Making Sense of Politics and International Relations: Taster Event 2020

The School of Politics and International Relations is pleased to offer an online Taster Event for anyone considering undergraduate study in Politics, International Relations or Liberal Arts on Wednesday 2 December, 14.00-15.30.

Drop in and find out about how we make sense of the political world, both domestic and international. You can meet members of our academic team, find out what inspired them to study politics and international relations and how they go about it now in their teaching and research. Hear what they have to say, ask them questions, and join the conversation about what shapes our political world today.

We hope that you’ll join us on 2 December. Book your place here. We look forward to meeting you.


14.00 – 14.15

Log in and say hello to Dr Iain MacKenzie; ask questions about our programmes, year abroad, joint honours, and any other aspect of the School provision.

14.15 – 14.30

Find out why a story about planting disease resistant maize in Mexico was crucial to Dr Andrea den Boer’s realisation that gender perspectives are central to making sense of politics and international relations.


Join Professor Adrian Pabst to hear why the political fallout of the 2008 economic crash convinced him that in order to make sense of our contemporary political situation we must study political ideas.


Meet Dr Raluca Popp and hear about the moment that convinced her that numbers really help make sense of politics – when she found out that to win an election with a majority of votes, you need 50% plus 1 vote, not 51% of the total votes. It makes a difference when you translate it into votes!


For better or for worse, it’s hard to escape the influence of technology on our lives. Meet Dr Ben Turner to discuss how technology shapes our interaction with political events and why he thinks that we cannot make sense of the world without taking into acount what it is that makes a technology ‘political’.


Ever wondered if numbers can help us study the ways in which laws are written? Join Dr Miriam Sorace to hear what inspired her to study politics and why numbers can help us grasp the meaning and force of words.


You will be sent joining instructions nearer the time, but if you have any queries please email