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We have grown significantly in recent years and our reputation for high quality research has helped us recruit staff, at both our Exeter and Penryn campuses, with excellent records, providing us with a breadth and depth of expertise. Research income has grown with major awards from the Economic and Social Research Council, the European Commission and Leverhulme Trust. The department's strong research culture is reflected in our regular seminars and workshops and visits from internationally renowned scholars.

Our research is structured around University and Department research centres which focus on research themes and provide additional institutional structures for facilitating research.

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 and 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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Members of the PPGG have expertise across a wide range of public policy theories, issues and methodologies.

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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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