School of Politics and International Relations


The School of Politics and International Relations' research engages with the most fundamental political questions of our time. Our research activity is organised around the school's centres and institutes. This framework provides an integrative and dynamic environment for staff to pursue individual and collective research projects.

These research projects have led to the regular production of high-quality publications by staff, awards and prizes, and frequent hosting of seminars and conferences.

Our chief research strengths lie in security, social and global justice, contemporary political theory, international history, comparative politics, and British politics.

If you are interested in a research degree with us, please visit our postgraduate research degrees section.

REF results

In the latest Research Excellence Framework:

  • we rated in the top 15 in the UK for research power
  • 96% of our research activity being rated as of international standard

Our postgraduate research programme

Measuring Slavery

Research impact

Measuring slavery

Our research is helping to end contemporary global slavery in our lifetime. There are 46 million people enslaved around the world today. But we are at a tipping point: there is a global political commitment to ending slavery by 2030.

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Diego Maiorano

Inspiring people

Diego Maiorano

Dr Diego Maiorano is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations examining the world's largest anti-poverty programme, India's Mahatma Gandhi national Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

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Research events

The History of Political Thought and Its Interpretation

14 December 2017 (15:00-16:30)
C105 Law and Social Sciences Building
Professor Gary Browning (Oxford Brookes) will present to CONCEPT on 14 November

CANCELLED China and India: Asia's emergent great powers

14 December 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B7 Hemsley, University Park
Dr Chris Ogden, University of St Andrews will present in the 2017/18 Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies seminar series.

Facing the reality on the ground: Security risk management in humanitarian response operations

14 February 2018 (16:30-18:00)
B2 The Hemsley (Staff Club) UPC
Mark Herrick, Global Security Threat and Risk Advisor with the Response Security Group, in the Office of Corporate Security, World Vision International, will present to the Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism.


School of Politics and International Relations

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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