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.
SPS academic contributes to WHO guide on citizen engagement
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) academic Professor Oliver Escobar has co-written a new World Health Organisation (WHO) guide on how to engage citizens in policy making.
SPS academic involved in new £10 million hub for behavioural research
A School of Social and Political Science (SPS) team led by Professor Oliver Escobar is involved in a new UK hub for behavioural research, which aims to help tackle societal and economic challenges.
SPS student wins prestigious Political Studies Association essay prize
School of Social and Political Science (SPS) student Phoebe Lagard has won the Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments annual Undergraduate Essay Competition.
Welfare supporters better informed than sceptics, study by SPS researchers suggests
People who support greater state involvement in delivering services know more about economics and welfare provision than those favouring smaller government, research led by a team from the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) suggests.
Festival of Creative Methods
Find out more on this brilliant 3-week festival of all-things-methods
The Final Report of the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales:
Dr Anwen Elias (Aberystwyth University) will present the findings and recommendations included in the Final Report published by the Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales.
Q-Step Seminar: Later life precarity. What is it? Can we measure it? Is it useful?
Professor Alan Marshall is a Social Statistician by training who is now Professor of Social Research on Inequality based on the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His substantive research uses longitudinal data from social surveys in the UK and overseas to better understand the social and biological determinants of inequalities observed in health and wellbeing in later life.
RTC Talking Methods - Dr Allison Hui and Situating decolonial strategies
Social change can be difficult – even when it involves social scientists. Despite longstanding calls to decolonise methodologies, and to embrace creative methodological approaches, Ndlohvu suggests that we face ‘methodological stasis’ (2021).