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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

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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.


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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)

Monday 7 December 2020

China’s Digital Solutions under COVID-19 and Implications


Speaker: Jiwei Qian, East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore

Date: Monday, 7 December 2020

Time: 10:30 to 11:45 am (UK time)

Abstract: Digital data, as a production input, is the core of the digital economy. Data is non-rivalrous for production or marketing activities and is thus able to be used by many firms or government agencies without limiting the use of others. Data-sharing among government, firms, and digital platforms and flow of data are expected to be efficiency-improving. To responds to shocks from public health crises such as COVID-19, the digital solutions facilitated by data sharing and data flow could be critical in contact tracing, essential service delivery, and economic recovery. This talk reviews China’s experiences in contact tracing, essential service delivery, and economic recovery after the outbreak of COVID-19, from the perspective of the digital economy. In a broad context, the speaker links the rise of China’s digital economy with two major issues in the long run. First, the digital economy is supported by industrial policies, the very gist of the Chinse state capitalism. Second, related, the expanding digital economy in China has significant implications for economies in the region.

Bio: Jiwei QIAN is Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. He is also a co-editor of the book series Social Policy and Development Studies in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan). He obtained his B.Sc. in computer science from Fudan University, China and Ph.D. degree in Economics from the National University of Singapore. His research has been published in journals including the China Quarterly, Health Policy and Planning, Journal of European Social Policy, Journal of Social Policy, Land Use Policy, Public Choice, Social Policy and Administration among others. He is also on the editorial board of China: An International Journal and East Asian Policy. His recent co-edited book is Development and Poverty Reduction: A Global Comparative Perspective (co-edited with ZHENG Yongnian, Routledge 2019). He is also on the editorial board of China: An International Journal and East Asian Policy.

Please contact for zoom link closer to the event.

Wednesday 9 December 2020

IAS Public Lecture: Biodiversity Loss, Land Reform and Sustainable Communities by Dr Chris Dalglish

5:00pm to 10:25pm, ZOOM, Dr Chris Dalglish

The IAS is pleased to announce its next Public Lecture: Biodiversity Loss, Land Reform and Sustainable Communities by Dr Chris Dalglish, Inherit: the Institute for Heritage and Sustainable Human Development, on Wednesday 9th December 2020 at 5:30pm.

The lecture will take place on Zoom. To register please go to:

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Wednesday 27 January 2021

Centre for Political Thought seminar 2021

ZOOM, Various

Centre for Political Thought seminar 2021

All seminars will take place from 4:00 to 6:00. For access to the pre-circulated papers and the zoom link contact

27 January

Cillian McBride, Queen’s University Belfast

‘Populism and Recognition’

10 February

Beth Kahn, SGIA

‘Using Empirical Methods in Social and Political Philosophy’

24 February

Andrew Walton, Newcastle University

‘Distributive Justice in Cash or Kind? A Framework for Housing Policy’

17 March

Jessica Begon, SGIA

'The Justice Account of Disability in Practice: Providing Control and Avoiding Paternalism’.

28 April

Robert Schuett, Centre for Political Thought

‘Hans Kelsen’s (Progressive) Political Realism’

19 May

Avital Simhony, Arizona State University

‘Beyond Negative and Positive Freedom: Constant's Conception of Modern Liberty’

16 June

Miriam Ronzoni, Manchester University


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