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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.

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Power In-Between: Youth's Subaltern Agency and the Post-Conflict Everyday
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Speaker: Dr Sukaynya Podder, Department of Management and Security, Cranfield University.
Date:
Thursday 13th March 2014

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?

The Conversation: How can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia secure a stable future?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The situation in Ukraine is still highly volatile, especially in relation to Crimea and continuing uncertainty about Russia's intentions. But there is a need to consider what a longer-term solution might look like in light of the different demands being made.
Date:
Wednesday 12th March 2014

The Conversation: Seizing EU and US assets won't help Russia – it needs the investment

The Conversation: Seizing EU and US assets won't help Russia – it needs the investment
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. With the Crimean parliament voting to join Russia, and EU leaders discussing potential sanctions, the Ukrainian crisis continues to escalate. But what if Russia's next seizure wasn't further territory but rather Exxon Mobil's gas fields, or Volkswagen's factories?
Date:
Wednesday 12th March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014

Win:Win network: empowering women in leadership - 26 March 2014
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We are delighted to announce that Norma Jarboe OBE, Director of Women Count and author of a recent report on gender and leadership in higher education will be joining us on 26 March 2014 to discuss her work and the potential benefits for colleagues. The Win:Win network offers a space primarily for academic women at the University of Birmingham to come together, share experiences, develop reciprocal support and facilitate action on issues of gender, diversity, employment, career development and leadership.
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge

The Conversation: A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. It is increasingly difficult to predict what the future holds for Ukraine. One scenario sees the country becoming divided along roughly ethnic lines, with an ethnic Ukrainian western state and a more Russia-oriented eastern state comprising today's southern and eastern Ukraine. So what would the economies of these potential new states look like?
Date:
Tuesday 11th March 2014

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC

Cooperation in the Contemporary World: University of Birmingham unveils latest MOOC
Description
Experts from the the School of Government and Society including the International Development Department, Department of Political Science and International Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security at the University of Birmingham have introduced a free, open online course today offering a taste of higher education to learners worldwide. Registration is now live for this online course which is scheduled to start in May 2014.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014

Undergraduate Open Days - 27-28 June 2014
Description
Our Undergraduate Open Days offer you the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand from our current undergraduates and teaching staff about living and learning at Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Ana Speed, BA Sociology
Description
Investment Analyst, Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees LLP). I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy

Alumni profile: Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy
Description
HR Manager, NHS. My advice to anyone considering studying at Birmingham would be to make the most of your time at university by supplementing your degree with other activities.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Laurin Weissinger, BA Sociology
Description
Graduate Student and IT Administrator. Currently, I am staying in Oxford and preparing my PhD research that I hope to start this year. Before coming to Oxford, I worked for a while, both at an executive recruitment consultancy in London and full-time in IT.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate

Alumni profile: Olga Fraczek, Sociology graduate
Description
Account Executive, Harvard Public Relations.
Date:
Monday 10th March 2014

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?

IRiS Podcast: Conviviality, Encounter, Diversity, Migration: But Where Did Race Go?
Description
Speaker: Sarah Neal, University of Surrey. Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda

IDD Guest seminar podcast: The Risks of African Military Capacity Building: Lessons From Rwanda
Description
Speaker: Dr Danielle Beswick (IDD, University of Birmingham).
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Professor Henry Maddick

Professor Henry Maddick
Description
Henry Maddick, the founder of INLOGOV died at the age of 98 on the 27th of January, after a lifetime of achievement.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology

Alumni profile: Veronika Fafienski, BA Sociology
Description
Studying at The University of Birmingham has been such an exciting and rewarding experience. When I first arrived, I was instantly captivated by the campus atmosphere. All the things you need as a freshly baked student – department, the library, student union and all the friends you made along the way – were in one place. Of course everyone is unique but for my part I can say that at Birmingham I have been able to set the foundations for both career and personal development.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA

Alumni profile: Ursula Houston, Sociology BA
Description
Since graduating with a first class degree in Sociology, I have been lucky enough to secure two different internships in the public sector. Both internships were advertised by the careers service solely for University of Birmingham students.
Date:
Friday 7th March 2014

Sociology - Speed Networking Event

Sociology - Speed Networking Event
Description
Sociology hosted a careers networking event on the (01 February 2014). This event provided current students with the opportunity to meet students who have recently graduated from Sociology at Birmingham and learn first-hand from them about the kinds of careers they have followed since then.
Date:
Wednesday 5th March 2014

A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge

A divided Ukraine could see two radically different states emerge
Description
Written by Dr Richard Connolly. "It is increasingly difficult to predict what the future holds for Ukraine. One scenario sees the country becoming divided along roughly ethnic lines, with an ethnic Ukrainian western state and a more Russia-oriented eastern state comprising today's southern and eastern Ukraine. So what would the economies of these potential new states look like?"
Date:
Wednesday 5th March 2014

The Conversation: Putin calling all the shots in Ukraine: what next for relations between Russia and the West?

The Conversation: Putin calling all the shots in Ukraine: what next for relations between Russia and the West?
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). After days of heightening tensions and increasingly aggressive rhetoric, Russian president Vladimir Putin requested, and was promptly granted, authorisation to deploy Russian troops in Ukraine until the situation there had "normalised". Yet, after further diplomatic efforts, including a 90-minute telephone call between presidents Obama and Putin, there has so far been no actual military escalation, even though the increased presence of Russian troops in Crimea and Ukraine's announcement to call up military reservists have heightened the potential for serious violence.
Date:
Tuesday 4th March 2014

Tim Haughton reappointed joint editor of the JCMS Annual Review of the EU

Tim Haughton reappointed joint editor of the JCMS Annual Review of the EU
Description
CREES Director Tim Haughton and Nathaniel Copsey (Aston University) have been reappointed as the editors of the Journal of Common Market Studies Annual Review of the European Union.
Date:
Tuesday 4th March 2014
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