News from 2014

New award for study of conflict in Holy Cities.

Professor Mick Dumper has been awarded a 3 year Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation to study how conflicts arise and are managed in holy cities in different parts of the world.

Changing politics in Portugal

Politics Professor Claudio Radaelli travelled to Portugal to present a major report on lawmaking to the Portuguese Parliament.

Sixth form students inspired at the Festival of Social Science – Secrets, Lies and Spies

Dr Owen Thomas of the Politics department used his own research on democracy and security to inform the design of an interactive day-long exercise, in which sixth form students considered an important social and political issue of contemporary times

Exeter academics participated in a workshop at Chatham House entitled ‘Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond'.

The workshop was the first of two, the second of which is to be held in April 2015 in Washington DC, and is funded by a grant awarded to John Heathershaw through the British Council’s Bridging Voices Programme.

Exeter Politics Department played host to a UK Parliament 'talking day'.

The session brought together students from the University and from Exeter’s University of the 3rd Age (U3A) to discuss the importance of Parliament and voting for different generations.

Citizens’ take-over of Cornwall Council

On Saturday 1 November, a unique opportunity for Cornish people to take direct action by saying what the priorities for Cornwall should be is being made possible at County Hall, Truro.

Bulgarian elections given a platform in Exeter thanks to student involvement

A University of Exeter student enabled citizens and students from Bulgaria living in the South West to vote in the recent Bulgarian General Elections by creating a voting station in Exeter. 

Researcher Links Workshop in Kazakhstan organised by Centre for European Governance.

20 October 2014
Call for participants will follow soon. Grants available for early career researchers.

Launch of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research

A series of projects to investigate ways to increase farm productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts (sustainable intensification) will receive £4.5 million from Defra. 

Culture Secretary holds personal Question Time session with students

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Exeter graduate, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, returned to campus to discuss the top political issues with current students. 

The ESI on the BBC

The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)’s Politics contingent has been in demand on the BBC.

Jerusalem Unbound: a City in Conflict

A new book, Jerusalem Unbound, plots the history and examines the underlying factors that make a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians so difficult.

England's 2000 Rural White Paper: Town council activities and a survey of town clerks

What's left, what's been done and what next?  These were questions addressed by Dr Gordon Morris, an Associate of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, in his paper in the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

Ambition advantage for Abigail after active time at Exeter

A graduate from the University of Exeter is embarking on a career helping refugees, following her voluntary activity while studying. 

Succession planning on farms can lead to business growth

That was the theme of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ annual conference and general meeting on 27 June where Matt Lobley was a key speaker.

Exeter social scientists play leading role in major environmental assessment

Social scientists in Politics at the University of Exeter played leading roles in a major new assessment of UK environment resources

Exeter enjoys notable success in Guardian 2015 University Guide

The University of Exeter has enjoyed significant success in the latest Guardian University Guide, strengthening its position as one of the best universities in the country.

New ESRC grant to explore the 'Structure and Organisation of Government'.

4 June 2014
Professor Oliver James has been awarded a grant of some £320,000 by the ESRC to lead a new research project to analyse the political logic of government reorganisation in the UK.

Does brain structure determine your political views? Dr Darren Schreiber interviewed by Timandra Harkness for Personality Politics on BBC Radio 4.

Are our political views linked to the way are brains function? Dr Schreiber joined Timandra Harkness and other leading academics to investigate how our political views are linked to the way our brains function.

Family business growth pilot prompts vision for national research hub

A national Rural Family Business Research Hub is being proposed for the West Country. The intention is to provide training, research and knowledge exchange.

New award for study of conflict in Holy Cities.

Professor Mick Dumper has been awarded a 3 year Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Foundation to study how conflicts arise and are managed in holy cities in different parts of the world.

Exmoor Society Spring Conference showcasing Exeter's research a success

In association with Exmoor Society Chairman, Rachel Thomas CBE, Keith Howe organised and chaired the Society's 2014 Spring Conference held on 13 April on the theme 'Discovering Exmoor: People and Place'.  

University welcomed its first Houses of Parliament Open Lecture as part of Politics Department 50th anniversary

The University was delighted to welcome its first ever Houses of Parliament Open Lecture given by Dr Mari Takayanagi on the 29 April. View the lecture here.

Changing politics in Portugal

Politics Professor Claudio Radaelli travelled to Portugal to present a major report on lawmaking to the Portuguese Parliament.

Sixth form students inspired at the Festival of Social Science – Secrets, Lies and Spies

Dr Owen Thomas of the Politics department used his own research on democracy and security to inform the design of an interactive day-long exercise, in which sixth form students considered an important social and political issue of contemporary times

Exeter academics participated in a workshop at Chatham House entitled ‘Islam, Secularism and Security in Central Asia and Beyond'.

The workshop was the first of two, the second of which is to be held in April 2015 in Washington DC, and is funded by a grant awarded to John Heathershaw through the British Council’s Bridging Voices Programme.

New report fights back against unfairness

Tackling issues of inequality in the city of Plymouth forms the basis of a new report, by the Plymouth Fairness Commission. 

