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

Democratic Capitalism at the Crossroads? Electoral Politics in the Times of Trump

23 November 2017 (15:00-16:00)
A19, Trent Building, University Park
Carles Boix (Princeton University/ University of Barcelona) presents to NICEP on 23 November.

Asian peace movements as the missing link?

23 November 2017 (16:00-17:30)
B46 Trent Building, University Park
Dr Rachel Leow, University of Cambridge will present a joint IAPS/COTCA seminar

So why didn't Theresa May win by a landslide?

24 November 2017 (13:00-14:00)
C11 Portland Building
Sir Edward Garnier QC, Solicitor General and former Conservative MP for Harborough, presents to the Centre for British Politics.


School of Politics and International Relations

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

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