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Democracy and social movements

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at The Open University has an international reputation for research in democracy and social movements. Members of POLIS are interested in supervising research on theories of democracy and democratisation; contested conceptualisations of democracy; struggles for democracy and rights; democratic institutions and movements; contentious and activist politics; identity and democratic politics; contemporary social and political movements.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0)1908 654534/654435

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.