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.

Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?

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The Political Economy group has been tackling the theme "Crises as opportunities for change and transformation?" in its recent research outputs.
Date:
Wednesday 14th December 2016

Students attend a private briefing with the National Security Advisor

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Students on the third year module 'Strategy and Decisionmaking' were able to attend a private briefing in London with the National Security Advisor, Sir Mark Lyall Grant at the RUSI before being given a tour of the Houses of Parliament.
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IGS PhD Researcher Wins Award in Hamburg

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Marlene Schrijnders, 3d year PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, was awarded with the first prize at the Deutscher Historikertag in Hamburg for her poster titled "Endzeitopia".
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

US Election 2016: Clinton v Trump - understanding the result and what happens next

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Speakers: Dr Jacob Parakilas, Assistant Head, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House: Royal Institute of International Affairs; Dr Maria Ryan, University of Nottingham; Prof. Scott Lucas (POLSIS); Dr Adam Quinn (POLSIS).
Date:
Tuesday 13th December 2016

IDD PhD student wins University's Images of Research 2016/17

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Louis Francis Monroy Santander, Postgraduate Researcher in the International Development department won first place in the 2016/17 Images of Research with a photograph entitled "Resistance to international peace-building: the case of Bosnia-Herzegovina".
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

IDD at the forefront of international change: The UN Secretary-General apologises to the victims of cholera in Haiti

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On 01 December 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General has announced a new approach to cholera in Haiti, including compensation to communities and families of victims. The UN Secretary-General has also apologised for what happened and asked forgiveness from Haitian victims, in Creole, French and English. Cholera has been introduced in 2010 by UN peacekeepers, and has killed at least 9,200 people and infected more than 800,000. The University of Birmingham has been active in lobbying for a new UN approach regarding the compensation of the victims of cholera in Haiti.
Date:
Friday 9th December 2016

Andrew Mitchell, MP Debates the Syrian Crisis

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The Middle East Politics Research Group and POLSIS hosted a talk by Andrew Mitchell, MP, on the Syrian crisis.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

School Enhancement Fund supports Student attendance at Model UN

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The London International MUN HS took place this weekend where 100 high school students engaged in a simulation of the different committees at the UN. Through the different sessions they were able to come up with high-quality resolutions portraying their commitment and developing their diplomatic skills.
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

Aris Yunandar, The 6th Prague Conference on Southeast Asia Studies

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With the funding from the POLSIS Student Enhancement funds, Aris Yunandar have traveled to Prague to present his paper in a forum full of scholars in Southeast Asia Studies
Date:
Thursday 8th December 2016

International Political Economy Guest Lecture 'Doing IPE Research'

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Professor Mat Watson (Warwick), Dr Sophie Harman (Queen Mary), and Dr Megan Daigle (Aberystwyth) gave a Guest Lecture on 'Doing IPE Research' (27 October 2016).
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Distinguished Scholar on Political Parties Gives Talks to Staff and Students

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Professor Susan Scarrow (University of Houston) visited Birmingham to give a special lecture to students, talk about postgraduate study in the US and deliver a public lecture on party organization.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Introducing the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham promotes a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to global security challenges.
Date:
Thursday 1st December 2016

Conference Report: Trust within and between Organizations, Dublin November 15-17

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Trust researchers from across the globe met at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin at the ninth biannual conference of the First International Network on Trust (FINT).
Date:
Monday 28th November 2016

ICCS welcomes new research volunteers

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ICCS is delighted to welcome new members to the team, who will be joining research projects ranging from Cold War relations between US/Russia, decision-making in Gray Zone conflicts, and the role of education policy in post-civil war peace-building.
Date:
Friday 25th November 2016

Trump's election: should the UK worry?

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Written by Dr Adam Quinn. 2016 will be remembered as the year when, on more than one political front, the unthinkable happened. Between them, British citizens' vote to leave the European Union, and that of Americans to elect Donald Trump president, have exploded dynamite next to the foundations of the established order. As the dust clears, liberals now nervously inspect the blast sites, wondering if the damage might yet be contained or if the soundness of the edifice has already been fatally undermined.
Date:
Friday 18th November 2016

Assessing change in economic management, welfare, work and democracy in the context of Brexit

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This session brought together the findings of the four earlier thematic seminars, in dialogue with policymakers and key economic and civil society actors. The seminar was based in a leading Brussels-based think-tank, providing an excellent opportunity to facilitate further discussion between policy-focused and academic-focused actors from across the European Union.
Date:
Friday 11th November 2016

Academic visitor from Brazil in POLSIS

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Professor Henrique Zeferino de Menezes, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, is currently in POLSIS as a visiting fellow until January 2017.
Date:
Friday 4th November 2016

Parliaments and Legislatures One-day conference: a great success!

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Our conference on Parliaments and Legislatures was a fantastic event with a range of academic panels, a practitioner roundtable, a poster exhibition, and our annual lecture from the Clerk of the House of Commons, David Natzler.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Festival of Social Science - Voices of Refuge: Connecting People through the Stories We Tell

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This ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Friday 11 November 2016 – combining a screening of the film "The Bridge" by two refugee filmmakers in Calais with the presentation of a photography project about Calais and insights into the work of civil society initiatives and academics – will provide an opportunity to learn about and engage with different stories of migration and asylum that often remain untold in the media, but can help to emphasise what we have in common rather than what divides us.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016

Focusing on trust in global conflict

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Many parts of the world are caught up in conflict today. From the Syrian civil war to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian dispute, to tension with Russia, and to Africa's turmoil from South Sudan to the Democratic Republic of Congo, conflict has continuing and lasting impact on countless lives. Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the hoped-for "international order" seems distant. The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) aspires to offer some answers.
Date:
Tuesday 1st November 2016
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