Past debates and perspectives
Read the debates and perspectives:
- Could our Christmas “sparkle” be harming our health and that of the planet?
Professor Iseult Lynch, Dr Holly Nel and Professor Dr Stefan Krause (17 December 2019)
- Alone but not lonely: How to support yourself and others this Christmas
Mary Quinton (17 December 2019)
- Cybersecurity and the UK Election: How Current Cyber Laws are Making the UK Less Safe
Dr John Child (05 December 2019)
- Why do we like Christmas adverts so much? Figurative Tropes in the Excitable Edgar Video
Professor Jeanette Littlemore, Paula Perez Sobrino and Samantha Ford (04 December 2019)
- Captive cash: Why promised mental health funding needs to reach further
Dr Sarah Carr (25 November 2019)
- Promise treescapes, not trees
Professor Rob Mackenzie (21 November 2019)
- Is vaping safe?
Dr Simon Cotton (15 November 2019)
- Anti-bullying week: Social Media and the upcoming General Election
Laura Bliss (14 November 2019)
- What could Brexit mean for our access to medicines?
Dr Anthony Cox (29 October 2019)
- It could have been worse for Justin Trudeau
Dr Steve Hewitt (22 October 2019)
- At the time of going to press...
Dr Matt Cole (18 October 2019)
- Euphemism and Fertility
Professor Jeannette Littlemore and Dr Jackson Kirkman-Brown (9 October 2019)
- Gender Sensitive Parliaments
Dr Meghan Campbell (27 September 2019)
- No Deal Brexit and UK Manufacturing
Professor David Bailey (18 September 2019)
- Peaky Blinders: a gritty brand for Birmingham?
Jemma Saunders and Finola Kerrigan (22 August 2019)
- Boris Johnson, David Lloyd George and Charles I: the lessons of history
Dr Matt Cole (08 August 2019)
- Reflections on the 100th Anniversary of the Addison Act: Housing as a Social or Economic Asset
Professor John Bryson (01 August 2019)
- Is it normal to believe you have been abducted by aliens?
Dr Ema Sullivan-Bissett (24 July 2019)
- Netflix: The New Outlet for US Progressive Politics?
Charlie Avery (18 July 2019)
- The undiplomatic signals of diplomacy
Professor David Dunn (11 July 2019)
- If I had been born Henry, not Mary, my life would have been very different
Cai Lyons (04 July 2019)
- Turkey's Erdogan Tries to Bury Defeat in Istanbul Election - But Can He?
Professor Scott Lucas (26 June 2019)
- We Refugees
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge (19 June 2019)
- Industry 4.0 and what to expect for industrial policy
Professor David Bailey and Professor Lisa De Propis (12 June 2019)
- 'Forged by Fire': burns injury and identity in Britain, 1800-2000
Professor Jonathan Reinarz (05 June 2019)
- Migrants and the Making of Modern Birmingham
Jon Bloom (29 May 2019)
- US-Iran conflict is heating up, but Trump and his team are not in sync
Dr Adam Quinn (23 May 2019)
- Can Animal Assisted Therapies Help to Tackle Issues of Wellbeing and Mental Health?
Alison Broad (16 May 2019)
- Fighting for democratic rights: what can we learn from 1989 in 2019?
Professor Sara Jones (09 May 2019)
- A Generational Step-Change? The Rail Delivery Group's Proposals for a New Railway
Dr Luke Butler (03 May 2019)
- ‘Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder’: Game of Thrones and dysfunctional politics
Professor Paul Jackson (18 April 2019)
- Game of Thrones: A Song of Damaging Masculinity
Louise Coopey (11 April 2019)
- Indian Elections: Unravelling the biggest festival of democracy
Professor Robin Mason and Dipankar Chakraborty (09 April 2019)
- Over to you Jeremy
Dr Matt Cole (04 April 2019)
- Fake news a dental education perspective
Professor Damien Walmsley and Marco Antonio Dias da Silva (27 March 2019)
- Start talking to strangers
Professor Sylvie Delacroix (21 March 2019)
- Let’s give space to experimentation and temporary urbanism to allow struggling towns to thrive again.
Dr Lauren Andres (15 March 2019)
- Just how much pain and suffering was experienced in later prehistoric human sacrifice?
Professor Henry Chapman (06 March 2019)
- Enhancing the Civic Role of UK Universities
Professor Simon Collinson (28 February 2019)
- “She’s Not Likeable”: Shamima Begum, Sex Stereotypes, and the Scourge of Emotionalism in Public Discourse
Professor Lisa Downing (25 February 2019)
- Lessons to learn from the SDP for the Independents
Dr Matt Cole (20 February 2019)
- Ovarian cancer: Why identifying new approaches and challenging current treatment strategies is crucial to improving survival rates
Professor Sean Kehoe (14 February 2019)
- Insuring the Peace: the Brexit Backstop
Dr Ben Warwick (05 February 2019)
- Alien Footprints: Lessons from Antarctica
Jesamine Bartlett (30 January 2019)
- "What We Have Is Going to Be Gone": How Trump Shutdown Is Affecting Millions of Americans
Professor Scott Lucas (24 January 2019)
- Controlling Climate Change
Emeritus Professor Richard P Tuckett (17 January 2019)
- Two New Year's stabbings and an urgent lesson in how to react to terrorism
Dr Steve Hewitt (07 January 2019)
- Sikh Ethnic Tick Box for the UK 2021 Census – ONS assesses evidence and says ‘No’
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal (01 January 2019)
- The banned Iceland ad: to be political or not to be?
Dr Delphine Gibassier (17 December 2018)
- UKIP: how the party is battling to stay relevant
Dr Alex Oaten (12 December 2018)
- Testimony after the Survivors: Schindler's List about the Holocaust
Professor Sara Jones (11 December 2018)
- Tensions at Sea: what do Russia's actions against Ukraine tell us about the 'new' world order
Professor Kataryna Wolczuk (04 December 2018)
- Never mind Brexit - The Germans love you
Dr Katherina Karcher (26 November 2018)
- Theresa May’s dog-whistle rhetoric on EU citizens jumping the queue – and its effect on my four-year-old.
Dr Nando Sigona(21 November 2018)
- Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit
Professor Tom Marshall and Dr Dana Sumilo (15 November 2018)
- US mid-term results: six key issues and what they mean for the country's uncertain future
Professor Scott Lucas (07 November 2018)
- War mothers as peace builders
Dr Emma West (01 November 2018)
- Disagreement about the Economic Impact of Brexit and Implications for British economy
Dr Pei Kuang (29 October 2018)
- Terrorism by the State is still Terrorism
Dr Steve Hewitt (25 October 2018)
- Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
Professor Janine Natalya Clark (22 October 2018)
- The creation of Czechoslovakia and its identity politics
Dr Marta Filipová (18 October 2018)
- Project PERFECT meets Out of Blue: Changing perceptions of mental health difficulties
Professor Lisa Bortolotti (10 October 2018)
- Age, elite performance in sport and the longevity of Tiger Woods
Dr Martin Toms (05 October 2018)
- The future of work during an era of disruptive process and technological change:Reflections on a debate held at the University of Birmingham Dubai
Professor Jon Bryson (02 October 2018)
- What might a post-Wonga world look like?
Professor Karen Rowlingson (25 September 2018)
- How virtual reality could help train GPs to spot signs of child abuse
Professor Sylvia Delacroix (20 September 2018)
- Explaining Basra’s unrest — from polluted water to a cry against Iraq’s elites and Iran
Balsam Mustafa (13 September 2018)
- Speaking Up in Health Care: The Canary in the Mine?
Professor Russell Mannion (06 September 2018)
- The impact of Brexit on the NHS
Professor Jean V. McHale (03 September 2018)
- HMP Birmingham – the challenge of privatisation within a struggling prison system
Dr Anna Kotova (30 August 2018)
- Trump, Cohen, and a "Criminal Violation" of US Law
Professor Scott Lucas (23 August 2018)
- Busting the myths of Clearing
Cathy Gilbert (15 August 2018)
- Brexit and the Art of the Deal
Professor Anthony Arnull and Professor Scott Lucas (09 August 2018)
- Sikh ethnic tick box in the 2021 Census and a question about research and methodology?
