Publications

New article: "Managing uncertainty in medicine quality in Ghana"
02 Jul 2019

Where regulation is weak, medicine transactions can be characterised by uncertainty over the drug quality and efficacy, with buyers shouldering the greater burden of risk in exchanges that are typically asymmetric. Drawing on in-depth interviews (N = 220) and observations of medicine transactions, plus interviews with regulators (N = 20), the authors explore how people in Ghana negotiate this uncertainty and come to trust a medicine enough to purchase or ingest it.

This new article co-authored by Professor Heather Hamill is now available via Open Access.

"The Illegal Wildlife Trade in China" by Rebecca Wong
21 Jun 2019

Our former student Rebecca Wong (DPhil Sociology 2013) has published a new book on the illegal wildlife trade.  The book offers a theoretically-based study on crimes against protected wildlife in mainland China with first-hand empirical data collected over five years. It provides an overall examination of crimes against protected and endangered wildlife and an extensive account of the situation in China, where a significant portion of the illegal wildlife trade is currently happening.

Full details of the book can be found on the Palgrave website.

New Book: "Societal Problems as Public Bads"
07 Jun 2019

Nan Dirk de Graaf and Dingeman Wiertz have published a new, multidisciplinary social science textbook, Societal Problems as Public Bads. The book addresses several of the most pressing problems facing societies today, offering a vast amount of data, numerous real-world examples, and rigorous analyses connecting society-level problems to the individual-level behaviours from which they originate.

Role of Trust in a Self-Organizing Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Model with Variable Good Quality and Imperfect Information
13 May 2019

This new article in JASSS, co-authored by Professor Heather Hamill, presents an Agent-Based Model for a pharmaceutical supply chain operating under conditions of weak regulation and imperfect information, exploring the possibility of poor quality medicines and their detection. It aims to demonstrate how buyers can learn about the quality of sellers (and their medicines) based on previous successful and unsuccessful transactions, thereby establishing trust over time.

Scientists call for increased diversity in genomic research
07 Jan 2019

Work by Professor Melinda Mills and Dr Charles Rahal has highlighted a lack of diversity in the people studies in genetic discovery research, with over 70% of subjects coming from either the UK, the USA, or Iceland.  Read the full article here.

‘Why should I trust you with my money?’ - New Article in the BJC
11 Dec 2018

Professor Federico Varese's article " ‘Why should I trust you with my money?’: Credible commitments in the Informal Economy in China" looks at the illegal transfer of money in China, and has been published in the British Journal of Criminology.

Research by Professor Stephen Fisher in The Guardian
10 Dec 2018

Research by the Department of Sociology's Professor Stephen Fisher featured strongly in a Guardian article on the “ethnic penalty” faced by minority ethnic candidates in elections last week.  The article discusses both the problems facing minority ethnic candidates and the fairness of selection processes, and you can read the full piece here.

Being born working class is bad for your health...
12 Nov 2018

...and moving up the social ladder doesn’t compensate.  Patrick Präg and Lindsey Richards' article "showed that both origin and destination class matter. In fact, it seems that they each exert around the same level of influence. This means that your social class during childhood has a long reach and you cannot escape the health consequences of your social origins, even after climbing the social ladder all the way to the top."

Their article in The Conversation was picked up in the Independent, and their study was also published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

The Hoods: Crime and Punishment in Belfast by Professor Heather Hamill - now available in paperback
15 Mar 2018

In The Hoods, Heather Hamill explains why an informal system of policing and punishment developed and endured and why such harsh punishments as beatings, "kneecappings," and exile have not stopped hoods from offending.

Book Review: Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime
23 Nov 2017

From Review:

In Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime, Federico Varese journeys into the everyday lives of members of different mafia groups across the globe, from the Sicilian Cosa Nostra to the Japanese Yakuza. Drawing on wiretaps, reportage, historical analysis, legal evidence and biography, this book offers readers the opportunity to go beyond the fabricated images of the Mafia usually offered to the public, writes Baris Cayli.


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