Research Centres

The Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations (LGIR) is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with around 30 academic staff engaged in research, including lawyers, political scientists, political philosophers, international relations and theorists and contemporary historians (see Research News for recent notices and the web pages of inpidual staff members for further details). LGIR has won international repute for its research on:

  • globalisation
  • Aristotelian political and moral philosophy
  • family law and practice
  • religion and politics

The faculty hosts five Research Centres:

CASEP, the Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics

The Centre for Contemporary Aristotelian Studies in Ethics and Politics (CASEP) was formed in 2009. It was joined by Professor Alasdair MacIntyre, one of the world's leading moral and political philosophers, as Senior Research Fellow in 2010. Amongst its Visiting Research Fellows in 2011-12 is  Ronald Beiner, Professor of Political Science and Head of Department at the University of Toronto. On 3rd June 2011 CASEP hosted the inaugural conference of the new Contemporary Aristotelian Studies specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. Check out all of CASEP's members, links, bibliographies, and events.

The Global Policy Institute

The Global Policy Institute (GPI) was created in August 2006. GPI brings together academics from the social sciences and business disciplines to analyse the dynamics of globalisation and formulate policy solutions. GPI's research and consultancy seeks to be of direct practical use to decision-makers, policy formation, business users and civil society groups, and offers partnerships within and beyond the academic community.

The Centre for Family Law and Practice

The Centre for Family Law and Practice was set up in January 2009 to facilitate the interface between academe and practice in the broad area of Family Law and associated topic areas. The Centre's existence and purpose has been developed in various ways, including: a series of specialist conferences in 2009 and 2010; an office for the Centre in the Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations; increased invitations to Professor Marilyn Freeman to speak at various national and international conferences; for Professor Freeman to participate in relevant research opportunities in New Zealand; for the Centre to make a pro bono funded appearance in two leading cases in international child abduction in both the USA Supreme Court (Abbott v Abbott to be heard in January 2010) and the new Supreme Court in London (Re I heard when the Court opened in October 2009); and in interest from the publisher, Routledge Cavendish, in publishing the Centre's journal.

The Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation

The Centre for the Study of Religion, Conflict and Cooperation (CSRCC) was established in February 2008. The Centre is located within the Faculty of Law, Governance and International Relations. The Centre is concerned with perhaps the most important topic in contemporary politics and society: Resurgent religion and ethnic conflict and poverty and exclusion. These are major challenges driving politics at both civil society and state levels in many parts of the world. Religious identity is also an important concern in political and scholarly debates about immigration, security, and integration across the Western world. The consequence is growing demand for research, consultancy, education, and training in the related fields of religion, conflict and cooperation. CSRCC aims to offer a variety of initiatives related to these broad concerns. In June 2011, CSRCC will be hosting a major international conference on the topic of religion, violence and extremism.

The Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD)

The Centre for Comparative European Survey Data (CCESD) was created in 1995 by Professor Topf. CCESD specialises in cutting-edge developments at the interface of social science and informatics. Its real-time, interactive web-facilities for the simultaneous handling and integration of multiple, data sets, based on .Net programming, remain unique within the professional community.


  Page last updated : : 10 Jun 2011