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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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Upcoming Events

May 27 Speaker: Mark MacKinnon # Senior correspondent for Canada’s national newspaper Mark MacKinnon: Syria in Painting, Photography, Film and word 16:30 (2 hours) Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh

External Speaker

May 29 Thinking Without Bannisters: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt 12:30 (4 hours and 30 minutes) School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, 50 George Square, University of Edinburgh (Project Room 1.06, first floor)

Special Event

May 31 Speaker: Philip Cook # PIR TBA 15:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes) 18 Buccleuch Place, 3rd floor, room 3.15, access with U of E card

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