Centre for European and International Studies Research

Research groups

CEISR is organised into clusters that bring together researchers working in a number of different disciplines to promote inter-disciplinary synergies, and to create new possibilities for outputs, engagement, and impact. The clusters are:

Citizen, Race and Belonging (CRaB)

Questioning current and historic issues around citizenship, ‘race’ and belonging in the widest sense. MORE.

Francophone Africa 

Focusing on the internal histories, colonial legacies and globalised futures of Francophone Africa. MORE.

Higher Education

Supporting and developing higher education research through networking, collaboration, and identification of funding opportunities. MORE.


Working on a core focus on modern and contemporary American, British and European histories.  MORE.

Language Across Borders 

Studying transgressions of the rules and boundaries of language systems, drawing on applied linguistics, translation studies, corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, social theory, psychology and neuroscience.  MORE.

Mental Health in Childhood and Education (MICE)

Bringing together research and projects in the field of mental health in childhood/education, across the University of Portsmouth and beyond. MORE

Sociology and Social Theory

Researching a wide range of social issues, drawing on diverse traditions of analysis in sociology and social theory. MORE.

Transnational Politics & Society

Focusing on political and societal phenomena and issues across borders. MORE.

Women's and Gender Studies

Exploring topics from nineteenth-century activism to the history of contemporary feminism, gender and international development, and contemporary activism in Africa and Asia. MORE.