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'Community research within a social constructionist epistemology' : New article from IRiS

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A new article by Jenny Phillimore, co-written with colleagues at the University of Victoria, Melbourne, explores the way that a social constructionist framework can lend itself to undertaking policy relevant research.
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03/09/2014

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past

NATO Must Look Forward to the Past
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Written by Professor Mark Webber and Heidi Reisinger (Senior Analyst at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy). NATO's intent to follow America's lead and pivot towards Asia is illogical and unrealistic. The Ukraine crisis has served to bang their heads together and remind them that although the connection to the US is crucial, NATO business is in Europe.
Date:
03/09/2014

Shadow of extremism scandal lingers as Birmingham goes back to school

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If a week is a long time in politics, then the school summer holidays must have seemed like a lifetime the for governors, teachers, pupils and staff at the 21 schools at the centre of the Trojan Horse plot in Birmingham.
Date:
03/09/2014

The Conversation: Forgotten South Sudan tangled in factionalism and failed politics

The Conversation: Forgotten South Sudan tangled in factionalism and failed politics
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. Largely knocked out of the news by the crises in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria and Gaza (to name a few), a civil war has nonetheless devastated South Sudan since December 2013. It has left thousands dead, and more than a million have been internally displaced or forced into refugee camps.
Date:
03/09/2014

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health
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Philosophy Doctoral Research student Peter West-Oram writes the latest Birmingham Brief
Date:
02/09/2014

Agent-responsibility and psychiatric diagnosis

Agent-responsibility and psychiatric diagnosis
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PhD student Benjamin Costello talks about his research which is concerned with the relationship between mental illness, involuntary hospitalisation, and the sequencing of actions and personal identity.
Date:
02/09/2014

Whizz, Bang, Roar - come and design a dinosaur!

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The University of Birmingham is counting down the days to the launch of the biggest celebration of science in the UK.
Date:
02/09/2014

University opens its doors for rocket-fuelled Community Day!

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The University of Birmingham's Community Day returns this year with a scientific theme to celebrate the British Science Festival.
Date:
02/09/2014

Blog: Councils should have the power NOT to tax supermarkets

Blog: Councils should have the power NOT to tax supermarkets
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Written by Chris Game. There's no shortage of reasons to dislike supermarkets generally and Tesco in particular – their flimsy carrier bags, their irritating BOGOFs and BOGOHOs (Buy One, Get One Half Off), their unpoliced disabled parking bays, their Everyday Value instant coffee granules. Then there are all the economic, environmental and social reasons – the ones understandably more emphasised in Derby City Council's recent proposal that local authorities be given the power to introduce a levy of 8.5% of rateable value on large retail outlets: a supermarket or Tesco tax, as it was instantly labelled by the media.
Date:
01/09/2014

New book launch: A Midlands Odyssey

New book launch: A Midlands Odyssey
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CAHA PhD student co-edits collection of stories inspired by the Oddyssey and set in the Midlands today.
Date:
01/09/2014

ITSEE at the British Patristics Conference 2014

ITSEE at the British Patristics Conference 2014
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Members of ITSEE and other Birmingham theologians are giving papers are at the Fifth British Patristics Conference in London from 3-5 September 2014.
Date:
01/09/2014

Friends of the Centre for West Midlands History newsletter

Friends of the Centre for West Midlands History newsletter
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The April 2014 issue of the Friends Newsletter is now available.
Date:
31/08/2014

The Conversation: Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event

The Conversation: Douglas Carswell by-election is a rare and honourable event
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Written by Chris Game. The least surprising part of Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP was surely his decision to resign his Clacton seat and seek re-election in a by-election.
Date:
29/08/2014

The Conversation: Nationalism sparks a summer of deadly violence in the Caucasus

The Conversation: Nationalism sparks a summer of deadly violence in the Caucasus
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Written by Kevork Oskanian. The world has been brutally reminded of the unresolved conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave in the South Caucasus which Armenia and Azerbaijan have locked horns over for more than 25 years. While the situation is clearly at a low ebb, the facts of what is happening are far from clear.
Date:
28/08/2014

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health

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Every year approximately 18 million people, largely among the world's poorest, die of preventable or treatable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. They die because, unlike their wealthier counterparts, they lack access to even basic medicines.
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28/08/2014

Global health care justice: the demands of the basic right to health

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Every year approximately 18 million people, largely among the world's poorest, die of preventable or treatable diseases like tuberculosis and malaria. They die because, unlike their wealthier counterparts, they lack access to even basic medicines.
Date:
28/08/2014

Third Sector Magazine: 'all change on the research front'

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Third Sector Magazine has published an article setting out reactions to the rejection of TSRC's bid for continued 'Centres and Large Grants' funding from ESRC (the Economic and Social Research Council).Managing editor Andy Hillier reports that TSRC had "made a good start in a programme for which the ESCR had chosen it only six years before and established several key projects. But now it has had to reduce its staff from 20 to five and prune its planned work, and faces an uncertain future. ... An ESRC spokeswoman said the competition for its Centres and Large Grants programme had been intense: there were 99 applications, of which only four were successful..."
Date:
28/08/2014

Milestone marked at new £42 million University library

Milestone marked at new £42 million University library
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Construction of the new £42 million library at the University of Birmingham is well underway with the piling phase now almost complete.
Date:
28/08/2014

Ice bucket good, neknomination bad? It's all just self-promotion

Ice bucket good, neknomination bad? It's all just self-promotion
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This article appears as part of a larger article, "Ice bucket good, neknomination bad? It's all just self-promotion" on 'The Conversation'; an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public.
Date:
27/08/2014

Exhibit B puts people on display for Edinburgh International Festival

Exhibit B puts people on display for Edinburgh International Festival
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Sadiah Qureshi explores the Edinburgh International Festivals performance piece Exhibit B who's "tableaux vivants" explore the dark history of importing and displaying foreign people. The work has drawn criticism for recreating forms of dispossession, and praise for movingly addressing the legacies of colonialism.
Date:
22/08/2014
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