Mental Health and Children with Intellectual Disability: A Quadruple Inequality

Fortunately, we have moved on from a time when individuals with intellectual disability may have been considered incapable of experiencing mental health problems. However, in the context of current talk about mental health crises, the mental health of children and young people with intellectual disability is perhaps the biggest crisis of them all. Children with intellectual disability face a quadruple inequality in relation to their mental health.

How Weddell seals make the best of unusual oceanographic conditions

As one of the very few species species of mammals to live and breed all year in the Antarctic Ocean, Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii) can give us clues as to how Antarctic predators will adapt to changes in their warming environment.

Numbers in an Emergency: The Many Roles of Indicators in the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has shaken the world. The authors of this blog post have edited a special issue of the International Journal on Law in Context (IJLC) that is specifically interested in the role of indicators in the COVID-19 crisis.…

How do we respond to the shifting range of invasive plants?

As our climate changes, many invasive plant species are expanding their growing range and creating daunting new threats. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts say it’s time to take well-informed, preventive steps to mitigate the impact.…

Studying disability in ancient Greece

In a recent article I published with Antiquity, I argued that ancient Greek architects built accessibility into religious healing sanctuaries, such as the Sanctuary of Asclepius at Epidaurus.…

Catalogues, Categories, and Computers: Unpacking a ‘Legacy System’ of Human Genetics

My article contributes to this line of inquiry by considering how an information infrastructure for keeping track of human genes was built and changed across the latter decades of the twentieth century.

Tracking women’s political networks through their letters in 17th century Ireland

By shining a light on the women in Ormonde’s network, my article argues that 1) women were central to royalist political activity during the Interregnum in Ireland and 2) female alliances were key to Irish women’s political agency.

Food insecurity and hunger drives higher levels of fast-food consumption in adolescents

Fast-food is sold in restaurants and snack bars as a quick meal or to be taken out, and often consists of low-nutrient and energy-dense foods. Consequently, fast-food consumers tend to have higher intakes of energy, fat, saturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids, sugar and sodium, as well as lower intakes of fibre, macronutrients and vitamins. This means that regular fast-food consumers have a higher risk of multiple physical and mental health complications. Worryingly, among adolescents the consumption of fast food is on the rise across the globe.