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Find out more about the latest news and events from the Department. We also run a departmental blog covering our news, events and thoughts in more detail.


HEA Award

Congratulations to Dr.Mark Shanahan and Dr. Simonetta Longhi who have both been awarded the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy of the UK.

Dr Patrick Tomlin - paper accepted

Patrick Tomlin recently had a paper accepted at the leading journal Philosophy & Public Affairs. The paper, titled 'On Limited Aggregation', concerns how we should trade off harms of different sizes to different people. For example, how should we trade off claims against death against claims against paralysis, or claims against mild headaches? Dr Tomlin shows a series of problems with a popular view, 'Limited Aggregation'. This is of philosophical interest, but also has relevance to many areas of public policy, including healthcare spending.

Dr Corinne Heaven publication

Dr Heaven has had a chapter published in an edited volume: The chapter is entitled "A Visible College: The Community of Fact-Finding Practice", and is part of the volume "Commissions of Inquiry: Problems and Prospects", edited by Christian Henderson.

American Political Science Association (APSA) conference

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou presented two papers at the prestigious American Political Science Association (APSA) conference which was held in San Francisco this year. The first paper is on the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of the far right in Europe. The second paper (co-authored with Dr Tim Vlandas) is on the role of economic and cultural concerns over the impact of immigration on far right party support.

Dr Halikiopoulou was also part of the committee in charge of selecting APSA's European Politics and Society section 2017 Best Paper Award.

Dr Damian Raess chaired the IPE-sponsored panel "Globalization and Labor Market Reforms in Developing Countries" where he had a paper (co-authored with Dora Sari and Will Winecoff) on patterns of domestics labor law reforms and participation in trade agreements including labor provisions, a paper that uses a complex network analysis.

Dr Martin Binder presented a co-authored paper that introduces a new database on the authority of international organisations (IOs) and identifies the drivers of IO authority over the period 1919-2015

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (vol. 11, issue 3, 2017).

It has been published by Taylor & Francis Online and is entitled 'Legitimacy in Conflict' with Birte Julia Gippert. It examines a variety of aspects of legitimacy in situations of conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, and Sarah also contributed an article entitled 'UN Peace Operations and Conflicting Legitimacies.

Dr Georgina Holmes' new article has been published by Taylor & Francis Online

2017, 'The Commonwealth, Gender and Peacekeeping', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol 106 Issue 3, pp. 1-17

Reflecting on the strategic commitment outlined in the Plan of Action for Gender Equality (2005-2015) and the priority issues of the Commonwealth Women's Forum, this article assesses the extent to which the Commonwealth as an institution is supporting troop and police-contributing member states in addressing the gender imbalance in peacekeeping operations. Drawing on desk-based research, interviews with international policymakers and a statistical analysis of the International Peace Institute Peacekeeping Database, the article first outlines the Commonwealth's gender and security policy perspective before examining data sets to determine the success of Commonwealth member states in integrating women into uniformed peacekeeping contingents between 2009 and 2015.

The article observes that, in spite of a renewed optimism and drive to propel women into leadership positions in politics, the judiciary, public bodies and private companies, security sector reform and the implementation of pillar one of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, is notably absent from the Commonwealth's gender agenda. It is argued that this policy gap suggests that national and international security architecture are regarded as accepted domains of male privilege. A lack of political will among Commonwealth Heads of Government to mainstream gender equality and facilitate structural transformation of national security organs, and a chronically under resourced Commonwealth Secretariat limits the influence of the institution to that of arms-length promoter of international norms on women, peace and security.


Jamie Mulholland - International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

I'JMulhollandPhotove recently started working as an English copy editor for the GPIG Portal, International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC). This project work is in cooperation with the World Bank and the FAO. The IPRCC operates under the China Internet Information Centre (CIIC) and the China Development Gateway (CnDG)

I was invited to contribute to a book the IPRCC is publishing on China's progress in poverty reduction. My contribution was an article examining China's poverty reduction efforts in Africa. Other contributors to the book include the World Band, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNICEF, and a range of scholars working in poverty reduction.

I have also published an article through the China Development Gateway on BRICS and South-South cooperation,

2017 NSS Results

The Departm92% satisfaction with teaching in politics and international relations - National Student Survey 2017ent are delighted to announce 92% satisfaction with teaching in the 2017 NSS results.

Politics & IR improved its scores in all our key performance areas this year - a testament to the work all our staff have put in to improve student engagement and enhance their learning experience here.


Graduation - Class of 2017

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on 6th July 2017 - we are so proud of your achievements and are sure you will go on to achieve many more great things!

Further congratulations to our 2017 Prizewinning students (l-r) Dr Mark Shanahan, Izzy Coleman-Wood - Matthew Cox PolAndIRPrizewinners2017Award, Felix Johnston-Brunn - Matthew Cox Award, Holly Gibbs - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department, Freddy Farias-Arias - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department, Lena-Katharina Gerdes - Peter Campbell Prize for Overall Excellence - with highest overall average, Dr Jonathan Golub, Camille Gosset - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department and Will Cole - Daniel James Award for all round performance.

Dr Adam Humphreys' latest book has been published by Oxford University Press

Dr Adam Humphreys' new book, The Anarchical Society at 40: CAH book 40ontemporary Challenges and Prospects, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

The book re-examines Hedley Bull's classic text The Anarchical Society, forty years after it was first published in 1977.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship awarded to Jack Gillum

Jack was  awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in the Young Person Category to be able to go and research. The role of Civil Society Organisations (specifically young people) in policy engagement.

More information can be found on their website.

Read Jack's blog here.

Reading Politics academic discusses populism with former Italian Prime Minister Monti

On 3 March 2017, Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou spoke, alongside former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, on the subject of populism and democracy at the Delphi Economic Forum.

Mr Speaker and the 'Reading Revelation'

On 3 February 2017, the Department welcomed the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP for what proved to be a very revealing 'Political Voices' visit. Meeting first with students and then in an open event attended by more than 200 people, the Speaker was candid and open in his views - so much so that his 'revelation' that he voted for the UK to remain became national news as he was accused of breaking the parliamentary convention on political neutrality. The media furore flared for several days - although two months on, Mr Bercow remains happily ensconced in Speaker's House.

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