The Sociology and Social Policy Section organised the following events for the 2017 British Science Festival:

The emergency mental health care crisis
How can we prevent vulnerable and suicidal people from being detained in police cells? Sociologist Gillian Bendelow researches the extraordinarily high rates of police detentions of distressed and mentally ill individuals in Sussex. She discussed how this collaborative local study with a focus on detainee narrative interviews has influenced policy at the national level.

While you were sleeping: the ethics of sleep monitoring
From wearable devices to monitors that fit into your pillow, an increasing number of us are using personal sleep trackers to understand and improve our sleep patterns. But who can access this data and should we take responsibility for eliminating sleepless nights? An interdisciplinary panel discussed the ethics of capturing, manipulating and sharing sleep monitoring data.

President 2017: Professor Gillian Bendelow, University of Brighton
President 2016: Dr. Mark Doidge, University of Brighton
President 2015: Dr. Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University
President 2014: Professor Jonathan Gabe,  Royal Holloway, University of London

Co-Recorder: Dr. Rob Meadows, University of Surrey
Co-Recorder: Dr. Emmanuelle Tulle, Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Emmanuelle Tulle is a Reader in Sociology at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research deals with lived and sensate ageing experiences to identify ways of enhancing the social and cultural location of older people via a focus on sport and physical activity in later life. She has investigated the factors which facilitate or inhibit the incorporation of physical activity into everyday life (focusing in part on the lessons that can be learnt from Master athletes), social and professional interactions in physical activity settings, the cultural meanings associated with being physically active and ‘sporty’. More recently, Emmanuelle turned her attention to the ‘discovery’ of sedentary behaviour as a public health problem.