School of Politics and International Relations is a supportive and intellectually
invigorating research community.
have a strong focus on originality and on national and international
collaboration. Over the last decade, we've increased the scale and scope of our
activities. This makes for a strong research environment.
research staff play a significant role in professional associations. These
Political Studies Association (PSA)
British International Studies Association (BISA)
International Studies Association (ISA)
Conflict Research Society
European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR)
University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
research activities include hosting research seminars, workshops and
conferences and producing the academic journal Global Society.
also run the fortnightly School of Politics and International Relations
Research Seminar (SPIRRS). This gives staff and research postgraduates an
opportunity to meet and listen to leading figures in the discipline.
four research centres are the foundation of our research contribution.
Conflict Analysis Research Centre has an international reputation for its
research on communities affected by violent conflict.
- The Centre for Federal Studies is the only centre of its kind in the UK. It
is a hub of research on federalism in the UK, attracting visiting scholars from
around the world.
Global Europe Centre focuses both on the European Union and on Europe as
a whole. It examines how Europe interacts with global politics and the global
political economy. The centre hosts the Energy Analysis Group (EAG) which
studies Europe as a global actor on energy issues.
Centre for Critical Thought aims to consolidate, sustain and develop
cutting-edge research on critically-oriented theory within the humanities and