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School of Politics and International Relations

About us

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Professor Trevor Smith founded the School of Politics and International Relations in the late 1970s to diversify the teaching and research of politics and international relations at Queen Mary. We believed then, as we do now, that innovation flourishes when academics and students can share different perspectives. Drawing on the University’s unique East London location, our School is genuinely global with excellence in research ranging from the politics of global health to the dynamics of conflict in the Middle East.

The School brings together research, policy-making and public debate to deepen and challenge our understanding of the world around us. Our academics address the significant political challenges of our time, such as the legacy of the Arab Spring, the growth of populist politics in Europe and Brexit. We engage with policy makers and the media via our dynamic research centres, such as the Mile End Institute and the Centre for European Research and we are passionate about sharing these ideas with our students and the public. Our academics are regularly called on by the media to comment on the major issues of the day.

By bringing together our roots in East London with our global outlook, the School of Politics and International Relations transforms approaches to crucial issues, and achieves the previously unthinkable.

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