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Women in power: recent research perspectives

History and politics are mostly tales of men on the battlefield or men in dark suits, white shirts and a tie. And as Ewa Widlak showed in “2015, Women and Political Leadership“, only 7.3% of heads of state and 6.5% of heads of government are women right now, so the present doesn’t look much different. […]

Climate Change Skepticism in the UK Independence Party

On 6 May 2005, the day after the UK general election, the Euroskeptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) had much to be concerned about. Despite fielding 558 national candidates, UKIP had no seats in the UK Parliament and had won only nine seats on local councils. Ten years later, things have changed. UKIP currently holds 370 […]

Innovation policy mixes in the Baltic Sea Region

Anete Vītola In my paper, “Innovation policy mix in a multi-level context: The case of the Baltic Sea Region countries”, I analyze how multi-level innovation policy mixes function in the six countries of the Baltic Sea Region – Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The paper summarizes findings of my PhD thesis research on […]

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Is the EU’s commitment to the 2°C target unravelling?

Tim Rayner, Andy Jordan |

‘2°C is an objective,’ EU Climate and Energy Commissioner  Miguel Arias Cañete said in February 2015, when questioned over the status of the widely recognised target for preventing ‘dangerous’ global warming[1] at this December’s Paris UN climate conference. ‘If we have an ongoing process you cannot say it is a failure if the mitigation commitments […]

Will Britain be left behind by energy storage?

jolyongumbrell |

The prospect of either a UKIP government or a UKIP Tory coalition after the general election in May, could spell disaster for Britain’s renewable energy industry as well as the energy storage industry within the UK. UKIP’s energy policy is built around climate change denial, and the party is planning to repeal the 2008 Climate […]

New Horizons in the Europe of Knowledge

Europe of Knowledge | | 1 comment

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Inga Ulnicane and Meng-Hsuan Chou What are the boundaries of the Europe of Knowledge? Does a specific conceptualisation of scientific excellence lead to a more divided Europe of Knowledge? How are diverse aims of research policy such as economic competitiveness, societal relevance and research excellence reconciled? Do universities increasingly behave like private companies? These are […]

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Russia's suspension of the CFE Treaty: a matter of time, by Camille-Renaud Merlen

Camille-Renaud Merlen |

The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on 10 March that Russia would suspend its participation in the joint consultative group of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Force in Europe (CFE), thereby all but formally pulling out of the agreement. The application of the treaty had already been suspended by Russia in 2007, a move justified by […]

Gorillas, baboons and the wildilfe tourist 'You' in Uganda

Tina Schivatcheva |

‘Our cousins’ A furry face with a long snout and inquisitive eyes. He was not looking at us, the viewers – his attention was focused on the lush green jungle. The photo was taken in Uganda. ‘This is the baboon, our cousin,’ explained Dr. Busulwa, from the Makerere University [1]. Later I was to learn […]

We're in it together: the tangled web of EU politics

PoliticsatSurrey |

One of the recurring themes in talks I give about the EU is the notion of entanglement: the idea that ‘Europe’ is not some distant agency, doing things to us, but rather IS us (at least in part) and that we are caught up in it, whatever we feel about it. A couple of stories […]

Fair Trade – insights from Africa and the UK

Tina Schivatcheva |

Fairtrade – the global success story Fairtrade celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2014. Growing from an obscure niche market to a globally recognized phenomenon, today the label is an established part of the UK commercial industry. Fairtrade International (or ‘FI’ – formally known as Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International or ‘FLO’) is the international body made up of the […]

What is the European Civil Society?

Carolina García Hervás | | 1 comment

Despite the usual criticisms about Europe being in the hands of powerful lobby groups an handful of bureaucrats, the European Union is in a listening mood today. While it is embracing the participatory channel out of need, the European Union has never been perceived so far away by its citizens. Europe wants to hear your voice regardless of who you are and what you […]

‘No pity oh’ for the agaba of Nigeria

Tina Schivatcheva |

‘Dis rugged life I wan fash e oh’ [I want to leave] Ukanafun Base Boys, 2012, (Pratten, 2007: 94) [1] Audio file: Ukanafun Base Boys, 2012, courtesy of Dr. David Pratten   Nigeria – ‘the Giant of Africa’ Nigeria the “Giant of Africa” is the most populous country of the continent and also the one with […]

Policy Entrepreneurs: Key Players in Bottom-up Climate Policy

Jonas Schoenefeld |

As the top-down, United-Nations driven target setting approach to international climate through the Kyoto Protocol approach has increasingly been called into question, many have begun to highlight the advantage of bottom-up approaches. Whereas the top-down approach is analogous to divvying up a pie among different countries, the bottom-up approach means that each country contributes some […]

‘European ways' threaten a shy forest giant in Uganda

Tina Schivatcheva |

  The giant forest hog, a once abundant species in Uganda, now faces an uncertain future. ‘The giant forest hogs, they live in Uganda with us…,’ states Dr. Busulwa, a visiting scientist at Cambridge, from the Makerere University [1] . His ethical stance indicates attitude, different from the traditional conservation approaches, in which the goal has been […]

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