The School of Government and Society is one of the leading UK and international centres for politics, international relations, international development, sociology, and European studies. The School brings together academic staff, research staff and doctoral students across a number of discrete disciplinary fields within the Social Sciences.

The School is part of the College of Social Sciences.
Head of the School of Government and Society: Professor Mark Webber

The School comprises the:

International Development Department

The work of the International Development Department (IDD) is focused on poverty reduction through the development of effective governance systems.

Governance is the foundation upon which a country's political stability, economic success, conflict resolution, efficient service delivery and basic human rights rest. IDD staff are experts in governance issues for development.

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Institute of Local Government Studies

The Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV) is the leading academic centre for research and teaching on democratic local governance and strategic public management.

We seek to enrich the world of local public service with up-to-date research evidence and innovative Ideas for making a positive difference for citizens and local communities.

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Department of Political Science and International Studies

The Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

The Department inspires and enhances intellectual development and enthusiasm for learning in staff and students alike. It has enjoyed a consistently high place in the Guardian league tables, since these were first published in 2000. The Department also plays host to Sociology, the Institute of German Studies and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES).

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Centres in the School: