Research at POLSIS

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The research strategy of the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) concentrates upon the development of a vibrant and sustainable research culture, the publication of high-quality research, the targeting of external funding for our research and the development of a funded doctoral programme.

The Department has come to establish itself as a centre of excellence in political science, political economy, sociology, comparative politics, international studies, international relations theory and security and conflict. Our approach to research is inclusive and we welcome colleagues from across the university to join our research groups.

Research in the Department is concentrated around the various research groups and research clusters:

Asian Politics
British Politics
Diplomacy and Negotiation
Environmental Politics
European Studies
Gender and Feminist Theory
International Political Economy
International Relations Theory
Parties, Voters and Elections
Political Sociology
Political Theory
Security Studies
Social and Political Theory

Research projects

Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus (CASCADE) (2014-2016)

Security-Democracy Nexus in the Caucasus (CASCADE) (2014-2016)
The CASCADE project will: 1.scrutinise Caucasian states and societies for the root causes of conflict and insecurity, 2.conduct synergetic research on democracy and security in the Caucasus, 3.analyse the links between the region and its wider neighbourhood, 4.provide forward-looking analysis on regional security and democratisation processes, and 5.develop a set of proposals on how the EU could enhance its role in the region.

Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures (2013-2015)

Rising Powers and Interdependent Futures (2013-2015)
This interdisciplinary project aims to map Russia's governance-related influences in the post-Soviet states in the 'common neighbourhood' with the EU.

The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation within and between States (2013-)

The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation within and between States (2013-)
This project will examine the impact of a recent and on-going development in science and technology (drones) on prospects for conflict and cooperation in countries where drones are deployed.

Interpreting International Relations / Interrogating Global Politics (2004-)

The project questions the foundations of meaning in the discipline of International Relations, gesturing towards the idea of global politics as a more appropriate frame of reference for the ever-changing contemporary world.

More Reseach projects at POLSIS.

Please direct any queries about the research conducted in the department to the Director of Research: Professor Peter Burnham, Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8225, Email

Centres in the department