Welcome to International Relations at Sussex

International Relations investigates a wide range of international political issues – from war and inequality through climate change, international trade and global health to social movements like Black Lives Matter and foreign policies.

If you are interested in finding out where these issues come from historically, what their economic or security implications are, what kinds of theories account for them and what role different actors - from governments through rebel armies to social movements - and issues like race, gender, sex, class, religion, technology or violence play in them, then you are in the right place at Sussex. We investigate all facets of international politics from a variety of different angles with the aim to open up new ways of thinking about and addressing these problems.

Our Department is one of only four dedicated IR Departments in the country with well over 30 faculty and so you will be able to specialize in a huge range of international issues. We also practice what we preach: we are a global department, with faculty members and students from all over the world. Whether you are coming from Britain, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas or Australia, whether you have just left school or are returning to education, you will find like-minded people here and make new and interesting connections. So, join our friendly, inclusive and inspiring community at Sussex!

Professor Beate Jahn, Head of the Department of International Relations

Sussex first in the world for Development Studies for fifth year running

The University of Sussex has been ranked as best in the world for development studies for the fifth year running, in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 

QS 2021

The rankings reflect 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, Film and MusicCentre for International Education (CIE), and the University’s partner the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).  

Sussex has now been number one for development studies for six out of the past seven years. What is more, all four of Global Studies’ departments are ranked in the top 100 in the world and in the top 20 in the UK.

Head of the School of Global Studies, Elizabeth Harrison, said: “It’s fantastic that the exceptional work in development studies carried out at both Sussex and IDS has been recognised yet again. In the School of Global Studies, our concern for social justice is reflected in our wide range of courses for both undergraduates and postgraduates, and in our world-class research. This year more than ever, the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic have thrown this into sharp relief, exposing as they do the ways in which existing global inequalities are reinforced at times of crisis. The work of our researchers, teachers and students seeks to identify routes for positive action in the face of these challenges.”

Read more: High five: University of Sussex named best in the world for development studies for fifth year running

Global Studies - responding to the COVID-19 pandemic

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.


Statement by the Department of International Relations, University of Sussex

A statement following the (social) media and email campaign after the publication of Is Securitization Theory Racist? Civilizationism, methodological whiteness, and antiblack thought in the Copenhagen School and the rejoinder Racism and responsibility – The critical limits of deepfake methodology in security studies: A reply to Howell and Richter-Montpetit.


School of Global Studies blog

SussexGlobal Blog

SussexGlobal provides a space where students, faculty, alumni and associates can share research, experiences and opinions in their own words. Our aim is to provide a permanent home for these thoughts and experiences, providing lively and on-going discussions on the most pressing global issues today.

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