Diplomacy and International Governance

Research is at the heart of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (IDIG).

We bring interdisciplinary and innovative thinking to real-world, international problems. Our research networks include academics from around the world as well as professionals working outside of academia. Our London campus, with its entrepreneurial emphasis, facilitates easy access to decision-makers and practitioners of all kinds.

Since our beginnings in 2017 we have tracked the negotiation of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Brexit), and asked many questions about the future of the EU on the world scene. Take a look at our blog for examples.

We have explored the significance of Covid-19 for global security, political leadership and citizens' protest. You can find out more in our mini series: The effect of COVID-19 on diplomacy.

In June 2021 we welcomed Dr Petre Breazu, our first ever Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Grant (MSCA) Fellow to pursue his research project entitled 'Rompahobia in the Age of Populism: A Comparative Analysis of UK and Swedish Media.'

Through our programme of visiting speakers in 2020-21, we exchanged ideas on topics including minority rights and structural discrimination, digital diplomacy, China’s interests in the Mediterranean, sports diplomacy, gender and international security, and the value of 'imagined conflicts' as an educational tool in conflict resolution. Take a look at our IDIG Speaker Series to find out more.

In 2021-22 we will scrutinise the UK's climate diplomacy and our PhD students will begin to deliver their findings in fields ranging from UK public policy regarding radicalisation and extremism; the Europeanisation of Northern Ireland’s political identity in the time of Brexit; narratives and myths of contemporary Polish foreign policy; public diplomacy and women’s empowerment in Ukraine; foreign policy and domestic Turkish politics, and experimentalist governance in Europe in times of crisis. Take a look at our doctoral researchers section to find out more.

Our PhD opportunities

Research is at the heart of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance (IDIG). If you are interested in addressing complex, international issues and developing your professional research skills, then pursuing a PhD in IDIG could be for you.

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