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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.

INLOGOV Call for evidence

INLOGOV Call for evidence
Description
Your chance to showcase innovative, outcome focussed and collaborative new ways of working that your District Council is leading on or working in collaboration to deliver.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy

Huge Russian rate hike plays roulette with the economy
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Russia's Central Bank has raised its key interest rate from 10.5% to 17% in an emergency move that is designed to halt the ongoing collapse of the rouble, which has accelerated in recent weeks. The dramatic intervention comes after the rouble suffered its worst one-day fall since the August 1998 financial crisis.
Date:
Tuesday 16th December 2014

CREES staff member delivers talk at The National Defence Academy of Latvia

CREES staff member delivers talk at The National Defence Academy of Latvia
Description
Dr Derek Averre of CREES/POLSIS spoke about Europe and the Ukraine crisis at the National Defence Academy of Latvia, Riga, on 03 December 2014.
Date:
Monday 15th December 2014

Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?

Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?
Description
Written by Anna Coleman and Julia Segar. A recent publication by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) looked at how local councils are preparing for the future and suggests depressingly that "there is simply no way that local government can reach 2018 let alone 2020 while still delivering the full range and quality of services currently on offer"(p6). Simply put, we have an ageing population, with associated increasing demand for care services and draconian cuts in council budgets.
Date:
Friday 12th December 2014

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII

IGS podcast: Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance in the last year of WWII
Description
Speaker: Randall Hansen (University of Toronto).
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From the inside: A development academic's reflections on three years at the World Bank
Description
Speaker: Willy McCourt, Senior Public Sector Specialist, The World Bank.
Date:
Thursday 11th December 2014

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response

Podcast: Ethics in Syria: Analysing the International Response
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, in conjunction with the Centre for Global Ethics, organised this timely panel discussion of the ongoing crisis in Syria. Leading academics and human rights activists convened a panel to discuss the ethics of responding to the crisis in Syria.
Date:
Tuesday 9th December 2014

Russia's economy is failing, but that gives it a chance to reform

Russia's economy is failing, but that gives it a chance to reform
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. Since the summer, the global price of oil has plummeted. After hovering above the US$100 per barrel level since 2010, prices have declined by around 40% in the space of just a few months. Brent crude has fallen below the $70 a barrel mark, with OPEC's recent decision to leave production levels unchanged raising the possibility that oil prices may have further to fall.
Date:
Tuesday 9th December 2014

Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc scholarship in Governance and State-building 2015

Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc scholarship in Governance and State-building 2015
Description
The International Development Department is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to undertake the MSc in Governance and State-building, followed by a six-month internship at IDD and six months with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation in London with a full scholarship. Applicants must have the equivalent of a first class UK bachelors degree and be African nationals domiciled (or permanent residents) in an African country. Preference will be given to scholarship candidates living in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Date:
Monday 8th December 2014

Blog: The LGC100: what it does and doesn't measure

Blog: The LGC100: what it does and doesn't measure
Description
Written by Chris Game. I used, years ago, to have a whole Pol Sci 1 lecture about power and influence, their similarities and differences. By one of life's synchronicities, I've been reminded of it twice in the past week. Don't go – I'm not about to disinter it, although I will share the six-word summary that I could, if really pushed, get it down to: Power's a tool, Influence a skill.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities

Podcast: The New Challenges and Choices of the South Caucasus: Between Political, Cultural and Economic Priorities
Description
Dr Denis Dvornikov spoke on the current political situation in the South Caucasus region, focussing on the new challenges linked with geopolitical integration projects such as the Eurasian Economic Union and the Iran factor as well as the situation with the region's non-recognised states (Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Nagorno-Karabakh). He will also address recent events in Russia – Georgia dialogue and perspectives for economic development.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

FIFA offers a surprise lesson on how to reform post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina

FIFA offers a surprise lesson on how to reform post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina
Description
Written by Dr Laurence Cooley. Bosnia and Herzegovina recently held its seventh general election since the end of the 1992-1995 war – a conflict that left more than 100,000 dead. On the face of it, the obvious victors of these elections appear to be the country's dominant nationalist parties, which have held power for almost two decades.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Using aid as a sanctioning device: The case of budget support suspensions?
Description
Speaker: Dr Nadia Molenaers, Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerp.
Date:
Friday 5th December 2014

