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).

Latest research projects

Programme Leader, Sustainable Development programme (Mar 2017 - Aug 2018)

The Sustainable Development Programme is a series of major research projects that will further sustainable development and work to eliminate poverty. The programme forms part of the Government's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion (Jan 2016 - Jan 2018)

This project – The Political Economy of Democracy Promotion Project – aims to improve our understanding of when, and how, democracy promotion works. It is a collaboration between the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD).

The Politics of Forced Migration in the Mediterranean: Interstate Bargaining and Issue-Linkage in Greece and Jordan (April 2017 - Sept 2018)

This 18-month long project aims to understand how post-2011 forced displacement has affected the behavior of two key states in the region towards international actors.

Migration Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean - Inter-State Politics of Population Mobility in the Middle East (April 2017 - March 2018)

This yearlong project investigates how migratory flows across national borders have affected states' diplomatic interaction.

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Latest news

Posted 26 May 2017

The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?

Written by Professor David Hastings Dunn, Professor in International Politics. "With this level of activity questions need to be asked whether enough is being done to resource the Police and Intelligence Agencies for the considerable challenge that they face. This is true not just in tracking the potential perpetrators of actual plots but also in educating the public and potential family members in what to look for in a radicalized and alienated individual."

Posted 25 May 2017

May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?

Written by Professor David Cutts, Professor of Political Science. "The result could be a double-whammy blow to the Conservatives: losses to the Liberal Democrats and Labour hanging on to more marginal seats than was widely expected. So it will be interesting to see whether the consequences of May's social care u-turn will be reflected not only in increasing support for Labour but also for the Liberal Democrats."

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Posted 16 May 2017

Power Transition in the Asia-Pacific: managing perceptions and trust in the 'Grey Zone'

The Asia Research Group and The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham hosted a workshop (Wednesday 10 May 2017) to examine recent efforts by key Asia-Pacific actors to shape perceptions using multiple instruments of national power, in what has been called the "Grey Zone" between peace and war.

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