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.

NHS ransomware cyber-attack was preventable

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Written by Conor Deane-McKenna, University of Birmingham. NHS data is being held to ransom by criminals. This the mother of all wake-up calls.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

We need to talk about Zambia as it falls from grace under President Lungu

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
Date:
Friday 19th May 2017

'Strong and Stable' versus 'for the Many not the Few'

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Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "If May succeeds in winning vast numbers of working class voters over it will be because of her and her alone not because of a wholehearted conversion towards the 'Conservative' brand. As such, if the worst case election scenario for Labour occurs, any talk of their long term future must bear in mind that their popularity could turn around pretty quickly if trust, credibility and competence are restored."
Date:
Thursday 18th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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The Asia Research Group and The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham hosted a workshop (Wednesday 10 May 2017) to examine recent efforts by key Asia-Pacific actors to shape perceptions using multiple instruments of national power, in what has been called the "Grey Zone" between peace and war.
Date:
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Taking a look at the new West Midlands Mayor

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Written by Professor Catherine Staite, Director of Public Sector Reform and Dr Matt Cole, Department of History. "How will we judge success? Soft measures will include the quality of the relationships of trust that he establishes across the region, as well as an increased recognition of him and the Mayoral role and understanding of the added value he brings to solving complex, long-standing social and technical problems."
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Labour's core support schism

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Fewer than half of people who voted Labour in 2010 plan to back the party in June. Written by Matthew Goodwin, Professor of political science at the University of Kent and David Cutts, Professor of political science at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Roundtable on the UK general election

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The first of a series of roundtables organised by the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. The event provides some initial reflections on issues raised in the campaign so far as well as the broader political significance of the election.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

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´╗┐Tsering Topgyal and Julie Gilson, Asia Research Group, Department of Political Science and International Studies, teamed up with Nicholas Wright, ICCS, to bring together Asia-Pacific specialists from around UK to explore issues of trust and perception in the context of power transition in the Asia-Pacific region.
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Time for Jimmy Carter to Go Back to North Korea

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ICCS Director Professor Nicholas J Wheeler and Honorary Research Fellow Dr Marcus Holmes draw on their latest research in face-to-face diplomacy to argue a way forward for US foreign policy
Date:
Monday 15th May 2017

Fieldwork report: Lebanon

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In April 2017, Dr Giuditta Fontana visited Lebanon to interview journalists, museum curators and educationalists in connection with her Leverhulme-funded project.
Date:
Friday 12th May 2017

IGS / Peter Lang 2017 invite submission for their Early Career Researcher Prize in German Studies

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´╗┐The Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham and Peter Lang Oxford invite submissions for their 2017 Early Career Researcher Prize in German Studies.
Date:
Wednesday 10th May 2017

INLOGOV's Faculty Day - Tuesday 02 May 2017

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INLOGOV's Faculty Day - Tuesday 02 May 2017
Date:
Tuesday 9th May 2017

ISA 2017 Conference Report: Understanding Change in World Politics

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Dr Eszter Simon reports on the 58th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, held in Baltimore, USA, from 22-25 February 2017.
Date:
Thursday 4th May 2017

How can Northern Ireland tackle its growing list of challenges?

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Dawn Walsh considers the role of independent commissions in promoting power-sharing in Northern Ireland.
Date:
Thursday 4th May 2017

Aspiring Public Health Leaders' programme

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This new programme, delivered in partnership with Public Health England, is designed for those who aspire to director-level roles focused on improving the public's health.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

University of Birmingham appointed to deliver major public health national leadership programme

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The University of Birmingham's Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) and the Medical School Public Health faculty are delighted to announce that they will be delivering the new Aspiring Public Health Leaders' programme from 2017, in partnership with Public Health England.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Responsibility and Its Avoidance: Essays in Public Management and Governance

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Speaker: Dr Donald Curtis, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 2nd May 2017

New voluntary work placements at the ICCS

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) is inviting applications for short term voluntary placements.
Date:
Friday 28th April 2017

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Authoritarian Origins of Well-Organised Opposition Parties: The Rise of Chadema in Tanzania

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Speaker: Dan Paget, University of Oxford.
Date:
Thursday 27th April 2017

Italy's looming election: Will the Five Star Movement really form the next government?

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Italy will hold its next general election no later than spring 2018, with Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) currently ahead in most of the recent polling. Daniele Albertazzi argues that despite intense media speculation about what a victory for the M5S could mean for Italy and its participation in the euro, the picture is far from clear and could be altered substantially by current negotiations over the country's electoral law.
Date:
Monday 24th April 2017
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