunteering for the Ocasio-Cortez campaign. The election is today, have you voted for her?” The voter smiles, assures me that they have, and I thank them before moving on to the next supporter. It’s the evening of June 26th, and I keep to this rhythm of canvassing until ten minutes before the polls close at 9:00PM. I hand the turf back over to the field organizer for this region, and make my way to the train that takes me back to…

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I Lost My Baby Today: Embodied Writing and Learning in Organizations.

gutsy indeed

SAGE Business and Management INK

[We’re pleased to welcome author Dr. Ilaria Boncori of the University of Essex and Dr. Charlotte Smith of University of Leicester.  They recently published an article in Management Learning entitled “I lost my baby today: Embodied writing and learning in organizations” which is currently free to read for a limited time. Below, they reflect on the motivation for this article.

mlqb_48_3.coverWhen we first saw the Management Learning call for papers for a special issue on Writing Differently we were genuinely excited at the prospect of reading scholarly contributions that embraced difference and dared to step away from rigid journal article boundaries. We have known each other around a decade and trudged through the completion of our PhDs together. We remain close friends to this day who enjoy chatting and wondering about research ideas over good sushi. It was on one of those occasions after reading the call that…

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