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.

Current PhD profiles from across the School: 

International Development Department (IDD)

James Connell

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

Ellie Gore

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Between HIV prevention and LGBT rights: an ethnographic study of political organising among sasoi in Accra, Ghana.

Mattias Hjort

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Working title: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) and the politics of knowledge production and standardisation.

Houston Shearon

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Criminality and Justice in Eastern Congo (working title).

Deny Junanto

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Integration of Performance Information in Indonesian Public Sector

Sabarinath Krishnan

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Public Private Partnerships for rural development.

Lamisi Mbillah

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Charismatic Christianity and Adherent Social Mobility in Ghana.

Eugenijus Liutkevičius

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Transnational Evangelical Engagement: The Case of Ukraine

Philipp Lottholz

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Statebuilding in Central Asia – Moving towards a post-liberal model? Inquiring local agency in Kyrgyzstan.

Ourathai Yosinta

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

Amrit Kumar Rai

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Service Delivery and Accountability.

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Mohammad Roudo

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The influence of Minimum Service Standards (MSS) on the Performance of Local Governments in Indonesia's Decentralization System

Louis Monroy Santander

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The Statebuilding-reconciliation nexus: A critical deconstruction of reconciliation practice in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Pranay Sinha

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

Yogi Suwarno

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Responding To Climate Change: Policy Integration And The Indonesian Forestry Sector

Gareth Wall

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Reflecting local priorities through multidimensional indicators of development.

Duman Wau

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To What Extent Fair Trade Improves Cocoa Farmers' Life: A Case Study of Cocoa Farmers in Ghana.

Ourathai Yosinta

Description
Organizational Culture and 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)

Abena Dadze-Arthur

Description
Homo Subjectivus: Shoehorning customer-centric reform into the subjectivities of Abu Dhabi's public administrators

Caitlin McMullin

Description
The third sector and co-production of social services: A comparative study of England and France.

Timea Nochta

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Network governance and low carbon transitions in European cities

Maureen O'Connor

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Making sense of organisational change-A cognitive consideration of the change agent role.

Rebecca O'Neill

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Evidence based policy making.

Teguh Widodo

Description
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)

Onur Acaroglu

Description
The Fatsa Commune of 1979 and Theories of Socialist Transition.

Linda Ahall

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'Monsters, Heroines and Victims: Exposing the Myth of Motherhood in Representations of Female Agency in Political Violence'.

Ana Alecsandru

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The role of empathy in avoiding nuclear war.

Joshua Baker

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Imagining empathy: counterfactual methods and the United States-Iran security dilemma.

Andris Banka

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American drone strikes.

Ahmad Barakat

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International Relations and Democracy in Syria.

Anja Benedikt

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Imaginings of Identity: The Construction of National Identity in the Immigrant Integration Discourse in Germany.

Paul Betts

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A critical review of 'evidence-based' policy in British policing.

Ivor Bolton

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The implementation of German heritage policy and the representation of the German Democratic Republic through memorials and museums.

Lindsay Clark

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The Figure of the Warrior in the World of British Drone Pilots

Rhys Crilley

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

Bruno Dalponte

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Bringing the South American Defence Council to life: The role of secondary powers in the construction of regional security dynamics

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos

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Tracing the Security Dilemma in Civil Wars: how fear and insecurity can lead to intra-state violence?

Jacob Dilberto

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Surging: A Comparative Study to the Outcomes of the American Surges in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Elio Di Muccio

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Entrepreneurial management of technological and economic performance: the Ministry of Technology and government-funded innovation in Britain, 1964-1970

Scott Edwards

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Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

Julius Elster

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Through the mirror: the impact of meta-reflexive orientations to social identity on the life trajectories of young people in Haringey

Corina Filipescu

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

Annie Gibney

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Governing European youth employment: the case of the United Kingdom and France.

Josefin Graef

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The Dynamics of Narrating Criminal Violence: The National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the (Re-) Negotiation of Germanness.

Gavin E L Hall

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NATO's Transformation in the Post-Cold War Era: How Institutions Matter.

Lala Jumayeva

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The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in comparative perspective.

John Kennedy

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Contemporary Entrepreneurship in Siberia.

Max Lempriere

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The Local Politics of Ecological Modernisation: The case of sustainable residential construction in England.

Bruno Theodoro Luciano

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Representation and Integration: The Logic of Regional Parliaments around the World

Amelia Morris

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Beauty is the Beast? A queer exploration into the relationship between the dieting industry, "the obesity crisis" and idealistic standards of female beauty in the Western world.

Alex Oaten

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The English Defence League: A postmodern political movement?

Ingerid Opdahl

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Energy and Russian foreign policy in the CIS 1995–2005.

Szymon Parzniewski

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The Impact of Media on Immigration Policy-Making: a case study of the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation.

Christian Ploberger

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Regime Change and Development In Japan And China From The Early 1970s to the Late 1990s: An Integrated Analysis.

Maren Rohe

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Perceptions of Germany in Poland, Belarus and Russia

Marlene Schrijnders

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From London to Leipzig and back: Goth scenes in the GDR between Endzeit and Revolution.

Hebatullah Selim

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

Thomas Stocks

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Exploring the Support for Different Human Rights Contextualisations in the United Kingdom

Olivia Whitworth

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Transnational Women's Networks in East Asia.

David J. Zell

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

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

Course information:

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Ana Alecsandru

Description
The role of empathy in avoiding nuclear war.

Joshua Baker

Description
Imagining empathy: counterfactual methods and the United States-Iran security dilemma.

Lindsay Clark

Description
The Figure of the Warrior in the World of British Drone Pilots

Rhys Crilley

Description
Legitimacy Claims in the Digital Age: Analysing Visual Narratives of Strategic Communication.

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos

Description
Tracing the Security Dilemma in Civil Wars: how fear and insecurity can lead to intra-state violence?

Scott Edwards

Description
Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

Sumedh Rao

Description
Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Thomas Stocks

Description
Exploring the Support for Different Human Rights Contextualisations in the United Kingdom

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

Institute for German Studies (IGS)

Anja Benedikt

Description
Imaginings of Identity: The Construction of National Identity in the Immigrant Integration Discourse in Germany.

Ivor Bolton

Description
The implementation of German heritage policy and the representation of the German Democratic Republic through memorials and museums.

Josefin Graef

Description
The Dynamics of Narrating Criminal Violence: The National Socialist Underground (NSU) and the (Re-) Negotiation of Germanness.

Maren Rohe

Description
Perceptions of Germany in Poland, Belarus and Russia

Marlene Schrijnders

Description
From London to Leipzig and back: Goth scenes in the GDR between Endzeit and Revolution.

David J. Zell

Description
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, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES)

John Kennedy

Description
Contemporary Entrepreneurship in Siberia.

Eugenijus Liutkevičius

Description
Transnational Evangelical Engagement: The Case of Ukraine

Ingerid Opdahl

Description
Energy and Russian foreign policy in the CIS 1995–2005.

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil

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)