Faculty members and staff at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies conduct research in the field of social science, focusing closely on the interrelated disciplines of political science, public policy, and security studies.
The faculty has the right to confer doctoral degrees in: political science, public policy, and security studies.
Faculty members direct many international and national research grants, and participate in research projects conducted by international consortia. The most prestigious of these are grants from the European Commission as part of the EU’s Framework Programmes, as well as Horizon 2020: European Paths to Transnational Solidarity at Times of Crisis: Conditions, Forms, Role-models and Policy Response [TransSOL] directed by Dr Maria Theiss, Living with Hard Times: How European Citizens Deal with Economic Crises and Their Social and Political Consequences [LIVEWHAT] directed by Dr Maria Theiss, MoreEU – More Europe to overcome the Crisis directed by Prof. Konstanty Adam Wojtaszczyk, Post-Soviet Tensions: A Training Programme in Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers directed by Dr Paula Marcinkowska, The Contribution of the Third Sector to Europe’s Socio-economic Development [TSI] directed by Prof. Ewa Leś.
Faculty members prepare expert opinions and reports for government and non-governmental organizations, and are also active in research networks and scientific associations (IPSA, ECPR, EISA). Publications produced by the faculty, intended to disseminate research findings and results, are published by prestigious publishers such as Palgrave Macmillan and Peter Lang. Eleven scientific journals are affiliated with the faculty.
A library located in the centre of Warsaw, consisting of a reading area and rental desk, is available to faculty members, doctoral students, and regular students. It is one of the largest departmental libraries at the University of Warsaw, both in terms of the size of its collection as well as the number of visitors. Its collection consists of approximately, 75 thousand volumes (books and journals), and 815 doctoral dissertations. The library also subscribes to 67 periodicals (including 11 foreign titles – from 2012, as online subscriptions). Employees and students also have access to e-journals provided by the University of Warsaw Library.
In 2017, the faculty will be moved to a new location (so-called „Gmach Audytoryjny"), which is located in the Central Campus on Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28. The new building will have more than 3000 m 2 , and will include administrative offices, fifteen classrooms, and a designated research area (containing, among others, a "focus group room”).