Break the norm

Challenging the status quo to tackle social inequalities together

Social and economic inequalities between and within countries are widening due to COVID-19. Now, more than ever, we need social science research to break down barriers, challenge the norms of society and address the divisions worsened by the pandemic.

To build a fairer and more equitable world we need to tackle disparities based on gender, geography, preference and privilege, and bring together thinking across disciplines and sectors to solve real-world challenges. That’s why Break the norm focuses on research that puts societal changes at its heart, challenges the status quo, and commits to making a real impact.

Your research matters. You may be working on related projects or be personally affected by disparities and want to see change. We would love to hear from you on these issues and help research make real change happen.

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Is the academy truly ready for an open world?

The pandemic has demonstrated the importance and benefits of making findings more accessible and discoverable – from the vaccine to addressing the impact on society. As open research picks up pace, we want to ask if academia is ready for it and how they need to be equipped for it. This Open Access Week, we are bringing together voices from academia to discuss if the academy is truly ready for an open world.

Our roundtable webinar featuring Dr Danny Kingsley, Dr Sumit Narula and Nick Sheppard, and hosted by Shelley Allen from Emerald Publishing, takes place Thursday 28 October at 11am–12pm BST.

How can we close the widening education gap?

Twenty years of educational gains have been lost in just one year due to COVID-19. On International Literacy Day 2021, we highlighted the issues and ways in which we can break the norms in education to create a fairer society, with quality education for all.

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Digital literacy & distance learning

As part of International Literacy Day 2021 we highlighted the challenges people face in accessing quality education across the world. In collaboration with our partners and authors we are making research and resources more accessible, so that it can quickly get into the hands of those who need it. We’re working with partners who are making a difference at a community level of education as well as aligning our goals to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about how we’re making research and resources accessible.

Perspectives – can academia help tackle social inequalities?

A blog series bringing together global voices on how we can tackle academic and social inequalities together.

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First voices first - opening up access to make voices heard

We’re really passionate here at Emerald about making research that matters as impactful as possible – that’s why we’ve started a new pilot project with The Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL).

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