Focus on the Caucasus

Focus on the Caucasus
Description
A roundtable on the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict, a presentation on the challenges and choices of the South Caucasus and participation at conferences in Baku highlight research strengths and interest in the Caucasus.
Date:
Thursday 4th December 2014

Catherine Staite named in top 100 most powerful people in local government

Catherine Staite named in top 100 most powerful people in local government
Description
INLOGOV are delighted to announce that Catherine Staite, Director of INLOGOV has been included in the Local Government Chronicle's top 100 most powerful people in the world of local government. Catherine was placed at number 45 in the list, above notable politicians such as Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Moldova's future in the balance after uncertain election result

Moldova's future in the balance after uncertain election result
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Moldova has gone to the polls in a vote seen as crucial for determining the country's future direction. Preliminary results indicate that the pro-European parties together achieved about 44% of the vote, while those parties considered to be more pro-Russia came in with just under 40% of the vote, on a turnout of around 56%. These headline figures, however, mask a more complicated picture.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

IGS podcast: The Dark Side of EU-rope: Imperium Europaeum?

IGS podcast: The Dark Side of EU-rope: Imperium Europaeum?
Description
Speakers: David Engels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Hauke Brunkhorst (University of Flensburg). .Chair: Julian Pänke (IGS)
Date:
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

ESRC PhD studentships

ESRC PhD studentships
Description
The School of Government and Society invites applications for fully-funded ESRC studentships for postgraduate research beginning in September 2015.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Blog: The future is Intercommunality – yes, but with whom?

Blog: The future is Intercommunality – yes, but with whom?
Description
Written by Chris Game. Rom com/date movies aren't really my thing, so my excuse for watching the recent Words and Pictures was that I was a captive plane passenger – and that the ever-watchable Juliette Binoche was playing a rheumatoid arthritic abstract painter and prep school art teacher. The title refers to the silly challenge she charily accepts from alcoholic poet turned plagiarising English teacher, Clive Owen, to 'prove' whether Words or Pictures are more meaningful.
Date:
Monday 1st December 2014

POLSIS Seminar Series Discusses Major Topical Issues

POLSIS Seminar Series Discusses Major Topical Issues
Description
The POLSIS seminar series this autumn focused on the implications of the Scottish referendum result, the state of the European Union, the 25th anniversary of the 1989 revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe, and the liberal quest for world order.
Date:
Friday 28th November 2014
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Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?

Blog: The journey to the common: what is the role of the voluntary sector?
Description
Written by Anna Coleman and Julia Segar. A recent publication by the New Local Government Network (NLGN) looked at how local councils are preparing for the future and suggests depressingly that "there is simply no way that local government can reach 2018 let alone 2020 while still delivering the full range and quality of services currently on offer"(p6). Simply put, we have an ageing population, with associated increasing demand for care services and draconian cuts in council budgets.
Date:
12/12/2014

Blog: The LGC100: what it does and doesn't measure

Blog: The LGC100: what it does and doesn't measure
Description
Written by Chris Game. I used, years ago, to have a whole Pol Sci 1 lecture about power and influence, their similarities and differences. By one of life's synchronicities, I've been reminded of it twice in the past week. Don't go – I'm not about to disinter it, although I will share the six-word summary that I could, if really pushed, get it down to: Power's a tool, Influence a skill.
Date:
05/12/2014

Blog: The future is Intercommunality – yes, but with whom?

Blog: The future is Intercommunality – yes, but with whom?
Description
Written by Chris Game. Rom com/date movies aren't really my thing, so my excuse for watching the recent Words and Pictures was that I was a captive plane passenger – and that the ever-watchable Juliette Binoche was playing a rheumatoid arthritic abstract painter and prep school art teacher. The title refers to the silly challenge she charily accepts from alcoholic poet turned plagiarising English teacher, Clive Owen, to 'prove' whether Words or Pictures are more meaningful.
Date:
01/12/2014

Blog: Ebola - where are the governments?

Blog: Ebola - where are the governments?
Description
Written by Dr Andrew Nickson. The terrible Ebola tragedy has spawned massive coverage in the world's media of Sierra Leone and Liberia – with harrowing images of victims, relatives, health workers, doctors, and aid agency staff. Yet one key 'stakeholder' in the fight against Ebola has been notably missing from this coverage – the government of both countries. Most of us would be hard pressed to name the presidents of either country* as they have been almost invisible, and the same goes for their respective health ministers.
Date:
21/11/2014