The research profile of History and Politics at the University of Stirling is wide-ranging, and continues to expand with a host of new publications, new staff, and new projects underway. The work carried out at Stirling is well represented in national and international journals, in libraries and bookstores, at academic conferences around the world, and in the media. Historians and Politics scholars at Stirling are usually engaged in multiple research projects: writing new books, preparing papers, convening seminars, collaborating with colleagues elsewhere in the UK and abroad, tracking down primary sources, reviewing other people's work, and so on. We continue to dig out and analyse new evidence, fashion new arguments, and challenge longstanding views across a wide array of time and space.
Research in History and Politics resembles a kind of solar system: several established research centres act as the major planets; a number of flagship projects, many of them interdisciplinary, act as meteoroids; and individual staff orbit around both, with gravitational links to collaborative research while retaining their own independent trajectories and research outputs. History and Politics also plays host to a number of visiting scholars and international academic events, and runs satellite workshops and seminars that reach out to other research users, including schools, communities, policy-makers, and the media.
Our research in History and in Politics was assessed in the UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, and found to be of internationally excellent quality: you can read about our ratings and find details about our submissions here. Every member of both departments (which were then separate entities) was included, as we take pride in the fact that we are all research active, and all contribute alongside our postgraduate students to a vibrant and inclusive research environment.