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Department of Politics and International Studies

Research Students in the Politics Department

Information on SOAS Scholarships

Examples of Recently Awarded PhDs
  • 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) (2014)
  • Samuel Sami Everett, Maghrebinicite 1981-2012: affective belonging from the margins of North African Jewish experience in ile-de-France (2014)
  • Cornelia Schiller, China and Madagascar: Engagement, Perceptions, and Developmental Effects (2014)
  • Mehmet Osman Cati, The Political Economy of Syrian Foreign Policy 1949-1963 (2014)
  • 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 (2013)
  • Shirin Shafaie, Contemporary Iranian War Narratives: A Dialectical Discourse Analysis (2013)
  • Elian Weizman, Hegemony, Law, Resistance: Struggles Against Zionism in the State of Israel (2013)
  • Alexander Ian Arthur Evans, The Changing Political Rhetoric of Kashmiri Identity, 1990-2001 (2013)
  • Konstantinos Dionysiou 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 (2013)
  • Zaad Mahmood, Globalisation, Policy Convergence and Labour Market: the political economy of reforms (2013)
  • Mark Andrew Sedra, Security Sector Reform in Conflict-Affected Societies (2013)
  • 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 (2013)
  • Sana Alimia, The Quest for Humanity in a Dehumanised State: Afghan Refugees and Devalued Citizens in Urban Pakistan, 1979-2012 (2013)
  • Daniel Thomas Myron Large, Fantastic Invasion': the politics of international intervention in Sudan (2013)
  • Sambaiah Gundimeda, Mapping Dalit Politics in Contemporary India: A Study of UP and AP from an Ambedkarite Perspective (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 (2013)
  • Silvia Ferabolli, Rethinking the idea of the doomed Arab region (2013)
  • Stephen Marioghae Itugbu, Nigeria's Foreign Policy under Olusegun Obasanjo: Process, Ethics, and the Example of Darfur (2013)
  • Alexej Ulbricht, Multicultural Immunisation: liberalism, community, and difference (2013)
  • Hanan Toukan, Art, Aid, Affect: Locating the Political in Post-Civil War Lebanon’s Contemporary Cultural Practices (2012)
  • Hannes Baumann, Citizen Hariri: Economic and symbolic power in Lebanon (2012)
  • Sambaiah Gundimeda, Mapping Dalit Politics in Contemporary India: A Study in Political Sociology (2012)
  • Sophia Hoffmann, Disciplining Movement: Sovereignty in the Context of Iraqi Migration to Syria (2012)
  • Hania Sobhy, Education and the Production of Citizenship in the LateMubarak Era: Privatization, Discipline and the Construction of the Nation in Egyptian Secondary Schools (2012)
  • Tanya Walker, Shari'a Councils in England: The Role of Authority and the Authoritative (2012)
  • Barrie Collins, The Rwandan War 1990-1994: Interogating the Dominant Narrative (2010)
  • Suthaharan Nadarajah, Clash of Governmentalities: Liberal Peace, Tamil Freedom, and the 2001-2006 Peace Process in Sri Lanka (2010)
    David Rampton, Deeper Hegemony: The Populist Politics of Sinhala Nationalist Discontent and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Sri Lanka (2010)
  • Carl Henrik Chetan Aspengren, Social Imperialism- and how it was applied in the Bombay Presidency 1895-1925 (2010)

 

Current research students

Seyed Ali Alavi
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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


Nadiya Ali
Nadiya Ali

Negotiating Multiplicity and Engagement

Indrė Balčaitė
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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 1999

Jonathan R. Beloff
Jonathan Beloff

The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign Policy from Genocide to Globalisation


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


Nick Branson
Nick Branson

Exploiting Extraversion: How Hybrid Regimes Mitigate Donor Demands for Political Liberalisation and Democratisation in sub-Saharan Africa (Provisional)

Peter Brett
Peter Brett

The Judicialisation of Politics in Southern Africa


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

Johann Chacko
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Redefining Pakistan: Mapping Deobandi institutional responses to nationalism and the nation-state from Zia to Musharraf.


Felix Marco Conteh
Felix Conteh

Governance Reforms in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of the Conception, Design and implementation of the Decentralization programme and its Impacts – A Political Economy Approach


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

Islamic identities within the mobilisation of the Boko Haram sect in Kano & Borno (provisional title)


Margarita Dimova
Margarita Dimova

Dealing with the State: The Heroin Trade in Kenya

James Eastwood
James Robert Eastwood

The ethics of Israeli militarism: conflict and confession since 1982


Silvia Ferabolli
Silvia Ferabolli

Rethinking the idea of the doomed Arab region


George Fernee
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Representing Reality: Images of Iran in U.S. Cultural Discourses

Veronica Ferreri
Ferreri Veronica

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



Noga Glucksam
Glucksam Noga

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

Abdullai Haroon
Abdullai Haroon

Ghanaian Political Thought on the Governance of the Formal State and that of Chieftaincy: with Special Reference to Dispute, Conflict and Thought in Dagbon


Richard Howarth
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‘A New White Man’s Burden?’ The implications of racial identities on wildlife management practices in Tanzania.

