School of Global Studies


Welcome to the research pages of the School of Global Studies, where you will find information for postdoctoral and faculty researchers in the School

External site for Global Studies research and research centres

School of Global Studies - Research

About Research in Global Studies

The global standing and quality of our research as well as its real world impact has been recognized in the latest 2014 Research Excellence Framework in which the School of Global Studies excelled. International Relations sits amongst the top 3 IR departments in the country, with 78% of its outputs judged 'world leading' or internationally excellent', doubling its 4* outputs since the 2008 assessment. Sussex Anthropology ranks 6th amongst Anthropology departments and an impressive 4th for impact, with 100% of its research case studies judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Sussex Geography is at 14th place nationally among Geography departments and is first in the country for 4* impact. Brought together in one of Sussex's most interdisciplinary Schools, these results affirm the value of our critical, engaged approach and our commitment to research of the highest quality that makes a difference in the world. 

In recent years researchers in the School of Global Studies have also been awarded more than £10 million of external research income from a wide range of research councils and government bodies including: the Rockefeller Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Department for International Development, the Department for Innovation, Universities, and Skills, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the European Union, and the United Nations.

The research agendas of the nearly 80 faculty in our School are at once diverse, continuously evolving, and encompass a wide range of regional and thematic expertise broadly organized around the following themes:

  • Understanding global flows, whether of people, knowledge, ideas, cultural practices, pollutants, diseases, goods and services, and how to govern them in ways that benefit the majority of the world’s people. 
  • Learning from global transformations in the global South and North, in urban and rural settings and in relation to such issues as climate change,  global finance, ethical trade, health and sexual politics, religion, philanthropy, violence and insecurity.
  • Contesting global inequalities and exclusions wherever they occur and whatever form they take, documenting the manifestations and consequences of discrimination and exclusion – whether on the basis of race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, age, caste or class - contesting their effects and imagining alternative notions of rights, citizenship and belonging.

The School's reputation for transcending disciplinary boundaries and for setting pioneering research agendas is also fostered through a number of centres of excellence (see below).  These research centres provide an unrivalled and dynamic context for the study of the contemporary world, encouraging the exchange of ideas across disciplinary boundaries amongst our community of scholars, visiting fellows, early career researchers, as well as our 150+ doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows.

The School of Global Studies welcomes academics, researchers, students and practitioners as visiting fellows and researchers to share their expertise, engage in intellectual exchange and build international cooperation and partnerships with us.

Researchers in the School of Global Studies are also very enthusiastic about sharing their research findings and expertise with others - whether viewing these pages from the other side of the globe, elsewhere in the United Kingdom, or from within the Sussex region.

We highly value collaboration with strategic partners in other universities, governmental institutions, non-governmental bodies, the private sector, and the media.

If you wish to learn more about our research, please visit our Research projects section for a selection of ongoing and recently completed research projects.

Our Global Insights series provides overviews of the findings from research projects in the School, in an accessible and easy to read format.

You are also welcome to visit our Departmental research pages, or to contact us directly.

Peter Newell
Director of Research

Research Centres in Global Studies




Admin contact


Centre for Global Health Policy

Centre for Cultures of Reproduction, Technologies and Health (CORTH)

Centre for Bionetworking

Stefan Elbe

Maya Unnithan

Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner

Karis Petty

Martha Newson, Alice Linton

Linda Allan


Sussex Centre for Migration Research (SCMR)

Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium

Paul Statham

Priya Deshingkar


Allison Baldasare


Sussex Centre for Conflict and Security Research (SCSR)

Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

Jan Selby

Jane Cowan (Director); David Karp and Louiza Odysseos (deputy Directors)



Sussex Climate Change Network (SCCN)

Centre for Coastal and Estuarine Research

Centre for World Environmental History

Martin Todd

John Barlow

Vinita Damodaran


Regional Centres

Africa Centre

Asia Centre

JoAnn McGregor

Magnus Marsden


Other Centres in the School

Centre for Advanced International Theory (CAIT)

Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (CCPS)

Centre for Global Political Economy (CGPE)

Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

Louiza Odysseos

Alan Lester, Minoli Salgado and Geoff Quilley

Ben Selwyn

See above under Security



Research overviews

Global Insights - overviews of the findings from research projects in the School

Climate@Sussex - Summary and highlights of climate-related research at Sussex

School Research Strategy

The School of Global Studies Research Strategy supports the University Research Strategy by:

  • fostering research in Global Studies that is of international standing and world class quality through the use of appropriate benchmarks of success and support structures;
  • developing recognized centres of sustainable research excellence across a range of subject areas that build upon existing and emerging research strengths in the School of Global Studies and in synergy with the university research themes;
  • ensuring that research carried out at all levels in the School of Global Studies conforms to the highest ethical standards;
  • developing and maintaining a sustainable research environment in the School of Global Studies based on people, culture, infrastructure and research funding that facilitates the prosecution of research at appropriate volumes of activity and of the highest quality;
  • in partnership with others, contributing to socio-economic well being, both in the region, nationally and internationally, as a result of exchanging ideas and knowledge about a range of subjects in Global Studies.
University Research Strategy
Research and Knowledge Exchange

These pages contain information that researchers need and will find useful in managing their research and knowledge exchange activities.

University Resources for Research

A source of practical information, guidance and resources that will be useful to postdoctoral researchers, research fellows and research assistants from all disciplines and at all career stages.

Visiting Research Fellows
Publications and Open Access

Putting your publications online

Applying for Research funding

Find funding opportunities


How to apply for research funding

  Timeline Action Contact

Get started

6-8 weeks prior to deadline

Identify the grant you want to apply for; alert the research office of your intentions and main requirements by completing the proforma.


Download the Research Grant Application Proforma: Research Grant Application Proforma: Notification, Internal Review & Preliminary Costings [DOCX 30.76KB] Complete the form, outlining your bid (2 sides of A4) with details of title, content and costs/partners/staff.

Do this as soon as possible and at least 6-8 weeks before the funder's deadline. Send the proforma to Sarah Osman, with a copy to Medeni Fordham.

Medeni Fordham
Sarah Osman

Access help and advice on Impact

5 weeks prior to deadline (If a Large Bid - over £800k)

Discuss and develop ‘Pathways to Impact’ element of Large Grants and access help in writing this section of your application.


If you need to write about Impact in your proposal (eg Pathways to Impact or Public Engagement/Outreach statements) guidance can be found on the Research Impact page, including a Research Impact Toolkit to help you draft your statement.

Christina Miariti

Costing your proposal

Ideally 2 weeks prior to deadline

Arrange for a financial review of costings to assess grant application in relation to School Budget.


The Research Development team in Research & Enterprise can provide advice on drafting and costing your proposal, including a timeline for preparing your bid.

All project costings are done by Research & Enterprise Services using bespoke costing software (pFACT) in use in the HE sector for the purpose.

Mark Thoms 
Lorraine Wall

Ethical Review


In the case of externally funded research proposals, applications for ethical approval will normally be made once external funding has been approved, rather than at the point of application. However, as a matter of good practice, all bids for external funding should be subject to internal peer review prior to submission; this should include consideration of ethics.


For more information on ethical review please see:
Overview of ethical review processes

and for a self-assessment ethical review checklist, see:
Does your research require ethical review? A self-assessment checklist

Please note that for projects that do require ethical review, they should be submitted via Sussex Direct to the Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee via Sussex Direct (select the ‘Research’ tab at the top of the page, then ‘Ethical reviews’ on the menu). This Committee is a panel of reviewers who operate via a file-sharing site rather than physical meetings, and work on a monthly cycle. Submissions need to be received by close of play on the 20th of each month (or noon on the nearest working day thereafter, if the cut-off date falls on a weekend).  Feedback is normally provided by the 20th of the following month.

If for any reason a proposal needs reviewing outside the cycle (for example if a bid has just been successful and research needs to begin quickly) please notify Jayne Paulin so that the process can be fast-tracked.


Peer review

2 weeks prior to deadline

Peer review of a near-final draft of your grant application to be completed.


For all grant applications, the Principal Investigator (PI) must ensure that a near-final draft of the bid is peer-reviewed. The exception to this is in the case of grants which are collaborative, with the lead investigator outside Global Studies/ University of Sussex. Where you are a Co-investigator with the PI based at another institution, peer review will be done there. Confirmation that/where this is being done will be needed.

If you feel peer review is not needed for any other reason, please let Medeni Fordham know.

The primary reason for peer review is to improve the quality of the bid; additionally, when the pFACT statement is signed off it includes a declaration that it has been peer- reviewed so it is essential that it takes place. This should be done about two weeks before submission to give time to incorporate any changes suggested.

The process varies slightly by department; please email both Medeni Fordham and the appropriate departmental contact, who will manage the internal peer-reviewing process and be able to help with the selection of appropriate reviewers:

IR: Jan Selby
Anthropology: Jane Cowan
Geography: Carl Griffin and either Martin Todd (Physical Geography) or JoAnn McGregor (Human Geography).

The Research Grant Internal Peer Review form [DOCX 25.90KB] can be downloaded. 

Please inform Medeni Fordham of the reviewers’ names and when peer review has been completed.

Medeni Fordham Departmental Research Lead or Research Cluster Director

Approvals and submission

At least 5 working days prior to deadline

Arrange for your grant application to be signed off before being submitted to the funder.


Once your application has been peer-reviewed and your budget has been finalised, you will need to obtain internal approvals of your proposal. Your Research Development Officer (Sarah Osman), will coordinate this for you by sending a copy of your bid to Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Peter Newell) and to Finance (Lorraine Wall) whose emails of confirmation can be taken as signatures of approval.

For proposals where the Research Office needs to confirm submission (online institutional approval) submit to funder at least one day before the deadline and once the internal approvals process has been completed (unless otherwise agreed).

Peter Newell
Lorraine Wall

If bid is successful


Respond to feedback, inform Research Development Officer about outcome, complete award acceptance process. Initiate process of ethical review if necessary.

  • IMPORTANT: If you are invited to respond to feedback on your proposal (PI response to reviewers, for Research Council bids) let your Critical Friends and Sarah Osman, Research Development Officer (RDO) for Global Studies, know immediately – they can help you draft this response.

  • Inform Sarah Osman of the outcome of the bid (also if you are shortlisted for interview).

  • Send Sarah Osman any reviewer feedback and your responses to the feedback;

  • If your bid is successful, congratulations! Get in touch with Sarah Osman about the internal award acceptance process.

  • If your project will require ethical review, or if you are unsure whether it will, please see above item on ethical review for further information.

Critical Friends
Sarah Osman

Global Studies Contacts

Key People Research Support and Strategy [PDF 428.83KB]