As one of the UK's top research departments, we are one of the very best departments for politics and international relations in the UK, producing groundbreaking research across the whole range of the discipline.

Research Excellence Framework

92 per cent of research and its real-world impact at the University of Sheffield has been rated as world-leading or internationally excellent and 94 per cent of our research in the Department  is rated in the highest two categories in the REF 2021.

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Walk on the Bright Side

Professor Matthew Flinders talks about his project 'Walk on the Bright Side' which involves an international network of academics researching what DOES work in politics, rather than the doom and gloom of failed policies.

Government and public policy

Why does Windrush still Matter

Dr Matthew Bishop, discusses why Windrush still matters and how it fits into a much wider historical story.

In the full podcast episode Matt dives deeper into Britain's relationship with the Caribbean, the Windrush scandal, and how the Caribbean is on the frontline of climate change

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Online Campaigns and Digital Politics

Professor Kate Dommett has published her findings on how political parties use personal data in their election campaigns in her new book 'Data-Driven Campaigning and Political Parties'.

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At War with Women

Dr Jennifer Greenburg researches how post-9/11 politics of gender and development have transformed US military power. Focussing particularly on US intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan and their use of all-female counterinsurgency teams.

Jenny's website

Peace wall in Northern Ireland with the word 'security' engraved into the brick

PhD Case studies

We have a range of PhD candidates researching a wide variety of topics and issues within politics and international relations. We asked some of those candidates to write about what they're working on and why they have a connection to the topics they're researching.

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