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Resilience in a Kenyan informal settlement during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2021)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and OKINDA, F. 2021. Resilience in a Kenyan informal settlement during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acta academica [online], 53(2): pandemic politics, pages 122-142. Available from: https://doi.org/10.18820/24150479/aa53i2/7

Informal settlements have been identified as locations both where the spread of COVID-19 has generally been slower than within the Global North and measures to restrain the pandemic have further intensified local peoples’ marginality as income decrea... Read More about Resilience in a Kenyan informal settlement during the COVID-19 pandemic..

An assessment of renewable energy development in energy mix for Togo. (2021)
Journal Article
KANSONGUE, N., NJUGUNA, J. and VERTIGANS, S. 2022. An assessment of renewable energy development in energy mix for Togo. International journal of sustainable energy [online], (accepted). To be made available from: https://doi.org/10.1080/14786451.2021.2023150

The Togolese government has outlined a renewable energy technologies target of achieving 100% electrification to all by 2030, to meet the government's Millennium goals. This paper presents the viewpoints of key stakeholders in relation to the current... Read More about An assessment of renewable energy development in energy mix for Togo..

Empowering Kibera during political change: a case study through a Freirean lens. (2021)
Journal Article
GIBSON, N., VERTIGANS, S. and MUELLER-HIRTH, N. [2021]. Empowering Kibera during political change: a case study through a Freirean lens. International social work [online], Online First. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/00208728211010215

Empowerment is an often used concept and the work of Paulo Freire has helped to define the application and outcomes of approaches. The researchers visited Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya, during periods of political activity which had previously resulted in... Read More about Empowering Kibera during political change: a case study through a Freirean lens..

Rational and emotional tension balances in the organization of political hunger strikes. (2021)
Journal Article
CONNOLLY, J., DOLAN, P. and VERTIGANS, S. [2021]. Rational and emotional tension balances in the organization of political hunger strikes. Sociological research online [online], Online First. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1177/13607804211003592

This paper is concerned with the relationship between the organization of political hunger strikes, rational calculations and actions and emotions. Drawing from the theoretical formulations of Norbert Elias, we examine how rational–emotional balances... Read More about Rational and emotional tension balances in the organization of political hunger strikes..

Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. (2020)
Journal Article
MABON, L., NGUYEN, S.T., PHAM, T.T., TRAN, T.T., LE, H.N., DOAN, T.T.H., HOANG, T.N.A., MUELLER-HIRTH, N. and VERTIGANS, S. 2021. Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Sustainability science [online], 16(1), pages 221-238. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-020-00861-3

This paper explores the maintenance of livelihoods under climate, environmental, and economic development pressures, through the case of Thang Binh District in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. Within widespread recognition of the need to link sustainable... Read More about Elaborating a people-centered approach to understanding sustainable livelihoods under climate and environmental change: Thang Binh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam..

Resilience and social cohesion through the lens of residents in a Kenyan informal settlement. (2019)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S. and GIBSON, N. 2020. Resilience and social cohesion through the lens of residents in a Kenyan informal settlement. Community development journal [online], 55(4), pages 624-644. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1093/cdj/bsz012

Over recent years, resilient attitudes and behaviour are widely seen within the Global North to be potential solutions to community developmental challenges. Although greater international emphasis is being placed on ‘bottom up’ approaches, learning... Read More about Resilience and social cohesion through the lens of residents in a Kenyan informal settlement..

Is there a role for therapeutic photography in social work with groups? (2018)
Thesis
GIBSON, N.F. 2018. Is there a role for therapeutic photography in social work with groups? Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis.

Therapeutic photography is the term given to the use of photography to elicit positive outcomes for the user, yet these benefits appear to be underutilised within professional practice, particularly where a therapeutic relationship already exists whi... Read More about Is there a role for therapeutic photography in social work with groups?.

Death by 'African' democracy: killing consequences of Western power prognosis. (2017)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S. 2017. Death by 'African' democracy: killing consequences of Western power prognosis. Historical social research [online], 42(4), pages 169-188. Available from: https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.42.2017.4.169-188

American enthusiasm for promoting democracy has waned since the longer term consequences of the 2003 invasion of Iraq became apparent. The neo-cons misplaced confidence in the superiority of their ideals appeared to blind them to lessons from history... Read More about Death by 'African' democracy: killing consequences of Western power prognosis..

Unintentional social consequences of disorganised marketing of corporate social responsibility: figurational insights into the oil and gas sector in Africa. (2017)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2017. Unintentional social consequences of disorganised marketing of corporate social responsibility: figurational insights into the oil and gas sector in Africa. In Connolly, J. and Dolan, P. (eds.) The social organisation of marketing: a figurational approach to people, organisations and markets. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan [online], chapter 4, pages 93-118. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51571-7_4

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a concept that is widely associated with large transnational corporations (TNCs) and increasingly small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The concept is contentious with wide ranging debates about i... Read More about Unintentional social consequences of disorganised marketing of corporate social responsibility: figurational insights into the oil and gas sector in Africa..

Business and social peace processes: how can insights from post-conflict studies help CSR to address peace and reconciliation? (2016)
Book Chapter
MUELLER-HIRTH, N. 2017. Business and social peace processes: how can insights from post-conflict studies help CSR to address peace and reconciliation? In Vertigans, S. and Idowu, S.O. (eds.) Corporate social responsibility: academic insights and impacts. Cham: Springer [online], pages 137-153. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-35083-7_8

Private sector activities have often been linked to the fuelling of conflict and violence. At the same time, there has been growing interest in the contributions that the business sector can potentially make to peace, both from within academia (for e... Read More about Business and social peace processes: how can insights from post-conflict studies help CSR to address peace and reconciliation?.

