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IRiS research showcased at the American Sociological Association Conference

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In recognition of his pioneering work on undocumented migration in the UK, Dr Nando Sigona contributes to a thematic session on comparative approaches to migrant "illegality" at Sociological Conference in San Francisco.
Date:
18/08/2014

CHASM Conference July 2014

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Over 50 delegates from academia, public, private and third sectors attended the CHASM conference: 'Financial Security in an Age of Austerity', which took place on Friday 18th July, at the Friends Meeting House, Euston, London.
Date:
13/08/2014

Re-thinking camps as social and political spaces

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Dr Nando Sigona's new article published by the international peer reviewed journal Citizenship Studies draws on his ethnography of camps in Italy for forcibly displaced Roma to argue for a more nuanced understanding of camps and camp-like institutions as spaces of sociality and politics.
Date:
11/08/2014

Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?

Is Boris Johnson a sop to the Tories' UKIP tendency?
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Written by Dr Peter Kerr. There is a certain section of the Conservative Party – and not necessarily a minority – which has a penchant for self-destruction. This is the same section which takes its leadership cues from Nigel Farage rather than David Cameron; that section which has repeatedly frustrated the latter's attempts to modernise the party, while steadfastly drawing the leadership back towards the types of agenda, on Europe and immigration and so on, which proved so electorally damaging for the party throughout the noughties.
Date:
11/08/2014

The secret economic slowdown behind Putin's strategy for Russia

The secret economic slowdown behind Putin's strategy for Russia
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. If you want to understand the sometimes confounding moves played by Russian premier Vladimir Putin, then you could do worse than look at the accounts. On the face of it the country has seen 14 years of growth in the past 15, but that hides a persistent slowdown in the rate of growth. And although sanctions imposed over Ukraine have grabbed the headlines, the truth is that economic weakness in Russia is homegrown.
Date:
11/08/2014

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

Head of Law School quoted in BBC News item on Parole Board Victim Statements

Head of Law School quoted in BBC News item on Parole Board Victim Statements
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Birmingham Law School's Professor Andrew Sanders, a former Parole Board member, talks about the impact of victim statements on Parole Board Hearings in a BBC News item from 5 August 2014.
Date:
07/08/2014

Community development standards workshop

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The workshop at TSRC Birmingham on 12 September 2014 will explore:• key issues facing communities and community development practitioners• the purpose, values, roles described in the current CDNOS and suggest what needs to change, go or be added• how we can make the revised CDNOS both stronger and more accessible
Date:
06/08/2014

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science

Podcast: ASPA Roundtable on US Political Science
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Roundtable with Professor Steven R. Smith, the American Political Science Association (APSA) Executive Director and a leading scholar on the non-profit sector, 29 July 2014, Chaired by Professor Chris Skelcher, INLOGOV, University of Birmingham.
Date:
01/08/2014

"Ideological Dissent in Downsian Politics" research podcast with Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay

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In this latest podcast, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay discusses his research that looks at factors that play apart in politics, voting and the government.
Date:
31/07/2014

INLOGOV Summer Symposium 2014

INLOGOV Summer Symposium 2014
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This summer symposium brought together distinguished UK and international academics and leaders in the field of local government to share new ideas, creativity, evidence and experience on some of the major challenges for local government.
Date:
31/07/2014

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

Podcast: Israel is the only state taking the drone threat seriously – Professor David Dunn

Podcast: Israel is the only state taking the drone threat seriously – Professor David Dunn
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Professor David Dunn talks to The Bureau of Invesigative Journalism on a recent podcast saying that the biggest threat of drone technology is its potential use by terrorists and other non-state actors with "malign intent".
Date:
28/07/2014

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
Description
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

NHS Savile inquiry: evidence on fundraising

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John Mohan, TSRC Director, was one of a group of academics invited by History and Policy to present evidence to the Lampard Inquiry, overseeing the NHS's investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile. John's evidence showed how and why charitable fundraising became of renewed significance to the NHS in the early 1980s, and according to the investigators it "provided invaluable insight into… the culture of the NHS" and the historical context to their inquiries.
Date:
25/07/2014

Superdiversity: Theory, method and practice in an era of change

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The Institute for Research into Superdiversity recently held the world's first international, interdisciplinary conference on superdiversity at the University of Birmingham Business School.
Date:
24/07/2014

The Conversation: How harsher sanctions could help Putin turn Russia back into the Soviet Union

The Conversation: How harsher sanctions could help Putin turn Russia back into the Soviet Union
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Written by Dr Richard Connolly. The downing of flight MH17 has caused attention to shift once again to the prospect of even harsher penalties being imposed upon Russia by Western countries. Up to this point, sanctions have been limited to individuals within or close to Russia's ruling elite, as well as a few associated companies.
Date:
24/07/2014

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust

IGS podcast: Ethics and the Holocaust
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Speakers: Professor Marc Silberman, University of Wisconsin - Madison "The Ethics of Teaching Holocaust Violence". Justin Court, University of Wisconsin – Madison "The Ethics of Viewing Holocaust Violence".
Date:
23/07/2014

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy

IGS podcast: From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy
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Speaker: Professor Jeffrey L. High (California State University Long Beach), "From Wars of Liberation to Star Wars: Friedrich Schiller's Pop Culture Legacy"
Date:
23/07/2014

Flight MH17 and Russia's 'little green men'

Flight MH17 and Russia's 'little green men'
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Written by Dr Kataryna Wolczuk. "The shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 in Eastern Ukraine on 17 July has placed the conflict which has engulfed that part of Ukraine into an entirely new context. It has transformed the event from a localised, regional rebellion into a crisis that brings Russia's role into the open, writes Kataryna Wolczuk, of the Centre for Russian and European Studies."
Date:
23/07/2014
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