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School of Politics and International Relations

Research Centres

The School of Politics and International Relations is associated with various research centres and affiliate institutes.

The Mile End Institute

The Mile End Institute is a major policy centre established at Queen Mary University of London, building on the foundations of our predecessor organisation, the Mile End Group. Drawing on our unique location within a Russell Group University situated in London’s East End, we bring together policymakers, academics and diverse local communities to address the major political challenges in the UK.

Director: Professor Patrick Diamond

The Centre for European Research

The Centre for European Research is an interdisciplinary forum for the promotion of research and teaching on Europe. Based in the School of Politics and International Relations, the Centre draws together expertise from across the different Schools within the College. The CER hosts the East European Politics journal and the EJPR (European Journal for Political Research) Political Data Yearbook.

Director: Dr Sarah Wolff

Global Politics Unbound

Global Politics Unbound is an interdisciplinary research group within Queen Mary University of London’s School of Politics and International Relations. Our aim is to lead debates on transformations of global politics by pushing the boundaries of conceptual, empirical and methodological research in International Relations and cognate disciplines.

Co-convenors: Dr Joanne Yao, Dr Sharri Plonski, Dr Katharine Hall, Dr Keren Weitzberg


The TheoryLAB aims to provide a space for critical thinking about politics and society by exploring points of convergence and connection between different kinds of critical theory within and beyond the study of Politics. It is open to academics and non-academics alike, and organises events of all kinds: conferences, workshops, reading groups, and more.

Convenor: Professor Lasse Thomassen

Research networks

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DoingIPS is a transnational research network bringing together scholars working in the broad area of International Political Sociology (IPS). IPS scholarship engages contemporary challenges to instituted relations between the social, political and international. It is methodologically varied and theoretically transdisciplinary. The School of Politics and IR at Queen Mary is home to one of the DoingIPS research nodes, involved in the organisation of seminars series, workshops, roundtables and other public events.

Co-convenors: Professor Jef Huysmans, Dr Mirko Palestrino

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