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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


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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Matthew Hedges

Durham University’s School of Government and International Affairs is united in its profound concern about Matt Hedges after almost six months of detention in the UAE. The move to charge Matt with espionage, coming after more than five months of detention in conditions that fall manifestly short of any accepted international standards, is entirely without justification.

(25 Oct 2018) » More about Matthew Hedges

New Al-Sabah Publication Number 25, October 2018

Dr Amjed Rasheed and Juline Beaujouan analyse the political messages of IS and its uses of language in the latest Al-Sabah publication of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme.

(25 Oct 2018)

Call for Papers: Governing (Im-)Mobilities: International Borders, Borderlands, and Bordercities

The Durham Global Security Institute is hosting a workshop at Durham University from May 23-24, 2019. They are inviting papers that explore international borders, borderlands and bordercities in theoretical, historical-comparative and/or in-depth empirical enquiries. Please contact with the subject heading “Governing (Im-)Mobilities”. Detailed information can be found on the workshop page

(16 Oct 2018)

Wednesday 21 November 2018

GPI Seminar: 'Duties to Resist Injustice’ (Dr David Blunt - City University)

3:00pm to 4:30pm, IM 102, Al-Qasimi Building

The Global Policy Institute invites you to this Seminar with Dr David Blunt (City, University of London).

Contact for more information about this event.