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.

POLSIS academic interviewed by Turkish Weekly

POLSIS academic interviewed by Turkish Weekly
Description
Dr Marco Vieira shared his views with the Turkish Weekly on Brazil and the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine.
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Thursday 26th March 2015

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:
Friday 20th March 2015

Understanding the Post-Crisis Landscape: Assessing Change in Economic Management, Welfare, Work and Democracy

Understanding the Post-Crisis Landscape: Assessing Change in Economic Management, Welfare, Work and Democracy
Description
This seminar introduced a 6-seminar ESRC seminar series: Understanding the Post-Crisis Landscape: Assessing Change in Economic Management, Welfare, Work and Democracy. It highlighted and contested contemporary political economy approaches to macroeconomic management, welfare, work, and democracy, in the light of the global economic crisis - thereby setting the scene for four subsequent seminars to explore each of these themes in more depth.
Date:
Friday 20th March 2015

Ghana's democracy is driving great progress in health and education

Ghana's democracy is driving great progress in health and education
Description
Written by Alina Rocha Menocal, a senior research fellow at the Developmental Leadership Program. Despite weaknesses in accountability, Ghana's newly established political system has overseen dramatic improvements in basic services.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015

INLOGOV Informs, Issue 7 - Spring 2015

INLOGOV Informs, Issue 7 - Spring 2015
Description
Research, Advice and support, Executive development and Postgraduate programme news from the Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 2015

He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes

He's back – but the power struggle around Vladimir Putin continues behind the scenes
Description
Written by Dr Adrian Campbell. The apparent disappearance of Russian president Vladimir Putin between March 5 and 16 provoked a festival of Kremlinological speculation on a scale not seen since the temporary ousting of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in the abortive coup of 1991.
Date:
Thursday 19th March 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:
Thursday 19th March 2015

Students get a first-hand view of working for the UN

Description
MA students Alice Vogliotti, Satish Gurung and Pui Thanaporn Wiboonpote travelled to Boston and New York for the Model UN conference and to visit UN Headquarters. When they returned to Birmingham they Skyped with an alumnus about the realities of working in the UN. This is a report of their experiences.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Success of Sociology Highlights the Breadth of Expertise in POLSIS

Success of Sociology Highlights the Breadth of Expertise in POLSIS
Description
Sociology is an integral part of POLSIS and has demonstrated innovation, student engagement and high levels of student satisfaction
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Alumni profile: Following her heart led her to Helping Hands in Cambodia

Alumni profile: Following her heart led her to Helping Hands in Cambodia
Description
A final year POLSIS lecture sparked Lisa Morris's (BA Political Science and Sociology, 2008) interest in Cambodia and she now spends her days amongst the rice fields and coconut palms managing the NGO Helping Hands Cambodia.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

28 PhD theses successfully completed in the past year in POLSIS

28 PhD theses successfully completed in the past year in POLSIS
Description
Twenty eight Doctoral Researchers completed their PhDs during the past year in POLSIS. The theses covered topics in British politics, international studies, security, political economy, political thought and European politics.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Study Trips, Simulations and Outside Expertise Enhance the Teaching in POLSIS

Study Trips, Simulations and Outside Expertise Enhance the Teaching in POLSIS
Description
Visits to Brussels, Participation at Model UN and NATO events and Classes Taught by Practitioners Enhance the Student Experience in POLSIS.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Publications Show POLSIS at the Cutting Edge of Research

Publications Show POLSIS at the Cutting Edge of Research
Description
Academics in POLSIS have been very active in the past year, contributing to both scholarly publications and topical debates. Among the many highlights have been studies of the economic crisis, British politics, Russia and Eastern Europe and countless contributions to opinion-forming publications.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

POLSIS Welcomes New Members of Staff

POLSIS Welcomes New Members of Staff
Description
Recent appointments in POLSIS have strengthened coverage of European politics, international political economy and international relations.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

Nemtsov murder: Chechen theories shouldn't take heat off Putin

Nemtsov murder: Chechen theories shouldn't take heat off Putin
Description
Written by Dr David White. Despite the detention of five suspects, speculation about who is responsible for the brutal assassination of Russia's former deputy prime minister and prominent opposition politician Boris Nemtsov continues unabated.
Date:
Tuesday 17th March 2015

News from the GSDRC

News from the GSDRC
Description
The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre's (GSDRC) new series of Professional Development Reading Packs provides thought-provoking introductions to key issues by international experts.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015

DLP Annual Conference 2015: The Politics of Inequality

DLP Annual Conference 2015: The Politics of Inequality
Description
On Thursday 12 February 2015, the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) held its 2015 Annual Conference on the theme of the politics of inequality, at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015

Students gain experience through conflict simulation

Students gain experience through conflict simulation
Description
In March 2015, IDD, in collaboration with Responding to Conflict – a Birmingham-based NGO working on conflict resolution – ran a full day conflict simulation for the students of the module Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015

Alumnus appointed to the post of Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UN DESA

Alumnus appointed to the post of Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, UN DESA
Description
We were delighted by the news in November that United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed alumnus Dr Lenni Montiel to the post of Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015

IDD's researchers in 'the field'

IDD's researchers in 'the field'
Description
Academics from IDD are continuing to conduct important research across the globe. Current research focuses on Maoist combatant's transition to becoming civilians or soldiers in Nepal and mapping the personal networks of people working in the fisheries of Lake Victoria to investigate which personal relations influence fishing behaviour and knowledge.
Date:
Monday 16th March 2015
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Blog: The West Midlands – a bellwether for the election?

Blog: The West Midlands – a bellwether for the election?
Description
In this post, Cherry Miller discusses the key battleground seats and issues in the West Midlands. The original version of this post was published as part of the General Election 2015 series on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog on 14th April 2015.
Date:
24/04/2015

Blog: Deaths in the Mediterranean are a direct result of ongoing crisis in north Africa

Blog: Deaths in the Mediterranean are a direct result of ongoing crisis in north Africa
Description
Written by Professor Paul Jackson, 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:
24/04/2015

Blog: Make elections work for you: check the polls, but follow the money

Blog: Make elections work for you: check the polls, but follow the money
Description
Written by Chris Game. "Spoiler alert: this is a blog about elections, but not local elections – mainly because it's about election betting, and, with one conspicuous exception, which will be mentioned, our modern-day local election contests and candidates are rarely of sufficiently general interest to attract much serious fixed odds betting."
Date:
24/04/2015

Blog: Seventh Annual POLSIS Postgraduate Colloquium

Blog: Seventh Annual POLSIS Postgraduate Colloquium
Description
This all day event is a brilliant opportunity for staff and students to find out what the School's PhD students are working on, as well as an opportunity for all our PhD students and staff to get together and discuss ongoing research.
Date:
13/04/2015