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Blog: The impact factor

Blog: The impact factor
Description
Katherine Tonkiss completed her PhD in 2012, and is now a Research Fellow at INLOGOV. Her first book, Migration and Identity in a Post-national World, will be published later this year with Palgrave Macmillan. Her research interests are focused on the changing nature of migration, citizenship and democracy in a globalising world, the local experience of such transformations, and the intersection between normative and empirical research.
Date:
Friday 12th July 2013

Blog: Wherever I lay my highlighter, that's my home

Blog: Wherever I lay my highlighter, that's my home
Description
Tatum Matharu completed her PhD at INLOGOV in 2012. She is a Research Fellow at Birmingham Business School, working on a project (described above) funded by the National Institute for Health Research, partnered with the University's Health Services Management Centre.
Date:
Thursday 11th July 2013

Quango state reconfigured rather than abolished

Quango state reconfigured rather than abolished
Description
Less than 10 per cent of quangos axed by the Coalition government have actually been totally abolished, new research shows.
Date:
Thursday 11th July 2013

Blog: It's not easy (but not too hard) to be a PhD student

Blog: It's not easy (but not too hard) to be a PhD student
Description
Pobsook Chamchong is a Thai Government Scholarship PhD student at INLOGOV. Before coming to Birmingham, she previously worked as a researcher for the Thailand Political Development Councils and for the Thailand Reform Committee.
Date:
Wednesday 10th July 2013

Alumni: Sarah Jeffries, Public Management MSc

Alumni: Sarah Jeffries, Public Management MSc
Description
Sarah Jeffries describes her experience of studying a MSc in Public Management at the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham during her recent graduation.
Date:
Wednesday 10th July 2013

Blog: Homo subjectivo: Do western public management ideas work for people in the Middle East?

Blog: Homo subjectivo: Do western public management ideas work for people in the Middle East?
Description
Abena Dadze-Arthur is a researcher and public policy adviser with ten years experience of developing user-centric public policy for Western and non-Western governments across a wide range of public service areas. Abena is currently pursuing her doctoral research on social practices and cultural schemas that shape public management reform in Abu Dhabi Government.
Date:
Tuesday 9th July 2013

Blog: All in this together? Can citizens help transform public outcomes through co-production?

Blog: All in this together? Can citizens help transform public outcomes through co-production?
Description
Elke Loeffler is CEO of Governance International. Tony Bovaird is Professor of Public Management and Policy at INLOGOV. He worked in the UK Civil Service and several universities before moving to the University of Birmingham in 2006. He recently led the UK contribution to an EU project on user and community co-production of public services in five European countries, and is currently directing a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on using 'nudge' techniques to influence individual service co-producers to participate in community co-production.
Date:
Monday 8th July 2013

Blog: Can Gov 2.0 transform Local Government?

Blog: Can Gov 2.0 transform Local Government?
Description
Tom Barrance is a part time Doctoral Researcher looking at Gov 2.0 in UK Local Government, and full time Business Analyst/Project Manager at the London Borough of Hackney. He has worked in the public sector for the past 13 years, at a number of different local councils in a range of roles in Economic Development, business change and delivering ICT solutions.
Date:
Monday 8th 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

Success at Edgbaston hits the wickets at Westminster: Why efforts to increase the number of women MPs seems to have been stumped.

Success at Edgbaston hits the wickets at Westminster: Why efforts to increase the number of women MPs seems to have been stumped.
Description
Edgbaston, best known for cricket, is politically interesting for two reasons – it was once the seat of the then Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, and this week, it is celebrating the fact it is the only UK constituency to have returned a female MP to Parliament for 60 consecutive years.
Date:
Monday 8th July 2013

Blog: Reducing Public Risk and Improving Public Resilience: What's to Be Done?

Blog: Reducing Public Risk and Improving Public Resilience: What's to Be Done?
Description
Tony Bovaird, Professor of Public Management and Policy, INLOGOV and Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham. Barry Quirk, CEO, London Borough of Lewisham.
Date:
Monday 8th July 2013

Blog: Why do we need a new model of public services?

Blog: Why do we need a new model of public services?
Description
This blog post summarises some of the key messages in: Why do we need a new model for public services? By Catherine Staite. Ch. 1 in Staite, C. (ed.)(2013). Making sense of the future: can we develop a new model for public services? (Birmingham: University of Birmingham/INLOGOV). Catherine Staite is the Director of INLOGOV.
Date:
Friday 5th July 2013

Blog: Beyond Nudge is behaviour change and demand management

Blog: Beyond Nudge is behaviour change and demand management
Description
This blog summarises some of the key messages in: Beyond Nudge – How can behaviour change help us to do less with less? By Daniel Goodwin and Catherine Mangan in Staite, C. (ed.)(2013). Making sense of the future: can we develop a new model for public services? (Birmingham: University of Birmingham/INLOGOV). Catherine Mangan is a Senior Fellow at INLOGOV.
Date:
Friday 5th July 2013

Investing in future leaders

Investing in future leaders
Description
This article was published in the MJ (Municipal Journal) for the LGA Conference 2013. Ensuring that your workforce meets the needs of the organisation and your residents in changing times is a significant challenge for any Council, as is ensuring that current and potential managers continue to develop their skills and knowledge and that organisational talent is identified and nurtured.
Date:
Friday 5th July 2013

INLOGOV and HSMC jointly evaluate the Home Truths Project

INLOGOV and HSMC jointly evaluate the Home Truths Project
Description
The Home Truths project is a joint health and council initiative exploring different approaches to improving relationships between adult social care and GPs.
Date:
Friday 5th July 2013

New INLOGOV book: Making sense of the future: do we need a new model of public services

New INLOGOV book: Making sense of the future: do we need a new model of public services
Description
Read INLOGOVs new book: Making sense of the future: do we need a new model of public services.
Date:
Thursday 4th July 2013

Blog: A relational revolution in local public services

Blog: A relational revolution in local public services
Description
This blog draws on ideas in Chapter 2 of a new book 'Making Sense of the Future'. Chris Lawrence Pietroni joined INLOGOV as an Associate in September 2012. His work focuses on achieving sustainable systems change cross public services in the UK and the US.
Date:
Monday 1st July 2013

Blog: The role of the third sector in delivering public services: what we know and what we'd like to know

Blog: The role of the third sector in delivering public services: what we know and what we'd like to know
Description
James Rees is a Research Fellow at the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. His recent research concentrates on transformations in UK public services including the role of the third sector, but his longer term interests have been in the governance of urban and regional governance, with a particular focus on the politics of city-regionalism; critical perspectives on urban housing market restructuring and housing policy; and more broadly on issues in urban regeneration, neighbourhoods and community.
Date:
Monday 1st 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

Blog: Towards a model of sector-led improvement in UK local government

Blog: Towards a model of sector-led improvement in UK local government
Description
This post is based on Iain Taylor-Allen's MSc dissertation, which he completed at INLOGOV earlier this year. Iain Taylor-Allen is an Adult Social Care Performance Manager. He has a keen interest in public management – specifically focusing on leadership, organisational culture and transformation; sector-led approaches to improvement; and the use of qualitative and quantitative measures to drive service / contract / organisational performance.
Date:
Friday 28th June 2013
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