Research at GSD is centred on the GSD Globecraft® Institute. Our research activity is guided by a focus on key themes: International Relations, Globecraft® and Statecraft, Global Development and Security; Conflict and Climate Change; Culture, Politics, and Society.

All researchers across the School identify with one or more of the themes. This enables collective identification over themes within the School and aims to generate further collaboration and interdisciplinary in our research activities. In addition, the themes provide a basis for internal and external recognition of the main questions and topics that our research addresses. Some research themes host research infrastructures, including centres such as the Globecraft ® Institute and the Peacecraft Center, networks, seminar series.