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Politics and international relations research

Explore our research across politics and international relations

Our collaborative, multidisciplinary research in politics and international relations explores the most-pressing issues in the field, and works with the organisations, governments and individuals involved to find real solutions to these challenges. 

In our citizenship and civil society research, we're exploring how different aspects of citizenship impact individuals, and how they shape society, politics and policies in local, regional, national and transnational contexts.

Through our security and defence research, we're searching for ways to reduce the impact of war and create safer, more peaceful world. In our politics of states and regions research, we're looking at how to improve people's lives in different regions around the world by better understanding the local, regional, national and transnational dimensions of their nation or region's politics.

Our research in global governance is addressing the complex political challenges of the modern world, by analysing how problems of insecurity, conflict and political exclusion are formed in different regions – and what impacts they make.

Explore our politics and international relations areas of expertise

Find out more about the facilities and methods that shape our research – and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners with whom we collaborate, and the major funders who fund our work.

Citizenship and civil society

We're exploring aspects of citizenship, including identity politics, questions of sovereignty, and how they impact individuals.

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Politics of states and regions

We're working to foster citizen engagement in politics, improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of public institutions as well as the educational experience of students. Explore our politics of states and regions research.

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Global governance

We're addressing the political challenges of the modern world, by analysing how insecurity, conflict and political exclusion form in different regions – and what impacts they make.

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Security and defence

We're exploring how we can reduce the impact of war, encourage peace, improve the lives of citizens around the world and create a safer, more peaceful world.

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Interested in a PhD in Politics and International Development?

Explore our Politics and International Development postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils.


Research groups

Centre for European and International Studies Research

We're researching topics such as citizenship, race, language across borders, social theory and transnational politics.

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Peace, Conflict and Security Research Group

We're researching the complex reality of the struggles over the meaning of security, citizenship and rights.

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Transnational Politics and Society Research Group

Our research focuses on the cross-border dimensions of Europe and the wider world, including transnational politics, civil society and migration.

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