Research within the School is structured around the four sub-disciplines of Political Science: Political Theory, Comparative Politics, International Relations and Security, and International Political Economy (IPE).
Connecting area-specific knowledge, including extensive field-based research, to core disciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches is a hallmark of our research strategy.
Our research emphasises methodological diversity, with work contributing to innovation in quantitative, qualitative, philosophical and historiographical methods.
The School hosts the Durham Global Security Institute, the Global Policy Institute, and the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. We also host the journals Global Policy and East Asia: an International Quarterly, and the administrative centre for the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.
Our institutes and centres cut across these four sub disciplines, supporting collaborative research and external-facing engagement and impact. Our research engages with other disciplines, including History, Geography, Anthropology, Philosophy, Theology and Economics, with active involvement in Research Institutes across the University, including the Institute for Advanced Study and the Institute for Hazard, Risk and Resilience.