PhD doctoral researchers

A research degree is a unique opportunity to develop new skills, develop problem-solving abilities and make a valuable contribution to new knowledge.

PhD profiles from across the School:

International Development Department (IDD)

Dhiaa N Al-Asadi
The impact of faith on the formation and roles of local governance / government in post-saddam Iraq: Basrah as an example

Jose Barbedo
Integrating Ecosystem Services on Flood Risk Management

Ellie Chowns
The political economy of community management of public goods and services: a study of rural water supply sustainability in Malawi

James Connell
Violence, Trauma and Political Consciousness amongst Tibetan Refugees in South-East Asia

Ellie Gore
From sexual rights to a 'queer' approach: an examination of the politics of sexuality in Ghana

Vaughn Graham
The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in the Security and Justice Sector in Jamaica 2005-2013: How the Nature of Sectoral Policymaking Reflects and Challenges International Aid Policy.

Mattias Hjort
Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and the politics of knowledge production and standardisation

Pamela Jabbar
Gender and Corruption: What, if at all, is the relationship between masculinities and corruption; using India as case study.

Alexander Kalgin 
Implementation of performance management in the public sector in Russia

Sabarinath Krishnan
Public Private Partnerships for Rural Development.

Paul Lewis
The role of FDI in the economic development of countries in transition

Lamisi Mbillah 
Prosperity gospel and adherent social mobility in Ghana

Chipo Mwale
Aid for trade and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa

Amrit Rai
Service Delivery and Accountability

Pranay Sinha
Are Emerging Donors Different from Established Donors? A Comparison of Existing Policies and Practice

Mohammed Elmontasir Salih
Natural Resource Management

Houston Shearon
Criminality and Justice in Eastern Congo

Yogi Suwarno
The Impact of REDD+ on Forest Governance in Indonesia

Gareth Wall
Reflecting local priorities through multidimensional indicators of development

Duman Wau
To What Extent Fair Trade Improves Cocoa Farmers’ Life: A Case Study of Cocoa Farmers in Ghana

Ourathai Yosinta
Organizational Culture affecting the promotion of Good Governance in the Public Sector: A case of provincial level in Thailand

More information: International Development Department (IDD)

Course information: International Development PhD/MPhil

Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Mohammed Alsaif
E-government and Public Services

Tom Barrance
Constructions of postmodern local democracy; local civic society, democratic participation and informed engagement.   A QMethod study. 

Pobsook Chamchong
Analysing the Up-Scaling of Local Government Jurisdictions

Abena Dadze-Arthur
User involvement in public services in non-democratic government

Rosdi Bin Haji Abdul Aziz
Efficiency and effectiveness of complaint management in the public sector

Georgios Despotidis
Re-establishing the relationship between citizens and local politicians in Greece through citizen participation

Olwen Hamer
Local government modernisation and the promotion of equalities and human rights

Azora Hurd
How effectively do public and third sector organisations encourage children and young people to participate in decision making processes affecting their lives?

Sarr-William Jabang
Public Procurement

Dumisani Jantjies
Effect of improvement of accountability in the provincial government on services delivery management: Comparative analysis of two provincial governments in South African context (North West province and other province)

Paul Keasey
Public Confidence in Policing

Sungwon Lee
The relationship between fiscal expenditure and quality of life

Jiayuan Li
Path to a Happier Nation: The Evaluation of Incorporating Happiness Measure in to Performance System in Guangdong.

Huaxing Liu
Public Credibility of Local Government

Marilyn Merriam
The role of the voluntary sector in the Criminal Justice System

Julia Mlambo
Multi-Agency Policy Implementation in the Age of Localism - A Theoretical Approach

Stephen Moore
Abuse of adults in care homes

Rooba Moorghen
Analysis of Impact Evaluation as a Policy Instrument in the Policy-Making Process in the Mauritian Public Service

Maureen O’Connor
Understanding the role and impact of change agents in the implementation of change

Rebecca O'Neill
Evidence based policy

Tutik Rachmawait
Management of public organisations

Yasmin Rizvi
Public Private Partnerships

Sang Hoon Shin
Dysfunctional consequences of Korean Performance Budgeting System and its policy implications

Soon-Chang So
Performance management and citizen satisfaction with local government (Korea, UK and Japan)

Holly Taylor
Domestic Violence in the Criminal Justice System - Mind the Justice Gap

Thanaporn Tengratanaprasert (Lyn)
Fostering and Sustaining Public Service Improvement through Governance Networks

