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Jonathan Clarke, IGSD Thematic Fellow, was interviewed on TV news about winter crop devastation

Jonathan Clarke talks to local news about the challenges and consequences of the extended floods in the Cotswolds for local farming and regional and National food supply chains.


Congratulations to Shweta Singh, IGSD Thematic Fellow for becoming a UN delegate for the Commission on the Status of Women

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Warwick Business School’s Dr Shweta Singh chosen as UN delegate for Commission on the Status of WomenLink opens in a new window  

The United Nations has selected Warwick Business School academic Shweta Singh as a UK delegate for the 68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Dr Singh, who is Assistant Professor of Information Systems and Management, was chosen as a UN Women UK volunteer delegate from several thousand nominees to advocate for equal opportunities for women in education.

Shweta will work with activists, advocates, experts and governments from around the globe to drive change and create equal opportunities for women and girls.


New member of SHAPEDEM project - Dr Aijan Sharshenova joined us on 19/2/24

On 19 Feb 2024 Dr Aijan Sharshenova joined our SHAPEDEM project (and IGSD team) as a lead Research Fellow. Prior to this Aijan was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Dr Sharshenova holds a PhD in Politics awarded at the University of Leeds, UK. Prior to joining the OSCE Academy, Dr Sharshenova worked at the UN and UNDP country offices in the Middle East, and taught courses in International Politics and Academic Writing. Aijan’s research interests include public diplomacy, the EU and Russian policies towards Central Asia, EU policies towards the eastern neighbourhood, and international development. Recently, Dr Sharshenova published her book ‘The European Union’s Democracy Promotion in Central Asia’ available here.

Aijan replaced Dr Asya Kudlenko, who is currently on maternity leave.


WUB-hub project: a new blog piece on elections in Belarus just published!

On February 25, 2024, the “single voting day” for the national parliament and local councils took place in Belarus. This was likely the least free election in the history of the nation. Politically sterile, with no opposition on the ballot or in the election commissions, Lukashenka is ushering in a process that the democratic opposition calls a “special operation.”

Jakob Wollenstein

Originally published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (reproduced with permission)


Just published: debating democracy at the heart of Europe

At the invitation of Judy Dempsey, Carnegie Europe, scholars, policy-makers and practitioners debate EU Democracy Promotion in this publication: "European democracy faces threats from both within and outside. To counter them, Europe needs leaders who are serious about upholding democratic values and addressing citizens' grievances'. Professor Korosteleva offered her take, as part of her work on SHAPEDEM-EU project. For more information please visit here.


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