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IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Revisiting the Inequality and Conflict Nexus
Description
Speaker: Professor Mansoob Murshed, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University of Rotterdam and Coventry University. 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 25th October 2013

DLP job vacancy: Communications Support Officer

DLP job vacancy: Communications Support Officer
Description
The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is recruiting a Communications Support Officer to help make DLP's research findings more accessible to decision-makers. This is a varied and flexible part-time role with an application deadline of 04 November 2013.
Date:
Thursday 24th October 2013

What has worked in foreign aid to service delivery in fragile situations?

What has worked in foreign aid to service delivery in fragile situations?
Description
GSDRC researcher Claire Mcloughlin has taken part in a high-profile debate about the challenges and trade-offs development agencies encounter when trying to support service delivery in fragile and conflict-affected states.
Date:
Thursday 24th October 2013

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Addressing Tough Challenges in State-building One Step at a Time
Description
Speaker: Anne-Marie Brinkman, Independent Consultant, former advisor to UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Nairobi. 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 18th October 2013

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

Video: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival
Description
'Saving Humans' is an innovative and timely theme which consolidates existing University research agendas, provides opportunities for creating novel and exciting partnerships, transcends divides between arts, social sciences and natural sciences and, most importantly, addresses broader issues of social, political and moral concern for humanity's future.
Date:
Friday 11th October 2013

Blog: It's all about the governance - and elections don't always solve anything

Blog: It's all about the governance - and elections don't always solve anything
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. In early 2012 a group of Salafi-Jihadi militant groups took control of northern Mali's major population centres prompting a French-led international intervention that incorporated the African Union and other regional militaries. On January 11th 2013, French forces started a successful offensive that stopped Mali's complete collapse, allowing sufficient leeway to hold elections in July 2013 during which democracy was held to be the victor with many people openly defying threats of violence to cast their votes. Largely forgotten in the wake of the horrors of Islamic terrorism in Kenya and the continuing conflagration in Syria, could Mali offer a model of successful intervention in conflict?
Date:
Friday 4th October 2013

Blog: The unintended consequences of foreign intervention

Blog: The unintended consequences of foreign intervention
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson. After the horrors of the Westgate Mall attack in Nairobi, there will be inevitable questions about the nature of Islamic terrorism in East Africa. However, the attack itself is part of an on-going conflict in Kenya that in turn is part of a bigger regional conflagration based on Somalia. In fact the attack on the mall can be traced back to an international intervention that produced a number of unintended consequences, one of which has been the transformation of the group that perpetrated the attack, Al-Shabaab.
Date:
Tuesday 1st October 2013

Blog: Empire without End?

Blog: Empire without End?
Description
Adrian Campbell is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham's International Development Department. He is an organizational theorist with longstanding interests and experience in the associated fields of leadership and human resource management and he has researched, taught and consulted in these fields for over thirty years.
Date:
Tuesday 24th September 2013

Birmingham announced as University of the Year

Birmingham announced as University of the Year
Description
The University of Birmingham has been named University of the Year 2014 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.
Date:
Saturday 21st September 2013

Doctoral researcher profile: Sabarinath Krishnan

Doctoral researcher profile: Sabarinath Krishnan
Description
Public Private Partnerships for rural development
Date:
Saturday 21st September 2013

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah

Doctoral Research profile: Charity Mbillah
Description
Title of Research: Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana
Date:
Thursday 12th September 2013

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university

Global ranking reinforces Birmingham's position as a world-class university
Description
The University of Birmingham has made an impressive 15 place rise to 62nd in this year's QS World University Rankings, cementing its position in the top 100 universities globally and placing it 10th in the UK.
Date:
Tuesday 10th September 2013

DLP Research Fellow Vacancy

DLP Research Fellow Vacancy
Description
The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) are looking for a Research Fellow to join them in exploring the role of political processes, agency and leadership in development.
Date:
Wednesday 4th September 2013

Video: Masters degrees by distance learning at IDD

Video: Masters degrees by distance learning at IDD
Description
Study with the International Development Department (IDD) from anywhere in the world with practitioners in government, civil society and the private sector, as well as with people new to development.
Date:
Friday 23rd August 2013

Video: Study a Masters degree at IDD

Video: Study a Masters degree at IDD
Description
The International Development Department (IDD) offers three main programmes of study with a number of pathways giving you a wide range of options to address your specific needs and interests.
Date:
Friday 23rd August 2013

Research on Accountability, Local Government and Public Finance in Brazil

Research on Accountability, Local Government and Public Finance in Brazil
Description
IDD will receive the following Brazilian visitors from 01 September for 10 days: Professors André Busanelli de Aquino, Vinicius Aversari Martins and EugênioSilva Bitti of the University of São Paulo, and Professor Ricardo Lagos of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo)
Date:
Friday 23rd August 2013

Blog: In search of a new paradigm for international interventions

Blog: In search of a new paradigm for international interventions
Description
Nicolas Lemay-Hébert is a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham's International Development Department. He is interested in peacebuilding and statebuilding, humanitarian interventions in post-conflict or post-disaster contexts, and local narratives of resistance to international interventions. Nicolas co-convenes the postgraduate module on Governance and Statebuilding.
Date:
Wednesday 21st August 2013

The Conversation UK

The Conversation UK
Description
The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Academics from all over the world contribute to discussion on The Conversation, including those here in the School of Government and Society.
Date:
Friday 9th August 2013

The Future of UK Aid in an Age of Austerity

The Future of UK Aid in an Age of Austerity
Description
This event debates the future of UK Aid in an Age of Austerity. It is organised by Dr Danielle Beswick and is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences.
Date:
Wednesday 31st July 2013

Student funding opportunities

Student funding opportunities
Description
Study with us at Birmingham and you'll have the opportunity to access a range of funding and bursaries to enhance your student experience!
Date:
Wednesday 31st July 2013
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