About our Research

Welcome to the blog of the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading. Our academics work at the forefront of research and debate in the many dimensions of politics and international relations. Our research outputs were ranked in the top 10 in the last Research Excellence Framework.

World-leading research

Whether analysing politics at home or charting the rise of extremist parties abroad, research carried out within the Politics and International Relations Division addresses fundamental questions about how society is governed.

Our academics employ cutting-edge empirical methods alongside normative, theoretical, historical and critical approaches and draw on a range of regional specialisms to conduct research into international relations, political theory and comparative politics.

Our ground-breaking work on global organisations such as the United Nations sits alongside research into international political economy, intergenerational justice and equality and we are leading the way with our focus on far-right parties in Europe.

The Division is also home to the world-leading Leverhulme Programme in Climate Justice, which is providing us with the knowledge needed to develop and implement the policies required to address climate change.