Completed Doctorates

Please see below for a list of our completed PhD theses since 2004. This list includes past students who have defended their vivas.

2014

Name: Angela Garcia Calvo
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancke
Thesis title: ‘Upgrading in Spain: an institutional perspective'
Date of submission: October 2013
Current position: Post-doctoral fellow| at Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin.

Name: Joseph Downing
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece and Prof Maurice Fraser
Thesis title: ‘Investigating why Marseille does not riot: Analysing the role of urban governance, history commemoration and public culture in defining inclusion in Marseille, Paris and Lyon’
Date of submission: September 2013
Current position: Teaching Assistant and guest teacher on ‘Principles of Social Policy’, LSE Department of Social Policy.

2013

Name: Moritz Reinsch (MPhil awarded)
Supervisors:
Dr Spyros Economides
Thesis title: 'Managing global (in-)security: Reconstructing the EU’s international identity in the context of counter-piracy at the Horn of Africa'
Date of submission: September 2013

Name: Abel Bojar
Supervisors: Dr Waltraud Schelke and Dr Joachim Wehner
Thesis title: ‘Public Budgeting and Electoral Dynamics after the Golden Age. Essays on political budget cycles, electoral behavior and welfare retrenchment in hard times’
Date of submission: September 2013
Current position: LSE Fellow in Political Economy of Europe|, LSE European Institute

Name: Margarita Markoviti
Supervisors: Prof Maurice Fraser and Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece
Thesis title: ‘Education and the Europeanisation of Religious Freedoms: France and Greece in Comparative Perspective’
Date of submission: August 2013
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow| at the Hellenic Foundation of European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Name: Giovani Faleg
Supervisor: Dr Spyros Economides
Thesis title: "When Knowledge Meets Practice: Learning Communities and the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy"
Date of submission: June 2013

Name: Maximilian A. Freier
Supervisor: Dr Robert Hancke
Thesis title: “The Art of the almost Impossible: three essays on the political economy of structural reforms in Europe”
Date of submission: July 2012
Maximilian Freier is currently an Economist at the Fiscal Policies Division of the European Central Bank.

Name: Timothee Vlandas
Supervisor: Dr Marco Simoni
Thesis title: "Essays on Labour Market Dualisation in Western Europe: Active Labour Market Policies, Temporary Work Regulation and Inequality"
Date of submission: June 2013
Current position: Lecturer in Politics|, University of Reading

Name: Valentina Zigante
Supervisors: Dr Joan Costa-i-Font and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis
Thesis title: "Consumer choice, competition and privatisation in European health and long-term care systems: subjective well-being effects and equity implications"
Date of submission: January 2013
Current position: Research Officer|, Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), Department of Social Policy

Name: Mogens Hobolth
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece, Dr Eiko Thielemann
Thesis Title: 'Border Control Cooperation in the European Union: The Schengen Visa Policy in Practice'
Date of submission: November 2012

Name: Sotirios Zartaloudis
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Dr Waltraud Schelke
Thesis Title: ‘Wielding soft power in a world of neglect: the impact of the EES in Greece and Portugal’
Date of submission: September 2011
Current position: Lecturer in Politics|, Loughborough University

Name: Catalina Holguin
Supervisor: Dr Robert Leonardi
Thesis Title: ‘Secondary schools as socialist capital builders: opportunity structures and response strategies in four cases in Spain'
Date of submission: 2011

2012

Name: Mariana Chaves
Supervisor: Prof Damian Chalmers
Thesis Title:
'The evolution of European Union Criminal Law (1957-2012)'
Date of submission: July 2012

Name: Aris Trantidis (MPhil awarded)
Supervisor: Prof Kevin Featherstone
MPhil Thesis Title: “The Dominant Party System: Clientelism, Pluralism and Limited Contestability”
Date of submission: April 2012

Name: Bryon Fong
Supervisors:
Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece and Dr Jonathan White
Thesis Title:
“Jurisdictional Blurring: European Trends and their Implications for International Relations Theory”
Date of submission: March 2012

