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New publication: The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

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IRiS academic Dr Nando Sigona is co-editor with Dr Elena Fiddian Qasmiyeh, Professor Gil Loescher and Dr Katy Long of The Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies published today by Oxford University Press as part of its world-renowned Oxford Handbook series.
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12/06/2014

Commissioning of mental health services

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The report from the joint TSRC - HSMC research team investigating the commissioning of mental health services has been published this week.
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12/06/2014

Men, masculinity and mental health: Changing the discourse

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In Men's Health Week (June 9th- 15th) the Men's Health Forum are spearheading the campaign to improve men's wellbeing with a focus on work, stress and unemployment including interventions within the workplace.
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11/06/2014

Blog: Towards a people-centred language of demand management

Blog: Towards a people-centred language of demand management
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Written by Gavin Jones. I'm regularly asked to make presentations to groups of people (the last one being to 22 Deputy Lord Lieutenants!) to set out the issues and opportunities facing local government in the light of increasingly painful budget cuts. Of the pictorial slides I use to tell the story, the one guaranteed to have the greatest impact and make people hold their heads in their hands and mutter depressing words of despair is my 'motivational' slide that alarmingly shows demand outstripping resources at a frightening pace – often known as the '' or 'Map of Misery'.
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11/06/2014

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University
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DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University, Australia, this week. On 13 June, DLP's directors, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr David Hudson, will meet with members of La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change to share research findings and plan future collaboration.
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11/06/2014

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it
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Written by Chris Game. "Meaningless", "a stitch-up", "a breathtakingly cynical attempt to convey an impression of democratic reform" – this was how Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith reacted to his own government's announcement in the Queen's Speech that ministers would, after all, be introducing a recall of MPs Bill before the 2015 election.
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10/06/2014

The revolving door turns once more

The revolving door turns once more
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In our latest Viewpoint Piece HSMC's Mark Exworthy looks at the debate surrounding national and local approaches to running the English health system.
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09/06/2014

Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment

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TSRC Working Paper 124 Financing social ventures and the demand for social investment' by Fergus Lyon and Rob Baldock.There is a growing interest in social investment and the provision of loan finance to social enterprises. While there has been much discussion on the supply of finance, research on the demand has been lacking. This paper shows that 15 percent of social enterprises are seeking loan finance, with most of these borrowing from high street banks. Only one in five borrowers or 3.6 percent of all social enterprises are approaching social investors (those lenders that have a social mission), Social enterprises without assets that they can use as collateral are shown to be able to seek finance...
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09/06/2014

HSMC Professors co-author new book on health reform

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Professors Russell Mannion and Martin Powell have co-authored, with colleagues from Durham University, a new book on health reform: Reforming healthcare: What's the evidence?, Policy Press.
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09/06/2014

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania
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Significant improvements to the economy of the Balkans region can be made if the Albanian government invests in a new €350 million road, argues an academic from the University of Birmingham. Dr Gëzim Alpion, Lecturer in Sociology, has instigated a petition for state leaders to meet their election promises and construct a highway linking Tirana with Dibra, one of the most impoverished regions in Albania.
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06/06/2014

Saving Humans blog: Why transitional justice proponents say the field is important: The risk of leaving things as they are

Saving Humans blog: Why transitional justice proponents say the field is important: The risk of leaving things as they are
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Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Continuing on from yesterday, generally, regardless of the focus, TJ presupposes that there is a significant risk in leaving things the way they are, after conflict.
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06/06/2014

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition
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The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 04. This episode, we talk about the European elections of 22-25 May, which saw record highs for Eurosceptic and populist parties in several countries, including UKIP in the United Kingdom and the National Front in France. We discuss the reasons for this result, the extent to which it represents a Europe-wide backlash against Brussels, and its consequences for European politics.
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06/06/2014

From outcomes-based commissioning to social value? Implications for performance managing the third sector

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TSRC Working Paper 123 'From outcomes-based commissioning to social value? Implications for performance managing the third sector', by Jenny Harlock.Drawing on interviews with adult social care commissioners in six local authorities in England, this paper examines how social value – as a key dimension to outcomes-based commissioning – is being assessed and applied in commissioning processes with the third sector, and examines the nature of the evidence required by commissioners from TSOs to demonstrate their effectiveness...
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06/06/2014

'Two faces of migrant entrepreneurship'; a blog post by Professor Monder Ram

'Two faces of migrant entrepreneurship'; a blog post by Professor Monder Ram
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Professor Monder Ram is the Director of Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship. In this blog post he discusses the two faces of migrant entrepreneurship.
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06/06/2014

Saving Humans blog: Confronting legacies of violence after conflict: What is Transitional Justice?

Saving Humans blog: Confronting legacies of violence after conflict: What is Transitional Justice?
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Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Transitional justice (TJ) is essentially a field that grew around a single question: how do you address the legacy of conflict-related violence and widespread human rights abuses? The first time that we as an international community really had to think about how to address the mess of war and the impact of genocide and what consequently became known as crimes against humanity was of course at the Nuremburg Trials in relation to the holocaust in the wake of World War Two.
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05/06/2014

Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector

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TSRC Working Paper 122 'Public sector commissioning of local mental health services from the third sector' by James Rees, Robin Miller and Heather Buckingham.This working paper provides an initial report on research that sets out to discover the realities of commissioning from the perspective of the public sector bodies responsible for its implementation and the third sector organisations who choose to engage with commissioners as part of achieving their missions. Based on a case study service field (mental health) and geographical locality (an urban conurbation in the UK), a survey and series of semi-structured interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders from the public and third sectors to understand the practices of commissioning. Due to the key focus (and often concerns) of third sector organisations on procurement this was explored in particular...
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04/06/2014

Queen's Speech 2014: Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the plastic bag tax

Queen's Speech 2014: Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the plastic bag tax
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Professor Isabelle Szmigin discusses the 5p levy on plastic bags that is to be introduced in England.
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04/06/2014

Saving Humans blog: Consultation, Respect, and Inclusivity: DIY Democracy in Turkey

Saving Humans blog: Consultation, Respect, and Inclusivity: DIY Democracy in Turkey
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Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Last week marked the first-year anniversary of the Gezi Park protests in Turkey. The following piece reflects on the protests and their meaning.
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04/06/2014

Saving Humans blog: The concept and realities of post-revolution reform in Tunisia

Saving Humans blog: The concept and realities of post-revolution reform in Tunisia
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Written by Dr Christalla Yakinthou. Tunisian society has been engaging with both the concept and realities of post-revolution reform for the last three years. As last week's attack at the Tunisian minister of interior's house shows, the process has been hard going.
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03/06/2014
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