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Department of Politics and International Studies

Research Students in the Politics Department

Further information about the Department's PhD programme can be found here.

Recently awarded PhD theses

2016
  • Amir Khnifess Israel and the Druze Political Action: Between Politics of Loyalty and Politics of Violence (Prof C Tripp)
2015
  • Waleed Almusharaf Abdelrahman Colonialism, Liberalism, Islamism:  The Governmentalization of Islam and the Case of Turabi and the Sudanese Islamist Movement (Prof A Adib-Moghaddam) 
  • Peter Brett The Judicialisation of Political Order in Southern Africa (Dr T Young)
  • Margarita Dimova Dealing with the State: Perspectives from the Heroin Trade in Kenya (Dr P Clark)
  • James Eastwood The ethics of Israeli militarism: soldiers' testimony and the formation of the Israeli soldier-subject (Prof L Khalili)
  • Freya Irani A Primary Concern With Domestic Conditions: Legal Representations of the National Economy and the Uneven Extraterritorial Extension of U.S. Antitrust and Labor Laws, 1945-2010 (Dr M Laffey)
  • Marco Jowell An Institutional Analysis of Peacekeeping Training Centres in Africa (Prof S Chan)
  • Myung Ja Kim Diaspora and Divided Homeland: Geopolitics and Nation-Building Policies toward the Zainichi Diaspora (Dr F Adamson
  • Bala Mohammed Liman Conflict and Identity in Nigeria: An Emerging Culture of Conflict in Northern Nigeria (Dr T Young)
  • Jamil Mouawad The Negotiated State: State-Society Relations in Lebanon (Prof C Tripp
  • Khaled Shaalan The Political Agency of Egypt's Upper Middle Class: Neoliberalism, Social Status Reproduction and the State (Prof C Tripp)
  • James Sunday In the Shadow of the Pyramids - Power, Politics and Participation in Contemporary Egypt (Prof C Tripp)
  • Jeremy Taylor "Japan is Back", Japan's (Re)Engagement in Africa: The Case of South Sudan (Dr Y Kobayashi)
2014
  • Mehmet Osman Cati The Political Economy of Syrian Foreign Policy 1949-1963 (Prof C Tripp)
  • Felix Conteh Governance Reforms in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of the Conception, Design and Implementation of the Decentralization Programme and its Impacts 2004-2012 (Dr T Young)
  • Samuel Sami Everett Maghrebinicite 1981-2012: affective belonging from the margins of North African Jewish experience in ile-de-France (Prof L Khalili)
  • Igor Rogelja The Production of Creative Space in Taiwan and China (Prof J Strauss)
  • Cornelia Schiller China and Madagascar: Engagement, Perceptions, and Developmental Effects (Dr T Young)
  • Hagar Taha The Local Element of Peace: Role of Indigenous Civil Societies in Intervention and Conflict Resolution - Cases of Darfur (Sudan) and Somaliland (Northern Somalia) (Prof S Chan)
2013
  • Benedetta de Alessi The war-to-peace transition of the SPLM/A into the SPLM during the implementation of the Sudan's Comprehensive Peace Agreement (Prof S Chan)
  • Sana Alimia The Quest for Humanity in a Dehumanised State: Afghan Refugees and Devalued Citizens in Urban Pakistan, 1979-2012 (Dr M Nelson)
  • Mehmet Ugur Ekinci The Primacy of Foreign Policy in the Accommodation of Minority Claims in the Late Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey: A Study on the Armenian and Kurdish Questions (Dr F Adamson
  • Alexander Evans The Changing Political Rhetoric of Kashmiri Identity, 1990-2001 (Dr M Nelson)
  • Silvia Ferabolli Rethinking the idea of the doomed Arab region  (Prof C Tripp)
  • Sambaiah Gundimeda Mapping Dalit Politics in Contemporary India: A Study of UP and AP from an Ambedkarite Perspective (Dr R Bajpai)
  • Abdullai Harroon Ghanaian Political Thought on the Governance of the Formal State and that of Chieftaincy : With Special Reference to Dispute, Conflict and Thought in Dagbon (Prof S Chan)
  • Stephen Marioghae Itugbu Nigeria's Foreign Policy under Olusegun Obasanjo: Process, Ethics, and the Example of Darfur (Prof S Chan)
  • Daniel Large Fantastic Invasion': the politics of international intervention in Sudan (Prof S Hopgood)
  • Zaad Mahmood Globalisation, Policy Convergence and Labour Market: the political economy of reforms (Prof L Saez)
  • Mark Sedra Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Societies (Prof C Tripp)
  • Shirin Shafaie Contemporary Iranian War Narratives: A Dialectical Discourse Analysis (Prof A Adib-Moghaddam)
  • Konstantinos Tsimonis "Let the Party Assured, let the Youth Satisfied" Political Representation and Mass Organizations in the People's Republic of China: the case of the Communist Youth League (Prof J Strauss)
  • Alexej Ulbricht Multicultural Immunisation: liberalism, community, and difference (Prof S Chan)
  • Elian Weizman Hegemony, Law, Resistance: Struggles Against Zionism in the State of Israel (Prof L Khalili)
Seyed Ali Alavi
Staff Silhouette

