Staff in the Politics section of the Department are engaged in a diverse range of research topics, with the primary areas of interest being:
- The role of the Third Sector in the delivery of Public Services
- European Energy Policy
- British Political History
- Latin American Politics
- Social Theory and Communal Studies
- The Foreign Policy of the United States.
Recent and Current Research Projects
- Peter Barberis,’The Weberian legacy’ in A. Massey (ed) International Handbook on Civil Service Systems (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2011).
- Steven Hurst, The United States and Iraq since 1979: Hegemony Oil and War (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009); `Obama and Iran’ International Politics (2012) 49, 545–567.
- Olga Khrushcheva, `The Controversy of Putin’s energy policy: the problem of foreign investment and long-term development of Russia’s energy sector, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 6 (1) 2012, p. 155 – 179; `The creation of an Energy Security Society as the way to decrease securitization levels between the EU and Russia in energy trade’, Journal of Contemporary European Research, 7 (2), 2012 p. 216 – 230,
- Geraldine Lievesley, Francisco Dominguez and Steve Ludlam (eds), Right Wing Politics in the New Latin America – Reaction and Revolt, (London: Zed Books 2011).
- Mike Tyldesley, The Thought of Sorbonne Professor Michel Maffesoli (1944-): Sociologist of Postmodernity, (Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press 2010); with Matthew Jeffries (eds), Rolf Gardiner; Folk, Nature and Culture in Interwar Britain ( Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). The latter was nominated for the Katherine Briggs award of the Folklore Society.
- Edward Wastnidge ‘Détente and Dialogue: Iran and the Organisation of Islamic Conference During the Khatami Era (1997-2005)’, Politics, Religion and Ideology. Vol. 12, issue 4, 2011.
- ‘Iran and its Place Among Nations’ review, Iranian Studies. Vol. 45, issue 1, 2012
- In addition, Edward is currently the Politics Editor for the journal New Middle Eastern Studies ( www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes )
- Samantha Wolstencroft, The Rise and Fall of the Progressive Alliance: Electoral Politics and Political Change, 1906-1922 (Edinburgh University Press, 2014).
Members of the section have excellent links with the wider research communities in their respective areas of expertise:
Peter Barberis is a member of the Joint University Council Public Administration Committee, Annabel Kiernan is a member of the Executive Committee of the PSA and Roz Fox was Chair of the Multiple Sclerosis Society 2004-2008 and is currently a tenant board member on the Management Board of City West Housing Trust. Steve Hurst was an invited participant in the `Experts Seminars’ which were organised to inform the investigations conducted by the `Iraq Inquiry’ chaired by Sir John Chilcott and is the current Chair of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies Association (PSA).
In recent years the Department has hosted the very successful `Workshops in Political Theory’ and the `Alternative Futures and Popular Protest’ conference on an annual basis. In 2011-12 it hosted the annual conference of the American Politics Group of the Political Studies.
Politics Research Degrees
Opportunities are available to study for a PhD on a full-time / part-time basis and through distance learning.