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60% of primate species now threatened with extinction

Professor Jo Setchell from the Department of Anthropology explains why we are responsible for the dire situation facing our closest biological relatives.

(19 Jan 2017) » More about 60% of primate species now threatened with extinction


Durham University is key to bright future

The importance of having one of the world’s top 100 universities is central to Durham’s position as a first-class business destination – and there are dynamic plans in place to accelerate the momentum of recent years.

(9 Jan 2017) » More about Durham University is key to bright future


China's new Silk Road is all part of its grand strategy for global influence

Professor Anoush Ehteshami explains how China's "One Belt, One Road" project may strengthen its global influence. 

(6 Jan 2017) » More about China's new Silk Road is all part of its grand strategy for global influence


Babies don’t need sleep coaches – but sometimes their parents do

Professor Helen Ball from Anthropology explains why babies are experts at sleeping and don’t need to be taught how to do it.

(22 Dec 2016) » More about babies don’t need sleep coaches – but sometimes their parents do


What the Arctic can teach us about goodwill geopolitics

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Ingrid Medby, PhD student in the Department of Geography explains that so-called “high-level” geopolitics is also part of everyday life – even when we don’t quite notice it.

(20 Dec 2016) » More about what the Arctic can teach us about goodwill geopolitics


Whose fault is PISA?

Professor Peter Tymms from the School of Education and Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring questions how much we can take from the recent international education rankings results.

(16 Dec 2016) » More about whose fault is PISA?


Families bereaved during the Troubles stymied by funding block on legacy inquests in Northern Ireland

Lecturer Dr Catherine Turner, Durham Law School, says fears that legacy inquests might be a means of rewriting history has left some families caught in the middle of a political battle over how to deal with Northern Ireland's past.

(13 Dec 2016) » More about Families bereaved during the Troubles stymied by funding block on legacy inquests in Northern Ireland


New translation of infamous novel

The 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade, banned in Britain in the 1950s for its sexually violent content, has now been published as a Penguin Classic in a new translation by Dr Tom Wynn from Durham University and Dr Will McMorran from Queen Mary University of London. 

Here Tom Wynn talks about the infamous novel and the debates it ignites about sex, violence, ethics and literature.

(12 Dec 2016) » More about New translation of infamous novel


Moana fulfils Disney's long journey from timid princess to empowered working woman

Professor Mark Learmonth, Durham Business School and colleagues Nancy Harding (University of Bradford) and Martyn Griffin (University of Leeds) have written a study on the depiction of the working woman in Disney films. 

(7 Dec 2016) » More about Moana fulfils Disney's long journey from timid princess to empowered working woman


How PTSD treatment can learn from ancient warrior rituals

Karen O'Donnell, Research Fellow in CODEC, describes how lessons may be learned from ancient cultures to help support armed forces personnel today.

(30 Nov 2016) » More about how PTSD treatment can learn from ancient warrior rituals


Does global warming mean the Arctic's fabled energy resources will finally be exploited?

Research postgraduate Michael Laiho from the Durham Energy Institute dispels four myths about the Arctic's oil and gas reserves.

(28 Nov 2016) » More about does global warming mean the Arctic's fabled energy resources will finally be exploited?


It will take more than a newspaper columnist to solve England’s teacher shortage

Beng Haut See, School of Education, says the current teacher shortage is not necessarily a case of people not wanting to go into teaching, but rather a result of uncoordinated policy decisions.

(25 Nov 2016) » More about It will take more than a newspaper columnist to solve England’s teacher shortage


Ankle tags, house arrest and forced relocation: how does Britain balance security and civil rights?

Professor Helen Fenwick from Durham Law School looks at the recent use of TPIMs, Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, as a counter-terror strategy.

(10 Nov 2016) » More about ankle tags, house arrest and forced relocation: how does Britain balance security and civil rights?


 

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