The 2019 spending review and the implications for the NHS

By Judith Smith, Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of Health Services Management Centre School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham The announcement today of a 3.1 percent real-terms increase in the resource budget of the Department for Health and Social Care is a helpful confirmation of funding uplifts promised for by former … Continue reading “The 2019 spending review and the implications for the NHS”

The automated face of government

By Professor Peter Hupe, Honorary Senior Research Fellow School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham Information technologies have changed many of the daily encounters between individual citizens and government. Such changes vary from ways in which, in some countries, income tax is collected, to day-to-day operational work processes. Digital tax collection In the Netherlands, for … Continue reading “The automated face of government”

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Is democracy better in theory than practice?

By Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy,  and Niheer Dasandi, Birmingham Fellow in Politics and Development, International Development Department, University of Birmingham “A lot of the issue is around the expectation that democracy will function perfectly, and actually, it’s never going to do that.” People often argue that democracy has great advantages in theory, such as … Continue reading “VIDEO AND PODCAST: Is democracy better in theory than practice?”

Should I walk in my own shoes or in the shoes of others?

By Professor Kiran Trehan, Department of Management, University of Birmingham Leadership on International Women’s Day is about reflection, advocacy, and action but it is also about leadership that engages all your senses, not just our minds. I wake up this morning, it’s a lovely spring day, fresh, sunny, with the promise of hope in the … Continue reading “Should I walk in my own shoes or in the shoes of others?”

How can we beat Blue Monday?

By Maureen Smojkis, Lecturer in Mental Health Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham A combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills have contributed to the third Monday in January being awarded the title of Blue Monday – so what can we do to tackle the … Continue reading “How can we beat Blue Monday?”

Why there’s a case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes

By Nic Cheeseman, Professor of Democracy and International Development International Development Department, University of Birmingham Should democracies give foreign aid to countries that are not democracies? Democratic aid donors don’t have enough money to do all the things they want to in the world, so they need to find ways to decide how to ration aid. … Continue reading “Why there’s a case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes”

How is Gatwick Airport vulnerable to drones?

By Professor David Dunn, Professor in International Politics Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham The recent events at Gatwick Airport show how vulnerable airport infrastructure is from the fast-evolving and disruptive technology of unmanned drones. This vulnerability carries with it the risk of accident and injury or even loss of life. Over … Continue reading “How is Gatwick Airport vulnerable to drones?”

‘A time for giving’ – what to think about when making a charitable donation at Christmas

By Professor Paul Montgomery, Professor of Social Intervention and Doctoral Researcher, Caroline Greenhalgh School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham At this time of year, many of us will be thinking about giving money to Charity. In fact, donations peak in December and last year 37% of households made donations to charities in the last month … Continue reading “‘A time for giving’ – what to think about when making a charitable donation at Christmas”

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Has consumerism stolen Christmas?

By Professor Isabelle Szmigin and Dr Caroline Moraes Business School, University of Birmingham Christmas is a time of cheer – and shopping. For some, the commercialisation of this festive period – from column inches about Christmas adverts to the appearance of gifts and merchandise on shelves three months before – eats into the spirit of things. … Continue reading “VIDEO AND PODCAST: Has consumerism stolen Christmas?”

A guide to watching US Election night

By Scott Lucas, Professor of American Studies Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham This may be the most important mid-term US election in American history, determining not only majorities in each house of Congress but also the fate of America amid the division and animosity of the Trump era. The house … Continue reading “A guide to watching US Election night”