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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.

The Conversation: 'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues

The Conversation: 'Chocolate King' Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidency but violence continues
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). With the outright victory of Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential elections on May 25 now confirmed, hopes are running high for a new beginning that will deliver a swift way out of a protracted crisis.
Date:
Monday 26th May 2014

The Conversation: Whoever wins Ukraine election faces an uncertain mandate and no easy path to peace

The Conversation: Whoever wins Ukraine election faces an uncertain mandate and no easy path to peace
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25 were meant to offer the country the beginning of a way out of a protracted crisis. Some of the signs were quite positive. Presidential candidates were stressing the need for unity and dialogue. Ukraine's richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, a powerful tycoon based in eastern Ukraine, took a strong public stance against the separatists there.
Date:
Sunday 25th May 2014

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time

The Conversation: Meriam Ibrahim death sentence: West needs to give Sudan a bit of face time
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Written by Dr Jonathan Fisher. The case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant woman sentenced to death for apostasy by a Khartoum court, has rightly refocused international attention on the dire state of human rights in Sudan.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: The other pivot to Asia and why success in China is not all it seems for Putin's Russia

The Conversation: The other pivot to Asia and why success in China is not all it seems for Putin's Russia
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. The headline accomplishment of Vladimir Putin's trip to China is hard to deny: a 30-year deal estimated to be worth US$400 billion for Russia to deliver gas to China. But it isn't the unqualified win that Putin's supporters might claim. For Russia has been backed into a corner.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: London aside, Farage's UKIP now has its imprint on England

The Conversation: London aside, Farage's UKIP now has its imprint on England
Description
Written by Chris Game. You'll be expecting, understandably, UKIP stuff – and there will be, but later. These were elections to determine the political and policy control of 161 English local authorities. Working for a department known in the wider world as the Institute of Local Government Studies, it would be inappropriate for me not to look first at those councils where we know control has changed hands, none of which directly involve UKIP – almost inevitably, given its almost baseline starting point.
Date:
Friday 23rd May 2014

The Conversation: Labour should be the biggest local winner – this year anyway

The Conversation: Labour should be the biggest local winner – this year anyway
Description
Written by Chris Game. Two countries have synchronised their EU election and local election dates this cycle: Greece and parts of the UK (England and Northern Ireland).
Date:
Thursday 22nd May 2014

Dr Jeremy Morris shortlisted for prestigious BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography

Dr Jeremy Morris shortlisted for prestigious BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed Award for Ethnography
Description
You can hear about his nominated article "Beyond coping? Alternatives to consumption within a social network of Russian workers" on BBC Radio 4's website.
Date:
Friday 16th May 2014

Dr Jeremy Morris announced as Visiting Research Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Dr Jeremy Morris announced as Visiting Research Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Description
Jeremy Morris was one of a few outstanding international scholars to be awarded this prestigious appointment for 2014-15, against record competition of 176 applications.
Date:
Friday 16th May 2014

MA Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham

MA Studentship at the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham
Description
The Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham is seeking to support a one-year MA studentship in the context of the DAAD-funded project: Weltanschauungen: The German Past and the Contemporary World.
Date:
Thursday 15th May 2014

University of Birmingham and IPEG workshop: Global Economic Crisis - Which economy and what crisis? An exploration of alternative frameworks

University of Birmingham and IPEG workshop: Global Economic Crisis - Which economy and what crisis? An exploration of alternative frameworks
Description
This workshop (Wednesday 02 April 2014) was set up with the aim of facilitating discussion across different critical approaches to political economy, to develop and clarify the conceptual assumptions that alternative positions have and hence to sharpen our understanding of similarities and substantive differences. The aim was to initiate a research project that moved beyond the current situation of 'parallel conversations' and begins a more systematic understanding and synthesis of political economic approaches to the global financial crisis.
Date:
Tuesday 13th May 2014

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)

IDD 50 faces #10 - Professor Ken Davey, OBE (1969-2000)
Description
I never dreamt that I would be involved in major reforms in countries as diverse as Indonesia, Slovakia and Ukraine. My time at Birmingham has been rich in opportunity and experience and rich in the friendship of likeminded colleagues both here and abroad.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)

IDD 50 faces #11 - Dr Rosamund Thomas (1970-71)
Description
Perhaps it was unusual but nevertheless at Birmingham University, in my time, I cross-read between several disciplines. At INLOGOV, my Master's degree (1970-71) permitted me to study not only UK central and local government, but also administration in developing countries. In addition, I read aspects of social policy and social administration in another department.
Date:
Monday 12th May 2014

The Conversation: Ukraine separatists engaged in high-risk game as they press on with referendum plan

The Conversation: Ukraine separatists engaged in high-risk game as they press on with referendum plan
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Vladimir Putin's statements giving qualified support for presidential elections in Ukraine on May 25, calling on separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone their planned referendums and announcing a pull-back of troops from Ukraine's border, has been greeted with scepticism in Kiev, Brussels, London and Washington.
Date:
Friday 9th May 2014

POLSIS Seminar Series 2013-14

POLSIS Seminar Series 2013-14
Description
POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Tuesday 29th April 2014

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2013-14

IDD Guest Seminar Series 2013-14
Description
The International Development Department hosts a number of seminars throughout the autumn term which focuses on a number of different topics. The seminars are open to everyone. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Tuesday 29th April 2014

2nd Public Service Academy Speed Networking Employability Event

2nd Public Service Academy Speed Networking Employability Event
Description
The Schools of Government and Society and Social Policy, in conjunction with the Public Service Academy (PSA) and the College of Social Science Careers Network, held its second employability event on 26 February 2014.
Date:
Monday 28th April 2014

The Conversation: With Geneva deal dead Ukraine could be pivotal moment for international relations

The Conversation: With Geneva deal dead Ukraine could be pivotal moment for international relations
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The Geneva Agreement appears to be dead in the water. Achieved only a week ago, it was widely considered a surprising breakthrough, albeit one which offered major concessions to Russia.
Date:
Friday 25th April 2014

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67

50 faces of CREES #52 - Paul Barton, B.Com (Russian Studies) 1964-67
Description
When I arrived in 1964, the Social Sciences buildings were very new. I returned in 1999, when my daughter was visiting potential universities, and it looked very down-at-heel. One of the great advantages of CREES was having our own library, which served as both a study area and a social centre - a common room of sorts - where students from all the years mixed and chatted.
Date:
Thursday 24th April 2014

The Conversation: Breakthrough in Ukraine talks is a win-win situation, especially for Russia

The Conversation: Breakthrough in Ukraine talks is a win-win situation, especially for Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. The four-party talks on the crisis in Ukraine have apparently produced a significant breakthrough towards the diffusion of an increasingly dangerous situation.
Date:
Friday 18th April 2014

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'

DLP to present at UNDP/KPMG conference 'Leadership and the Challenge of Change'
Description
DLP will give a major presentation of its findings at UNDP/KPMG's 2014 International Development Conference in Singapore on 30 April 2014.
Date:
Thursday 17th April 2014
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