International Politics

We produce innovative and high-quality research into some of the most pressing challenges in international politics.

Our expertise spans most areas of the world, including Latin America, South East Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Africa, China and the Caucasus.

We have worked with major donors and stakeholders, including DFID, Amnesty International and UNDP, to address the biggest problems facing the world’s most vulnerable peoples. We have made important contributions to academic and policy debates on a number of issues including: fragile and unrecognized states, ethnic conflict, nuclear arms policy, counter-terrorism, social movements and political activism, sustainable development, international trade, human rights, children’s rights, global health, asylum and migration.

We have an international reputation for our work in the areas of Applied Human Rights, as well as a rising profile in the areas of conflict and security.


  • Friday 15 May: Workshop held on Representation of minorities: perspectives and challenges, sponsored by the Politics department, the British International Studies Association and CSD.
  • Thursday 23 April: Roundtable on Ebola: Why Wasn't the World Prepared? with João Nunes, Simon Rushton (Sheffield) and Emma-Louise Anderson (Leeds), an event sponsored by CSD. Access audio from the event here.
  • Friday 17 April: Gwen Burnyeat talked about "Ethnographic Scholar-Activism with the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia", 3.00 - 4.30pm, V/045.
  • Sunday 8 March: CAHR human rights defenders talked about Women on the Frontline: Journeys to Justice, an event organized by CAHR
  • News archive

Upcoming events

Regional Power Contestation and Political Violence in the Af-Pak Region - Wednesday 13 June (Week 9) - 2.30pm

Narrative Structure and the Political Imagination - Wednesday 30 May (Week 7) - 2.30pm

Social Movements and International Relations: Recognizing complex interactions - Wednesday 16 May (Week 5) – 2pm

Connecting the home and the international: Circuitry as an analytical tool in peace and conflict studies - Friday 11 May 2018 - 2pm

Membership (staff)

Audio archive

  • Access audio from CSD events here.

Heslington East - John Houlihan

Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre

The Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC) provides both critical research on global injustices and, at the same time, to help find practical and participatory solutions to pressing problems, wherever possible. A commitment to human rights and social justice informs all our work.

Conflict, Peace and Security Research Group

The Conflict, Peace & Security research group produces cutting-edge work on violent conflicts, within and between states, and other global security challenges. We have a large PhD community and we host the popular MA in Post-War Recovery Studies.

Research projects

Membership (research students)