Politics and International Relations

The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a vibrant and close-knit academic community for both staff and students. A progressive, sector-leading approach to the study of politics and international relations, encourages student involvement in both traditional and practical forms of learning, and provides a host of co-curricular opportunities for development.

With proven excellence in both teaching and research, our team of subject specialists offer expert tuition in all core areas of these closely-related disciplines. From global issues to local struggles, from terrorism and international security to citizenship and public policy, our academic team provide engaged teaching and research in comparative politics, area studies, political theory, British and European politics and global political economy.

Our Subject Areas

Our Research Groups and Centres

International Security and Sustainability

Scholars within this group engage in research covering a broad range of related issues including: terrorism, insurgency and civil wars; radicalisation and counter-radicalisation; regional foreign and security policy; democratisation and conflict resolution; and the politics of identity.

Citizenship, Democracy and Transformation

The Citizens, Parties and Political Participation (CPPP) unit is interested in the changing relationships between citizens and the democratic process and formal political institutions. Our research considers what opportunities exist for people to intervene in public and political life, and how and why they choose to participate

Young people and politics in Britain

Over the last decade, policy makers have become increasingly concerned that young people are turning their backs on British democracy. This unease has centred primarily on the fact that only 44% young people voted in 2010. Based on a national survey of 1,025 young people and fourteen focus groups, we examine reasons for this generation's apparent rejection of formal political life. We also consider the impact of gender, ethnicity, educational career and social class in shaping their views.

The human dimensions of marine heritage conservation in the British Overseas Territories: an analysis of the 'Blue Belt' network

This project will map out paths towards a clearer understanding of these human dimensions. We propose a cross-scalar analysis of the Blue Belt, separating out global, national and local priorities. The Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha is the most populated overseas territory and forms the Blue Belt’s political buckle.