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.

Read more about this research.


Research events

IAPS seminar by Ye Qiang

05 October 2017 (16:00-18:00)
B7 Hemsley, University Park
A CPI seminar by Ye Qiang on China's Claims in the South China Sea.

CSSGJ seminar - Lisa Mckenzie

16 October 2017 (16:00-17:30)
B7 The Hemsley
Lisa Mckenzie (LSE) presents to CSSGJ 'Exposing Class Inequality through Ethnography: Making the invisable visable. The link between the London housing crisis and the de-industrialised East Midlands'

NICEP seminar - Scott Moser

19 October 2017 (15:00-16:00)
B2 The Hemsley Building
Scott Moser (University of Nottingham) will present to NICEP on 19 October.


School of Politics and International Relations

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

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