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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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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: https://brill.com/view/title/34264?language=en

(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 sarah.a.clowry2@durham.ac.uk 

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


New article by SGIA doctoral candidate Christian Braun: The Catholic presumption against war revisited

In this article in International Relations, Christian Braun explains how the debate about the presumption against war continues to be relevant by engaging with the general direction the Catholic Church has taken up until Pope Francis and by investigating the particular example of its position on drone warfare. 

(10 Oct 2019)



Wednesday 20 November 2019

Political Thought & Global Politics Seminar Series

4.00pm - 6.00pm, TLC117, Teaching & Learning Centre, Lower Mountjoy

'Against Utopia-Philia'

Contact g.p.harris@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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 jacapo.scita@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Centre for Political Thought Workshop

12:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham University

‘200 Years of Modern Liberty: Bicentenary Celebration of Benjamin Constant’s Lecture on Ancient and Modern Liberty’

Contact maria.dimova-cookson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 5 December 2019

Centre for Political Thought Workshop

12:00pm to 6:00pm, Durham University

‘200 Years of Modern Liberty: Bicentenary Celebration of Benjamin Constant’s Lecture on Ancient and Modern Liberty’

Contact maria.dimova-cookson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 9 December 2019

Rethinking Development Aid

1:00pm to 2:00pm, Room IM201, SGIA, Al-Qasimi Building, Durham University, Graham Harrison

Global Policy Institute Seminar.

All welcome.

Contact a.l.haysey@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.