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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 John Williams, 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 2019, where we are ranked 74th. A record 18 Durham subjects are in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten. We are also ranked in world top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Find out more here.


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 21 January 2020

Decolonial Ethics and Stolen Life’s Poetic Revolt: Sociopoetics in the Aftterlives of Atlantic Slavery’

4:00pm to 6:00pm, Room IM 201, Al Quasimi Building, Durham University, Louiza Odysseos, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex

The Durham Global Security Institute invites you to the above lecture.

All welcome.

Wednesday 22 January 2020

National Identity, Visual Attention and Social Learning: The Neuropolitics of Social Exclusion by National In- and Out-Groups

4:00pm to 5:30pm, Room 201, Al Qasimi Building, Durham University, Professor Laura Cram (University of Edinburgh)

The Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour (CIPB) @Durham University warmly invites you this talk.

Wednesday 26 February 2020

The Law of the Global Economy and the Spectre of Inequality

12:00pm to 1:00pm, Room PCL048 - Law School, Palatine Building, Durham University, Prof. Dr. Ingo Venzke

The Global Policy Institute warmly invites you to the above Seminar.

The Seminar will be followed by a sandwich lunch.

Contact for more information about this event.

Wednesday 10 June 2020

Law and Governance in the Anthropocene

10:30am to 3:00pm, Hatfield College, Durham

Convened by Cameron Harrington (SGIA) and Matthew Nicholson (Law School)

Contact for more information about this event.