‘Addressing global challenges, delivering ideas for change’

The department is a globally leading centre of innovative research in international politics and politics. Our staff and postgraduate students conduct research on some of the most difficult and important global challenges facing human communities today – from questions of conflict, war, nuclear weapons and security to issues of migration, development, democracy, global health and environment. We study also political processes in the UK and its sub-states and hold regional expertise in Middle East, Russian, Latin American and American politics.

In our research we seek to develop bold new perspectives on how to understand and negotiate the intense and sometimes trouble-some global interconnections around us. In so doing we also work with policy makers to develop concrete new ideas for change. From working with civil society actors to informing national and global players we seek to be at the heart of communicating our research to the relevant stakeholders and to the public.

Reflecting the cutting-edge nature of our research, the department’s research has been consistently rated as internationally excellent and world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework assessments. In the previous assessment in 2014 44% of our research was assessed as ‘world-leading’ and 32% as ‘internationally excellent’. The department was ranked 5th in the UK for world-leading research and 7th overall.

The wide-range of perspectives and interests are reflected in the department’s rich variety of research groups, which serve both postgraduate students and staff. They seek to allow for specialization within communities of experts in specific areas in the context of the friendly research community at Aberystwyth.

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REF2014 Research Excellence Framework