TWP blast from the past: Birmingham, 2007

TWP blast from the past: Birmingham, 2007

Lockdown 'holiday' activity includes all sorts of fun activities - baking banana-chocolate chip muffins, taking our usual family walk and cleaning out my computer folders. The latter can be a bit like career archaeology, and I found this beauty buried deep in a folder. In January 2007, I organised a conference called 'Making Politics Practical: [...]

Wavering between optimism and pessimism: Covid–19, corruption and organised crime

Wavering between optimism and pessimism: Covid–19, corruption and organised crime

This was first published by the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Organised Crime's special Covid-19 blog - Controcorrente. The series has an excellent range of authors and perspectives and is certainly well worth a follow. The original post can be found here. Friends and colleagues have heard me banging on about the [...]

Tackling corruption in environmental crime and natural resource governance: can Thinking & Working Politically help unlock the political will needed?

Tackling corruption in environmental crime and natural resource governance: can Thinking & Working Politically help unlock the political will needed?

Featured image courtesy of TNRC.  Webinar plus two-part blog series for the Tackling Natural Resource Corruption project. https://vimeo.com/404692928 Blog 1: Targeting corruption in environmental crime and natural resource governance: How can Thinking & Working Politically help to unlock political will? Blog 2: How can I integrate Thinking & Working Politically  into my day-to-day programming on natural resource [...]

What we’re reading on conflict & governance – Covid-19 edition, 9 April

What we’re reading on conflict & governance – Covid-19 edition, 9 April

Threads/News/Blogs/Thought pieces/Research Aimee-Noel Mbiyozo, Covid-19 responses in Africa must include migrants and refugees Call for considering the unique needs of migrants and refugees in Covid-19 interventions in order to avoid unnecessary negative consequences Alex Broadbent & Benjamin T H Smart, Why a one-size-fits-all approach to COVID-19 could have lethal consequences The World Health Organisation (WHO) [...]

Political will: What it is, why it matters for Extractives and how on earth do you find it?

Political will: What it is, why it matters for Extractives and how on earth do you find it?

This was first published by the Colombia Center on Sustainable Investment as part of a series coming out of work with the Executive Session on the Politics of the Extractives Sector.   The original post can be found here. Featured image taken by the author at a CSSI workshop.  An experienced development policymaker once said [...]

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 3 April

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 3 April

Week 2 of our special ‘What we’re reading’ email focused on emerging thinking on Covid-19 and the potential implications and insights from a governance and conflict perspective. DFID Research & Evidence Division -funded research teams designated with a 🌟. The list is compiled with my DFID colleague Alisha Patel and includes contributions sent in by [...]

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 27th March

What we’re reading on governance & conflict – COVID-19 edition, 27th March

(Image courtesy of Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash) My colleague Alisha and I are pausing the normal ‘What we’re reading’ email in order to focus on emerging thinking on Covid-19 and the potential implications for governance and conflict. The structure for this is slightly different to reflect the pace we’re working at – just a link [...]

Making a bit of time for non-work when travelling

Making a bit of time for non-work when travelling

I’ve spent a lot of time travelling for work over the past almost twenty years. While I’m incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to see so much of the world, it definitely tends to sound cooler than it is in reality. I’ve almost seen lots of places: out of the window of meetings and workshops, through the [...]

What I’m reading this month: October 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: October 2019 edition

Quick reads for short journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts)  ENACT, Organised Crime Index Africa I’m still working my way through this and thinking about the different ways in which it could be used, but this looks like a great initiative from ENACT. I was lucky enough to see Tuesday Reitano present some data at a serious organised [...]

What I’m reading this month: September 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: September 2019 edition

Delayed trains or heavy traffic (papers/journal articles/longer thought pieces) Patrick Porter, Why Britain doesn’t do grand strategy This paper from 2010 came up in my Twitter feed recently, and it’s well worth a (re)read. Porter argues that Britain’s lack of ‘grand strategy’ is due in part to not having clear enemies, to ‘delegating’ strategy to [...]