Our latest blogs

The success of Police and Crime Commissioners in drug harm reduction in the West Midlands
In my research, I look at the impact that PCC governance has on drug policy, using the West Midlands police force area as a case study. Drugs policy, and specifically a harm reduction approach*, is just one area of policing and priorities that was used to explore the statutory role of PCC and more broadly, how the role can be interpreted or used wider than its statutory framework.

What Do We Miss out on When Policy Evaluation Ignores Broader Social Problems?
Evaluation is often seen as a bolt-on to the policy-making process. But re-purposing evaluation to learn more about social problems and the effectiveness of tailored local solutions can create evidence and ideas that can be used to improve future social policy.

Wider opening of schools during covid-19
Education impacts society and is a measure and driver of our progress as a community.  A good education keeps us physically and mentally strong and plays a key role in the betterment of our socio-economic environment and the communities in which we live. Education is the ultimate pathway of success, providing the support that enables each and everyone of us to keep growing our knowledge and ourselves across the whole of our lives.  That is why education is given the highest status in today’s world. The delivery of our education service, however, has been heavenly impacted at all levels by Covid-19. 

Covid-19: Is Government Really “Led By The Science”?
In the midst of the EU Referendum campaign, Michael Gove famously commented that “people in this country have had enough of experts”. No longer. Fast forward four years, Gove (and every other minister) is sharing press conferences with professors and claiming to be “led by the science”.

England’s over-centralisation isn’t just a governance issue now – it’s a public health emergency
The concentration of power at Westminster and Whitehall has long frustrated those of us who engage closely with the structures of governance and compare it to decentralised norms across much of Europe. Now, as with so many facets of the Covid-19 crisis, the pandemic has exposed national vulnerabilities and left us grappling with the consequences. The grip on initiative that rests in SW1 is one such weakness, which is impacting how our system is responding to the virus, in turn perpetuating the public health emergency we find ourselves in.

The disparities in housing and public health within the BAME community and the pandemic crisis
The death rate among British black Africans and British Pakistanis from coronavirus in English hospitals is more than 2.5 times that of the white population. What are the possible reasons?

Councils Can…
Working in a partnership role in a District Council has its challenges at the best of times, but working in a partnership role, from home, with kids and studying, in the midst of a crisis makes it all the more challenging. The work/life balance that we strive for is now melded together for the foreseeable future.

How Private Members’ legislation institutionalised ‘the free stuff’
One incidental phenomenon of this extraordinary period in our lives is all the free stuff around, and not just for NHS hero(in)es or frontline workers. For us septuagenarian social distancers there are almost limitless free games, films, ebooks, magazines, video stuff, educational goodies, hot drinks, pizzas – and rhubarb complex. No, me neither.

Strategic planning that works—evidence from the European public sector
Just over twenty years ago when I was observing experiments in the use of strategic planning and community planning in English local government I often wondered if it would prove to be a temporary management fad. There were at the time efforts by councils like Bradford Council to carry out planning with partners from all sectors. I saw councils like Ipswich Council trying to do community strategic planning and trying to engage and involve local people. There was leadership from councillors and officers at the tops of councils. I was really impressed at the time with their drive to innovate and serve the public better and often to use strategic planning as a tool to do this. But would enthusiasm for it last ten years?

A local councillor’s reflection on the coronavirus crisis
I want to share something very important with you: for me the coronavirus crisis has been the most difficult period I have experienced as an elected member. I have lost loved ones, felt the distress in local communities and experienced the dislocation in people’s lives as children no longer attend school, workplaces shut and voluntary organisations suspend many of their vital services. So, this is a personal view and reflection on the crisis to date.

Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance Weekend: Marrakesh 2017
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/05/mo-ibrahim-foundation-annual-governance-weekend-marrakesh-2017/

Leapfrogging – Myth or Reality? Can economic growth really be decoupled from increased carbon emissions in Least Developed Countries? Ethiopia’s Story
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/03/leapfrogging-myth-or-reality-can-economic-growth-really-be-decoupled-from-increased-carbon-emissions-in-least-developed-countries-ethiopias-story/

Decolonizing Education: Social Movements, Research Methods and my IDD dissertation experience
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/02/decolonizing-education-social-movements-research-methods-and-my-idd-dissertation-experience/

Witchcraft and conflict: Exploring alternative discourses of insecurity – Introducing a new research project
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2017/01/witchcraft-and-conflict-exploring-alternative-discourses-of-insecurity-introducing-a-new-research-project/

Why Russia, Turkey and Iran are natural allies
The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and the timing of the conference will enable participation by the new US administration. But however the US fits in, the rise of a Russian-Iranian-Turkish triumverate is a hugely significant development.

UN finally apologises for bringing cholera to Haiti – now it must match its words with funds
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/12/un-finally-apologises-for-bringing-cholera-to-haiti-now-it-must-match-its-words-with-funds/  

The politics of the census in consociational democracies
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/09/the-politics-of-the-census-in-consociational-democracies/

Taking the ‘Unintended Consequences’ of Peacekeeping Seriously – How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/08/taking-the-unintended-consequences-of-peacekeeping-seriously-how-haiti-has-the-potential-to-revolutionize-world-politics-again/

Governing Coastal and Marine Resources: Learning the Challenges of Multi-level Governance
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/07/governing-coastal-and-marine-resources-learning-the-challenges-of-multi-level-governance/

Five years after independence, violence still stalks South Sudan
The IDD blog has moved! Our blog is now located at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/ This article is now available at: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/idd/2016/07/five-years-after-independence-violence-still-stalks-south-sudan/