School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy


The School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy aims to strengthen its core research areas; encouraging and promoting collaborative and interdisciplinary research.

Meet our researchers

The expertise of our academic staff is highly respected across the world. Here are just a few of the areas in which we are making an impact.

Yvonne Galligan

Gender and Democracy: The voice for change

Beverley Milton-Edwards

The objective voice on Middle East Policy

David Archard

Influencing the lives of future generations

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, Politics and International Studies was ranked 5th and Philosophy 8th on research intensity

Research areas

Applied Ethics

Ethical Issues in contemporary society

Governance and Public Policy

Linking policy theory and practice

International Political Economy

Understanding the global political order

UN gun sculpture

Global Terrorism

From the 9/11 legacy to the rise of ISIS and beyond

Borders and Security

Key concerns in international security research

Irish Politics

Contemporary Irish Political History

Political Theory

Questions about the interpretation of values

International Relations

Multi-disciplinary approaches to global issues

Politics, International Studies and Philosophy students benefit from studying in one of only four locations in the UK which is a seat of government. This means researchers and students have ready access to government officials, politicians and their advisors

Research Centres

Promoting key research

School-based Research Centres

Research Projects

Furthering knowledge and making an impact

Learn more about our projects

Interdisciplinary Connections

Contributing to interdisciplinary institutions across the University.

Collaborative Centres and Initiatives

Postgraduate research

Rise to the challenge

Learn more about our research degrees


Our research impact

Queen’s University is joint 8th in the UK for research intensity

Our REF ranking

Upcoming events

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Research in Progress

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