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal (02 August 2018)
- 'Achieving closure?' What happens to older people when care homes close?
Professor Jon Glasby (26 July 2018)
- Trumpian Diplomacy and UK-US Relations
Professor David Dunn (20 July 2018)
- (Mis?) Remembering Madiba: The Contested Legacy of Nelson Mandela
Dr Jonathan Fisher (18 July 2018)
- Overcoming the ‘wicked problem’ of Brexit
Dr Jamie Gaskarth (13 July 2018)
- Education in the second 80 years of Birmingham Medical School
Dr John Curnow (12 July 2018)
- The NHS: Life begins at 70?
Professor Martin Powell (05 July 2018)
- Vitamin D supplementation in the United Kingdom: time for change
Dr Wolfgang Hogler and Dr Suma Uday (27 June 2018)
- Cold War History: The Berlin Blockade and Airlift
Dr Armin Grunbacher (22 June 2018)
- Returning Foreign Fighters – what are the ethical and practical responsibilities?
Dr Katherine E Brown (21 June 2018)
- Why we fund social care differently to the NHS and why there is a need for a change
Professor Jon Glasby (19 June 2018)
- A new funding deal for the NHS: are we (and the NHS) ready to grasp the nettle?
Professor Judith Smith (18 June 2018)
- Twenty-five years since Jurassic Park – A look at the digital (r)evolution in palaeontology
Dr Stephan Lautenschlager (13 June 2018)
- The impact of international volunteering on the Conservative Party and its members (2007-17)
Dr Danielle Beswick and Dr Mattias Hjort (07 June 2018)
- Women’s Empowerment in the Global South - Multinational Corporations Doing the Right Thing?
Dr Laura McCarthy (24 May 2018)
- Youth mental health and early intervention
Professor Matthew Broome (17 May 2018)
- 'One size fits all' approach to mental health doesn't work for BAME communities
Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal and Jasvir Singh OBE (17 May 2018)
- Do insects get sick? - Emerging infectious diseases in bees and hover flies
Dr Scott Hayward (09 May 2018)
- Luke, Obi-Wan, US Foreign Policy: Thoughts on Star Wars Day
Professor Scott Lucas (03 May 2018)
- An Unlikely Bestseller: The Little Prince at 75 years
Professor Helen Abbott (01 May 2018)
- Is it all about control? A behavioural science perspective on AI and the future of the labour market
Professor Ganna Pogrebna (26 April 2018)
- Windrush generation is not alone – children of EU-born citizens could be next
Dr Nando Sigona (19 April 2018)
- Knife crime and murder in London: imagining solutions beyond policing
Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay (12 April 2018)
- Why the unfolding story of Cambridge Analytica matters
Professor Scott Lucas (05 April 2018)
- Struggling workforce as EU Doctors consider leaving NHS: what Brexit means for our healthcare system
Professor Mark Exworthy (29 March 2018)
- The Russian Presidential Elections: why ‘winning big’ was important for the Putin regime
Dr David White (22 March 2018)
- The Spring Statement: 2018 reactions
Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Professor John Bryson, Professor John Fender (14 March 2018)
- The Italian election of 2018: what we know so far about who could form a government
Dr Daniele Albertazzi (09 March 2018)
- The Oscars: 90 years on, where are all the women?
Dr Finola Kerrigan (2 March 2018)
- Black Panther, More Than Just a Superhero Movie
Dr Finola Kerrigan (22 February 2018)
- Waterhouse and the Nymphs
Professor John Holmes (22 February 2018)
- Is there a future for gay villages?
Dr Phil Jones (15 February 2018)
- Angela Merkel and the German coalition talks – is it really a crisis?
