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Politics at Bristol

October 2006


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The Department

  • The Department is one of the UK's leading research-driven centres for politics and international relations.

  • In the last official review of research in all political science departments in the UK (Research Assessment Exercise, 2001), Bristol was judged to be 'outstanding by international standards' (5A)


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  • In the October 2000 Quality Assurance Agency Subject Review, it scored an 'excellent' 23 out of a possible 24.

  • The Times Good University Guide 2007 ranked politics and international relations at Bristol 4th best in the UK.


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Students in 1964.

  • UG/Undergraduates: SH Politics, JH with Economics, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Policy, Modern Languages and Theology

  • PGT/Diploma and Masters: International Relations, International Development, International Security, Development and Security, Gender and International Relations

  • PGR/Mphil/PhD: focused on research themes of security, development, gender and Europe.


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Academic Staff in 1964.

  • 10 Priory Road: Terrell Carver, Richard Little, Judith Squires, Michelle Cini, Jutta Weldes, Eric Herring, Fiona Ross, Donald Shell, Mark Wickham-Jones, Andrew Wyatt, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan

  • 34 Tyndall’s Park Road: Mark Duffield, Geoffrey Pridham, George Sanford, Sarah Childs, Timothy Edmunds, Vernon Hewitt, Paul Higate, Elke Krahmann, Martin Gainsborough, Marsha Henry Adrian Flint, Gaston Fornes, Alvaro Mendez, Steve Webber.


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Support Staff in 1964.

  • Elaine GriffithsDepartmental Administrator, Beth Hammond Undergraduate Co-ordinator, Daniel Hemings Department Secretary, Harriet Lee Graduate Studies Co-ordinator, Susan Pirrie Graduate Research Co-ordinator, Jean Pretlove Research Secretary


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Governance Research Centre in 1964.

  • Established in October 2002, the GRC undertakes research related to four key aspects of governance: security, development, gender and Europe.

  • The GRC co-ordinates and promotes the research of these four research groups.

  • In the past five years we have attracted £1.5m of income from funders for our research.


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Security and Governance in 1964.

  • Staff in this research group include Tim Edmunds, Marsha Henry, Eric Herring, Paul Higate, Elke Krahmann, Steve Webber and Jutta Weldes.

  • Recent projects include: ‘Security and Governance in an uncertain world’, which examined the relevance and the extent to which the multifaceted concept of 'governance' explains contemporary security problems and new security challenges in the world. Papers were published in a special issue of Conflict Security and Development, 5:2; and an ESRC funded project on Muslim media and the ‘war on terror’.


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Development and Governance in 1964.

  • Staff in this research group include Mark Duffield, Vernon Hewitt, Andrew Wyatt, Martin Gainsborough.

  • Recent projects include: The Bristol-Vietnam Project, founded in 2005 to provide high quality research tailored to the needs of international business and the donor aid community; Mapping the Sovereign Frontier, an interdisciplinary workshop held 29/9/06.


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Gender and Governance in 1964.

  • Staff in this research group include: Terrell Carver, Sarah Childs, Marsha Henry, Paul Higate, Judith Squires and Jutta Weldes

  • Research projects include: The Hansard Society’s Women at the Top Report co-authored by Sarah Childs, 2005 and participation in the Women’s Hour anniversary programmes; a special issue of the British Journal of International Relations on Gender and International Relations edited by Squires and Weldes, 2007; Engendering Security in Peacekeeping Missions


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European Governance in 1964.

  • Staff in this research group include Michelle Cini, Geoffrey Pridham, George Sanford, Nieves Perez-Solorzano Borragan

  • Recent projects include: ‘Public Service Ethics in the European Commission’ funded by the Nuffield Foundation; ‘Europeanising Democratisation?: EU Accession and Regime Change in Post-Communist Countries’ an ESRC Fellowship project 2004-7, Geoffrey Pridham.


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The Profession in 1964.

  • Political Studies Association

  • European Consortium of Political Research

  • British International Studies Association


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Publications in 1964.

  • The Department aims to produce research of international excellence. All academic staff are research active.

  • All staff publish in top-ranking academic journals, and are producing research monographs as well as key textbooks.


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Departmental Seminars in 1964.

  • Wednesdays 1:00 -2:00

  • 25 October - Dan Conway

  • 1 November - Nataliya Danilova

  • 15 November - Ann-Dorte Christensen

  • 6 December - Richard Little


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Invited Speakers in 1964.

  • Wednesdays 4:00-5:30

  • 18 October: Dr Eric Herring, University of Bristol, Book Launch sponsored by the Department of Politics and the International Affairs Society. 'Iraq in Fragments: The Occupation and Its Legacy' by Eric Herring and Glen Rangwala. Followed by drinks reception. Venue: TBA

  • 8 November, 2006: Dr Nicola Smith, University of Birmingham ‘Mapping Discourses of Globalisation and European Integration Empirically in the UK and Ireland’

  • 29 November, 2006: Prof. Justin Fisher, Brunel University 'Modelling Stages of Development in Constituency Campaigning'

  • 14 February, 2007: Dr Stephen Hopgood, SOAS, ‘Moral and political authority, or Why Amnesty International is a Church’

  • 28 February, 2007: Prof. Mike Saward, Open University, ‘Representation’

  • 30 May, 2007: Prof. Richard Neb Lebow, Dartmouth College, USA and Univ. of Cambridge, ‘Recognition, Standing and Honour: A Paradigm of International Relation.’


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Events in 1964.

  • 11 October 4:00

  • Reception, Victoria Rooms

  • 11 October 6:00

  • Social, Joe Public's (near Habitat on Queen's Road)

  • IAS and Politics Society are hosting a joint social after the Department of Politics Reception. Discounts will be available on food and drinks purchased.


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Events in 1964.

  • 21 October 2006 22.00

  • Booom Club night

  • Venue: Casablanca, Stokes Croft

  • Eric Herring will be DJing house music

  • Reduced rates for students and IAS members

  • See http://wegotttickets/com/event/13097


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