Research in Politics and International Relations explores the theory, practice and ethics of politics and governance.
We cover a broad area of expertise, from local policy to global governance, political theory to empirical studies, constructivism to rational choice approaches.
Our Politics & International Relations group has close links with cross-disciplinary and internationally recognised research centres.
Major research focuses include:
sub-state and supranational dimensions of politics and public policy
the impact of devolution in the UK and elsewhere, and the constitution and governance of the European Union
international politics: changing relations, the new security agenda, transatlantic relations, political economy, migration politics and global governance
nationalism, democratic transition, civil society and institution-building
health, welfare, environment, competition, migrations and citizenship, and equal opportunities policies
political theory, especially war ethics, environmental ethics and theories of freedom
Training and support
This programme includes courses in research design and methodology skills. The Graduate School provides a suite of ESRC-recognised research training courses for social science students across the University. We have an exciting package of flexible, web-based training courses in line with the increased emphasis on advanced training throughout the course of doctoral studies.