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Research on the London riots from the small business perspective

Posted on 12/03/2012

Dr Rachel Doern recently welcomed a group of students to Royal Holloway from the Honours Academy at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands to discuss her research on the London Riots (August 2011) from the perspective of small business owners.

Dr Doern’s study looks at how small business owners directly affected by the three days of rioting in London made sense of events, what factors have facilitated and inhibited the recovery effort, and the role that emotion has played in their response to the riots. She commented: "The riots had a traumatic effect on the lives of so many small business owners who have worked tirelessly to bring their businesses back to pre-crisis levels. Only time will tell if their efforts have been successful. For some the next year will be make or break".

The faculty-led Honors Academy at Radboud University Nijmegen is a two-year interdisciplinary programme during which students learn how to design and carry out research working in groups and individually. This year students are focusing on the subject of a crisis.


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