Iranian-Palestinian Relations and the broader Middle East Politics.


Sasan Aghlani
Sasan Aghlani

‘National Interest’ as a Catalyst for Change in Islamic Laws of War - A Genealogy of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Policies towards Nuclear Weapons

Richard F. Akum
Richard Akum

Order, Authority and Social Control: Borderland Dynamics and Postwar Statebuilding in Liberia


Sameen Ali
Sameen A. Mohsin Ali

Politicisation of the Bureaucracy and Political Access in Pakistan (working title)


Indrė Balčaitė
Staff Silhouette

A borderless village: transborder lives of Plong migrant workers in Bangkok, Thailand

Barkindo Atta Athanasius
Barkindo Atta Athanasius

History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram since 1995


Gabrielle Bayle
Gabrielle Bayle

National self-perception and international aid conditionality: A case study of Ethiopia

Jonathan R. Beloff
Jonathan Beloff

The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign Policy: from Genocide to Globalisation


Mehdi Beyad
Staff Silhouette

The political development and instrumentalisation of the notion of Iranian-Arab rivalry in Ba'athist Iraq and Pahlavi Iran

Emma Birikorang
Staff Silhouette

Emerging regional security threats in West Africa; implications for regional security


Nick Branson
Nick Branson

Extraversion strategies and aid negotiations: How African hybrid regimes manage donor demands


Julie Broome
Staff Silhouette

The impact of international and domestic prosecutions in post-conflict or post-authoritarian countries on the establishment of the rule of law

Adélie Chevée
Staff Silhouette

Rancière and the Syrian uprising (working title)


Joonhwa Cho
Staff Silhouette

South Korea’s foreign policy and aid towards Africa, focusing on Rwanda and the DRC

Catherine Craven
Catherine Craven

Exploring changes in the international community's representation and engagement of the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora after the end of the Sri Lankan civil war (working title)


Emanuelle Degli Esposti
Emanuelle Degliesposti

Through the Fractured Looking Glass: Power, Subjectivity and the State in the Iraqi Shi’a Diaspora

Ini Dele-Adedeji
Inioluwa Adeoluwa Nehmah Dele-Adedeji

The re-construction of Islamic identities within the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Kano & Borno


Veronica Ferreri
Ferreri Veronica

Creating a Syrian Subject, perceiving the Syrian State. Displacement, violence and fantasy of the state among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Calum Fisher
Calum Fisher

Being political in Malawi: The lives and work of MPs


Noga Glucksam
Glucksam Noga

Justice and Social Peacebuilding: How Transitional Justice Affects Normative Changes in Post-Civil War Societies


Wei-Lun Huang
Staff Silhouette

A Network Power Analysis of India’s State-Business Relations in PTA Policymaking: The Case of the India-Sri Lanka FTA

Cathy Huser
Catherine Huser

The politics of protection at the micro level of armed conflict: Case studies from the Central African Republic & South Sudan


Michael A. Innes
Michael Innes

Analogies at Risk: Afghanistan, Iraq, and US Foreign Policy, 2001-2011

Hae Won Jeong
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A Critical Analysis of State-Society Relations in Post-Gulf War Kuwait


