Congratulations to Samuel Fitzpatrick from Salesian School, who has won the BSA Young Sociologist of the Year competition for his essay on the consequences of war and conflict. Sociology teacher, Patsy Murphy, supported his application.

Samuel’s winning essay responded to the question: “How can sociology help us understand the causes and/or consequences of war and/or conflict?”. Read Samuel’s entry.

BSA Trustees, Jonathan Blundell and Nicola Ingram, judged the competition. We are extremely grateful for the time and effort given to judging the competition entries. The judges felt this essay gave “a timely look at how attitudes in the UK towards Russia changed because of the invasion of Ukraine. The essay uses both primary quantitative and qualitative and secondary evidence. It draws out the role of media in shaping attitudes and the comparative neglect of wars in Yemen and Ethiopia.”

Samuel wins an iPad Mini for himself and £500 for the school’s sociology department.

Congratulations are also due to all 68 applicants who entered the competition this year and their teachers. Each applicant will receive a letter of thanks for their participation in this competition.