The China's Health Environment and Welfare (CHEW) Research Group aims to bring together graduate students and academic staff who are researching environment and welfare issues in China and beyond. The project aims to promote interdisciplinary dialogues and encourage future collaborations between participants. By providing the platform for such discussions, hosting speakers series and workshops we aim to create a hub for discussing environmental problems, receiving critical feedback and discussing pressing issues and approaches to environment and welfare.
On 9th May 2011, the Latin American Centre signed a collaboration agreement with CAF Development Bank of Latin America. The agreement encourages both institutions to combine efforts to generate and diffuse knowledge of Latin America, as an essential tool for economic and social development of the region.
The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.
Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.
Transitional justice (TJ) is a set of policy mechanisms aimed at actively promoting human rights protections. It is broadly defined as the judicial and non-judicial processes designed to reckon with past human rights violations following periods of political turmoil, state repression, or armed conflict. This project analyses the success of TJ in achieving goals of improving democracy and human rights and ending conflict.
Dr Robins’ next book will focus squarely on illicit drugs in the Middle East, and will cover some 10 countries in relation to the issue. He is committed to continuing with the topic. He has just published a paper on illicit drugs in Dubai. He is currently working on a paper addressing the issue of the impact of the ‘Arab Awakening’ on illegal drugs in Egypt. See publications
MOxLAD - Statistical series for more than forty economic and social indicators over the whole twentieth century, covering twenty countries in the region. It is designed as a resource for economic and social historians worldwide. It is the only source that brings together publicly available data for 1900-2000 from a wide range of official publications and presents them on a consistent basis. Coverage is now being expanded, both backwards to 1870 and forwards to 2010"
This project consists of a series of studies which investigates ethnic minorities’ experiences, from education to the labour market, notably in the North American, Australian, and Chinese contexts. The studies analyze the ‘ethnic penalty’ that emerges when looking at the relationship between the educational and occupational levels of ethnic minority members.
Paul Irwin Crookes recently participated as both speaker and panel chair in a policy-led seminar entitled ‘China, The West and the New Asian Century’, organised by LSE Ideas at the London School of Economics. Focusing on the twin themes of EU-China relations and the prospects for further economic integration within the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a regional actor, Paul’s research presentation explored the geostrategic and political tensions in the region in the context of China’s re-emergence as a global power.
This project, supported by research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, analyzes the interactions between the local state and NGOs in China.