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IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Coulson, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 12th February 2014

IDD Recruiting Research Fellow

IDD Recruiting Research Fellow
Description
Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow with the International Development Department to work on a two year Leverhulme Trust research project, 'Networking for fisheries co-management on Lake Victoria, East Africa', working alongside Dr Fiona Nunan.
Date:
Friday 31st January 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Spread of the Birmingham Mafia: The Development of In-Country Programmes

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Spread of the Birmingham Mafia: The Development of In-Country Programmes
Description
Speaker: Professor Ken Davey OBE, Emeritus Professor, International Development Department, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 27th January 2014

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration

IRiS Podcast: Beyond Reason: The Philosophy and Politics of Immigration
Description
Speaker: Philip Cole, University of the West of England. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Tuesday 21st January 2014

Blog: Violence in South Sudan illustrates the perils of state building

Blog: Violence in South Sudan illustrates the perils of state building
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The Christmas period in the newest nation in the world, South Sudan, has been a violent one. More than 1,000 people are believed to have died (BBC) with more than 120,000 forced to flee ethnic clashes (BBC) in one of the least developed countries in the world. The President of the UN Security Council, Gerard Arnaud, has warned that this could lead to a fully fledged ethnic war in the country and around 7,500 UN peacekeeping troops have deployed to the country. In a country that is awash with guns and with a long history of violence between ethnic groups, populist political rhetoric along ethnic lines is dangerous.
Date:
Wednesday 15th January 2014

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees

Exciting, Forward Thinking Undergraduate Degrees
Description
Choose to study political science, international studies, sociology or european politics and take the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues that we as citizens face in the 21st century.
Date:
Thursday 2nd January 2014

International Collaboration map

International Collaboration map
Description
The College of Social Sciences is proud of its extensive links with universities and other strategic partners throughout the world. Through our network of global partnerships, we engage in a wide range of activities including staff and student exchange and collaboration in research and teaching.
Date:
Thursday 19th December 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013

Doctoral Researchers Yearbook 2013
Description
The Yearbook showcases the innovative and cutting edge work of the Doctoral Researchers in the Schools of Business, Education, Government and Society and Social Policy. The quality of the research being undertaken within our Doctoral Research Community is outstanding and this Yearbook highlights the impressive scope, depth and breadth of the research being undertaken.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Podcast: Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment

Podcast: Making Politics Practical II: Development Politics and the Changing Aid Environment
Description
This workshop - which was held at the University of Birmingham and co-hosted between IDD and the PSA Development Politics Group - thus takes the 2007 event forward and explores the '(re)politicisation' of development studies and the need for constructive, rather than merely critical, engagement with policy makers.
Date:
Wednesday 18th December 2013

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham

Video: International students at the University of Birmingham
Description
International students from Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia at the University of Birmingham talk about their time at Birmingham, including their experiences living in a vibrant and multicultural UK city.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response

Autumn Statement 2013 - Response
Description
We asked six leading academics for their response to the government's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Tuesday 10th December 2013

Blog: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918-2013

Blog: Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela 1918-2013
Description
Heather Marquette, Reader in Development Politics at IDD, and David Hudson, Senior Lecturer in Political Economy at UCL, are directors of research for the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP). They reflect on the inspirational achievements of Nelson Mandela – who embodied developmental leadership.
Date:
Friday 6th December 2013

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions

Autumn Statement 2013 - Expert Opinions
Description
We asked six leading academics for their expert opinions on this week's Autumn Statement and the likely impact it could have on everything from taxes to local service provision, the high street to personal wealth.
Date:
Wednesday 4th December 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Development of Development: A Personal View

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Development of Development: A Personal View
Description
Speaker: Professor Richard Batley, International Development Department, University of Birmingham. The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone.
Date:
Friday 29th November 2013

The Conversation: Joseph Kony peace talks may be just another tactic

The Conversation: Joseph Kony peace talks may be just another tactic
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. The government of the Central African Republic claims to be in talks with one of the world's most enigmatic African guerrilla leaders, Joseph Kony. But Kony has entered talks before with no intention of backing down. This latest announcement follows all the same patterns and should be treated with scepticism.
Date:
Monday 25th November 2013

Listen to our latest podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts
Description
Listen to the latest podcasts from across the School of Government and Society. Podcasts include our Departmental termly seminar series, academic research and current affairs.
Date:
Friday 22nd November 2013

ESRC grant success for Birmingham

ESRC grant success for Birmingham
Description
We are delighted to announce that the University of Birmingham has risen to third in the UK with Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant success in terms of values of award according to the Times Higher statistics.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

Blog: Making 'climate compatible development' possible in coastal areas

Blog: Making 'climate compatible development' possible in coastal areas
Description
Fiona Nunan is Lecturer in Environment and Development in IDD, specialising in natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and in exploring the links between poverty and the environment.
Date:
Tuesday 19th November 2013

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip
Description
On Saturday 16 November Dr Danielle Beswick, IDD Lecturer and Director of Research, was interviewed live on Sky News about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's trip to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). From 2010-12 Danielle undertook British Academy funded research into the politics of identity in post conflict Sri Lanka, delivering a briefing on this for a donor roundtable at the British High Commission in 2011.
Date:
Tuesday 19th November 2013

IAS Blog: Thinking and working politically in development interventions. Workshop round-up from Jonathan Fisher

IAS Blog: Thinking and working politically in development interventions. Workshop round-up from Jonathan Fisher
Description
Written by Jonathan Fisher. Friday's workshop – and Sam Hickey's keynote which followed it – saw a mammoth amount of discussion, presentation and critical reflection packed in to one day. Podcasts of the 14 – yes 14! – presentations which took place will shortly be available to listen to for those who couldn't attend; keep an eye on #mpolprac for this where you can also follow the discussion courtesy of our live-tweeters from the day.
Date:
Monday 18th November 2013
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