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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.

Listen to our latest podcasts

Listen to our latest podcasts
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Listen to the latest podcasts from across the School of Government and Society. Podcasts include our Departmental termly seminar series, academic research and current affairs.
Date:
Friday 22nd November 2013

Students vote Birmingham as a top UK University for Politics

Students vote Birmingham as a top UK University for Politics
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POLSIS has been voted as one of the top departments in the country for studying Politics in the UK. The survey, carried out by Which? University Guide canvassed the views of over 16,000 students across the UK.
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy

POLSIS seminar series podcast: The Eurocrisis and Democratic Legitimacy
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The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speakers: Huw Macartney (POLSIS), David Bailey (POLSIS) and Greig Charnock (Manchester).
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

The Conversation: Hard Evidence: is it possible to forecast HS2's benefits?

The Conversation: Hard Evidence: is it possible to forecast HS2's benefits?
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Written by Rebecca O'Neill, INLOGOV PhD researcher. The recent publication of the government's strategic case for HS2 has added to mounting concerns about the strength and validity of evidence put forward to support the project. Previously, the business case report written by KPMG stated that the high-speed rail link could benefit the UK by £15 billion a year – a claim made just days before a critical vote in parliament that secured further funding.
Date:
Thursday 21st November 2013

Two PhD Studentships Available for CREES Students

Two PhD Studentships Available for CREES Students
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The Centre for Russian and East European Studies invite applications from high-quality applicants for PhD study funded by our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

50 faces of CREES #50 - Stefanie Harter (1993-1997)

50 faces of CREES #50 - Stefanie Harter (1993-1997)
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I arrived at CREES after studying economics in Dortmund and a Master's degree at SSEES in London. Being a German student of the 1980s, I was inspired by both the peace movement and Gorbachev's policy of konversiya. After four years of studying under the close supervision of Julian Cooper, I left with a PhD and an enthusiasm for Russian military aircraft.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

50 faces of CREES #49 - Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik (2004-2008)

50 faces of CREES #49 - Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik (2004-2008)
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I joined CREES in October 2004 to start my PhD on post-conflict Serbia. This was a very interesting time for the Western Balkan region and pursuing a research project on the topic at a place like CREES was very rewarding. PhD students received excellent supervision and research training, but above all we felt we were a part of a lively intellectual community.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

The Conversation: Recovery from the Arab Spring will take a generation or more

The Conversation: Recovery from the Arab Spring will take a generation or more
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Written by Professor Stefan Wolff. At a meeting at the Wall Street Journal this week, Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted that the United States' ability to exercise influence in the Middle East had significantly diminished over the course of the Arab Spring. He noted in particular that there are fewer and fewer good options left for dealing with the conflict in Syria.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

ESRC grant success for Birmingham

ESRC grant success for Birmingham
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We are delighted to announce that the University of Birmingham has risen to third in the UK with Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant success in terms of values of award according to the Times Higher statistics.
Date:
Wednesday 20th November 2013

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip

IDD Academic interviewed for Sky News on David Cameron's Sri Lanka trip
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On Saturday 16 November Dr Danielle Beswick, IDD Lecturer and Director of Research, was interviewed live on Sky News about UK Prime Minister David Cameron's trip to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). From 2010-12 Danielle undertook British Academy funded research into the politics of identity in post conflict Sri Lanka, delivering a briefing on this for a donor roundtable at the British High Commission in 2011.
Date:
Tuesday 19th November 2013

The Conversation: After a slow start, police commissioners hit their stride

The Conversation: After a slow start, police commissioners hit their stride
Description
The "plebgate" saga has once again raised questions about police integrity and dented public trust and confidence in policing more generally. Building such trust was, of course, one of the coalition government's arguments for introducing police and crime commissioners (PCCs). Elections for the first PCCs took place exactly a year ago and despite initial criticisms, they do appear to be making a difference.
Date:
Friday 15th November 2013

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice

POLSIS seminar series podcast: Tolstoy's Question: The Ecological Preconditions of Global Justice
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The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) Departmental Seminar. Speaker: Simon Caney (Oxford University); Discussant: Luis Cabrera (POLSIS) co-sponsored by Global Ethics.
Date:
Thursday 14th November 2013

50 faces of CREES #48 - Jeremy Smith

50 faces of CREES #48 - Jeremy Smith
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After taking an MA and PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London, I defected to the Midlands to teach Russian History at CREES in 1999. After taking over responsibility for first the Masters programme, and then the PhD programme at CREES, I grew increasingly envious of the students and ex-students (including many of my colleagues) who were able to include the fantastic Russian language programmes in their studies and hence reached a far better level of Russian than I have ever managed.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

The Conversation: Back towards the brink in Iraq as old tensions are renewed

The Conversation: Back towards the brink in Iraq as old tensions are renewed
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Written by Stefan Wolff. Things have not been going well in Iraq for a while. Sectarian violence is on the increase, having reached levels last seen in 2008. As a consequence, the government of Nouri al-Maliki is in dire straits. The same prime minister who negotiated a restrictive status-of-forces agreement with the United States in 2008, now comes begging to Washington for military aid and support.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

Economic and Social Research Council funding

Economic and Social Research Council funding
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We are able to offer 22 ESRC scholarships to fund postgraduate training and doctoral research, with both +3 (PhD) and 1+3 (Masters and PhD) funding available. A full ESRC scholarship comprises research fees, relevant bench fees, and an annual Research Council stipend (£13,726 in 2013/14). Applications for ESRC funding beginning in October 2014 are now being accepted.
Date:
Wednesday 13th November 2013

50 faces of CREES #47 - Kataryna Wolczuk (1993-2013)

50 faces of CREES #47 - Kataryna Wolczuk (1993-2013)
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Having spent the last 20 years at CREES, arriving there in 1993 to do a part-time M.Sc, I have witnessed people come and go, academic structures evolve, buildings go up, décor date and hairs grey. But one thing has endured: the relentless commitment of my colleagues, past and present, to this complex and still misunderstood part of the world.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

Tim Haughton Writes on the Czech Parliamentary Election for the Washington Post

Tim Haughton Writes on the Czech Parliamentary Election for the Washington Post
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CREES Director Tim Haughton (POLSIS) co-wrote an analysis of the Czech Elections for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog explaining the second electoral earthquake to hit the Czech Republic in three years.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

CREES involved in NATO Advanced Research Workshop

CREES involved in NATO Advanced Research Workshop
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Dr Derek Averre, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, co-organising a NATO-funded workshop 'Towards Common Perceptions of Emerging Security Challenges' with the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Europe.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

CREES academic delivers public lecture

CREES academic delivers public lecture
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Dr Derek Averre of CREES is to deliver a talk on Russia's foreign policy and its role in the Syria conflict to the Warwick District Branch of the UN Association.
Date:
Tuesday 12th November 2013

INLOGOV Postgraduate Taster Days

INLOGOV Postgraduate Taster Days
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12 December 2013 and 16 January 2014. Are you an individual planning to invest in your future with a postgraduate qualification? Or are you you an organisation planning to invest in building capacity within your organisation? If the answer is yes – then register for an INLOGOV Taster Day to find out more about what INLOGOV can offer you or your organisation.
Date:
Friday 8th November 2013
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