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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.
Date:
03/06/2014

Operation Trojan Horse: Examining the 'Islamic takeover' of Birmingham schools

Operation Trojan Horse: Examining the 'Islamic takeover' of Birmingham schools
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It is believed that at least 25 schools in Birmingham are now being investigated in response to allegations of what the media and city council are routinely describing as "takeover" bids by "hardline Muslims". IASS's Chris Allen comments on 'Operation Trojan Horse'.
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03/06/2014

Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite gives seminar on findings of Care Track Australia at HSMC

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Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Director of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Honorary Professor at HSMC gave a seminar entitled - CareTrack Australia: the levels of appropriate care in Australia and the European and UK implications.
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03/06/2014

Two faces of migrant entrepreneurship

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Professor Monder Ram, Director of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship, has been awarded Best in Education at the British Indian Awards in Birmingham.
Date:
03/06/2014

IRiS research video: Dr Ricky Joseph

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In the latest addition to the IRiS research videos, Dr Ricky Joseph talks about the Doctoral Research Diversity Network (DRDN) and how this research fits in with the work on the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).
Date:
02/06/2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Social Value Survey Report

INLOGOV briefing paper: Social Value Survey Report
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This report outlines the findings of a joint survey (carried out between August to mid October 2013) by the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO), the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA) and the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham on the impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.
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02/06/2014

Professor Julian Le Grand gives seminar on 'Trust, shove or nudge? Reflections on public service reforms at HSMC'

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Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and a former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister (2003-2005) gave a seminar entitled 'Trust, shove or nudge? Reflections on public service reform' at HSMC on 14th May.
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02/06/2014

Symposium: Quality, satisfaction and governance

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Professor Mark Exworthy is speaking at a conference in Oslo, Norway on "doctors´ professional satisfaction, quality of care, and the governance of health care organizations" (June 2-3, 2014).
Date:
02/06/2014

The voluntary sector in the national accounts

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A new blogpost from TSRC director John Mohan and David Kane, senior research officer at NCVO: "TSRC's work with NCVO has recently been having an impact in what you might think an unlikely place – assessing the contribution of the voluntary sector to the country's economy. At the moment coverage of the voluntary sector in the national accounts is poor. We know this because that's what Eurostat (the European body that oversees how national accounts are put together) told the Office for National Statistics (ONS)..."
Date:
02/06/2014

Successful application to the ESRC Pilot Urgency Mechanism scheme lead by Professor Steve Brammer

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Professor Steve Brammer awarded ESRC funding to engage with academic and end-user stakeholders to assess the differing responses to the floods which impacted the south of England in the winter of 2013/14.
Date:
02/06/2014
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