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Blog: Power, royalty and the smile revolution
24 September 2014

What's in a smile? Colin Jones, Professor of History at Queen Mary University of London, writes about royal teeth, power, and the smile revolution.

Blog: Britain's constitutional crisis moves from acute to severe
19 September 2014

Dr Robert Saunders, Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary University of London, argues that promises made in the final weeks of the campaign may result in a political hangover for David Cameron and his government.

Blog: We are all sweet enough; it’s time for less sugar now
18 September 2014

Katharine Jenner, Lecturer in Nutrition and Public Health at QMUL, asks - should we be eating sugar at all?

Blog: A Yes vote would see the UK civil service face its biggest test since 1922
18 September 2014

Professor Perri 6 from QMUL's School of Business and Management explores the implications for civil servants and the national interest in the event of a Yes vote in the Scottish referendum.

Blog: How could smartphones be easier to use when we can’t look at the screen?
12 September 2014

Dr Nick Bryan-Kinns, Reader in Interaction Design in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science tells us about his latest research into how sighted and visually impaired people use touchscreen devices that they can’t see. This paper won the Best Short Paper prize at the Human Computer Interaction Conference 2014.

Image: Blog: UN managerialism should not stifle the voices of the poor
11 September 2014

Dr Clive Gabay, Senior Lecturer in politics at Queen Mary University of London, looks ahead to the expiration of the Millennium Development goals and asks if we're destined to repeat the same mistakes.

Image: Blog: Ebola and West Africa: where did all the development money go?
11 September 2014

Dr Sophie Harman argues that while the inadequate international response has compounded the Ebola crisis, it is the region’s chronically weak and desperately resourced health infrastructure which is the critical factor.

Dr Tessa Wright Blog: More women into construction? Olympic Park project shows the way
9 September 2014

Dr Tessa Wright, Senior Lecturer from QMUL's School of Business and Management, reflects on the success of the Women into Construction project.

Dr Rainbow Murray Blog: Politics: It’s time to talk about quotas for men
18 August 2014

Dr Rainbow Murray of QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations argues that it is time to "reframe gender quotas as quotas for men."

Blog: What next for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party?
7 August 2014

Professor Tim Bale reflects on Boris Johnson’s planned return to the House of Commons, and asks if he has what it takes to make it to the top.

Blog: Google Glass in the operating theatre
11 July 2014

By Shafi Ahmed, Associate Dean at Queen Mary University of London and Colorectal Cancer Lead at Barts Health NHS Trust

Blog: How does online dispute resolution empower consumers?
16 June 2014

Online dispute resolution (ODR) offers an invaluable means of access to justice for consumers who have a dispute with a business, but are deterred by the costs and barriers involved from going to court.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame Blog: Rwanda - The Politics of Success, Silence and Genocide Leverage
17 April 2014

In the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda has wisely used international aid to transform its infrastructure and economy. But how far is progress being marred by its oppressive political regime?

Image courtesy of RIA Novosti archive, image #389238 / Olga Butenop Blog: World War II symbolism runs deep in Ukraine-Russia standoff
14 March 2014

Many of the images of pro-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine, from Crimea to Donetsk, have shown them wearing black-and-orange-striped ribbons. The symbolism here is opaque to most Western observers, it is the “George Ribbon”, from a Tsarist-era medal for bravery that was reinstated under a different name following the battle of Stalingrad in 1943.

Blog: Are Tory activists weeding out 'moderate' MPs?
11 March 2014

When two Conservative MPs were deselected in rapid succession by their local constituency associations, it marked to some a welcome assertion of grassroots rights and power.  To others, it was no such thing.

Blog: Searching for patterns is essential for our survival
10 March 2014

Iconic musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse all died at the age of 27. Why do we read into these random instances as patterns?

Blog: The Tories should stop their silly games about a second coalition
6 March 2014

Tactically, strategically and constitutionally, it's utter madness for the Prime Minister to rule out another coalition, says Tim Bale.

Photo courtesy of Purple Sherbert Photography Blog: Are we really wedded to gay rights?
6 March 2014

For British gay rights campaigners, 2014 already looks like a year to remember. England and Wales will join the small club of nations that allow same-sex couples to marry. Meanwhile, the Sochi winter Olympics have sparked global outrage against Russian homophobia. Surely reasons to celebrate?

Blog: What does canine anatomy have to do with clinical trials?
4 March 2014

Queen Mary academics Dr Richard Hooper and Dr Liam Bourke put a new twist on a classic research design.

Blog: Who is watching the watchers?
12 February 2014

We are being watched. Our movements and activity tracked. Our data is being traded behind the scenes, changing hands many times without our knowledge.

Dr Jonathan Grey, with a common carp caught by local fishermen. Despite having been introduced into Lake Naivasha only 10 years ago, carp now dominates the fishery return, and is indicative of the degraded water quality of the lake. Blog: Farming and wetlands: readdressing the balance
5 February 2014

More than 50 per cent of our planet’s wetlands, from peatbogs to estuaries, both natural and man-made, are under threat from habitat destruction and climate change. 

Dr Jeremy Hicks exploring Russian film archives Blog: Why Holocaust films impel us to vigilance
24 January 2014

In the digital age, smartphones are ubiquitous with 24-hour rolling news, their camera lens contributing to the narrative of world events.

Eric Heinze, Professor of Law Blog: Rights against democracy - recalling International Human Rights Day
10 December 2013

The 10 December is International Human Rights Day, an event first celebrated 65 years ago. In this blog post, Professor of Law, Eric Heinze gives an insightful look into how human 'rights' have progressed over the centuries.

Blog: Turner Prize: What can cognitive scientists tell us about art?
6 December 2013How do people make sense of Tuner Prize nominee Tino Sehgal's These Associations? And what can cognitive scientists learn from the way they do it?
Blog: What was the point of the party conferences?
2 October 2013

Tim Bale, a professor in politics, ponders whether party conferences are still relevant today.

Blog: Policy making in and out of power: a dozen lessons
2 July 2013A blog post by Professor Tim Bale: At an event last week co-organised by the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London and kindly hosted by Jon Cruddas MP, who is in charge of Labour’s Policy Review, an audience gathered in the House of Commons to hear from three experienced policy people from across the party spectrum: James O’Shaughnessy (Director of the Conservative Research Department, 2007-10 and Director of Policy to the Prime Minister, 2010-2011), Polly Mackenzie (Senior Strategy Adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister since 2010 before which she was in charge of policy for the Lib Dems), and Nick Pearce (currently Director of the IPPR, formerly Head of the Number Ten Policy Unit, 2008-10).
Blog: Identity Politics in Your Wallet
26 June 2013

The Bank of England has come under storm for featuring too few women on its banknotes. Why not abandon the Great Britons approach altogether, argues Dr Helen McCarthy, lecturer in history.