Dr Charlotte Galpin (12 February 2018)
- Defence: Another case of “Trying to have your cake and eat it”
Professor David Dunn (02 February 2018)
- Trump as a performance artist
Professor Scott Lucas, Anoushka Raval (26 January 2018)
- Aussie flu: how do we know if we have it or just a bad cold?
Professor Robin May (18 January 2018)
- New Year New You?
Professor Heather Widdows (04 January 2018)
- Why we still believe in Christmas miracles - according to philosophy
Professor Yujin Nagasawa (21 December 2017)
- Bold academic decisions are required to support survival and transformation of social care sector
Alex Fox (14 December 2017)
- Bah Humbug! - Was Christmas invented in Birmingham?
Professor Michaela Mahlberg (07 December 2017)
- Blue Planet: The Midlands under water 100 million years ago
Professor Richard Butler (30 November 2017)
- The Autumn Statement 2017: Reactions and Analysis
Professor Judith Smith, Professor David Mullins, Professor Andrew Lymer, Professor Simon Collinson, Dr Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, Professor John Fender, Professor Kimberley Scharf (23 November 2017)
- Media misunderstandings and British Sign Language
Dr Adam Schembri (16 November 2017)
- What is sovereignty and what does it means to Birmingham?
Dr George Kris (09 November 2017)
- Who's afraid of the big bad wolf? Werewolves (and us)
Dr Eleanor Dobson (31 October 2017)
- A Beginner's Guide: Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Surge for Kirkuk
Balsam Mustafa (26 October 2017)
- Is loneliness a pathology?
Valeria Motta, Professor Lisa Bortolotti (20 October 2017)
- Who's that vagrant? Using life stories to understand the history of homelessness
Professor Nicholas Crowson (12 October 2017)
- Gravitational waves are revolutionising how we view the Universe
Dr Christopher P L Berry (05 October 2017)
- Trump has shown he can do deals with Democrats. But neither party can trust him
Dr Adam Quinn (28 September 2017)
- Warmongering over Korea
Dr Tsering Topgyal (21 September 2017)
- Recovery, escape and consolation: remembering Roald Dahl’s work on his 101st Birthday
Dr Philippa Semper (13 September 2017)
- Donald Trump and the language of populism
Professor Susan Hunston (31 August 2017)
- A new window on the universe
Professor Ilya Mandel (24 August 2017)
- Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
Professor Nic Cheeseman (18 August 2017)
- Why do we still bother with William Shakespeare?
Professor Ewan Fernie (10 August 2017)
- Passchendaele: why was it fought and why did it fail?
Dr Jonathan Boff (02 August 2017)
- Good Girls VS Bad Girls: exploring the representations of female sexuality on ITV's Love Island
Amelia Morris (27 July 2017)
- On the anniversary of Jane Austen’s death
Dr Louise Curran (20 July 2017)
- The forgotten history of Beijing's first Forbidden City
Jonathan Dugdale (13 July 2017)
- Deal or no deal: Why Brexit makes learning German more important than ever
Dr Nicholas Martin (06 July 2017)
- One-and-a-half-cheers for Canada at 150
Dr Steve Hewitt (29 June 2017)
- The Queen's Speech 2017
Dr Matthew Francis (22 June 2017)
- Prospects for the UK economy in the aftermath of the 2017 General Election
Professor John Fender (16 June 2017)
- General Election 2017: Reactions
Professor Catherine Needham, Dr Matt Cole, Professor David Dunn, Dr Siddatha Bandyopadhyay (9 June 2017)
- Thoughts on the 2017 General Election
Professor David Cutts (7 June 2017)
- Populists are not taking over Europe, but neither are they on the way out
Dr Daniele Albertazzi (1 June 2017)
- The Manchester attack: what do the security measures mean for the UK moving forward?
Professor David Hastings Dunn (25 May 2017)
- May's Mid-Campaign Wobble or Something More Serious?
