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.

Alumnus with 20 years of Experience of Political Campaigning talks to POLSIS Students

Description
Birmingham graduate with extensive experience of political campaigning for the Liberal Democrats shares his insights into running campaigns with undergraduate students.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

Thies Kaetow - UK Security Expo 2016, London

Description
The two-day Global Counter Terrorism Conference featured representatives of the UN, Dr. Jehangir Khan, Director of the CTITF and UNCCT and NATO, Dr. Jamie Shae, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, addressing the respective organisations' role in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

What is an elected mayor and why vote for one?

Description
Written by Professor Catherine Staite, Professor of Public Management. "The more people who turn out to vote for the mayor, the more able he or she will be to exercise their soft power in the region and to demand more powers from central government."
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN)

Description
School Enhancement Fund supports The University of Birmingham International Model United Nations conference 2017 (UBIMUN).
Date:
Tuesday 28th February 2017

IDD is delighted to welcome new staff!

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IDD is delighted to welcome six new staff members: Professor Nic Cheeseman, Professor David Hudson, Dr Niheer Dasandi, Dr Mary Menton, Dr Susan Dodsworth.and Dr Rosita Armytage.
Date:
Monday 27th February 2017

New research awards

Description
IDD has secured four new research awards since the end of 2016 in natural resource governance, corruption, census politics and democracy.
Date:
Monday 27th February 2017

New British Academy role

Description
IDD is delighted to announce that Professor Jackson has been appointed Programme Director for 18 months, to oversee the commissioning and work of social science research that contributes towards achieving the SDGs.
Date:
Monday 27th February 2017

New books from IDD staff

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We're pleased to note that two edited books are published by Routledge in February/March by IDD staff: Making Climate Compatible Development Happen by Fiona Nunan (ed.) and Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development Nick Lemay-Hébert and Rosa Freedman (eds.).
Date:
Monday 27th February 2017

It's not wrong for Donald Trump to trust Vladimir Putin

Description
ICCS Research Fellow Dr Eszter Simon writes in The Conversation about the role of trust and the Moscow-Washington hotline in current US-Russian relations.
Date:
Wednesday 22nd February 2017

POLSIS Staff Help Royal Shakespeare Company with a briefing on democracy and participation

Description
POLSIS Academics were invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company to discuss with theatre makers about democracy and participation.
Date:
Tuesday 21st February 2017

Whatever you believe, the Trump presidency is going to test it

Description
Written by Dr Adam Quinn. Nearly three weeks into a four-year term, this much is clear about the Trump presidency: moderation is not the plan. Anyone who predicted America would see a different Donald Trump in office from the man on display during campaign season can now be counted among the many prognosticators who have placed and lost their chips in recent times.
Date:
Thursday 9th February 2017

Report: Responsible Nuclear Sovereignty and the Future of the Global Nuclear Order

Description
The British American Security Information Council (BASIC), in partnership with the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS), have written a report which seeks to foster an international dialogue about the responsibilities of nuclear-armed states.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Micro-Dynamics Of Diamonds in the Revolutionary United Front

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Micro-Dynamics Of Diamonds in the Revolutionary United Front
Description
Speaker: Dr Zoe Marks, University of Edinburgh.
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Brexit Negotiations: An EU Perspective

Description
Speakers: Jacqueline Minor, European Commission's Head of Representation and Professor Martin Trybus, Birmingham Law School, Professor of European Law and Policy. Chair: Jamie Gaskarth, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Date:
Wednesday 8th February 2017

Podcast: The Disappearance of the Battlefield in the Age of Global Targeting

Description
Speaker: Dr Antoine Bousquet (Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Birkbeck College, London).
Date:
Thursday 2nd February 2017

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations

Podcast: Social Trust in International Relations
Description
Speaker: Dr Vince Keating (University of Southern Denmark).
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Political Parties Expert Delivers Seminar on Radical Right-Wing Political Parties

Description
Professor Sarah de Lange (University of Amsterdam) visited POLSIS to present her research on radical right-wing populist parties in Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politically Smart Support to Economic Development

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politically Smart Support to Economic Development
Description
Speaker: Dr David Booth, Overseas Development Institute.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens

IDD Guest seminar podcast: How Change Happens
Description
What works in achieving progressive change? How do power and systems shape change, and how can you influence them? Duncan Green, Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, discussed the themes of his new book How Change Happens.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Podcast: From Europe's troubled periphery to security provider: Albanian Foreign Policy in regional and European context

Description
Deputy Foreign Minister of Albania, Dr Odeta Barbullushi, who studied for a PhD at the University of Birmingham spoke to staff and students about the security threats facing her country and the wider Western Balkans region.
Date:
Tuesday 31st January 2017
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