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Find out more about the latest news and events from the Department. We also run a departmental blog and twitter account covering our news, events and thoughts in more detail.

campbell talks campbell

AAlistairCampbelllastair Campbell will be joining us on November 20th to deliver the Peter Campbell Memorial Lecture as part of our Political Voices initiative.

Tickets are free - and are bound to go quickly.

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consent and deception

Dr Rob Jubb has published a discussion note entitled 'Consent and Deception' in the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. It is now available here:

senss pathway leads

The main 2018 ESRC SeNSS PhD studentship competition is now open. The attached 'Information for UoR staff' sheet sets out broad competition details for supervisors and I'd be grateful if you could now disseminate this information by forwarding to all relevant staff in your pathway area.

Key deadlines to note are:

15 January 2018 - Deadline for candidates to submit their SeNSS applications by email to (UoR Graduate School) for Reading's institutional shortlisting process.

21 January 2018 - Deadline for candidates to apply for admission - however earlier applications are strongly encouraged.

1 February 2018 - shortlisted candidates + reserves will be invited to upload final applications to FluidReview.

April 2018 - decisions

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the new nationalism

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou will be participating in this event on nationalism and the populist right. For tickets click here.

prof dominik Zaum - new article

Dominik Zaum's most recent article, "International Transitional Administrations and the Politics of Authority Building" has been published in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

dr Geoff Sloan - new book

Geoff's new book 'Geopolitics, GeoffSloanBook2017Geography and Strategic History' has now been published by Routledge.

transatlantic social dialogue

Dr Tim Vlandas was invited to give a talk on the Political Economy of far right party support at the 2017 Transatlantic Social Dialogue in New York. The event, which took place on the 15th of September, was hosted by the Worker institute (Cornell University). The audience included American and European academics as well as trade union leaders.

folke bernadotte academy workshop

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck attended a specialized workshop on UN peacekeeping operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, hosted by the Folke Bernadotte Academy (Sweden), on 7-8 October. The workshop saw a small group of scholars from around the world studying a variety of aspects of peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction come together for two days of academic presentations; Prof Rosa Freedman from the School of Law was also present. Some stayed on an extra day for policy-oriented presentations at the headquarters of the African Union.

APG Richard E Neustadt Book prize

Sputnik2017Congratulations to Dr. Mark Shanahan who is the 2017 winner of the APG Richard E Neustadt Book prize for his monograph 'Eisenhower at the Dawn of the Space Age' published by Lexington Books. The prize is awarded annually by the American Politics Group of the PSA to the best book in the field of US government and politics (including political history and foreign policy) published in the calendar year 2016, and authored by an academic permanently employed at a UK university. Mark will receive his award at the British Library in November.

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HEA Award

Congratulations to Dr.Mark Shanahan and Dr. Simonetta Longhi who have both been awarded the Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy of the UK.

Dr Patrick Tomlin - paper accepted

Patrick Tomlin recently had a paper accepted at the leading journal Philosophy & Public Affairs. The paper, titled 'On Limited Aggregation', concerns how we should trade off harms of different sizes to different people. For example, how should we trade off claims against death against claims against paralysis, or claims against mild headaches? Dr Tomlin shows a series of problems with a popular view, 'Limited Aggregation'. This is of philosophical interest, but also has relevance to many areas of public policy, including healthcare spending.

Dr Corinne Heaven publication

Dr Heaven has had a chapter published in an edited volume: The chapter is entitled "A Visible College: The Community of Fact-Finding Practice", and is part of the volume "Commissions of Inquiry: Problems and Prospects", edited by Christian Henderson.

American Political Science Association (APSA) conference

Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou presented two papers at the prestigious American Political Science Association (APSA) conference which was held in San Francisco this year. The first paper is on the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of the far right in Europe. The second paper (co-authored with Dr Tim Vlandas) is on the role of economic and cultural concerns over the impact of immigration on far right party support.

Dr Halikiopoulou was also part of the committee in charge of selecting APSA's European Politics and Society section 2017 Best Paper Award.

Dr Damian Raess chaired the IPE-sponsored panel "Globalization and Labor Market Reforms in Developing Countries" where he had a paper (co-authored with Dora Sari and Will Winecoff) on patterns of domestics labor law reforms and participation in trade agreements including labor provisions, a paper that uses a complex network analysis.

Dr Martin Binder presented a co-authored paper that introduces a new database on the authority of international organisations (IOs) and identifies the drivers of IO authority over the period 1919-2015

Dr Sarah von Billerbeck has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (vol. 11, issue 3, 2017).

It has been published by Taylor & Francis Online and is entitled 'Legitimacy in Conflict' with Birte Julia Gippert. It examines a variety of aspects of legitimacy in situations of conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, and Sarah also contributed an article entitled 'UN Peace Operations and Conflicting Legitimacies.

Dr Georgina Holmes' new article has been published by Taylor & Francis Online

2017, 'The Commonwealth, Gender and Peacekeeping', The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, Vol 106 Issue 3, pp. 1-17

Please go to to read abuot Dr Holmes' new article.

Jamie Mulholland - International Poverty Reduction Center in China (IPRCC)

JMulhollandPhotoPlease go to to read Jamie's report.


2017 NSS Results

The Departm92% satisfaction with teaching in politics and international relations - National Student Survey 2017ent are delighted to announce 92% satisfaction with teaching in the 2017 NSS results.

Politics & IR improved its scores in all our key performance areas this year - a testament to the work all our staff have put in to improve student engagement and enhance their learning experience here.


Graduation - Class of 2017

Congratulations to all of our students who graduated on 6th July 2017 - we are so proud of your achievements and are sure you will go on to achieve many more great things!

Further congratulations to our 2017 Prizewinning students (l-r) Dr Mark Shanahan, Izzy Coleman-Wood - Matthew Cox PolAndIRPrizewinners2017Award, Felix Johnston-Brunn - Matthew Cox Award, Holly Gibbs - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department, Freddy Farias-Arias - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department, Lena-Katharina Gerdes - Peter Campbell Prize for Overall Excellence - with highest overall average, Dr Jonathan Golub, Camille Gosset - Department Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department and Will Cole - Daniel James Award for all round performance.

Dr Adam Humphreys' latest book has been published by Oxford University Press

Dr Adam Humphreys' new book, The Anarchical Society at 40: CAH book 40ontemporary Challenges and Prospects, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

The book re-examines Hedley Bull's classic text The Anarchical Society, forty years after it was first published in 1977.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship awarded to Jack Gillum

Jack was  awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship in the Young Person Category to be able to go and research. The role of Civil Society Organisations (specifically young people) in policy engagement.

More information can be found on their website.

Read Jack's blog here.

Reading Politics academic discusses populism with former Italian Prime Minister Monti

On 3 March 2017, Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou spoke, alongside former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, on the subject of populism and democracy at the Delphi Economic Forum.

Mr Speaker and the 'Reading Revelation'

On 3 February 2017, the Department welcomed the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP for what proved to be a very revealing 'Political Voices' visit. Meeting first with students and then in an open event attended by more than 200 people, the Speaker was candid and open in his views - so much so that his 'revelation' that he voted for the UK to remain became national news as he was accused of breaking the parliamentary convention on political neutrality. The media furore flared for several days - although two months on, Mr Bercow remains happily ensconced in Speaker's House.

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