Corporate social responsibility and development in South Africa: socio-economic contexts and contemporary issues. (2015)
Book Chapter
MUELLER-HIRTH, N. 2016. Corporate social responsibility and development in South Africa: socio-economic contexts and contemporary issues. In Vertigans, S., Idowu, S.O. and Schmidpeter, R. (eds.) Corporate social responsibility in sub-Saharan Africa: sustainable development in its embryonic form. Cham: Springer [online], pages 51-68. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26668-8_3

This chapter will discuss historical contexts and contemporary issues in Corporate Social Responsibility in South Africa. Here, the private sector has been forced to adopt socially responsible policies that are more advanced than those in many of the... Read More about Corporate social responsibility and development in South Africa: socio-economic contexts and contemporary issues..

Home from home: UK civilising offensives in residential childcare. (2015)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S. 2015. Home from home: UK civilising offensives in residential childcare. Human figurations [online], 4(1), article number 4. Available from: https://doi.org/2027/spo.11217607.0004.104

Approaches to residential childcare within the United Kingdom incorporate processes that are ostensibly types of civilising offensives. The offensives are determined by political and media groups in an attempt to alter the behaviour of problematic se... Read More about Home from home: UK civilising offensives in residential childcare..

Paying the price for corporate social responsibility: social costs and dividends of oil and gas company approaches in Nigeria. (2012)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S. 2012. Paying the price for corporate social responsibility: social costs and dividends of oil and gas company approaches in Nigeria. Social responsibility review, 2012(1), pages 35-48.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) has grown in prominence over recent years. And rising levels of interest have been accompanied by contests within academic and business circles over the purpose and suitability of businesses having social respons... Read More about Paying the price for corporate social responsibility: social costs and dividends of oil and gas company approaches in Nigeria..

The sociology of terrorism: peoples, places and processes. (2011)
Book
VERTIGANS, S. 2011. The sociology of terrorism: peoples, places and processes. Abingdon: Routledge [online]. Available from: https://www.routledge.com/The-Sociology-of-Terrorism-People-Places-and-Processes/Vertigans/p/book/9780415572668

This is the first terrorism textbook based on sociological research. It adopts an innovative framework that draws together historical and modern, local and global, and social processes for a range of individuals, groups and societies. Individual beha... Read More about The sociology of terrorism: peoples, places and processes..

CSR as corporate social responsibility or colonial structures return? (2011)
Journal Article
VERTIGANS, S. 2011. CSR as corporate social responsibility or colonial structures return? A Nigerian case study. International journal of sociology and anthropology [online], 3(6), pages 159-162. Available from: http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/IJSA/article-abstract/67C611F2245

In this paper the impact of oil and gas companies in Nigeria is explored under the umbrella concept of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). At one level there is acknowledgement of greater emphasis on socially responsible policies. Nevertheless the... Read More about CSR as corporate social responsibility or colonial structures return?.

The 'ins' and 'outs' of terrorism: the roles of emotions throughout 'terrorists' careers. (2011)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2011. The 'ins' and 'outs' of terrorism: the roles of emotions throughout 'terrorists' careers. In Gallore, A.M. (ed.) Terrorism: motivation, threats and prevention. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], chapter 6, pages 199-134. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=13869

Terrorism is a subject that arouses considerable emotions. These emotions are largely associated with public reactions to attacks and particular events. Analysis of terrorism and 'terrorists', in particular, also identifies the significance of emotio... Read More about The 'ins' and 'outs' of terrorism: the roles of emotions throughout 'terrorists' careers..

Islam and the construction of modern nationalism: the unintended consequences of state sponsored socialisation. (2011)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2011. Islam and the construction of modern nationalism: the unintended consequences of state sponsored socialisation. In Franco, G.H. and Cervantes, S.L. (eds.) Islam in the 21st century. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], pages 1-26. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11164

Around the world approaches by Muslim governments to introduce secularisation and create national consciousness have relied heavily upon processes of state sponsored socialisation. Across the overwhelming majority of Muslim societies, secular structu... Read More about Islam and the construction of modern nationalism: the unintended consequences of state sponsored socialisation..

Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations? (2010)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2010. Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations? In Hoffmann, E.P. (ed.) Somalia: economic, political and social issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], chapter 13, pages 211-213. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=11233

When examining the recent history of Somalia it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the post colonial approach and, in particular, the role of the nation-state has largely been a failure. The fundamentals associated with the state in the West,... Read More about Commentary: re-establishing the Somali state: for the benefit of the nation or other nations?.

Somalia's insecurity and the normalisation of violence. (2010)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2010. Somalia's insecurity and the normalisation of violence. In Hoffman, E.P. (ed.) Somalia: economic, political and social issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], chapter 2, pages 41-60. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=15320

In this chapter, the transformation of violence in Somalia is explored alongside concomitant shifting levels of insecurity and social constraint. Key historical, regional, national and international factors behind Somalia's structural weaknesses are... Read More about Somalia's insecurity and the normalisation of violence..

Development of Northern Irish Catholic and Palestinian Muslim national identities and the role of common histories. (2009)
Book Chapter
VERTIGANS, S. 2009. Development of Northern Irish Catholic and Palestinian Muslim national identities and the role of common histories. In Elling, L.R. (ed.) Social development. New York: Nova Science Publishers [online], chapter 2, pages 51-86. Available from: http://www.novapublishers.org/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=14152

In this paper, comparative analysis of the processes behind the social development of Catholic and Muslim nationalist identities in Northern Ireland and the Palestinian territories respectively is undertaken. This is designed to try to enhance levels... Read More about Development of Northern Irish Catholic and Palestinian Muslim national identities and the role of common histories..