School of Politics and International Relations

Research Projects

Our research is international in scope and covers many important aspects of our political and social world in the UK and abroad.

This is a selection of ongoing projects that reflect the research done in the school:


Creating a Taxonomy of Coercive Influence

Funder: Australian Department of Trade and Foreign Affairs

PI: Professor Rory Cormac;Co-investigator: Professor Andrew Mumford
Duration: October 2022-July 2023

This project, in collaboration with the Australian National University, aims to distil mechanisms states use to influence others, from propaganda to paramilitary activity. It pays particular attention to scales of secrecy, visibility and acknowledgement, what each can achieve, and how observers can assess success. 

The project is supported by Research Fellows Thomas Eason and Katie Bayford. 

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The importance of strategic and political context for military reforms in Ukraine

Funder: British Academy/Leverhulme Trust
PI: Dr Bettina Renz, Co-investigator: Dr Sarah Whitmore (Oxford Brooks University)
Duration: October 2019 - March 2023

This research project explores the type of military in Ukraine that is best suited to the needs and wants of the country.




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