The College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities are offering a number of tuition fee waivers for successful PhD applicants commencing January 2023.
We welcome applications and research proposals for PhD Politics and International Relations in the following research areas.
Please read the list of supervisor's research interests below and, if any of these areas are of interest to you, prepare your proposal using our Research Proposal Form which provides guidance for what we are looking for in an application. In particular, applicants are advised to think about research question/s; methods; demonstrate a solid understanding of the main literature and be able to suggest their own contribution to the field. Submit your online application following the guidelines under our How To Apply section towards the bottom of the web page.
Dr Melany Cruz
I would like to supervise PhD candidates who are looking to research feminist political theory; feminist movements or activism; theories of violence and nonviolence, including disobedience and the politics of protest, and in particular resistance in the Global South. I welcome proposals that focus on both theoretical and empirical questions. A strong application will have a precise research question; methodological rigour– including case studies, if applicable; a good understanding of the literature, including political concepts and thinkers, if applicable, and a relevant academic contribution.
Dr Myriam Fotou
I am interested in supervising research on migration, migration governance and racialisation within UK and EU migration management practices; criminalisation of migration and of migrant groups; humanitarian governance; migrant sea rescue in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. I am also interested in working with PhD candidates wishing to engage with otherness and othering, especially with regard to liminal figures in societies, eg undocumented migrants; the stateless; the homeless; and with the way such figures define the understanding of subjectivity and territory of estrangement between inside and outside of communities, states and beyond.
Dr Jamie Johnson
I am interested in supervising research that explores the politics of identity, violence, and representation in global politics. Including but not limited to two main sites of inquiry. Firstly, ‘just wars’; how has war become intimately linked to human rights in the post-Cold War era? How have liberal states sought to normalise and legitimise war in humanitarian terms? Secondly, the politics of scandals in a so-called ‘age of outrage’. What are the possibilities and limits of scandals as an instrument of transparency and accountability? How do scandals offer unique opportunities to better understand the composition, character and function of power, norms and values in global politics.
Dr Zainab Mai-Bornu
I am interested in supervising research with a strong focus on Africa, conflict (nonviolence and violence), natural resources, inequalities, Gender (women’s activism), development, as well as research into vernacular security. I am also interested in supervising research using participatory and visual methodologies.
Dr Vikram Visana
Is primarily a political theorist and historian of South Asian political thought. To date, his main areas of research have been Indian ideas of liberalism, republicanism, and populism in their Hindu, Muslim and Parsi iterations. More recently, he has also worked on Hindu Nationalism from the 20th century to the present as well as the intersections between political theory and architecture in the postcolonial world. His new research is on the global political theory of race, caste, and emotion, which looks at a range of Black and South Asian theorists from India, the Americas, and Britain. Vikram would be happy to supervise postgraduate students wanting to work in any of these areas.