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UEL sociology students selected to present at British Conference of Undergraduate Research

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Topics will cover drug use, Pokemon Go, and media portrayals of Muslim women 

Three sociology students from the University of East London (UEL) have been accepted to present their research at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Sociology students Amii Louise Macleod and Zara Ahmed, and sociology with professional practice student Bethanie Rance will present their work along undergraduates from across the UK at the annual event on 25 and 26 April. 

“I’m investigating players’ engagement with the physical and virtual worlds surrounding Pokémon GO,” explained Amii.

“I’m exploring how notions of space and safety change in relation to Pokémon GO, and how players interact with the physical world while in the virtual world and whether physical safety is considered at all.”

Bethanie will discuss the problem of recreational drug use among young people aged 18 to 24 and how this has become normalised in London club culture. 

She said, “The purpose of this research is to enable me to develop an understanding of what the causes and effects are of taking drugs recreationally and why drugs are associated with club culture. It has become such an increasing and problematic issue for young people.”
 
Zara says her paper will share the findings of her investigation into the mainstream media’s representations of Muslim women in British society, in particular The Sun and The Daily Mail. 

She said, “I’m interested in the manifestations of Muslim women being linked with terrorism as well as the notion of Muslim women being perceived as a threat to British values.”

The conference, which was established in 2011, welcomes student presentations from all academic disciplines. 

UEL’s School of Social Sciences offer a number of sociology programmes, including courses with a foundation year, sociology with professional practice, and joint honours with criminology.

The School is also home to the Centre for East London studies, which studies the sociological and social policy dimensions of east London’s past, present, and future.