Dr Kiran K Phull

Dr Kiran K Phull

PhD graduate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
IR theory, Public opinion, Polling and survey research methods, MENA

About me

Born in Toronto, holds an iBBA in International Business from the Schulich School of Business and an MA in Political Science from the University of Windsor. Holds a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship. Currently lives in London.

Has extensive experience working in data analysis. Previous work as a research analyst at Ipsos ASI (Toronto) and at Critical Mass (Toronto, London). Consults on data analytics, survey research methods, and data visualization.

Research topic

Polling and the Construction of Arab Public Opinion

My research explores ‘the politics of numbers’ and knowledge production with respect to the growth of a public opinion research industry in the MENA region. I use in-depth pollster interviews (United States, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Qatar) and archived polls and surveys to trace the broader historical transformation of public opinion inquiry from its early roots as a colonial form of knowledge, to the post-1990s market boom for commodified data, to the more recent, highly localised reclamation of public opinion knowledge in specific sites. In this respect, I am interested in a more critical understanding of dominant Western knowledge structures and methodological practices embedded in the international system.

Other research interests include gender and IR (i.e. the institutionalization of inequality), the securitization of migration, and big data.

Teaching experience

  • IR1011 (University of London online)
  • IR203 International Organisations
  • LSE Choice Director Government & Politics (2018)

Academic supervisor

Dr Federica Bicchi


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Expertise Details

IR theory; Public opinion; Polling and survey research methods; knowledge production; MENA; data analysis

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