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 Annual Staff vs. Undergraduates Football Match

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The annual POLSIS staff vs student football game took place on Wednesday 31 May 2017.
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Thursday 8th June 2017

Making Climate Compatible Development Happen

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Fiona Nunan draws out key lessons from her edited book 'Making Climate Compatible Development Happen' in a blog on the Climate and Development Knowledge Network website.
Date:
Thursday 8th June 2017

Populists are not taking over Europe, but neither are they on the way out

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Written by Dr Daniele Albertazzi, Senior Lecturer in European Politics. "The time has therefore come to take populists seriously as builders of organizations, shapers of political agendas and, increasingly, as parties in power. Their success may be far from inevitable, but they are definitely here to stay."
Date:
Friday 2nd June 2017

Report: 9th Historical Analysis for Defence and Security Symposium

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ICCS Research Fellow Dr Chris Wyatt presented a paper at Dstl in May on 'UAVs and Air Control on the North-West Frontier'.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

ICCS success at the 6th annual Doctoral Research Awards

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Donatella Bonansinga was awarded an Honourable Mention for her doctoral research project at the Doctoral Research Awards hosted by the Association of British Turkish Academics.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

With Trump leaving on his first foreign trip, here are 4 lessons about face-to-face diplomacy

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By Marcus Holmes and Nicholas J. Wheeler for the Washington Post. On Friday, President Trump departs on his first foreign trip. Over the course of nine days, he'll meet many leaders face-to-face for the first time, including key NATO leaders.
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Thursday 1st June 2017

'General Election: Student Voices' - special episode of the Political Worldview podcast

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Political Worldview has a special 'Student Voices' episode, out now! We're joined by four current Birmingham students to talk about the UK election from their perspective: the parties, the policies, the social media echo-chamber, and the vexed question of why youth turnout isn't higher.
Date:
Thursday 1st June 2017

The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?

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Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Professor in International Politics. "With this level of activity questions need to be asked whether enough is being done to resource the Police and Intelligence Agencies for the considerable challenge that they face. This is true not just in tracking the potential perpetrators of actual plots but also in educating the public and potential family members in what to look for in a radicalized and alienated individual."
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference

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Graduate Centre for Europe reassessed Britain's relations with Europe during its 11th Annual Conference.
Date:
Friday 26th May 2017

Democracy is taking root in Africa. But that doesn't mean it works all the time

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. As we celebrate Africa Day and reflect on how far the continent has come since the Organisation of African Unity was founded in 1963, it's a good time to assess whether democracy is working.
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Thursday 25th May 2017

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

NATO looks healthier than expected – but trouble is brewing

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Written by Mark Webber, University of Birmingham. While Donald Trump's disdain for the alliance has apparently abated, the future is still disturbing.
Date:
Thursday 25th May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict

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Dr Harry Verhoeven of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Presented his new book (with Philip Roessler) about the outbreak of the Congo War: "Why Comrades go to War: Liberation Politics and the Outbreak of Africa's Deadliest Conflict" (Hurst and OUP: 2016).
Date:
Wednesday 24th May 2017

Nic Cheeseman's research makes the front pages

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Professor Nic Cheeseman's research on Zambian politics has made headlines around the world. An opinion piece on the danger of democratic backsliding under President Edgar Lungu that was originally published by The Conversation was read by over 55,000 people.
Date:
Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Latest News from INLOGOV

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Latest News from INLOGOV.
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Monday 22nd May 2017

Life as an INLOGOV PhD Student: Bryony Rudkin, Deputy Leader of Ipswich Borough Council

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Bryony Rudkin's doctoral research focuses on the scene of political decision making in English local government and how engaged and responsive politicians are to the communities they represent. Her research is timely, given that it comes at a time when increasingly the reputation, credibility and authenticity of politicians in all its forms is under intense media scrutiny.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Introduction from the Director of INLOGOV, Catherine Mangan

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Welcome to INLOGOV's new-look termly newsletter. We aim to share news on our research, teaching and staffing, and reflect on policy developments and the context for local government.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Update from INLOGOV's Director of Research, Professor Vivien Lowndes

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INLOGOV's research focuses on public services, governance and citizen participation.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

An Update from Director of Teaching and Learning, Dr Karin Bottom

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Dr. Karin Bottom, Director of Teaching and Learning, discusses her role and provides valuable information for prospective students by outlining the range of courses that INLOGOV has to offer.
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017

Staff Spotlight: Professor Catherine Staite, former Director of INLOGOV and new Director of Public Service Reform

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In this regular feature a member of staff discusses their role within the department. In this edition Professor Catherine Staite talks about her new role as Director of Public Sector Reform, stepping down from her previous role as Director of the department and her involvement in the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
Date:
Monday 22nd May 2017
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