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At the heart of Politics and International Relations (PIR) is our research. We aim to produce research at the highest international standards, consolidating our position as one of the leading international locations for research on multi-level governance, European integration and global politics.
PIR benefits from a fluid, interdisciplinary structure and engages in intensive exchange with Sociology, Social Policy, Social Anthropology and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. Such exchange spans the range of university life, from joint PhD supervision to cross-School seminars and events, from adventure lunches (exploring new areas for research collaboration) to joint research planning and strategy.
We host a number of research groups that either support research on particular methodological or theoretical approaches, or on topics that promise to yield innovative research. Our core research groups are:
- British Politics
- Elections, Public Opinion & Parties
- Gender and Politics
- International Relations
- International Political Economy
- Political Theory
- Territorial Politics
- The Middle East
Beyond the School we cooperate with colleagues across the University through research groups and institutes including:
- The Europa Institute on European politics with the School of Law
- Analysing urgent social challenges through CRITIQUE
- Promoting and linking diverse forms of security research across disciplines via CeSeR
We also have countless of other connections with Schools as diverse as Informatics; Health in Social Science; Business; and Literatures, Languages and Cultures.
We are actively involved in collaboration through
- Centre of African Studies
- Centre for South Asian Studies
- Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP)
- Dashkova Centre
- Global Environment and Society Academy
- Global Justice Academy
National and international collaborations are also vital to our research. Our staff regularly hold visiting fellowships at universities around the world, deliver international plenary or keynote talks, and have their work translated into various languages.
Our staff are proactive in organising conferences and seminars, which regularly bring leading and rising researchers from around the world to PIR. Additionally our staff hold positions on the editorial boards of numerous journals, as well as positions within formal professional associations. This external engagement helps make PIR a rich and dynamic research environment.
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Enriching Exhibition Scholarship
Enriching Exhibition Scholarship (EES) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that aims to use exhibitions and the sharing of objects as the key to enriching existing art metadata developed by the Linked Art collaboration. It is led by the University of Edinburgh and Yale University with substantial engagement from Oxford University’s e-Research Centre and Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.
Evaluating academic engagement with UK legislatures
This project explores knowledge exchange between the UK’s legislatures and UK universities
Good Evidence: Findings from a Parliamentary Academic Fellowship
In this project, Marc Geddes examines the role and use of evidence by MPs and officials in supporting select committees, based on a 12-month fellowship with the UK Parliament between August 2021 and July 2022. This project examined how evidence is gathered and used; implications for understanding ‘good’ evidence; and challenges for evidence use.
Scotland's Constitutional Future. Devolution, Intergovernmental Relations, Brexit & Independence
The team at the Centre on Constitutional Change, led by McEwen and Keating, has been researching issues related to Scotland’s constitutional future in a series of projects since 2013.