Reading groups

All staff and students are welcome to join the following SPAIS reading groups:

European Governance Reading Group

The SPAIS European Governance Reading Group meets 4-6 times a year to discuss published research and research-in-progress on topic relating to European politics and policy. The topics range from European Union governance to European (domestic) public policy. Past reading groups have discussed EU enlargement, neo-liberal authoritarianism in Hungary, and Brexit. The Reading Group is open to all University of Bristol staff and students. The Reading Group is a discussion group, which means that all participants are expected to read the text circulated in advance and participate actively in the discussion.

For further information contact Professor Michelle Cini (

Gender Reading Group

The SPAIS Gender Reading Group is open to all University of Bristol staff and students. We meet in term-time to discuss recently published research on gender, sexuality, feminism, and men's studies. With "Gender Dialogues" we make the outcomes of our discussions accessible to a broader audience, including the authors of the readings we discuss. In so doing, we hope to spark further reflection and exchange on salient research and political agendas relating to gender and sexuality.

For further information see:

Political Economy Reading Group

The SPAIS Political Economy Reading Group is open to all University of Bristol staff members and students.  We meet every month to discuss a piece of research on political economy, broadly defined.  We read and discuss contributions to knowledge that situate economic issues in a broader social and political context or explore how the economy shapes and is shaped by this context.  We look at both comparative and international political economy research related to Britain as well as other countries and world regions, and we are committed to theoretical and methodological pluralism.  We are keen to discuss ongoing or published research by staff and students at the University of Bristol.

For further information contact Magnus Feldmann ( or Mark Wickham-Jones (

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