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Lost in Lockdown: The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on ‘deaf education’ in Low and Middle-Income countries


By Joanna Clark, Director of Deaf Child Worldwide Of the few deaf children who make it to school, many drop out early.  Very few make it to secondary school,  let alone further education. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected deaf…

Should Sustainability Sciences be ‘Decolonised’?


Lyla Mehta, Principal Investigator, TAPESTRY project* The 18th-century German forester, Hans Carl von Carlowitz  coined the term ‘sustainability’ in an environmental context to prescribe how forests should be managed on a long-term basis. This early emphasis on conserving economically valuable natural…

Protecting our Environment to Resist Antimicrobial Resistance


Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) poses a threat to humanity equal to that of climate change. Both are global challenges. Both affect the sustainability agenda. Both are accelerated by human activity. Both operate across our planetary boundaries. So why aren’t we arming…

Meet ‘Seeds of Science’: A new free and inclusive peer-reviewed scientific journal for researchers globally


Scientists from low and middle-income countries (LMICs)  face many challenges when it comes to publishing their research in academic journals. First among these challenges is cost. Many journals ask for expensive publishing fees which can be many times the yearly…

This image shows how the 'one size fits all' approach does not drive forward our work on inclusion. It shows that giving the same bike, without regard to their physicality, means that some cannot reach the pedals, some have to crouch, and others cannot use the bike at all! What they need are bikes adjusted to allow each of them the chance to ride comfortably.

Diversity work: Time to get our hands dirty


Written by Clare Matysova, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Diversity work has been described as “messy, even dirty, work” involving “sweaty concepts, concepts that come out of the effort to transform…

Education in Time of COVID-19 in India


Shana is ten, and Sneh 6 [1] . They have lost their 34-year-old mother. They cannot run into the lap of their grandmother either, for she also succumbed to the virus. Shana and Sneh will hopefully resume their schooling but without…

Starting a research project during a pandemic and a war: lessons from project dldl/ድልድል


LIDC member Dr Romina Istratii  is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at SOAS University of London. Here she describes the challenges of setting up project dldl/ድልድል (which means ‘bridge’ in Tigrigna), a project dedicated to the development and strengthening of religio-culturally…

Caught in Crime: Forced Labour and the Global Seafood Industry


  It is packed with vitamins and minerals, helps keep your bones strong and can prevent dementia in old age. Research from Queen Mary, University of London, show that seafood helps your heart healthy, which is associated with better cognitive…

Lost expressions: how do I say depression in Chichewa?


  Words – they define us and help us to express how we feel. So what if there are no right words attached to a particular condition or experience? We can become lost and unable to clearly understand what we’re…

Myanmar’s military coup risks plunging millions into poverty


    Millions of Myanmar’s residents have taken to the streets demanding the military stand down after the coup on 1 February. Anti-coup protests have been remarkably diverse. Protesters have come from every walk of life, ethnic group, and religion.…

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