International Relations at LSE is one of a handful of large IR Departments in the UK. Its scale means that the research interests of its staff are wide-ranging, covering most aspects of the subject, and reflecting the rich choice of subjects on offer in its teaching.
The department prides itself on the linkage between its research and its teaching at all levels from undergraduate to research students. Individual scholarship remains the dominant mode of research, though there are some clusters of individuals who work in similar areas. The Department has particular strengths in Political Theory, International Relations Theory, International Political Economy, and European Studies. As well as Europe, its area specialists cover Russia, Central, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the USA, South America, the Middle East and Africa. Other areas of research strength include foreign policy analysis, nationalism, religion, historical sociology, international environmental politics and international security. Many individuals contribute to more than one of these subjects, and there is quite a lot of linkage with colleagues in the Departments of Government and International History, as well as through the many research Centres in the LSE.
In line with these research strengths, the Department recruits about two dozen research students annually, and hosts Millennium, which is run by postgraduate students. The Department's research engages not only with academic debates, but also those on public policy, the latter particularly though the Department's involvement in LSE IDEAS. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise over half of its research was rated either world leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
See our pages on Staff Publications: new books, Staff Publications: older books and Staff Publications: articles and chapters for further information on work from members of the Department.
Staff Regional Research Locations Map
Below is a map of IR Staff regional research interests. Not all staff are represented, as some staff have non-geographical research interests. For a full list of IR staff research interests, visit Department staff.
The pins are intended to represent regional, rather than exact geographical areas.
Units and Centres and Groups associated with the Department
International Trade Policy Unit
Centre for International Studies
European Foreign Policy Unit
Research group on Global Historical Sociology
Nanotechnology Policy and Regulation
Transnational challenges security cultures and regional organisations
Current student research within the Department
Postgraduate research students and their areas of expertise
Recently completed PhD theses [PDF]
David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellowship