School of Global Studies


We are committed to inspiring and curiosity-driven research that strives to find creative solutions for some of the key social, economic, political, environmental, and cultural challenges facing the world today.

About our research

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. 78% of International Relations outputs was judged 'world leading' or internationally excellent', doubling its 4 outputs since the 2008 assessment. Sussex Anthropology had 100% of its research case studies judged 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'. Sussex Geography was rated 4* for 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.  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 you are 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.

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