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

Freya Irani
Freya-Irani

The Jurisprudence of Jurisprudence and the Economic Constitution of U.S. Sovereignty, 1945-Present


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

Andrew Richard Johnston
Andrew Johnston

The Political Genocide of Cambodia, a comparative study.


Marco Jowell
Marco Jowell

An Analysis of Peacekeeping Training Centres in Africa

Jack Joy
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Spectacular Resistance: Repertoires of Power in the Discourses of Hizbullah


Salam Karam
Salam Karam

Constitution-making process in Iraq

Amir Khnifess
Amir Khnifess

The Collective Action of the Druze in Israel: Between Politics of Accommodation and Politics of Contention


Myung Ja Kim
Mung Ja Kim

Diaspora and Divided Homeland: How Does Geopolitics Affect the Identity of the Zainichi


Priya Kumar
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“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

Daniel Large
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Fantastic Invasions: intervention and the politics of the international in Sudan



Bala Mohammed Liman
Bala Mohammed Liman

Conflict and Identity in Nigeria: The Emergence of a Culture of Conflict In Northern Nigeria

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


Zaad Mahmood
Z Mahmood

Globalisation, Policy Convergence and Labour Market Reform: A Political Economic Analysis of Labour Policy

Ed Marques
Ed Marques

Libyan Revolutionary Diplomacy: February to December 2011


Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos
Sabrina Mondschein van den Bos

New Foreign Policy Actors: A Case-Study of China-Colombia Relations in the Petroleum Industry

Jamil Mouawad
Jamil Mouawad

Lebanon: The Negotiated State (Working Title)


Sruthi Muraleedharan
Sruthi Muraleedharan

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

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


Kathryn Nash
Kathryn Nash

The evolution of norms at the regional level in Africa: from state security to human security


Thanos Petouris
Thanos Petouris

The Anti-Colonial Movement in Aden and the Protectorates of South Arabia, 1937-1967


Anna C Rader
Anna Rader

Identity in Practice: Legibility, Authentication and Citizenship in Somaliland


Maria Rashid Zaidi
Maria Maria

War in Imagined Battlefields: Men and Masculinities in the Service of the Nation

Lucas Robinson
Lucas Robinson

New cities, new phones, new politics: accounting for political legitimacy among transnational Afghans and Somalis


Igor Rogelja
Igor Rogelja

Production of Creative Space in Taiwan and China

Brig. Gen. Frank Rusagara
Frank Rusagara

Post Genocide Rwanda Military Intergration (MI): The case Study of Ingando


Behar Sadriu
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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

Arash Sedighi
Arash Sedighi

Rhizomatic Responses: The Politics of Women's Football in the Islamic Republic of Iran


Mark Sedra
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Security Sector Reform in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Mohammad Ali Shabani
Mohammad Ali Shabani

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


Khaled Shaalan
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The Political Agency and Role of the Egyptian Upper Middle Class

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Shijin Shin
Shijin Shin

China’s Soft Power and Strategies: A Case Study of China-South Korea Relations


Priyadarshini Singh
Priyadarshini Singh

Nation at the Grassroots: The meanings of Indian nationhood and the role of political practices in its institutionalisation

Goktug Sonmez
Goktug Sonmez

Grand Strategy in the Making: The Case of Turkey and the Interplay between International and Domestic Factors, 2002-2011


James H. Sunday
James H Sunday

In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Power, Politics, and Participation in Contemporary Egypt

Hagar Taha
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The Local Element of Peace: Role of Indigenous Civil Societies in Intervention and Conflict Resolution – Cases of Darfur (Sudan) and Somaliland (Northern Somalia)


Jeremy Taylor
Jeremy Taylor

“Japan is back.” Japan’s (re)engagement in Africa:The Case of South Sudan

Gerasimos Tsourapas
Gerasimos Tsourapas

Trading People, Consolidating Power: Authoritarianism and the Institutionalisation of Emigration in Egypt



Andrea Valente
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Energy Security Policy Decisions: The Cases of Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia

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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

Yi-Chen Wu
Chen Wu Yi

Another Bad Samaritan? The Distorted Taiwan’s Aid and the Loophole in Development Aid Agenda


Yusuf Yerkel
Yosuf Yerkel

A critical analysis of the culture of geopolitics: The relationship between Turkey and Iran in the post 1980s. (Preliminary)

Ahrum Yoo
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Exit Marx, Enter Khomeini: The shift of ideological frame from Leftism to Political Islam of Maoist Fatah Student Brigade (MFB) in Lebanon in 1970s-1980s


Mathilde Zederman
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The political space of Tunisian emigration in France (1960s – present)

Bendetta de Alessi
Benedetta de Alessi

From liberation movement to State: the transformation of the SPLM/A in the context of implementation of the CPA in Sudan