The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and international centres for politics, international relations, international development, sociology, and European studies. The School brings together academic staff, research staff and doctoral students across a number of discrete disciplinary fields within the Social Sciences.
The School comprises the:
International Development Department
The work of the International Development Department (IDD) is focused on poverty reduction through the development of effective governance systems.
Governance is the foundation upon which a country’s political stability, economic success, conflict resolution, efficient service delivery and basic human rights rest. IDD staff are experts in governance issues for development.
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Institute of Local Government Studies
The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on democratic local governance and strategic public management.
We seek to enrich the world of local public service with up-to-date research evidence and innovative Ideas for making a positive difference for citizens and local communities.
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Department of Political Science and International Studies
Centres in the School:
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) was established at the University of Birmingham in February 2012. Its key purpose is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to the security challenges that arise from global interconnectedness.
These security challenges pose theoretical and practical questions relating to the possibilities of reducing the risks of violent conflict, as well as developing cooperation and trust, both regionally and globally.
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Institute of German Studies
GSDRC: policy-oriented research
For over a decade, IDD has led a cutting-edge research and knowledge management centre, GSDRC. This supports many aid agencies, synthesising the latest evidence and expert thinking to inform policy and practice. GSDRC provides applied knowledge services on demand and online, specialising in issues of governance, social development, humanitarian response and conflict.
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Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
The Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of the world’s leading research institutes in its field.
While our expertise is firmly grounded in the former states of the USSR and Eastern Europe, we recognise the global importance of this region. This is reflected in CREES' research and teaching interests that cut across Eastern and Western Europe.
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Sociology at Birmingham
Sociology at Birmingham is an excellent place to develop a sociological imagination to understand the challenges and opportunities we face.
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