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International Politics and Economics MA: Research areas

Current research in this subject

The Department of Economics of Kingston University is well established for its long-term focus on high-quality teaching and for research on applied economics and economic policy.

Publications from the Department deal with a range of topics concerning finance, economic development, international economics, globalisation and political economy, with an emphasis on the implications of developments in these areas for economic policy.

The Department's Political Economy Research Group (PERG) is active in holding conferences as well as pursuing and co-ordinating research in the area, and actively encourages student participation in its activities.

All research informs both classroom teaching and the supervisory role of members of the Department in students' research.

Students will benefit from the active involvement of members of the Department in research projects for international economic organisations and think tanks.

Economics research at Kingston University has three core themes:

  • money and finance;
  • political economy (in the Political Economy Research Group (PERG)); and
  • trade, growth and development.

The Research Assessment Exercise of 2008 judged that all of our assessed research activity met national standards in terms of significance, originality and rigour. The great majority was assessed as deserving international recognition and a significant proportion of this was judged to be 'excellent', and some 'world-leading', in relation to international standards.

A large part of our research is concerned with issues that relate to one or more of our MA courses:

  • Political Economy research highlights the role of effective demand, institutions and social conflict in economic analysis and thereby builds on Austrian, Institutionalist, Keynesian and Marxist traditions. Economic processes are perceived to be embedded in social relations that must be analysed in the context of historical considerations, power relations and social norms. As a consequence, a broad range of methodological approaches is employed, and cooperation with other disciplines, including history, law, sociology and other social sciences, is necessary.

Students' involvement with research

We hold regular research seminars with presentations by staff and by visiting speakers. Postgraduate students are welcome to attend these presentations.

Research and writing skills are developed within the taught portion of our MA courses. The dissertation is an extended opportunity to put these skills into practice. Student dissertations of high quality may be suitable for developing into articles to be submitted to academic journals, or to be printed as discussion papers.

We have a well-developed research student programme and encourage those of our postgraduate students who are considering studying for a PhD to discuss the possibility of undertaking their doctoral research with us.

The European Research Centre

The European Research Department unites a range of disciplines from across the Faculty, including:

  • The Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Conflict, Rights and Mass Violence - founded in 2004 to provide a focus for research and teaching in human rights and international conflict, the centre is named after veteran human rights campaigner Helen Bamber, who has devoted her life to the victims of conflicts across the world;
  • The Mediterranean and Eurasian Studies Group - focusing on the political, social and cultural transformations undergone by the societies of South-eastern Europe, East-central Europe, the Mediterranean basin and the Near East since the end of the Cold War;
  • The Reinventing Europe Group - promoting interdisciplinary research on collective memory and identity-reshaping processes within Europe after the end of the Cold War, the group draws together historians, sociologists, political scientists and psychologists; and
  • The European Media and Culture Group - analysing the cultural parameters and upheavals of contemporary Europe as manifested in visual forms, such as film, digital media and cultural artefacts.

The ERC's strength and quality was recognised in the award of a Grade 4 in the 2001 UK Research Assessment Exercise and it has grown substantially since then. 

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