Politics and International Relations, based in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, is one of the leading research-led units at Swansea University. We challenge our students to investigate the wide and complex issues arising from how our societies are currently organised in political terms, both domestically and internationally, and how they should or could be better organised in the future.
Research in Politics and International Studies at Swansea has a history going back over 50 years, and Swansea is one of the few universities to have hosted the annual conference of the UK Political Studies Association twice, in 1994 and 2008. Research draws on disciplinary expertise in politics and international relations, as well as research at the inter-disciplinary boundaries in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies with philosophy, media studies, development studies and policy studies.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) considered seventy per cent of our research to be world leading or internationally excellent, and all but two percent as of internationally recognised quality. We rose sixteen places in the UK rankings to be placed 21=, scoring particularly highly for the quality of our research publications and the impact of our research on a wide variety of economic, social and political organisations. We have 18 research active permanent staff, including Professor Mark Bevir
(California, Berkeley), as distinguished research professor. External research funding more than doubled for the REF 2014 assessment and we are on target to at least double income again for the expected REF2020.
We have two research groups: political analysis and governance (PAG); and International Studies, Conflict and Security (ISCAS). These are complemented by a research centre, the Global Drug Policy Observatory, externally funded by the Open Society Foundations.
We have a strategy for research impact that has led to major global, national and sub-national impacts on public policy and professional organisations. Postgraduate research students' training is conducted through the politics and international relations, and language-based area studies pathways of the Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. Currently our postgraduate research school has twenty five research students, including students funded by ESRC, University and Nawal Al Sharif studentships.
Researchers in politics and international studies at Swansea are very active in organising conferences and panels, and the department as a whole has a regular series of departmental seminars. Individual staff are also highly active in leading national and international research networks and collaborations. At Swansea we play leading roles in the activities and inter-disciplinary research centres of the University level Research Institute of Arts and Humanities (RIAH) and Research Institute of the Applied Social Sciences (RIASS).