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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.


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)
  • British Academy
  • Various non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Our members

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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
  • Department School of Area Studies History Politics and Literature
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

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Research groups

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.

Research areas and areas of expertise

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