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Garment worker rights and fashion’s response to COVID-19

Inequalities across fashion sector highlighted through COVID-19 Peer-reviewed research by: Dr Taylor Brydges and Dr Mary Hanlon The global fashion and apparel industry is unequal by design, with asymmetrical power dynamics impacting garment worker wages and supports. What impact did COVID-19 have on the global fashion and apparel industry? How did international companies and brands …

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Love and social inequality

Love in the space–time of inequality: Attachment and detachment across unequal lives Peer-reviewed research by: Dr Samuel Strong This article highlights how understandings related to inequality are often understood through charts and graphs, and how as a result, solutions also often come in the form of more charts and graphs. And while that may make …

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How to ‘close the loop’ in fashion?

Closing the loop on take, make, waste: Investigating circular economy practices in the Swedish fashion industry Peer-reviewed research by: Dr Taylor Brydges The global fashion and apparel industry has a longstanding, ongoing, and growing, reputation for exploitation and waste. Drawing on the Swedish fashion industry, this paper shows how interventions to curb environmental impact must …

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On Canada’s commitments to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

How is Canada doing when it comes to meeting global standards set by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals? Peer-reviewed research:  Dr Tracy Smith-Carrier and Jacqueline On In 2021, Canada launched its Canadian Indicator Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, the author’s show how Canada has committed to no more than ‘business as …

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Sport and wellbeing: young people from refugee backgrounds

Community sport and leisure programs for young people from refugee backgrounds, London, UK Peer-reviewed research article: Robyn Smith, Dr Louise Mansfield, and Dr Emma Wainwright While being forced to flee your home country at the hands of conflict, climate emergency or persecution brings unique trauma, resettlement brings new and complex challenges. In this article, the author’s …

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COVID-19 and sustainable fashion?

Will COVID-19 support the transition to a more sustainable fashion industry? Peer-reviewed research article: Dr Taylor Brydges, Dr Monique Retamal & Dr Mary Hanlon COVID-19 has had a massive impact on global supply chains, and the fashion industry is no exception. In this article, the author’s unpack key tensions to consider whether COVID-19 has worked …

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COVID-19 and children’s rights in Scotland

COVID-19 saw widescale disruptions to the social, cultural, political and economic fabric of everyday life for countless individuals the world over. New research from MacLachlan, McMellon and Inchley (2022) draw attention to the toll the pandemic has played on children’s rights, in the context of mental health. There is a need to shift away from …

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Power at play: Making clothes in Bangladesh, after Rana Plaza

On the anniversary of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh, it’s particularly timely to revisit the impacts of some of the programs and policies that were implemented in the wake of the disaster. In their article, Ashwin et al. (2020) show how stakeholder perspectives vary across systems of global production and invite readers to …

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High costs of the gluten-free diet

There are physical, emotional, and financial implications to going gluten-free. While a diagnosis of Celiac disease, followed by strict adherence to the gluten-free diet, aims to improve physical health, gluten-free living comes with some hidden (and some not-so-hidden) costs. There is a significant financial cost to managing and maintaining a strict gluten-free diet; the gluten-free …

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