The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy

Guest blog written by Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Susan Dodsworth International donors – including the UK – spend more than US$10 billion on democracy support each year. This money is spent on programmes designed to strengthen parliaments, assist political parties, support civil society, and facilitate free and fair elections in countries around the world. … Continue reading “The importance of building bridges when it comes to research on democracy”

Studying the London Metropolitan Police Public Order Cadre

Written by Dr Amy Fraher I recently received funding support from both the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Impact Acceleration Grant at the University of Birmingham with the aim to study the London Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Public Order ‘Cadre’. Cadre is a word used to describe … Continue reading “Studying the London Metropolitan Police Public Order Cadre”

How open is your research? New research portal creates new links between Pure and the web

Making sure your research is available online is pretty essential for any researcher these days, not only to satisfy funder and REF requirements, but also to ensure that your work reaches as many people as possible.  The problem is there are an endless amount of tools out there to help you do this and all … Continue reading “How open is your research? New research portal creates new links between Pure and the web”

Is the H-index the right tool for the job?

Have you been asked for your H-index recently? Are you clear on what the metric says about you? Karen Clews and guest blogger Vicky Wallace look at how the metric has developed and how you can use it responsibly Developed by Hirsch in 2005 to help evaluate researchers in theoretical physics, the H-index gives a researcher a … Continue reading “Is the H-index the right tool for the job?”