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Excellence in research, teaching and employability of our students

Our research and educational activity cross wide-ranging specialisms with a shared rationale of embedding regional studies expertise within core disciplinary strength. SGIA is a QS world top 100 department.

We are a thriving and growing scholarly community across major sub-disciplinary areas of Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations and International Political Economy, with strong interdisciplinary connections and engagement with research users.

Research Centres and Institutes provide financial and intellectual support to kick-start new projects and hone outputs. We educate exceptionally able undergraduate and postgraduate students, from more than 50 countries, with an increasing range of practice-oriented, field-based and educationally innovative programmes and modules.

Our Strategic Vision

SGIA will include at least 50 academic staff in the major sub-disciplines of Political Theory, International Relations, Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. The School will host world-leading researchers in each sub-discipline and at all grades, linked to Institutes and Centres fostering inter-disciplinary engagement with political, social and economic challenges of global significance.

Well-resourced, including through grant income, SGIA will exploit international partnerships and collaborations projecting our research into global academic and stakeholder horizons, generating impact and international recognition. SGIA will incentivise the highest-quality recruitment, and enable staff to produce outstanding research of world-leading calibre. In turn, staff will be delivering both world-leading research and the highest quality of learning experience for students and an innovative and collegial School environment based on participatory citizenship, shared community and collective progress.

Our Opportunities

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We are filling positions in key areas of strategic expansion, creating opportunities for exceptional and talented scholars to build their careers in a leading UK department, helping us fulfil our ambitious research and educational goals.

Excellent existing and planned future research, and a commitment to the highest educational standards, as appropriate to grade, are at the heart of what we look for in applicants. We welcome those with the ambition and passion for academic work that will enable them to shape the future trajectory of our disciplines and to build new interdisciplinary agendas and communities.

Reaching out to help policy-makers, NGOs, community groups and professions enhance the evidence base for their decision-making and to contribute directly to changing how politics is done in the world is a further key behaviour. Finally, the aptitude to enhance the lives of those we teach and mentor, not just in their academic development but in their understanding of their place within, and obligation towards, the world we share, is crucial.

Our People

Our core academic staff currently number 37. Recruitment in 2020-21 is expected to take that above 40. Planned staff numbers are expected to number 50 by 2026-27. We are building substantial strength in all four of the main sub-disciplinary areas, and most staff are active members of more than one grouping. Our current academic staff profiles are here.

Support comes from, at present, 9 administrative staff, with growth scheduled alongside expansion of academic staff. In-house support for research and education activities is exceptional.

About our School

More information about our school can be found on our dedicated webpages. 

Our Research

Our research activity reflects a commitment to embed regional studies expertise within core politics & international studies disciplinary strengths.
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Our Research Projects

We have a wide portfolio of externally funded research projects taking place at the School
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