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Predicting The Escalation Of Conflict

Sponsors

Economic and Social Research Council.

About this project

The key objective of this research project is to forecast conflict escalation of intra-state conflicts. In the past few years an increasing number of researchers are becoming interested in forecasting conflicts.

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UCL Q-Step

Sponsors

Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and Hefce.

About this project

The UCL Q-Step Centre is part of a £20m investment by the Nuffield Foundation, ESRC and Hefce to promote a step-change in training in data analysis for social science undergraduates in the UK.

Representative Audit of Britain

Representative Audit of Britain

Sponsors

Economic and Social Research Council.

About this project

The key aim of the Representative Audit of Britain (RAB) project is to understand who stands for parliamentary office, their social backgrounds, experiences and attitudes.

Poverty in Calitzdorp, Western Cape, South Africa.

Aid Attitudes Tracker

Sponsors

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

About this project

The Aid Attitudes Tracker (AAT) project examines public attitudes and behaviours towards development, global poverty and overseas aid in four major donor countries: France, Germany, Great Britain and the United States.

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Options for an English Parliament

Sponsors

Nuffield Foundation

About

Ever since the establishment of the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in the late 1990s some have proposed that England too should have a parliament of its own. In recent years a growing number of senior politicians from across the party political spectrum have shown interest in an English Parliament as a possible solution to the ‘English question’.

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Ethnic enclaves and Reversed Politics

Sponsors

ISRF

About

This project examines local politics in ethnic enclaves in Eastern Europe. In enclaves, local ethnic demographics are reversed, such that a group that is a minority at the statewide level is the largest group at the local level. This reversal of ethnic powers in democracies makes for fascinating local politics.

Citizens' Assembly on Brexit

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Sponsors

ESRC

About

The Citizens’ Assembly, which is part of the highly respected UK in a Changing Europe initiative, will allow citizens to engage in detailed, reflective and informed discussions about what the UK’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union should be. Around 45 members of the public – who will be selected by a survey company to reflect the diversity of the UK’s population – will meet over two weekends in September.

Civil service reform and anti-corruption in developing countries

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Sponsors

UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the British Academy

About

By examining the impact of civil service practices in key areas - recruitment, promotion, performance management, dismissal, pay, leadership and integrity management - on corruption, clientelism and bureaucratic performance, this project will provide new evidence for policymakers on effective civil service designs and management practices.

Improving discourse during election and referendum campaigns

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Sponsors

McDougall Trust

About

This project seeks to understand how the quality of information and public discussion during election and referendum campaigns can be improved. By examining existing practice in the UK and around the world, as well as proposals for innovative reforms, the project aims to offer proposals as to whether and how the conduct of election and referendum campaigns might be reformed with a view to improving the quality of campaign discourse. In particular, the project will examine the application of three types of mechanisms for improving discourse during election and referendum campaigns: first, directly banning false or misleading statements; second, fact-checking and countering misleading or false statements; third, promoting the availability of impartial and high-quality information.

Who Guards the Guardians? Global Monitoring, Performance Assessment and Human Rights Policy Change

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Sponsors

British Academy

About

The project will look at constructing a cross-country database to correlate national human rights institutions' (NHRIs) policy reform with peer-review grading, covering 1999-2018.