Teguh Widodo
The Implementation of Performance Based Budgeting in Indonesia 2011-2014: Using Performance Information to Strengthen Government Accountability

More information: Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Course information: Local Government Studies PhD/MPhil

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

Sara Alajmi
Young Arab's perception of the representation of Arabs in Hollywood productions at the start of the 21st century

Fran Amery
Abortion politics in the UK: Feminism, medicine and the state

Ali Amirmoayed
How Persian Shias 'Do Partnering' in the UK

Andris Banka
American Drone Strikes

Carly Beckerman Boys
Carnage and Commissions: A British Failure in Palestine

Christopher Byrne
Transformation of the British labour party

Onder Cakir
Turkey's foreign policy in the post-cold war period

Sung-yu Chan
Political and economic strategies for the economic integration of china and Taiwan

Eleni Christodoulou
Pedagogical peacebuilding: the role of peace education in the Cyprus conflict

James Coles
The Calculation Problems of Absolute Returns to Scale in the Global Political Economy

Laurence Cooley
The construction of European Union conflict management policies: A comparative analysis of Bosnia, Macedonia and Kosovo

Nabamita Das
Emerging narratives of heterosexual intimacy across three generations of middle class urbanites of Bengal.

Oniel Díaz jiménez
Professionalization of election campaigning in Mexico: a study on change and continuity in Mexican campaign practices and communications (1997-2009)

Jacob Dilberto
Global Counter Insurgency: New Challenges to Terrorism

Iván Farías Pelcastre
The institutionalization of regional integration in North America

Corina Filipescu
Postcolonialism in EU enlargement policies seen from a Critical Discourse Analysis perspective

Jane Foody
The politics of ageing in England: exploring local differences

Justin Gibbins
Britain and its others: evolving identity construction 

Annie Gibney
Governing European Workforce Development

Niva Golan
Israel and the Jewish Diaspora in Britain: The Homeland as a Critical Component in Identity Preservation

Flor Gonzalez Correa
The role of the transnational companies in the international system

Mai Hamed
Islamic finance and the international financial crisis

Gary Hazeldine
Pathologies of recognition: Axel Hhonneth and the renewed possibility of a critical theory of society

Christian Hernandez
Political Economy

Stephen Hetherington
The rationales of cultural policy in the UK

David Jenkins
The Relationship Between National Capitalisms of the European Union, and the Development of a European Capitalism Under the Conditions of Globalisation

Lala Jumayeva
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in comparative perspective

Argyro Kartsonaki
The role of International Actors in State Secession and Recognition: the Case of Kosovo

Ma Diosa Labiste
Spectral Technologies and the Postcolonial Public Sphere

Max Lempriere
Environmental politics of local targets for carbon reduction and renewable energy

Dominggus Li
Silent Suffering: The Making of East Timorese in Exile After 1999

Jiesheng Li
The Politics of aid delegation: The IDA and bilateral donors

Regina Lim
Negotiating secular citizenship: Islamisation and political change in Malaysia

Sabrina Luk
Comparative healthcare policy in China and Hong Kong: using the lens of historical Institutionalism

Martin Monahan
The Conservative Party and Social Justice Policy 1997–2010: An Historical Institutionalist Analysis

Barbara Morazzani
Constructing authority: does International law regulate the foreign policy behaviour of States in decisions to use force in humanitarian Intervention

Samir Naser
Reason, Religion and War: A Study in the Ideological Sources of Violence

Luke Neal
Political Ethics in the Arendtian Public Space: Beyond Nietzschean and Kantian Integration

Tim Norris
Poetics and Truth in the writing of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Steve Nunn
The challenge of authenticity: lowbrow art and sublime experience

Alex Oaten
The English Defence League: A postmodern political movement?

Hung Pham
‘The developmental state', the evolving international economic order, and Vietnam

Christian Ploeberger
Regime change and development in Japan and China from the early 1970s to the late 1990s: An integrated analysis

Ipek Ruacan
International and world society: a European Union rescue mission for the English school

Raul Salgado Espinoza
The Role of Small States in the South American Integration: Ecuador and Uruguay in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) 

Amin Samman
(Re-) imagining the crises of global capital

Barbara Schaller
Towards a heterodox economic theory of poverty production – An analysis of evolutionary institutionalist and post-Keynesian thought

Kenneth Searle
Is gay queer?

