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PAIS moves up to 3rd in The Guardian University Guide 2018

We are delighted that the Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) has moved up to 3rd place (from 4th last year) in the latest Guardian rankings, which measure student satisfaction (NSS), career prospects, and a range of other important indicators.

The University of Warwick is ranked 8th overall — a full University press release can be found here.

Our latest position in The Guardian builds on recent successes in other national league tables – notably 3rd place in the 2017 The Times/Sunday Times University Guide and 4th place in the 2018 Complete University Guide.

We thank all staff and students who have contributed to this impressive and sustained achievement. Research and teaching excellence in Politics and International Studies are at the heart of who we are and what we stand for as a Department. We look forward to building on this success in the months and years ahead.

Wed 17 May 2017, 15:25 | Tags: Front Staff Impact PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research

Maria Koinova Publishes Blog for The Conversation on Troubles in Macedonia

Dr Maria Koinova has written a blog, titled Trouble in Macedonia as ethnic tensions run high, for The Conversation.

Macedonia may be a parliamentary democracy, but it’s also a fragile multicultural state. Its democracy has been in gradual decline since the mid-2000s – and in an era of unstable geopolitics and rising authoritarianism, the right sequence of events could send it slipping back into inter-ethnic strife.

The precarity of the country’s situation was made plain in April, when more than 200 protestors and loyalists to the Macedonian conservative-nationalist VMRO-DMPNE party stormed the parliament building in Skopje, and physically attacked lawmakers, who had earlier elected an ethnic Albanian politician, Talat Xhaferi, as speaker. The brawl left 77 people injured.

You can read the full post on The Conversation.

Wed 10 May 2017, 11:21 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG, Comparative Politics and Democratisation, Research

PAIS academic gives evidence on CETA to Danish Parliament

PAIS academic Gabriel Siles-Brügge gave evidence on 3 May to the Danish Parliament's European Affairs Committee during a hearing on the EU-Canada Comprehensive and Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). The Parliament is scheduled to vote on ratifying the agreement shortly, a process that will also take place in all other EU Member States.

In his presentation, Gabriel stressed that the macroeconomic effects in terms of jobs and growth of the agreement are likely to be more modest, while outlining his view that the provisions on investor protection and regulatory cooperation could be a potential source of regulatory chill, potentially inhibiting European regulators and legislators from taking actions in the public interest if this infringes on investor rights or imposes barriers to trade and investment flows.

To view the hearing (dubbed into Danish), click here.

Call for Papers: Warwick Critical Finance Group - Early Career Researcher Workshop 2017

Taking the next step: new frontiers in the interdisciplinary study of finance


It is a strange moment for young scholars to research finance. The furore of the Great Financial Crisis and the Eurozone Crisis has faded, yet the risks and uncertainties of finance remain the same. Rampant speculation and asset bubbles continue to thrive. Public debt and private debt is back to pre-crisis levels, and the financialization of virtually all aspects of economic and social spheres is deepening further. Meanwhile, research efforts in recent years have unveiled finance as a richly heterogenous field reaching far beyond what is commonly assumed to be financial. A large amount of work across disciplines has uncovered new ways in which finance is changing both itself as well as economies, societies and politics more broadly.

The purpose of this Early Career Researcher Workshop is to reflect on the current juncture of finance research, to understand the complexities of finance and to discuss the changes and continuities in a research agenda gradually moving on from the overriding concern with the crisis. Therefore, the workshop seeks to address several new research areas within finance which we believe can benefit from interdisciplinary engagement and it aims to cultivate an academic sensitivity to the plurality of approaches that sustain the current lines of finance research.

Call for Papers

For more information on the Call for Papers please click here.


Application deadline: 1 June 2017
Notification of acceptance: 30 June 2017
Papers due: 31 August 2017
Workshop: 25-26 September 2017

Thu 04 May 2017, 14:58 | Tags: Staff, PhD, MA

Guest Speaker: Professor J P Singh - 'Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Relations'

Professor J. P. Singh will be presenting his work on 'Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Relations', on the 10th May from 16:30-18:00 in room A0.23 (Social Sciences).

J. P. Singh is Chair and Professor of Culture and Political Economy at the University of Edinburgh. In his new book, Sweet Talk, he reveals how the global North ultimately bars developing nations from flourishing in the world economy. His talk will offer a provocative rethinking of how far our international relations have come, and how far we still have to go.

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