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School of Government & Public Policy

Here in the School of Government & Public Policy, we combine internationally acclaimed academic research and applied policy research with excellence in teaching.

Our courses give our students the opportunity to develop their skills and critical capacities, and prepare them for a wide range of careers in the public and private sectors. 

Our academics are recognised for research involving international comparisons of political systems, public policies and citizens’ behaviour, as well as the study of international relations. 

We also engage with many external partners, including  government and non-government organisations, to make sure our research improves policymaking, and makes a difference to our society.

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Professor Robert Mattes joins Strathclyde in the summer of 2016

The School of Government and Public Policy is delighted to welcome Professor Robert Mattes to the University. Professor Mattes is a renowned scholar whose research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the African continent. His is co-founder of and Senior Advisor to the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion across the continent. He holds a PhD from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Chamaign (1992). Before joining Strathclyde, Professor Mattes was a professor at the University of Cape Town, with which he continues to maintain strong links. Professor Mattes is currently a Visiting Research Scholar at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) at Princeton University´╗┐.

China University of Political Science summer school in Beijing

The School of Government and Public Policy at Strathclyde has a close relationship with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing. As part of this, Professor Thomson gave an intensive two-week course on Global Governance and International Institutions at the 2016 CUPL summer school in Beijing to a group of students from across China. The collaboration with CUPL also includes a joint masters programme, and staff and graduate student exchange.

China University of Political Science summer school in Beijing

Politics at Strathclyde in top 10

Politics at the University of Strathclyde makes the UK top 10 position after jumping 25 places in the Guardian’s annual University Guide league tables.

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Online referendum debate explored

Dr Mark Shephard explores the quality of online debate around Scotland's Independence referendum

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