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Politics and International Research (UoA19)

Research culture

Politics at Newcastle University has a long-standing reputation for delivering outstanding research.

Topics covered include:

  • political participation
  • security
  • social justice

We embrace interdisciplinarity as an organic feature of our research culture.

We are part of the School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology at Newcastle University. This creates many collaborative opportunities for our diverse body of work.

Significant growth

During this REF cycle, we have taken major steps forward as a subject area. Our politics and international relations research capacity has expanded.

We can now consolidate our established areas of excellence and invest in emerging areas of pioneering research. 

Key elements of our transformation include: 

  • staff growth from 24.6FTE to 34.1FTE (39% increase) with investment (79% of appointments) in outstanding early career researchers
  • a major shift in our gender composition (from 19% to 40% female colleagues)
  • a nearly four-fold increase in external research funding from £309k (2014) to £1,135,605 (2021)
  • a six-fold increase in internal research and impact investment (over £814k in total)
  • a significant rise in the proportion of research outputs in top 10 academic journals
  • closer collaboration with over 3,000 diverse non-academic partners and beneficiaries

Improved infrastructure

Since 2014, we have invested in staff growth and our physical infrastructure.

In January 2020, we moved into larger accommodation in the refurbished Daysh Building, an investment of £60m.

Our strategic research agenda is to advance world-leading politics and international research and scholarship. We achieve this through productive mutual engagement with diverse stakeholders.

This ambition sits at the heart of the Geography, Politics, and Sociology School Research Strategy. It also aligns with the University's renewed Vision and Strategy (2019).

Strategic approach

Our approach rests on four pillars:

  • valuing methodological and theoretical pluralism and interdisciplinarity
  • a commitment to advancing research in political participation, security, and social justice
  • embedding equality, diversity, and inclusion in all our activities
  • valuing research impact at social, cultural, and creative levels, creating change in the economy and politics

We have made a very strong contribution to the vitality and sustainability of the wider discipline.

Our staff have served in executive roles in six major professional associations. They have also convened or served on executive committees in 21 major networks and specialist groups.

We have edited 10 journals and organised 54 conferences and workshops during the latest REF cycle.

Research case studies

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