Social Sciences: Politics & International Relations

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Academician award honour

23 October 2009

Professor Gerry Stoker has been honoured with the award of Academician status in the Academy of Social Sciences. The Academy is acknowledged as the voice of the social sciences in the UK for the public benefit. The award is for making a significant contribution to the social sciences and is by nomination and peer group review, and Professor Stoker was one of just 64 academics to receive the award nationally.

Top 5 rating for PAIR

22 October 2009

The division of Politics and International Relations is delighted to receive excellent results from the 2009 National Student Survey.

Prestigious journal prize awarded

22 October 2009

Dr Clare Saunders has been awarded the inaugural British Journal of Sociology prize at an award ceremony held in London on 6 October 2009.

British Politics in the media

22 October 2009

Dr Alexandra Kelso, PAIR’s British politics specialist, was recently featured in the BBC’s flagship political programme, The Politics Show. Alix appeared in the Southern edition of the show on three consecutive occasions in September and October 2009, discussing the party conferences then taking place, and commenting on the electoral chances of the parties in the South in the impending general election, to be held in 2010.

ESRC Research funding success

25 September 2009

Dr Alexandra Kelso has been successful in securing research funding through the ESRC First Grants Competition 2009 for a research project entitled The Scrutiny Universe: The House of Commons Select Committees and the Psychology of Group Processes.

Designing participation?

17 August 2009

At a time of growing disillusionment with the institutions of advanced industrial democracies, can we design institutions that increase and deepen citizen participation in the political decision making process?

Prospects for Citizenship workshop

10 August 2009

On 22 June 2009, the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (CCD) hosted a one-day workshop on ‘Prospects for Citizenship.’

Community empowerment

12 June 2009

On 1st June 2009, the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) published Empowering communities to influence local decision making - A systematic review of the evidence. The report is based on a year of research undertaken by Professor Graham Smith, Professor Gerry Stoker and Dr. Corinne Wales of the Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (CCD) working alongside colleagues at the Local Governance Research Unit, De Montfort University (DMU).

Contributing to UK security policy debates

27 May 2009

Professor Frank Gregory, who has particular research interests in the politics of crime and law enforcement, has recently contributed to the work of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a London based think tank, on politically high profile issues.

ESRC research funding success

15 May 2009

Dr Clare Saunders has been successful in securing ESRC research funding for a European Collaborative project entitled 'Caught in the Act of Protest: Contextualising Contestation', led by the University of Antwerp. Along with co-applicant Christopher Rootes (University of Kent), Clare will work on the project for four years, analysing social movement protests and mobilisations in the UK and Europe.

New book published on Westminster Parliament

5 May 2009

Dr Alexandra Kelso has just had a new book published by Manchester University Press, entitled Parliamentary Reform at Westminster. This is Dr Kelso’s first book, and is the result of extensive research on the Westminster parliament and attempts to reform it over the past century.

Leverhulme Trust research success

1 May 2009

Professor Andrew Mason has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, which will start in October 2009 and last for two years. These prestigious awards are designed to enable well-established and distinguished researchers in the disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences to devote themselves to a research project of outstanding originality and significance. Professor Mason’s project is entitled ‘Rethinking citizenship’.

Visiting professorships abroad

19 March 2009

Professor David Owen recently combined his duties at Southampton with a visiting professorship at the J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt a/M. This post was funded by the Excellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen.

International conference on parliamentary investigations

19 March 2009

Dr Alexandra Kelso was recently invited to deliver a paper to an expert meeting at Maastricht University entitled Parliamentary investigations in a comparative and European perspective, organised by the Montesquieu Institute for European Parliamentary History and Constitutional Development.

Postgraduates conference weekend at Cumberland Lodge 2009

27 February 2009

Each year, Politics and International Relations staff and postgraduate students enjoy a weekend conference in the beautiful surroundings of Cumberland Lodge in Great Windsor Park.