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:

China's NGO law

Monitoring the implementation of China's overseas NGO law: The view from Europe

Funder: Ford Foundation
PI: Dr Andreas Fulda
Duration: October 2017 – June 2019

This project will assess firstly how the NGO law has affected Europe based NGOs in their relations with China, and secondly, to identify and document new approaches to engagement with China.

Sovereign Default

Unpaid debts: Rethinking the causes and consequences of sovereign default

Funder: Arts and Humanities Research Council
PI: Dr David Gill, Associate Professor
Duration: October 2017 – April 2019

This project examines instances where countries have failed to repay debt and uses qualitative historical and case study research methods to specifically examine the UK's failure to repay billions in war loans in the 1930s.


civil service reform

Does ethics training reduce corruption in the civil service?

Funder: Global Integrity/UK Department of International Development
PI: Prof. Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling
Duration: January 2019 - December 2020

This project provides robust evidence and tools to assess the effectiveness of distinct civil service designs and put policies in place to tackle corruption in developing countries.

Western Europe

How regions have adjusted to austerity in Western Europe

Funder: University of Nottingham Governance and Public Policy (GaPP) Research Priority Area
PI: Dr Simon Toubeau
Duration: October 2017 - April 2019

The aim of this project is to study how regional governments have adjusted to the austerity policies imposed by central governments in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession (2007-2010) in three West European states.




All in! Regularising ethnic presence in the curriculum

Funder: Education Partnership Fund
PI: Dr Helen Williams
Duration: September 2019 - August 2020

This is a collaborative project between the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham. It takes a curriculum-based approach to the undergraduate attainment gap between white and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students in the disciplines of philosophy and politics. 



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