International Politics Research
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
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:
- Professor Inderjeet Parmar is co-ordinator of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama and Chair of the British International Studies Association
- Professor Christopher McDowell is a Life Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute
- Professor Ronen Palan and Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova are members of the Global Shadow Banking Group
- Professor Rosemary Hollis serves on the Middle East Area Studies Advisory Panel of the British Academy
- Dr Anush Kapadia is a member of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, New York, and held a research assistantship to Professor Joseph Stiglitz on the 'Committee on Global Thought' at Columbia University
- Dr Sara Silvestri has been co-convening the Religion, Security and IR working group of the British International Studies Association since 2008. She is also founding member and Treasurer of the Religion & IR section of the International Studies Association.
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.
- The 2011 uprisings and the limits of "people power" by Dr Tom Davies (April 2011)
- Making sense of the new rules of financial regulation by Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova (February 2011)
- Why conditional cash transfers matter for HIV by Dr Sophie Harman (November 2010)
- Reflections on anti-burqa laws by Dr Sara Silvestri (October 2010)
- Between Palestine and Iran: Saudi Arabia and Middle East Peace by Dr Amnon Aran (May 2010)