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Current Visitors to POLIS

Current Visitors at POLIS


Raphaël Fèvre holds a Ph.D. in economics, major History of Economic Thought and Philosophy, from the University of Lausanne and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. From 2012 to 2017, he was teaching and research assistant at the Walras-Pareto Centre of the University of Lausanne.

Raphaël’s Ph.D. dissertation retraces the intellectual history of German ordoliberalism (1932-1950). It focuses in particular on the epistemological and philosophical foundations of economic theory and policy recommendations, and showed that “power” was a key component in the understanding of the ordoliberal political economy as a whole. Raphaël is also interested in French neo-corporatist tendencies, and his taking part in a research group on the Economic Discipline & Expertise during the Vichy regime (EDEV).

At POLIS, Raphaël intends to extend his research to the British interwar context, especially to Cambridge’s economists. Whether in the German, French or English context, his purpose is to understand how the interwar crisis of classical liberalism, as well as the dual trend of fascination and repulsion vis-à-vis rise of authoritarian European regimes, pushed economists to enlarge their conception of economic power by looking at the overall political and juridical structure of the economy.


Éléna Choquette is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of POLIS. She is completing her PhD in Political Science at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her dissertation examines the settler colonial processes of land appropriation in the 19th century British Dominion of Canada. She argues that the Canadian state articulated a distinct liberal colonial ideology that authorised its territorial expansion and facilitated the production of Canadian sovereignty over these lands. Her stay at the Department of POLIS allows her to enquire into the development of liberal colonialism in other British Dominions. Alongside Dr Duncan Bell, she studies the writings of two of the most prolific and influential liberal colonial thinkers in the 19th century British colonial world: George Brown (Canada) and David Syme (State of Victoria, Australia). By studying such territorial and ideational processes from the critical and yet overlooked perspective of colonies of settlement, her research contributes to a more complete understanding of liberalism’s complicity with settler colonisation. Éléna Choquette holds a Joint Honours Bachelor of Philosophy and Political Science from McGill University as well as an MA in Political Science from the Université de Montréal.

PAVATE FELLOW - Dr Amrita Jash

Dr Amrita Jash is an Associate Fellow at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS), New Delhi.  She holds a Ph.D in Chinese Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her Doctoral Thesis is titled: “China’s Perceptions of Japan: A Study of Historical Memories as an Agency, 2002-2012”. She has been a recipient of graduate fellowship by the University Grants Commission (2011-2016), GOI. She was a fellow under the "US-INDIA-CHINA Initiative" (2013), School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a researcher under a study trip offered by the Ministry of Commerce, P.R.C., and a researcher under Harvard-Yenching-Nanching programme (2015). 

Her research has appeared in nine edited books, International Journals such as  East Asian Policy, Review of Global Politics, Strategic Analysis, Yonsei Journal, China Report, Maritime Affairs and Strategic Vision. She has also published in forums such as CSIS, RSIS, Huffington Post, E-IR, Asia Times, Munk School of Global Affairs, Crawford School, ISDP, China-India Brief, IPP Review, SADF, I-A Forum, Gateway House, China Focus and others. Her research interests are China’s foreign policy, strategic and security issues, China-India and China-Japan relations.


Dr. Agnes Chong is a visiting scholar at POLIS. Dr. Chong is a Hong-Kong based scholar and lawyer specialising in Environmental Law, Maritime Law, Water Law and Human Rights Law in Asia. Dr. Chong obtained her PhD in international law from the University of Hong Kong. Her doctoral thesis, “The Non-Hierarchical Norms of No-Harm and Equitable Utilisation in International Watercourses Law,” was nominated for the Li Ka-Shing Prize for Outstanding Research, 2018. Prior to this, Dr. Chong obtained an LLM in Human Rights Law (Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong as well as an MSc in Development Studies (Merit) from the London School of Economics and BA in Chinese and Management Studies (Honours) from the University of Leeds. She also spent two years studying in China, at Tianjin Normal University and the John Hopkins University–Nanjing University Hopkins-Nanjing Centre.

Dr. Chong is admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong. She has broad professional experience in law and policy in Asia, having worked in private practice in leading international law firms in Hong Kong, where she advised on corporate finance transactions, and in international organisations, working with the United Nations and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, in Thailand and China.

Dr. Chong’s current research is focused on the UNCLOS environmental protection regime in light of the proposed amendments to the UNCLOS treaty (focused on the marine biological diversity protection of areas beyond national jurisdiction), and investigates how the proposed amendments as well as the recent body of international jurisprudence will affect the highly controversial maritime claims in the South China Sea.



Mehmet Erman Erol is a political economist with a research focus on the (international) political economy of Turkey and the MENA region. He received an MA in IPE (2011) and a PhD in Politics (2016), both from the University of York, UK. His PhD thesis was entitled State, Crisis, Class: The Politics of Economic Restructuring in Turkey in the 2000s. During his PhD study, he worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and contributed to the teaching of International Politics module. More recently, he has worked as a Lecturer in Politics at Ordu University, Turkey, from 2016 to 2019. During this post, he taught International Political Economy, Introduction to Politics, International Organizations, Turkish & MENA Political Economy. He has been published in the Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Political Studies Review, with op-eds in SPERI, LSE Middle East Centre, Research Turkey and Socialist Project. His current research is on the rising significance of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) in the global political economy; with a particular focus on Turkey's recently established SWF.


Jennifer Rowlett is a visiting scholar at POLIS for a one term scholarship. She has a background in Geography, having studied her undergraduate degree at Durham University, and now works as a Geospatial Analyst at the MOD. While at POLIS, she is researching the potential shift in approach of Russian expansionism. Russia has a history of physical expansion but, with the rise of social media, she will be researching how Russia may be changing their approach to influencing the West through digital, rather than physical, means.


James Llewellyn is a Ministry of Defence employee and a visiting scholar at POLIS. James previously worked for the National Crime Agency in a variety of financial crime roles. His research will focus on understanding how transnational illicit finance is changing and how this impacts the UK. Areas of research interest include complex money laundering, fraud, sanctions evasion and violent extremist financing.