Bringing together a long tradition of teaching and research in international relations with leading regional specialist scholars, the School offers a unique opportunity to study and understand specific parts of the world in disciplinary context. Thus SGIA is home to the largest group of specialists in the politics, political economy and security of the Persian Gulf in the UK; we are probably the leading centre for research in Islamic political economy and finance in Western Europe and our group of East Asian specialists include the core leadership group of Durham University's Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies.
The School is also at the heart of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, a £5 million pound collaborative research and training venture in collaboration with the Universities of Manchester and Edinburgh. We also host an interdisciplinary Centre for Iranian Studies. Our European research is also highly distinguished, with SGIA staff convening the German Politics specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association.