Professor David Cutts (22 May 2017)
- BAFTA TV awards: Gauging the cultural climate
Dr Richard Langley (16 May 2017)
- 'Strong and Stable' versus 'for the Many not the Few'
Professor David Cutts (16 May 2017)
- Taking a look at the new West Midlands Mayor
Professor Catherine Staite and Dr Matt Cole (8 May 2017)
- Why appetite for celebrating Shakespeare is still not sated
Professor Michael Dobson (27 April 2017)
- Easter eggs and the hollowness of religious illiteracy
Professor Francis Davis (20 April 2017)
- Why the image of a woman smiling at the EDL went viral
Dr Amanda Conroy (12 April 2017)
- Does the European ruling on religious clothing suggest a move towards a more Islamophobic stance?
Dr Chris Allen (6 April 2017)
- The Great Repeal Bill could prove costly
Professor Robert Lee (29 March 2017)
- Terror in London: It’s about containment and not curtailment
Dr Steve Hewitt (23 March 2017)
- The Cyber Threat to the United Kingdom: Reality Check
Gavin E L Hall, Doctoral Researcher (16 March 2017)
- The Spring Budget: 2017 Reactions
Professor Judith Smith, Catherine Needham, Professor John Bryson (8 March 2017)
- The Spring Budget: 2017 Predictions
Professor John Fender, Professor Andrew Lymer, Dr Pamela Robinson, Catherine Needham, Professor John Bryson (7 March 2017)
- What is an elected mayor and why vote for one?
Professor Catherine Staite (27 February 2017)
- Does La La Land rethink the Hollywood Musical?
Dr James Walters (23 February 2017)
- Girl Power? Trump, resistance and the dangers of "empowerment"
Amelia Morris (16 February 2017)
- Healthcare technology at Birmingham
Professor Liam Grover (13 February 2017)
- Time for a new paradigm in mental health?
Professor Paul Burstow (10 February 2017)
- Trump's Immigration Ban: A Legacy of Securitised Immigration Rhetoric?
Professor Fiona de Londras (9 February 2017)
- Talking Trump: Literally Speaking
Professor Susan Hunston (2 February 2017)
- Post-Brexit? What defines an outstanding Modern Industrial Strategy for a Great Global Trading Nation?
Professor John Bryson (26 January 2017)
- Does burnt food give you cancer?
Dr Simon Cotton (23 January 2017)
- Will Trump reach out?
Dr Adam Quinn (19 January 2017)
- Small drones and the use of chemical weapons as a terrorist threat
Professor David Hastings Dunn (12 January 2017)
- Through the revolving door: From corporate leadership to politics, and back again
Dr Scott Taylor (5 January 2017)
- Christianity, Megachurches and the response to Homelessness
Dr Andrew Davies (22 December 2016)
- Six films that shaped the way we view Christmas
Dr James Walters, Dr Andew Watts, Professor Rob Stone, Dr Kate Ince, Dr Michele Aaron, Dr Richard Langley (20 December 2016)
- Christmas on film: Lessons from Bedford Falls
Dr James Walters (15 December 2016)
- Medication under the spotlight
Professor David Hodson (9 December 2016)
- My Enemy’s Enemy: The challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Dr Andrew Lovering (2 December 2016)
- Autumn Statement 2016: Reactions and Perspectives
Dr Pat Hanlon, Dr Pamela Robinson, Professor John Fender, Professor Andy Lymer, Professor Karen Rowlingson, Professor John Bryson, Professor Nick Green, Dr Scott Taylor (24 November 2016)
- Autumn Statement 2016: Predictions and Perspectives
Dr Pat Hanlon, Dr Pamela Robinson, Professor Andy Lymer, Professor Karen Rowlingson, Professor John Bryson, Professor Judith Smith, Professor Nick Green, Dr Scott Taylor (23 November 2016)
- So, parliament gets a pre-Brexit vote – but what will it be voting on?
Professor Fiona de Londras (7 November 2016)
- Brexpats: How will Brexit Impact Older British Citizens in Spain?
Dr Kelly Hall (4 November 2016)
- A storm in a glass of water?
Professor Anthony Arnull (1 November 2016)
- Less is more? Examining attempts to tackle overuse in health care
Iestyn Williams (28 October 2016)
- Cooperation and shared optimism could help overcome challenges of reclaiming Islamic State’s last urban stronghold
Balsam Mustafa (24 October 2016)
- Referendums: the pros and cons
Dr Adam Quinn (14 October 2016)
- A New Paradigm for Mental Health
Ben Costello (10 October 2016)
- Extracting the UK from EU law: The “Great Repeal Bill”
Professor Martin Trybus (7 October 2016)
- Therapeutic Use Exemptions – Legalised Doping or Medical Necessity?
Dr Ian Boardley (30 September 2016)
- Hinkley Point: For a prosperous, low-carbon future, the stakes could not be higher
Professor Martin Freer (14 September 2016)
- From U-turn to U-turn: did pro-Brexit politicians mislead the British public?
Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis (30 August 2016)
- Why the happiest volunteers are those over the age of 40
Professor John Mohan (12 August 2016)
- Is this Shakespeare I see quoted before me?
Professor Susan Hunston (5 August 2016)
- Translating Shakespeare and its popularity in Japan
Professor Hiromi Fuyuki (29 July 2016)
- How Turkey's President used social media to save himself
Professor Scott Lucas (22 July 2016)
- From the Home Office to Number 10: Theresa May and the challenges ahead
Dr Matthew Francis (13 July 2016)
- Andrea Leadsom: caught out by context
Professor Susan Hunston (12 July 2016)
- From Iraq to Brexit: Failing to learn the lessons
Professor David Dunn (8 July 2016)
- The Chilcot Report: Lessons to be learnt
Dr Jamie Gaskarth (8 July 2016)
- Lapworth reopening will allow generations to discover the magic of the natural world
Dr Richard Butler (30 June 2016)
- Referendum Reactions
Professor Jenny Philimore, Dr Tim Haughton, Professor Fiona de Londras, Dr Huw Macartney, Professor Scott Lucas, Catherine Needham, Professor Anthony Arnull, Dr Sotirios Zartaloudis, Professor David Dunn (24 June 2016)
- The NHS and Brexit
Professor Mark Exworthy (16 June 2016)
- The debate that divides: The UK and EU membership
Professor David Dunn (10 June 2016)
- Macbeth is Alive
Professor Ewan Fernie (27 May 2016)
- The UK’s chance to lead by example on drones and targeted killing
George May (20 May 2016)
- Breaking down barriers and shattering stereotypes through the art of story-telling
Dr Ruth Gilligan (6 May 2016)
- Why Shakespeare wasn't popular with everyone
Dr Chris Laoutaris (25 April 2016)
- Shakespeare, not the national poet
Professor Michael Dobson (18 April 2016)
- Autism Awareness or Acceptance: What Difference Does it Make?
Becky Wood (7 April 2016)
- Lost in the world: the young people shunted around a global asylum system
Dr Nando Sigona (11 March 2016)
- A new paradigm for mental health
Professor Paul Burstow (8 March 2016)
- Learning Disability – Making Lives Matter
Catherine Needham (26 February 2016)
- Resistance is futile: using maths to fight bacteria
Dr Paul Roberts (15 February 2016)
- The collapse of Kids Company – a settling of accounts
Rob Macmillan (9 February 2016)
- Is the UK vulnerable to emerging viruses?
Elizabeth Benedikz and Colin Howard (5 February 2016)
- Is it a shock result for the Iowa Republican Caucuses?
Professor Scott Lucas (2 February 2016)
- Cyber-security: Does the UK government’s approach make sense?
Conor McKenna (26 January 2016)
- 1960’s Varna Road: A photographic memoir of ‘the wickedest road in Britain’
Professor Matthew Hilton (22 January 2016)
- Has the international community and Iran reached a turning point in their relationship?
Professor Scott Lucas (18 January 2016)
- Remembering Bowie the artist and his contribution to postmodernism
Professor Matthew Rampley (12 January 2016)
- The enduring legacy of Twelfth Night
Professor Michael Dobson (4 January 2016)