A collection of books written by prominent social scientists that offers readers short, up-to-date overviews of key issues often misrepresented, simplified or misunderstood in modern society and the media.
In each book, the authors outline 'What Do We Know' about the subject, referring to contemporary and historical coverage of the topic, along with the most recent and well-established research. The authors then put forward a series of innovative proposals labelled 'What We Should Do' - drawing on their extensive knowledge to outline how the current situation can be improved and help lead to a fairer, more equal society.
by Jonathan Portes
by Melanie Simms
by Mike Brewer
by Paul Bernal
by Rowland Atkinson and Keith Jacobs
"Short, sharp and compelling." - The Observer
"Concise, precise, beautifully designed, illustrated and written. If you want to learn a lot about what matters most, in as short a time as possible, this is the series for you."
- Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
"This highly accessible but scholarly series which sees leading social scientists in the UK tackle some of the key issues facing us all today is exactly the sort of publication the Academy of Social Sciences has encouraged over the years."
- Roger Goodman, Chair, Academy of Social Sciences
Jonathan Portes is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at King’s College London.
He served as Chief Economist at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2002 to 2008 and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office from 2008 to 2011. He led the Cabinet Office’s economic policy work during the financial crisis and in 2011 he became Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
Melanie Simms is Professor of Work and Employment at the University of Glasgow, UK.
She writes widely on the topic of work and employment with a particular interest in two main areas: how workers get to influence changes at work; and how young people move into the labour market after education.
Mike Brewer is a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
He was a member of the National Equality Panel (2008–10), and has served on commissions or similar set up by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Resolution Foundation and the Scottish Government.
Paul Bernal is Associate Professor of IT, IP and Media Law at the UEA Law School, University of East Anglia, UK. His research focusses on privacy and other human rights on the internet and the role of social media. He blogs, tweets and contributes to journalism on these and many other related areas.
Rowland Atkinson is Research Chair in Inclusive Societies at the University of Sheffield. His work focuses on housing and city life, with a particular emphasis on inequalities and social divisions.
Keith Jacobs is Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania. His research focus is housing policy and he is committed to drawing attention to the insidious effects of social inequality and poverty.
Series Editor: Chris Grey
Professor of Organization Studies at Royal Holloway University of London, having previously held professorships at Cambridge and Warwick, and Visiting Professorships at Copenhagen Business School and Université Paris-Dauphine. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and his research has been profiled on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed and Social Science Bites.