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Poland hate crime

How come “intolerant” Poland is among European leaders in collecting data on hate crimes?

In Poland over the past ten years, there has been a creeping recognition of the need to combat hate crime. While intolerance remains an issue in this Central European country, developments in in the official response to targeted violence are evident. Nevertheless, it is unclear what motivated the authorities to address this issue. Piotr Godzisz, PhD candidate at UCL SSEES, explores what explains Poland’s leadership in this regard.
14 January 2016
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Published: Dec 16, 2015 1:59:57 PM

Whiskey Galore 1949

Maps in Films: the View from Ealing

In the website The Cine-Tourist, Roland-François Lack, Senior Lecturer in UCL’s Department of French, has created a repository for his research around cinema and place. Here he illustrates some connections between maps and films.
1 February 2016
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Published: Dec 16, 2015 1:59:57 PM

ISIS rule

How ISIS Rule and Mobilisation Matters for the Military Response to the Paris Attacks

Kristin Bakke, Senior Lecturer in Political Science looks at how air strikes may affect ISIS, given how ISIS rules and how it mobilises support and recruits fighters. Although air strikes might contribute to containing the group and its ability to rule, it is likely to fuel the narrative that fosters mobilisation. To the degree that there is a case for a military response against ISIS, it is, by itself, insufficient. More...

Published: Dec 16, 2015 1:59:57 PM


Policy Network: Job Opportunity

9 February 2016
There are two vacancies currently on offer at the international think tank, Policy Network. Policy Network is a leading international thinktank and political network based in London.

Published: Feb 9, 2016 3:09:27 PM

EU referendum: 'Brexit' poses huge risk to Britain's countryside, experts warn

27 January 2016
Professor Paul Ekins (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) has voiced concerns that Britain’s exit from the EU would lessen the UK’s voice in tackling global environmental concerns.

Published: Jan 27, 2016 1:43:09 PM

MPs want more teachers to be trained to educate pupils about the Holocaust

25 February 2016
More than 6000 teachers have taken part in training programmes run by the UCL Centre for Holocaust Education. More...

Published: Jan 27, 2016 1:31:00 PM


Britain & Europe Series

2015-16. Click here for details on upcoming policy panels, resource collections and our new blog.

UCL in the Press

Tomas Sedlacek: The Economics of Good and Evil

26 January 2016
Evan Davis interviews the Czech economist, Tomas Sedlacek, on the economics of good and evil as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations for UCL SSEES. 

Published: Jan 27, 2016 1:51:15 PM

UK universities ‘should provide targeted support for refugee students’

25 January 2016
A new paper by Dr Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education) suggests that universities could play a pivotal role in tackling the Syrian refugee crisis and that a sector-wide approach to supporting refugees would be more effective than individual schemes

Published: Jan 27, 2016 1:48:19 PM

The cyber-attack on Ukraine’s power grid is a warning of what’s to come

18 January 2016
Professor Steve Hailes and PhD candidate, Nilufer Tuptuk (both UCL Computer Science) explain why the cyber-attack that brought down a city's power supply in Ukraine is a cautionary tale for what lies ahead. More...

Published: Jan 18, 2016 10:37:39 AM

Featured Events 

Eastern Platform

PiS and Protests: Making Sense of Current Developments in Poland

10 February 2016, 6.00-9.00pm
This roundtable discussion, hosted by SSEES brings together leading academics, journalists and activists to offer an interpretation of recent events in Poland. More...

Starts: Feb 10, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Jean-Claude Juncker

The Making of a European President, and What Needs to Change for 2019

11 February 2016, 5.30-7.00pm
In November 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker took office as President of the European Commission, following Europe’s first presidential campaign. The biggest change in twenty years in the way the EU decides its leadership, this new way of electing the Commission President was meant to bring the process closer to the European citizens. Yet, it has also been called a “putsch”,  organised by a small group of European politicians in a Europe in crisis. In the end, Europe's most powerful leading governments were forced to make a humiliating climb-down and accept the election of a leader they did not support, chosen by a process they opposed. More...

Starts: Feb 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Britain, EU & Global Trade

Britain, the EU and global trade

25 February 2016, 9.30am-12.30pm
A half-day conference on the EU's trade agenda, with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, Peter Mandelson, and a high-level panel of politicians, stakeholders, and experts. In association with Policy Network and the European Commission's Office in the UK More...

Starts: Feb 25, 2016 12:00:00 AM