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Politics and International Relations (PIR)


Welcome to Politics & International Relations (PIR) in Edinburgh.

We are vibrant subject area, with over 35 permanent members of staff and a dynamic group of post-doctoral research, and visiting fellows. We are based in a lively capital city, with an internationally esteemed list of faculty. In the last research assessment exercise 45 per cent of our research in Politics and International Studies was rated internationally excellent, with a further 10 per cent rated as world-leading, placing us in the UK top 10.

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Rome Treaty 60 years on

John Peterson and Dermot Hodson on the future of the EU

EUSA teaching awards

Slew of PIR staff nominated in several categories

PIR's staff kicks off PSA 2017

Meryl Kenny chairs plenary panel on Gender and Political Representation at the Political Studies Association 2017 International Conference

Upcoming Events

Apr 26 Speaker: Kieran Oberman # PIR Realism in Migration Ethics 15:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) CMB 2.15

PTRG Pre-read event

May 03 Speaker: Matthew Chrisman # Philosophy Edinburgh The Speech Act of Protest 15:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) CMB 2.15

PTRG Pre-read event

May 05 - Please choose: TBC # TBC Foreign Policy Analysis & Role Research Conference 09:30 (3 hours and 30 minutes) Seminar Rm. 5, CMB