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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 briefing paper: What happened to the NOC councils after May 2014?

INLOGOV briefing paper: What happened to the NOC councils after May 2014?
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer at INLOGOV. Most of the results – and effectively the outcomes – of May's local elections were in the media the following day. For a fifth of councils, though – the black holes in this Briefing Paper's cover map – while the results, in terms of seat numbers, were available, the all-important outcomes – who will actually run the authority – weren't, often for weeks. The Briefing Paper's main purpose is to fill in those black holes, detailing who's now running what and how.
Date:
Friday 4th July 2014

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries

A rigorous review of the role and impact of private schools in developing countries
Description
A new review analyses recent evidence on the role and impact of private schools on education for children in developing countries, focusing on the delivery of education for the poor.
Date:
Friday 4th July 2014

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students

Field Study to Istanbul: Turkish delight for IDD students
Description
This April more than 30 IDD masters students flew to Istanbul, Turkey, to participate in a field study organised with the help of IDD alumnus Dr Ali Ercan Ozgur, founder of IDEMA consulting. During this five-day study programme, more than fourteen speakers and nine host organizations shared their experience of government systems, business and public administration with the group.
Date:
Friday 27th June 2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'

INLOGOV briefing paper: Reflections on 'Bridging the gap'
Description
Written by Daniel Goodwin, June 2014. The Inlogov Symposium, Bridging the Gap, was designed to encourage the sharing of new ideas,creativity, evidence and experience on some of the key challenges for local government. This post expands on an earlier blog piece, reflects on the discussions and suggests points and questions for the future.
Date:
Thursday 26th June 2014

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order

Podcast: Challenges to emerging and established powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the contemporary global order
Description
This workshop organised by Dr Marco Vieira and Dr Jonathan Grix (30-31 May 2014) and hosted by the University of Birmingham aimed to critically examine the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.
Date:
Friday 20th June 2014

3-year PhD Studentships available in the ICCS

3-year PhD Studentships available in the ICCS
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) was recently awarded a major grant to develop a new research stream in social neuroscience and international security, building on its vibrant research culture in the fields of trust and cooperation. As part of this project, the ICCS is seeking to appoint a series of new posts, including two new PhD studentships in the areas of Cybersecurity and Social Neuroscience and Security.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Dr Huw Macartney

Research profile: Dr Huw Macartney
Description
Dr Huw Macartney is a political economist whose work is broadly concerned with the politics of banking and financial services. Huw's current research focuses on two big themes: UK and European banking reform following the global financial crisis; and depoliticisation and its relationship to the Eurozone debt crisis.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

Research profile: Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler
Description
Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Video: Dr Christalla Yakinthou at TEDxUniversityofBirmingham

Video: Dr Christalla Yakinthou at TEDxUniversityofBirmingham
Description
Dr Christalla Yakinthou, Birmingham Fellow in the POLSIS gave a talk on "Reaching out to enemy communities after conflict" at the recent TEDx University of Birmingham based around the theme of Throwing Caution to the Wind -- or in other words, risk taking.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Dr Christalla Yakinthou

Research profile: Dr Christalla Yakinthou
Description
Dr Christalla Yakinthou is a political scientist specialising in conflict transformation in deeply divided and post-war countries. She has specific expertise in transitional justice, conflict within societies, and constitutional design.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Professor Stefan Wolff

Research profile: Professor Stefan Wolff
Description
A political scientist by background, Professor Stefan Wolff specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars and in post-conflict state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

Research profile: Professor Paul Jackson

Research profile: Professor Paul Jackson
Description
Paul Jackson is a political economist working predominantly on conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. A core area of interest is decentralisation and governance and it was his extensive experience in Sierra Leone immediately following the war that led him into the area of conflict analysis and security sector reform.
Date:
Thursday 19th June 2014

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe

POLSIS Academic Researches European Elections in Central and Eastern Europe
Description
Tim Haughton undertook a research trip during the recent European elections visiting party offices, interviewing politicians and activists and collected campaign material in Central and Eastern Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise

