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Politics and International Relations Research

Explore the work we're doing across our 4 areas of expertise within 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.

Research groups

We're researching topics such as citizenship, race, language across borders, social theory and transnational politics.
We're researching issues around citizenship and why people are considered to belong within certain nation-states.
We're researching the complex reality of the struggles over the meaning of security, citizenship and rights.
We're researching EU politics, European integration and disintegration, and how they are driven by a range of societal actors.
We're researching cross-border transnational and supranational dimensions of Europe, the European Union, and the wider world.

Interested in a PhD in Politics & International Development?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Politics & International Development postgraduate research degrees page.