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Keep up to date with the latest news and events from around the department and the wide-ranging projects our staff and students get involved with. More news throughout the School of Government and Society.

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African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you think

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Nic Cheeseman writes for The Conversation: There are three important ways in which democratic rules constrain African leaders.
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Tuesday 17th April 2018

The fundraising dilemma: raising money but depressing hope?

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David Hudson, Jennifer vanHeerde-Hudson and Paolo Morini write for DevCommsLab: Humanitarian campaigns have long been criticized for the tendency to use negative, degrading and disempowering imagery.
Date:
Tuesday 17th April 2018

College of Social Sciences academic awarded prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Raquel Da Silva has been awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work: Torn between the West and ISIS: the interplay between narratives of intervention and statebuilding and the life stories of former foreign fighters
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Monday 9th April 2018

Insurgency and Ivory: The Geography of Armed Conflict and Elephant Poaching in Africa

Insurgency and Ivory: The Geography of Armed Conflict and Elephant Poaching in Africa
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How do armed conflicts influence crime? While previous studies have identified a mutually reinforcing "cycle" between armed conflict and crime, our knowledge about the precise conditions under which rebellion shapes criminal behaviour during conflict remains limited.
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Friday 23rd March 2018

Reviewing the Evidence on the Integration of Politics into Development Practice

Reviewing the Evidence on the Integration of Politics into Development Practice
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At this seminar event, the author, Ed Laws, presented the main findings of the report.
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Thursday 15th March 2018

Scholarship opportunity Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc in Governance and State-building

Scholarship opportunity Mo Ibrahim Foundation MSc in Governance and State-building
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Two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships available for MSc study, deadline 31 March 2018.
Date:
Friday 9th March 2018

Congratulations to IDD staff on School Research Prizes

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IDD staff received awards for policy advancement and outstanding early-career researchers.
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Thursday 8th March 2018

Scholarship opportunities available for MSc applicants from Commonwealth countries

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Two Commonwealth Shared Scholarships available for MSc study, deadline 31 March 2018.
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Monday 5th March 2018

Webinar: Public Management and Leadership Executive Apprenticeship

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Our Executive Apprenticeship programme leads, Dr Stephen Jeffares and Dr Louise Reardon, will be hosting a webinar to explain more about how your organisation could benefit from INLOGOV's new Executive Apprenticeship.
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Friday 23rd February 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Applying the Aid Effectiveness Principles: Experiences from Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Applying the Aid Effectiveness Principles: Experiences from Mali, Ghana and Ethiopia
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Case study presented by Dr Caroline Upton, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester
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Friday 23rd February 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Conserving natures? Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) as innovation in Mongolian Rangelands

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Conserving natures? Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) as innovation in Mongolian Rangelands
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Case study presented by Dr Caroline Upton, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leicester
Date:
Friday 23rd February 2018

Natural Resource Governance Policy Brief

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Read the latest policy brief by Fiona Nunan and Mary Menton on how renewable natural resources can be effectively governed, delivering on equity and sustainability.
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Thursday 8th February 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis
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Matteo presented his most recent book published with Oxford University Press: "Taken for a Ride: Grounding Neoliberalism, Precarious Labour, and Public Transport in an African Metropolis".
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Monday 15th January 2018

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas

IDD Guest seminar podcast: Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas
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Dr Alice Evans, Lecturer in International Development at King's College London researches inequality, social change and global production networks. Using ethnographic research from Latin America, her talk on "Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas" explores how social mobilisation can catalyse greater government commitment to socially inclusive economic growth.
Date:
Thursday 21st December 2017

Are reparations transforming Colombian women's lives?

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With a change of approach, reparations could reinforce a long-term process of gendered citizenship-building instead of treating women as dependent and unequal victims, writes Sane Weber for LSE blog.
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Monday 18th December 2017

A year of illusions: five things we learnt about democracy in Africa in 2017

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Professor of Democracy and International Development Nic Cheeseman in The Conversation: The past 12 months provided further evidence of the danger of democratic backsliding in Africa. But it also saw powerful presidents suffer embarrassing setbacks in a number of countries.
Date:
Wednesday 13th December 2017

A close up look at the social networks of Lake Victoria's fisherfolk

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Director of International Development Fiona Nunan in The Conversation: Social ties between Lake Victoria's fisherfolk are critical for gaining access to credit, employment, maintaining reliable and skilled labour and access to markets.
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Tuesday 28th November 2017

Lungu tries to have his cake and eat it: a state of emergency in all but name

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. Zambia's president is securing powers to consolidate his political control while generating 'plausible deniability' to whether or not he has fatally undermined democracy.
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Tuesday 11th July 2017

Students and staff win awards at the University Graduate School Awards 2017

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Doctoral research students in IDD and POLSIS win awards at the recent University Graduate School Awards while Dr Adam Quinn wins the award for Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision, College of Social Sciences.
Date:
Tuesday 11th July 2017

Zambia slides towards authoritarianism as IMF props up government

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Written by Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy, University of Birmingham. The IMF's decision to go ahead with a bailout package for Zambia, despite the government's democratic failings, could embolden the president to pursue an authoritarian strategy.
Date:
Monday 19th June 2017
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