Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Major research award for global politics study at Exeter

03.04.2007
A world wide study into the affects of ethnicity on politics and society is beginning at the University of Exeter, thanks to £738,000 of funding from the Leverhulme Trust.

Gareth Stansfield, Associate Professor in Middle East Politics, will lead a team of researchers dedicated to the study of ‘ethnopolitics’ for the next 5 years.

The project will explore how and why life in many parts of the world seems to be dominated by ethnicity or the sense of belonging to a particular community, and how this affects societies in terms of how different ethnic groups interact with each other.

Dr Gareth Stansfield says: “It is rare for a day to go by in which news broadcasts do not contain some images relating to conflict of an ‘ethnic’ or ‘sectarian’ nature, from Palestine, Iraq, or the former Yugoslavia, through to problems in the cities of Europe as multi-culturalism is called increasingly into question. Ethnopolitics looks at the role of ethnic groups in political developments and is of significance around the world. Exeter will be taking the lead among UK universities by establishing this centre”.

Four researchers and three PhD students will be recruited to join a new centre led by Dr Stansfield, with involvement from other prominent academics already in Exeter. The field of ethnopolitics brings together political scientists, historians, social anthropologists, psychologists and geographers, among others. The study’s principal focus would be upon the most obvious examples of ethnopolitical conflict, including (but not limited to) Iraq, the Balkans, Ireland, Palestine, and Chechnya. The causes and management of conflict and the impact of gender will also be studies, along with statistical modelling of ethnopolitical issues.

Gareth Stansfield’s research is heavily focused upon ethnopolitical conflict in the Middle East. His recent work has focused upon the political development of the Kurds in Iraq, methods of conflict management (federalism, in particular), and conflict in divided cities.

The Leverhulme Trust, founded in 1925, awards around £30 million a year to support education and research. Dr Stansfield’s funding is a Research Leadership award, designed to support the building of a research team to tackle a distinctive research objective.

Abigail Dixon | alfa
Further information:
http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk
http://www.exeter.ac.uk

More articles from Studies and Analyses:

nachricht Drone vs. truck deliveries: Which create less carbon pollution?
31.05.2017 | University of Washington

nachricht New study: How does Europe become a leading player for software and IT services?
03.04.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)

All articles from Studies and Analyses >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Touch Displays WAY-AX and WAY-DX by WayCon

27.06.2017 | Power and Electrical Engineering

Drones that drive

27.06.2017 | Information Technology

Ultra-compact phase modulators based on graphene plasmons

27.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>