News in the departments

Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the school and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with.

International Political Economy Guest Lecture 'Doing IPE Research'

Description
Professor Mat Watson (Warwick), Dr Sophie Harman (Queen Mary), and Dr Megan Daigle (Aberystwyth) gave a Guest Lecture on 'Doing IPE Research' (27 October 2016).
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Distinguished Scholar on Political Parties Gives Talks to Staff and Students

Description
Professor Susan Scarrow (University of Houston) visited Birmingham to give a special lecture to students, talk about postgraduate study in the US and deliver a public lecture on party organization.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Introducing the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham promotes a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to global security challenges.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Academic visitor from Brazil in POLSIS

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Professor Henrique Zeferino de Menezes, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, is currently in POLSIS as a visiting fellow until January 2017.
Date:
Friday 4th November 2016

Parliaments and Legislatures One-day conference: a great success!

Description
Our conference on Parliaments and Legislatures was a fantastic event with a range of academic panels, a practitioner roundtable, a poster exhibition, and our annual lecture from the Clerk of the House of Commons, David Natzler.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Festival of Social Science - Voices of Refuge: Connecting People through the Stories We Tell

Description
This ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Friday 11 November 2016 – combining a screening of the film "The Bridge" by two refugee filmmakers in Calais with the presentation of a photography project about Calais and insights into the work of civil society initiatives and academics – will provide an opportunity to learn about and engage with different stories of migration and asylum that often remain untold in the media, but can help to emphasise what we have in common rather than what divides us.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Focusing on trust in global conflict

Description
Many parts of the world are caught up in conflict today. From the Syrian civil war to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute, to tension with Russia, and to Africa's turmoil from South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict has continuing and lasting impact on countless lives. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the hoped-for "international order" seems distant. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) aspires to offer some answers.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Brexit: engaging real-time challenges as they unfold

Description
UK politics and society has been dominated for much of 2016 by the discussion about Brexit, both before the 23 June 2016 referendum and after the monumental outcome to leave the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Onwards and Upwards: Teaching Excellence and Innovation

Description
Every teaching session in POLSIS is a challenge that we welcome. Making lectures more accessible, getting the most out of discussion in seminars, setting assignments to fulfil the potential of each of our students.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Latvian Ambassador visits Birmingham and meets POLSIS Staff

Description
The new Latvian Ambassador Baiba Braze visited the University of Birmingham on 24 October 2016 and met staff in the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS).
Date:
Monday 24th October 2016

Academic article reprinted in book

Description
Daniele Albertazzi's article (with Sean Mueller) 'Populism and Liberal Democracy: Populists in Government in Austria, Italy, Poland and Switzerland' was reprinted in The Populist Radical Right - A Reader, Edited by Cas Mudde.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

New voluntary work placements at the ICCS

Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is inviting applications for short term voluntary placements.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

Politics Society Organises Politics in the Pub Discussion

Description
On Thursday 13 October 2016, the Politics Society organised a 'Politics in the Pub' Discussion and invited Dr Pete Kerr to come and talk about a topic of his choice; modernity in politics.
Date:
Friday 21st October 2016

EU Referendum debated in POLSIS Special Seminar

Description
This year's POLSIS Seminar series kicked off with a distinguished panel discussing the 23 June referendum on EU membership and its consequences for the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Date:
Wednesday 12th October 2016

Gavin Barwell MP talks to POLSIS about Campaigning

Description
Housing Minister and MP for Croydon Central Gavin Barwell visited POLSIS to spoke to staff and students about how to win a marginal seat.
Date:
Wednesday 12th October 2016

Who are Syria's White Helmets, and why are they so controversial?

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. A volunteer force that provides humanitarian aid in the worst of conditions, the White Helmets are the target of some very caustic conspiracy theory.
Date:
Monday 10th October 2016

Honorary Professor reacts to Parliamentary Report

Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, talks to the Islam Channel about the recent Foreign Affairs Committee Report on the UK's 2011 intervention in Libya.
Date:
Monday 3rd October 2016

Trump stumped in first debate with Clinton – will it cost him?

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Given the chance to redefine both himself and his opponent, Donald Trump turned in a catastrophic performance – and Hillary Clinton handled him just right.
Date:
Tuesday 27th September 2016

POLSIS hosts PSA Methods Workshop

Description
POLSIS hosts of a PSA Parliaments & Legislatures Specialist Group Workshop on Quantitative Statistics for Dabblers.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016

One-Day Conference: "Making Parliaments Work: What Makes For an Effective Parliament?"

Description
POLSIS co-hosts Annual PSA Parliaments & Legislatures Specialist Group Conference held at the Institute for Government, London.
Date:
Thursday 22nd September 2016
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