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Impact case studies: Politics and International Relations

Check out some research impact case studies from our Department of Politics and International Relations.

Informing policy-makers dealing with international security


Research by Dr Michael J Williams has brought a new understanding of risk to bear on the evolution and development of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) since 1949, the conceptualisation of security in the post 9/11 world and NATO’s role in promoting security in the transatlantic area via ‘out of area’ missions. His research has informed the thinking of politicians, policy-makers, military officials and international organisations dealing with security and development. 

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Encouraging innovations in political communication

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Professor Ben O’Loughlin’s research explored the link between media and security and provided a foundation for innovations in political communication theory and practice as well as impacting upon government, business and media organisations. The methodologies developed through this research project have been applied by Linguamatics Ltd, the BBC World Service and the House of Lords.

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Addressing decline in youth participation in UK politics


The rapid decline in youth participation in UK electoral politics has been addressed by Dr James Sloam’s research and collaboration with user groups. His work has highlighted the growing ‘participation gaps’ between rich and poor young people in the UK and across the European Union. James’ research has informed policy and practice within the educational sector and helped policy-makers form strategy, approaches and guides to create better engagement with the next generation of citizens.

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