Research seminar series 2009-10

Summer term

27 April Critical Theory and the Study of Religion: some epistemological issues

Dhiaa Al-Asadi
11 May Public sector reforms in Nigeria

George Larbi, World Bank
25 May Donors, Corruption and state building in difficult environments

Heather Marquette, University of Birmingham 
01 June Influence of organisational factors on the delivery of HIV/AIDS education programmes in Uganda

Audrey Nganwa, University of Birmingham 
08 June Researching faith based organisations in India

Martin Rew, University of Birmingham 
22 June Using Islam as part of women’s rights advocacy.

Nida Kirmani
29 June Positive interactions between coexistence, transitional justice and peacebuilding in divided societies

Huma Haider, Research Fellow, GSDRC

Humer Haider podcast (MP3, 27 minutes, 24MB, opens new window)
06 July Keeping the Agencies Honest

Sir Francis Richards, Director, Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy

Sir Francis Richards podcast (MP3, 37 minutes, 34MB, opens new window)
23 July Peace, Recovery and Development for Northern Uganda

David Wakikona, Minister of State for Northern Uganda Rehabilitation

David Wakikona podcast (MP3, 17 minutes, 16MB, opens new window)

Spring term

19 January Research design: the analytic framework

Michael Hubbard, University of Birmingham
26 January Turning preliminary fieldwork into indicative findings

Kamna Patelt
02 February The relationship between public service provision and state-building in fragile states

Claire Mcloughlin, Research Fellow, International Development Department (GSRDC)

Richard Batley, Emeritus Professor of Development Administration

This article reviews the available evidence to identify what types of engagement are feasible and most likely to contribute to service delivery, or not to damage it. It considers the capacity requirements and the risks associated with state intervention through policy formulation, regulation, contracting and mutual agreements, and concludes by identifying ways of incrementally involving the state, beginning with activities that are least likely to do harm to non-state provision.

16 February The Role of Public Services in State- And Nation-Building: Exploring Lessons from European History for Fragile States

Zoe Scott, Research Fellow, International Development Department (GSRDC)

This article explores lessons from Western European history to argue that the design of public services is a far more political matter than is often recognised. The paper concludes that donors need to rethink their approaches to service provision in fragile states in light of these findings.

Zoe Scott podcast (MP3, 19mins, 17.4MB, opens new window)
23 February What does governance mean for the Commonwealth? The past, present and future

Roger Koranteng, Adviser (Governance), Governance and Institutional Development Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

An examination of how the Commonwealth Secretariat has viewed and applied the concept of governance to its work and its engagement with member countries.

Roger Koranteng podcast (MP3, 34mins, 31MB, opens new window)
01 March Climate Change in Africa

Camilla Toulmin, International Institute for Environment and Development

Camilla Toulmin podcast (MP3,32mins, 35MB, opens new window)
09 March The Concept of Empire in the 21st Century

Adrian Campbell, Senior lecturer International Development Department

Adrian Campbell podcast (MP3, 42mins, 39MB, opens new window)
16 March Transforming violent conflicts: NGOs in northern Uganda

Sunday Okello-Angoma

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Dr Michael Hubbard