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: Crimea flashpoint raises stakes in Russia's regional power play

The Conversation: Crimea flashpoint raises stakes in Russia's regional power play
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). As events in Crimea escalate and become a focal point in the broader struggle within Ukraine, between Ukraine and Russia, and between Russia and the West, one key question is about Russia's larger game plan.
Date:
Monday 3rd March 2014

The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart

The Conversation: Crimea: the polarised peninsula threatening to rip Ukraine apart
Description
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). These are dangerous times in Crimea. While the ongoing crisis in Ukraine has exposed the division between the country's pro-Western and pro-Russian populations, another divide is more clear-cut and arguably more imminently threatening: the divide between supporters and opponents of separatism in Crimea.
Date:
Friday 28th February 2014

IDD PGR podcast: Cultural Trauma, Youth and Class: Reflections on Fieldwork with Tibetan Refugee Youth

IDD PGR podcast: Cultural Trauma, Youth and Class: Reflections on Fieldwork with Tibetan Refugee Youth
Description
Speaker: James Connell, PhD researcher, International Development Department, University of Birmingham
Date:
Thursday 27th February 2014

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History

ICCS seminar series podcast: Strategy a History
Description
On the 24th February 2014 Sir Lawrence Freedman launched his latest book (Financial Times book of the year 2013) as part of our ICCS Seminar Series. This event took place in the Business School at the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 26th February 2014

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). It was just last Friday that the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych and three leaders of the parliamentary opposition – Vitaliy Klichko, Oleh Tyahnibok, and Arsenij Yatseniuk – signed an agreement on how to end the two-month crisis that has engulfed Ukraine. They did so as the protests turned increasingly violent, with up to 100 people killed in the days immediately before the agreement.
Date:
Wednesday 26th February 2014

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster

Podcast: Foucault, Sexuality, and Sustainable Development by Dr Emma Foster
Description
In this talk, Dr Foster applies the Foucauldian concepts of biopower and governance to ecology. She describes the rhetoric of the UN's sustainable development policy documents as both gender conservative and heteronormative. She shows how demography itself is a biopolitical instrument and and imagines how a queer approach to ecology might understand nature differently, and outside of the 'resources versus people' dichotomy.
Date:
Tuesday 25th February 2014

POLSIS European Studies workshop: Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis

POLSIS European Studies workshop: Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis
Description
On Tuesday 11 February the POLSIS European Studies Research Group hosted a day-long workshop titled, 'Broadening Approaches to the European Crisis: History, Theory, Responses'. The workshop aimed to bring together scholars currently working on the European/Eurozone crisis – based both within and outside of the University of Birmingham.
Date:
Monday 24th February 2014

IDD Launch New Module on Disability

IDD Launch New Module on Disability
Description
IDD launches new PG module in 'Disability and Development' on campus and via distance learning.
Date:
Friday 21st February 2014

Joint Birmingham-ULB Seminar on Political Parties in Post-Communist Europe

Joint Birmingham-ULB Seminar on Political Parties in Post-Communist Europe
Description
Two scholars from Birmingham, Dr Tim Haughton and Dr David White, travelled to Brussels to participate in the first seminar of a joint series with Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on 04 February 2014.
Date:
Friday 21st February 2014

INLOGOV briefing paper: Bridging the gap

INLOGOV briefing paper: Bridging the gap
Description
Bridging the gap: can demand management, behaviour change and coproduction improve outcomes and reduce costs in public services?. Lecture delivered at the University of Illinois at Chicago, October 2013. This paper focuses on public services in England.
Date:
Wednesday 19th February 2014

A gay rights mountain to climb?

A gay rights mountain to climb?
Description
On 29 June 2013, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, signed a law banning the 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' among people below the age of consent (18 years). For breaking the law, especially in the mass media or on the internet, individuals can be fined up to 1 million roubles. Foreign citizens can be detained for up to 15 days and deported back to their country, in addition to being fined up to 100,000 roubles.
Date:
Monday 17th February 2014

50 faces of CREES #51 - Liz Wyman (Nee Armitage) 1989-1994

50 faces of CREES #51 - Liz Wyman (Nee Armitage) 1989-1994
Description
I am one of a small group of CREES undergraduates. I studied for a BA in Russian and Russian Studies so my time in CREES was combined with language and literature in the Russian Department. I floated between the Ashley Building and the Muirhead Tower with just a few stop offs in the Mermaid Bar in between.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.

