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A look back into some of the top research from City in 2022

By City Press Office(City Press Office), Published (Updated )

City, University of London carries out research at the frontier of practice.

Eighty-six percent of City’s research submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 was rated world-leading and the University is committed to fostering important and engaged research that redefines and betters the professions across its six Schools.

Here is a look back on some of the most impactful pieces of research.

School of Policy & Global Affairs

Have girls been left behind in the pandemic?

New research co-authored by Dr Agne Suziedelyte, Senior Lecturer in Economics in City’s School of Policy & Global Affairs, found girls’ mental health was more affected than boys by the Covid-19 pandemic. The research found this disparity even starker in lower income families.

City academic co-authors book on how to improve police responses to domestic abuse

Dr Ruth Weir, Senior Research Fellow in City’s Violence and Society Centre, co-wrote the book Policing Domestic Abuse: Risk, Policy and Practice. The book aims to help those working policing to better understand how domestic abuse occurs and how to better respond to and investigate it.

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass)

Careful crafting of social media earnings posts can substantially increase price reactions

Research by Dr Pawel Bilinski, Reader in Accounting at Bayes, found that corporations can maximise price reactions to their earning announcements through careful and effective crafting of their social media posts.

People in the UK have higher probabilities of dying than expected

Steven Haberman, Professor of Actuarial Science, co-authored a report based on a multi-country analysis, finding people in the UK have a higher probability of dying than expected.

School of Communications & Creativity

Confidence culture tells women to be more self-assured – but ignores the real problems

Professor Rosalind Gill, Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis, argues that urging women to be more self-confident ignores systemic and structural inequalities that hold them back in their lives and careers. She co-authored the book Confidence Culture with Professor Shani Orgad of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Evaluating the first two years of the Media Freedom Coalition

Professor Melanie Bunce, Head of the Journalism Department and Professor of International Journalism, collaborated with a team of researchers to produce the report evaluating the first two years of the Media Freedom Coalition (MFC).The MFC is a coalition of over 50 countries created to advocate for media freedom and the safety of journalists. The assessment found that the MFC had only partially achieved its goals.

School of Health & Psychological Sciences

England-wide study finds link between intimate partner violence and suicidality

Research co-authored by City academics found a strong association between intimate partner violence and self-harm and suicidality in both men and women across all ages in England. The report was co-authored by Sally McManus, Senior Lecturer in Health in the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, and Dr Estela Capelas Barbosa, Senior Research Fellow, who are both researchers in City’s Violence and Society Centre.

Parents adopt unhealthy food routines for family wellbeing in place of unaffordable activities

A new study led by Professor Corinna Hawkes, Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City, found that low-income parents in England buy unhealthy food for their family in place of other unaffordable activities such as soft play or holidays away. The study found that parents’ motivations for doing so are a mix of availability, cheapness, marketing as well as a sense of wellbeing and family bonding.

School of Science & Technology

Bioinspired whisker arrays can work as antennae to detect sources of flow disturbances under water or in the air

Professor Christoph Bruecker, expert in aeronautical engineering, led a study which found that artificial whiskers, modelled on sea lions, can work as an array of antennae to locate the source of hydrodynamic wakes. The technology can also help detect wakes of aircraft and drones.

Systematically examining the way spatial structure influences the evolution of cancer

Characterising the pattern of evolution in tumour could help with clinical forecasting and optimising cancer treatments, finds a study co-authored by City mathematician Dr Robert Noble. The study is the first to systematically examine how spatial structure influences tumour evolution and was published in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

The City Law School

Law School academic co-authors a report on the post-Brexit regulation of medicines

Professor Tamara Hervey co-authored the report ‘UK Regulation after Brexit Revisited,’ focusing on the regulation of medicines.
The report found that there have not been significant changes in UK law despite the government’s talk of competitive divergence.
The study indicated that the UK’s small size in comparison to the EU could make it an attractive place to test new products but might make it a less attractive place to launch new products.

Ethnic minorities and migrant women struggled to access healthcare during Covid-19

Research by Dr Sabrina Germain and Dr Adrienne Yong, Senior Lecturers at the City Law School, found the Covid-19 public health crisis exacerbated the struggles ethnic minority women and migrant women experience in accessing healthcare in the UK.
The paper was published in the interdisciplinary Journal for Cultural Research and identified three main barriers: institutional barriers, community perceptions and socioeconomic factors.

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