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Research degrees
Research areas
Politics and international studies
Political ideas

Political ideas

Politics and International Studies (POLIS) researchers focus on political theory and ideologies, including critical, post-structuralist and normative theory; theories of citizenship; agonistic politics; international relations theory; and research on the ideas and actions of social movements and environmental justice campaigns. In terms of political concepts, POLIS staff can supervise students working on citizenship, justice, rights, duties, governance, power, community, ecology, and democracy, to name a few.

We also encourage research in continental political philosophy and the intellectual history of political thought. We supervise on a range of political ideologies including transnational discourses and movements (cultural, ecological, gender, human rights, labour and emergent political subject positions), as well as conservative, liberal, labour and utopian discourses in the UK – especially those drawing on empirical cases, institutional practices and lived experience.

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

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Potential supervisors


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Further information

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

Filippo Boni – Postgraduate Coordinator
Email: FASS-Polis-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 654534/654435