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Teaching Fellow in International Political Economy: 1-year fixed term contract


Interview date: Wednesday 12 July 2017


Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, PAIS (Chair)
Professor Shirin Rai, PAIS
Dr Chris Rogers, PAIS

Teaching and Research Fellow in International Relations and Japanese Studies: 3-year fixed term contract


Interview date: Monday 17 July 2017


Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, PAIS (Chair)
Professor Chris Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor
Dr Julia Welland, PAIS

Assistant/Associate Professor of Public Policy


Interview date: Thursday 20 July 2017


Professor Simon Swain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Chair)
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, PAIS
Professor Shirin Rai, PAIS
Dr Chris Browning, PAIS
Professor Jeremy Smith, HoD, Economics
Dr Sarah Hodges, History

Teaching Fellow in World Politics: 3-year fixed term contract


Interview date: Tuesday 01 August 2017


Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams, Head of Department, PAIS (Chair)
Professor Shaun Breslin, PAIS
Dr Caroline Kuzemko, PAIS

Fri 09 June 2017, 14:34 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA

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

Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge awarded Parliamentary Academic Fellowships

Two University of Warwick researchers have been awarded Parliamentary Academic Fellowships, as part of a new scheme that offers academics the opportunity to work on projects in the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Dr Gabriel Siles-Brügge of PAIS is supporting and advising the House of Commons International Trade Committee in its remit to scrutinise the work of the Department for International Trade, including the implementation of new trade agreements post-Brexit. This involves advising the Committee on effective lines of inquiry, producing briefings and reviewing evidence received in inquiries.

Dr Thijs Van Rens, of Economics, is working with the House of Commons Health Committee to scrutinise the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan. This includes examining how effectively it has been implemented to date, and reviewing the evidence base on options to address childhood obesity that were not included in the original strategy.

The Parliamentary Academic Fellowship Scheme is organised by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in collaboration with ESRC and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs). Six Fellowships linked to IAAs were awarded in total to academics from UK universities.

As well as enabling researchers to work on policy-relevant projects within Parliament, the scheme provides the opportunity to learn how research feeds into the policy-making process and to develop lasting connections with decision-makers.

Dr Siles-Brügge’s and Dr Van Rens’ Fellowships are supported by the University of Warwick ESRC IAA.

Tue 27 June 2017, 10:48 | Tags: Front, Staff, Research

Multiple BISA awards won by PAIS colleagues

PAIS is delighted to congratulate Drs Erzsebet Strausz and Jakub Eberle for their recent successes in winning British International Studies Association (BISA) Awards. Founded in 1975, BISA is a learned society which develops and promotes the study of International Studies, Global Politics and related subjects through teaching, research and the facilitation of contact between scholars. We are thrilled to announce Erzsebet's achievement in winning the BISA 'Excellence in Teaching International Studies' Prize for 2017, and Jakub's success in being awarded the Michael Nicholson Prize for best doctoral thesis.

Jakub, a Doctoral Researcher in PAIS, has been awarded the Michael Nicholson Prize for the best doctoral thesis in International Studies, for his thesis: 'Logics of Foreign Policy: Germany and International Interventions'. The judges remarked upon intense competition between excellent PhD theses for the award, but ultimately Jakub emerged as the winner given the strength of his psychoanalytical interrogation of German foreign policy logic and for how his thesis draws out the implications of the study for wider questions of foreign policy. Congratulations to Jakub, and to his supervisors Dr Chris Browning and Professor Stuart Croft.

We are also thrilled to celebrate the achievement of Dr Erzsebet Strausz, an Assistant Professor in PAIS, who has been awarded the 'Excellence in Teaching International Studies' Prize of 2017. The judging committee were unanimous in their verdict that Erzsebet should be awarded the title, remarking upon the incredible strength and depth of her pedagogical statement, as well as the extremely evident positive impact Erzsebet has upon her students during her teaching practice. Congratulations Erzsebet!

Fri 23 June 2017, 11:42 | Tags: Front, Staff

Call for Papers for an Academic Workshop: “Diasporas and Challenges to Statehood in the Middle East and North Africa”

This workshop is organized as part of a larger conference "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty: Lessons Learned about Transnational Diaspora Mobilizations in Europe” on 28-29 September, 2017 at Warwick University, and is sponsored by the European Research Council.

The workshop seeks to consolidate scholarly discussions about the role of diasporas linked to the Middle East and North Africa from the Global North and South, and to move on from initial consideration of diasporas as simply conflict or peace actors. It will look into broader conflict and postconflict dynamics, where a variety of domestic and international actors influence political processes, and endorse or challenge weak states, their governance or international recognition. When do diasporas mobilize with their loyalties towards sectarian or nationalist factions, and when do they do so on the basis of citizenship and cosmopolitan ideas? When and how do they seek transitional justice for past atrocities and what is the role of trauma for their mobilizations? How do original home-states in the Middle East and North Africa and non-state actors operating on their territories reach out to diasporas abroad? When do diasporas sympathize with their causes or when do they oppose them? How do contexts of host-states and spaces within and beyond them, as well as liberal and non-liberal regimes shape diaspora mobilizations?

If you are interested to participate, please send a paper abstract of max. 300 words by 10 July, 2017 to Dr. Maria Koinova, PI of the ERC project “Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty” at

More information is available here.

Wed 21 June 2017, 16:57 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA

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