Research centres

Our research is structured around University and Department research centres which focus on research themes and provide additional institutional structures for facilitating research. Most receive substantial external research funding and work across disciplinary boundaries.

Established in 2008, the Centre for Elections, Media & Participation at the University of Exeter provides many opportunities for teaching and research across core areas in comparative politics such as the study of electoral behaviour, media studies, institutional analysis, political parties and civil society research.

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A university-recognised research centre hosting the Jean Monnet Chair in Political Economy (2014-2017) and home to the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in recent years. Our mission is: to support our colleagues in different departments and Colleges engaged with interdisciplinary research on the EU and European politics, law, economics, society and history; to inspire and educate post-graduate students; to produce usable knowledge for policy-makers and organisations involved in the policy process; and to engage citizens on the future of the UK in Europe.

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The Centre for Advanced International Studies (CAIS) has developed one of the UK’s leading International Relations programmes in one of Europe’s leading Politics departments and we offer internationally recognised, research led teaching and supervision in areas of global importance including international security, IR theories, foreign policy, conflict analysis, globalisation and resistance.

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  • A thriving and diverse community of theorists at one of the UK's top ten research universities.
  • Home of the leading journal, History of Political Thought.
  • An excellent professional placement record for past students.

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The Centre for Rural Policy Research is home to an inter-disciplinary team of social scientists focusing on all aspects of the rural economy and society. While much of our research focuses on and is conducted in the United Kingdom, we also have an interest in rural issues around the world, especially in Europe.

In addition to conducting research, including hosting a number of PhD students and externally funded projects, our staff play an active role in the development of rural policy.

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The Strategy and Security Institute is an interdisciplinary research centre addressing the strategic deficit of a world beset by instability and insecurity. The Institute carries out research, consultancy and teaching in the field of global security and strategy. Work has a particular focus on how individuals and organisations deal with conflict, unrest, and crisis under intense pressure. We have a critical mass of expertise within the University and work alongside a cohort of strategic partners from other organisations.

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Building on the University's core disciplines of Sociology, Criminology, Politics, and International Relations, Exeter Q-Step brings together a range of activities related to training as well as curriculum development in quantitative methods. The Centre has recruited academics for the delivery of undergraduate courses focused on endowing students with quantitative literacy and applied data analysis skills, so it offers challenging, exciting and career-enhancing programmes.

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