Department of Government

Our research

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Leading political science research in Europe

Over the past 45 years we have built a solid reputation as the best political science department in the UK, Europe and globally, achieving the top rating in all six Research Excellence Frameworks (REF).

We are top in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) with the majority of our research rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, and ranked among the top 50 departments on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings (2017).

Our research divisions

Our research focuses on central themes which provide a structure to our research divisions:

We're also working on a number of research projects exploring EU-Japan security cooperation, conflict, strategies and violence, security reform and identity management.

Research centres

Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest and promote collaboration both within and outside our Department.

If you're interested in undertaking postgraduate research linked to one of our Centres, contact our academics.

Read our papers

Read our latest cutting-edge politics research papers in the Essex Research Repository. Explore our publications and see the wide range of field we cover.

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We're a research-intensive department. Our staff regularly publish in leading journals, including:

See our academic staff profiles for full lists of the publications of all our staff.