Small businesses resilience to flooding in Scotland

A paper on ‘Evolutionary or Equilibrist? Small businesses resilience to flooding in Scotland’ by Fiona Henderson and Geoff Whittam has been accepted for publication in Studia Miejskie, please see abstract below.


Flooding is the most significant current climate change-related threat to the UK, yet its impact upon small businesses is largely unexplored. This paper investigates the resilience of a small business community in Scotland that has evolved over decades of trading in a flood-prone area. The development of their adaptive strategies is explored in the context of White and O’Hare’s (2014) resilience paradox, which argues that a lack of clarity in the definition of resilience has facilitated vagueness in policy which, whilst maintaining an adaptive optimistic rhetoric, has favoured equilibrist protectionism over evolutionary and transformative approaches. This tension between the equilibristic approach inherent within the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) and the adaptive responses which the Climate Change Adaption Act (2009) endeavours to promote is considered in light of the experience of the participating small business owners, who perceive their resilience is threatened by a flood protection measure planned by the local authority. This flood protection measure has been developed despite repeated objections by the local community, and this study presents business owners’ feelings that they are not being consulted adequately or their objections heard. The need to engage communities and work together to develop solutions to climate change threats to facilitate community resilience is discussed.

Q Conference for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity

The 33rd annual conference of the International Society for the Scientific of Subjectivity will be held at 200SVS on 7th – 9th September 2017, hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University. On Wednesday 6th September 2017 we will host preconference workshop(s) at Glasgow Caledonian University with details to follow.

The conference will comprise of plenary and panel sessions, paper presentations and a keynote speech.

While the conference programme will cover a range of disciplines and sectors, the study of subjectivity and the use of Q Methodology will provide a unifying element to the conference.

For more information about the event please visit the Q Conference 2017 website and if you have any questions email

GCU research contributes to a new Maternity and Neonatal Care Review

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) health economist Professor Cam Donaldson, Yunus Chair in Social Business and Health, has contributed to the Scottish Government’s new five-year strategy for Maternity and Neonatal Care in Scotland.

Professor Donaldson was a member of the Evidence and Data subgroup, one of the expert review groups, appointed to work up a series of recommendations and proposals that will seek to enhance services.

On February 26, 2015, the Minister for Public Health, Ms Maureen Watt MSP, announced a Review of Maternity and Neonatal services in Scotland. Jane Grant, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley was appointed in July 2015 to lead on the Review.

The resulting report, published by the Scottish Government today (January 20), sets out a vision for the future planning, design and safe delivery of high quality maternity and neonatal services in Scotland. It puts the family at the centre of decisions so that all women, babies and their families get the highest quality of care according to their needs.

Professor Donaldson said: “It is great to have the role of health economics in such major strategic planning processes recognised and for GCU’s excellent research group to have been approached to contribute to this Review. Most importantly, it is an honour to contribute to attempts to reshape services to better meet the needs of mothers and babies.”

Published Papers and Book Chapters

Yunus Centre staff members have recently had a number of articles accepted for publication, details below:

Journal Articles

Power, M., Doherty, B., Small, N., and Teasdale, S. (2017 forthcoming) All in it together? Community food aid in a multi-ethnic context, Journal of Social Policy

‘Workplace health and gender among cotton workers in America and Britain, c. 1880s-1940s’, International Review of Social History, 61, 3 (2016): 459-85, doi:10.1017/S0020859016000493. ​

‘Also editing special issue of Social Enterprise Journal on Social Enterprise and Ethnography (to be published 2017)

Book Chapter

Teasdale, S., Lyon, F., and Baldock, R. (2017 forthcoming). A methodological critique of the social enterprise growth myth. In Dey, P and Steyaert, C. (eds.) Critical Perspectives of Social Entrepreneurship, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Priority to end of life treatments?

A paper on ‘Priority to end of life treatments? Views of the public in the Netherlands’ by Sofie Wouters, Job van Exel, Rachel Baker and Werner Brouwer has just been published in Value in Health.  Please see abstract below and link to the paper.



Recent debates in the Netherlands on health care priority setting have focused on the relative value of gains generated by life-extending medicines for people with a terminal illness, mostly new cancer drugs. These treatments are generally expensive, provide relatively small health gains, and therefore usually do not meet common cost per QALY thresholds. Nevertheless, these drugs may be provided under the assumption that there is public support for making a special case for treatments for people with a terminal illness. This study investigated the views of the public in the Netherlands on a range of equity and efficiency considerations relevant to priority setting and examines whether there is public support for making such a special case.


Using Q methodology, three viewpoints on important principles for priority setting were identified. Data were collected through ranking exercises conducted by 46 members of the general public in the Netherlands, including 11 respondents with personal experience with cancer.


Viewpoint 1 emphasized that people have equal rights to healthcare and opposed priority setting on any ground. Viewpoint 2 emphasized that the care for terminal patients should at all times respect the patients’ quality of life, which sometimes means refraining from invasive treatments. Viewpoint 3 had a strong focus on effective and efficient care and had no moral objection against priority setting under certain circumstances.


Overall, we found little public support for the assumption that health gains in terminally ill patients are more valuable than those in other patients. This implies that the assumption that society is prepared to pay more for health gains in people who have only a short period of lifetime left does not correspond with societal preferences in the Netherlands.

6th EMES International Research Conference

There is one month left to submit your abstract to the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise (July 3th-6th, 2017; Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium).

Read the Call for Papers for a description about the overall theme of the Conference “Social enterprise for sustainable societies” and its ten thematic lines.

Information about how to get to Louvain-la-Neuve and accommodation is also available. have also be created to help participants organize their trip to Louvain-la-Neuve.

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Regular updates on the Conference are sent via the EMES news alert, so you can sign up for it here.

Questions about any aspect of the Conference can be sent to Twitter: @emesnetwork  |  #6EMESconf

Solidarity Beyond Borders – Summer School for PhD and MA Students

3-9 July 2017, University of Warsaw

7-day course on various aspects of transnational solidarity

Lectures, seminars and workshops by leading European scholars working on solidarity issues

Focus on research methods and skill development with the use of practical knowledge gathered through the TransSOL research project

Courses include:

  • Solidarity Network Analysis
  • The Legal Basis of Solidarity in the EU
  • Transnational Solidarity in Media Discourse
  • Civil Society-led Solidarity: Survey and Hubs-based Website Analysis
  • Workshop with Practitioners

Participation free of charge. 4 accommodation grants available

Application deadline: 15 January 2017

Call for papers – transsol_summer_school_call

Application form – application-form

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Conference Presentation

Prof Simone Baglioni and Micaela Mazzei presented a paper entitled ‘Between Tradition and Change: the Scottish Social Economy Sector at a Crossroad’ at the Arnova (Association for Research on Non Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action) Annual Conference, 17-19 November 2016, Washington DC.  The presentation is linked to the Fab-Move and EFESEIIS projects.