School of Politics and International Relations

Research Groups and Collaborations

We collaborate with research groups in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific. These are strengthened through our research centres and are further enhanced by the university's campuses in China and Malaysia.

Research groups

Research groups provide an informal and inclusive forum for staff and the postgraduate research community to discuss ongoing research projects, draft papers, and grant applications. Staff from the school also contribute to the Energy Institute.

Project collaborations

Current projects

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The Centre for People Analytics in Government (CPAG) is an initiative led by Professor Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling (University of Nottingham), Professor Christian Schuster (University College London) and Dr Kim Sass Mikkelsen (Roskilde University) to help governments improve people management through better data diagnostics.

In particular, the CPAG specialises in surveys of public servants, and have collaborated in over 50 surveys with over two dozen governments around the world to improve people management in government. Their work has benefited from over US$1m in funding from international organizations, national governments and research councils.

The team frequently draw on networks of collaborations with other expert academics – for instance from local partner universities – to implement civil service surveys and people analytics in government. If you are interested in collaborating or in conducting people analytics in government, please contact Jan Meyer-Sahling


Previous projects

Enabling civil service reform and anti-corruption practices in Nepal and Bangladesh


Professor Jan Meyer-Sahling led a study funded by Global Integrity and the Department for International Development's Anti-Corruption Programme to provide new evidence and a practical toolbox by examining the impact of civil service practices in key areas (for example, recruitment, pay) on corruption, clientelism (based on patronage) and performance.

A survey collected data on corruption and unethical behaviour among civil servants in Nepal and Bangladesh, and provided state-of-the-art training within a randomised controlled trial. This produced rigorous and detailed evidence on whether such training works and how to design it.

Alleviating poverty in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda

Typhoon Yolanda

This ESRC funded study led by Dr Pauline Eadie, explores the impact of Typhoon Yolanda which hit the Philippines in November 2013.

The project assessed what caused people to enter or escape from poverty and how we can develop ways of getting people out of extreme poverty in ways that can be applied in other disaster situations.

The research began in March 2015 and involved collaborators at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and our sister campus in Ningbo, China.


The university's campuses in China and Malaysia

The School of International Studies at the University of Nottingham's Ningbo campus is an inter-disciplinary department that uses a range of methodological techniques, primarily historical and qualitative narratives.

Specific areas of strength that overlap with our school at Nottingham include China, Conflict and Security Analysis and Political Economy.

The University of Nottingham Malaysia's School of Politics, History and International Relations shares many research interests with the Nottingham school. These include Politics, Terrorism and Extremism in South East Asia, the role of the emerging economies – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, known as BRICS, fiscal policy and civil service reform.

Tri-campus research centres

These centres are open to membership from all the university's campuses, and foster collaborations between the UK, China and Malaysia.



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