About this day
For A-level students
This autumn sees the return of our fascinating and challenging Sociology in Action enrichment programme to London. Through a thought-provoking, inspirational series of talks, leading experts will tackle a range of challenging questions exploring how society functions and the factors that influence life in today’s world. Offering students a unique chance to hear inspirational speakers grapple with today’s major sociological questions, this programme is guaranteed to leave them brimming with new ideas and perspectives. There will be a handy lunchtime examination session given by Dr Steve Taylor providing hints and tips to excel.
Programme & speakers
Representation Matters Aisha Thomas, Representation Matters
Until society represents everyone, the question will always be, do I belong? In 2017, The Runnymede Trust reported on the lack of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) teachers in Bristol, a remarkably diverse city. Aisha will explore how we can rethink representation within education.
About Aisha Thomas
Aisha studied law before moving into education to become an Assistant Principal at an inner-city secondary school. Today, she is an Educational Consultant in her own organisation, Representation Matters Ltd, and has a firm focus on anti-racist practice, equity, justice and liberation.
What's so sociological about disability? Tom Shakespeare, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Tom will show how ‘disability’ is ripe for sociological analysis, from the point of view of medical sociology, social policy, cultural sociology, or political sociology. But it’s not just an academic issue; it’s about changing lives and transforming the world.
About Professor Tom Shakespeare
Tom Shakespeare is a Professor of Disability Research. His primary research interests are in disability studies, medical sociology, and social and ethical aspects of genetics. He has focused on qualitative research about the lives of disabled people and the barriers that they face and led projects about disability and sexuality.
Predictive policing in the era of AI Craig Webber, University of Southampton
Craig will look at the use of predictive algorithms to more efficiently deploy police to areas that might be hotspots for crime. He will also question what role criminology, psychology and sociology play in a world increasingly organised through Big Data, AI and the Web.
About Dr Craig Webber
Dr Craig Webber is Associate Professor of Criminology within Sociology at the University of Southampton. He has been central to building the links between Criminology and Web Science. His book, Psychology and Crime, was published in 2019.
The effects of growing up and living in very unequal countries Danny Dorling, University of Oxford
Professor Dorling will focus on the effects of growing up in countries where the incomes of children’s parents varies widely, and the comparisons with more equitable and affluent counties. Is there a solution or any evidence of change happening today?
About Professor Danny Dorling
Danny Dorling is Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, he has co-authored dozens of books and journals on social inequalities. His work concerns housing, health, employment, education and poverty.
From Women and Technology to Feminist Technoscience Judy Wajcman, LSE
The underrepresentation of women in computer science and engineering is mostly seen as an equal opportunity issue: providing women and other marginalised groups with equal access to interesting, well paid jobs. This talk will explain why it is also a matter of how the world we live in is designed and for whom. Including a wider range of perspectives and experiences leads to better and more inclusive technologies.
About Professor Judy Wajcman
Judy Wajcman is the Anthony Giddens Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics. She is the Principal Investigator on the Women in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence research project at the Alan Turing Institute, a Fellow of the British Academy and has published widely.