Name : Zsofia Barta
Supervisor: Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Thesis Title: “Flirting with Disaster: Explaining Excessive Public Debt Accumulation in Italy and Belgium”
Date of submission: September 2011
Current position: Assistant Professor|, Department of Political Science, University at Albany, New York

Name: Maria Bytchkova
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Ashwin and Dr Robert Hancke
Thesis Title: "The Role of Social Partnership in Russia: Experience of Samara and Ul'yanovsk Regions"

Date of submission: March 2011

Name: Katjana Gattermann
Supervisors: Prof Damian Chalmers and Prof Simon Hix
Thesis Title: “News about the European Parliament: Patterns and Drivers of Media Coverage"

Date of submission: November 2011
Current position
Current position: ACCESS EUROPE postdoc| at University of Amsterdam.

Name
: Francesco Grillo
Supervisor: Dr Robert Hancke
Thesis Title: “Public Investments in R&D as a tool for regional economic development: under which circumstances do the European Union’s Structural Funds investments on research achieve their objective to contribute to economic convergence of regions”

Date of submission: September 2010

Name: Andreas Kornelakis
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Dr Christa van Wijnbergen
Thesis Title: “Mediating EU Liberalisation and Negotiating Flexibility: A Coalitional Approach to Wage Bargaining Change”

Date of submission: September 2011
Current position: Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour/Human Resource Management|, University of Sussex


Name : Niclas Meyer
Supervisors: Prof Damian Chalmers and Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Thesis Title: “Public Intervention in Private Rule-Making: The Role of the European Commission in Industry Standardization"
Date of submission: September 2011
Current position: Project Manager|, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Name: Costanza Rodriguez-D'acri
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancke and Dr Marco Simoni
Thesis Title: “Bridging the Divide: Firms and Institutional Variety in Italy"

Date of submission: April 2011

Name : Jacopo Signorile
Supervisor: Dr Robert Leonardi

Thesis Title: “The Impact of Regionalisation and Europeanization on regional development policies in Italy: Policy Innovation and Path Dependence”
Date of submission: June 2010

2011

Name: Matthias M. Mayer
Supervisors: Dr Eiko Thieleman and Dr Gwen Sasse
Thesis Title:  "Member states' preferences on common EU measures on legal economic migration: the case of Germany"
Date of submission: August 2011

Name: Oisin Keohane
Supervisors: Dr Simon Glendinning and Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece
Thesis Title: "Philosophical Nationalities: On the Philosophical Character of the National and the National Character of Philosophy"
Date of submission: March 2011
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow|, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Name:
Steve Coulter
Supervisor: Dr Robert Hancké
Thesis Title: "Embarrassing Relatives: The TUC and the 'New' Labour"
Date of submission: June 2011
Current position: Research Officer|, LSE European Institute


Name:
Alison Johnson
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancké and Dr Richard Jackman
Thesis Title: "European Monetary Union and Institutional Change: The Perverse Effects of Supranational Macroeconomic Regimes on Wage Inflation"
Date of submission: December 2010
Awards: University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2012
Current position: Assistant Professor| in Comparative Political Economy, Oregon State University

Name:
Sofia Vasilopoulou
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Dr Jonathan Hopkin
Thesis Title: "Euroscepticism and the radical right: domestic strategies and party system dynamics"
Date of submission: November 2010
Current position: Lecturer in Politics|, University of York

2010

Name: Lior Herman 
Supervisor:
Dr Robert Hancké
Thesis Title: "
International trade in Services and Services Co-Production: An Investigation into the Nature of services and their Political Economy Consequences on International Trade"
Date of submission: December 2010

Name: Samuel Greene
Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece
Thesis title: "Russia in Movement: Civil Society and the State in Putin's Russia"
Date of submission: June 2010

Name: Christos Dimas
Supervisors:
Professor Kevin Featherstone
Thesis title: "National institutional contexts and domestic discourse during proposed transformative policy change: the case of telecoms' privatization in Greece and the Republic of Ireland"
Date of submission: March 2010

2009

Name: Emylene Cheney
Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece and Dr Gwen Sasse
Thesis title: The Impact of European integration on minority nationalist mobilisation in France|
Date of submission: November 2009
Current position: Dr Emelyne Cheney has worked as a Programme Officer at the Food and Agriculture Organisations of the United Nations since 2010, providing technical assistance to developing country governments in the field of forest governance and climate change.

