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Thought Leadership

What science can tell us about the experience of unexplainable presence

Dr Ben Alderson-Day from our Department of Psychology provides an introduction to the science of felt presence.
two ghostly presences

Schools and teachers are as important as policy in the promotion of quality and equity in education

Professors emeriti in our School of Education Mike Fleming and Michael (Mike) Byram examine the importance of quality and equity in education policy.
A male teacher smiling at two primary school pupils sitting at a desk in a classroom

The rise and rise of property guardianship and what it says about our broken housing system

Dr Chris Bevan from our Law School explains what property guardianship is and the history behind the alternative housing system.
Old buildings

Fearmongering about people fleeing disasters is a dangerous and faulty narrative

Dr Corey Robinson from our School of Government and International Affairs collaborates with Dr Yvonne Su from York University, Canada, on explaining why fearmongering about migrants is dangerous.
People walking across the desert.

Why does music bring back memories? What the science says

Dr Kelly Jakubowski, from our Department of Music, explains how music connects to memory.
woman listening to music

Durham's Vice Chancellor Karen O'Brien reflects on universities' role in gender equality

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”
Professor Karen O'Brien, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University, stood smiling with arms folded, in front of bookshelves

Witch lit: how modern writers are reinventing the witch

Lucy Atkinson, a PhD candidate in our Department of English Studies, describes how modern writers are reinventing the witch.
witch in front of the moon

How to ditch ‘fomo’ and foster ‘jomo’ – the joy of missing out

Professor Fuschia Sirois from our Department of Psychology explains the joy of missing out and how it impacts wellbeing.
woman relaxing

The Extinction and Survival of Religious Belief in a Science Dominated World

Reverend Professor David Wilkinson from our Department of Theology and Religion and Principal of St John’s College recently gave a lecture discussing the interplay between religious belief and science, as part of our Global Lecture Series. Here he gives us an insight into this debate and how the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
Collage showing Rev Professor David Wilkinson, an astronomy image and an image of a stained glass window

God has many names: a solution to the inclusive-language dilemma

Professor Maggi Dawn, from our Department of Theology and Religion, suggests a solution to the inclusive language dilemma.
The definition of God on a dictionary page

How do people care for themselves and others in the face of chronic illness? A study of care relationships among diabetes patients in India

Dr Emilija Zabiliute from our Department of Anthropology shares insights from her research into support and care for diabetes patients in Delhi.
Diabetes TL

The Power of Music for Reconnecting Us With Our Past

Dr Kelly Jakubowski from our Department of Music explains why music may be a better autobiographical memory cue than food.
woman listening to music