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Organising academic work
Recent exchanges about research careers have motivated me to update the blog I rather lightheartedly wite some time ago abut oganizing academic work. I have long wondered why academic employment should not just obey the same regulations as any other kind of...

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A sociological approach to the relationship between research and policy.
There is so much about "impact" that takes what I think is a naive approach. Here is a rather old attempt I once made to apply a more sociological approach to the relationship between research and policy. Here is was applied to "Evidence Based Medicine " (E...

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Mayhew and Smith “An investigation into inequalities in
adult lifespan” The Introduction to this paper states that “the gap in life expectancy
between the shortest and longest lived is widening for the first time since the
late 1870s”. The widening is attri...

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Why it is hard to tell if health inequality in UK is increasing or decreasing
One of the things I was most annoyed by while revising my book on health inequality was the discontinuity in some of the sources of data. Perhaps the most important of these is the interruption to the series on class differences in mortality that goes back ...

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An example of qualitative work?
I promised to give an example of what I thought might be one approach to doing qualitative research on health inequality in an unfamiliar culture. This came from merely a conversation I once had with someone from Hong Kong who insisted there was no such thi...

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Are health inequalities less marked during "youth"?
Someone tweeted me a question about the famous (some years ago) "Health Equalization in Youth" hypothesis and I said it would take more than 140 characters to reply. So here it is in a few more characters For a start it is called "Health Equalization" becau...

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Beware of "Resilience"
Why has resilience become such a big buzzword in social science and even in social epidemiology? In 2003 or thereabouts a group of us formed a research network on "Resilience and Capability" funded by the ESRC. Even at that early point there was quite a sto...

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Do more meritocratic societies have higher health inequality?
The impressive and influential programme of research comparing health inequality in different nations by Prof Mackenbach's team at Erasmus University has produced disappointing results for those of us who think stronger welfare institutions would lead to lo...

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Resilience
Some time ago now our research group were funded by ESRC to create a network on "Capability and Resilience". Interest in resilience has actually grown since that project ended ages ago (2006 or thereabouts). Our old website persists (type Capability and Res...
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