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.

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan

New book by Dr Fiona Nunan
Description
Dr Fiona Nunan's 'Understanding Poverty and the Environment: Analytical Frameworks and Approaches' has just been published by Routledge and is a must-read for students and scholars of environment and development.
Date:
Friday 13th March 2015

Blog: Grubby-handed local politicians? It's called local democracy and devolution, Sarah!

Blog: Grubby-handed local politicians? It's called local democracy and devolution, Sarah!
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. The BBC's Radio 4 Today programme isn't what Americans would call a Hot Talk show, and nicely spoken presenter Sarah Montague, even in her own fantasies, is no shock jock. So listeners must have been slightly surprised to hear her, while questioning the proposed devolution of NHS funding to Greater Manchester's combined authority, talk of "local politicians sticking their grubby hands into the decision-making process".
Date:
Friday 13th March 2015

Prize Winning and Published Undergraduate and MA student in POLSIS

Prize Winning and Published Undergraduate and MA student in POLSIS
Description
One former undergraduate and MA student in POLSIS has not just won prizes, he has also published in a peer review journal before beginning his PhD.
Date:
Friday 13th March 2015

Model United Nations: Boston, United States, February 2015

Model United Nations: Boston, United States, February 2015
Description
The University of Birmingham sent a delegation of nine students to Boston as delegates at the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN).
Date:
Thursday 12th March 2015

Outside Experts Enhance Teaching at Birmingham

Outside Experts Enhance Teaching at Birmingham
Description
A former UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the EU, a recently retired MEP and a current leading official from the European Parliament contribute to the teaching of students in POLSIS.
Date:
Thursday 12th March 2015

New book published on 'Queer Sex Work'

New book published on 'Queer Sex Work'
Description
Dr Nicola Smith, a Senior Lecturer in POLSIS, is the co-editor of a new book on 'Queer Sex Work', published by Routledge this month.
Date:
Thursday 12th March 2015

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter

Podcast: Making sense of the Afghan Taliban and why they still matter
Description
The talk by Michael Semple provided an introduction to the thinking and politics of the Afghan Taliban Movement. It suggested that flawed understanding of the movement by other conflict actors has helped prolong the conflict in Afghanistan. It explored linkages between the Afghan conflict and the broader conflict in the Middle East and South Asia and consider the prospects for conflict transformation in Afghanistan. Michael Semple drew on his experience as a UN and EU official and as a mediator as well as current research.
Date:
Wednesday 11th March 2015

Gender gap shame leaves little to celebrate this International Women's Day

Gender gap shame leaves little to celebrate this International Women's Day
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. We're celebrating International Women's Day for the 107th time. It has a longer history than is often supposed and, as reflected in its still occasionally used Leninist title – International Working Women's Day – a more socialist one.
Date:
Tuesday 10th March 2015

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Succeeding to failure: Hybrid organizations and institutional complexity

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Succeeding to failure: Hybrid organizations and institutional complexity
Description
Speaker: Professor Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

IGS podcast: DEFA's Last Gasp: Melancholy and the End of East German Filmmaking

IGS podcast: DEFA's Last Gasp: Melancholy and the End of East German Filmmaking
Description
Speaker: Nick Hodgin (University of Lancaster)
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

Blog: International Women's Day and Britain's gender gap of shame

Blog: International Women's Day and Britain's gender gap of shame
Description
Written by Chris Game. Sunday sees the 107th celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), and for the 102nd year on March 8. It's a longer history than is often supposed and, reflected in its still occasionally used Leninist title – International Working Women's Day – a more socialist one.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2015

POLSIS MA Study tour visit Brussels, January 2015
Description
Every year all MA students based within POLSIS have the opportunity to take part in an study trip to Brussels. This year, Dr Derek Averre led a party of 30 master's students on the Brussels study tour to visit EU institutions and NATO on 18-21 January 2015.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

New book on Paying Bribes for Public Services

New book on Paying Bribes for Public Services
Description
Extensive survey data based on interviews with 250,000 people in 119 countries underpin a new book on public service corruption co-authored by DLP research fellow Caryn Peiffer.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

Training on fragility, statebuilding and peacebuilding

Training on fragility, statebuilding and peacebuilding
Description
Senior DLP Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal leads a day of training on fragility, statebuilding and peacebuilding at the Swisspeace Academy in Basel this week. This is part of swisspeace's Certificate of Advanced Studies in Fragility, Conflict & Statebuilding.
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

Why Iran's Supreme Leader may yet swallow a bitter nuclear deal

Why Iran's Supreme Leader may yet swallow a bitter nuclear deal
Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. Iran is being pushed to the edge by sanctions over its nuclear programme. Will its dying Supreme Leader cave to the pressure?
Date:
Friday 6th March 2015

Blog: What is local government for?

