Other Advocacy

The Assocation currently undertakes a number of other advocacy & knowledge exchange activities.

British Academy HSS Learned Societies and Subject Associations Network

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Learned Societies and Subject Associations Network (HSS LSSA) is convened by the British Academy to bring together society represenatives from across the HSS disciplines including BISA, to discuss a range of issues and policy developments. The network meets every six months at the British Academy, usually inviting speakers from the higher education sector to stimulate debate.

ESRC annual meeting with Learned Societies

BISA participates in this annual opportunity for learned societies to discuss key developments and current activities at the ESRC.

AHRC annual meeting with subject associations

BISA particpates in annual meetings with the AHRC to discuss key issues and events.

2014 Agenda 25th september 2014

2013 Agenda 26th september 2013

Campaign for Social Science

The Association endorses the Academy for Social Science (AcSS)'s Campaign for Social Science (CfSS). 

Renew and Rejoin

We are delighted that you are considering renewing your membership or rejoining the association, your continued support is very much appreciated. BISA has a number of new membership categories please ensure your membership category still applies to you.
If you have been contacted by the Association within the last three months about renewing your membership, please click the button below to find out how. If you have any queries about your membership category or login problems please contact the BISA Office 

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Celebrating BISA's 40th Anniversary

The British International Studies Association marks it's 40th anniversary during 2015. 

The History
A British International Studies Association (BISA) was proposed by the British Coordinating Committee for International Studies (BCCIS) in 1973, following much debate and dicussion about creating a mutli-disciplinary forum for the study of international affairs. In Jan 1974 a meeting was held at the 14th Bailey Conference on International Studies at the University of Surrey, and at that time, a draft interim constitution was agreed for the establishment of the association. The first, and an interim executive committee was:
Professor A Buchan Chairman, RJ Jones Secretary, Susan Strange Treasurer, Professor PA Reynolds, Professor G Goodwin, Professor D Wrightman, Dr CM Mason, Dr T Taylor, Professor A James and Professor J Spence.
The Interim Committee proposed that BISA should serve the needs, and reflect the interests, of those engaged in research and teaching of international studies at advanced levels.  The following members were Co-opted onto the committee at the first Executive committee meeting 23rd January 1974 Professor I MacGibbon, Professor Colin Cherry, Professor Dilks, Dr M Nicholson and P Oppenheimer.
The BISA Foundation Conference was entitled "The New Dimensions of Foreign Policy", and was held at Lincoln College, Oxford. On 2nd January 1975 where the first AGM was held and that was the moment at which BISA was formally founded.  
The Celebrations 
Not only is BISA marking this at our annual conference in London along with the BISA @ 40 workshops, but the association website will contain a number of new features, that will become available during the lead into the June conference and will include:
Email address and password login rather than membership number and password
Access to online BISA journals – option to purchase hard copy RIS
Subscription to different types of newsletters
New membership categories and prices
An international studies blog
News items
List your events and calls for papers on the BISA website
The BISA knowledge bank
International Studies event listings and calls for papers (advertise your open events)
Online Direct Debit membership payments for those with UK bank accounts
Twitter feed on our home page
Working group membership 

Why Study International Studies

What is International Relations?

International Relations, sometimes called International Studies, is a branch of Political Science that examines the role of states, international alliances, NGOs and multinational companies in an increasingly globalised world. International Relations (IR) deals with issues like sovereignty, environmentalism, development and human rights in the context of global affairs and is also concerned with the policies of individual states as far as they impact on the affairs of other states.

Why Study International Relations?

Studying International Relations at university will give you a great starting point for a career in research, journalism, social policy or development, to name but a few, as IR teaches you how to unravel the complex and often invisible network of factors that means events in one part of the globe can have unlikely consequences in another. International Relations will help you develop highly sought-after skills that can be applied to any career, including:

    Research and Administrative skills
    Critical analysis skills
    Scientific method
    Cross-cultural awareness

Which Careers Can International Relations Lead to?

After graduating from an International Relations course at university you will have a huge range of employment opportunities. An International Relations degree can lead to employment in the civil service or a career as an analyst or policy advisor for the numerous organisations that require IR expertise. Graduates seeking jobs with NGOs will find that a degree in International Relations gives them a significant advantage over the competition for these heavily over-subscribed positions. Graduates in International Relations may also want to use their expertise to build a career in business, journalism, politics or activism. In any profession, an employer will value an  International Relations graduateÔÇÖs research and analysis skills.

Book series Editorial Team and Board

Managing Editors

Christian Reus-Smit 
Nicholas J. Wheeler

Editorial Board

James Der Derian, Brown University 
Martha Finnemore, George Washington University
Lene Hansen, University of Copenhagen
Robert Keohane, Duke University
Rachel Kerr, King’s College London
Theo Farrell, King’s College London
Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick
Peter Vale, Rhodes University
Kees Van Der Pijl, University of Sussex
Jutta Weldes, University of Bristol
Jennifer Welsh, University of Oxford
William Wohlforth, Dartmouth College
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