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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 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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Thinking Beyond Human Interests: A Q&A On Biodiversity, Policy, And Disease

As societies develop plans for revitalizing economies and protecting citizens from further pandemics, Wiley's Samantha Green spoke with a biologist - Marc Cadotte - and political theorist - Eva-Maria Nag, Executive Editor of Global Policy Journal at SGIA - about what happens when we ignore the animals and plants with which humans share the world.

(7 Jul 2020) » More about Q&A Session

Global Policy: Next Generation first issue published

Global Policy: Next Generation is a new annual issue from Global Policy. An initiative of Global Policy North, this multi-disiciplinary, peer-reviewed publication provides a platform for graduates and early career researchers to publish research on par with the most rigorous academic journals.

(20 Apr 2020) » More about GPNG published

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)

Wednesday 15 July 2020

Brexit - Past, Present and Future

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Online webinar

Invitation to audit “Brexit – Past, Present and Future” webinars

The Global Policy Institute at the University of Durham and the European Institute at UCL are preparing a Special Issue of the Journal Global Policy (Wiley) on “Brexit – Past, Present and Future”, due out in 2021.