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University of Bristol: Politics

Institution University of Bristol
Department Politics
Telephone +44 (0) 117 331 7572
Study type Research


This degree provides an opportunity to conduct advanced political research in an interdisciplinary school. You will study with internationally renowned Politics and International Relations scholars in a dynamic and supportive research environment. Our research activity is guided by focusing on key themes:

  • critical security;

  • conflict, peace and violence

  • gender and sexuality;

  • race, colonialism, postcolonialism, and decolonialism;

  • global knowledge (including expertise, ignorance, and secrecy);

  • the climate crisis and green political theory;

  • political economy;

  • political and social inequalities;

  • popular culture and (global) politics;

  • political and international theory;

  • socio-technical systems and their politics;

  • Europe and European governance;

  • the Americas, politics and sociology;

  • African regional and state politics;

  • South and East Asian regional and state politics.

You will join an international community of students working on a range of politics and international relations issues. Our staff also have particular expertise across a range of cultural and social theory and champion diverse research methodologies. You will be assigned two PhD supervisors whose current research interests and expertise are relevant to your chosen research area.

We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem-orientated. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the cutting edge of Politics and International Relations. We produce leading research with an international focus that is relevant to the changing circumstances of an increasingly interconnected world. Our aim is not just to monitor the world but to contribute to a better understanding and to ways that might improve it.

Most students will start in September 2024 or January 2025, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the Postgraduate Student Administrator to discuss the options available.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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