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911, 2016

Should Trump’s election be seen as a ‘Black Swan‘ event? What does it mean for the UK?

By |November 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should Trump’s election be seen as a ‘Black Swan‘ event? What does it mean for the UK?

By Dr Steve McCabe, Economist at Birmingham City University’s Business School

In considering today’s momentous event, the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America, I am reminded of the phenomenon known as a ‘black swan event’. This phenomenon is essentially something that is such a surprise that the occurrence would […]

1207, 2016

What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By |July 12th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What our new Prime Minister thinks about companies, and why we should pay attention

By Timothy James, senior lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Law

When Theresa May was running for leader of the Conservative Party (twenty four hours ago), she started her campaign with a speech in Birmingham.  What happened while she was speaking has comprehensively upstaged what she had to say.  But as a first indication of […]

706, 2016

What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

By |June 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

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

The arrest of Gregoire Moutaux by Ukrainian internal security – the SBU – shows that potential terrorist threats can come from all sides of the political spectrum at a time when it is very easy to be solely focused on the […]

1803, 2016

What does the budget tell us about Osborne’s ambitions?

By |March 18th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What does the budget tell us about Osborne’s ambitions?

By Dr Steve McCabe , Birmingham City Business School
The Budget speech delivered by Chancellor George Osborne tells us much about his desire to ensure that issues of the economy are driven by political dogma rather than what is necessarily good for the economy. Osborne is, of course, not exceptional to every other Chancellor of the […]

2402, 2016

Women being given £3,000 ‘birth budgets’ doesn’t hide the fact that services are under resourced

By |February 24th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Women being given £3,000 ‘birth budgets’ doesn’t hide the fact that services are under resourced

Alison Edwards, senior lecturer in Midwifery at Birmingham City University

Provision of women’s choice has always been high on the midwifery agenda however, there are a number of blocks that may hinder the implementation of ‘birth budgets’, announced in the news this week.

Just because a woman is given money to access services doesn’t alter the fact […]

902, 2016

Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

By |February 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

Dr James Treadwell, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Having spent a considerable part of the last year in prison undertaking an ethnographic study of violence and victimisation, I greeted David Cameron’s announcements on his planned reform of English and Welsh prisons today (initially at least) with some optimism.  But as I looked further […]

2412, 2015

The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By |December 24th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The harsh reality of getting back to normal

By Dr Steve McCabe

Some seven years on from the 2008 GFC (Global Financial Crisis) it seems that memories are fading as to what caused a crash that, as well as being compared to the infamous 1929 Wall Street Crash, wrought havoc in markets across the world. It’s worth remembering that the 1929 crash in America […]

2212, 2015

England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

By |December 22nd, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on England’s ‘Devolution Revolution’ and the role of universities

Professor Julian Beer, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University

George Osborne heralded a ‘devolution revolution’ at the Spending Review and Autumn Statement on Wednesday 25 November, intended to ‘spread economic power and wealth’ and ‘invest in our long term infrastructure’. The five devolution deals so far announced – the Liverpool City Region, North East, Sheffield City Region, Tees […]

1412, 2015

Is the Paris climate change agreement a solution or cop out?

By |December 14th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Is the Paris climate change agreement a solution or cop out?

By Alister Scott, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning, Birmingham City University

After two weeks of tense negotiations, on Saturday evening we finally heard the outcome from the Paris talks on climate change.

The agreement was celebrated with many fine words and self-congratulatory standing ovations, claiming that this landmark agreement would be a huge leap for mankind and […]

2611, 2015

Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

By |November 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Now you see it, now you don’t – The case of the incredible Mr Osborne

George Osborne is in many ways, lucky. Whilst he is the chancellor who inherited the deficit from the Labour government in 2010 he is lucky that though he regularly broke promises made concerning budgetary predictions, he maintains a pretty decent level of support amongst the general public. This week’s announcement that tax credit cuts will […]