Blog: What is local government for?
Description
Written by Howard Elcock. Do we know what local government is for? Is it just a device for providing services to people at the behest of the central government, or does it provide local citizens with a means of making policy choices about what they want their councils to do?
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (I)

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (I)
Description
Written by Dr Fran Amery, Dr Stephen Bates and Professor Steve McKay . Ever wondered about the gendered dimensions of the REF returns and rankings for the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment? Well wonder no longer.
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (II)

Blog: Gender & the Research Excellence Framework: An Analysis of the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment (II)
Description
Written by Dr Fran Amery, Dr Stephen Bates and Professor Steve McKay. This is the second of two posts on gender and the Research Excellence Framework (you may also be interested in this post on what titles of outputs submitted to the Politics & International Studies Unit of Assessment tell us about (sub-)disciplinary trends).
Date:
Thursday 5th March 2015

Blog: A Corpus-Based Analysis of REF Output Titles for Politics and International Studies*

Blog: A Corpus-Based Analysis of REF Output Titles for Politics and International Studies*
Description
Written by Dr Stephen Bates. Have you ever wondered what the titles of outputs submitted to the REF tell us about disciplinary trends, foci and boundaries? Well, thanks to the wonder of corpus linguistics and Laurence Anthony's AntConc, wonder no longer.
Date:
Wednesday 4th March 2015

Russia has lost an opposition leader of substance

Russia has lost an opposition leader of substance
Description
Written by Dr David White. "The key challenge for Russia's broad opposition movement is to maintain consistently high levels of protest by mobilising passive opponents of the regime – not just as a response to specific events and outside of election periods."
Date:
Wednesday 4th March 2015
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Blog: Queen Cersei and the evaporating Revenue Support Grant

Blog: Queen Cersei and the evaporating Revenue Support Grant
Description
Written by Chris Game, Visiting Lecturer at INLOGOV. Next week is the last week of Hilary Term, or revision week at the end of Spring Term, as it's known here at the UoB and most other universities who feel no great affinity to the probably inappropriately named 4th Century St Hilarius of Poitiers. Over the many years in which I lectured undergraduates, I used rather to like it: end of the course/module in sight, legitimate chance to share and spread gossip about approaching local elections, lecture attendances boosted by students desperate for exam hints. Plus, nowadays, plenty of discussion-prompting visual aids – one of which is the pretext for this blog.
Date:
20/03/2015

Blog: In Crimea, Time for Pressure

Blog: In Crimea, Time for Pressure
Description
By Liana Fix - Associate Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations and Visiting PhD Researcher at the University of Birmingham. Forgetting about Crimea and the fate of the Crimean Tatars means implicitly acknowledging Russia's claim to the region. Instead, the international community must demonstrate to Russia that its arbitrary interpretation of international law regarding Crimea has long-term consequences. We are not yet in a post-Crimea phase.
Date:
19/03/2015

Blog: Grubby-handed local politicians? It's called local democracy and devolution, Sarah!

Blog: Grubby-handed local politicians? It's called local democracy and devolution, Sarah!
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. The BBC's Radio 4 Today programme isn't what Americans would call a Hot Talk show, and nicely spoken presenter Sarah Montague, even in her own fantasies, is no shock jock. So listeners must have been slightly surprised to hear her, while questioning the proposed devolution of NHS funding to Greater Manchester's combined authority, talk of "local politicians sticking their grubby hands into the decision-making process".
Date:
13/03/2015

Blog: International Women's Day and Britain's gender gap of shame

Blog: International Women's Day and Britain's gender gap of shame
Description
Written by Chris Game. Sunday sees the 107th celebration of International Women's Day (IWD), and for the 102nd year on March 8. It's a longer history than is often supposed and, reflected in its still occasionally used Leninist title – International Working Women's Day – a more socialist one.
Date:
06/03/2015