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Published: Oct 27, 2016 5:46:04 PM

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in International Security


Published: Oct 6, 2016 8:56:50 AM

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Pop-up exhibition organised by Dr Cathy Elliott

We are surrounded every day by images of poverty on charity adverts, in newspapers and on TV. But has poverty always been depicted in the same way or have representations of poverty changed over time? How have artists responded to themes of poverty, hunger and disadvantage? Do images of poverty constitute a genre and how has the genre of poverty images evolved and been contested by artists? Can we respond more critically to contemporary poverty imagery if we understand its history and the range of ways poverty has been depicted in the past? These are questions addressed by a pop-up exhibition on Wednesday 2 November organised by Cathy Elliott of the School of Public Policy and George Richards of the UCL Art Museum using UCL's own collection of art works. The exhibition will be open all day and learning materials will be provided. The exhibition is a compulsory part of Cathy's International Development and Public Policy undergraduate module at SPP, but is open to all. Please come and look round. (And tell Cathy what you thought.) More...

Published: Oct 26, 2016 10:11:00 AM

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships Call - 2016/2017

The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the 2016/2017 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships scheme. More...

Published: Sep 2, 2016 1:08:44 PM

Social-progress panel seeks public comment - Cecile Laborde

International panels of experts have proliferated to marshal scientific knowledge. There are panels on climate change, biodiversity, chemical pollution, food security and nuclear proliferation. All are concerned with long-term issues that have profound economic, social, political and cultural ramifications. More...

Published: Jun 28, 2016 5:37:00 PM

Launch of special seminar series on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union

The Constitution Unit in partnership with the School of Public Policy and UCL European Institute announces a special series of seminars to be held in the run-up to the referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union.  More...

Published: Feb 16, 2016 10:11:32 AM

Normative Interventions: A conference on the relation between political philosophy and practice.

February 18-19, 2016 More...

Published: Feb 16, 2016 10:11:32 AM

Social equality and public policy - UCL, 14th -15th January 2016

Published: Jan 7, 2016 3:52:31 PM

Open Day 2016

The Department of Political Science will be hosting an Open Day on Wednesday the 16th of March 2016. More...

Published: Dec 14, 2015 5:06:15 PM

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2016/17

The Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy at UCL is now welcoming applications for the 2016 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme. More...

Published: Nov 10, 2015 3:36:55 PM

Professor David Coen meets President Bill Clinton

Professor David Coen, Director of UCL School of Public Policy and Global Governance Institute, met President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative commitment announcement to celebrate the creation of the Pentland Scholarship for students from the global south to study on the UCL School of Public Policy/NYU Wagner Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management Master programme. More...

Published: Oct 12, 2015 10:00:07 AM

Attitudes towards Aid and Corruption

DLP Director Heather Marquette and Deputy Director David Hudson present research on attitudes towards aid and corruption to the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Task Team in Paris this week. More...

Published: Oct 9, 2015 9:49:03 AM

International Summer School for Undergraduates

An exciting new opportunity for students to study for three or six weeks in the heart of London. In the summer of 2016, we will be welcoming students to our new International Summer School for Undergraduates.  More...

Published: Oct 6, 2015 4:12:23 PM

UCL Green Impact Awards 2015

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 11:22:09 AM

Call for papers: Normative Interventions

The relationship between political philosophy and political practice is among the oldest preoccupations of our discipline. The execution of Socrates is a metaphor for the dangers of taking philosophical arguments about civic life into the political arena. While the costs of “going public” are certainly no longer lethal, professional pitfalls remain for those who seek to influence policymakers and voters through their work. How can political philosophers do the kind of fine-grained, esoteric work prized by top journals, while also achieving the real-world impact that is increasingly demanded by university leadership? What sort of impact are political philosophers even positioned to make, and how can they best make it?  More...

Published: Sep 21, 2015 12:53:53 PM

UCL alumnus receives a Prestigious Fulbright Award to the US

Dr. Kate Chandler, an alumnus from University College London, has received an Executive Master in Global Public Policy and Management Fulbright Award to enable her to study for one semester at New York University, Wagner, on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide.  She will return to UCL in January 2016 to complete her degree at the UCL School of Public Policy. More...

Published: Aug 7, 2015 10:15:24 AM

The 2015 General Election in Review

Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 on 3rd June 2015. More...

Published: Jun 25, 2015 3:50:48 PM

How can practitioners 'do governance differently'? DAC GovNet discussions

DLP's Deputy Director Dr David Hudson spoke about DLP’s contribution to A Governance Practioner’s Notebook: Alterative Ideas and Approaches at the 20th OECD DAC Network on Governance Plenary Meeting on 13 May.  More...

Published: Jun 4, 2015 9:54:15 AM

The Conflict & Change group contributes to the scientific understanding of political violence

SPP has a strong group of researchers studying the causes, dynamics, and consequences of political conflicts. For learning more about this research, check out our new Conflict & Change research cluster website! More...

Published: May 18, 2015 5:42:47 PM

Global Governance Institute – Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships Call for Expressions of Interest

Situated within the Department of Political Science/School of Public Policy, the Global Governance Institute (GGI) invites expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researchers to apply jointly with a supervisor from the GGI to the European Commission’s MSCA Individual Fellowship scheme. Selected candidates will be hosted at GGI. More...

Published: May 14, 2015 11:36:04 AM

Another hung Parliament: what next?

In this short video Professor Robert Hazell explains how the new government will be formed if no single party gains an overall majority in the UK general election in May. More...

