School of Politics and International Relations



The School of Politics and International Relations' research engages with the most fundamental political questions of our time


Rory Cormac

Research impact

The secret world of intelligence: Dr Rory Cormac's ground-breaking research into intelligence is helping to shape public understanding about this secret world.

Paul Heywood

Inspiring people

Professor Paul Heywood's research focuses primarily on political corruption and integrity management, as well as institutional design and state capacity.


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

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Research news

Understanding the relationship between forced marriage and modern slavery

New research project from Helen McCabe
29 May 2020

Choosing Party Leaders: Britain's Conservatives and Labour Compared

The new publication co-authored by Dr Andrew Denham.
21 May 2020

Dr Andrew Mumford starts new fellowship with the House of Commons International Affairs Unit

Supporting the Integrated Review of the UK foreign, defence and security policy.
05 May 2020

Featured publication

Rappers as Knights-Errant: Classic Allusions in theMainstreaming of Chinese Rap

Dr Jonathan Sullivan co-authors this article analysing the performance and corpus of lyrics produced on the reality TV show The Rap of China in order to investigate how discrete Chinese reflections refract globally resonant hip-hop themes such as representations of masculinity and loyalty.

Sullivan, J. and Zhao, Y. (2019) Rappers as Knights-Errant: Classic Allusions in theMainstreaming of Chinese Rap. Popular Music and Society,



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