British International Studies Association

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The British International Studies Association (BISA) is a learned society that promotes the study of international relations and related subjects through teaching, research, and facilitation of contact between scholars. BISA has an international membership where 40 countries are represented. The current president is Stuart Croft. The association national office is based at Aberystwyth University hosted by the Department of International Politics.


In Jan 1974 an inaugural 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. The interim executive committee consisted off Alastair Francis Buchan (chairman), RJ Jones (secretary), Susan Strange (treasurer), PA Reynolds, G Goodwin, D Wrightman, CM Mason, T Taylor, A James and J Spence.


Annual prizes[edit]

BISA awards the following prizes at its annual international conference:

  • Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize
  • Susan Strange Book Prize
  • BISA Teaching Prize
  • Best Article in Review of International Studies

Working groups[edit]

BISA working groups are formed by members to enable collaboration and networking in specific subfields. There are currently about 30 groups focusing on specific areas of study and collaboration.

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