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International Social Sciences and International Studies

Global Activity is core to the mission of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. Our research is world-leading and tackles major global challenges. Our academics work with top collaborators around the world to develop strong international research and education partnerships, and foster an environment for the vibrant interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, and the teaching of international students from over 120 countries.

Exeter and Tsinghua Collaborate on Takeover Law

Academics from the University of Exeter and Tsinghua University hosted a joint seminar on the subject of takeover law. The seminar, entitled Takeover Law in the New Era of Globalisation: A UK and China Perspective, took place at Senate House in London. Alongside legal experts from Tsinghua and Exeter, the seminar brought together professionals from some of the world’s leading legal firms to address some of the challenges and opportunities related to takeover law in China. Read full story here.


Exeter Cyber Law Experts in the Spotlight in Estonia

Professor Mike Schmitt spent the week of 21 May directing an advanced seminar on cyber law for 35 government officials and military officers from NATO and Partnership for Peace nations. The seminar was organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence and targeted policymakers and their legal advisers. The following Monday, he met with President Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, as well as her National Security Adviser and Legal Counsellor, to discuss international legal cyber strategy and ways Estonia and other nations could move the international dialogue forward. Read full story here.


Roundtable on Eurasian Integration brings together scholars and policy-makers in St Petersburg:

Dr David Lewis and Dr Catherine Owen organised and presented at an international roundtable entitled ‘Eurasian Integration and Public Administration’ as part of the annual Forum on Public Administration organised by the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). Read full story here.

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is a research-intensive college with a strong record of collaboration and impact around the globe. The College is home to a wide array of world-leading centres, institutes and groups based across all of our disciplines. In the last REF, all of the Units of Assessment within the College are top 10 nationally when combining 4*+3*, except for Law which is 11th. Examples of our globally influence Impact case studies include:

Political dynamics in post-2003 Iraq

Following the US-led occupation of Iraq in 2003, research by Professor Gareth Stansfield into conflict management, political mobilisation, and the rebuilding of the Iraqi state has informed UK government and international policy. Read full case study


Reducing humanitarian harms of conflict

Over the last 15 years, Professor Brian Rappert has conducted research on how to reduce the humanitarian harms of conflict, focusing on encouraging novel disarmament initiatives and more rapid response to new developments in science and technology. Read full case study


Changing thinking on regulation

Ground-breaking research by a team at the Centre for European Governance (CEG) has caused policymakers to look again at the way they assess the effects of regulation and new legislation on the economy and society. Read full case study  

To read about the College’s REF performance and further impact case studies, see here




International visitors

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies encourages visits from high-quality doctoral students and researchers who wish to contribute to, and participate in the research culture and work of the College. Normally, our visiting scholars are full-time members of another university.

We expect our visiting scholars to participate in the academic life of the department as much as possible, for example, engaging in discussions or joint projects with departmental members and presenting papers about their own research seminar programmes. There are a number of options for visiting scholars to come to the College.

Visiting research students

Research students can enquire about visiting the College of Social Sciences and International Studies by contacting the Doctoral College.

Visiting scholars

Academics or researchers wishing to visit the College of Social Sciences and International Studies for a period of between three to six months can apply to visit the College by filling out thisInternational visitors application form.

Before doing so, applicants are encouraged to read the guidance for Visiting Scholars that accompanies the application and discuss their application with colleagues in the academic department that they are hoping to visit.

For any enquiries related to the Visiting Scholars process, please contact Nick Chavasse, Business Partner for the College.

To discuss any aspect of our global partnerships, including existing collaborations, establishing a new international partnership and funding opportunities available, please contact:

Professor Gareth Stansfield, Associate Dean Global (ADG)

Nick ChavasseBusiness Partner, Global Partnerships