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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 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 2019, where we are ranked 74th. A record 18 Durham subjects are 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. We are also ranked in world top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Find out more here.


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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Contested Connections: Infrastructures, Capitalism, and Geopolitics

Call for abstracts for an EISA European Workshops in International Studies (EWIS) workshop on ‘Contested Connections: Infrastructures, Capitalism, and Geopolitics’, in Brussels from 01-04 July 2020.

 The deadline for submission is 13 January 2020.

 Abstract submission details are available here,

(6 Dec 2019)

The Practice of Independent Accountability Mechanisms (IAMs): Towards Good Governance in Development Finance

New book out now by SGIA's Professor in Practice, Suresh Nanwani, co-authored with Owen McIntyre. See here for more information:

(12 Nov 2019)

Conference call: Discursive Challenges: Power, State Legitimacy and Counter-narratives in the Arab World

Conference organised by the AHRC-OWRI consortium ‘Cross-language dynamics: Re-shaping community’ and by the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS), Durham University, 9-11th June 2020.

Proposals and abstract deadline is Friday, 17th January 2020, to send to 

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Conference call: Discursive Challenges: Power, State Legitimacy and Counter-narratives in the Arab World

Thursday 5 December 2019

The State of the Arab State

The Institute of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (IMEIS) is delighted to be hosting a research workshop on the theme of The State of the Arab State, funded by the AHRC and co-hosted by Professor Oliver Schlumberger (Tübingen University) on the occasion of his Matariki Network-funded visit to Durham University. The workshop is one in an international series of events directed by Professor Schlumberger and aiming to stimulate broader reflection on democracy and authoritarian resilience in the region, as well as the significance and impact of the Arab Spring on political institutions

9.30am - 4.30pm, Hatfield College Dining Room, Durham University.

Contact for more information about this event.

Monday 9 December 2019

Africa and Brexit. Africa/Brexit. Afrexit.

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Room IM102, SGIA, Al-Qasimi Building, Durham University, Graham Harrison

Global Policy Institute Seminar

The seminar will be followed by a sandwich lunch.

All welcome.

Contact for more information about this event.

Tuesday 10 December 2019

Airmindedness from Below: Mutual Learning and Sub-State Deterrence in the Gaza Strip

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Room 102, Al Qasimi Building, Durham University, Flight Lieutenant Jake Davies RAF

A talk by Flight Lieutenant Jake Davies RAF.

Tea and scones will be served before the talk.

All welcome.