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.

FBI's Russia probe threatens a reckoning for team Trump

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. The slow drip of leaks about the Trump team's Russian connections has given way to something much more threatening.
Date:
Friday 24th March 2017

The Cyber Threat to the United Kingdom: Reality Check

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Written by Gavin E L Hall, Doctoral Researcher. "The corporate level is where the greatest threat exists. Potential perpetrators include nation-states seeking to create instability or economic distress, criminal gangs seeking to gain profit, hacktivists attempting to pursue a specific vendetta and Joe Bloggs citizen because he can."
Date:
Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Call for papers: 'Finding Trust in Social Sciences'

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We invite proposals of individual papers on any theoretical, methodological, or empirical aspects of trust research. If interested in delivering a paper, please send a (working) title, an abstract of up to 400 words and a short bio by 19 May 2017.
Date:
Tuesday 21st March 2017

IDD newsletter - Spring/Summer 2017

Description
Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of IDD's e-Newsletter, in a new format.
Date:
Friday 17th March 2017

South Sudan's famine is the fallout from a spiralling ethnic war

South Sudan's famine is the fallout from a spiralling ethnic war
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Written by Professor Paul Jackson, Professor of African Politics. One of the worst humanitarian disasters in decades is well underway in East Africa.
Date:
Thursday 16th March 2017

Thinking about women and girls makes development work better for everyone

Thinking about women and girls makes development work better for everyone
Description
Written by Professor David Hudson, Birmingham Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development. Western countries are wising up to the fact that you have to deal with how the world is, not how you want it to be.
Date:
Thursday 16th March 2017

Podcast: Politics and Economics Departments Debate the End of Globalisation

Description
A joint seminar organised by POLSIS and the Department of Economics invited an expert panel to debate the economic consequences of recent political upheaval in Europe and the USA.
Date:
Monday 13th March 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From Becoming 'saso' to Becoming MSM? Queer Subjectivities and HIV Discourse in Accra, Ghana

IDD Guest seminar podcast: From Becoming 'saso' to Becoming MSM? Queer Subjectivities and HIV Discourse in Accra, Ghana
Description
Speaker: Ellie Gore, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 9th March 2017

POLSIS Academic Awarded BA/Leverhulme Grant

Description
Dr. Gerasimos Tsourapas wins prestigious grant to conduct research on forced migration politics in the Mediterranean.
Date:
Thursday 9th March 2017

Competition winner announced

Description
The ICCS is pleased to announce the winner of a competition set up to offer a free place on the 2017 training programme on 'Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation.'
Date:
Thursday 9th March 2017

2017 undergraduate essay competition - Why (I) learn German

Description
In collaboration with the Institute for German Studies (University of Birmingham) the Midlands German Network is excited to announce its 2017 undergraduate essay competition.
Date:
Wednesday 8th March 2017

Calling for Expression of Interest - Marie Sklodowska Curie European Fellowships

Description
Expressions of interest sought for potential Marie Curie European Fellowship in the governance of renewable natural resources in developing countries, working with Dr Fiona Nunan. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 27 April 2017.
Date:
Wednesday 8th March 2017

POLSIS academic disseminates research to a wider audience

Description
Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis' article at the LSE's blog EUROPP on the Greek and Portuguese responses to the Eurozone crisis became one of the most popular posts ever to feature on the blog with more than 15,000 views.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

POLSIS Academic Wins International Studies Association Award

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Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas wins prestigious ISA award for his research on the politics of migration in the Middle East.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

POLSIS presence strong at 2017 ISA Annual Meeting

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A strong showing of POLSIS researchers at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association.
Date:
Tuesday 7th March 2017

Podcast: From Electoral Despair to Where?: Has Brexit Given the Liberal Democrats a Lifeline?

Description
Professor David Cutts presented research based on his forthcoming book-length study of the Liberal Democrats to the POLSIS departmental seminar.
Date:
Monday 6th March 2017

The Welfare State in the Post(?)-Crisis Landscape

Description
This fourth of the six ESRC seminars on the post-crisis landscape turned to a focus on the welfare state.
Date:
Monday 6th March 2017

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2017

Description
Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. The group, led by Lorenzo Cladi, Nino Kemoklidze and Chiara Morbi, visited the European Commission, the European Parliament, NATO and the Council of the European Union.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

POLSIS students visit the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Description
As exchange students at the Universiteit van Amsterdam, one of our modules; Political Economy of the Middle East; included a "pressure cooker". A pressure cooker is an intense two and a half day assessment, where the class is split into groups and has to develop a 'policy solution' for a 'client'. For our pressure cooker, we had to develop foreign policy advice for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs on a current issue in the Middle East.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017

Podcast: Can Organisations Be Trustworthy?

Podcast: Can Organisations Be Trustworthy?
Description
Speaker: Professor Katherine Hawley (University of St Andrews), Chair: Dr Jonathan Parry.
Date:
Wednesday 1st March 2017
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