Hebatullah Selim
Salafi Discourse Analysis concerning Political Development in Egypt (2010-2014)

Saori Shibata
Japan's economic and political restructuring and unprotected workers

Chandrachur Singh
Green Cosmopolitanism: Global Governance, Global Institutions and the Environmental Challenge

Liam Stanley
The politics of the global financial crisis: Legitimating the 'age of austerity' in the UK

Pana Stitsart
Political economy of sovereign wealth funds the case of China and Singapore

Marcin Stobrawa
Visual culture in the Internet age - a study based on advert 

Olivia Whitworth
Transnational Women’s Networks in East Asia  

Wong Pui Fung, Gary
Shanghai, China’s Capital of Modernity: Urban Experience and Production of Space of World Expo 2010

Shaf Zafeer
The Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment during Intense Intrastate Conflict

Benjamin Zala
Rethinking Polarity for the Twenty-first Century: Perceptions of Order in International Society

Collin Zhuawu
Engaging Africa in the changing IPE: Mauritius activism and Cooperation in the WTO

More information: Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

Course information:

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Josh Baker 
Imagining Empathy: A Counterfactual Study of the US - Iran Nuclear Confrontation

Rhys Crilley
Legitimacy Claims in the Digital Age: Analysing Visual Narratives of Strategic Communication

Jonna Nyman
(Re)conceptualising energy security in US-China relations

Lindsay Murch 
How military technology shapes the prevailing hegemonic conception of masculinity

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos 
Anarchy, bargaining and mistrust in intra-state conflicts

More Information: Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Institute for German Studies (IGS)

Anja Benedikt
Memory and Migration: The Impact of Historical Experience on Immigrant Integration Discourse and Policy in Germany

Ivor Bolton
The implementation of German heritage policy and the representation of ‘inner unity’ through memorials and museums

Charlotte Galpin
Euro Crisis…Identity Crisis? The Single Currency and the Discursive Construction of European Identities in Germany, Poland and Ireland

Josefin Graef
The Dynamics of Narrating Public Violence: The National Socialist Underground and the (Re-) Negotiation of Germanness

Leila Mukhida
Transnational Co-production in Post-reunification German Language Cinema

David J. Zell
Major cultural commemorations and the construction of cultural & political identity in the GDR, 1959-1983

More information: Institute for German Studies (IGS)

Course information: German Studies (Social Sciences) PhD/MPhil

Centre for Russian and East European Studies  (CREES)

Karena Avedissian 
Success and Failure of Social Movements in Authoritarian Contexts: the Cases of Krasnodar Krai and the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

Matthew Benson
What has been the impact of Jadidism (Islamic Modernism) on  the national, political and religious development of the  post-Soviet Volga and Crimean Tatars?

Nicholas Coombs
Lev Kamenev: A Case Study in Moderate Bolshevism

Kathryn Cassidy
Society and Household Economics in the Ukrainian-Romanian Borderlands

Lance Davies
An examination of the evolution of security and conflict theory within the context of Twenty-First Century Russo-European relations

Nino Kemoklidze
Identity Construction and Ethno-National Violence in Georgia in the Early 1990s

Katharina Hoffman
Regional Organisations in the Post-Soviet Space: Domestic Origins of Cooperation Dynamics

Victoria Hudson
Russian Soft Power in Contemporary Ukraine

Kamala Imranli
Establishment of the First Armenian Republic

Daniela Ionescu
The EU Evaluation of Conditionality in the 2007 Enlargement Romania/Bulgaria- a far from neutral job

John Kennedy
How do Russian communities develop social resilience to industrial risk?

Duncan Leitch
The Contribution of International Technical Assistance to Public Administrative Reform in Ukraine: the Case of Regional Policy 2000-2012

Polina Manolova
Youth Transitions in Bulgaria

Ingerid Opdahl
Energy and Russian Foreign Policy in the CIS under Putin

Judith Perera
Russia's nuclear industry

More information: Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES)

Course information: Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil/MA (Research)

Research podcasts:

IDD PGR podcast: The Ownership of Official Development Assistance in Jamaica 2005-2013Vaughn Graham, PhD researcher, University of Birmingham (Recorded: 19 March 2014)

IDD PGR podcast: Cultural Trauma, Youth and Class: Reflections on Fieldwork with Tibetan Refugee YouthJames Connell, PhD researcher, International Development Department, University of Birmingham. (Recorded: 20th February 2014)

More Podcasts across the School of Government and Society.

Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN)

The Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN) is the first cross-University network for PhD students (DRs) studying aspects of diversity and is supported by its Alumni Impact Fund. Our definition of diversity is quite broad, covering issues such as ethnicity, race, religion, migration, gender, age and other related dimensions.

Find out more about the Doctoral Researcher Diversity Network (DRDN)