The Centre reflects the research interests of members of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, in relation to the discipline of Comparative Politics and International Relations, and in particular relation to ethnopolitical conflict. It also encompasses area specialists on Central Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, specialist expertise in security studies, international political economy and international history.  The university’s   location within a post conflict and divided society and the diverse research interests of staff, are considered to be of benefit to the research and experiences of the many PhD students supervised by the Centre, and also to the postgraduate taught and undergraduate students beginning their studies in this area.

The Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict promotes intellectual co-operation among colleagues, students and stakeholders in these fields so as to facilitate joined-up thinking on issues within the subject area. The Centre provides a stimulating environment for the development of academic staff, both in collaborative research, through contacts with other research institutions, and  interaction with our students through teaching and  extracurricular seminars. Additionally, several colleagues are involved with the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, and are editors,  on the editorial boards of, and contributors to key journals in the fields of comparative politics, ethnic politics, as well as other subject areas.

 The Centre welcomes expressions of interest from

  • students who seek to pursue their studies at both the MA and PhD levels;
  • students in their doctoral and MA programmes from higher education establishments willing to join our internship programme;
  • researchers from institutions, centres and universities willing to undertake in-residence research at the Centre;
  • researchers from NGOs working on issues of ethnic conflict and politics in deeply divided and/or post conflict societies (particularly Central Eastern European and  EU Eastern Partnership states, post-communist states,  and the Middle East).