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1506, 2017

The UK Can Still Lead ‘Mission Innovation’ on Cleaning Urban Air

By |June 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The UK Can Still Lead ‘Mission Innovation’ on Cleaning Urban Air

by Dr Michaela Kendall, Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment

Air Pollution in Cities is Nothing New

Since the VW emissions scandal broke, air pollution in cities has remained a top public health concern. With such stories rarely out of the news, you could be forgiven for thinking that […]

604, 2017

‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

By |April 6th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘We want our country back’: nation, race and emotion in contemporary England

by Steve Garner, Professor of Critical Race Studies at Birmingham City University

‘We want our country back!’ was a rallying cry for the Leave campaign in the June 2016 referendum. Similar concerns are expressed in Donald Trump’s campaign, ‘Make America Great Again’.

Indeed, 2016 witnessed a renewed focus of Anglo-American politics on specific instrumentalist uses of the […]

504, 2017

The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Road to Murder: Why driving is the occupation of choice for serial killers

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Peter Sutcliffe, Robert Black, John Duffy, David Mulcahy, Fred West, Peter Tobin, Levi Bellfield and Steve Wright: All Serial killers who hunted for their prey on Britain’s Roads.

Despite the wealth of academic literature relating to serial murderers, there has been little research into how the […]

3103, 2017

Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

By |March 31st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Terrorism and technology: Exploring Amber Rudd’s comments on encryption

Dr Andrew Whiting, lecturer in Security Studies at Birmingham City University, responds to Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s comments that strong encryption is “completely unacceptable” without the possibility of access by the state and that the authorities must be given access to messages sent through encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp.

Cultural theorist Paul Virilio remarked that ‘to […]

303, 2017

My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

By |March 3rd, 2017|In The News, Student Life, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My experience of working on a specially-commissioned virtual reality film

Chaise-Louise Newman is a second year undergraduate at Birmingham School of Acting, part of Birmingham City University. Studying Applied Performance, she appears in new road safety video ‘Every Choice Counts’, the UK’s first virtual reality film which features ‘branching’ technology. Made by West Midlands Fire Service and produced with FirstCar Media, the education package allows […]

203, 2017

Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Sex education to be compulsory in England’s schools – Should parents have a say?

by Dr Keeley Abbott, lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

The government’s announcement this week to make Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) compulsory within all secondary schools in England represents a much welcome step towards improving the status and scope of SRE.

Since its inception, the progression of SRE has been somewhat limited, with this […]

2302, 2017

Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

By |February 23rd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Can murderer Ian Stewart be considered as a ‘Black Widower’?

by Dr Adam Lynes, Criminologist at Birmingham City University

Ian Stewart, the fiance of children’s author Helen Bailey, has today been sentenced to 34 years in prison for her murder. The conviction of Ian Stewart has raised questions into how and why a seemingly loving partner would want to kill their spouse. In exploring this question, […]

802, 2017

Beyoncé is expecting twins! How will Blue Ivy feel?

By |February 8th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Beyoncé is expecting twins! How will Blue Ivy feel?

by Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

For celebrities, a pregnancy often brings additional press coverage and attention whether wanted or not; and as a consequence celebrity babies can become a key focus for the media.

Any pregnancy is a special event, but expecting twins as Beyoncé is, can make this twice as […]

102, 2017

Only joking! Offensive humour on television

By |February 1st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Only joking! Offensive humour on television

For their forthcoming book ‘Provocative Screens’ Dr Anne Graefer, Lecturer in Media Theory, Birmingham City University has been researching with Dr Ranjana Das from University of Leicester on what really offends people when watching television.

Their interviews with 90 adults in the UK and Germany revealed quickly that humour and comedy is a minefield when it […]

2911, 2016

Reflections on Brexit, Precarious Work and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

By |November 29th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Reflections on Brexit, Precarious Work and the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

By Alex de Ruyter, Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School

During the referendum campaign, one of the key themes articulated by ‘Remain’ campaigners was that a vote to leave the EU was a vote to drastically alter (i.e. reduce) the scope of protective employment regulations in the UK workplace. In response to this, […]