IDD, University of Birmingham: July news
Blogs and Research Briefs
- Petra Alderman wrote an analysis of the May 2023 Thai election for the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, ‘Can Thailand move forward past its historic 2023 election?’
- Petra also reviewed the ‘Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century’ book for the CEDAR blog.
- Bizuneh Yimenu published as essay ‘Federalism, Peace, and Democracy in Africa’, Democracy in Africa.
- Petra Alderman hosted a podcast, ‘Can Thailand Move Forward? A Discussion of the May 2023 Thai Election with Duncan McCargo and Ken Lohatepanont’ for the Nordic Asia Podcast.
- Leadership beyond state limits (executive summary) highlights 10 implications for supporting community leaders in Papua New Guinea based on research in South Fly district. The summary is based on two longer papers (one looking at political economy of subnational leadership and one looking at women’s groups and networks) and a write-up of the case studies.
- Seeing like a regionalist: The dilemmas of inter-governmental co-operation in the Blue Pacific draws on interviews with leaders of Pacific regional organisations to understand the challenges Pacific leaders.
- (Re-) Constructing pathways for grassroots Sri Lankan women’s political participation explores how understanding the diverse experiences of women’s participation in politics can help to re-construct pathways for better representation of grassroots women in Sri Lankan politics.
Other Project News and Media Contributions
- Bizuneh Yimenu virtually presented his paper ‘Continuity and Changes in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes: Evidence from the 2021 Ethiopian Elections’ at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2023), University of Cologne, May 31-June 3, 2023.
- Bizuneh was also invited to speak on a panel discussion organised by the Development Planning Unit (DPU) of UCL about ‘State-sponsored Violence’ on 6th June.
- He was also interviewed by Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, ‘Does Ethiopia have enough money for reconstruction that will cost more than 19 billion dollars’?
- And contributed to story coverage, ‘Oromos in Ethiopia: colonized in their own country’ by MONDIAAL NIEUWS (the Netherlands media).
- Kailing Xie was invited to Beijing Normal University to give a guest talk on her book ‘Embodying Middle Class Gender Aspirations: Perspectives from China’s Privileged Young Women’.
- Kate Pruce (with Liz Fouksman, King’s College London), presented ‘Who deserves cash transfers? Comparing grassroots views of deservingness across Zambia and South Africa’, European Conference on African Studies 2023, Cologne, 2 June.
DSA 2023 Conference Focus
- Flavia Amayo, presented ‘Climate change adaptation decisions of smallholder women farmers and livelihoods in Uganda’.
- Kate Pruce, David Hudson and Claire Mcloughlin, presented ‘A crisis of legitimacy: the case of social protection in Timor-Leste’.
- Congratulations to Jeannette Rodgers who has been offered a 12-month ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship with the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS-DTP)! Working across the War Studies Department and the Dickson Poon School of Law, at King’s College London, Jeanette will continue her research on child participation in transitional justice.