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PoPP E-zine: March 2013 The Latest News from the Department of Politics and Public Policy RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE Early Career Research Fellowship Clodagh Harrington has been successful with her application for an Early Career Research Fellowship for 2013-14. Co-producing Research Jo Richardson has a co-authored a paper published as ‘advance access’ in the Community Development Journal. Beebeejaun, Y., Durose, C., Rees, J., Richardson, J. & Richardson, L. (2013) ‘Beyond text’: exploring ethos and method in co-producing research with communities. This article builds on an AHRC Connected Communities scoping study, available from Jo has also posted on this theme on the ‘British Politics and Policy at LSE’ blog as part of a discussion about the public engagement role of academics, In the Media Clodagh Harrington was a panel guest on BBC Radio Leicester’s Ed Stagg Programme on 16 February 2013, discussing the relationship between politicians and the truth. Conferences, Workshops & Events Alasdair Blair delivered two papers at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Long Beach, California, 8-10 February 2013 ( Similar or Different? A comparative analysis of Higher Education Research in Political Science and International Relations between North America and the United Kingdom. The Good the Bad and the Ugly: Using Twitter for teaching Politics and International Relations. At the invitation of the Fulbright Commission Philip Davies spent a day interviewing applicants for Fulbright awards (6 February 2013). Philip Davies attended events hosted by Politeia at the Carlton Club (14 February 2013), and by PBS TV at the US Embassy (21 February 2013) featuring presentations respectively by the US economist Irwin Stelzer and the US jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

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On 28 February 2013, Clodagh Harrington hosted a DMU Cultural Exchanges event on ‘US Politics and Healthcare Wars.’ The guest speaker was Dr Alex Waddan from the University of Leicester. EDUCATION AND TRAINING Student Success Christian Lennartz has been awarded his PhD at OTB Research Institute, Delft University of Technology for his research on competition between social and private rental housing. The empirical element of his research involved a comparative study of Breda and Coventry. Michael Oxley has been a supervisor for this research.

The future of housing education in the East Midlands Asset Skills and De Montfort University are working in partnership to establish what the future of housing education and skills might look like in the East Midlands by 2020. Please join us for a lunchtime seminar to discuss the education and skills needs of your housing/public services organisation. When: Monday 25 March 2013 Where: De Montfort University - Hugh Aston building room 3.91 Time: 12 noon until 2pm Staff from Asset Skills, DMU's Centre for Comparative Housing Research and the Higher Education Academy will be discussing how to help employers judge the education and training needs of staff in a changing housing sector. Delegates may wish to explore emerging themes such as working with the private sector and co-production of services or there may be a specific issue which you feel needs examining for your staff to be equipped to future-proof the way your organisation delivers housing services. For more information or to book your place, contact Vicki Bowring, Asset Skills at or call 01392 423399 or Jo Richardson at

OTHER NEWS Frontrunner Placements Applications are currently open for the following Frontrunner Placements, based in the Department which run from September 2013: Housing in Hong Kong Frontrunner Working within the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, the Frontrunner will be responsible for compiling a Hong Kong country case study with basic political, economic and social data, in order to provide a background for understanding the housing market. Other duties include undertaking a literature search and review of academic, professional and online texts and articles which seek to critically explain and analyse housing in Hong Kong.

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Placement details: Contact: Jo Richardson, Future of Housing Education and Training Frontrunner Working within the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, the Frontrunner will gain and develop skills in profiling the future direction of housing education and training through research, for example, by contacting housing organisations, housing education and training providers, profiling customers, etc. The role also entails investigating and applying how social media can be used to increase the online presence of housing education and training. Finally, the Frontrunner will be responsible for organising an event linked to Asset Skills and the Higher Education Academy on housing education and training. Placement details: pdf Contact Ros Lishman, For an application form and further details visit Department Seminar Series To reserve your place(s) please contact Suzanne Walker at or telephone 0116 257 7780. 1 May 2013 (HU 3.94), 3.00pm: The Politics of public engagement: Policy work by official participation practitioners - Oliver Escobar, University of Edinburgh. 8 May 2013 (HU TBC): Genre blurring in political science: what can we learn from the humanities?, Professor Rod Rhodes, Professor of Government (Research), University of Southampton/Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia). 5 June 2013 (HU 3.94), 3.00pm: Reclaiming Local Democracy: developing an ethical framework for local government - Ines Newman, Senior Research Associate, De Montfort University.

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