The research interests of the members of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) span across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory. 
We focus on contemporary phenomena, at the national, sub-national and transnational level, mainly but not exclusively in Europe.

We support an eclectic approach to research projects and doctoral theses, often cutting across traditional academic boundaries. A variety of method courses and workshops on data gathering and analysis are available in the first two years—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.

 

Thesis of the month


Ieva Grumbinaite 120xIeva Grumbinaité on Turning “Them” into “We”. The Impact of the Rotating European Union Council Presidency on the Member States

While there is much research on the Council of the European Union, it has focused on the EU level, exploring the Council's agenda-setting powers or role in European decision-making. Ieva Grumbinaite - in this exciting and tightly argued thesis - reverses the causal arrow, asking whether holding the rotating presidency of the Council affects the member states... View more

 

 
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