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Politics and International Relations

We’re research experts across a wide range of topics, which include British and Welsh politics and devolution, political thought, post-colonialism, international security and strategic studies, feminist international relations, and global environmental politics.

Our focus is wide reaching, including the political landscapes of Wales and the UK and investigating the politics and political thought of the Americas, China, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

Policy makers in the devolved capitals - Whitehall, Westminster, the EU institutions, and international organisations – seek out our expertise. This has forged global partnerships with the United Nations (UN)Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

We offer both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary research and postgraduate research student supervision.

The department of Politics and International Relations is housed in the School of Law and Politics and has a cohesive and energetic disciplinary alliance with the Law department.

An inclusive research environment

We’ve worked hard to diversify our personnel and areas of research to more justly reflect and engage the contemporary political landscape: local, national and international.

As part of this ongoing endeavour, we expanded the department in 2016, which resulted in an almost 50% increase in the number of female academics.

We also further expanded our international cohort by recruiting colleagues from North America, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.

How we work

Our expansion resulted in the design of an ambitious research agenda that capitalises on the wealth of diverse research expertise we have in the department.

We group our research into three interrelated and complementary clusters that facilitate interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to common themes.


Our work related to Governance is carried out by leading academics who combine internationally recognised research in a wide range of fields, a wealth of experience in delivering high quality teaching and a strong track record of engagement with organisations and institutions engaged in politics and public policy.

Political Theory

Political theory deals with the crucial ideas that drive all political life.

International Studies

We embrace all facets of international relations and its range of research agendas and approaches.