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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)

Wednesday 25 November 2020

European Union Careers Event


25th of November | 2pm to 4.30 pm UK time

This careers event, organised by the Durham European Law institute will provide an excellent opportunity to gain an insight into a career in EU Law. The speakers will include a Member of administration of the European Parliament, Durham Alumni who work in EU Affairs, and Durham Staff Members discussing possible masters in EU Law.

To sign up for the event, please click on the link here.

Further information.

Careers Forum: Careers in Marketing, Advertising and PR

3:20pm, Online, Various

Careers Forum: Careers In Marketing, Advertising and PR, Wednesday 25 November, 1pm-3pm

Find out more about the different job roles in Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations from graduates who have successfully launched their careers in these very popular areas of work.

Get tips on getting into your first job as a graduate and how to handle the application and interview process.


Ben Moore, Marketing Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Katie Moore, Brand Manager, Danone

Oriel Irvine Wells, Junior Creative, Wunderman Thompson

Esther Scriven, Media Planner/Buyer, The7Stars

Will Emery, Account Manager, Faust PR

To book a place go:

Bioinformational Diplomacy: Global Health Emergencies, Data-Sharing and Sequential Life

4:00pm, ZOOM, Professor Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex)

Wednesday 25 November, 4.00pm
Speaker: Professor Stefan Elbe (University of Sussex)

Abstract: Global health emergencies are a major and recurring threat in the
21st century. Today people can be better protected against such harrowing
outbreaks by scientifically analysing the detailed genetic sequence data of
deadly new pathogens. Why, then, is this valuable epistemic resource
frequently withheld by stakeholders – hamstringing the international
response and potentially putting lives at risk? This paper initiates the social
scientific study of 'bioinformational diplomacy', i.e. the emerging field of
tensions, sensitivities, practices, and enabling instruments surrounding the
timely international exchange of bioinformation during global health

Contact for more information about this event.

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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