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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The Role of (In)security in Populist 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.

Chiara Cervasio

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The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

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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Why did the US and the UK decide to invade Iraq in 2003? A Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis

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'.

Paul Michael Graystone

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From 'Bridge of Cooperation' to Russia's Baltic Bastion: Exploring the Role of State Identity in Contemporary Russian Security Policy in Kaliningrad, 2000-2018.

Henry Price

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Mapping neoliberal depolicitisation via the discursive relations of contemporary feminist activism

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.

Patrick Vernon

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Patrick is undertaking research on the heteronormative character of mass violence and responses to mass violence

Marlene Schrijnders

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

Thomas Da Costa Vieira

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The British Co-operative Movement and the State: The Struggle for Co-operation and the Political Economy of Discontent Management, 1964-1990

Yishu Ren

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Yishu Ren's research focusses on the impact of foreign investments from emerging economies on the norms of global environmental governance and considers the resulting political affects.

José Pascal da Rocha

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José Pascal da Rocha is investigating the role of mediators in mediated ceasefires in the Sudan negotiations

Darren Murphy

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Making peace with the public: Can public discourses on human needs for security, identity, recognition and equal participation encourage support for peace processes ending intractable conflicts?

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.

André Vella

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The Limits of Parliamentary Privilege: Transparency and Accountability

Pourya Nabipour

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Pourya Nabipour is undertaking doctoral research into the role of national identity in Iran's nuclear policy

Bruno de Seixas Carvalho

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Bruno de Seixas Carvalho is examining the influence of maritime security upon the Royal Navy: identity, naval practices, and ontological security in the 21st century.

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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What is the role of interpersonal trust in "scaling up" negotiations from Track II to Track I diplomacy in conflict situations? A Case Study of the Oslo Backchannel, December 1992-September 1993

  Yishu Ren

     International political economy, the role of developing countries in environmental governance,
     international relations

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Donatella Bonansinga

Description
The Role of (In)security in Populist Narratives

Chiara Cervasio

Description
The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

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.

Alex Brown

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

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)

Paul Michael Graystone

Description
From 'Bridge of Cooperation' to Russia's Baltic Bastion: Exploring the Role of State Identity in Contemporary Russian Security Policy in Kaliningrad, 2000-2018.

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil