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

CREST: Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (Oct 2015 - Oct 2018)

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) is a national hub for understanding, countering and mitigating security threats. CREST brings together the UK's foremost expertise in understanding the psychological and social drivers of the threat, the skills and technologies that enable its effective investigation, and the protective security measures that help counter the threat in the first place.

Global Crises and What it Means to be German (Jan 2017 - Dec 2017)

Global Crises will bring together the research completed during three previous DAAD-funded IGS research projects - Zeitgeist (2011-2012), Worldviews (2013-2014) and (Not) Made in Germany (2015-2016) - in order to explore the intersections between these different areas of work. The core foci of the three projects – what it means to be German today, how the German past influences contemporary politics, and how images of Germany are constructed from the outside – are considered alongside one another in order to develop a better understanding of how past, present, the national and the international interact in the construction of German identity in the twenty-first century. The research is structured around three key strands: 1) a panel discussion and workshop on German perceptions of the 'Brexit' referendum; 2) continuing professional development days for A-Level teachers of German; and 3) an international symposium around the theme of 'Global Crises and What it Means to be German'.

Smart Urban Intermediaries: Trans-European research, learning, and action Project (Apr 2017 - Oct 2019)

The project will seek to generate impact and value in academia, civil society and urban governance in understanding, contributing to and advancing smart urban development and social innovation. Reflecting the substantive focus of this project, a crucial impact will be on transforming existing and fostering new connections, collaboration and co-creation between, as well as within, user communities.

Jam and Justice: co-producing urban governance for social innovation (Jan 2016 - Jul 2019)

The impact from Jam and Justice will be conceptual, re-thinking the nature of contemporary urban governance, emphasising governing processes, the role of intermediaries in urban transformations and re-orienting devolution to place-based capacity building.

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