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.

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations

Research in Politics and International Relations considers the complexity and connectedness of the political and international processes and theories that shape our lives at local, national and global levels.

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

Ethics, Ecology, Identity

Ethics, Ecology, Identity

The Ethics, Ecology, Identity research group engages in largely theoretical research, informed by a number of tributaries located in the continental philosophical tradition and the broader history of political thought. Our research is situated at the intersections of ethics, aesthetics and political theory, and examines in particular the nature of the relationship between humans and the non-human world.

Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

This is an interdisciplinary research group that aims to contribute to critical analyses of the politics, international relations and political economy of the Middle East and North Africa. Members’ research interests include traditional and critical security issues, the impact of globalisation on the region, energy and environmental resources, political revolutions, conflict resolution and crisis management, and development.

Insecurity, Political Violence and Change

Insecurity, Political Violence and Change

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. The cluster is characterised by a strong interest in interpretive approaches to international relations, with a focus on the analysis of security issues using critical methods of social inquiry.