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Welcome to the web-pages of the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University. Research and education in the School are driven by a concern to encourage innovative and critically incisive ways of thinking about a wide range of problems we encounter as citizens and as human beings. We need to find ways of living and working together in harmony, of promoting good public policies that serve effectively the needs of all members of society, and of sharing space and resources in ways that are fair to all groups and peoples of the world. The subjects we research in the School all contribute to the scholarly investigation of these challenges and our teaching provision facilitates the development of skills that will equip our students to address effectively these issues in their future careers.

We hope you can find out all you need to know about our activities on these pages but if not, do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail on We encourage current, prospective and former students, and indeed anyone who is interested in our work, to access the site regularly for the latest information about our teaching and research and for updates on events taking place in the School.

Professor David Phinnemore

Head of School