Research Impact

Research in politics and international studies at Swansea has had a significant impact on the wider world in recent years.  This includes: -

Informing the work of International policy makers, such as US State Department approaches to East-West relations in Europe; NATO and EU space policy dialogues; and NGOs and human rights policies in East Asia

Influencing Paradigm shifts in international drug policy, including research which has shaped high level debates at the United Nations and in 2013 directly informed the Uruguay drug reform legislation which pioneered liberalisation to reduce drug-related harm.   

Providing Policy advice to UK Government on issues including the UK territorial constitution and devolution, defence policy, international development policy, and the public and UK counter-terrorism powers.  

Shaping path-breaking new educational curricula in politics and international studies, including the new International Baccalaureate curriculum on global politics, going out to over 3,000 schools and an estimated 20,000 children worldwide by 2015. 

Researchers in the Department provide evidence to Parliamentary select committees and appear on radio and TV broadcasts on US, European and UK politics, and on elections and referenda in Wales.  See our research booklet and staff pages for a guide to staff research expertise, more details of research impact work, and staff availability to work with Government, private and third sector organisations to exchange knowledge and develop benefits from research conducted in the department.