Jack Joy
Jack Joy

Hizbullah and the Aesthetics of Resistance


Salam Karam
Salam Karam

Constitution-making process in Iraq


Priya Kumar
Staff Silhouette

“Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievance: An Analysis of Transnational Diaspora Linkages and Mobilization Outcomes” (Preliminary title)

Merve Kutuk
Merve Kutuk

Muslim Femininities Contested: Islam, Gender, and Class in Contemporary Turkey (working title)


Hugh Lamarque
Hugh Lamarque

Insulating the Borderland: Policing practice in African frontiers


Lili Liu
Lili Liu

Accommodating the Greening Participation: China's Local Environmental Governance


Pia Ljungman
Pia Ljungman

Making Money: Remodelling Europe The causes and consequences of the European sovereign debt crisis narrative

Neil Loughlin
Staff Silhouette

Institutionalising State Force in Cambodia: Coercion, Corruption and Authoritarianism


Ed Marques
Ed Marques

Libyan Revolutionary Diplomacy: February to December 2011


Akanksha Mehta
Akanksha Mehta

Negotiating Space on the 'Right': The everyday politics of Hindu Nationalist and Zionist settler women in India and Israel-Palestine

Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos
Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos

New Foreign Policy Actors: A Case-Study of China-Colombia Relations and the Third Party Catalysts That Drive Them


Najia Mukhtar
Najia Mukhtar

Discourses of resistance? Examining spaces of religious tolerance in contemporary Pakistani society.

Sruthi Muraleedharan
Sruthi Muraleedharan

Symbolic Encounters: Identity, Performativity and Democratic Subjectivity in India (Preliminary Title)


Tahani Mustafa
Staff Silhouette

Quasi-State Institution Building: Security Sector Reform in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Kathryn Nash
Kathryn Nash

The Evolution of Conflict Resolution Norms at the Regional Level in Africa: From State Security to Human Security



Noemi Perez Vasquez
Noemi Perez Vasquez

The United Nations' impact on the access to justice of women in post-conflict societies

Anna C Rader
Anna Rader

Identity in Practice: Legibility, Authentication and Citizenship in Somaliland


Maria Rashid
Maria Maria

Disciplining narratives of pain: Militarism, Mourning and the Pakistan Military

Behar Sadriu
Staff Silhouette

Broadcasting ‘Soft Power’: Rhetoric and Networks as tools of Turkey’s Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans


Marwa Salem Mamdou
Marwa Salem Mamdou

The Feeble Giant: Analysing Egypt’s Foreign policy towards some African issues

Benjamin Schuetze
Benjamin Schuetze

Unforeseen and Contradictory Consequences of US and European Democracy Promotion in Jordan


Mohammad Ali Shabani
Mohammad Ali Shabani

Shi’a Brothers, Shi’a Rivals; Competition and Cooperation between Iran and Post-Saddam Iraq

Nattaporn Sittipat
Staff Silhouette

Military Regimes and Thai Foreign Policy: Comparative Studies of Field Marshall Phiboon, Field Marshall Sarit and, Anand Panyarachun under the Military Regime of National Peace Keeping Council


Goktug Sonmez
Goktug Sonmez

The Interplay between International and Domestic Factors in Turkey’s Grand Strategy-Making: Interest-Driven Behaviour vs. Value-Driven Ambitions

Gerasimos Tsourapas
Gerasimos Tsourapas

Trading People, Consolidating Power: Emigration & Authoritarianism in Modern Egypt


Lewis Turner
Lewis Turner

The Production of Masculinities in Syrian Refugee Camps in Jordan

Michael Edward Walsh
Michael Edward Walsh

“Security Facts: A New Framework for Analysis"


Muthoni Wanyeki
Muthoni Wanyeki-l

‘African solutions for African problems’: the question of member states’ compliance with the African Union using Kenya as a case study

Zie Eun Yang
Zie Eun Yang

Asymmetries in ROK-Japan relations [working title]


Mathilde Zederman
Mathilde Zederman

The Tunisian Diasporic Political Space in France (1960s - present) (working title)