About City
  1. Schools and departments
  2. Education
  3. Rector and President
  4. Governance and leadership
  5. Working at City
  6. History of City
  7. More about City
  8. Campus map
  9. Contact us
  10. Guidance on Coronavirus
  1. Arts and Social Sciences
  2. International Politics
    1. Research students
    2. Political Economy
    3. International Policy
    4. Social Movements and Civil Society
    5. Modern History
About City

International Politics Research

REF 2014

Department of International Politics celebrates excellent results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Department is celebrating the confirmation of our status as an internationally excellent research-led teaching department. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 57% of our research as either 'world leading' (4* - 17%) or 'internationally excellent' (3* - 40%). Our 4* research outputs place us at 23rd position out of 56 departments and units evaluated in REF2014, ahead of many well-established departments, an excellent result. Our research environment is improving rapidly as is the impact of our research in policymaking and the media. This is the Department's first REF since we were formed just 7 years ago and represents a very solid foundation for the future.

Areas of research

Since 2007, the department has established strength in three core areas of research in international relations: International Political Economy, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy and International Social and Political Justice. The Department's research strategy has led to the establishment of two research centres, the City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) under the directorship of Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova, and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) under the direction of Professor Rosemary Hollis, both of which were inaugurated in 2012.

City's Department of International Politics is made up of an active community of students, academic staff and researchers dedicated to applying expert knowledge of global politics and international relations to issues and crises happening in the world today. Current development in our research and media activities can be found in the News section.

Our expertise covers:

  • International political economy and global finance
  • Global ethics and international human rights
  • The politics of the US, the Middle East and Europe
  • Security Studies
  • Religion in contemporary politics
  • Forced population displacement
  • International development
  • Global civil society and social movements

Research networks

We actively engage in work that enhances both academic understanding and international policy-making through our engagement with various research networks, for example at present:

In recent years staff in the department have produced a considerable number of highly-regarded books and published in top-ranked politics and international politics journals. We also engage with global policymaking; we have established a policy brief series (see below), and staff have been engaged with institutions such as the European Union, the World Bank and governments.

Work with us

We welcome collaborators, research partners and research students who would like to work with us on these and other issues of International Politics. We offer excellent facilities for visiting scholars and researchers. We also provide support for scholarship applications for PhD study at City.

If you would like to find out more information about becoming a visiting fellow with City, please contact our Head of Department, Dr Christopher McDowell.

Policy briefs