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.

Claire Bracegirdle

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Learning from community conservation in Ghana

Daniel Munday

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A History of Autocracy Promotion, 1963 - 2018 Daniel Munday Doctoral Researcher

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

Hana Mosavie

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

Harriet Croome

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Investigating how changing interactions between humans and elephants affect forest socio-ecological systems in drylands: A case study of Mukogodo Forest, Kenya

Hermawan

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Hermawan is undertaking doctoral research on the relationship between multi-dimensions of decentralised system in Indonesia and corruption of local bureaucrats.

Holly Liebl

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Is Social Control through Menstrual Untouchability Changing in Urban Nepal?

Jasmine Burnley

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Jasmine's PhD research project examines the role played by economies of conflict in Myanmar's political transition, a process interrupted by the sudden military coup in February 2021.

Jeannette Francesca Rodgers

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

Jingwen Jiang

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The Dual Logic of Chinese Transnationalism

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

Krisna Puji Rahmayanti

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Collaborative Network of Health Services in Disaster Management

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.

Mayumi Fuchi

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

Mia Hyun

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The nexus between women in decision-making and leadership and gender responsive development outcomes.

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

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.

Rehnuma Ferdous

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

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.

Adriana Algarin C.

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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.

Eileen Masters

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Audit and Accountability in English Local Councils

Jason Lowther

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Jason is a doctoral researcher looking at how evidence is used in policy making in particular contexts, using the creation of the West Midlands Combined Authority as a case study.

Kevin Harris

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Kevin Harris Doctoral Researcher in School of Government (INLOGOV) profile. Local councils and accessible democracy: stimulating reciprocal citizenship at the local level.

Laurie Duncan

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Interdisciplinary analysis of energy systems, considering technical, economic, social, environmental and policy aspects of small community systems, focussing on reduction of carbon emissions.

Matthew McKenna

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Policy learning in times of failure: How English local government responds at times of central government intervention.

Mega Hendra Waty

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Mega Hendra Waty, Doctoral Researcher in School of Government (INLOGOV) profile. Coexistence of multiple governmental traditions: understanding dilemmas and practices of street-level bureaucrats.

Minkyu Jin

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Minkyu Jin Local Government Studies in School of Government Doctoral Researcher profile. Study on Impact of the Korean Public Institution Management Evaluation System on the Accountability of Korean Public Institutions.

Muhammad Wahyudi

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Muhammad Wahyudi, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Government (INLOGOV) profile. Exploring the Impact of Consulting the Public on Indonesia Supreme Audit Institution Audit Process.

Philip Swann

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The Rules of the game: understanding the relationship between politicians in central and 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.

Tangang Andrew Tangang

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Collaborative localism: Community governments in the decentralisation process in Cameroon

Vitaly Voytenko

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Vitaly is researching commercialisation in the English Local Government

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Course information:

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

Description
The Role of (In)security in Populist Narratives

Sumedh Rao

Description
Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

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

Institute for German and European Studies (IGES)

Alex Brown

Description
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

Description
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 and European Studies (IGES)

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