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.

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia

The Conversation: Ukraine a pawn in high-stakes global game with no quick win in sight for EU, US or Russia
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). Ukraine appears to be heading towards another crisis. Protests in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk have turned violent and pro-Russian protesters occupied government buildings, calling for a referendum on independence. In Donetsk, in an eerie echo of events in Crimea, separatists went one step further and have now proclaimed their own independent Donetsk People's Republic and asked Russia for support.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?

Remembering Rwanda: can we ever say 'never again'?
Description
This week marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. More than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly from the minority ethnic Tutsi group, were killed by their Hutu neighbours while the UN force in the country and Western powers looked on.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel

IDD 50 faces #07 - Lenni Montiel
Description
Studying and living at the University of Birmingham has been for me one of the more rewarding experiences in my life. I got a PhD in Public Policy that allowed me to move forward in my career in international development. I was privileged to joint the Department when it was still the Development Administration Group (DAG) and was able to see and experience its day to day transformation into the International Development Department (IDD)
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig

IDD 50 faces #08 - Matthew Craig
Description
I joined IDD in 2009 to complete an MSc in 'International Development, Conflict & Security' under the guidance of Paul Jackson, Danielle Beswick and Heather Marquette. Prior to the MSc, and on the advise of Paul Jackson, I had taken up a 12 month post with a Liberian NGO, in a Project Development role, with a focus on rehabilitating and repatriating Liberian child soldiers from the Buduburum Refugee Camp in Ghana.
Date:
Thursday 10th April 2014

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?

New article: When does service delivery improve the legitimacy of a fragile state?
Description
Claire Mcloughlin's new article in Governance takes stock of the theory and evidence on the relationship between service delivery and state legitimacy in fragile and conflict-affected states, challenging received wisdom.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar: The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism

Special CREES/POLSIS Seminar: The production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism
Description
Reflecting the significant interest in the theme of migration among doctoral researcher, CREES/POLSIS organized a special seminar, The Production of Migrants in Contemporary Capitalism
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD

Prestigious research programme makes its home at IDD
Description
A prestigious international research initiative, the Developmental Leadership Program, is to make its home at IDD with funding in place to continue its work for the next three years.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #06 - David Cobley (2006-)

IDD 50 faces #06 - David Cobley (2006-)
Description
I joined IDD in 2006 as a part-time Masters students on the Poverty Reduction & Development Management programme. The two years passed by so quickly that I was disappointed when it all came to an end. Since then, however, I have managed to avoid leaving the Department by adopting various guises, including Teaching Assistant, PhD student, Visiting Lecturer and now Teaching Fellow.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #05 - Hussein A. Salad

IDD 50 faces #05 - Hussein A. Salad
Description
When I first joined the University of Birmingham I came from field work in the humanitarian sector and not so much from an academic background, therefore learning, books, doing assignments and participating in actual academic work scared me a lot.
Date:
Wednesday 9th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #04 - Ahmed Moghazy Ibrahim (2009-10)

IDD 50 faces #04 - Ahmed Moghazy Ibrahim (2009-10)
Description
I joined IDD in 2009 for a MSc in Governance & Development Management. Simply, I would describe the time that I spent there as the unforgettable best time ever I had. My eyes were opened to new things, I met amazing people from all over the world and I was well-equipped to the market. I got a job only one month after my graduation ceremony.
Date:
Tuesday 8th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #03 - Maureen Achieng (1993-94)

IDD 50 faces #03 - Maureen Achieng (1993-94)
Description
I was always passionate about development studies, which is why I ended up at the IDD in 1993. Promptly upon graduation (1994), I was fortunate to land a job as a United Nations Volunteer in Haiti, seconded to the International Organization for Migration, to work on a countrywide community development programme. It was an experience I treasure to this day.
Date:
Monday 7th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #02 - Professor Mohit Bhattacharya

IDD 50 faces #02 - Professor Mohit Bhattacharya
Description
Professor Mohit Bhattacharya who was the first graduate of IDD/INLOGOV. Until recently he was Vice Chancellor of Burdwan University in West Bengal and National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He remains an active writer in public administration and governance.
Date:
Friday 4th April 2014

IDD Distance Learning Scholarships available 2014

IDD Distance Learning Scholarships available 2014
Description
The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission has awarded the IDD MSc in International Development (Conflict, Security and Development) DL up to five (full-fee) scholarships for 2014.
Date:
Friday 4th April 2014

The Conversation: 20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors

The Conversation: 20 years on, Rwanda exhausts its 'genocide credit' with donors
Description
Written by Dr Danielle Beswick. On 7 April 2014, Rwanda commemorates the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi. The events of 1994 continue to cast a long shadow over both Rwanda and the international community. As the world remembers along with Rwanda, it is important to reflect not only on the lessons and legacies of the genocide itself, but also the role of Western donors in supporting Rwanda's transition to a peaceful and more prosperous future.
Date:
Friday 4th April 2014

IDD 50 faces #01 - Professor Richard Batley

IDD 50 faces #01 - Professor Richard Batley
Description
I joined IDD in November 1978, at roughly the same time as Nick Devas and Andrew Nickson. This was a time of expansion of IDD (then the Development Administration Group – DAG), backed by a 'development fund' that Ken Davey had won from the University of Birmingham. I am forever grateful that Ken who was then the director of DAG took time out to visit me at the University of Sussex and encouraged me to apply.
Date:
Thursday 3rd April 2014

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Britain and the EU: Towards Brexit?
Description
The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Tim Bale (Queen Mary), Isabelle Hertner, Tim Haughton (POLSIS) and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University).
Date:
Wednesday 2nd April 2014

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?

The Conversation: Can the US and Russia talk their way out of crisis in Ukraine?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. Talks between US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in Paris, followed after a week of high-level diplomacy, including a phone call between presidents Obama and Putin.
Date:
Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information

The Conversation: Despite the rumble of Russian tanks the main weapon in Ukraine is information
Description
Written by recent CREES PhD graduate Victoria Hudson. In the information age, success is not merely the result of whose army wins, but also of whose story wins." The words of Harvard scholar Joseph Nye have been borne out in Ukraine.
Date:
Wednesday 26th March 2014

How do you study a problem like Mother Teresa?

How do you study a problem like Mother Teresa?
Description
Dr Gezim Alpion posted on the Hindustan Times, 23 March 2014. Compiling a bibliography on Mother Teresa is a daunting task even for her avid title-spotters. And yet, the most written about woman in modern times is finding it rather difficult to become a serious topic of academic enquiry.
Date:
Monday 24th March 2014

POLSIS students take part in Model NATO in Washington D.C. (2014)

POLSIS students take part in Model NATO in Washington D.C. (2014)
Description
This year, the University of Birmingham delegation had the pleasure of representing the United States at the 29th Model NATO Conference, held in Washington D.C. in February 2014.
Date:
Monday 24th March 2014
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Date:
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