PhD students

and their areas of expertise

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The International Relations Department has a large PhD student body, comprising approximately 80 students. This is a list of only those PhD students and their theses who have chosen to have their details on the website. If you have any additions or amendments to this page please contact Alison Carter.

Margaret Ainley
Violence in democratic transitions: Alternative systems of governance for Africa using Kenya as a case study

Wafa Aalsayed
State Formation, Divisions, and Rivalries in the Gulf: The GCC's Inability to Draft a Common Foreign Policy

Ilari Aula
Bloody hands, dirty ethics? Consumer responsibility and armed conflicts in DR Congo and Nigeria

Luka Bareis
Interstate Resource Conflicts: The Realpolitik of Natural Resource Acquisitions

Sarah Bertrand
Postcolonial and International Security Theorymail

Emmanuelle Blanc
The EU in Quest for Recognition: Anchoring institutional identity through Dialogue. The case of the EU-US dialogues.

Tina Blohm
Rethinking the Afghan State: Inside Perspectives on Statebuilding from Afghan Ministries

Aldo Carone
Intelligence at Sea. Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Naval Warfare

Ilaria Carrozza
China’s Multilateral Diplomacy: Constructing Peace and Security in Africa

Mia Certo
Constituting 'Civil' and 'Military': Boundary-Producing Performance in Contemporary War Writing

Gokhan Ciflikli
Modelling Conflict Duration: Insights from Ensemble Learning

Ida Danewid
Decolonising Solidarity: Race, Capital, and Internationalism in the 21 Century

Nicola Degli Esposti
International Socialisation and Local Agency: The transformation of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Andrew Delatolla
Unintended Consequences of State Formation in the Middle East on the International and Regional State Systems: Iraq, Turkey

Helena de Moraes Achcar
How Counter-Hegemonic is South-South Cooperation? The Case of Brazil

Carolina de Simone

Andrea Dessi
Ronald Reagan, Israel and the remaking of US foreign policy in the Middle East (1981-1989)

Alena Eis
How has rhetoric been used in genocide post-1950?

Pilar Elizalde
Human Rights Foreign Policy: Explaining states' behaviour in the UN's Universal Periodic Review

Marian Feist
Learning in International Negotiations: The Strategic Use of Lessons in 
Post-Agreement Climate Finance Politics

Jonathan Freeman
Factors of success for nations developing military force: Are there common conditions that exist between states in an advise and assist mission?

Kentaro Fujikawa
Separatists, de facto states and international society

Elitsa Garnizova
Many neoliberal ideas and one Directorate-General for Trade: constructing ideas in trade policy

Rachel George
The Limits of International Human Rights Law: Ratification Politics in selective signatory states in the Middle East

Kerry Goettlich
The Myth of Sykes-Picot: Imperial Imaginings of Middle East Borders

Anissa Haddadi
The Nasserist and Muslim Brotherhood discourses: Myths and paradigms of the political resistance and national identity in Egypt

Liane Hartnett
Love and International Political Thought in the Twentieth Century

Sophie Haspeslagh
‘Listing terrorists’: International proscription and third party efforts to engage armed groups in peace processes

Benjamin Tze Ern Ho
Whither Chinese Exceptionalism – An Interpretive Framework to understanding China’s Rise and Relations with the World

Marnie Howlett
Ukrainian National Identity in a Post-Soviet Globalizing World

Lu Jiang
China's New Engagement in African Agriculture

Irena Kalhousova
Policies, Strategies, and Beliefs: Visegrad Countries and their Foreign Policies Towards Israel

Sidharth Kaushal
Strategic Culture as a Focal Point: Reconceptualising the impact of Strategic Culture on National Grand Strategic Decisionmaking

Marissa Leanne Kemp
Constructing Combatants: Lethal autonomous weapons systems, human-robot interaction, and contemporary warfare

So Hyun Lee
Regional Economic Integration in East Asia

Joseph Leigh
Capitalism, Geopolitics, and the Formation of Modern Statehood (c.1780-1919)

Oksana Levkovych
Understanding power transitions: Four case studies in the inter-war period (Britain, US, Germany & Russia/USSR)

Aaron C. McKeil
Searching for a World Polity: The World After International Anarchy Question

Gustav Meibauer
The Role of No-Fly Zones in International Crisis Management

Sophie Meislin
On Russian Diplomacy: A Conceptual Inquiry

Christopher Patrick Murray
In Search of an Exit: World Politics as Anti-colonial Ideology

Nawal Mustafa
The People Rise: A Reconstruction of Revolutionary Subjecthood in the Middle East

Andreas Nøhr
The practice of truth-telling in international political thought: From verita effectuale to raison d'etat

Evelyn Pauls
International Activism and Child Soldiers: The Advocacy Network Against Child recruitment in Sierra Leone and Myanmar

Kiran K. Phull
Uncovering Hidden Publics: Understanding the Relationship between Public Opinion and Foreign Policy in Authoritarian Contexts

Johanna Rodehau-Noack
An Elusive Quest for Accountability? Non-elite Agency, Transitional Justice and the ‘Political Marketplace’

Adrian Rogstad
Disputing reality, managing stigma: Russia, the West and Ukraine 2004-14

William Rooke
Empire and Urbanization in the Making of International Relations

Emma Saint
Why do rejectionist states endorse international norms? The underlying power dynamics of international norm evolution

David Schafer
Intergovernmental EU Decision-Making: When do norms matter?

Alireza Shams-Lahijani
Iran and the West: Representations and conceptions from 16th to 21st century

Efrat Shaoulian-Sopher
The State of Israel’s Relations with Iran 1948-1967: The Covert Entente of Unlikely Bedfellows

Till Spanke
Re-evaluating Russia’s Role in Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s State Building Development – A Comparative and Statistical Analysis of Patron State Influences on State Building Processes in Unrecognised States

Bjornar Sverdrup-Thygeson
The Identity Factor in Chinese Europe Policies: China's European Quest for Ontological Security

Ziyuan Wang
Elite Politics and International Strategy: Explaining Chinese Foreign Policy in the Periods of Leadership Transition

Marc Sinan Winrow
Rhetoric, foreign policy and sovereignty: explaining changes in state identity through the emergence of the Republic of Turkey from the Ottoman Empire, 1908 - 1939

Asad Zaidi
Pakistan in World Politics: Cold War Imaginings and Transnational struggles