Plymouth International Studies Centre Seminar Series
  • Room 116, Rolle Building

  • Room 210, Rolle Building

  • Room 007, Babbage Building

  • Room 116, Rolle Building

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PISC brings together scholars focusing on topical aspects of contemporary global politics. It hosts a seminar programme packed full of events throughout the academic year. 

PISC focuses on the issues in international affairs that concern us all: 

  • Why is the war in Syria continuing, and can anything be done to stop it? 
  • Who is responsible for the migration crisis, and what are the responsibilities of the European states? 
  • Is Russia a threat to regional stability, and how should the world respond? 
  • What are the challenges facing UK foreign policy in a post-Brexit world? 
  • Is the regulation of the global financial system fit-for-purpose? 
  • The global development path towards 2030 – a smooth run, or an uphill struggle? 

PISC continues to promote and enhance the research base of staff working in several disciplines and geographical areas. These include International Relations, Human Geography, US politics and US foreign policy, European Union studies, Middle Eastern and Africa studies. Each year, PISC plays a critical role in encouraging the exchange of ideas among our scholarly community and provides students with the opportunity to hear about the research being conducted by University of Plymouth academics as well as scholars from different universities in the UK and internationally. PISC seminars also feature practitioners from the political and policy communities who provide insights and first-hand experience of the political and policy machinery at work (or not working).

Scroll down to view events organised by PISC for University staff and students. 

Please contact Dr Lorenzo Cladi ( for further information.

Wednesday 24 October: Using Turning Technologies/Responseware in large groups (lectures) (speaker: Dr Lorenzo Cladi, University of Plymouth)

With its promise to keep students engaged in an interactive way, the use of Turning Technologies/Responseware is becoming an increasingly common practice in higher education. Lorenzo will discuss his experience of using Turning Technologies/Responseware during lectures to large groups of students at stage 2 of their degree at the University of Plymouth. Moreover, Lorenzo will share some of the lessons that he has learnt so far by using Turning Technologies/Responseware in large groups.

Wednesday 31 October: Space warfare and the implications for extended deterrence, capabilities and the character of war in the 21 century (speaker: Dr Simon Smith, University of Staffordshire)

US space policy signifies the resolve to contribute to the defence of allied space systems. Yet, there is little in the literature examining theoretical or policy implications in terms of applying extended deterrence theory to the domain of space and in connection to collective security organisations. This research is a first step into examining the theoretical implications of what space deterrence means at the collective security level.

Wednesday 5 December: title tbc (speaker: Professor Stephen Green, Sheffield Hallam University)

Wednesday 6 March: title tbc (speaker: Dr Andre Barrinha, University of Bath)

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