The study of Politics and International Studies at The Open University raises important questions such as who exercises power, can governance be accountable, can states maintain their sovereignty and what forms of responsibility exist within societies and across borders? Members of the department try to answer these questions in their transdisciplinary teaching and research. The Politics and International Studies team at The Open University is committed to an innovative agenda in both teaching and research supervision. Its modules deal with politics from the local to the global, from political leaders to the street, and in the realm of ideas as well as in practice. Members of POLIS are active and innovative researchers, publishing original work on topics including citizenship and democracy, gender and culture, inequality, international politics, security and migration, and environment and development.