The British International Studies Association (BISA) is 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 just under 1000 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 forum 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.
The Association's current activities include:
Publishing the Review of International Studies. This is one of the leading journals in the field of International Studies and is published four times a year, together with an extra special issue.
Publishing a book series in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. This series - Cambridge Studies in International Relations - now includes over 100 titles.
Producing a Website - http://www.bisa.ac.uk/ - which provides up to date information on future conferences, financial awards and research activities.
Sponsoring research and Working Groups. BISA gives financial support to a number of working groups.
Organising an Annual Conference that brings together the growing number of members of the Association including a significant number from overseas. Papers presented to a wide variety of panels reflect the diversity of interest of the members. Plenary speakers are distinguished in their field, whether as academics, diplomats, journalists or politicians.
Making a range of small but targeted financial grants to help, in particular, UK and overseas postgraduate researchers.
Awarding four annual prizes each year, the best PhD thesis in the UK, the best article published in the Review of International Studies, the best book published in the field and a prize for excellence in teaching.
Representing the interests of the discipline on the Funding Councils, Research Councils and other relevant bodies.
How to contact BISA
BISA National Office