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

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.

Emanuel Bourges

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Emanuel Bourges holds a BA in History and a Master's in Government and Public Affairs from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

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.

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

Nathan Critch

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Nathan Critch is undertaking doctoral research focused on public inquiries, particularly concerning how they work as a process and the power relations that pervade them.

Elio Di Muccio

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State management of technological and economic performance in industry: The Ministry of Technology in Britain, 1964-1970

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)

Francisco Figueiredo de Souza

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South-South Cooperation

Olga Aymerich Franch

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Community responses to the return and reintegration of ISIL affiliated families in Iraq.

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.

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

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).

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'.

Henry Price

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Mapping neoliberal depolicitisation via the discursive relations of contemporary feminist activism

Marlene Schrijnders

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

Jake Scott

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Jake Scott is undertaking doctoral research into the phenomenon of populism and its theoretical relationship to democracy.

Alice Spilman

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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.

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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'A Party within a Party?' An Ethnographic Account of Momentum

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

David Wilcox

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Interpersonal Trust in Negotiations: A case study of Israeli-Palestinian Oslo Backchannel negotiations, December 1992 to September 1993

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

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Alice Spilman

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Alice joined the ICCS at the University of Birmingham on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, graduating with a Distinction in 2017.

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

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

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)

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil