The School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research into international development, international relations and politics. We have area expertise in Africa, North America, Asia, the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
We believe research in this area is crucial to the ongoing process of rethinking how governments respond to the human and international security challenges posed by globalisation and its consequences.
Research Groups and Centres
- Global Development and Justice (including the Centre for Global Development and the Centre for African Studies)
- International Relations and Security (including Intervention in International Society)
- Politics (including Leadership, Parties and Institutions and Political Theory)
- Contemporary Democracy and Authoritarianism
Leeds Social Sciences Institute
The LSSI is a large and vibrant research Institute that works to support and enhance the Social Sciences at Leeds. It fosters interdisciplinary and international research collaborations and provides training and development opportunities for our postgraduate researchers.
Our research culture
Our school has thirty active academic researchers. Twenty-four researchers teach undergraduates, and twenty teach postgraduates. Our school supervises over seventy PhD students.
Together, our researchers have produced twenty-five research monographs, 132 refereed journal articles, 52 book chapters and 20 edited books since 2008.
Research centre profile
Centre for Global Development
Established in 1984, the Centre for Global Development consolidates expertise across the University in the study of development issues.
The centre organises interdisciplinary research, and provides research degree supervision and an institutional base for consultancy.