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The Lisa Smirl PhD Prize

The Lisa Smirl PhD Prize

The Department offers a prize of £200 for the best PhD completed in the previous academic year. The Prize is named in memory of Lisa Smirl, who gained her PhD in the Department in 2010 but who sadly died of cancer in February 2013. At the end of the academic year, supervisors nominate students who they believe are worthy of the prize. The nominated reports are reviewed by the PhD director and the final decision ratified by the Graduate Education Committee.

Following the completion of her PhD in POLIS, Dr Smirl joined the University of Sussex as a Lecturer in International Security from 2009-12.


Winners of the Prize

2012-2013 – Lindsay Scorgie-Porter

'Ruwenzori Rebels: The Allied Democratic Forces Conflict in the Uganda-Congo Borderland'.

“…an important and original study of a previously very poorly understood subject, conducted under research conditions of great difficulty, and demonstrating admirable balance and sound judgement".

2013-2014 - Or Rosenboim

'The emergence of globalism. Competing visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950'. 

"It is an outstanding piece of scholarship and will, I am sure, become an important monograph"

2014-2015 - Thomas Maguire

'British and American intelligence and anti-communist propaganda in early Cold War Southeast Asia, 1948-1961'

"...this dissertation is outstanding. It is a credit to the candidate, the Faculty and the University."

2015-2016 - Alasia Nuti

'Historical structure injustice: on the normative significance of the unjust'

"...I found each argument presented highly engaging, innovative in its justification and masterfully argued."