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Japan's Shinzo Abe will struggle to recover from ministerial scandal

Japan's Shinzo Abe will struggle to recover from ministerial scandal
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Written by Dr Julie Gilson. In a country that has had nine leaders since 2000, Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe appeared to have found the recipe for longevity. But the resignation of two ministers from his government has left him in serious trouble.
Date:
22/10/2014

Ukraine steels itself for winter as Novorossiya forges ahead

Ukraine steels itself for winter as Novorossiya forges ahead
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The EU-Asia Summit in Milan, Italy, delivered little, if any, tangible progress to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Relations between Russia and Ukraine's major European allies remain just a few degrees above a new Cold War-style ice age. And with only a preliminary gas deal achieved between Kiev and Moscow this may be quite literally true for Ukrainians as winter approaches.
Date:
20/10/2014

University of Birmingham jumps nine places in world research rankings

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The University of Birmingham has risen an impressive nine points in the latest world research rankings, placing it in 112th place among the top 500 global research universities. The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2014, also known as the NTU Ranking, ranked Birmingham ninth overall in the UK.
Date:
16/10/2014

University of Birmingham jumps nine places in world research rankings

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The University of Birmingham has risen an impressive nine points in the latest world research rankings, placing it in 112th place among the top 500 global research universities. The Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities 2014, also known as the NTU Ranking, ranked Birmingham ninth overall in the UK.
Date:
14/10/2014

'Taking Nonhuman Perspectives Seriously: The Importance of Non-Anthropocentrism for Nonhuman Animals'

'Taking Nonhuman Perspectives Seriously: The Importance of Non-Anthropocentrism for Nonhuman Animals'
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In January 2015, PhD student Andrew Woodhall will present his paper at the Minding Animals conference in New Delhi, India.
Date:
10/10/2014

Publication of papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium

Publication of papers from the Eighth Birmingham Colloquium
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The latest Birmingham Colloquium volume has been published!
Date:
03/10/2014

New digital map reveals stunning hidden archaeology of Stonehenge

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A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project that will transform our knowledge of this iconic landscape – including remarkable new findings on the world's largest 'super henge', Durrington Walls.
Date:
10/09/2014

Food for thought: scientists use social media to expose global eating habits

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People in the UK eat their main meal at dinner time, Brazilians eat theirs at lunchtime, and the population of the US tends to eat more throughout the day, according to research by computer scientists at the University of Birmingham in the first study of its kind into eating and drinking habits using social media data.
Date:
09/09/2014

Plant diversity in China vital for global food security

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With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future.
Date:
08/09/2014

The future of our crops is at risk in conflict zones, say Birmingham scientists

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Wild species related to our crops which are crucial as potential future food resources have been identified by University of Birmingham scientists, however, a significant proportion are found in conflict zones in the Middle East, where their conservation is increasingly comprised.
Date:
08/09/2014

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

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2013-14

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2013-14
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Welcome to a special anniversary Annual Report. Browse an overview of IDD's recent research, teaching, consultancy and publications.
Date:
21/08/2014

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues

Inside Donetsk, a city at war, while the jaw-jaw over Ukraine continues
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Written by Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University) and Professor Stefan Wolff. The past few days have seen another round of the seemingly endless cycle of escalation and de-escalation that has characterised the crisis in Ukraine for several months.
Date:
19/08/2014

Sino-Indian Relations in the 21st Century: Economic and Security Implications and Responses

Sino-Indian Relations in the 21st Century: Economic and Security Implications and Responses
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This conference hosted by the University of Birmingham took place on Thursday 10 July 2014. The conference brought together leading scholars from China, India and the UK to address the following questions: what are the key drivers of Sino-Indian relations, particularly their economic and security relations? What are the cooperative and competitive elements in their economic and security strategies towards their Asian neighbours and beyond? What kind of regional and extra-regional responses are provoked by the increasing capabilities and expanding ambitions and activities of these rising powers?
Date:
18/08/2014

University of Birmingham engagement with Brazil wins Outstanding International Strategy award

University of Birmingham engagement with Brazil wins Outstanding International Strategy award
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The University of Birmingham has won the Outstanding International Strategy Award in the 2014 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs). The award honours Birmingham's bold approach to secure its position in Brazil as the UK higher education institute (HEI) partner of choice.
Date:
18/08/2014

50 years since the last execution can the UK help end the death penalty worldwide?

50 years since the last execution can the UK help end the death penalty worldwide?
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Birmingham Law School's Dr Bharat Malkani writes for the Conversation
Date:
13/08/2014

Self-styled people's governor of Donetsk tells us: these areas have always been Russian

Self-styled people's governor of Donetsk tells us: these areas have always been Russian
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Written by Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University) and Professor Stefan Wolff. There are two competing and irreconcilable narratives about the crisis in eastern Ukraine that divide public opinion and media coverage in the region and the country – as much as they divide Russia and the West.
Date:
07/08/2014

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
Date:
29/07/2014

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

The Conversation: Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
Date:
28/07/2014

A word in your ear, but make it snappy

A word in your ear, but make it snappy
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To most, crocodiles conjure images of sharp teeth, powerful jaws and ferocious, predatory displays – but they are certainly not famous for their hearing abilities. However, this could all change, as new research is shedding light on the reptiles' ears, showcasing their evolution from the reign of the dinosaurs to the era of Crocodile Dundee.
Date:
25/07/2014
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