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Research finds that paid work a 'barrier to exercise' for older women

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Older women in paid employment are less likely to take part in leisure-time physical activity, according to research by Birmingham Business School.
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02/07/2014

The moral compexities of child protection: mothers, children and the state

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Sue White, Professor of Social Work for Children and Families, contributes to the latest Birmingham Brief.
Date:
02/07/2014

Evaluations as remedies for health inequalities?

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Tackling health inequalities is a top priority for public health services in England. To what extent can evaluation frameworks help NGOs to address health inequalities caused by social exclusion? – Helen Kara and Marlin Arvidson write for Perspectives in Public Health.
Date:
01/07/2014

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med

Whose sea? Mare nostrum and the politics of migration in the Med
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On the eve of Italy's EU presidency, IRiS academic Dr Sigona discusses the politics underpinning current responses to the migration crisis in the Med and how new wave of nationalism could scupper Italy's bid for EU-wide response to migrant boats.
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01/07/2014

Beyond Islamophobia? Media shows Muslim families to be 'normal'

Beyond Islamophobia? Media shows Muslim families to be 'normal'
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For some time now, speculation has raged over the number of young British Muslims travelling to Syria and Iraq with the intention of fighting in the ongoing conflicts there. Dr Chris Allen writes in a recent article in 'The Conversation'.
Date:
01/07/2014

Blog: What happened to the NOC councils after the May elections: a moan and a puff

Blog: What happened to the NOC councils after the May elections: a moan and a puff
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Written by Chris Game. 'Five Days in May': the time it took in 1940 for Churchill to manoeuvre the War Cabinet into a five-year World War, in 2010 to form Britain's first post-war peacetime coalition – and in 2014 for Tower Hamlets LBC to announce its local election results. OK, I've exaggerated – it was actually 119 hours after the polls closed, so only 4.96 days, but still not good, even discounting the malpractice allegations.
Date:
30/06/2014

Paid work a 'barrier to exercise' for older women

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Older women in paid employment are less likely to take part in leisure-time physical activity, according to research by the University of Birmingham.
Date:
30/06/2014

Practising integration in the EU

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This paper in the IRiS Working Paper series, by Rachel Humphris (University of Oxford) reviews integration practices undertaken by civil society and local institutions across European Member States that have been identified as 'good practice' examples.
Date:
30/06/2014

Transition to adulthood of former unaccompanied minors - new ESRC grant

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Dr Nando Sigona is co-PI on a new ESRC research project on young migrants subject to immigration control in Europe.
Date:
30/06/2014

Causes and experiences of poverty among economic migrants

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A new IRiS Working Paper by Simon Pemberton, Jenny Phillimore and David Robinson addresses causes and experiences of poverty among economic migrants, through a detailed review of academic and policy literature in this latest addition to the IRiS Working Paper series.
Date:
30/06/2014

HSMC to support Age UK's Integrated Care Programme

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HSMC's Professor Jon Glasby is supporting research being undertaken by Age UK to understand the impact of more person-centred, integrated care on outcomes for older people and for the health and social care system.
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30/06/2014

Mother, child and state: the moral complexities of child protection

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University researchers have drawn attention to the numbers of children successively compulsorily removed from the same mother through the family courts. The Nuffield Foundation-funded work, by Karen Broadhurst, Claire Mason and Judith Harwin of the Universities of Brunel and Manchester, has caused a flurry of media interest, with the BBC noting that 7,143 mothers were involved in repeat care cases, affecting 22,790 children. Professor Sue White contributes to the latest Birmingham Brief.
Date:
27/06/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'
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Written by Daniel Goodwin, June 2014. The Inlogov Symposium, Bridging the Gap, was designed to encourage the sharing of new ideas,creativity, evidence and experience on some of the key challenges for local government. This post expands on an earlier blog piece, reflects on the discussions and suggests points and questions for the future.
Date:
26/06/2014

Without HS3, all railroads lead to London - and a lopsided nation

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Pat Hanlon, a Senior Lecturer in Transport Economics, discusses George Osborne's proposal for a high speed rail line across the north of England and the effects it could have on the UK's great economic imbalance.
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25/06/2014

ChangeUp ten years on – where next?

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A new blogpost from TSRC's Dr Rob Macmillan: 24th June 2014.What were you up to ten years ago? On 24th June 2004, it was cold, windy and wet over much of the country, Britney Spears was at Number 1 in the charts, and, plus ca change, later that evening the England football team would exit another international football competition.Fiona Mactaggart, meanwhile, then in the Home Office as the Minister for the Voluntary and Community Sector, was out and about visiting voluntary organisations in Gloucester. She was there to launch ChangeUp, the government's ten year framework for capacity building and infrastructure..."
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24/06/2014

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links

Funding strengthens UK-Rio research links
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The University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham have a new funding agreement to work with leading research institutions in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. The agreement will initially support up to 10 collaborative research projects over two rounds of funding worth £340,000.
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23/06/2014

Mentoring: it's not charity

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Professor Kiran Trehan discusses her work on how mentoring provides truly mutual benefits for those involved.
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23/06/2014

Blog: Strengthening democracy and participation: routes to re-connection and engagement - a provocation

Blog: Strengthening democracy and participation: routes to re-connection and engagement - a provocation
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Written by Catherine Durose. This post is based on a provocation which I posed at INLOGOV's recent Summer Symposium. It is an attempt to move on the conversation about engagement between local government, other public institutions, citizens and communities.
Date:
20/06/2014

Blog: Re-valuing The Public

Blog: Re-valuing The Public
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Written by Teresa L. Córdova. When we are on the ground getting the policies implemented, or perhaps even making the policies, we focus on doing what we can get done. One of our first questions is, "what are the constraints, the limits of what is possible (or probable), given current fiscal conditions, regulatory structures, or political dynamics."
Date:
20/06/2014

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order
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This workshop organised by Dr Marco Vieira and Dr Jonathan Grix (30-31 May 2014) and hosted by the University of Birmingham aimed to critically examine the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.
Date:
20/06/2014
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