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.

Brexit Poll of Polls: Undecided voters hold the balance

Description
Welcome to the University of Birmingham's Poll of Polls for Britain's European Union referendum. From now until the vote on 23 June, we will be assessing all the major surveys of public opinion to assess what can and cannot be said with confidence about the state of the campaign.
Date:
Friday 3rd June 2016

Political settlements and public service performance

Description
A conference hosted by the UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, in partnership with DLP and the Centre for Public Impact, focused on the impact political settlements have on the efficiency of public services. Many of the presentations are now available online.
Date:
Friday 3rd June 2016

ESRC seminar - Remote-gathering and local needs: Unpacking the digital-security nexus

Description
This session launched the series by critically interrogating the use of 'remote [data] gathering' technologies by conflict analysts and policy-makers from both methodological and normative perspectives.
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

IGS podcast: Anti-Semitism on Film in Occupied Germany

Description
Speaker: Dr Emily Oliver (King's College, London), Modern Languages / IGS Seminar.
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

IGS podcast: Curating Recent German History: The Exhibition "Unification – German Society in Transition"

Description
Speaker: Dr. Doris Müller-Toovey (Deutsches Historisches Museum and Humboldt Foundation, Berlin) on 'Curating Recent German History: The Exhibition "Unification – German Society in Transition" (Alltag Einheit)
Date:
Thursday 2nd June 2016

Professor Mike Smith speaks on TTIP

Description
Professor Mike Smith spoke on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) at an event organized by the Graduate Centre for Europe.
Date:
Wednesday 1st June 2016

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations

Podcast: "The Prince" Among Men: Bismarck, the Psychology of Realism, and International Relations
Description
Speaker: Professor Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California).
Date:
Wednesday 1st June 2016

Experts Examine Political Parties in Europe

Description
The POLSIS Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group hold a seminar with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss political parties in contemporary Europe.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Nefarious Criminal and Terrorist Uses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) (Apr 2016 - Apr 2017)

Description
The focus of this research project is to analyse the threat presented by the revolution in easy access to the air presented by the technological development of small and medium sized Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or "drones". Principal Investigator: Professor David Dunn, Co-Investigator: Dr Christopher M Wyatt.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

The UK's chance to lead by example on drones and targeted killing

Description
"The UK government has a real opportunity to promote a normative regime for the governance of armed drones in line with generally accepted understandings of international law and ethics globally." George May, Research Associate, ICCS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Fact Check: would the UK have a veto on Turkey joining the EU?

Description
Supporters of the campaign for Brexit claim the UK could not veto Turkish accession to the EU. We asked two academics to check the facts. Written Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Islamic State strikes in Assad territory expose his and Russia's weaknesses

Description
Written by Professor Scott Lucas. By striking deep in Bashar-al Assad's heartland, Islamic State issued a reminder that his regime will never control all of Syria.
Date:
Friday 27th May 2016

Political Economy Research Group 'Work-in-Progress' Workshop

Description
The POLSIS Political Economy Research Group hold a workshop with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss research projects on the global political economy
Date:
Tuesday 24th May 2016

Subjecthood – A new entry point for critical social inquiry?

Description
This workshop aimed to answer the question of how the idea of subjecthood can be understood and how it might be conceptualised. In doing so, special attention is to be paid to the fact that any subject of social change is inevitably embedded in a global political economy and its different epistemic frameworks and historical legacies.
Date:
Friday 20th May 2016

Indonesia's Grand Defense Vision

Description
Indonesia's Defense White Paper reiterates lofty ambitions, with little advice on how to turn vision into reality. Written by Scott Edwards and Masyithoh Annisa Ramadhani.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Who pays bribes for public services?

Description
DLP Research Fellow Dr Caryn Peiffer is co-author with Prof Richard Rose (University of Strathclyde) of a new open access article on bribery. It shows that integrating measures of political institutions and individual characteristics can provide a policy relevant understanding of who does and does not pay bribes for public services.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Corruption? The developing world has bigger problems

Description
It cannot be wiped out without collateral damage. Guest post by Alina Rocha Menocal, Heather Marquette for Prospect.
Date:
Wednesday 18th May 2016

Grant Award from the Open Society Foundations

Description
Professors David Dunn and Nicholas Wheeler have been awarded a grant of $100,000 from the Open Society Foundations for a 2-year project investigating a new (restraining) global consensus on the use of armed drones. The project builds on findings from the Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire

How the push to unite South-East Asia against Chinese expansionism could backfire
Description
Written by Scott Edwards. Washington has been trying to corral the ASEAN countries into a unified bloc against China – but it could actually destabilise the region further.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016

Fact Check: does Britain get its way at the European top table?

Description
Chris Grayling and Alan Johnson disagree on whether the UK is on the winning side at the EU Council. Two academics assess who is right. Written by Sara Hagemann, London School of Economics and Political Science. Reviewed by Nicole Scicluna, POLSIS.
Date:
Monday 9th May 2016
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