Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?

By Kyle Smith, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Being a leader is a special thing. People often look up to you for advice, guidance, perspective, experience and expertise, and they hold you to account if you don’t get it right. That all sounds a little complicated for me (and quite high … Continue reading “Building a Leader: Does What We Want From a Leader Change Over Time?”

Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way

By Dr Alex Oaten, Department of Political Science and International Studies School of Government, University of Birmingham The recent wave of protests organised by the movement Extinction Rebellion (XR) has succeeded in drawing significant attention to the environmental degradation that has become a feature of the modern world. With the government seemingly unwilling to take … Continue reading “Speaking Truth to Power: How Extinction Rebellion have lost their way”

Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters

By Professor David Hudson and Dr Claire Mcloughlin, International Development Department School of Government, University of Birmingham Photo credits: Young Women’s Christian Association (YMCA) march in support of female rights during International Women’s Day in Honiara. Flickr (DFAT, Australia 2011) These are troubling times for those studying the role of leadership in forging developmental progress, … Continue reading “Leadership Through the Looking Glass: Why Understanding What Leadership Means in Different Contexts Matters”

From Political Backlash to Online Trolling

By Dr Raquel da Silva, British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow  School of Government, University of Birmingham ‘Fighting Political Backlash’ is part of the University of Birmingham’s Future of Society festival, hosting a variety of free events from 2-9 November to show how pioneering social, economic and political research impacts on everyday life. When I first heard … Continue reading “From Political Backlash to Online Trolling”

Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?

By Dr Anna Kotova, Lecturer in Criminology  School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham Both the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, recently made headlines by announcing a “tough on crime” approach to tackling criminal offending. Their promises include 10,000 new prison places and tougher sentences for people who committed serious … Continue reading “Tough on crime or just a smokescreen?”

What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?

Professor Heather Marquette, International Development School of Government, University of Birmingham Like over 10 million people in the UK, I have been glued to my tv for the past six Sunday evenings for Line of Duty season five. Since 2012, Superintendent Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott from the fictional Anti-Corruption Unit … Continue reading “What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?”

Asking artists to take a look at the ‘man in the mirror’

By Aidan Thompson, Director of Strategic Initiatives The Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues, University of Birmingham Can an artist produce ‘good’ art and not be a ‘good’ person? Does it matter whether they are ‘good’ or not? Are the definitions of ‘good’ even comparable? And who gets to determine what ‘good’ means? Definitions of … Continue reading “Asking artists to take a look at the ‘man in the mirror’”