School of Politics and International Relations
   
   
  

Research

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. We are also home to a number of key journals in the discipline.

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

 

Our research centres and institutes

Centre for British Politics

Centre for British Politics

Established in 2008, the centre builds on existing expertise, in order to develop a better understanding of the subject and promote cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism

Centre for Conflict, Security and Terrorism

The centre was established in 2011 and aims to promote the study of security politics, both within the UK and internationally.

Centre for Normative Political Theory

Centre for Normative Political Theory

The centre, launched in 2010, promotes the school's research in normative political theory, which explores questions about how political arrangements ought to be.

Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies

Centre for the Study of Political Ideologies

Launched in 2013, the centre seeks to promote, facilitate and communicate interdisciplinary research in the area of political ideology.

 

Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice

Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice

The centre was created in 2005 to provide a focus for research and teaching in relation to the most fundamental question facing us as citizens: How should we live?

Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies

The institute is a major focus of interdisciplinary research on the Asia and Pacific region, promoting cooperation in research, postgraduate teaching, international conferences and resource development.

Methods and Data Institute

Methods and Data Institute

The institute was established to deliver high-quality methods for training and support for the social science research community, both across the University and beyond.

Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research

Nottingham Interdisciplinary Centre for Economic and Political Research

The centre was established in 2015 through a collaborative effort with the School of Economics to promote interdisciplinary work.

 

Politics Centre for Teaching Development

Politics Centre for Teaching Development

Launched in 2014, the centre exists to promote teaching excellence and to celebrate and increase the visibility of teaching.

China Policy Institute

China Policy Institute

Newly based in the School of Politics and International Relations, the China Policy Institute is a major centre of expertise on contemporary China.

 
 

Research events

New Directions in Conceptual History

Date
05 July 2017 (11:00-15:00)
Location:
A09 Highfield House UP
Description
This workshop brings together colleagues from within CSPI and from the wider academic community to discuss recently concluded and ongoing work on the history of particular concepts and future directions in conceptual history more generally

India@70

Date
21 September 2017 (09:00-17:00)
Location:
University of Nottingham
Description
A one-day multidisciplinary conference marking the 70th anniversary of India's independence hosted by the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies at the University of Nottingham.

 

School of Politics and International Relations

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