The Political Studies Association (PSA) and the British International Studies Association (BISA) welcome the appointment of Professor Vivien Lowndes, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Birmingham, as the chair of the sub-panel for Politics and International Studies in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment exercise. Professor Lowndes is a widely respected political scientist.  She served as deputy chair to the sub-panel in REF 2014 and possesses the full range of knowledge and skills necessary for this challenging role. The PSA and BISA are confident that under Professor Lowndes’ leadership the sub-panel will be well placed to review all areas within its remit and to assess the wider impact of research in politics and international studies. 
Previously, we have noted that the current sub-panel under-represents key subfields and methodological approaches in our discipline. As further appointments to the panel are considered, we expect the UK funding bodies and Prof Lowndes will take into account the need for broader disciplinary representation and in doing so will recognise the views of nominating bodies that have a proven commitment towards transparency, openness, equality and diversity.

The PSA and BISA look forward to supporting the important work of the sub-panel in the months ahead.


Professor Angelia Wilson             Professor Mark Webber
Chair, PSA                                   Chair, BISA