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Politics and International Relations (PIR): Research



At the heart of Edinburgh PIR is our research. These pages contain information about our research strategy, research areas, major grants and projects, and the work of our postdoctoral fellows.

As one of six subject areas within the School, PIR benefits from a fluid, interdisciplinary structure and engages in intensive exchange with Sociology, Social Policy, Social Anthropology, and Science & Technology Studies. Such exchange spans the range of university life from joint PhD supervision to cross-School seminars and events, from Adventure Lunches (exploring new areas for research collaboration) to joint research planning and strategy.

Beyond the School we cooperate with colleagues across and beyond the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. In addition to co-leading the Europa Institute with colleagues in the School of Law and leading the interdisciplinary Just World Institute, we are actively involved in collaboration through the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World, the Princess Dashkova Centre on Russia, the Centre for African Studies, and the Centre for South Asian Studies. PIR is also involved in countless other connections and collaborations with Schools as diverse as Informatics; Health in Social Science; Business; Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences; and Literatures, Languages & Cultures.

National and international collaborations are also vital to our research. Our staff regularly hold visiting fellowships at Universities around the world, deliver international plenary or keynote talks, and have their work translated into various languages.

Our staff are proactive in organising conferences and seminars, which regularly bring leading and rising researchers from around the world to Edinburgh PIR. Additionally, our staff hold positions on the editorial boards of numerous journals as well as positions within formal professional associations. This external engagement helps make Edinburgh PIR a rich and dynamic research environment.

On these pages you can find information about our Research Strategy, our Research Institutes and Groups, our Postdoctoral Research, and our Research Grants and Projects.