Social Sciences and International Studies

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies includes Arab and Islamic Studies, Education, Law, Politics and Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology. Our intention is to question the norm, we draw energy and ideas from our diverse community of staff and students and continue to push boundaries in the ever-changing landscape of social science research.

We encourage a vibrant, collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture based around strategic areas of expertise. We have an excellent record of winning external funding and our centres, institutes and groups provide structure and support, promoting collaboration and impact.

As a large interdisciplinary College, we are able to offer an excellent and rewarding experience for postgraduate study. We provide a lively study environment for research students across our subject disciplines at our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall.

We are home to a number of major research projects which seek to push back academic boundaries and have important policy and societal implications. We aim to address the most significant challenges facing society today.

Examples of research topics within the College of Social Science and International Study include; Governance, Policy and Regulation, Social and Environmental Justice, The future of Work, Global Securities and Policing and Criminal Justice.

Application deadline 5 January 2022.


Research Projects

  • Novel interventions to change perceptions and behaviours in relation to the consumption of rhino horn products (Prof. Sam Hurn) contact email
  • Assessing the factors which influence the transition to plant based diets in China (Prof. Sam Hurn) contact email
  • China's strategy towards the Arabian Peninsula (1950s-1970s) (Prof. Marc Valeri) contact email
  • Ethics-by-design in networking systems: Institutional conditions, organisational requirements and accountable procedures (Dr. Niccolo Tempini) contact email
  • Ethics-by-design in global systems development: contrasting local requirements and general designs in the case of next-generation autonomous networks systems (Dr. Niccolo Tempini) contact email
  • Digital influencers, online harm and the need for a global legal protection framework (Associate Professor Joasia Luzak) contact email
  • Law MPhil/PhD on Enhancing the Adaptive Regulation of Ocean Plastics (Dr Josh Martin) contact email