Our research is a critical component of our success as a postgraduate school. Our teaching is underpinned by the high-quality research undertaken by our academics and research students.

We are a multidisciplinary school with academics from the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics. We host a weekly research seminar where teaching staff and researchers gather to present and discuss their work. This collaborative environment is further strengthened by the links with Kent Law School and the School of Politics and International Relations in the University.

Our cosmopolitan environment, interdisciplinary approach and firm theoretical grounding make the Brussels School of International Studies an ideal place to undertake a PhD degree.

Our research: making a difference

Our presence in Brussels provides a context for much of our research. A defining theme of the School has become Europe in the wider world, or Global Europe, and this provides the context for a planned series of workshops and summer schools.

Our research projects have attracted substantial funding from sources such as Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. Our close contact with European institutions, NATO and the many other international and non-governmental organisations provides an important policy context for our research.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Theories of Conflict and Violence
  • African Politics
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Conflict and Security
  • Critical Approaches to Security
  • Russian foreign policy
  • EU-Russia relations
  • Diaspora and transnational engagement of migrants
  • International trade and investment law
  • Legal institutionalisation of capitalism.

We have a long history of welcoming visiting researchers to the campus. Visiting researchers form an important part of our research community and we value their contribution. Weekly research seminars take place during term time and visiting researchers are invited to participate and contribute where possible.

Visit our people page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.