POLSIS PhD doctoral researchers

Doctoral researchers are integral to the research activities of the department. A research degree is a unique opportunity to develop new skills, develop problem-solving abilities and make a valuable contribution to new knowledge.

Some current PhD profiles from across the department

Onur Acaroglu

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'Poetry of the Future': The Marxist Transition Debate and the Notion of Plural Temporalities

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.

Thais Bessa

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Can girl brides choose? Discourses on child and early marriage and representations of female agency

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.

Donatella Bonansinga

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Threat Construction and Fear Perception: The Role and Impact of Populism and Emotionality in Securitization Narratives.

Shardia Briscoe-Palmer

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(De) Construction of Masculinity and the Discrimination of the 'Other': An analysis into the masculinitie(s) performed by black men in the Caribbean

Alex Brown

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Rethinking the GDR Opposition: Reform, Resistance and Revolution in the Other Germany.

Carol Louise Buxton

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A Route to Normalcy? Japan's Space Policy

Chiara Cervasio

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The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Melany Cruz

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The political dimensions of violence: understanding lynching in Mexico

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

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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The role of different reflexive orientations in identity formation and negotiation among youth in Tottenham

Veysel Erdemli

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The quest for identity and belonging: An ethnographic account of Georgian associations in Turkey

John Evemy

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The changing role of the Bank of England after the financial crisis.

Chris Featherstone

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Comparative Crisis Decision-making: Foreign Policy Analysis and the US and UK decisions on Iraq (2003) and Syria (2011-2014)

Gavin E L Hall

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

Em Harvey

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The Other Body: A Queer, Trans and Crip Theory Critique of Privacy, Privilege and Power

William Horncastle

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An investigation into the relationships between Political Finance Systems and Financial Inequality

Umer Karim

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Saudi Foreign Policy

Darcy Luke

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From 'funny money' to 'hard cash': Cash limit reforms to Treasury control of public expenditure in the context of the global crisis of capital in the 1970s

Bruno Theodoro Luciano

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

Szymon Parzniewski

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The role of migrants in building city resilience for emergency response and disaster disk reduction (DRR): a case study of Birmingham (UK) and Sendai (Japan).

Ali Pishro

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The History and Significance of Iran's Green Movement

Henry Price

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Mapping neoliberal depolicitisation via the discursive relations of contemporary feminist activism

Maren Rohe

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Constructing the Other: Russian and Polish Narratives on Germany between individuality and media influence

Marlene Schrijnders

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

Thomas Stocks

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

Alejandra Garcia Diaz Villamil

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Feminist Political Transformational Leadership: Evaluating the impact of Bolivian women leaders in advancing the social justice agenda.

Bradley Ward

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Constructing Corbynism: An Ethnographic Account of Momentum

Jessica White

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Evaluating Gender Mainstreaming in Counter-Terrorism Policies

Mark Youngman

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Explaining the ideological evolution of insurgencies: The North Caucasus, 2007-2015

David J. Zell

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

Joseph Ward

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Why risk a referendum? Reassessing the politics of the referendum in the UK

Onur Acaroglu

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Francisco Figueiredo de Souza

Abdiweli Garad

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Abdi Garad is undertaking doctoral research into state-building and interventions using a case study approach and process-tracing method to unstructured interviews.

Emily Burn

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Emily Burn is undertaking doctoral research on the links between acknowledged political interest, perceptions of politics, and political engagement.

Alexander Samuel Popowich

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Sam Popowich is investigating the role of artificial intelligence in the financial sector through the lens of 'Italian Theory'.

Alice Spilman

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Alice was awarded a 1st class BA in Politics from Newcastle University in 2016. From there Alice joined the ICCS at the University of Birmingham on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, graduating with a Distinction in 2017.

Karma Lama Tamang

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Karma's doctoral research is about ethics of nonviolent political actions. The project seeks to demonstrate how methods of nonviolent politics share similar morally troubling features with violent political methods.

Ana Alecsandru

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The Role of Trusting Relationships in Shaping the Level of Verification in Arms Control Agreements: United States – Russia Strategic Nuclear Arms Control

Nicolò Fasola

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Nicolò’s doctoral research aims at providing a theoretical account of Russia’s distinctive approach to war-fighting and its interrelation with the country’s self-perception and worldview.

Karma Lama Tamang

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Karma’s doctoral research is about ethics of nonviolent political actions. The project seeks to demonstrate how methods of nonviolent politics share similar morally troubling features with violent political methods. 

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Donatella Bonansinga

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Threat Construction and Fear Perception: The Role and Impact of Populism and Emotionality in Securitization Narratives.

Chiara Cervasio

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The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Scott Edwards

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Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Thomas Stocks

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

Alice Spilman

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Alice was awarded a 1st class BA in Politics from Newcastle University in 2016. From there Alice joined the ICCS at the University of Birmingham on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, graduating with a Distinction in 2017.

Ana Alecsandru

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The Role of Trusting Relationships in Shaping the Level of Verification in Arms Control Agreements: United States – Russia Strategic Nuclear Arms Control

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

Institute for German Studies (IGS)

Anja Benedikt

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

Ivor Bolton

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

Alex Brown

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Rethinking the GDR Opposition: Reform, Resistance and Revolution in the Other Germany.

Maren Rohe

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Constructing the Other: Russian and Polish Narratives on Germany between individuality and media influence

Marlene Schrijnders

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

David J. Zell

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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)

Veysel Erdemli

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The quest for identity and belonging: An ethnographic account of Georgian associations in Turkey

Eugenijus Liutkevičius

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Transnational Evangelical Engagement: The Case of Ukraine

Mark Youngman

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Explaining the ideological evolution of insurgencies: The North Caucasus, 2007-2015

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil