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Durham University

School of Government & International Affairs

School of Government and International Affairs

'Our graduates confidently face the future. They are globally engaged, analytically acute, culturally literate and grounded in a place, Durham, that won’t ever leave them, no matter where in the world they go – and they go everywhere.'

Professor Ilan Baron, Head of Department

World Subject Rankings Success

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 , where we are ranked 78th.

Seventeen Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including nine in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.


Undergraduate Study

We offer an education that goes beyond the job market, our education is about being better human beings and good citizens. Active citizenship requires awareness, participation plus the ability to understand and assess public debates.



Postgraduate Study

We pride ourselves on turning students into independent researchers who take responsibility for their own learning. With 71% of the Department's research either Internationally Excellent or World Leading (REF 2014) we combine a long tradition of expertise with a depth of specialism that is truly unique.




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Welcome to new colleagues

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of two new colleagues in International Politics, Dr Kavi Abraham and Dr Anne Flaspöler.
Both Anne and Kavi will be joining us 1 August and we are delighted to welcome them to the SGIA team. 

(21 May 2020) » More about Welcome to new colleagues

May issue of Global Policy Journal published

The May 2020 issue of Global Policy has a special section on 'Enhancing Europe's Global Power' edited by Helmut Anheier, Christoph Abels, Iain Begg and Kevin Featherstone. Among other topics, the issue's research articles focus on the human extinction, the UN and urbanization, a global citizens' assembly, terrorism and China's role in development financing. There are also policy insights on a global biodiversity framework, trade, fiscal stability and investments.

(20 May 2020) » More about GP May Issue

Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty

Maria Dimova-Cookson's new book Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty (Routledge, 2019) offers an analysis of the distinction between positive and negative freedom building on the work of Constant, Green and Berlin.

(15 May 2020) » More about Rethinking Positive and Negative Liberty