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Thursday 31st January 2013

The HS2 Rail Proposal: a difficult political decision

Description
Many years ago a British politician, on learning that he was about to be appointed Minister for Transport, exclaimed: 'Some enemy hath done this!' It is not hard to see why he might have said this. The transport portfolio is often brimming over with some extremely difficult issues; and the HS2 (High Speed Rail 2) proposal is certainly no exception.
Date:
Thursday 31st January 2013
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Social Sciences
Wednesday 9th January 2013

Electricity Market Reform: All power to the Big Six!

Electricity Market Reform: All power to the Big Six!
Description
EMR has been billed as a measure to decarbonise the electricity economy whilst at the same time stopping the electricity system collapsing as old coal and nuclear power stations come off line. Unfortunately the Government is selecting policy mechanisms that give a market advantage to the electricity majors.
Date:
Wednesday 9th January 2013
Categories:
Social Sciences
Friday 4th January 2013

Size Matters: Two Decades after the Break-Up of Czechoslovakia

Size Matters: Two Decades after the Break-Up of Czechoslovakia
Description
New Year's Eve is traditionally a time for celebration, reflection and looking forward with optimism. As Czechs and Slovaks mark what they call 'silvestr/silvester' by popping champagne corks and setting off fireworks, some will reflect not just on the dawn of a new year, but twenty years of separate statehood.
Date:
Friday 4th January 2013
Categories:
Social Sciences
Tuesday 4th December 2012

Georgia's Parliamentary Elections - Democracy in Action?

Description
On 1 October 2012 Georgia, a small post-Soviet state on the Black Sea coast with a population of 4.6 million people, conducted its 8th Parliamentary elections since 1990. The pre-election campaign was closely watched by the West and the number of international observers monitoring the elections was allegedly the country's largest-ever.
Date:
Tuesday 4th December 2012
Categories:
Social Sciences
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