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 Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers

29 June 2018 (18:00-19:30)
A40 Sir, A40 Sir Clive Granger
In association with the Five Leaves Bookshop, the Centre for Social Security and Global Justice welcomes Ann Pettifor to give a talk as part of Feminist Book Fortnight.


School of Politics and International Relations

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