Politics and International Relations (PIR)

Welcome Message

    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.

    Staff in PIR have always sought to reach audiences beyond academia, to facilitate dialogue, inform public debate...


Edinburgh PIR lecturer wins prestigious Teaching Grant

Carmen Gebhard, Programme Director of the MSc International and European Politics (IEP), has secured funding for the new taught postgraduate core course ÔÇťAnalysing European Governance

Andrew Neal on sell-out panel on security V. human rights.

Andrew Neal, Shami Chakrabarty and Sir Menzies Campbell discuss how we need to reassert and redefine our human rights for the 21st century.

Many successes for PIR Post-Graduate Researchers in 2014-15

With over 70 students, our PhD community was very active in delivering our undergraduate teaching and in presenting, participating at professional conferences and workshops, and

Sep 15 Lecture: Speaker: Dr Claire Duncanson # University of Edinburgh PIR Welcome Talk 10:00 (1 hour) , F21, 7 George Square

Welcome Week

Sep 16 PG Student: Hosted by: Julie Kaarbo # TBC Post-Graduate Research Student Induction 11:30 (2 hours) , CMB Seminar Room 6

Incoming Post-Graduate Student event

Sep 18 Seminar: Hosted by: Oliver Escobar # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Claudia Chwalisz # University of Sheffield; Speaker: Marco Biagi # SNP MSP Edinburgh Central; Speaker: Ailsa Henderson # University of Edinburgh; Speaker: Juliet Swann # Electoral Reform Society Scotland The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change 15:00 (2 hours) , G43, Paterson's Land, University of Edinburgh

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