Research themes A series of broad research themes underpin the research activities of the School. Comparative political systems and public policy Governance and the state International politics and security studies Social and political theory Comparative political systems and public policy Key research groups: European studies German politics Comparative politics and democratisation Environmental politics More information: Comparative political systems and public policy. Governance and the state Key research groups: British politics and the state Public administration Political Economy More information: Governance and the state. International politics and security studies Key research groups: Security studies Diplomacy, state-building Security and development More information: International politics and security studies. Social and political theory Key research groups: Political and social theory Gender and feminist theory International relations theory More information: Social and political theory.