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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 Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

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 also 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.


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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New Durham Middle East Paper just published

Not more than a Dent? Long-term Trends in Middle East Democracy Since the Arab Spring Jan Claudius Völkel Durham Middle East Paper No. 97 has recently been published and is available here.

(19 Mar 2019)

David Held - in memory

Professor David Held, who died suddenly on 2 March after a short illness, was one of the most influential and individual political theorists of his generation. He was also a gracious, generous and relentlessly curious colleague, and someone whose forward-looking attitude made him an immensely supportive supervisor to his many PhD students and mentor to junior colleagues.

(14 Mar 2019) » More about David Held - in memory

Call for Papers ECPR 2019: Violence in the City: Actors, Forms and Dynamics of Urban Violence

Invitation to submit papers and panels for the section on ‘Violence in the City’ at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) conference, Wrocław, Poland, 4-7 September 2019. Please contact Jutta Bakonyi ( by 18 February 2019.

(15 Feb 2019)

Thursday 9 May 2019

Peacebuilding through Dance and Legal Empowerment in Post-War Sri Lanka

3:30pm to 4:00pm, Room IM 201, Al Quasimi Building, Durham University, Dr. Lars Waldorf, Reader at Dundee Law School

The arts are increasingly used to promote peacebuilding, transitional justice, and reconciliation in post-war environments. Theatre has attracted most of the attention while dance has been relatively neglected. This talk looks closely at a project that combined inclusive dance and rights-awareness in post-war Sri Lanka, and its impacts on people with conflict-related disabilities. The talk also draws larger lessons about the role of the performing arts in peacebuilding.

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