Research in the School of International Studies
David E Kiwuwa
Director of Research
School of International Studies University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China
The School of International Studies takes research as its core foundation. We strive to engage in innovative, cutting edge, demonstrable and informative research utilizing both traditional research approaches and new technologies to interrogate many social, political, economic and historical phenomenons that is the focus of our multidisciplinary team of academics. The School’s academics are from a diverse cultural and intellectual background working and researching in
International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Science, Political History, Human Geography, European, Chinese and Social Histories capturing all the core regions of the world. It is this multidisciplinary foundation that makes SIS a unique place to work and study.
China’s place in the world has been transformational and continues to do so and with such momentum inevitably impacts the world in a variety of ways. The School therefore considers its location in China as a critical comparative and unique advantage to pursue collaborative research projects within the university, across the University of Nottingham campus family, local universities and research outfits in the country, region and further afield. The expectation is not only to be the bridgehead to researching China from within among other places but equally to build a base of knowledge on China and the region that contributes to constructive academic dialogues.
Academics in the school have developed a formidable international research reputation and expertise in their diverse fields, routinely being sought and
providing expertise to think tanks, governments and the world media. Specific areas of strength are China in the World, Conflict and Security Analysis, Politics and Political Economy of the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa, Asia-Pacific and Eurasian regions, Transnational histories to mention but a few. The school takes its dissemination of research as seriously as its teaching and as such most of the academics are not only published authors of books and research articles but also actively engage in regular research dissemination activities both within domestic and international forums. The School champions the University of Nottingham creed of research excellence and as such has an established enabling environment that provides its academics wide ranging support to facilitate the achievement of the highest standards of research output and research led pedagogy. To promote intellectual exchange, the School routinely hosts distinguished leading academics and practitioners in various fields to share their research and knowledge with both staff and students enriching the culture of intellectual engagement.
Pursuing Research Excellence
The School of International Studies is delighted to announce another good research achievement amongst its ranks. Two of our staff members have had two co-authored monographs published recently further demonstrating research robustness of the school.
- Assistant Professor David O’Brien with Prof Neil Collins have published a research monograph “The Politics of Everyday China” by Manchester University Press 2018.
China's rise from the poverty, isolation and stagnation of the 1970s to the world's second largest economy is a transformative event perhaps unequalled in human history. The world today pays more attention to China, looks to it with more admiration than perhaps any other time. Yet, this rise also hides many deep-rooted problems and competing ideologies. Economically, socially and politically China has transformed itself but there is much that remains uncertain. This book aims to give an insight into China by exploring everyday life for her citizens, in their own voices. Providing both an overview of the political situation and context in China with ethnographic insights, The Politics of Everyday China aims to give both the new student of China and those who have encountered the subject before an insight that goes beyond the usual cliché and surface description.
- Professor May Tan-Mullins, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning and Professor of International Relations in International Studies co-authored a research monograph with Maria Ela Atienza, Pauline Eadie “Urban Poverty in the Wake of Environmental Disaster: Rehabilitation, Resilience and Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)” by Routeledge.
The overarching aim of our book is to identify the strategies that work in relation to poverty alleviation in post-disaster urban environments and the conditions necessary for the success and scaling up of these strategies. The typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) relief efforts in the Philippines will be used as a case study and lessons learned will be applied to Middle and Lower Income Countries (MIC/LICs) facing similar urban environmental challenges. The book will focus on urban population risk, vulnerability to disasters and resilience towards environmental shocks. We will measure resilience over time and test the extent to which the notion of 'Building Back Better' is credible. This book will measure poverty alleviation, and threats to that process, in relation to reactive and proactive responses to disaster amongst the urban poor over the medium term. Our case study will also examine of the relationship between the allocation of aid and social and physical resilience and identify why post disaster poverty relief strategies succeed or fail and under what circumstances.
Doctoral Student Research
Richard Lebow points to the
importance of "standing" in international relations, and it is clear that both China and the US see standing as important, though neither might call it by that name. My research focuses on "standing" and security in China-US relations. With the rise of China, are conflicts between China and the United States inevitable, and how can risks be managed?
--- Pei Wang (PhD student)