Motherhood in Western Europe

Insights from Western European Mothers

The changing face of motherhood — Western Europe

The accompanying reports combine a review of existing literature with an analysis of original quantitative data derived from a poll of 9,582 mothers from 12 countries in Western Europe, making it one of the largest studies of this kind ever conducted

Child Obesity and Health

An analysis of the latest available data from the Health Survey for England (HSE)

Child Obesity and Health — download the full report in pdf format

In this ‘National Childhood Obesity Week’, the SIRC report, Children, obesity and heath: Recent trends, holds up a true mirror, accurately reflecting the trend towards slimmer, healthier children. more

The Future of Freemasonry

An examination of the role of Freemasonry in the 21st century


This report is, as far as we know, an account of the first ever study that has been commissioned by Freemasons from a non-Masonic body. None of the SIRC members involved in the project are Freemasons, a fact that evoked surprise and welcome in equal measure from the Lodge members we met. more

The Changing Face of Motherhood

Insights from three generations of mothers


The report seeks to answer some specific questions about the changing face of motherhood and determine the extent to which modern ‘solutions’ to motherhood are more or less beneficial than the solutions of the past. more

The Loss of Trust

Science, Medicine and Expertise in Contemporary Society

A half-day public conference at the Oxford Union in association with the Institute of Ideas.

2-6pm, Saturday 15 June (8th week)

Science is increasingly viewed with suspicion. A plethora of recent controversies, from MMR vaccine to mobile phones, from BSE to GM foods, has led many to ask how the public's faith in science and government advice can be restored. Should science be made more democratic? Can we trust the scientific experts?

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is becoming accepted as part of the repertory of healthcare professionals, and is increasingly popular with members of the public. Advocates of CAM argue that it brings a more equal relationship between practitioner and patient and that the expertise of the practitioner is democratised. Is CAM a way to restore trust in expertise?

TONY GILLAND (Science Editor of the IoI's Debating Matters series)
in conversation with JAMES PANTON (New College, Oxford)

BILL DURODI (New College, Oxford)
PETER MARSH (Co-Director of The Social Issues Research Centre)
DOUG PARR (Chief Scientist for Greenpeace UK)
COLIN TUDGE (Science Writer)

DR MICHAEL FITZPATRICK (GP and author of The Tyranny of Health)
DR MICHAEL FOX (Chief Executive of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine)
BRID HEHIR (nurse and regular contributor to the nursing press)
DR SUSANNA GRAHAM-JONES (Department Of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford)

Please reserve seats in advance by contacting James Panton on 07811 955 739 or email
For further information, go to