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What’s in a smirk?

When we see a politician smirk, we all know exactly what it means. At least we think we do, explains Dr Elisabeth Blagrove from the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology.

Sun 13 Feb 2022, 19:36 | Tags: Politics Science & Technology Psychology

Good jobs and why they matter

Good jobs are not a pick ‘n’ mix option - they should be hardwired into the UK economy, explains Professor Chris Warhurst, from the University of Warwick's Institute for Employment Research.

A nudge in the right direction for the environment

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our present time. Whilst the world’s leaders are gathering in the UK to reassert their commitment to tackle climate change at COP26, the need for action has never been greater. But how do we get people to engage at an individual level asks Dr Lory Barile an expert in nudge theory from Warwick’s Department of Economics.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 15:56 | Tags: Politics Business & Economy Psychology Economics

Enhancing urban resilience through citizen science

As 70 per cent of the world population lives in cities, improving urban resilience against disaster is paramount, and to do this effectively you need to involve the communities most affected say Professor Jon Coaffee, Politics and International Studies and Academic lead for the Global Research Priority in Sustainable Cities, University of Warwick, and Dr Vangelis Pitidis, Politics and International Studies.

What is the Energy Trilema and how could it help form policy that will insulate the UK from future energy disruption?

If we are to take action that will avoid future energy crises, then we need to examine UK energy policy through the lens of the Energy Trilemma, says Dr Jonathan Clarke from the University of Warwick’s Centre for Global Sustainable Development.

Climate finance: rich countries aren’t meeting aid targets – could legal action force them?

The climate crisis is already taking a heavy toll on some developing countries, causing damage to crops and infrastructure and loss of people’s homes and communities, explains Harpreet Kaur Paul, from the University of Warwick's School of Law.

Thu 14 Oct 2021, 21:26 | Tags: Politics & Society Politics Law Business Economics Sociology

Gas price spike: how UK government failures made a global crisis worse

Concerns are growing about the security of winter gas supplies, and industries reliant on gas, such as the fertiliser industry, are curtailing production, threatening various supply chains. Professor Michael Bradshaw from Warwick Business School explains.

What is the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act and why is it changing?

The 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act is being abolished. It was unsatisfactory in many respects, but some of the underlying issue it raises remain unresolved, says Professor Wyn Grant from PAIS.

Wed 12 May 2021, 17:31 | Tags: Politics & Society Politics

How will ‘do-it-yourself development’ work in the post-pandemic world?

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a monumentally disruptive impact on the international development sector, explains Dr Seb Rumsby from Warwick’s Department of Politics and International Studies.

Fri 26 Mar 2021, 13:45 | Tags: Politics & Society Public Health Politics Sociology

Women and the Politics of the Parish

Jackie Weaver may have become a social media sensation overnight with her calm, authoritative management of a contentious parish council meeting held on Zoom, but she is not a lone pioneer, says Professor Sarah Richardson from Warwick’s Department of History.

Mon 08 Feb 2021, 14:15 | Tags: Arts & Culture Politics History

Operation Rubicon: the most successful intelligence heist of the 20th Century

Recent revelations of a collaboration between American and West German intelligence agencies, known as Operation Rubicon, have led to the total re-evaluation of our perception of intelligence activities during the Cold War, explain Dr Melina Dobson, Dr Jason Dymydiuk and Sarah Mainwaring from PAIS.

Mon 09 Nov 2020, 12:42 | Tags: Politics & Society Politics History