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Our research

Our research strongly influences the course content of our undergraduate programmes, and students will benefit by being taught by staff who are engaged in world-leading research. We offer a challenging but friendly and supportive environment in which to pursue your own research interests.

Our research is funded by leading research councils and is used by governments and networks around the world. We are currently involved in four major international research projects funded by UK research councils and the European Commission. Members of staff have been engaged in international collaborative research on electoral democracy, citizenship and identity, radicalisation, cities in conflict, ethical statecraft, global governance and regulatory policy.

Our main research strengths lie in public policy and administration, international relations, Middle East politics, political theory and European and comparative politics. All our full-time members of staff are research active with their work published in highly ranked international journals and by major academic and university presses such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Cornell and Paris.

Our core specialisms include:

  • Politics of identity
  • Security studies
  • Feminist International Relations / gender and identity
  • Social movements / protest
  • Political participation and elections
  • Environmental politics
  • Militarism
  • Regional economic development
  • The European Union
  • Political psychology
  • Pro-environmental behaviour change
  • The public policy process
  • Foreign policy