Modelling the LGBTQ workplace for new insights and understanding

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In Episode 9 of Series 3 of the DIAL Podcast, Professor Andrew King and Matt Hall from DIAL’s CILIA-LGBTQI+ research programme discuss their work exploring how Agent Based Modelling (ABM) can contribute to the study of LGBTQ lives, and conversely, how theory and insights from LGBTQ studies can inform the practice of ABM.

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Antenatal steroids: are there links with mental and behaviour problems later on?

In Episode 8 of Series 3 of the DIAL Podcast, Katri Räikkönen from Helsinki University and a member of DIAL’s PremLife project, talks about her research investigating whether the babies of mothers who whilst pregnant are prescribed steroid drugs, because of concerns around premature births, are more likely to develop behavioural and mental disorders later on.

Associations Between Maternal Antenatal Corticosteroid Treatment and Mental and Behavioural Disorders in Children is research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

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CILIA LGBTQI+ project’s presentation on Queering Generations

In the British Sociological Association’s Annual Conference of 2021, Matthew Hall delivered findings from the CILIA LGBTQI+ project’s lifecourse interviews and presented an upcoming book chapter by him and Andrew King, which explores the concept of ‘Queer Generations’. The presentation outlined how LGBTQI+ lives present a challenge to traditional and normative ways of thinking about social generations and the historical events understood to define them. Hall also present an alternative approach – conceptualising queer generational cohorts as emerging at the intersection between formative queer historical events, such as the Stonewall riots, and meaningful stages/processes in the queer lifecourse, such as ‘coming out’.

Watch the interesting presentation here!

A new blog post by the CILIA-LGBTQI+ project out now

In CILIA-LGBTQI+ project’s new blog post titled Doing the Work of Impact, project’s advisory group member Milo Chesnut discusses the importance of increasing the use and impact of research, and emphasises the importance of enlisting stakeholders and members of key communities early on in a project to help ensure that findings reach communities that may benefit the most.

Read the whole blog post here!

A new blog post by CILIA-LGBTQI+ project explores the connections between life courses and literate lives

In CILIA-LGBTQI+ project’s blog post, Dr. Navan Govender explores the connections between lifecourses and the literate lives we lead. Dr. Govander asks what might the value be in recognising the literate lives we actually lead – considering the continued, and persistent, dominance of heteropatriarchal and cisnormativities, as well as the various ways in which they intersect with age, race/ethnicity, language variety, class and socio-economic status, and so on? How might the diversity that is intrinsic to the CILIA-LGBTIQ+ project be harnessed by researchers and participants alike as productive resources for imagining and mobilising more equitable and socially just futures? Read more here!


Coming this spring: LIFETRACK project’s special issue on secondary school tracking and labour market outcomes

The journal Longitudinal and Life Course Studies will publish soon a very interesting special issue on secondary school tracking and labour market outcomes prepared by the LIFETRACK project. Some of the papers are already available as fast track articles.

The special issue includes the following papers:

    • An article examining upper secondary school tracking, labour market outcomes, and intergenerational inequality in Denmark by Jesper Fels Birkelund, Kristian Bernt Karlson, and David Reimer.
    • Queralt Capsada-Munsech and Vikki Boliver’s article on the early labour market returns to upper secondary qualifications track in England.
    • An article by Eyal Bar-Haim and Yariv Feniger analysing how the Israeli system of sorting children into one of five programmes for their upper secondary school education affects their higher education attainment and earning prospects in their early thirties.
    • An article by Claudia Traini, Corinna Kleinert, and Steffen Schindler that investigates to what extent track attendance in secondary education affects labour-market prospects of West German individuals with similar starting conditions.
    • Laura Heiskala, Jani Erola, and Patricia McMullin’s article on how Finnish students’ track placement at upper secondary school is associated with their later-life socio-economic status and probability of unemployment.
    • An article in which Estelle Herbaut, Carlo Barone, Mathieu Ichou, and Lous-André Vallet examine the consequences of following an academic versus vocational path in upper secondary school in France in terms of job attainment and earnings at the entrance into the labour market.
    • Carlo Barone, Moris Triventi, and Marta Faccini’s article looking at the long-term effects of pupils’ choices between academic and vocational tracks at age 14 in Italy.

Information about and links to all the articles of the special issue will be added here, so stay tuned for updates!

A new CILIA-LGBTQI+ blog post ‘LGBTQI+ in higher education: the queer business of ‘diverse subjects’’

A new blog post by Yvette Taylor and Matson Lawrence of the CILIA-LGBTQI+ project relates to and builds upon the themes of the online event ‘LGBT+ in Higher Education: Building networks, making change’, which was held on 21st October 2020 in collaboration with STEM Equals project (watch the recording of the event here). Taylor and Lawrence continue the conversation on, for example, policy intentions and their impacts, measuring diversity, and LGBTQI+ interviewees experiences of higher education. Read the blog post, which includes reflections on some very interesting emerging findings from the CILIA-LGBTQI+ research, here!

A new CILIA podcast episode – Sex Education: Experiences, Practices and Policies in the ‘Whirlwind’

In a new episode of the CILIA podcast series, Yvette Taylor, professor in the School of Education, University of Strathclyde,  speaks to Lucy Whitehouse who is the founder and director of Fumble, which is a sex education charity in the UK. Fumble makes digital resources on sex, relationships, healthy bodies, puberty, and mental health, co-creating content with young people, for young people. You can find a link to the podcast here and listen to the very interesting discussion to learn about experiences of, failures in and importance of sex and relationships education, which CILIA respondents in Scotland had much to say about.

Mums who smoke and their baby’s birthweight

In Episode 7 of Series 3 of the DIAL Podcast, Rita Pereira from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a member of DIAL’s Gene Environment Interplay in the Generation of Health and Education Inequalities(GEIGHEI) project, talks about her research looking at the links between mothers’ smoking and their baby’s birthweight.

The Interplay between Maternal Smoking and Genes in Offspring Birth Weight is a DIAL Working Paper by Rita Dias Pereira, Cornelius Rietveld and Hans van Kippersluis.

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PremLife in Finnish ‘the Eve of the World Prematurity Day’ live stream event

The PremLife project joined a live stream event hosted by the Developmental Psychology Research Group from University of Helsinki together with the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, the University of Turku, the University of Oulu, and KEVYT the Finnish society for parents of preterms on the 16th of November 2020 – in other words, on the Eve of World Prematurity Day.

Here you can listen to presentations about the history of neonatal care for preterm borns in Finland, the experiences of parents of preterm children, and the educational trajectories of preterms, the latter of which was given by Professor Jani Erola (University of Turku), the co-PI in the LIFETRACK and EQUALLIVES projects of DIAL. The linked recording of the event includes also a panel discussion with, for example, two PIs of the PremLife project, Professor Katri Räikkönen (University of Helsinki) and Eero Kajantie, MD, PhD (the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare; University of Oulu). Please note that the presentations and panel discussion are in Finnish.