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Our mission

The Department of War Studies (DWS) is the largest and most successful European university group of scholars focused on research relating to all aspects of war, peace, security and international relations past, present and future.

We seek to

  • produce world-leading research that develops new empirical knowledge, employs innovative theory, and addresses vital policy issues
  • contribute to scholarly learning through high-quality publications, and to achieve impact through engagement and knowledge exchange with policymakers, parliamentarians, publics and industry in Britain and beyond.
  • develop the next generation of scholars in international, policy, and security studies through postgraduate training and research mentoring
  • support individual scholarship and research collaboration through excellent research resources and effective research mentoring;
  • produce world-class scholarship through collaboration across the College and with international partners

Cross Departmental Research Mentoring

A cross-departmental research mentoring scheme is operated by the Department of War Studies, the Defence Studies Department, the Department for European and International Studies, the Department of Political Economy and the Global Institutes. This scheme allows for early career researchers to select a research mentor from outside their department within the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy. It reflects the breadth and depth of academic experience located across the School and allows colleagues to engage with mentors that possess the most suitable research specialism and experience. Research mentors provide advice on research, writing, dissemination/publishing, funding, impact, networking and project design

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