The School of Government and Society brings together academic staff, research fellows and doctoral researchers across the Social Sciences. The School is one of the leading UK and international centres for Politics, International Relations, International Development, Sociology and European Studies.

A particularly strength of the School lies in the prominent international dimension of research expertise. Expertise across the School currently sit within our departments which include:

Journals edited throughout the School

The School is committed to excellent standards of academic research, policy work and related knowledge transfer activities. Staff members engage in high profile international research and policy and practice networks as well as delivering a range of taught masters and research degree programmes .

The combination of disciplinary strength and interdisciplinary effectiveness across the School allows colleagues to develop collaborative teaching and research projects, to generate research income and to further develop effective knowledge transfer activities.

The School has a number of staff whose reputation attests to their international esteem and impact in academia and among other research users. In addition, early career academics with considerable future potential for producing internationally excellent and world leading research have been actively recruited.

The Birmingham Brief - intelligent thought on policy issues

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu

The Israeli-Palestinian crisis: A distressing déjà vu
Written by Dr Asaf Siniver. The most depressing aspect of the current round of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, beyond the death toll and the human suffering, is the sheer predictability of this crisis. As far as contemporary armed conflicts go, few could match the intensity, inevitability and perpetuity of the ongoing struggle between the militant group Hamas and the Israeli government.
Thursday 17th July 2014

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Birmingham Perspective

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia

Lack of trust and tit-for-tat escalation brings Ukraine to the brink of all-out war with Russia
Written by Professor Stefan Wolff and Professor Tatyana Malyarenko (Professor of Public Administration at Donetsk State Management University). The renewed escalation of the Ukrainian crisis, following the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shows no sign of abating. Fighting in the east has continued both in and around the rebel stronghold of Donetsk and at the Russian-Ukrainian border where, according to reports, Russia has now started shelling Ukrainian military positions.
Tuesday 29th July 2014

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Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) latest research

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) aims to promote interdisciplinary research by combining expertise from across the breadth of the University to address major cross-cutting themes that are important, relevant and timely.

Saving Humans: Risk, Intervention, Survival

'Saving Humans' is an innovative and timely theme which consolidates existing University research agendas, provides opportunities for creating novel and exciting partnerships, transcends divides between arts, social sciences and natural sciences and, most importantly, addresses broader issues of social, political and moral concern for humanity’s future.
Theme Leaders: Professor Heather WiddowsProfessor Paul Jackson and Professor Nick Wheeler 

Highlighted research projects

Coastal Ecosystem Services for East Africa

This project draws on previous research experience, including from Swahili Seas, to find ways to increase the number of communities that can benefit from PES schemes and the range of ecosystems and ecosystem services that can be protected. A key concern in seeking to upscale pro-poor coastal PES schemes is the need to identify and understand potential barriers and supporting mechanisms within different levels of governance.

Networking for fisheries co-management on Lake Victoria, East Africa (June 2014 – May 2016)

This research will contribute to co-management theory and practice by investigating the personal networks of fisheries stakeholders to find out who, and what types of relationships, influence fishers' behaviour. Relationships to be investigated might include who is consulted to gain information on where to fish, to whom fishers turn to borrow money or find employment. Such relationships influence fisherfolk behaviour and, in turn, attitudes to and engagement with co-management.

OECD 2011 Ensuring Fragile States are Not Left Behind (Oct 2011 - Feb 2012)

The background to this Annual Report (since 2005) is increasing concern about the implications for international stability and development progress resulting from state fragility and the growing recognition that aid is one of many elements in the international effort in fragile states and that there are important linkages between activities that can and cannot be counted as ODA eligible.

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The School enjoys close links with College of Social Science Research Centres, the Advanced Social Science Collaborative (ASSC) and the University’s Graduate School. Research across the School is supported by the College Research Support Office Finance and Marketing.