POLSIS Research

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 established itself as a centre of excellence in political science, political economy, comparative politics, political theory, international studies (e.g. European, Eurasian and Asian politics), 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 groups:

Research in the Department is concentrated around the various research groups and research clusters which draw on the departmental budget in order to carry out a series of collaborative research activities such as conferences and workshop organisation, joint publications, journal editing, invitation of outside speakers and seed-corn funding to develop applications for external research funding.

Research Centres and Institutes:


Institute for German and European Studies


Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies


The Centre for Elections, Democracy, Accountability and Representation