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EASG Seminar with Dr. June Park

Dr. June Park is a 2021-22 Fung Global Fellow of the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. In this seminar, Dr. Park discusses work related to her upcoming book DIGITAL TRADE WARS & CURRENCY CONFLICT: China, South Korea and Japan’s Responses to U.S. Protectionism since COVID-19. Using a framework of institutional variance, it investigates why the three countries have not acted the same upon encountering US protectionism pre- and post-COVID-19 and offers a mechanism for predicting policy moves. The seminar specifically focuses on how supply chains have been employed in competition between the US and China, and more locally between Japan and South Korea.

This event will be relevant to colleagues interested in the Asia-Pacific; regions and regionalisation; and international political economy. It is part of the East Asia Study Group (EASG) Seminar Series.

For further information and a Teams invite, please contact the EASG at; or visit our website at:

Seminar Title: The Weaponisation of Supply Chains in the Contactless Economy under COVID-19: The Role of the US-China Race for Supremacy in AI in the Japan-South Korea Chip War
Date: 2nd December 2021
Time: 09:00-10:00
Platform: Microsoft Teams

Wed 17 Nov 2021, 14:08 | Tags: Staff, CSGR, PhD, MA, UG, Research Events, International Political Economy, Research

EASG Seminar with Professor T.J. Pempel

T. J. Pempel is the Jack M. Forcey Professor Emeritus of Political Scientist at the University of California, Berkeley. In this seminar, Professor Pempel discusses his latest book, A Region of Regimes: Prosperity and Plunder in the Asia-Pacific (Cornell University Press, 2021). The book traces the relationship between politics and economics—power and prosperity—in the Asia-Pacific in the decades since the Second World War, complicating familiar and incomplete narratives of the "Asian economic miracle" to show radically different paths leading to high growth for many but abject failure for some.

Date: 18th November 2021
Time: 5:00-6:30 PM
Venue: Zoom meeting

This seminar is part of the East Asia Study Group (EASG) Seminar Series. For further information, meeting link and passcode, please contact the EASG at

Wed 27 Oct 2021, 14:09 | Tags: Staff, CSGR, PhD, MA, UG, International Political Economy

NSS 2021: PAIS top in every category among Russell Group peers

NSS logo with the text The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is thrilled to announce that, for the second year in a row, we are placed 1st for “overall student satisfaction” among Russell Group Politics Departments in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS). This is a position that we are proud to have held for 4 out of the past 6 years.

In the NSS 2021, PAIS came top in every category among Russell Group Politics Departments:

  • 1st for Teaching
  • 1st for Learning Opportunities
  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Resources
  • 1st for Learning Community
  • 1st for Student Voice
  • 1st for Academic Support

The 2021 results show that we are 1st in the Russell Group on 20 of the 27 NSS questions and in 2nd place on a further 5 questions.

For six years in a row, PAIS has ranked either 1st or 2nd on overall student satisfaction amongst the Russell Group. The 2021 outcomes reflect our best ever performance across all categories in our peer group; they demonstrate our close and effective partnership with the student body and our sustained commitment to the student experience.


PAIS position in Russell Group for overall satisfaction














Across all programmes with which we are involved - both single and joint honours - we achieved 84% overall satisfaction. The Russell Group average for Politics was 72%.

These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among our fantastic students, academics, and professional services colleagues, and demonstrate a partnership which we are extremely proud of. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work and support for our teaching and student experience during a very challenging year for all concerned. We are pleased that our approach to blended delivery during restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic was appreciated by our students and we will continue to learn from student feedback to further enhance the student experience in 2021/22.

We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year, we will feed back in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLCs).

In particular, we will intensify our work on liberating and decolonising the curriculum, employability and building a sense of community and belonging. We will support and promote student wellbeing and work with partner Departments to ensure continued excellence across all programmes, in particular joint degrees.

*See the Office for Students website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) subject breakdowns and the 20 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.

Ethics in Climate Adaptation and Resilience AHRC Award for Keith Hyams

Keith Hyams and Morten Byskov have been awarded AHRC GCRF funding for their project ‘Inserting Ethics into Climate Adaptation and Resilience Policy’. The project will work with collaborators at the University of Cape Town and with Cape Town city’s climate adaptation department to look at how issues of ethics and justice can be incorporated into responses to climate-related risks. Cape Town has already come perilously close to a city-wide drought and regularly suffers from flooding: the project seeks to ensure that the most vulnerable communities such as informal settlements are incorporated in an ethical manner into city-level protection plans. In addition, Morten Byskov has been awarded a competitive Fellowship at Warwick’s Institute for Global Sustainable Development, which aims to bring researchers together from across Warwick to strengthen cross-departmental collaboration and research in the area of sustainability.

Postponement: Debate on the Future of IPE

We are rescheduling the IPE Debate on 'Climate Change: Power, Resistance & Change', due to the UCU Strike, so NB: it will no longer be on the 3rd March, but will take place early next term - dates/time to be confirmed very soon.

Wed 27 Nov 2019, 13:59 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG, International Political Economy, Research

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