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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Thesis Title: Silicon Valley and the State: Technology corporations as competitors to state power
Supervisor: David Runciman
Thesis Title: Institutional determinants of citizens’ political participation and political attitudes at the subnational level.
Supervisor: Dr. Pieter van Houten
Thesis Title: To what extent are transnational linkages impacting Cypriot civil society organisations’ meaningful contribution to peacebuilding?
Supervisor: Professor Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni
Thesis title: Subjects of Care: Ethics, Extremism and Education
Supervisor: Dr. Lauren Wilcox
 John  Brake
Thesis Title: Prestige and the Restraint of Power in International Relations
Supervisor: Professor Jason Sharman
Thesis Title: The Technology of Empire: War Experience and the Embodied Production of the International
Supervisor: Dr Lauren Wilcox; Prof Duncan Bell
Thesis Title: Navigating resistance: Women’s political participation in Kenyan subnational politics
Supervisor: Dr. Sharath Srinivasan
Thesis Title: The Concept of Situation in Simone de Beauvoir
Supervisor: Sylvana Tomaselli
Thesis Title: Institutional Trust and Interpersonal Interaction: A Contact Theory Approach
Supervisor: Dr Dennis Grube
Thesis Title: The impact of populists in power on national foreign policy: An analysis of the consequences of the rise of populism as a political style on a government’s foreign policy
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Bickerton
Thesis Title: ‘The reception of French Proudhonism in British political thought, 1880-1940’
Supervisor: Duncan Kelly
Dialectic of Disillusionment: The political thought of ex-communists, c.1929 – c. 1960
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Brooke
Territoriality within Contemporary African Regional Politics
Supervisor: Dr Adam Branch
 Julien  Dumont
Thesis Title: Technopopulism in Britain and France
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Bickerton
 Erik  Eggum
The Mysteries of Mankind, Secrets of the State, and Complexities of Anarchy -
A Study of the Interdependence of Behavioral and Structural Factors in the Prediction of War
Supervisor: Dr Mette Eilstrup- Sangiovanni
 Karim  El Taki
Sovereigntism: Egypt and Qatar in Hierarchy
Supervisor: Dr Glen Rangwala
Thesis Title: The effect of protest on the policy-making process in the EU
Supervisor: Dr Pieter van Houten
Supervisor: Duncan Kelly
 Andrea  Filipi
Supervisor: Dr. Devon Curtis
Thesis Title: Comparative Public Finance: Sustainability and Political Feasibility of Pension System Reforms
Supervisor: Professor Diane Coyle
 Lena  Hafner
Thesis Title: European Ethnic Economies – Genesis, Structures and Effects of Ethnically Determined Markets in European Welfare States
Supervisor: Dr Pieter van Houten
Thesis Title: ‘Can we put caring at the heart of democracy?’
Supervisor: Professor Lawrence Hamilton
 Philipp  Hirsch
Supervisor: Prof Brendan Simms
Thesis Title: Internal liminals in the firing line: The Russia-West social hierarchy and Russia’s ‘fifth columns’ since 1999
Supervisor: Professor Ayşe Zarakol
Thesis Title: The Morality of Fair Inequality
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Brooke
 Mimi Michael Howard
Thesis Title: Genealogy, Tradition, and Critique in Post-war German Political Thought
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Kelly
Thesis Title: Post-War African Studies, Underdevelopment and the French and British New Lefts, c. 1963-1993
Supervisor: Professor Lawrence Hamilton
Thesis Title: The Right to Luxury: A Political Theory of Deviance and Decadence
Supervisor: Professor Graham Denyer Willis
Thesis Title: Reconstructing the State: Elite Competitions to Reconstruct State Identity during Critical Junctures
Supervisor: Professor Ayşe Zarakol
Thesis Title: Localising Transitional Justice in Africa: A Political History
Supervisor: Dr Adam Branch
Thesis Title: Albanian Questions, American Answers: Understanding the US approach to trans-boundary Albanian secessionism, 1998-2001
Supervisor: Professor Brendan Simms
Thesis title: "The Impact of Drug Policy Mobilisation in Brazil”
Supervisor: Dr Graham Denyer Willis
 Eva  Krejcova
Thesis Title: A Comparative Analysis of Attitudes Towards Immigration in Western and Central-Eastern Europe
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Bickerton
 John-Clark  Levin
Supervisor: Dr Dennis Grube
 Ce  Liang
Glorious Past, Vulnerable Present. The Re-emergence of Great Powers in International Politics.
