School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

  • BS8 1TU

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies is an interdisciplinary scholarly environment producing leading research which is international in its focus and relevant to the changing circumstances of our increasingly interconnected world. We are committed to rigorous conceptual and empirical research that is politically and socially relevant and problem oriented. We aim to advance theory, knowledge and methods at the interface between the disciplines of sociology, politics and international relations. The questions addressed recognise that political structures are related in complex ways to the social conditions that underlie them, and equally, that social conditions are affected in complex ways by political structures. Our aim is not just to monitor the global condition but to contribute to advancing ways that might improve it.

Our research activity is guided by a focus on key themes:

  • International Relations
  • Global Development and Security
  • Ethnicity and Migration
  • Europe and Europeanization
  • Culture, Politics, and Society

Research in the School covers important questions around the impact of globalization and its consequences for the contemporary social and political world. Topics addressed are the changing patterns of ethnicity, migration and religion, the dynamics of security and insecurity, the structural patterns of global poverty and disadvantage, the evolving international balances and imbalances of state power, Europeanization, and the contemporary transformations of gender, class and family. We study these research fields in their domestic, international and global contexts, and with reference to the experiences of Western and non-Western societies.

Our objective is to achieve:

  • Research excellence demonstrated through publication and leading contributions to the international scholarly community
  • Theoretically and empirically informed project research that is cutting-edge, funded and policy relevant
  • Research impact through dissemination, professional and public engagement

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    Research Output

    The British General Election of 2019

    Surridge, P., Bale, T., Jennings, W. & Ford, R., 2021, (In preparation) Palgrave Macmillan.

    Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

    A business empire and its migrants: Royal Dutch Shell and the management of racial capitalism

    Kunz, S., 14 May 2020, In : Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. 45, 2, p. 377-391 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • A case study of the reception of 'structuralism' in English Studies in the UK

    Morgan, M. & Baert, P., 18 Apr 2020, Ideas on the Move in the Social Sciences and Humanities: The International Circulation of Paradigms and Theorists. Sapiro, G., Santoro, M. & Baert, P. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 83-102 19 p. (Socio-Historical Studies of the Social and Human Sciences).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    Student theses

    (Re)Defining Sustainability: Belo Monte, São Luiz do Tapajós and Storylines of Resistance

    Author: Atkins, E., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Flint, A. (Supervisor) & Tucker, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A Critical Evaluation of Indonesia's Special Economic Zones using New Institutional Economics Approach

    Author: Julastuti, M., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: King, W. (Supervisor) & Hewitt, V. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    A critique of the Internet in Mexico: From coordination without politics to decolonial politics

    Author: Liceaga Mendoza, R. I., 12 May 2020

    Supervisor: Peoples, C. (Supervisor) & Van Veeren, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    10 year Special Contribution Award

    Fornes, Gaston E (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: National/international honour

    AHRC Fellowship

    Modood, Tariq (Recipient), 2010

    Prize: Other distinction

    BASAS Young Scholar's Prize 2000

    O'Toole, Therese (Recipient), Sep 2000

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    External PhD Examiner

    Filippo Dionigi (Examiner)


    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Fabian Society Annual Conference

    Paula Surridge (Participant)

    19 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    CHERN Management Committee Member

    Magnus Feldmann (Member)


    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively