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Alumni: Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Public Administration and Development by distance learning MSc (2013)

Alumni: Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, Public Administration and Development by distance learning MSc (2013)
Description
Samuel Ofosu Ampofo describes his experience of studying an MSc Public Administration and Development by distance learning at the International Development Department, University of Birmingham during his recent graduation.
Date:
Wednesday 10th July 2013

PhD opportunity: The Governance of Migration: Policy-making in an age of superdiversity

PhD opportunity: The Governance of Migration: Policy-making in an age of superdiversity
Description
An exciting opportunity has arisen to study for a PhD with joint supervision from the School of Government and Society and the new Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS).
Date:
Monday 8th July 2013

Alumni: Joshua Gimba, MSc International Political Economy and Development (2011)

Alumni: Joshua Gimba, MSc International Political Economy and Development (2011)
Description
I chose to study in the UK because I was drawn to the excellent combination of academics and practical experience the University of Birmingham provided.
Date:
Thursday 4th July 2013

Latest research: Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

Latest research: 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:
Monday 1st July 2013

Diverse and original PhD research showcased at fifth annual postgraduate colloquium

Diverse and original PhD research showcased at fifth annual postgraduate colloquium
Description
The fifth annual School of Government and Society postgraduate colloquium recently took place (Wednesday 13 March 2013), giving PhD researchers an opportunity to share their ideas with students and staff.
Date:
Wednesday 26th June 2013

Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland

Defence and Security in an Independent Scotland
Description
On Monday 24 June the Scotland Institute published the most comprehensive investigation of the defence implications of Scottish independence ever conducted. Professor Mark Webber, Head of the School of Government and Society was the Chief Researcher on this project. The report – overseen by a panel of experts – concludes that an independent Scotland would be less prepared and less able than the UK to discharge the fundamental responsibility of protecting its citizens.
Date:
Tuesday 25th June 2013

Alumni: Michael Uzoigwe, MSc and PhD in International Development

Alumni: Michael Uzoigwe, MSc and PhD in International Development
Description
The exposure was great and the UK environment provided just the right amount of challenges. The facilities were outstanding, especially the library, and with students from almost every part of the world, IDD provided the best possible platform for my course of study.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

Alumni: Oluwapelumi Okuyemi, MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)

Alumni: Oluwapelumi Okuyemi, MSc International Development (Conflict, Security and Development)
Description
Having done my research on the course I wanted to study for my post-graduate degree, I was immediately drawn to the University of Birmingham whose international development department is one of the best practise centres for politics and international development in the United Kingdom. I also practically fell in love with the module structure as it fitted in perfectly with how I had envisioned the programme.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

Syria casts its shadow as G8 leaders gather

Syria casts its shadow as G8 leaders gather
Description
Professor Stefan Wolff: Where does all this leave Syria and its people? The short answer is "on their own". The pursuit of self-interest by powerful outsiders overlaps only marginally with what Syrians need in order to achieve an end to the violence they have suffered for more than two years now.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

Alumni Roundtable Event

Alumni Roundtable Event
Description
Alumnus, Miguel Castro Coelho (Senior Economist at the Institute for Government) hosted a roundtable at the University of Birmingham on Monday 10th June, 2013. Miguel gave current students and a fellow alumnus the opportunity to ask him questions about his time at Birmingham, his career to date as well as his thoughts on economic policies.
Date:
Friday 21st June 2013

New Masters module: Disability and Development

Description
This new module from the International Development Department which will be taught on our Masters and Distance Learning degrees will explore historical and current debates around the various perceptions of disability, and will consider their impact on international policy and practice, particularly in the areas of education, health, livelihoods and conflict recovery.
Date:
Thursday 13th June 2013

Guardian League Tables 2014

Guardian League Tables 2014
Description
In the latest Guardian University Guide 2014 Birmingham ranked 15th out of 128 institutions surveyed. The School of Government and Society performed well both with Politics and Sociology appearing in the top 10 in their respective fields.
Date:
Friday 7th June 2013

Blog: Helping donors to 'think politically': Going beyond the orthodoxy.

Blog: Helping donors to 'think politically': Going beyond the orthodoxy.
Description
This post marks the first of the series of papers that were presented by some members of IDD staff who attended the International Studies Association Conference at San Francisco in April 2013. Dr. Heather Marquette and Dr. Jonathan Fisher at the conference organised a panel called 'Politicising or Depoliticising Aid? The Political Economy of Political Economy Analysis', and presented a joint paper on 'Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis: From Process to Product (and back again?).
Date:
Thursday 6th June 2013

IDD academic was invited to speak at the OECD-DAC 17th GovNet Network on Governance Plenary Meeting

Description
Dr Heather Marquette, IDD's Director of Research and Academic Director of the GSDRC, was an invited speaker on 'Political Economy Analysis: Challenging the Orthodoxy?' at the OECD-DAC 17th GovNet Network on Governance Plenary Meeting, Paris, 24-25 April 2013.
Date:
Monday 3rd June 2013

Student profile: Jose Van Oosten, MSc International Development

Description
I chose to study at Birmingham because for me it offered a great balance between being at the heart of a dynamic city, having a really large campus, a really large university with lots of activities, the politics department which I'm involved in is in the top ten of the country and of course, Birmingham is in the top three of the British University sports rankings, which is a big seller for me.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

New Masters degree: MSc Global Cooperation and Security

Description
This exciting degree programme is offered exclusively through the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS), comprised of a number of leading scholars in the field of security who regularly produce cutting edge, internationally renowned research.
Date:
Tuesday 21st May 2013

Evaluating the impact of aid: which way forward?

Description
IDD's Claire Mcloughlin was part of a panel of experts who took part in a Guardian Live debate on the best ways to evaluate the impact of development assistance.
Date:
Friday 17th May 2013

Blog: African donors and Somali ownership: The elephant at the Somalia Conference

Blog: African donors and Somali ownership: The elephant at the Somalia Conference
Description
And so it ends. After months of preparation, fretting over guest lists, measuring flags and re-drafting seating arrangements, the Somalia Conference is over. The final communiqué has been issued, the speeches uploaded to YouTube and the attendees prepped for the next leg of the reconstruction roadshow. Jonathan Fisher is a lecturer in international development, researching the relationship between Western aid donors and developing states.
Date:
Tuesday 14th May 2013

IDD staff attended the International Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, 3-6 April 2013

Description
Heather Marquette and Jonathan Fisher organised a panel called 'Politicising or Depoliticising Aid? The Political Economy of Political Economy Analysis', and presented a joint paper on 'Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis™: From Process to Product (and back again?). Claire Mcloughlin gave a paper on '(Re-) building State Legitimacy via Service Delivery: Beyond Institutional Approaches'. Nicolas Lemay-Hebert gave a paper on 'The Unfulfilled Potential of the Light Footprint Approach for Peace Missions'.
Date:
Thursday 9th May 2013

UK should revisit its decision on South Africa and its concept of aid

Description
Ending support for middle-income countries shows a misunderstanding about the role aid can play in increasingly better-off areas. Guardian "Poverty matters blog" written by Siân Herbert and John Glennie.
Date:
Friday 3rd May 2013
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