Supervisor: Dr Ayse Zarakol
Thesis Title: Ideas in Action: How armed group ideology shapes conflict-related sexual violence
Supervisor: Dr Holly Porter
Thesis Title: Institutional Decision-Making and the Role of Evidence During Health Emergencies
Supervisor: Professor Mette Eilstrup-Sangiovanni
 William   Meade
Thesis Title: Rethinking the City's Dominance in British Capitalism: a Statecraft and Infrastructural Power Approach, 1979-2020
Supervisor: Dr Jeremy Green
 Jane  Darby Menton
Thesis Title: Narrating Foreign Affairs: Elites, the Press, and the Public in the New Digital Age
Supervisor: Dr Ayşe Zarakol
 Surer  Mohamed
Thesis Title: Space, Memory, and the Contested Politics of ‘Justice:’ Conflict-Related Property Disputes in Mogadishu, Somalia
Supervisor: Dr. Adam Branch
Thesis Title: In Search of a Common Mark of Sovereignty for the Middle East
Supervisor: Dr. Pieter van Houten
Thesis Title: Targeted Sanctions and Sovereignty in Zimbabwe
Supervisor: Professor Lawrence Hamilton
Thesis Title: The Power of Framing: Discursive contestations and the role of external actors in the African Union’s key policy areas.
Supervisor: Dr. Devon Curtis
Thesis Title: Perfectionist Aristotelian Republicanism
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Brooke
Thesis Title: Decolonisation, Africanisation, and epistemic citizenship in post-fallist South African universities.
Supervisor: Prof. Adam Branch
 Jerry  O'Shea
Thesis Title: The Political Economy of New Labour and John Prescott: a study of the politics and built environment of the English regions 1997-2010
Supervisor: Dr Peter Sloman
Carl Pierer
Thesis Title: Nature, Labour, and Reproduction: Facing the Predicament of the Anthropocene
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Kelly
Thesis Title:International cities: The political legitimacy of cities as international actors in a global age
Supervisor: Professor David Runciman
Thesis Title: The Baltic influence on the EU’s foreign policy response to Russia during crises in Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014)
Supervisor: Dr Julie Smith
 Konstantinos  Pittas
Thesis Title: Towards a New Social Imaginary: The Aesthetic Dimension of Radical Democratic Politics
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Bell
 Marie  Prüm
The Identity Politics of Sovereignty
Supervisor: Dr Ayse Zarakol
Thesis Title: Understanding affective polarisation
Supervisor: Dr Roberto Foa
 Joe  Robinson
Thesis Title: The Modern State in the Digital Age
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Bell
Thesis Title: Queering Survey Research: Dimensions of LGBTQ+ identity, opinion, and behavior in British politics.
Supervisor: Dr. Roberto Foa
Supervisor: Dr Glen Rangwala
Thesis Title: Social Media, Agonistic Democracy and the Public Sphere
Supervisor: Dr. Sharath Srinivasan
Thesis Title: Culture and nationalism in Saudi Arabia in historical perspective
Supervisor: Dr. Glen Rangwala
 Jack  Sheldon
Thesis Title: Substantive representation of sub-state territories in the UK House of Commons.
Supervisor: Professor Michael Kenny
“The False Song of Globalism”: Anti-Globalism, Populism, and Challenges to Liberal Hegemony in the United States and Europe
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Bickerton
Thesis Title: Contemporary UK Strategic Practice: National Security Policy, Strategy and Decision-Making associated with Interventions
Supervisor: Dr Ayse Zarakol
Thesis Title: Digital temporality – the time of digital technologies in and beyond modernity
Supervisor: Professor David Runciman
 David  Talbot
The Changing Politics of Free Trade in the United States: 1985 - 2016
Supervisor: Dr. Jeremy Green
Thesis Title: Race and Imperialism on the British Left, c. 1899–1939
Supervisor: Prof Duncan Bell
 Uğur  Tekiner
European Integration and the Political Crisis of the British Labour Party and the German SPD from the Mid-1980s until 2016
Supervisor: Dr. Chris Bickerton
Thesis Title: Finite Earth: Growth, Scarcity, and Futurity in Postwar Political Economic Thought.
Supervisor: Professor Duncan Bell
Thesis Title: Understanding EU policy responses to the migration and refugee crisis: a two-level analysis of distribution and competition for power in the formulation of the Refugee Relocation Scheme and the EU-Turkey Statement
Supervisor: Dr Julie Smith
Thesis Title: Realistic Democracy: Jeremy Bentham’s Theory of Representative Government
Supervisor: Professor Mike Kenny
Thesis Title: The Distribution of Wealth
Supervisor: Professor Diane Coyle