Our school office standard opening times are Monday to Friday between 9am – 5pm with phone lines open between 10am – 4pm. If you can’t drop by in person, we’re also available by phone (01273 877540) and email (global@sussex.ac.uk) during these hours, and we’re happy to set up Zoom calls with you too. You can also visit Virtual Reception for quick answers to FAQs

A global hub at the heart of the University

The School of Global Studies is a global hub at the heart of Sussex University. Our engaged research and critical pedagogy addresses the most pressing global issues of our times – global inequalities and global justice, climate and environmental change, war and peace, global health and finance crises, intolerance and discrimination. Our mission is to generate knowledge and understanding that can make a difference, for a fairer, safer, more sustainable and more inclusive world.

Global Studies has never been more relevant and valuable than it is today. To find out more about joining our School, browse our site and follow us on InstagramTwitter, Facebook, and WordPress!

Sussex first in the world for Development Studies

The University of Sussex has been ranked as the best in the world for development studies for the sixth year running, in the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject!

The number one ranking is based on the assessment of the quality, impact and range of international development research and courses offered by the University’s School of Global Studies, the University of Sussex Business School, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP), School of Media, Arts and Humanities, Centre for International Education (CIE), and the University’s partner the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).

The University has been number one for development studies for seven out of the past eight years.

QR rankings 2022

Vice-Chancellor, Prof David Maguire, said:

“The unique relationship between the University of Sussex and IDS has established us as the world-leading centre for development studies.

“Our students and researchers continue to work around the world to address the major challenges of our time. ”

Prof Elizabeth Harrison, Head of the School of Global Studies, said:

“For Development Studies at Sussex to be recognised as number one in the world for six consecutive years is a fantastic achievement. It reflects our great teaching and research relationships, both across campus and between Sussex and its partners globally. In the School of Global Studies this year we have continued to adapt and respond to, not only the continuing pandemic, but also the wider challenges confronting all who seek a fairer, safer, more sustainable and inclusive world.”

The QS World Rankings assess each subject by academic and employer reputation, both via a survey, citations per paper and on the h-index which measures the productivity and impact of academic publications.

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Black Lives Matter

The School of Global Studies believes Black Lives Matter. We stand with our Black students and staff across the University. We condemn the violence of racism in our institutions and society at large. We recognise that racism manifests itself in our everyday working lives and pledge our urgent commitment to eradicate it in our institution and wider society. We are committed to promoting social justice and anti-racist values and ensuring that our staff and students, as well as our pedagogy and curriculum reflect and promote these.

We are committed to learning from efforts to resist and eradicate racism in a range of long-standing anti-racist projects. At the same time, we also recognise that the labour of staff and students in this work is almost always voluntary and too often remains unrecognised. We urgently call on the University to acknowledge this labour and to continue to support this work by ensuring it is properly resourced. At School level we pledge to intensify our work to address systemic racism. We commit to eradicating structures and patterns of prejudice by addressing the BAME awarding gap; decolonising the curriculum; implementing a mentoring support programme for staff and students; improving recruitment practices to ensure equitable opportunity for Black applicants and retention of Black and BAME staff; ensuring all staff and students undergo unconscious bias training and that race equality training is mandatory for staff; and addressing the specific issues raised by Black Lives Matter as they affect our students and staff.

Responding to COVID-19 

MasksAcademics across the School of Global Studies are drawing on their wide-ranging research expertise to react and inform during the current Coronavirus outbreak.

From providing specialist insight on health policy to writing pieces for the UK and international media on migrant key workers, and debating the impact the virus might have on Brexit, our School’s research in Anthropology, International Relations, International Development and Geography can bring understanding, challenge and perspective to the crisis.


School of Global Studies blog

SussexGlobal BlogSussexGlobal provides a space where students, faculty, alumni and associates can share research, experiences and opinions in their own words, providing lively and on-going discussions on the most pressing global issues today. 

Visit SussexGlobal Blog and read our latest blog post 'How Qatar ‘sports-washed’ its global image'

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