Research impact

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.

Current research projects across the School:

Governance for Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation (Dec 2016 - Nov 2017)

Description
The Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) programme has been funding research since 2007 and, as it prepares to close, it is funding a series of projects to synthesize findings and lessons from the projects it has funded over the years.

Nuclear Ethics and Global Security: Reforming the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime

Description
How far can an existing state-based international order be hospitable to the protection of individual and global security in a nuclear world? At a moment of profound crisis, uncertainty, and yet potential opportunity in the nuclear non-proliferation regime, this project will investigate possible paths for the reform and strengthening of the regime through an engagement with ethical and normative thinking in the fields of Philosophy and International Relations.

Understanding and managing intra-state territorial contestation: Iraq's disputed territories in comparative perspective (Jun 2015 - May 2018)

Description
The project will make a contribution to enhancing our knowledge and understanding of one of the most significant disputes in Iraq – the contestation of a large swathe of land known as the 'disputed territories' that lie to the south of the autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR) and that are administered by the Government of Iraq (GoI), with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) demanding their incorporation into the KR.

Comparative political theory of the Cold War (Sept 2015 – Jul 2018)

Description
This project intends to apply a new methodology for the study of political ideas in order to reread an event in contemporary history. The methodology is comparative political theory; the event is the Cold War. A view often expressed at present is that the Cold War 'is back', but this project suggests that the lessons of the original are still yet to be fully learned – the comparison in political ideas being the missing element.

The ideology of political reactionaries (Sept 2013 - Jul 2016)

Description
Reactionaries are a political breed still little understood. What do they share with the mainstream Right? Have they changed? Why are they still here? This project is trying to develop a more integrated theory of reactionary ideology than is currently on offer – in particular, by using an analytical perspective focussed on rhetoric.

More research projects throughout the school.


Latest news

Posted 04 November 2016

Academic visitor from Brazil in POLSIS

Professor Henrique Zeferino de Menezes, Head of the Department of International Relations at the Federal University of Paraiba, Brazil, is currently in POLSIS as a visiting fellow until January 2017.

Posted 01 November 2016

Festival of Social Science - Voices of Refuge: Connecting People through the Stories We Tell

This ESRC Festival of Social Science event on Friday 11 November 2016 – combining a screening of the film "The Bridge" by two refugee filmmakers in Calais with the presentation of a photography project about Calais and insights into the work of civil society initiatives and academics – will provide an opportunity to learn about and engage with different stories of migration and asylum that often remain untold in the media, but can help to emphasise what we have in common rather than what divides us.

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