The uses of Richard Hoggart

Richard Hoggart, one of Britain’s foremost post-war public intellectuals and author of The Uses of Literacy, has died aged 95. Dr Michael Bailey, one of the country’s leading experts on his work, discusses his legacy.

Volunteering at 50

Why do some people volunteer more than others? A new working paper from the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham uses data and interviews with 50 people aged 50 from the National Child Development Study to explore the issue.

Older people on the web

Does internet use make older people less or more lonely? A new paper finds social isolation is lower among internet users aged 65 or over, and may be a useful way of reducing social isolation. Researchers found those who used the internet regularly reported greater life satisfaction.

The best and worst evidence of 2013?

The Alliance for Useful evidence devoted its Christmas party to a discussion on what constitutes good evidence for policy-makers – and to a discussion of some examples of what doesn’t. Carey Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, reflects on the event and on her own organisation’s evidence-based work.

The times, are they changing?

We perceive our lives to be changing more rapidly than previous generations. As the ESRC launches its Britain in 2014 publication Raj Patel, Impact Fellow with the UK’s household longitudinal study Understanding Society, asks whether that really is the case.

Spying – is it just rude?

Revelations that the US security agency tapped the mobile phone calls of the German Chancellor led to an outraged response: “Spying between friends: that’s just not done,” Angela Merkel retorted. Research being showcased this week suggests the German Chancellor’s words may highlight cultural differences in what is considered rude or offensive.