Episode 8 – Activism, Research and Human Rights

Dr Rachael Dickson, Ivanka Antova and Professor Phil Scraton engage in a thoughtful conversation about the connection between activism, research and human rights.

They interrogate the purpose of research and ‘expertise’ in an effort to demonstrate how academic work can be used as an emancipatory tool to disrupt power structures in society and help achieve social justice.

Key words/phrases: Power, knowledge, ideology, view from below, human rights, emancipation, expert, expertise, education, critical analysis/thought, social justice, bearing witness, solidarity


Professor Phil Scraton – pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/phil-scraton(143e7c8d-b5ea-4517-9df1-0541250b9008).html

Ivanka Antova – www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Research/PhDprofiles/IvankaAntova/

Dr Rachael Dickson – www.qub.ac.uk/schools/SchoolofLaw/Research/PhDprofiles/RachelDicksonHillyard/

Links for Episode Notes:

‘Hillsborough: The Truth’ (2016) by Phil Scraton https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hillsborough-Truth-Professor-Phil-Scraton/dp/1910948012

Welfare Reform policies: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2010-to-2015-government-policy-welfare-reform

‘Letters to a Law Student’ (2013) by Nicholas J McBride https://www.amazon.co.uk/Letters-Law-Student-3rd-edn/dp/1447922654

Feminist Judgments Project: https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/fjp/

‘Feminist Judgments: From Theory to Practice’ (2010) Rosemary Hunter, Clare MyGlynn, Erika Rackley: https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/feminist-judgments-9781849460538/

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