Department of Politics


Research at the Department of Politics is comparative, international, interdisciplinary and at the cutting edge. Our research covers Europe, Britain and the international dimension.

Our research is focused around:

  • comparative representative politics
  • European integration
  • citizenship and migration issue
  • corruption.

100% of our Politics and International Studies research impact was rated as outstanding or very considerable in terms of reach and significance in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Current research projects are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the EU FP7 and the British Academy. 

Conference on Political Corruption and Party Funding

University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH, United Kingdom

4-5 May 2020

Call for papers

Deadline: 1 March 2020

For details click here

Research centres

Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption

The Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption is a world-leading centre of corruption analysis.

Staff from the centre work closely with organisations such as Transparency International to develop recommendations and proposals for combating corruption in the UK and internationally.

Sussex European Institute

The Sussex European Institute is one of the leading research and postgraduate training centres on contemporary European issues.

The institute publishes working papers and briefing papers and holds seminars and conferences, including a weekly research-in-progress seminars.

It also acts as a hub for scholars involved in research on many aspects of contemporary Europe.

PhD degree

If you are considering PhD in politics, you will benefit from the Research-in-Progress seminar series, numerous invited speakers and conferences throughout the academic year, and a Professional Development Workshop series to help boost your future career.

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