Global Essex

Research with real-world impact

International research collaborations

Our rankings

We are ranked in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014) and our politics research research is first in the UK; as it has since research rankings began in 1986. 


We are one of 18 universities working across Europe to enrich the educational experience of our students, increase the impact of our researchers and share best practice across institutions, through the YERUN initiative: the Young European Research Universities Network. 

International research case studies

Some of the current world-leading research projects being undertaken by Essex academics


Arab journalists and political change – are they reporters or activists?
Lead Academic: Dr Fatima el Issawi

Shaping the global debate on mental health law reform
Lead Academics: Professor Wayne Martin, Professor Fabian Freyenhagen

2000 Families: The true impact of migration
Lead Academic: Dr Ayse Guveli

Reporting wartime rights abuses
Lead Academics: Professor Udo Kruschwitz, Professor Massimo Poesio

Hopes for peace and justice in Colombia
Lead Academics: Professor Sabine Michalowski, Dr Clara Sandoval


International visiting fellowships scheme

Led by our Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, each year professors and experiences research academic join us to contribute to, and collaborate with, our research community, as part of our International Visiting Fellowships Scheme.

Hosted by the relevant research centre, Fellows join us for a minimum of two months, and up to a maximum of 10 months, and come from a broad range of countries, specialising in a number of academic disciplines.

Long-term Fellows produce a paper or journal contribution and usually undertake valuable workshops with Masters and Doctorate students.