Teaching About Terrorism

Meeting Announcement, September 2008

The arrest of Nottingham University postgraduate student Rizwaan Sabir and a Nottingham administrator Hicham Yezza in relation to the downloading of an ‘Al Qaeda’ manual for Rizwaan's dissertation research has highlighted the emerging and ongoing difficulties of teaching about ‘terrorism’ and political violence in the current climate.

C-Sap is establishing a working group to examine issues surrounding teaching about terrorism. This is an open invitation to the inaugural meeting of the network.  The agenda is open for participants to determine how the network should function, but it is important that the meeting thinks concretely about outcomes and about the function and purpose of future meetings.  Goals might include collaborative work on teaching resources, guidance on difficult issues and discussion about collective projects in this area.

Local Public Service Television

Dave Rushton Director, Institute of Local Television and Public Interest Fellow, Department of Geography & Sociology, University of Strathclyde 

Local Identity and Spectrum Rights, A5, two chapters, 32 pages, ISBN: 1 899405 09 7

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The terrestrial delivery of spectrum is always local. Combinations of local transmissions from relays and transmitters are configured to provide regional, nation and state-wide service.

Alternatives to Privatisation and Commercialisation of Water Delivery in Europe

A PIRN Report on the meeting held to discuss water issues in Europe at Scotland House, Brussels, 7th to 8th January 2008.

Jim Cuthbert, Margaret Cuthbert, February 2008

At the beginning of the year around fifty people from sixteen countries took part in a seminar in Brussels, organised by Strathclyde University, on water issues in Europe, and, in particular, on the re-municipalisation of water. The meeting was largely organised by Scots, (through the Public Interest Research Network at Strathclyde University), and was held in Scotland House, Brussels. Scotland House is run by Scotland Europa, an alliance which presents Scotland’s interests in Europe: (Strathclyde University is a member of Scotland Europa).

The main theme of the conference was “Alternatives to Privatisation and Commercialisation of Water Delivery in Europe”, and the common thread was that all those present, who included academics, campaigners, researchers, trade unionists, and some of the senior management involved in running very large publicly owned water companies, such as the president of the company that supplies Paris with water, had an interest in protecting the public ownership of water - and in reversing the movement towards water privatisation.

Water report published

The PIRN Water Research Group today published a new report on the regulation of the Scottish Water Industry. It shows that the system of regulation makes Scottish Water inherently and increasingly subject to pressure for privatisation.  

The report examines the major policy options for the future of Scottish Water: Privatisation, mutualisation and democratisation.

On every major index, privatisation of water across the world has been a failure in terms of its value for money, the accountability of the service, sustainability and water quality and efficiency.  There is every reason to suppose that the same would be the case in Scotland.

Mutualisation is also examined and found - in the current financial context - to be privatisation by the back door. 

The remaining alternative is democratisation which would see the industry firmly re-embedded in the public sector.  We show that public sector models such as that in Sweden are not only more efficient than private sector models but are able to deliver water at around half the cost of water in the privatised English system.


The full report is available here

A summary report is available here