James Laurence

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    The key to a more integrated society: understanding the impact and limits of social mixing

The key to a more integrated society: understanding the impact and limits of social mixing

Is contact with other ethnic groups itself enough to foster integration? James Laurence explores the attitudes of those who have had such contact in their neighbourhood and workplace. He explains that, although mostly positive, social mixing can also be negative for some, leading to more polarisation. But the negative impact is much weaker in workplaces than in neighbourhoods. He argues […]

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    The UK experienced a sharp drop in volunteering behaviour following the Great Recession

The UK experienced a sharp drop in volunteering behaviour following the Great Recession

Much has been written about the economic costs of our most recent recession. However, what were its social costs? How did the civic wellbeing of individuals and our communities fare? James Laurence finds the UK suffered a social recession alongside the economic one, with volunteering behaviour declining sharply following the crisis in 2008.

Back in 2009, despite the darkening clouds of […]