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.


New appointments

Andrea SangiovanniAndrea Sangiovanni is joining the SPS Department in September 2018 as Chair in Social and Political Theory. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. Before joining the Philosophy Department at KCL (in 2007), he was a Randall Dillard Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2005-2007). His main areas of research are in contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. Current research interests include: justice and solidarity in the European Union, freedom of movement and immigration, international justice and the philosophy of international law; human rights and the idea of dignity; the relation between principles and social practices; and moral and social equality. Recent publications include: ‘Solidarity as Joint Action’ (Journal of Applied Philosophy), ’The Irrelevance of Coercion, Imposition and Framing to Distributive Justice’ (Philosophy & Public Affairs) and ‘Solidarity in the European Union’ (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies).

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