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PAIS in the News is the place to find all the latest information on any recently-published media featuring members of the PAIS faculty, research fellows, and doctoral candidates.


Warwick welcomes Karel de Gucht to speak on “Great Britain after Brexit”

On Thursday 13 February Warwick welcomed former Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and past-European Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht, to speak about the future of Great Britain following its departure from the European Union. Over 60 Warwick Politics and International Studies (PAIS) students and staff attended the lecture which took place at WBS London, The Shard.

Mr De Gucht has been the President of the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) since 2015, where he is a Professor of European Law, and of Vesalius College since 2019. Mr. De Gucht was the European Commissioner for Trade during President Barroso’s second Commission, from 2010 until 2014. From 2009 until 2010 he was also European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.

Mr De Gucht gave his perspective on the future EU-UK relationship, focusing on economics, security, and values. He provided an alternative view of the future relationship to that presented by PM Boris Johnson earlier this week and outlined his opinion on some of the difficulties associated with the idea of looking at the United States as an alternative economic referent.

Immediately following the lecture, Mr De Gucht led a VUB senior delegation to Warwick to explore further opportunities to work together. VUB and the University of Warwick are two of the founding institutions of EUTOPIA, an alliance of European universities committed to modernising education and training, and providing 21st century skills and competencies in all of Europe’s regions.

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, Politics and International Studies (PAIS), University of Warwick said;

“The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has a long history of research collaboration with the Institute of European Studies (IES) at VUB. We are now deepening this relationship, with the IES and Vesalius College, to include new provision in post-graduate education. This strategic partnership reflects our mission as a bold, open, and internationalist community, and further strengthens PAIS as one of Europe’s leading Politics Departments.”

Fri 14 Feb 2020, 10:52 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research Events

Free Executive Education Opportunity - The Politics Of International Development

IES, VeCo and the University of Warwick offer a joint training programme in Brussels - January 17-18, 2020

The Institute for European Studies (IES), Vesalius College (VeCo) in Brussels and the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) of the University of Warwick in the UK are offering a joint training programme on the Politics of International Development.

The training will be held at the West Midlands Europe Hub in Brussels on Friday evening 17th January and all day Saturday 18th January 2020.

The training, aimed at early to mid-career professionals, will provide a solid introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals in context and detailed knowledge on the framing, implementation and implications of Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful, just and inclusive societies. It will take a critical approach to the dominant international development agenda. It will enable participants to situate the Sustainable Development Goals in an intellectual history of thinking on development, as well as the contemporary challenges of the pressures on multilateralism and resources and demands for evidence-based policy making.

This joint training is part of the enhanced collaboration between VUB/IES/Vesalius College and Warwick.

“The Politics of International Development” starts on Friday January 17 at 18.30
with an Expert Session, followed by a Light Reception from 20.00
Saturday Training Sessions run from 9.00 until 17.00

LOCATION: West Midlands Europe Hub Office,

Avenue d'Auderghem 22-28, 22-28 Oudergemlaan, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium

The training is open to 20 participants and is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants should have at least a bachelor’s degree and preferably a minimum of 3 years’ work experience. To apply to participate please e-mail admissions@vesalius.edu adding “The Politics of International Development” in the subject line and attaching a brief CV.

The training is free of charge for the selected participants and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The deadline for applications is January 7th. Selected participants will be notified by January 10th.

Thu 12 Dec 2019, 10:31 | Tags: Front Staff UG Faculty of Social Sciences

PAIS once again ranked 1st in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is ranked 1st of 84 UK Politics departments in The Times/The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This influential national league table reflects latest data, including student satisfaction (NSS), research excellence, and graduate prospects.

The University of Warwick is ranked 10th overall.

Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of PAIS, commented:

“Students and staff in PAIS will be justifiably proud that, for the second year in a row, the Department has been ranked 1st among UK Politics Departments in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020. This wonderful result underscores that our twinned commitment to viewing students as partners in our education strategy and as beneficiaries of our long-standing research excellence is a winning formula for sustained success. With a renewed focus in 19/20 on employability, internationalisation, widening participation, and equality and diversity – featuring initiatives to deepen our EU partnerships, further liberate the curriculum, and enhance the student voice – this latest league table success is a terrific start to the new academic year. Over the coming weeks my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming all new and returning students to the Department and to driving forward these agendas together.”

Dr Justin Greaves, Director of Student Experience and Progression, commented:

“This outstanding result is testament to all the brilliant students and staff in PAIS. This league table shows how we are a leader, both within the Russell Group and the sector as a whole, in terms of student experience and teaching quality. It is particularly pleasing to see our results have increased yet further in these categories. I look forward to working with all our incoming and returning students to ensure that the PAIS department goes from strength to strength, combining intellectual stretch and rigour with the highest possible levels of academic support.”

We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this outstanding achievement. With a number of exciting and ambitious plans for the 2019/20 academic year and beyond, we look forward to sustaining and building on these successes in the months and years ahead.

Mon 23 Sep 2019, 11:52 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences

Vincenzo Bove publishes column summarising his recent research on immigration, fear of crime, and public spending on security

Vincenzo Bove has published a column on VoxEU summarising his recent research on immigration, fear of crime, and public spending on security. Using data on more than 8,000 Italian municipalities from 2003 to 2015, the study finds that immigration led to increased spending on police due not to higher crime rates but to unfounded fears of criminality. The relation between immigration and municipal spending on police protection was particularly pronounced for immigrants from culturally distant societies.

The column is available here: https://voxeu.org/article/immigration-fear-and-public-spending-security

Thu 05 Sep 2019, 10:41 | Tags: Front Staff Faculty of Social Sciences Research

PAIS academic awarded prestigious European Research Council Starting Grant

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.”

Wed 04 Sep 2019, 13:48 | Tags: Front Staff Impact Faculty of Social Sciences Research

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