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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.'

Dr Gidon Cohen, 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 2021, where we are ranked 86th.

A record 19 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, including 11 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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Out now - The al-Sabah Insight No. 30

New publication: The al-Sabah Insight No. 30 "Transformation of Egypt’s Authoritarian Welfare Regime: From the Arab Socialist Model to the Neoliberal Model?" by Dr. Yusuke Kawamura, Kobe University-Japan

(16 Jan 2020)

SGIA alumna is honoured with the Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence

Congratulations to SGIA alumna Dr Reem Al Shamsi who has been recently honoured with the prestigious Sheikh Rashid Award for Academic Excellence. Dr Al Shamsi's work on the evaluation of migration governance in the United Arab Emirates was supervised by Prof. Anoush Ehteshami.

(16 Dec 2019)

The Practice of Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs): Towards Good Governance in Development Finance

New book out now by SGIA's Professor in Practice, Suresh Nanwani, co-authored with Owen McIntyre. See here for more information:

(12 Nov 2019)

Tuesday 27 October 2020

Must the Weak Suffer what they Must? The Global South in a World of Weaponized Interdependence

12:30pm to 2:00pm, Online, Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar

We are delighted to announce the 2020 Global Policy Institute Annual Lecture.

This will be held on Zoom.

All welcome.

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Tuesday 1 December 2020

The Ideal River: How control of nature shaped the international order

1:00pm to 1:00pm, Webinar, Joanne Yao

Environmental politics has traditionally been a peripheral concern for IR theory, but increasing alarm over global environmental challenges has elevated international society’s relationship with the natural world into the theoretical limelight (Eckersley 2004; O’Neill 2017; Forrester and Smith 2018; Falkner and Buzan 2019). IR theory’s engagement with environmental politics, however, has largely focused on interstate cooperation in the late-20th century with few works that explore the longstanding historical links between the management of natural resources and the foundations of the modern international order (for noted exceptions, see Scott 1998; Epstein 2008; Bowden 2009).

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