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.

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?

Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?
Description
If only we had magical blasters that could get rid of corruption, says Dr Heather Marquette. Sadly, more realistic approaches are needed. Written for The Guardian.
Date:
Wednesday 14th October 2015

University of Birmingham sociologist meets students in India

University of Birmingham sociologist meets students in India
Description
Passionate Sociology student meets upcoming International University of Birmingham students and sets plans to market the subject of Sociology at the Mumbai British Council in India.
Date:
Thursday 8th October 2015

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods

Podcast: Researching Trust: The Ongoing Challenge of Matching Objectives and Methods
Description
Speakers: Guido Möllering, Associate Professor of Organization and Management and holds the EWE Chair of Economic Organization and Trust at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany. Mark N.K. Saunders, Professor in Business Research Methods at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Tuesday 6th October 2015

Israel, Palestine and the US are giving up on the peace process

Israel, Palestine and the US are giving up on the peace process
Description
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. In a grim week at the UN General Assembly, the key partners in the Middle East peace process made it clear they've lost patience.
Date:
Monday 5th October 2015

Why Putin gambled on airstrikes in Syria – and what might come next

Why Putin gambled on airstrikes in Syria – and what might come next
Description
Written by Scott Lucas. Why has Vladimir Putin stepped up his Syrian game so radically – and is it really all as sudden as it seems?
Date:
Friday 2nd October 2015

IGS podcast: Echoes and Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of the Past from the Twentieth Century Onwards

IGS podcast: Echoes and Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of the Past from the Twentieth Century Onwards
Description
A discussion of Aftermath: Legacies and Memories of War in Europe, 1918-1945-1989 and Echoes of Empires: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies
Date:
Thursday 1st October 2015

IDD Impact case studies 2015

Description
Research by IDD academics ranked in top 20 examples of UK research contributing to global development
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015

Britain & Beyond Feature: How Dangerous are Drones to Aircraft?

Description
Questions have arisen over the safety of drone flights after a series of near-misses with aircraft in Britain. Ray Mann, a specialist on aerial systems, and David Dunn of the University of Birmingham join BBC West Midlands Radio to discuss the possible threat, as the US says there have been 700 near-misses in America in the past year.
Date:
Wednesday 30th September 2015

Creating Change, Expanding Opportunity - IDD Annual Report 2014-15

Description
Welcome to IDD's 2014-15 Annual Report.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

ISIL and messaging to the Purpose-Driven Jihadi: Dr Nicholas Wright Contributes to Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper

Description
On 21 July a Pentagon Joint Staff Whitepaper was launched on "Social and Cognitive Neuroscience Underpinnings of ISIL Behavior and Implications for Strategic Communication, Messaging, and Influence". Nicholas Wright, Senior Research Fellow at the ICCS, contributed and spoke on a virtual panel broadcast to many across the US Government and strategic community.
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Conference Report published on 'The Political Effects of UAVs'

Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security has published a report of a conference held at the Royal Aeronautical Society on 12 June 2015, which brought together experts from academia, policy, and industry, to discuss the interim findings of a research project on 'The Political Effects of UAVs on Conflict and Cooperation within and between States.'
Date:
Tuesday 22nd September 2015

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew

Trident: To Renew or Not to Renew
Description
Paul Schulte, Honorary Professor at the ICCS, takes part in a panel discussion on the renewal of Trident at the SOAS Policy Forum.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

The Security Impact of Drones

The Security Impact of Drones
Description
Written by Dr Chris Wyatt. With the introduction of new, modern technologies, the question is often asked of their benefits weighed against the costs if deployment and use. Drones, or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) are no different and the last few years have seen an intense debate on the merits of their use.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Explainer: what is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?

Explainer: what is Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia?
Description
Written by Dr Galina Yemelianova. The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has stirred debate about the future direction of the world's richest Arab state. That direction will be significantly coloured by how his brother and successor, King Salman, approaches Wahhabism – the religious sect that is at once an intrinsic part of the state and its biggest threat.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Who Goes There? Issues of identity in 'Drone Wars'

Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Playing the Prisoners' Dilemma with Prisoners

Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity

Funded PhD Studentship: Cybersecurity
Description
The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) invites applications for a 3-year studentship to undertake a PhD within the area of Cybersecurity and global politics.
Date:
Friday 18th September 2015

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems

Podcast: Researching Drones: Perspectives, Practicalities, and Problems
Description
Key note: Peter Lee- Drone warriors and morality: Exploring the formation of ethical subjectivity in the UK's Reaper operators.
Date:
Wednesday 16th September 2015

ESRC PhD studentships

ESRC PhD studentships
Description
The School of Government and Society invites applications for fully-funded ESRC studentships for postgraduate research beginning in September 2015.
Date:
Tuesday 15th September 2015

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout

Corbyn could save Labour from electoral wipeout
Description
Written by Chris Game, Honorary Senior Lecturer, INLOGOV. If Labour can turn its fiasco of a leadership election into a voter registration drive, it can push back against a rigged system.
Date:
Monday 14th September 2015
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