Opinion

809, 2016

In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

By |September 8th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

by Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, are we any safer now? I was at university when the 9/11 attacks happened in 2001. I remember the day vividly. I had just seen some friends after a trip abroad and on the […]

809, 2016

The Legacy of 9/11 – 15 Years On

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

‘Never forget’ is the oft repeated refrain used when talking about the attacks of September 11th 2001. Yet, it often seems an empty phrase brought out yearly for memorial services and invoked by politicians seeking to justify the latest round of new […]

609, 2016

Victoria, the Victorians and us

By |September 6th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Victoria, the Victorians and us

By Serena Trowbridge, Lecturer in English Literature 

109, 2016

‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

By |September 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of One of Us continues the “whodunit” style established in the first episode, but introduces and develops interesting themes that, from the point of view of a criminologist, are very interesting.

The most fascinating theme that I found myself being drawn to was the more philosophical […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

By |August 24th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

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

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1708, 2016

What do ‘doping whispers’ say about anti-doping and the state of sport?

By |August 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What do ‘doping whispers’ say about anti-doping and the state of sport?

By Dr Katinka van de Ven, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University and Kyle J.D. Mulrooney, PhD Fellow, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, University of Kent.

‘Rio 2016 is proving that sport is in crisis’

The ‘whisper’ that seems to follow every athlete that wins and especially those who break records, dominate their fields or see a […]

1508, 2016

Why is gemmology research so important?

By |August 15th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why is gemmology research so important?

By Dr Richard Taylor, lecturer in Gemmology at Birmingham City University’s School of Jewellery.

Gemmology is the study of gemstones and has been a separate academic endeavour to mineralogy, a more widely recognised and closely related subject, for over 100 years.

Gemstones have been recorded for over 2,000 years in human history as being both sort after […]

908, 2016

Pokémon Go and the Rise of the Phone Zombie

By |August 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Pokémon Go and the Rise of the Phone Zombie

Mark Brill, Senior Lecturer in Future Media at Birmingham City University looks at the health and safety implications surrounding the Pokémon Go app – and suggests this is nothing new.

A study by Facebook found that smartphone users checked their devices around 150 times per day. That was three years ago. If we now included Pokémon […]

2907, 2016

The UK economy: What happens next?

By |July 29th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The UK economy: What happens next?

With just over a month past since the UK voted to leave the European Union, Dr Steven McCabe, Associate Professor, Birmingham City University Business School looks at how this has effected the country’s economy and what will happen next.

Last week’s announcement by Philip Hammond that there is an intention to significantly change the Government’s economic […]

2707, 2016

Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

By |July 27th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Narcissism is key in understanding the Munich Massacre

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology, Birmingham City University, who specialises in spree killings, reflects on the Munich mass shooting tragedy. He suggests Ali Sonboly’s on-camera behaviour gives us a unique insight into the Narcissistic Hypothesis of spree killers, and the methods used by him represent a new level of forward planning by such perpetrators. […]