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)

Adnan Saif

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Service delivery, hybridity and boundary spanning after civil conflict in Tunisia

Arie Ruhyanto

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Statebuilding through Territorial Reform: Pemekaran and State-Society Relation in Papua Indonesia.

Bella Rifaldi

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Bella Rifaldi is undertaking doctoral research into decentralisation and local governance. He is investigating the impact of a revenue reform on subnational revenue mobilisation in Indonesia.

Daniel Munday

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Agency in Ethiopian negotiations with non-Western donors

Deo Zihindula Namwira

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Rethinking post-conflict statebuilding through the impact of traditional healers in the Mozambican traditional justice system

Gareth Wall

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Exploring values and development priorities at the individual and local levels

Jeannette Francesca Rodgers

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Lost in Transition: making a case for the meaningful participation of children in transitional justice.

Joseph Bell

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Special Economic Zones and State-Capital Relations: The Importance of Politics in the Genesis and Evolution of Economic Policy

Justin Williams

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Exploring the effects of a development intervention: the Merhabete Integrated Rural Development Project, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Kirstin Wagner

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Peace-keeper fathered children in Haiti and DRC

Mayumi Fuchi

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NGO Downward Accountability in Preventing Exploitation and Abuse within Aid Sector.

Molly Atkins

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Women in Small-scale Fisheries: Tackling Gender Inequality for Livelihoods and Empowerment

Nicola Heaton

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More donors, more choice? "Traditional" donors, "New" donors and African agency: The case of Zambia

Ouborr Kutando

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The Economics of Politics in Ghana: The cost and impact of vote buying on outcomes of parliamentary primaries

Owen Frazer

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Sequencing in peace negotiations

Rehnuma Ferdous

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Patron-Client relations in Fisheries Co-management: Their influence on practices and outcomes

Robert Skinner

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Local and International influences on Peace Education in Colombia

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

More information: International Development Department (IDD)

Course information: International Development PhD/MPhil

Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Adam Payler

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Adam Payler is undertaking doctoral research on the relationship between democratic performance and organizational performance, using the recent introduction of the Police and Crime Commissioner governance model in England as a case study.

Adriana Algarin Castillo

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Adriana Algarin is starting a doctoral research about social accountability and its relation to local government performance and citizen engagement.

Brenda Ogembo

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"Participating in Participation" or Influencing Policy Outcomes? Evaluating the Effects of Public Participation in Kenya's County Assemblies

Bryony Rudkin

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Dramaturgy of political decision making in English local government.

Sally Ward

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Sally Ward is undertaking doctoral research investigating temporal patterns of self-organising active citizenship based on the case of an urban neighbourhood in the UK.

Steve Winterflood

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Measuring Levels of Authority in England, 1945-2015.

More information: Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV)

Course information: Local Government Studies PhD/MPhil

Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

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.

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

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

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

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

Donatella Bonansinga

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

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

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.

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.

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 public inquiries, particularly concerning how they work as a process and the power relations that pervade them.

Olga Aymerich Franch

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

Paul Betts

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

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

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

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

More information: Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS)

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Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS)

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.

Chiara Cervasio

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The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Donatella Bonansinga

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

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)

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)

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

Course information:Russian and East European Studies PhD/MPhil