‘Lost city’ used 500 years of soil erosion to benefit crop farming

Researchers at the University of York working on a 700-year old abandoned agricultural site in Tanzania have shown that soil erosion benefitted farming practices for some 500 years. The study, published in Quaternary Research, shows that historical practices of capturing soils that were eroded from the hillside could be valuable to modern day farming techniques.


Why your US credit card bills come from Sioux Falls; a brief history of US consumer finance

Sean Vanatta’s article Citibank, Credit Cards, and the Local Politics of National Consumer Finance, 1968–1991, published in Business History Review, is the winner of the 2016 Henrietta Larson Article Award.…


No Longer Business as Usual: Citizens’ emerging role in enforcing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

According to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) the responsibility to respect human rights requires that business enterprises: “Avoid causing or contributing to adverse human rights impacts through their own activities, and address such impacts when they occur.” Moreover, Principle 5 provides that “States should exercise adequate oversight in order to meet their international human rights obligations when they contract with, or legislate for, business enterprises to provide services that may impact upon the enjoyment of human rights.” This seems relevant in the case of the Government of Zimbabwe (Government) contracting a German private company, Giesecke and Devrient (G and D GmbH)‚ to print a surrogate currency “Bond Notes”.…


Children who skip breakfast may not be getting recommended nutrients

A study by researchers led by Dr Gerda Pot at King’s College London has suggested that children who skip breakfast regularly may not be consuming the daily amounts of key nutrients for growth and development that are recommended by the UK government.…


A study into yet another attempt to denounce antidepressant drugs

The authors of Multiple Possible Inaccuracies Cast Doubt on a Recent Report Suggesting Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors to be Toxic and Ineffective discuss their Open Access article which was published in Acta Neuropsychiatrica.  Having been used as antidepressants for decades, and currently used by 7-10% of the population in many countries, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are unusually well-tried drugs.…


My Top 5 Journal of Hellenic Studies Articles – Part III

Douglas Cairns concludes his exploration of his favourite articles from the Journal of Hellenic Studies archive.  You can access these articles for free by following the links below, or you can read his previous post.…


Gift giving to guilds in sixteenth and seventeenth century London

In this blog Dr Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin discusses her article Gifting cultures and artisanal guilds in sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century London which was published in The Historical Journal.…


Taking back control and handing it back to corporations: The UK’s Brexit

Below is a blog based on Kevin Farnsworth’s Journal of Social Policy article. A longer, fully-referenced version can be found at: http://www.corporate-welfare-watch.org.uk/ Many of those who voted to leave the EU would have been encouraged to do so in order to ‘take back control’ from Brussels.…