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School of Politics and International Relations


Welcome to the Research pages for the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.

The School of Politics and International Relations is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive departments. It has expanded considerably over the past decade, and is now in the UK’s top 15 for the excellence of its published work and top twenty for research intensity. 74% of its research is considered world leading and internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 (up from 45% in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise).

Research in the School spans three broad themes: Comparative politics, international relations, and political theory. The work of our researchers informs and enhances national and international policymaking, stimulates informed public and political debate, analyses and solves problems in local communities, and improves public understanding of contemporary political challenges. Further details on each of the key themes of research are available through the links above.

The School also boasts a vibrant research student culture, with over 35 students currently studying for PhDs and MPhils. The School is part of the prestigious London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, run jointly by QMUL, King’s College and Imperial College, London. It also hosts the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LTDS) programme ‘Mobile People: Mobility as a Way of Life’.

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