Our Mission and Priorities

The British International Studies Association (BISA) is a learned society which develops and promotes the study of International Studies, Politics and related subjects through teaching, research and the facilitation of contact between scholars.  Founded in 1975, BISA is the leading organisation for researchers, policy makers, practitioners and students of International Studies in the United Kingdom.  The association has over 1300 members, while most members are based in the UK there are also members throughout Europe, North & South America, Africa, Asia and Austrialia, new members are always welcome.  The Association's journal, magazine and book series, along with our conference and events position us as a key hub in shaping and disseminating current research in International Studies and Politics. Through our Working Groups, BISA provides a dynamic and pro-active environment for more focused research in to subfields of International Studies.

Our Prioirities

  • To ensure the continued sound governance of BISA, paying particular attention to its compliance with its obligations as an Incorporated Charity, the sound and ethical management of its financial affairs, and fulfilment of the requirement of transparency for its members.
  • To review thoroughly the current arrangements in relation to risk management and operational continuity, and to ensure that appropriate steps are taken to address areas of vulnerability or high risk for the Association.
  • To oversee an improvement in the financial management of BISA by securing the appropriate investment of the Association’s reserves by the end of 2015.
  • To achieve an expansion over the next 2-3 years of BISA’s capacity, by reviewing and improving administrative processes and staffing arrangements.
  • To increase the membership of BISA over the next 5 years, expanding the range of membership benefits, improving communications and publicity, and enhancing our engagement with the discipline of International Studies.
  • To ensure the health and sustainability of BISA’s two journals, Review of International Studies and European Journal of International Security, and to strive to increase over time the revenue generated by the journals in order to ensure a strong financial position for the Association.
  • To ensure the continued success of the Annual Conference and its sound financial management, and to maximise attendance at the Conference.
  • To improve the management and oversight of BISA’s Working Groups, and to enhance the link between investment in Working Group activities and levels of membership of the Association.
  • To develop BISA’s representation of the interests of the discipline in the external environment, particularly by increasing its engagement with policy processes and consultations.
Professor Nicola Phillips
Chair of the British International Studies Association November 2015
British International Studies Association
Email: office@bisa.ac.uk


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