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PoPP E-zine: June 2014 The Latest News from the Department of Politics and Public Policy RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXPERTISE NEWS Housing Frontline Futures A short video is available to view on YouTube from the launch of the interim findings of the research led by Jo Richardson for the Chartered Institute of Housing and Wheatley Group. The event took place in Glasgow at the CIH Scotland's Annual Conference and Exhibition, 11-13 March 2014. The full research report will be launched at the CIH Annual Conference in Manchester, 24-26 June 2014. Further details are available from the Centre for Comparative Housing Research.

Provision of Housing for Older People Tim Brown is a member of a research team that has been successful in winning this research project for the Department for Communities and Local Government. Tim is leading the work stream on a rapid evidence assessment of previous research and policy in the UK, North America and Western Europe. Expertise and Appointments Alistair Jones is now one of the Public Administration Committee (part of the Joint University Council) delegates on the International Guide to Academic Quality. This body has taken over from the European Academic Journal Guide and the Association of Business School ABS Guide. Tim Brown, on behalf of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research, has submitted evidence to the independent Elphicke Review of housing and housing supply (May 2014). In the Media Alistair Jones:  was on BBC Radio Leicester, discussing the resignation of Maria Miller as Culture Secretary (9 April 2014); and  wrote the ‘First Person’ column in the Leicester Mercury on 11 April 2014 about the same issue. The article is available from

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PhD News On 2 May 2014 Michael Dadd was successful in his PhD viva, with minor corrections. Jane Scullion has completed a two week exchange visit to the University of Oslo's Department of Political Science which involved study visits to the Institute of Social Research and the City of Oslo Council (28 April to 9 May 2014). Jane is also returning to Norway in mid-June to give a paper at a conference entitled 'New Trends in the Public Sphere', the second Åsgårdstrand Conference on Institutional Change, funded by the Norwegian Research Council. Ed Thompson is convening a British Academy of Management - Inter-Organizational Collaboration special interest group event at Cranfield University, Bedford on 20 June 2014. It is aimed at early career researchers (PhD students and post-doctoral researchers). The split is 50/50 between public and private sector papers. Attendees and contributors are still required. Please contact Ed for further details and to submit an abstract Centre of European Governance In 2013 DMU was awarded the status of a ‘Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence’, in recognition of the University’s existing strengths in the areas of European public policy, politics, modern history and law. Annual Conference The Centre of European Governance (@DMU_CEG) held its first annual academic conference on 5 June 2014 at De Montfort University on the theme of ‘EU Enlargement and the Western Balkans: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Ahead’. It brought together a number of leading scholars, policy practitioners and analysts who work on Southeast Europe/the Western Balkans and/or aspects of EU integration in region. The conference was organised by Dr Kenneth Morrison, a Reader in Modern Southeast European History and the Co-Director of the CEG. Visiting Researchers The Centre welcomed two visiting professors in the Department from 28 April to 2 May 2014 who were working with DMU colleagues in the CEG. Dr Ana Isabel Xavier is an Assistant Professor in Nova University (Lisbon) and a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in the Research Unit in Political Science and International Relations (NICPRI) and International Relations Portuguese Institute (IPRI). She is a member of the European Commission’s Team Europe developing, from several years, training activities on European Studies, Human Rights, Non-Formal Education and Citizenship. Her main research interests and publications include the European Union, Security and Defence, Human Security, Human Rights and Globalization. Ana Isabel Xavier is frequently invited by civilian and military institutions for conferences and lectures. She is a member of the Portuguese Political Science Association (APCP), Portuguese Security Studies Network (PT-SSN), Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies

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(UACES) and International Studies Association (ISA). Further details available from and Dr Valentina Colcelli is a Jean Monnet Module Leader and research fellow at the Department of Law of the University of Perugia (Italy). She has completed her PhD on Rights and interests between domestic and EU legal systems. The dissertation has recently been published as a monographic book in a book series of Italian law scientific community. Her teaching and research activities have been, since the beginning of her career, devoted to EU Law integration processes and interaction of domestic and European law in shaping rights, interest and markets regulation. In particular her main topic of research is represented by the EU individual rights and the relevance of the individual in the EU law. She has published books concerning EU integration and more than 40 papers in various journals, including international high-ranking ones, such as Energy Policy and the European Review of Private Law. On the topics she has delivered lectures and research seminars in several international universities at all teaching levels and participates in research projects both in and outside the EU, for example, Tecnologico of Monterrey, Mexico City; University of Buenas Aires, Argentina). She is a member of several projects funded by the EU. She has long-lasting research cooperation international research groups. Between 6 and 9 May 2014 the Centre also welcomed Prof Wei Shen from ESSCA School of Management (Angers, France). Prof Shen’ visit was to focus on discussions with colleagues at DMU on the EU’s external relations, particularly with China and Asia. The visit is likely to lead to research projects through future collaborative research and funding applications. This also includes discussion on EU FP7/Horizon2020/Erasmus Mundus application evaluation with colleagues at Jean Monnet Centre and at De Montfort University. Further details are available from Conferences, Workshops & Events In Apri 2014 At the British Association of American Studies conference at the University of Birmingham (10-13 April) Clodagh Harrington presented a paper on the politics of food policy. At the Political Studies Association conference in Manchester (14-16 April):  Chris Goldsmith participated in a roundtable on the teaching-research nexus with two other National Teacher Fellows; and  Clodagh Harrington presented a paper on the Politics of Food Policy. Philip Davies:  presided over the annual Board meeting (1 to 6 April) of the European Association for American Studies, and its biennial conference in the Hague, Netherlands, in his role as President of EAAS. EAAS has about 4,500 members in over 30 nations;  hosted two days of the British Association for Canadian Studies annual conference at the British Library (24 to 26 April). Philip chaired one of the plenary lectures, and he presented Canadian Studies winners of Eccles Fellowships during the conference dinner;

