Research

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The School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham is committed to the delivery of world-class research in political science and international studies. Established in 2008, the School comprises three Departments: Politics and International Studies (POLSIS); International Development (IDD) and Local Government Studies (INLOGOV).

A series of broad research themes underpin the research activities of the School.

Governance and the State
International Politics and Security Studies
Social and Political Theory
Comparative political systems and public policy

Current research projects across the School:

Coastal Ecosystem Services for East Africa

Coastal Ecosystem Services for East Africa
Description
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)

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

The Future of American Power (Jan 2013 - Dec 2014)

The Future of American Power (Jan 2013 - Dec 2014)
Description
This is an ESRC Seminar Series running in 2013-14, with the aim of bringing together scholars of internationally-leading calibre from the United States and the UK for five all-day events to discuss the nature, causes and consequences of changes in the United States' dominance in the international distribution of power.

The Western Framing of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Factor in Resolving the Conflict, or in its Perpetuation? (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015)

The Western Framing of the Armenia-Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: A Factor in Resolving the Conflict, or in its Perpetuation? (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015)
Description
The project seeks to provide new first-hand data and insightful analysis into the process by which the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has been framed through a comparative study of major existing British, American and EU political documents, English-language academic and journalistic works on the conflict, as well as through interviewing relevant EU and other Western policy-makers, British and other Western academics and journalists.

Enhancing Strategic Analytical Capabilities in NATO Partner Countries (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)

Enhancing Strategic Analytical Capabilities in NATO Partner Countries (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)
Description
The aim of this project is to contribute to building truly interactive and meaningful collaboration between academics from NATO and EU member states and partner countries in the Western Balkans and EaP area and to disseminate knowledge and understanding of current and new threats in these countries by promoting independent and critical thinking from an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

More research projects throughout the school

Latest research news

The Conversation: Scotland vote appears to be defying usual referendum swing

The Conversation: Scotland vote appears to be defying usual referendum swing
Description
Written by Chris Game. It seems Scottish voters are warming to the whole independence idea, then – bucking the trend that the experts have been telling us for months they're almost bound to follow.
Date:
Monday 15th September 2014

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare

Podcast: The Security Impact of Drone Warfare
Description
From counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, to Amazon delivery services, the use (and ownership) of drone technology has major implications for domestic and international security. But what are the legal and ethical implications of this technology, and can drones ever be fully autonomous? Join leading experts for a topical and timely debate on the civilian and military use of drones.
Date:
Thursday 11th September 2014

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15

POLSIS Seminar Series 2014-15
Description
POLSIS hosts a number of seminars throughout the year which focuses on a number of different topics. Listen to the latest podcasts from our recent events.
Date:
Wednesday 10th September 2014

More research news throughout the School of Government and Society.

Departmental research:

International Development Department (IDD)

Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

Research centres:

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Institute for German Studies (IGS)

GSDRC