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The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a self-consciously pluralistic department. This is reflected in the disciplinary diversity of its members and their wide-ranging approaches to the study of politics, and supplemented through our close links to a variety of area-specific and thematic research centres, as well as numerous other departments and faculties within Cambridge and beyond.

POLIS has current and emerging research strengths in areas that include the historical and contemporary study of political thought, international relations, British and European politics, the study of the global South, political economy, public policy and gender.

POLIS aims to produce top-class research and appoints staff of the highest calibre within our main research clusters so that we can attract top-quality research students.

The Department has good links with other academic departments in Cambridge - Economics, Land Economy, Architecture, Geography, History, Modern and Medieval Languages, and Sociology, to name only a few. We thus have the ability to promote the interdisciplinary study of Politics and International Relations throughout the University.

Our strong interest in interdisciplinarity is particularly sustained through our ties with History and Law.  Furthermore we share the Alison Richard Building not only with the Centres, but with CRASSH which is an outstandingly fertile source of initiatives across conventional intellectual boundaries.