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opened the National Collection of Flowering Cherry Trees at Keele University (30 April); and chaired in London an event with Michael Palin and photographer Michael Katakis discussing travelling and images (30 April).

In May 2014 Jonathan Davies visited Kwansei Gakuin University in Osaka (6-12 May), where he presented papers on his work on neighbourhoods and Gramscian conception of governance and held discussions about future links between De Montfort and Kwansei Gakuin. In June 2014 Tim Brown was a key speaker at a Leadership Foundation for Higher Education conference in Nottingham (6 June). Chris Goldsmith and Alison Statham will be participating in a workshop on undergraduate research at the first European teaching and learning conference for Politics, IR and European Studies at the University of Maastricht. In July 2014 Tim Brown is a keynote speaker at the Leicester Secular Society on 6 July. His topic is the future of social housing. New Publications Copus, C. (2014) Councillors’ perspectives on democratic legitimacy in English local government: politics through provision?, Urban Research & Practice, DOI:10.1080/17535069.2014.910922 Richardson, J. (2014) Roma in the News: an examination of media and political discourse and what needs to change, People, Place and Policy, Vol 8, No 1, available from Department Seminar Series To reserve your place(s) for any of the following seminars please contact Suzanne Walker at or telephone 0116 257 7780. 4 June 2014, 12.30pm, HU 3.96 Reclaiming Modernity: Democratic possibilities today, Professor Jeremy Gilbert, University of East London 11 June 2014, 12.30pm, HU 3.95 Work in Progress Seminar (WIPS): The Popular Discourse of Space Exploration in Russian and China, and its Application to Soft Power, Andy Thomas, PhD Researcher, De Montfort University The purpose of WIPS is to provide critical feedback on a draft journal article, or research bid, which means that the format differs from regular seminars. The presenter will give a brief overview, after which there is a detailed critical discussion of the work.

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COURSE AND STUDENT NEWS New Course for September 2014 start: MBA Housing Details for the new distance learning MBA Housing are available online or via Jo Richardson, the Programme Leader, Student Conference: Learning for the Future of Housing The Chartered Institute of Housing jointly ran an open day and student conference with the housing team on 3 June 2014 at De Montfort University. Further details and a copy of the presentation slides are available from Ros Lishman See also #studyhousing on Twitter. The Future of Social Housing Emma Lindley (@Emma_Lindley), a student on the BSc (Hons) Housing Studies degree, is one of the three finalists for the Chartered Institute of Housing Rising Stars 2014. There is a feature in the 17 April 2014 (pp10-12) edition of Inside Housing. The three finalists gave presentations at the CIH Student Conference on 3 June 2014, organised in conjunction with the housing team in the Department. Frontrunners The Department was represented at the DMU Frontrunners showcase event on 30 April 2014 where DMU Frontrunner and MA student Scott Leatham and Alasdair Blair were there to discuss the European Centre of Governance. Outreach Alistair Jones was on a Question Time panel at Beauchamp College on 2 May 2014. Other panel members included Richard Bettsworth, Editor of the Leicester Mercury and Zuffar Haq, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Harborough. Open Days Meet staff and find out about Department courses at the following open days: University Wide Open Day: Saturday 5 July 2014 Link to event details Postgraduate Faculty Open Day: Thursday 4 September 2014 Link to event details

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OTHER NEWS New staff The Department welcomed Jinghan Zeng as a new member of staff on 1 May 2014. Jinghan joins as a VC2020 lecturer from the University of Warwick where he has just submitted his PhD thesis for examination on the subject of the Chinese Communist Party's Capacity to Rule. On 28 April 2014 the Chinese ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, presented Jinghan the ‘2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Non-government Financed Students Abroad’ at an award ceremony at the Chinese Embassy. More details about Jinghan can be found on his website available from New Teacher Fellow Alistair Jones has been successful in his application to be a De Montfort University Teacher Fellow. The award recognises the passion, commitment and energy that Alistair brings to his classes. As a Department we now have the highest number of Teacher Fellows in the University. Nomination Suzanne Walker has been shortlisted for a DMU OSCAR for ‘Delivering a Great Service’. The awards ceremony takes place on 25 June 2014. DMU World The Department features in two items in the summer 2014 edition of the University’s publication DMU World:  

Mr Speaker chairs DMU student debate (pp30-31) and Students’ ideas go all the way to the House of Lords (pp40-41).

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