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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 consistently ranked top in the country for the quality of our political science research (REF 2014).

We are renowned for our expertise in political behaviour, comparative politics, ideology and discourse analysis, international relations and conflict resolution. Our department houses four research centres and five research divisions which organise their work around these key themes.

Use the links below to visit our prestigious research structures and learn more about the cutting edge research taking place within the department.

Our research centres

Our research centres focus on specific areas of interest, whilst facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the Department of Government.

Our research divisions

Our research focuses on central themes which provide a structure to our five research divisions. In combination with our research divisions, we also host three departmental methods working groups: mixed-methods research, data science & quantitative political methodology, and evidence & public policy.

The methods working groups encourage collaboration across research divisions based on shared methodological interests and facilitate interdisciplinary research. They promote the representation of the full spectrum of empirical approaches in our political science research and teaching. Members of the working groups are highlighted within each research division.

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Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

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Highlights of our research

Journal articles

Our academic staff regularly publish work in leading journals. Examples of their most recent work include:

Comparative Political Studies
Comparative Political Studies


Our academic staff regularly publish books on a wide range of topics. Their most recent work includes:

Some of the best known work produced by the Department in previous years includes:


Our academic staff frequently feature within the wider press. Below are some examples of their latest appearances:

Research showcase

Research from the Department of Government examines key issues which have a real-world impact upon the political landscape.

Contact us
Contact us
Departmental Director of Research Professor Han Dorussen
University of Essex
Department of Government University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872759