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The University of Edinburgh: Politics

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Social and Political Science
Web http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying
Study type Research

Summary

Approximately 60 members of PIR academic staff enjoy international reputations for their research and have won numerous teaching, research and advising awards. Their scholarship covers a diverse range of research areas on Scotland, Europe, and the world, and is published in highly-rated journals and books.

The department has a strong tradition of advising, informing and debating policy with key decision-makers at Scottish, UK, European and international levels, and has a notable concentration of political theorists.

Research in Politics and International Relations explores the theory, practice and ethics of politics and governance.

We cover a broad area of expertise, from local policy to global governance, political theory to empirical studies, constructivism to rational choice approaches.

Our Politics & International Relations group has close links with cross-disciplinary and internationally recognised research centres.

Major research focuses include:

  • sub-state and supranational dimensions of politics and public policy

  • the impact of devolution in the UK and elsewhere, and the constitution and governance of the European Union

  • international politics: changing relations, the new security agenda, transatlantic relations, political economy, migration politics and global governance

  • nationalism, democratic transition, civil society and institution-building

  • health, welfare, environment, competition, migrations and citizenship, and equal opportunities policies

  • political theory, especially war ethics, environmental ethics and theories of freedom

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

University of Edinburgh 

 


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