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Research centres and groups

Our research is organised into nine research groups and two research centres, which reflect the diversity of interests and approaches in the department.

The Environment and Public Policy Group delivers theoretically and empirically grounded research focused on environmental issues and the energy transition. We recognise the importance of an inter-disciplinary approach to addressing global challenges and we are part of a broader group of researchers across the university, who work on these issues from perspectives of different disciplines. These include:

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The Global South Research Group brings together scholars engaged in research on international political and economic trends, non-European perspectives, and south-south comparisons.

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The History and Political Economy Research Group brings together scholars who use the interpretative methods of political economy to conduct historical enquiry, and/or work on historical material to investigate political economy questions.

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This is a methodologically diverse research group, which adopts a wide range of approaches to political theory, including comparative political theory, contemporary political philosophy, the history of political thought and positive political theory.

About the Political Theory Research Group

Public Policy and Regulation (PPR) is the home for theoretically and empirically grounded research which analyses policy and regulatory responses to important political, social and economic issues, and (individual-level) responses to these policies.

About the Public Policy and Regulation Research Group

The PPE research group studies questions spanning the disciplines of politics, philosophy, and economics, and is specifically interested in how insights from all three of these disciplines can help illuminate the study of the most pressing problems facing contemporary societies.

About the Politics, Philosophy and Economics Research Group

The Comparative Politics research group hosts a research agenda based on political institutions, representation and regimes. Most research focuses on developing economies. The research group integrate members using a variety of methodologies ranging from quantitative and quasi-experimental methods to qualitative research.

About the Comparative Politics Research Group

Economics at King’s is an initiative which brings together economists from the King's Business School, the Department of Political Economy and the Department of International Development.

About Economics at King's

The Centre for the Study of Governance and Society (CSGS) examines how both formal and informal rules of governance operate and evolve, and how these rules facilitate or imperil peaceful, prosperous, and ecologically secure societies.

About the Centre for the Study of Governance & Society

Our research has impact...

The Department of Political Economy is proud of its thriving research community. Across the board, our academics contribute to the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy's lively research environment in ways such as advising governments, serving on commissions and public bodies and supporting national and international organisations. Much of our work has a public policy angle and members of the department are regularly involved in conversations with the media and the policy-making community to communicate the policy relevance of their research.


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