Quick reads for short journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Ali Breland, The bizarre and terrifying ‘deepfake’ video that helped bring an African nation to the brink I read a lot of stuff about corruption, crime and conflict (the 3Cs troika), but I have to admit that little I’ve read recently has freaked me out as much as… Read More What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition
In keeping with our new tradition, I did a ‘Friday Thread’ on some of the work I’ve been doing for DFID, beginning to think through what a research offer on SOC might look like. It’s early days, with a lot more work to be done, and this thread shares some of this thinking. LOOK BOTH… Read More Bringing serious & organised crime into development research
Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Rim Turkmani, Devolution of power or decentralisation of power in Syria? This blog from the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme looks at how fragmentation of the previously highly-centralised state in Syria has led to the rise of regional and local elites drawing legitimacy from ethno-sectarian narratives, the use of violence and control… Read More What I’m reading this month: June 2019 edition
This blog originally featured on the College of Social Science blog, University of Birmingham. Like over 10 million people in the UK, I have been glued to my tv for the past six Sunday evenings for Line of Duty season five. Since 2012, Superintendent Ted Hastings, DI Kate Fleming and DS Steve Arnott from the… Read More What can Line of Duty tell us about corruption?
Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Explain ZA, State capture: three reasons why no one is in jail yet This short video from South Africa looks to explain to the general public why they’ve not seen any ‘big names’ convicted of corruption since President Ramaphosa came to power, but why we shouldn’t lose hope just yet. For… Read More What I’m reading this month: May 2019 version
Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Guardian, Teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams This is an uplifting, fascinating way to spend a few minutes, even if some of the kids featured face real challenges in their lives (including the ones from the UK and other ‘rich’ countries). I have a 14 year old and… Read More What I’m reading this month: November 2018 edition
Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Annie Kelly, British paedophiles target children in poor countries for online abuse This article looks at the NCA’s work investigating and prosecuting the estimated 80,000 UK nationals (just let that number sink in for a minute…) targeting children in poor and war-torn countries for cyber-assisted sexual abuse, including live streaming. Just… Read More What I’m reading this month: December 2018 edition