Exeter Politics Department played host to a UK Parliament 'talking day'.

The session brought together students from the University and from Exeter’s University of the 3rd Age (U3A) to discuss the importance of Parliament and voting for different generations.

Citizens’ take-over of Cornwall Council

On Saturday 1 November, a unique opportunity for Cornish people to take direct action by saying what the priorities for Cornwall should be is being made possible at County Hall, Truro.

Graduate is new Secretary of State for Culture

Exeter graduate Sajid Javid MP has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Culture.

Bulgarian elections given a platform in Exeter thanks to student involvement

A University of Exeter student enabled citizens and students from Bulgaria living in the South West to vote in the recent Bulgarian General Elections by creating a voting station in Exeter. 

New research investigates the legal mechanisms available to democratic states to counter the threat of extremist political groups

Nicole Bolleyer has been awarded £8188 by  the British Academy’s Research Awards Committee for the BA/Leverhulme-funded project ‘Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11: Anti-Extremist Measures in Established Common Law Democracies’. 

Researcher Links Workshop in Kazakhstan organised by Centre for European Governance.

20 October 2014
Call for participants will follow soon. Grants available for early career researchers.

Launch of Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research

A series of projects to investigate ways to increase farm productivity while reducing negative environmental impacts (sustainable intensification) will receive £4.5 million from Defra. 

David Lewis speaks at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

7 March 2014
David Lewis spoke at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office seminar, ‘Afghanistan as a threat to Central Asia: myth or reality?

John Heathershaw speaks at inaugural meeting of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tajikistan

1 April 2014
Heathershaw’s talk ‘Tajikistan’s economic prospects and problems: hydropower, aluminium production and electricity exports’m, addressed current developments in Tajikistan and particularly the country’s progress as a candidate member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Two funded PhD Studentships available in the Centre for Rural Policy Research

Studentships are available from September 2014

Agriculture: steps to sustainable livestock

With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. 

Culture Secretary holds personal Question Time session with students

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport and Exeter graduate, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, returned to campus to discuss the top political issues with current students. 

Politics academics have been giving lectures and participating in workshops.

20 March 2014
Members of the Politics department have spoken or will speak at a number of events over the coming months. Find out more.

The ESI on the BBC

The Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)’s Politics contingent has been in demand on the BBC.

Rural researchers to take the temperature of public opinion on UK environmental change

Social scientists at the University of Exeter are working with environmental policy makers to explore public views on the future management of UK ecosystems.

Jerusalem Unbound: a City in Conflict

A new book, Jerusalem Unbound, plots the history and examines the underlying factors that make a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians so difficult.

University launches Q Step programme

The University of Exeter is launching a pivotal new programme designed to improve quantitative social science training. 

England's 2000 Rural White Paper: Town council activities and a survey of town clerks

What's left, what's been done and what next?  These were questions addressed by Dr Gordon Morris, an Associate of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, in his paper in the Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance

Martin Shaw to work with the Centre of Advanced International Studies.

3 March 2014
We are delighted to confirm that Martin Shaw, historical sociologist of global politics, war and genocide, will work with the Centre of Advanced International Studies.

Ambition advantage for Abigail after active time at Exeter

A graduate from the University of Exeter is embarking on a career helping refugees, following her voluntary activity while studying. 

New grant to support the development of new research trends in the area of media and communications policy

11 February 2014
Politics doctoral student, Veronique Wavre, has been awarded a "Rapid Response Grant" by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) with the support of the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

EC Should Encourage Transparency and Co-ordination, not Duplication & Liberalisation

9 January 2014
Professor Harcourt argues that the European Commission should encourage transparency and Co-ordination in media ownership on LSE's media blog

Have you recently successfully defended your PhD at Exeter? Are you looking for post-doc funding?

7 January 2014
Open Call for Proposals - Centre for Rural Policy Research Post-Doctoral Research Fund

Funded studentship: From research to behaviour change: contrasting models of farmer engagement in Agricultural Research

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled From research to behaviour change: contrasting models of farmer engagement in Agricultural Research.  Ref: 1665

Funded studentship: The Local Politics of the Post-War Agricultural Transition in Devon

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled The Local Politics of the Post-War Agricultural Transition in Devon.  Ref: 1664

Funded studentship: The Politics of Local Agricultural Policy in the era of sustainable intensification

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled vThe Politics of Local Agricultural Policy in the era of sustainable intensification. Ref: 1666

Exeter scores high with Leverhulme Trust awards

Humanities and Social Sciences academics have been extremely successful in a recent announcement from the Leverhulme Trust, securing four Major Research Fellowships. 

Succession planning on farms can lead to business growth

That was the theme of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers’ annual conference and general meeting on 27 June where Matt Lobley was a key speaker.

Exeter social scientists play leading role in major environmental assessment

Social scientists in Politics at the University of Exeter played leading roles in a major new assessment of UK environment resources

Claudio Radaelli provided a briefing session on the new EU strategy to the Italian government at the think tank ASTRID

Claudio explained strengths and weaknesses of the new vision and tools suggested by the Commission, pointing to ways in which member states like Italy can participate strategically in their implementation.

