Welcome to the Plymouth International Studies Centre (PISC)
The Plymouth International Studies Centre (PISC) is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on topical aspects of contemporary global politics. Formed in 1997, its function is to enhance the research base for staff in several disciplines (Geography, History, International Politics, Social Policy and Sociology) who are working on different aspects of international studies. PISC also has a strong tradition of outside links with institutions and international organisations, particularly with the UN, and aims to provide a forum and a focus for collaborative research and research funding. The Centre's research profile is based on a unique combination of two elements:
Here, research seeks to develop critical and innovative theoretical perspectives and apply them to concrete empirical issues of central importance to contemporary global politics. Working closely with the International Studies and Development Research Group within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Centre is developing collaborative projects on:
These areas reflect the research strengths of the Centre’s staff drawn from across the Faculties of Science and Technology and of Social Science. PISC also welcomes graduate students who wish to undertake research towards an MA or PhD. Funding is available for both the MA (via the Sir Marrack Goulding Bursary) and for PhDs (via both internal Faculty bursaries, and ESRC +3 funding). In order to maximise integration into the intellectual life of the Centre, we welcome applications for postgraduate study particularly in the research specialisations of Centre staff.
Prof. Karl Cordell
Plymouth International Studies Centre
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