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)

Paul Bagabo

Description
Factors Affecting Commitment to Regional Directives: The case of the East African Customs union 2005-2009.

José Barbedo

Description
Integrating Ecosystem Services on Flood Risk Management

James Connell

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

Vaughn Graham

Description
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

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

Alexander Kalgin

Description
Implementation of performance management in the public sector in Russia.

Sabarinath Krishnan

Description
Public Private Partnerships for rural development.

Eugenijus Liutkevičius

Description
Transnational Evangelical Engagement: The Case of Ukraine

Philipp Lottholz

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

Lamisi Mbillah

Description
Charismatic Christianity and Adherent Social Mobility in Ghana.

Kamna Patel

Description
Tenure and Vulnerability: The effects of changes to tenure security on the social relationships of the urban poor.

Amrit Kumar Rai

Description
Service Delivery and Accountability.

Ourathai Yosinta

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

Houston Shearon

Description
Criminality and Justice in Eastern Congo (working title).

Pranay Sinha

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

Yogi Suwarno

Description
Integrating Climate Policy into National Forestry Policy: A Case Study of Ministerial Policymaking within Ministry of Forestry of Indonesia.

Gareth Wall

Description
Reflecting local priorities through multidimensional indicators of development.

Duman Wau

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

More information: International Development Department (IDD)

Course information: International Development PhD/MPhil

Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Abena Dadze-Arthur

Description
Homo Subjectivo: The human factor in public management reform (in the case of Abu Dhabi).

Georgios Despotidis

Description
Re-establishing the relationship between citizens and local politicians in Greece through citizen participation.

Jiayuan Li

Description
Path to A Happier Nation: The evaluation of incorporating happiness measure in to performance system in Guangdong.

Tatum Matharu

Description
Ruling the Regions: An Interpretivist Analysis of Institutional Development in the English Regional Assemblies.

Caitlin McMullin

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

Maureen O'Connor

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

Thom Oliver

Description
The Representative Role of Politicians operating in Appointed Arenas (The West Midlands Regional Assembly).

Rebecca O'Neill

Description
Evidence based policy making.

Thanaporn Tengratanaprasert (Lyn)

Description
Fostering and Sustaining Public Service Improvement through Governance Networks.

Katie Tonkiss

Description
National Self, Post-National Other: An Exploration of Migration, Identity and Loyalty at the Local Level.

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)

Constantinos Adamides

Description
Institutionalized, horizontal and bottom-up securitization in conflict environments: The case of Cyprus.

Linda Ahall

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

Zakir Akhand

Description
Coercion, Persuasion and Tax Compliance: A Multi-Strategy Analysis.

Ana Alecsandru

Description
The role of empathy in avoiding nuclear war.

Maya Atwal

Description
'Investigating the democratic effects of state-sponsored youth participation in Russia: Nashi and the Young Guard of United Russia'

Karena Avedissian

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

Joshua Baker

Description
A Counterfactual Study of the US - Iran Nuclear Relationship.

Andris Banka

Description
American drone strikes.

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 'inner unity' through memorials and museums.

Liam Clegg

Description
The Politics of Accountability at the World Bank and IMF: Reforming engagements in low-income countries.

Rhys Crilley

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

Bruno Dalponte

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

Jacob Dilberto

Description
Global Counter Insurgency: New Challenges to Terrorism.

Scott Edwards

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

Mark Ewbank

Description
The Operation of Political Parties since the Separation of Powers in English Local Government.

Iván Farías Pelcastre

Description
The institutionalization of regional integration in North America.

Corina Filipescu

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

Matthew Frear

Description
Political Change in Independent Belarus

Andrew Futter

Description
The evolution of US ballistic missile defence policy (1989-2010).

Annie Gibney

Description
Governing European Workforce Development.

Niva Golan

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

Mark Goodwin

Description
Education Governance and Policy Failure under New Labour.

Ellie Gore

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

Josefin Graef

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

Katharina Hoffman

Description
Regional Organisations in the Post-Soviet Space: Domestic Origins of Cooperation Dynamics.

Lala Jumayeva

Description
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in comparative perspective.

Nino Kemoklidze

Description
Identity and Violence: Cases in Georgia.

John Kennedy

Description
Contemporary Entrepreneurship in Siberia.

Duncan Leitch

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

Max Lempriere

Description
The Local Politics of Ecological Modernisation: The Development of Sustainable Construction Policy Amongst English Local Authorities.

Mark McClelland

Description
The Unbridling of Virtue: Neoconservative Foreign Policy Thought between the Cold War and Iraq War.

Leila Mukhida

Description
Spectatorship and Contemporary German-language Autorenfilm

Lindsay Murch

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

Samir Naser

Description
Reason, Religion and War: A Study in the Ideological Sources of Violence.

Alex Oaten

Description
The English Defence League: A postmodern political movement?

Ingerid Opdahl

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

Oscar Pardo Sierra

Description
Shaping the Neighbourhood: The Impact of the EU in Georgia.

Szymon Parzniewski

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

Christian Ploberger

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

Sumedh Rao

Description
Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Michael Rasell

Description
Citizenship, well-being and disability policy in Russia.

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos

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

Maren Rohe

Description
Perceptions of Germany in Poland, Belarus and Russia

Raul Salgado Espinoza

Description
The Role of Small States in the South American Integration: Ecuador and Uruguay in the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).

Marlene Schrijnders

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

Hebatullah Selim

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

Ben Taylor

Description
Edmund Burke and the French Revolution.

Antoinette Valsamakis

Description
The role of South African business in South Africa's post-apartheid economic diplomacy.

Olivia Whitworth

Description
Transnational Women's Networks in East Asia.

Helen Williams

Description
Incremental change in citizenship and naturalisation policy in the UK and Germany, 2000-2010.

Shaf Zafeer

Description
The Political Economy of Foreign Direct Investment during Intense Intrastate Conflict.

David J. Zell

Description
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
A Counterfactual Study of the US - Iran Nuclear Relationship.

Rhys Crilley

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

Scott Edwards

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

Lindsay Murch

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

Sumedh Rao

Description
Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos

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

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 'inner unity' through memorials and museums.

Josefin Graef

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

Leila Mukhida

Description
Spectatorship and Contemporary German-language Autorenfilm

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.

Helen Williams

Description
Incremental change in citizenship and naturalisation policy in the UK and Germany, 2000-2010.

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)

Maya Atwal

Description
'Investigating the democratic effects of state-sponsored youth participation in Russia: Nashi and the Young Guard of United Russia'

Karena Avedissian

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

Matthew Frear

Description
Political Change in Independent Belarus

Katharina Hoffman

Description
Regional Organisations in the Post-Soviet Space: Domestic Origins of Cooperation Dynamics.

Nino Kemoklidze

Description
Identity and Violence: Cases in Georgia.

John Kennedy

Description
Contemporary Entrepreneurship in Siberia.

Duncan Leitch

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

Eugenijus Liutkevičius

Description
Transnational Evangelical Engagement: The Case of Ukraine

Ingerid Opdahl

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

Michael Rasell

Description
Citizenship, well-being and disability policy in Russia.

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)