Published: Apr 17, 2015 2:19:00 PM

Don’t let the Paris murderers win

Professor Laborde warns against the reactivist response to the Paris murders: they misunderstand the role played by free speech and by laïcité. Further, they allow criminals to set the term of the debate on how to better facilitate Muslim integration if France. Imagine that, on 7 January, two British Jihadists had attacked the headquarters of the French far right newspaper Minute. One can easily guess the response in France: utter shock at the brutal assassination of journalists, condemnation of international jihadism, and determination to ignore the provocation.  More...

Published: Feb 27, 2015 3:03:38 PM

MPA in Public Administration and Management Fee Waiver Award

The School of Public Policy is pleased to announce a fee waiver award for candidates applying to study full-time on the MPA in Public Administration and Management in 2015/16. More...

Published: Feb 12, 2015 10:43:16 AM

Pentland Scholarship for the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management 

The School of Public Policy at UCL invites applications for the Pentland Scholarship to support one individual undertaking its Global EMPA programme run jointly with NYU Wagner in New York.  The Global EMPA programme is intended to equip talented professionals, who have at least five years work experience, to develop their analytical skills and managerial competence so that they are able to provide public policy leadership in conditions of contemporary governance. More...

Published: Feb 12, 2015 10:43:16 AM

The Rt Honourable Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, on the Economy

Nicola Sturgeon is Scotland’s first female First Minister and the first female to lead any of the devolved UK administrations. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 10:18:05 AM

Outstanding REF Results

UCL is the top-rated university in the UK for research strength in the new Research Excellence Framework 2014. More...

Published: Dec 18, 2014 1:45:02 PM

Video: Dominic Grieve QC MP on European Convention on Human Rights

Why It Matters that Conservatives Should Support the European Convention on Human Rights (3rd Dec 2014).

Published: Dec 11, 2014 10:29:17 AM

EMPA student Jayson Browder selected as Carnegie New Leader

Jayson Browder, a student in our Executive MPA programme, has been named a prestigious Carnegie New Leader by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. He joins a select group of future public service leaders in the international field who will develop their skills through seminars, formal events, online dialogue, and analysis opportunities. The fellows also will have access to a platform to promote ethics in the global issues in which they are involved. More...

Published: Nov 7, 2014 12:16:07 PM

Meg Russell on Constitutional Consequences of Scottish Referendum

A yes vote would have meant a lot of work but the outcome puts the West Lothian question centre stage.

You can see Meg Russell's Observer article here.

Published: Sep 23, 2014 12:33:39 PM

New Fulbright Scholarship for the executive MPA Programme with NYU Wagner

We are pleased to announce that a Fulbright scholarship will be offered to an outstanding student from the United Kingdom who gains admission to the Executive MPA in Global Public Policy and Management for the fall, 2015.

The Executive MPA is a joint degree of NYU Wagner and University College London, designed for experienced managers, rising leaders, and executives across sectors. Students in this integrated program spend the first semester in New York City, the second in London, and the summer in global locations at work on a Capstone project. The Fulbright deadline to apply for the new scholarship is October 31, 2014. For more details, please visit the Fulbright Commission. More...

Published: Sep 23, 2014 10:19:59 AM

Perceptions of Security & Governance in De-Facto and Partially-recognised states

On September 11 and 12, scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners working on and in so-called de facto states came together at UCL to discuss questions related to security and governance. The project grew out of Dr. Kristin M. Bakke’s ESRC-funded project on “After the War Ends,” which investigates state-building in de facto states born out of violent struggles.

Published: Sep 8, 2014 11:32:46 AM

Dr Meg Russell on BBC Westminster Hour discussing the unsustainable House of Lords appointments

Dr Meg Russell was on the BBC Westminster Hour programme on Sunday 27 July  discussing unsustainable House of Lords appointments and the need for regulation. Dr Russell explains the most urgent Lords reform is the need to regulate unsustainable level of PM's appointments. Listen to the show on BBC website.

Dr Meg Russell was also quoted in The Times (24/07/2014) on the row over appointment of new peers.

Meg Russell says “The size of the Lords grew by around 70 between 1999 and 2010 under Blair and Brown, and if 20 peers are indeed to be appointed, it will have grown by around 120 more under Cameron. This is plainly completely unsustainable, and there is an urgent need to regulate the prime minister’s appointment power.”

“The Lords is now a serious legislative institution, with a major impact on policy. Particularly given the growing size of the chamber, dissolution and resignation honours lists are outdated indulgences that we can no longer afford,”

“The current appointments system is completely unsustainable, and now urgently needs independent regulation, including a transparent formula for allocating seats between the parties and an agreed maximum size. That the prime minister continues to decide the size and party balance of one chamber of parliament is no longer defensible.”

In her Westminster Hour interview Meg Russell expanded on these themes, stating:

”I think we really have to face up seriously now to the need to regulate prime ministerial appointments to the House of Lords. The House of Lords matters more to British politics than it has done for a long time... We have to introduce some kind of regulation system that first of all says what the maximum size of the chamber is (it’s very unusual to have a parliament with no maximum size), and then we need an agreed formula for appointments so that there’s some fair distribution of appointments between the parties, and the party leaders are told how many appointments they can have within the quota. I think we need to give that over to the House of Lords Appointments Commission or some other independent body that will, in an objective independent way, regulate the system.”

A full transcript of the interview is available here.

Published: Aug 11, 2014 3:13:03 PM

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