Plymouth International Studies Centre Seminar Series
  • Room 117, 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 (lorenzo.cladi@plymouth.ac.uk) for further information.

Wednesday 16 May: Responding to planetary environmental change: geoengineering, Pachamama and ecopedagogy (speaker: Professor David Humphreys, Open University)

Options for responding to global environmental change range from the highly hubristic and technocentric proposal to control the Earth’s temperature through controversial and unproven geoengineering techniques, to the suggestion that a new jurisprudence be developed in which nature’s rights are central. Planetary change also raises questions about the role that should be played by educators.

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