Breaking new ground, fostering research and stimulating debate
Few universities in the world offer the extraordinary range and diversity of research opportunities that Queen’s students and academic staff enjoy. Here you can find out about some of the ongoing and completed research projects at the School.
View all our funded research projects Research Lead for Politics and International Relations Dr Heather Johnson
Brexit and the Border
Professor John Garry
This ESRC funded project focuses on the issue of ‘the border’ and engages citizens in two deliberative democracy exercises, one based on 'internal' (imagined) deliberation and the other based on 'external' (talk-based) deliberation. The aim is to provide policy makers with balanced and systematic evidence, from citizens, that will inform the policy-making process.
Boats, Borders and Asylum
Dr Heather Johnson
Funded by the ESRC, 'Boats, Borders and Asylum: the Global Politics of Irregular Migration in Maritime Space' tackles the global politics and experience of migration in maritime space through qualitative and creative methods. Moving beyond the state, it examines responsibility, protection, and mobility in the Pacific and the Mediterranean/Aegean, via the practices of INGOs, Australia, Canada, Greece and Spain.
Exclusion Amid Inclusion
Dr Timofey Agarin
Exclusion Amid Inclusion: Power-Sharing and Non-Dominant Minorities. Including the main groups to the conflict consociationalism systematically marginalises Others. ‘Exclusion amid inclusion’ is an analytical lens that explains how different groups are affected, the strategies they adopt to navigate and the potential routes out of normative and empirical puzzle of power-sharing.
The Place-based Climate Action Network
Professor John Barry
The Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN) is a 5 year ESRC funded project about translating climate policy into local climate action and to bring about transformative change. This network brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors in three city-based climate commissions (Leeds, Belfast and Edinburgh).
See how we contribute to the life of the school
Alongside regular seminar series involving colleagues from the school and invited speakers we have a number of annual public lectures where we invite major figures in the discipline to Queen’s. These include the annual Politics Lecture and the annual Frank Wright Lecture. The university also organises regular lectures from leading public figures such as from our Chancellor Hillary Rodham Clinton
In recent years we have hosted major international conferences, such as the European Political Science Association Conference and the General Assembly of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA), both in 2019. We also hosted the Political Studies Association Annual Conference in March 2021.
Colleagues in the department work on major shared research themes. Of particular highlight here are The Democracy Unit, the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, and the Centre for Gender in Politics. Colleagues are also fellows of the School-based interdisciplinary Centre for Sustainability, Equality and Climate Action (SECA).
Our researchers also contribute to interdisciplinary research centres at Queen’s, including the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Colleagues in the Politics and International Studies group work on a wide range of interdisciplinary projects such as Prof John Barry’s work on sustainability.
Politics and International Studies colleagues work with a wide range of institutions and partners across the world. Please see our individual research profiles for further details.
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