School of Politics and International Studies - Research and Expertise

Research and expertise

We have set out a ten-year vision to investigate and understand the politics of global challenges.

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The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) research community investigates the politics of global challenges: the way in which the human species – fragmented among a system of more vulnerable and less vulnerable states and communities – understands and responds to the processes and consequences of rapid global transformations.  

We do so by promoting rigorous social scientific inquiry at the heart of interdisciplinary engagements, coordinating closely with societal stakeholders at every stage of the research cycle.  

The POLIS research environment thus acts as a hub to coordinate activities across the School, University and beyond. Our research activity in our core areas of expertise is driven by six interconnected research centres.

Our centres and groups

Our academic staff undertake research in both specialist and interdisciplinary centres and groups. Key areas are listed below.

Collectively our aim is to analyse and theorise changing forms of political engagement in an unstable and unpredictable political moment.

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Our global development specialists research global inequalities and contribute to the university's interdisciplinary Centre for Global Development.

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The ECR2P is dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research, education and policy dialogue.

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With multi-method expertise in the study of security this centre focuses on how security is framed, perceived, and experienced.

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Bringing together researchers and data scientists within the University from various disciplines, including POLIS, to raise the bar in standards of data quality, access, protection and exploitation.

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Our current research activities span a range of areas united by our common interest in the interface between political theory, cultural values and practical politics.

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The school brings together academics from across political, international relations, and development disciplines. Our expertise covers all the main regions of the world.

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Join our research community and pursue your passion with the support of our expert academics. Learn more about PhD and MA by Research options available.

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