Politics and International Relations (PIR)
We’re one of the largest and most exciting subject areas in the University, home to over 600 top undergraduates and 100 international postgraduate students every year.
Our teaching and supervision is research-led, which means that courses at all levels are delivered by scholars active in research in their respective fields.
Our aim is to produce research at the highest international standards, consolidating our position as one of the leading international locations for research on subjects such as multilevel governance, European integration and global politics.
Find out more about our team of academic colleagues, PhD students and professional services staff who keep our department running smoothly.
You can find us in the Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square - right at the heart of the central campus. Busy all year round, George Square is also home to performers and artists during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August.
Asia experts urge better post-Covid labour deal
Politicians in South Asia should act swiftly to better protect labour rights during the Covid-19 pandemic, Edinburgh research suggests.
How do narratives impact migration issues in Europe?
Edinburgh researchers are analysing the production of migration narratives and what impact they are having on increasing polarisation and politicisation around migration issues in Europe.
SPS student recognised by fellow Mexicans for outstanding contribution to social science
School of Social and Political Science student Omar Loera has been awarded the 2021 Carlos Fuentes Award, for his outstanding academic achievements and research contributions to the social sciences during his PhD.
“It’s up to you, me – all of us!” Children in climate citizens’ assemblies
Involving children in climate citizens’ assemblies: reflections from Children’s Parliament’s participation in Scotland’s Climate Assembly.
PIR Book Launch: IR in a Post-Truth World
Questions of truth and expertise are at the forefront of global political debates, such that it is common to speak of a ‘post-truth’ world and a backlash against ‘expert’ knowledge. From Brexit to climate change, from the Syrian civil war to Covid-19, established ‘truths’ and conventional wisdoms have become the subject of bitter and fierce controversy. What does this mean for scholars of International Relations...
Israeli Foreign Policy Since the End of the Cold War (Book Launch)
The Contemporary Middle East Series, brings together scholars and practitioners with expertise on the Middle East to share their experience and work in a series of public lectures.
The series is convened by the Middle East Research Group within the Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh.