Opinion

2004, 2017

To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

By |April 20th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on To wear or not to wear? Shakespeare and his interest in fashion

by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University

Playwrights and actors trade in illusion. They draw you into thinking that pretence is the real thing. If they’re like Shakespeare, they also love reminding you that acting really is only pretending, and that it’s not only actors […]

1104, 2017

Murdered Abroad: Supporting those affected by homicide in a foreign country

By |April 11th, 2017|Opinion|Comments Off on Murdered Abroad: Supporting those affected by homicide in a foreign country

By Liam Brolan, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

According to figures published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 83 British people fell victim to homicide in a foreign country in the year 2014.  Cases of homicide abroad can often attract a large amount of media attention and consequently the impact of the murder reaches […]

1004, 2017

The Region’s Robust Performance Continues in March

By |April 10th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Region’s Robust Performance Continues in March

According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for March released today:

Market sentiment likely to be drive by political, if not military factors over the next few weeks.
China offers key trading concessions to US, notably on finance and agriculture
Midlands PMIs softened in March, in the WM easing to 56.1 in March from […]

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 […]

504, 2017

Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

By |April 5th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Bargaining our Safety – Brexit and its implications for Counter Terrorism

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has now officially triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty formally notifying the other 28 member states of Europe of The United Kingdom’s intention to leave.

Whilst most popular discussion of Brexit has focussed on issues such […]

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 […]

1303, 2017

Region records strongest growth in Britain

By |March 13th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Region records strongest growth in Britain

According to the latest Lloyds Bank regional PMI for February released today (Monday March 13):

Output growth in the WM & EM strongest in Britain at 57 (down from 60.1 previously) and 55 (up from 53.5 in January) respectively.
Output performance eases but remains vibrant, with business activity accelerating in EM.
Price pressures continue to […]

703, 2017

Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

By |March 7th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Broadchurch episode 2 – a treasure trove and a Pandora’s Box

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of Broadchurch (S03 E02) was absolutely packed full of the type of issues and debates that anyone involved in or affected by crime and criminal justice (i. e. ALL of us) should be paying attention to.

The episode began […]

203, 2017

We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By |March 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on We must be careful not to body-shame models at the centre of Zara social media storm

By Dr Gemma Commane, Lecturer in Media and Communications at Birmingham City University’s School of Media
Women are more than just the sum total of their bodies, but public commentary (from both men and women) brings us back to one central issue. The issue is that women’s bodies are always scrutinised and seen as public property, […]