Archive for March, 2009

Survey Resources Network

By Kieron L Jones, on 27 March 2009

The Survey Resources Network (SRN) is a service funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to “co-ordinate and develop ESRC activities related to survey research methods”. The aim of the Network is to “provide a coherent and integrated approach to the development of skills and knowledge, the dissemination of research findings and research resources, and the promotion of best survey practice”. SRN offers flexible and practical training in survey skills, it contributes to ESRC strategy in survey research methods, and it explores new data management processes with the intention of improving the data collection process. SRN also offers online resources including the Survey Question Bank (the successor to the ESRC Question Bank) and links to other relevant online material.

RN is based at the University of Essex, in partnership with the Institute for Social and Economic Research, the National Centre for Social Research, the National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton, the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, and the UK Data Archive.

2009 European elections

By Kieron L Jones, on 24 March 2009

Intute has launched a new EU elections Blog.  It aims to provide students, researchers, teachers and information workers with a collection of links (plus some comment) on useful sites covering the EU elections which will take place in June 2009.

The Political Instability Task Force

By Kieron L Jones, on 23 March 2009

PITF The Political Instability Task Force (PITF) is a panel of scholars and methodologists which is funded by the Central Intelligence Agency. The PITF website is hosted by the Center for Global Policy at George Mason University. It investigates issues relating to state failure and political instability, specialising in the production of statistical datasets. This includes coverage of revolutionary wars, ethnic wars, adverse regime changes, and genocides and politicides. The main time period covered is currently 1955-2007. Users may download many of the datasets produced by the project from the website. Also accessible are associated codebooks and working papers. Information on methodology and copyright is provided.

Realtime Economics Issues Watch

By Kieron L Jones, on 23 March 2009

Peterson Institute Realtime Economics Issues Watch is a blog like website forum featuring senior fellows of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (a think tank based in Washington) who “discuss and debate their responses to global economic and financial developments as they occur each day and offer insights that others might overlook.” It also includes views on the current crisis in global financial markets, their impact on the real economy and the public policy choices confronting the United States and other countries. Articles are relatively short but still scholarly in tone and often contain references to further online readings. Users can view a summary of the most recent posts on the frontpage and explore the archive via subject tags / keywords or by date. It is also possible to sign for email alerts for the latest articles or to subscribe using the RSS feed.

2nd lecture in the 2009 Global Citizenship Lecture series

By Kieron L Jones, on 23 March 2009

Tuesday 31 March 2009, Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1

Speakers: Ransford Smith, Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth; Professor Orazio Attanasio, UCL and Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies; Simon Robinson, Time Magazine (Chair)

This is the second lecture in the 2009 Global Citizenship Lecture series, hosted jointly by UCL and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Registration will take place at 18.00 in UCL’s Cruciform Building, Gower Street WC1E 6BT.  The formal lecture will commence at 18.30 and will be followed by a drinks reception at 19.45 in the South Cloisters.

Places are limited, so if you wish to attend the lecture and reception on 31 March, please contact Louisa Diplock at l.diplock@ucl.ac.uk or 020 7679 9743 as soon as possible, and by Thursday 26 March at the latest.

Recent acquisitions

By Kieron L Jones, on 17 March 2009

The origins of modern spin book cover Max Weber’s complete writings on academic and political vocations / edited and with an introduction by John Dreijmanis
New York : Algora, c2008.

Britain since 1918 : the strange career of British democracy / David Marquand
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008.

Politics, gender, and concepts : theory and methodology / edited by Gary Goertz and Amy G. Mazur
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008.

The origins of modern spin : democratic government and the media in Britain, 1945-51 / Martin Moore
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillian, 2006.

Handbook of experimental economics results / edited by Charles R. Plott and Vernon L. Smith
Amsterdam ; Oxford : North-Holland, 2008.

Uncertain demographics and fiscal sustainability / edited by Juha M. Alho, Svend E. Hougaard Jensen
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008.

A game-theoretic perspective on coalition formation / Debraj Ray
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2007.

Growth theory and sustainable development / Lucas Bretschger
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, c1999.

Meeting of the Interdisciplinary Society for International Development

By Kieron L Jones, on 10 March 2009

The second meeting of UCL’s Interdisciplinary Society for International Development (ISID; www.ucl.ac.uk/isid) is being held this Wednesday.

WHAT: Presentations of research related to international development from across UCL
WHEN: 4-6pm, Wednesday 11th March (with refreshments to follow)
WHERE: Room 106, Roberts Building (at the top of Malet Place, opposite Waterstones)
MORE DETAILS: www.ucl.ac.uk/isid/meetings.html

The society aims to provide a platform for UCL students and researchers with an interest in international development to engage with other disciplines from across the university. More information on the society can be found on the ‘About us’ page at www.ucl.ac.uk/isid/about.html.

If you have any questions please contact ucugw3i@ucl.ac.uk

Pre-exams extended library opening

By Kieron L Jones, on 9 March 2009

In order to support students preparing for exams, UCL Library Services increases the opening hours of its two largest and busiest campus libraries, the Main and Science Libraries, from the end of Term 1 until late May.

In the Main and Science Libraries, 24 hour opening will operate from Monday 30th March until Saturday 30th May. Please note however that, during this period, there are closures for Easter and shorter hours on the Bank Holidays. Please note also that 24 hour opening does not include the hours between closure on Saturdays at 2100 and re-opening on Sundays at 1100. Full details of arrangements, including news of any changes to planned opening, are available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/opening

Up to date details of arrangements for other UCL libraries are (or will be shortly) also available from the above site.


By Kieron L Jones, on 2 March 2009

ISN The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is a leading open access information service in the field of security and defense studies, peace and conflict research, and international relations. Established in 1994, its mission is to promote greater knowledge sharing, learning and collaboration through building a portfolio of free, high-quality information services, providing e-learning consulting, content and technology services and products, hosting a comprehensive security training programme for the intelligence community, and offering technical, editorial and administrative support to a host of online communities.