Annual CREES Conference Demonstrates the Strength of CREES Expertise
Description
Staff, students and alumni of CREES plus some specially invited guests gathered at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park for the annual conference of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) in June 2014.
Date:
Wednesday 18th June 2014

The Conversation: Bush's folly has left Obama out of options as ISIS surges in Iraq

The Conversation: Bush's folly has left Obama out of options as ISIS surges in Iraq
Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Since 2003 (and, really, for years before that) Iraq has become, with only the most fleeting exceptions, a source of nothing but the most exquisitely awful sort of news. But even by its own standards, the events of the past 72 hours have surely exceeded the expectations of even connoisseurs of tactical disaster.
Date:
Monday 16th June 2014

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow

IDD recruiting Teaching Fellow
Description
Applications are invited for a ten-month position of Teaching Fellow with the International Development Department.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University

DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University
Description
DLP consolidates its partnership with La Trobe University, Australia, this week. On 13 June, DLP's directors, Dr Heather Marquette and Dr David Hudson, will meet with members of La Trobe's Institute for Human Security and Social Change to share research findings and plan future collaboration.
Date:
Wednesday 11th June 2014

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it

The Conversation: Watered-down recall bill proves MPs just don't get it
Description
Written by Chris Game. "Meaningless", "a stitch-up", "a breathtakingly cynical attempt to convey an impression of democratic reform" – this was how Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith reacted to his own government's announcement in the Queen's Speech that ministers would, after all, be introducing a recall of MPs Bill before the 2015 election.
Date:
Tuesday 10th June 2014

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania

Birmingham academic injects new life in to civil society in Albania
Description
Significant improvements to the economy of the Balkans region can be made if the Albanian government invests in a new €350 million road, argues an academic from the University of Birmingham. Dr Gëzim Alpion, Lecturer in Sociology, has instigated a petition for state leaders to meet their election promises and construct a highway linking Tirana with Dibra, one of the most impoverished regions in Albania.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition

Podcast: The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad European elections edition
Description
The Politics @ Birmingham Podcast: Episode 04. This episode, we talk about the European elections of 22-25 May, which saw record highs for Eurosceptic and populist parties in several countries, including UKIP in the United Kingdom and the National Front in France. We discuss the reasons for this result, the extent to which it represents a Europe-wide backlash against Brussels, and its consequences for European politics.
Date:
Friday 6th June 2014
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Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase

Blog: 21st century public servant: the discussion phase
Description
Written by Catherine Needham. This post is based on a provocation which I posed at INLOGOV's recent Summer Symposium. It is an attempt to move on the conversation about engagement between local government, other public institutions, citizens and communities.
Date:
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Blog: What happened to the NOC councils after the May elections: a moan and a puff

Blog: What happened to the NOC councils after the May elections: a moan and a puff
Description
Written by Chris Game. 'Five Days in May': the time it took in 1940 for Churchill to manoeuvre the War Cabinet into a five-year World War, in 2010 to form Britain's first post-war peacetime coalition – and in 2014 for Tower Hamlets LBC to announce its local election results. OK, I've exaggerated – it was actually 119 hours after the polls closed, so only 4.96 days, but still not good, even discounting the malpractice allegations.
Date:
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Blog: Politics shape services; and services shape politics

Blog: Politics shape services; and services shape politics
Description
Written by Professor Richard Batley. In governance circles, service delivery is often discussed as if it raised common issues across service sectors as diverse as health, education, water and sanitation. Yet within sectors, debates about governance issues are quite distinct.
Date:
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Blog: Strengthening democracy and participation: routes to re-connection and engagement - a provocation

Blog: Strengthening democracy and participation: routes to re-connection and engagement - a provocation
Description
Written by Catherine Durose. This post is based on a provocation which I posed at INLOGOV's recent Summer Symposium. It is an attempt to move on the conversation about engagement between local government, other public institutions, citizens and communities.
Date:
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