Grants and Impact

Our research tackles important world problems and has attracted major competitive grants, such as the Liberal Way of War Major Research Programme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Many members of the Department have won prestigious personal funded Fellowships:

  • Professor McKinnon’s British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship, and her Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, both related to her work on climate change justice
  • Dr Raess’ Swiss National Science Foundation grant on ‘BRICs Globalization and Labor Protections in Advanced and Emerging Economies’
  • Dr von Billerbeck’ ESRC Future Research Leaders on ‘Self-Legitimation by International Organizations’
  • Professor Zaum’s ESRC Public Sector Placement Fellowship in the UK Stabilisation Unit.

We maintain close and regular interaction with the policy community (through, for example, work with the Department for International Development), and with military practitioners (for example, through our General Dynamics seminar series).

Our research impacts the world, for instance by helping combating the rise of the far right in Europe, by addressing state fragility or by promoting institutional learning the in armed forces.

Combating the rise of the far right in Europe

Timely research into the rise of the far right in Europe is helping to provide answers to pressing policy questions about the continent’s future.

By analysing why people vote for extremist parties against the backdrop of migration and the economy, research led by Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou and Dr Tim Vlandas gives an insight into the circumstances that lead to the far right’s popularity and what can be done to contain it and support more constructive means of political participation.

The results are providing policy makers with vital information regarding social security and welfare, migration issues such as citizenship and asylum, and EU membership.

Addressing state fragility

Professor Dominik Zaum’s examination of the role of corruption in the political economy of state building has demonstrated that acts of dishonesty can, in some circumstances, have stabilising effects.

His research has produced a rigorous assessment of what works – and what does not work – in donor-funded anti-corruption efforts.

Labour provisions and trade agreements

Dr Damian Raess is currently carrying out a project that will provide vital evidence about the origins and consequences of labor provisions in trade agreements and will help to inform policy making communities in this area. A new database on the design of labor provisions in Preferential Trade Agreements will be created.