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Research covering humanities, social sciences and the arts

REF 2014 put us in the top 10 institutions nationally for our area studies research impact and intensity

Bringing together researchers and postgraduates from across the University, the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a supportive and intellectually stimulating place. We welcome linguists, historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and specialists in area studies. Our work crosses multiple fields in humanities, social sciences and the arts.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 25% of our research in Area Studies was rated world-leading, and 43% internationally excellent. This placed it in the top 10 institutions nationally for impact and for research intensity.

A regular programme of events helps promote our research and nurture our culture. We host strategic research projects on topics such as EU language policy, the Transnational European Union, the History of the Jewish Press in Central Europe, Port Towns and Francophone Africa in a comparative and transnational context.

Partnerships and collaborations

We're partnered with external stakeholders and research organisations on issues of mutual interest, including Southern England Local Partners (SELP), the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Chatham House and the West Africa Institute (WAI).

Several of our PhD students are members of the international History of European Integration Research Society (HEIRS)postgraduate research network. Founded by a group of doctoral students from Portsmouth and Cambridge, HEIRS works as an open network for all PhD and early career researchers to contribute to discussions on European integration and its history.

Funding

Our activities have been funded by major UK and European research councils, including:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • European Social Fund (ESF)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • European Union (EU)
  • UNESCO
  • British Academy
  • Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Our members

CEISR Executive

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Dr Simon Stewart

  • Job Title Reader In Sociology and Director of the Centre for European and International Studies Research
  • Email Address Simon.Stewart@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Angela Crack

  • Job Title Reader in Civil Society and Research Degree Coordinator
  • Email Address Angela.Crack@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Wolfram Kaiser

  • Job Title Professor of European Studies
  • Email Address Wolfram.Kaiser@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Natalya Vince

  • Job Title Reader in North African and French Studies
  • Email Address Natalya.Vince@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Robert James

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in History
  • Email Address Robert.James@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Maria Cannon

  • Job Title Lecturer in Early Modern History, and Senior Wellbeing Tutor
  • Email Address maria.cannon@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor June Purvis

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Dr Ed Stoddard

  • Job Title Subject Leader, Politics and International Relations
  • Email Address Ed.Stoddard@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Charles Leddy-Owen

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Email Address charles.leddy-owen@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Alexis Artaud De La Ferriere

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Email Address Alexis.Artaud-de-la-Ferriere@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten

  • Job Title Reader in Childhood Studies and Director of Postgraduate
  • Email Address Wendy.Sims-Schouten@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Emma Maynard

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address emma.maynard@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Jane Creaton

  • Job Title Professor of Higher Education Associate Dean (Academic)
  • Email Address Jane.Creaton@port.ac.uk
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Glenn Hadikin

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer, English Language and Linguistics
  • Email Address Glenn.Hadikin@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Languages and Applied Linguistics
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

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We're researching issues around citizenship and why people are considered to belong within certain nation-states.
We're researching the legacy of French colonialism and the changing relations between France and the Francophone world.
We're researching all aspects of higher education policies and practices which impact on the staff and student experience.
We're researching aspects of social and cultural history in European societies, and further afield.
We're researching what happens as speakers and writers cross the boundaries of language systems or transgress the rules within them.

We're promoting research and projects in the field of mental health in childhood, from wellbeing in early years to bullying in schools.
We're researching interdisciplinary issues of international peace and conflict.
We're researching a wide range of issues surrounding sociology with interests including culture, emotions, gender and violence.
We're researching cross-border transnational and supranational dimensions of Europe, the European Union, and the wider world.
We're researching women and gender issues in a wide range of historical, social and cultural contexts.

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