Keith Hyams and Morten Byskov have been awarded AHRC GCRF funding for their project ‘Inserting Ethics into Climate Adaptation and Resilience Policy’. The project will work with collaborators at the University of Cape Town and with Cape Town city’s climate adaptation department to look at how issues of ethics and justice can be incorporated into responses to climate-related risks. Cape Town has already come perilously close to a city-wide drought and regularly suffers from flooding: the project seeks to ensure that the most vulnerable communities such as informal settlements are incorporated in an ethical manner into city-level protection plans. In addition, Morten Byskov has been awarded a competitive Fellowship at Warwick’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development, which aims to bring researchers together from across Warwick to strengthen cross-departmental collaboration and research in the area of sustainability.
Andreas Murr and his team correctly predicted on the 4th of December a big majority for the Conservatives.
His approach based on "citizen forecasts" ranks 2nd for the Conservatives and 5th for Labour in terms of accuracy among 19 pre-election seat forecasts. You can read more about his forecast on the LSE British Politics and Policy blog and about the other 18 forecasts on Steve Fisher's Electionsetc blog.
PAIS academic Gabriel Siles-Brügge recently addressed a session of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's Economics and Security Committee taking place at the Assembly's 65th Annual Session in London on 12 October 2019. Addressing MPs from NATO countries, he spoke about the constraints facing the UK's 'Global Britain' agenda in trade policy, including: uncertainty over the future EU-UK trade relationship; domestic political contention and Executive-legislative tensions and an unfavourable international policy environment in the wake of increasing US unilateralism.
The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at the University of Warwick is delighted to announce that Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Reader in Politics and International Studies, has been awarded a €1.5M Starting Grant by the European Research Council in recognition of, and support for, her pioneering research.
Dr Heath-Kelly will investigate how and why national security has become part of the professional duties of healthcare and social security workers in her project, 'Neoliberal Terror: The Radicalisation of Social Policy in Europe'.
Dr Heath-Kelly said: “Across Europe, health and social care workers have been made responsible for identifying and reporting radicalising persons to the security services, even though there exists no scientifically valid method to predict who will become a terrorist.
“There are also no studies which can validate the impact of counter-radicalisation programs on the prevention of terrorist attacks.
“What purpose do these policies serve, if we have no evidence they prevent terrorism? Quantitative and qualitative methods will be used to explore whether neoliberal economic and social policies are responsible for the expansion of counter-radicalisation programs - refocusing the welfare state on preventing 'risks' rather than meeting needs.”
Case study research will take place in the UK, France, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Croatia with counter-radicalisation teams in health and social care, to better understand their work.
The project will conclude by making a documentary film on the effects of counter-radicalisation referrals on referred persons, medical ethics, and society.
Congratulating Dr Heath-Kelly on her success, Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, said: “This award not only reflects Charlotte’s brilliance as a leading international researcher in politics and international studies, but also the strength of the University of Warwick’s research infrastructure and the dedicated support of our specialist colleagues who supported and assisted with the application.”