Exeter enjoys notable success in Guardian 2015 University Guide

The University of Exeter has enjoyed significant success in the latest Guardian University Guide, strengthening its position as one of the best universities in the country.

New ESRC grant to explore the 'Structure and Organisation of Government'.

4 June 2014
Professor Oliver James has been awarded a grant of some £320,000 by the ESRC to lead a new research project to analyse the political logic of government reorganisation in the UK.

Does brain structure determine your political views? Dr Darren Schreiber interviewed by Timandra Harkness for Personality Politics on BBC Radio 4.

Are our political views linked to the way are brains function? Dr Schreiber joined Timandra Harkness and other leading academics to investigate how our political views are linked to the way our brains function.

Family business growth pilot prompts vision for national research hub

A national Rural Family Business Research Hub is being proposed for the West Country. The intention is to provide training, research and knowledge exchange.

Exmoor Society Spring Conference showcasing Exeter's research a success

In association with Exmoor Society Chairman, Rachel Thomas CBE, Keith Howe organised and chaired the Society's 2014 Spring Conference held on 13 April on the theme 'Discovering Exmoor: People and Place'.  

University welcomed its first Houses of Parliament Open Lecture as part of Politics Department 50th anniversary

The University was delighted to welcome its first ever Houses of Parliament Open Lecture given by Dr Mari Takayanagi on the 29 April. View the lecture here.

New report fights back against unfairness

Tackling issues of inequality in the city of Plymouth forms the basis of a new report, by the Plymouth Fairness Commission. 

Graduate is new Secretary of State for Culture

Exeter graduate Sajid Javid MP has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Culture.

New research investigates the legal mechanisms available to democratic states to counter the threat of extremist political groups

Nicole Bolleyer has been awarded £8188 by  the British Academy’s Research Awards Committee for the BA/Leverhulme-funded project ‘Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11: Anti-Extremist Measures in Established Common Law Democracies’. 

David Lewis speaks at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

7 March 2014
David Lewis spoke at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office seminar, ‘Afghanistan as a threat to Central Asia: myth or reality?

John Heathershaw speaks at inaugural meeting of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Tajikistan

1 April 2014
Heathershaw’s talk ‘Tajikistan’s economic prospects and problems: hydropower, aluminium production and electricity exports’m, addressed current developments in Tajikistan and particularly the country’s progress as a candidate member of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

Two funded PhD Studentships available in the Centre for Rural Policy Research

Studentships are available from September 2014

Agriculture: steps to sustainable livestock

With one in seven humans undernourished, and with the challenges of population growth and climate change, the need for efficient food production has never been greater. 

Politics academics have been giving lectures and participating in workshops.

20 March 2014
Members of the Politics department have spoken or will speak at a number of events over the coming months. Find out more.

Rural researchers to take the temperature of public opinion on UK environmental change

Social scientists at the University of Exeter are working with environmental policy makers to explore public views on the future management of UK ecosystems.

University launches Q Step programme

The University of Exeter is launching a pivotal new programme designed to improve quantitative social science training. 

Martin Shaw to work with the Centre of Advanced International Studies.

3 March 2014
We are delighted to confirm that Martin Shaw, historical sociologist of global politics, war and genocide, will work with the Centre of Advanced International Studies.

New grant to support the development of new research trends in the area of media and communications policy

11 February 2014
Politics doctoral student, Veronique Wavre, has been awarded a "Rapid Response Grant" by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) with the support of the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

EC Should Encourage Transparency and Co-ordination, not Duplication & Liberalisation

9 January 2014
Professor Harcourt argues that the European Commission should encourage transparency and Co-ordination in media ownership on LSE's media blog

Have you recently successfully defended your PhD at Exeter? Are you looking for post-doc funding?

7 January 2014
Open Call for Proposals - Centre for Rural Policy Research Post-Doctoral Research Fund

Funded studentship: From research to behaviour change: contrasting models of farmer engagement in Agricultural Research

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled From research to behaviour change: contrasting models of farmer engagement in Agricultural Research.  Ref: 1665

Funded studentship: The Local Politics of the Post-War Agricultural Transition in Devon

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled The Local Politics of the Post-War Agricultural Transition in Devon.  Ref: 1664

Funded studentship: The Politics of Local Agricultural Policy in the era of sustainable intensification

We are currently advertising an ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) Studentship entitled vThe Politics of Local Agricultural Policy in the era of sustainable intensification. Ref: 1666

Exeter scores high with Leverhulme Trust awards

Humanities and Social Sciences academics have been extremely successful in a recent announcement from the Leverhulme Trust, securing four Major Research Fellowships. 

Claudio Radaelli provided a briefing session on the new EU strategy to the Italian government at the think tank ASTRID

Claudio explained strengths and weaknesses of the new vision and tools suggested by the Commission, pointing to ways in which member states like Italy can participate strategically in their implementation.