Name: Kyriakos Moumoutzis
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Dr Spyros Economides
Thesis title: Explaining change in Greek policy on EU-Turkey relations 1996-1999: the Prime Minister's leadership style and the formulation of the Helsinki strategy|
Date of submission: October 2009
Current position: Lecturer in European and International Politics|, King's College London

Name: Raya Kardasheva
Supervisors: Prof Damian Chalmers and Prof Simon Hix
Thesis title: "Legistrative Package Deals in EU Decision-Making"
Date of submission: March 2009

Name: Ronan McCrea
Supervisors: Prof Damian Chalmers and Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece
Thesis title: "Religion and the Public Order of the European Union"
Date of submission: February 2009
Awards: University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2010
Current position: Lecturer in Law|, UCL

Name: Justyna Andrzejewicz
Supervisors: Dr Waltraud Schelkle and Dr Vasillis Monastriotis
Thesis title: "When is EU Conditionality effective? The terms of Poland's accession"
Date of submission: January 2009

2008

Name: Sotiria Theodoropoulou
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancké and Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Thesis title: "The Political Economy of Unemployment, Labour Market Institutions and Macroeconomic Policies in Open Economies: The Cases of Germany and the Netherlands in the 1980s and the 1990s"
Date of submission: July 2008

Name: Carlo Chiattelli
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Prof Damian Chalmers
Thesis title: " The Advocacy and Diffusion of EU Employment Policy: The European Employment Strategy in France and Italy"
Date of submission: June 2008

Name: Michael Romanos
Supervisor: Prof Kevin Featherstone
Thesis title: "Moving Ashore: Greek Ship-Owners, State Corporatism and the Europeanisation of Maritime Transport"
Date of submission: April 2008

Name: Clementina Casula
Supervisor: Dr Robert Leonardi
Thesis title: "Regionalisation Via EU Multilevel Governance and Territorial Cohesion: Path Dependency and Institutional Change in the Western-Mediterranean Islands of Corsica and Sardinia"
Date of submission: February 2008

2007

Name: Daphne Halikiopoulou
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Dr John Hutchinson
Thesis title: "The Changing Dynamics of Religion and National Identity: Greece and Ireland in a Comparative Perspective"
Date of submission: June 2007
Current position: Lecturer in Politics|, University of Reading

Name: Simona Milio
Supervisors: Dr Robert Leonardi and Dr Eiko Thielemann
Thesis title:
"Explaining Differences in Regional Performance: Administrative Capacity and Political Factors. The Case of Structural Funds Implementation in Italian Objective 1 Regions"
Date of submission: February 2007
Current position: Associate Director| of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit, LSE Enterprise

2006

Name: Marco Simoni
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancké and Dr Abby Innes
Thesis title: "The Renegotiated Alliance between the Left and Organised Labour in Western Europe"
Date of submission: December 2006
Awards: Marco Simoni was awarded the Juan J. Linz Prize by the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies) in Madrid for the best thesis in Political Science completed in English or Spanish within the European Union, in March 2008
Current position: Assistant Professor| of Political Economy, LSE European Institute

Name: Stijn Billiet
Supervisors: Prof Kevin Featherstone and Stephen Woolcock
Thesis title: "The European Struggle for Power: Commission-Member States Relations in International Regimes"
Date of submission: September 2006

2004

Name: Dermot Hodson
Supervisors: Dr Robert Hancké and Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Thesis title: "Economic Governance and the Dual Outcome in Euro Area Fiscal Policy, 1999-2002"
Date of submission: September 2004
Awards: University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) prize for best the Ph.D. thesis of 2005
Current position: Senior Lecturer in Political Economy|, University of Birkbeck

Name: Emma Haddad
Supervisor: Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece
Thesis title: "The Individual Between Sovereigns: The Refugee in International Society"
Date of Submission: March 2004
Emma Haddad was awarded the 8th annual BISA Best PhD Thesis Prize in December 2004.

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