Robots, jobs and universal basic income

Are technological advancements threatening to make human labour redundant across broad swathes of the economy? If so how should we respond politically? Should automation be resisted or should we look for new paths toward a future where the link between labour and flourishing or even survival is severed? Is a Universal Basic Income the way for us all to enjoy the gains made possible by automation?

Philosophers Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, co-authors of 'Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work', discuss these questions with a panel of roboticists, philosophers and politicians.

Atomised Mothers

In December 2014 Charlotte Bevan, a new mother in Bristol took her own life and that of her newborn baby. NICE responded by altering its guidelines to the NHS, stating it must do more to support new mums. The work of parenting can be the most challenging and enriching in a person’s life. As an intimate process, it remains largely hidden from the view of society, and can often become an isolating experience. Collective spaces such as baby groups and play centres are a vital resource for parents struggling to maintain a connection with the wider world. However, as ‘austerity’ bites, these points of contact are pressured to adapt to the requirements of neo-liberalism or face closure. Those on the margins of society are increasingly cut off from the public sphere, left to endure the challenge of raising children alone and in isolation.

Through interviews and personal narration, Michal Nahman, an anthropologist and mother of two, foregrounds the crisis being experienced by the Bristol Children’s Playhouse, and looks at the wider effects of cuts on child and family services. Taking the viewpoints of those most susceptible to isolation, namely women, the working class, migrants and the ethnically minoritised, Atomised Mothers asks us to think and feel what isolation is.


The psychodynamics of climate change denial

Professor Paul Hoggett - Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at UWE, Chair of Climate Psychology Alliance and a practicing psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

This lecture looks at what one some have called ‘denialism’, that is the hard core denial lobby who are supported by oil, coal and right wing think tanks. 


From the Social Science in the City Philosophy About Town Stream event

"The Meaning of Europe" - The Ambassador Question and Answer Session

Joining up social sciences with natural and life-science research

These clips represent an attempt to join up social sciences with natural and life-science research and are aimed at improving understanding and application of research findings. We consider these events in terms of facilitating a partnership approach to improved understanding and practice.

With this in mind, we would love to know your views, hear your ideas and gain some idea of how the information shared in the videos have influenced your understanding and practices.

Exploring Hopes, Fears and Practices of Bio-sensing Technology

Professor Richard Luxton and Dr Tim Cox. For more information check out the Centre for Research in Biosciences website or e-mail Richard Luxton. E-mail your thoughts to

Brilliant Bugs Battling Cancer

Professor Vyv Salisbury, Dr Gareth Robinson and Dr Elizabeth Anderson. For more information check out the Centre for Research in Biosciences website or e-mail Vyvian Salisbury.

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