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

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.

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.

Alex Brown

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

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

André Vella

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The Limits of Parliamentary Privilege: Transparency and Accountability

Anja Benedikt

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

Bradley Ward

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

Bruno de Seixas Carvalho

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Bruno de Seixas Carvalho is examining the fantasy of Global Britain: Ontological security, maritime security, and the UK's foreign policy after Brexit.

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

Chris Featherstone

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

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

D'arcy Ritchie

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D'arcy Ritchie is a doctoral researchers in the Department of Political Science and International Studies. D'arcy is researching the feminist politics of shame.

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?

David J. Zell

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

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

Donatella Bonansinga

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The Role of (In)security in Populist Narratives

Edward Affainie

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Does (Income) Inequality Predict Conflict Between Ethnic and Religious Groups in Africa?

Elio Di Muccio

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

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.

Francisco Figueiredo de Souza

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South-South Cooperation

Hana Mosavie

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Research exploring the impact gender has during cultural formation due to economic decisions and structures.

Henry Price

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Mapping neoliberal depolicitisation via the discursive relations of contemporary feminist activism

Ivor Bolton

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

Jake Scott

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

Jaroslava Barbieri

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Jaroslava Barbieri research into Russian foreign policy and post-Soviet affairs to European studies and political philosophy.

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

Joseph Ward

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

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.

Koffi Henry Sawyer

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Enhancing Electoral Democracy in Africa: The Impact of Intergovernmental Organisations in Promoting Credible Elections

Marco Guglielmo

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Floating (On) Platforms? European Left Parties and the Digital Revolution. A Gramscian Analysis. Many scholars argue that European Left Parties were facing major ideological and electoral crises during the 2010s.

Marlene Schrijnders

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

Nathan Critch

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Nathan Critch is undertaking doctoral research focused on the functions of public inquiries in British Politics.

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.

Olga Aymerich Franch

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

Patrick Vernon

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

Paul Betts

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

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.

Paul Rogers

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Paul's research focuses on how institutions mediate the capabilities of disabled people when confronted by extreme droughts and floods.

Pourya Nabipour

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

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

Solomon Bunting Caulker

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Solomon Bunting Caulker is undertaking doctoral research focused on Post-Conflict security sector governance in Sierra Leone: Deficits as Inhibitors of National Development

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).

Thais Bessa

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

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

Umer Karim

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Saudi Foreign Policy

William Horncastle

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

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.

Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

Donatella Bonansinga

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The Role of (In)security in Populist 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)

Alex Brown

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

Anja Benedikt

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

David J. Zell

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

Ivor Bolton

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

Marlene Schrijnders

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

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

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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.

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil