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Somaliland-Ethiopia port deal: international opposition flags complex Red Sea politics

Professor Jutta Bakonyi, who works in our School of Government and International Affairs, looks at how a memorandum of understanding between Ethiopia and Somaliland announced on 1 January 2024 set off diplomatic rows in the Horn of Africa – and beyond.
Berbera, Sahil Region, Somaliland, Somalia: freighter ships moored in the Port of Berbera - tugboat and dhows, view from the beach - Somaliland's main harbor, operated by DP World and Berbera Port Authority, Dekedda Berbera.

Teaching SYCL at Durham: embedding a key GPU technology into University curriculum

Professor Tobias Weinzierl from our Department of Computer Science talks about integrating SYCL training into the teaching curriculum to equip students with deep understanding of GPU technology.
Students in Computer Science

UK press warns of Nato war with Russia – newspapers are clearly keen to avoid mistakes of WWII

Professor Tim Luckhurst, our Principal of South College, takes a look back at how the news that Britain was heading for war was covered by the press and the mistakes that should be heeded by the media if a new war was to take place.
A newspaper from 1939

Exploring the importance of creativity

English Professor Simon James is lead on the Durham Commission for Creativity and Education, a joint research collaboration between Durham University and Arts Council England. Professor James is contributing to an Ideas Forum at an upcoming event, UP North Culture + Knowledge: Growing Opportunities in the North East, alongside other leaders and experts in culture, academia, government and industry. Here he explores the importance of creativity.
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Climate disclosures: corporations underprepared for tighter new standards, study of 100 companies reveals

Professor Richard Slack works in the Accounting department of Durham University's Business School. He has contributed to this piece alongside fellow academics from the University of Glasgow, the University of Bath and Audencia.
Carbon emissions emitted by a car on a busy road

How your Zoom background can make you seem more competent

Dr Paddy Ross works in our Psychology department and has been part of a research project looking at what really contributes to best, and worst, first impressions in a virtual environment.
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‘It’ll all be over by next year’ − how Britain celebrated Christmas in 1943

Professor Tim Luckhurst, our Principal of South College, looks back at how Great Britain celebrated 25 December as World War Two raged on.
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Health and faith at COP28

Ghulam Mustafa Kamran from our Law School reflects on the heath and faith pavilions at COP28.
A man with a beard standing in front of a green sign displaying the COP28 logo.

Bringing coherence to tertiary education

Following a Policy Exchange and Durham University event on the topic, Iain Mansfield, Director of Research and Head of Education and Science at Policy Exchange, and Lucian Hudson, Professor-in-Practice, Leadership and Organisations, at our Business School, explore what we need to do to build a true tertiary education system.
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COP28 and the role of data and measurement for credible policymaking

COP28 in Dubai can well be an economist’s dream come true as the instrumental role of data and measurement for credible policymaking has been central to the conference agenda.
Two men and two women standing in front of a large doorway at COP28.

COP28: The long-term goals of the Paris Agreement and the concept of Just Transition

This short piece reviews where the concept of just transition could be situated within the Paris Agreement’s architecture, an issue that is not well understood.
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How A.S. Byatt’s northern identity and anger over climate change informed her fiction

Dr Barbara Franchi a Teaching Fellow in our Department of English Studies explores how, in her later fiction, A.S. Byatt used northern locations as emblems of the climate crisis and how human actions have detrimental effects on the whole planet.
Filey beach in Yorkshire