IGS podcast: "Wir sind das Volk": 1989 and East German Memorials.
Description
Anna Saunders (University of Bangor), '"Wir sind das Volk": The Dominance of 1989 in Memorialising the GDR'. Seminar co-hosted with the Department of Modern Languages (German Studies).
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives

IRiS Podcast: Struggles against subjection: the consequences of the criminalization of migration on migrants' everyday lives
Description
Speaker: Dr Agnieszka Kubal (University of Oxford). Migration, Citizenship and Diversity: Questioning the Boundaries Seminar Series.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia

CREES Podcast: Bribes that are Gifts? Theorising Informality from the ground up in Russia
Description
Speaker: Jeremy Morris (Centre for Modern Lanuages). Joint seminar by the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES) and the Centre for Modern Lanuages.
Date:
Thursday 13th February 2014

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Development Strategies and Theories - A Perspective from Tanzania
Description
Speaker: Dr Andrew Coulson, Institute of Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham.
Date:
Wednesday 12th February 2014

Student Report: Paula Stoleru, Internship at the Birmingham City Council (2013)

Student Report: Paula Stoleru, Internship at the Birmingham City Council (2013)
Description
I feel that any career in the public sector requires an understanding of the complexities hidden within every society. When I started the internship at the Birmingham City Council I realised I knew nothing about what makes Birmingham so unique although it had been two years since I first moved to this city.
Date:
Tuesday 11th February 2014

Student Report: Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)

Student Report: Sajidah Ali, Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course (2013)
Description
Over the summer, I undertook a three week Level 1 Ibn Jabal Arabic course, with the financial help of POLSIS. In a nutshell, the course redefined for me the meaning of the word intense.
Date:
Tuesday 11th February 2014

Student Report: Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)

Student Report: Anna Goodman, The Civitatis International Global Thinking Summer School (2013)
Description
This summer I was accepted on to a five day programme with the global policy think tank- Civitatis. The Global Thinking Summer School was aimed at future leaders, and was design to help prepare and equip us for a career in policy and politics. There were no more than 10 students per summer school and it was based in the centre of the City of London with one day on the 37th floor of One Canada Square in Canary Wharf (incredible views).
Date:
Tuesday 11th February 2014

Student Report: Charlie Winch, internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Student Report: Charlie Winch, internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)
Description
The IEA is the UK's original free-market thinktank and its mission statement is "to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems". Andrew Marr credited the institute with being "...undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history".
Date:
Tuesday 11th February 2014
Displaying 121 to 140 of 853
Previous 5 6 7 8 9 Next
 

Twitter

 

Search news

 

Recent blog posts

Blog: Predictably Unpredictable: The 2014 parliamentary elections in Slovenia

Blog: Predictably Unpredictable: The 2014 parliamentary elections in Slovenia
Description
Written by Dr Alenka Krašovec, University of Ljubljana and Dr Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham. Parliamentary elections and party politics in Slovenia are becoming predictable in their unpredictability. For the first two decades of the country's independence party politics was largely stable. True, in the second decade the once mighty force of Slovene politics, Liberal Democracy, saw its support drop, the Social Democrats emerged as a powerful force, but only really for one election in 2008, and there were a stream of new parties...
Date:
28/07/2014

Blog: From repression to co-production with citizens: Why we need behaviour change in healthcare

Blog: From repression to co-production with citizens: Why we need behaviour change in healthcare
Description
Written by Jörgen Tholstrup. What's the mission of health care? I've been working as a physician and gastroenterologist both in Denmark and Sweden for more than 30 years. Over time, I've become more and more puzzled about our healthcare system and how otherwise responsible human beings can tolerate the way that common behaviourial rules are suspended when you access healthcare.
Date:
21/07/2014

Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014

Blog: Masters students on Kenya study tour 2014
Description
Written by Freyja Oddsdottir. For the past couple of years, the IDD has organised a field research trip to assist IDD Masters students with the logistics of field research, which is an optional component of their MSc degree. Last year, the destination was Kerala in South India. In June this year, a group of 16 students travelled to Nairobi, Kenya, along with Dr Jonathan Fisher and Freyja Oddsdottir, where they stayed for three weeks to conduct field research for their dissertation.
Date:
21/07/2014

Blog: A view from Barnet's Chris Naylor: how the class of 2014 are responding to perma-austerity

Blog: A view from Barnet's Chris Naylor: how the class of 2014 are responding to perma-austerity
Description
Written by Chris Naylor. Two weeks ago I gave the lunchtime pep talk to a dozen young hopeful students each vying for a coveted place on Barnet's graduate programme. Furiously clever, ambitious for Barnet and public services more generally – I didn't envy those with the task of making a final selection. Like the alumni who have come through the Council's programme before them, many of whom a decade on, as senior managers, continue to make a profound contribution to the success of the borough, the Class of '14 will truly be the 21st Century Public Servants.
Date:
15/07/2014