Centre for European and International Studies Research

An interdisciplinary centre for research in humanities and social sciences across the globe.

What we offer

  • A vibrant Centre

    Bringing together more than 60 researchers and 20 postgraduates from across the University, the Centre offers a vibrant, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment within which to pursue research. In REF2014 the Centre for European and International Studies Research submitted to UoA27 Area Studies. 25% of its research was rated 4* (world leading) and 43% 3* (internationally excellent), placing it in the top 10 institutions nationally for impact (THE, 18 December 2014) and for research intensity in Area Studies (THE, 1 January 2015). Our activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including the AHRC, ESF, ESRC, EU, UNESCO, the British Academy and various NGOs.

    REF 2014 results: Area Studies

    A vibrant Centre
  • Research

    We welcome linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies, as they undertake interdisciplinary research in disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and arts. Under the CEISR umbrella, researchers are grouped into research clusters. A regular programme of events helps to promote research interests within the Centre and nurtures a vibrant research culture. CEISR also hosts a number of strategic research projects, on topics such as EU language policy, Transnational European Union, the History of the Jewish Press in Central Europe, Port Towns and Francophone Africa in a comparative and transnational context.


  • Should I do a PhD?

    March 29 2017: If you are considering a PhD, this informal event is for you. We will take you through the broad range of research options available in our faculty, the application process, and applying for bursaries. Free tea, coffee and cake for all guests!

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    Should I do a PhD?
  • Exploring Sailortown: Civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century British ports

    Inaugural lecture by Brad Beaven, Professor of Social and Cultural History, University of Portsmouth. 29 March 2017

    The cultural life of port towns has largely remained a hidden history. Conventional histories of ports have focused on their global and imperial networks. In this talk, Brad Beaven explores these liminal urban spaces and the communities and sailors who lived in them. He reveals an urban district that was unconventional and often cosmopolitan, and one which visitors found both exotic and dangerous.

    Admission free, but please book a place on Eventbrite.

    Exploring Sailortown: Civic culture, slums and scandal in 19th century British ports
  • Affiliations

    We are affiliated with a number of external stakeholders and research organisations on issues of mutual interest, including SELP and Chatham House.

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