Politics and International Relations


The rapidly expanding School of Politics and International Relations has a strong international research profile in conflict and security, regional and comparative politics, and political and social theory. Since 2008, research expertise has been expanded within four internationally significant research centres: the Centre for Federal Studies (CFS); Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC); Centre for Critical Thought (CCT); and Global Europe Centre (GEC). We are distinctive from any other Politics and International Studies department in the UK in having a permanent research and dissemination base, including five permanently-based academic staff, in our Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS).

Our vibrant teaching practice enriches our research environment, and attracts some 200 undergraduates each year. At any time there are in excess of 150 taught and research postgraduates at Canterbury and a further 120 postgraduates in Brussels. The School came third in the National Student Survey 2012, confirming our commitment to high quality research-led teaching.

Politics and International Studies scholars at Kent have played an international disciplinary leadership role for nearly half a century and this continues through editorial and advisory board memberships, and journal and book series editorships. We have a high degree of participation in the work of international academic and learned societies through holding officer and steering group positions and convening conferences, workshops and panels.

Income, Infrastructure and Facilities

Successful grants are core to each centre’s research and help to frame the agenda of the research activities. Research groups within the research centres play a key role in the incubation of research ideas and projects. CARC staff  have obtained awards individually, or in consortia, in excess of £980K in a total of eight research grants. The CFS has continued to receive James Madison Trust funds. The GEC has already secured over £500K funding via the EU’s Jean Monnet programme, and the CCT will make grant application success one of their key objectives for the next REF period.

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Last Updated: 01/06/2015