A significant amount of the collaborative, cross-disciplinary research and teaching work done by members of the department is done through our four Centres. Two of them, the PRDU and Morrell Studies in Toleration, run their own MA programmes; the other two coordinate cross-departmental and cross-university research programmes.
Post-war reconstruction has become one of the most relevant policy issues facing the world today. From the rebuilding of Bosnia-Herzegovina to the attempted reconstruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, local and international actors are faced with the multi-layered and complex challenges of recovery.
The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is an inter-departmental research and teaching centre with links to the Politics Department and York Law School.
Founded in 2007, the Centre:
- Offers a unique fellowship scheme for human rights defenders at risk
- Runs an MA in Applied Human Rights and an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice
- Conducts research, often in collaboration with non-governmental organisations, on human rights and development, transitional justice, refugee law, and the practical challenges facing human rights defenders
- Hosts the Journal of Human Rights Practice (Oxford University Press)
- Organises events on pressing human rights issues, including recent conferences on 'Human Rights Defenders and Peace Processes' (May 2010), 'Social Justice in Challenging and Changing Times' (November 2009), and 'The Responsibility to the Story' (September 2009)
Since 1980 the Politics Department at the University of York has been home to the Morrell Centre for Toleration, which is funded by the C and JB Morrell Trust. The Trust supports a wide range of activities in political philosophy, including an annual Address on Toleration, regular conferences on the philosophical foundations of toleration, and funding for students who wish to register for the MA Political Philosophy (the Idea of Toleration).
The Centre for Ecology Law and Policy (CELP) links the departments of Environment, Politics and Social Policy at the University of York.
CELP conducts interdisciplinary research on the environment. The aim is to integrate the disciplines of ecology, law and policy in order to reach a better understanding of how society and the environment interact.