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Current Visitors to POLIS

Current Visitors at POLIS

DR RAPHAEL FEVRE

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.

DR YUTAKA IWAMI

Dr Yutaka Iwami is Professor of Politics at Kokushikan University, Tokyo, Japan. He received his PhD in Information Science from Tohoku University in Japan in 2002. He has been interested in the movement of Devolution and Regionalism in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England for more ten years. Especially, he has written several papers on Scottish Devolution, the Independence Referendum and the transformation of English regional governance. During his time at POLIS, he intends to research the meaning and features of Devolution and Regionalism in the UK from the viewpoint of comparative politics. He thinks that the UK is a unique state because firstly the UK as the state is composed of four nations, and secondly each of them has an individual history, culture and governing system. He understands that Devolution and Regionalism is political necessity to maintain the UK as the state. However, on the other hand he has one central research question why Devolution and Regionalism does not solve the trend of separation in reality and yields the more requests that each nation obtain greater levels of autonomy and power.

DR MARTIN JACQUES

Martin Jacques is the author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order. It was first published in 2009 and has since been translated into fifteen languages and sold 350,000 copies. The book has been shortlisted for two major literary awards. A second edition of the book, greatly expanded and fully updated, was published in 2012. His TED talk on how to understand China has had over 2 million views. He is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore. He is also a non-resident Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy, Washington DC.

He has previously been a Visiting Professor at Renmin University, the International Centre for Chinese Studies, Aichi University, Nagoya, and Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto. He was a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He was until recently a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at IDEAS, a centre for diplomacy and grand strategy, and a fellow at the Asia Research Centre, both at the London School of Economics. He was formerly the editor of the renowned London-based monthly Marxism Today until its closure in 1991 and was co-founder of the think-tank Demos. He has been a columnist for many newspapers, made many television programmes and is a former deputy editor of The Independent newspaper. He took his doctorate while at King’s College, Cambridge.

He has been invited to give lectures at many of the world’s top universities including Harvard, Stanford, Cornell, UCLA, USC, Cambridge, Oxford, Peking, Tsinghua, Renmin, NUS, Tokyo, University of Hong Kong, amongst many others. He has given talks to many corporate clients including Bank of America, BlackRock, Pictet, Shell, Allianz, BNP Paribas, Financial Times, British Telecom, BBC, HR50, Amerada Hess, Investec, DSM and Khazanah.

DR C J JENNER

Christopher John Jenner is First Sea Lord Fellow; Research Associate, Centre of Geopolitics and Grand Strategy, University of Cambridge; Research Fellow, King’s College London; and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for China-America Studies. He holds Master of Studies and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

He has won various awards and fellowships: Economic and Social Research Council Fellow, University of Oxford; Research Fellow, Corbett Centre for Maritime Policy Studies, Joint Services Command and Staff College, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom; Research Fellow, New England Centre and Home for Veterans; Research Fellow, St Cross College, University of Oxford; Research and Teaching Fellow, University of London; Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts; Research Fellow, William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; and Visiting Research Fellow, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (Học viện Ngoại giao Việt Nam), Hanoi.

At Cambridge, he is leading two international research projects: (i) an investigation of sea power’s influence on relations between the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America, 1949-1996; and (ii) an account of the conception and formative conduct of the unique alliance between the cryptographic services of Great Britain and the United States, 1940-1943. In addition to his academic work, Dr Jenner undertakes governmental analytical commissions, and has contributed to award-winning television series.

DR ÉLENA CHOQUETTE

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.

MR PAUL BEAUMONT

Paul Beaumont is a PhD candidate at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He received his BA in Economic History from the LSE and his MSc in International Relations from NMBU. He has previously worked as a Junior Research Fellow at The Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs, and was an English teacher for several years prior. His PhD project—The Grammar of Status Competition (working title)investigates how status hierarchies are (re)produced and mobilised in the politics of legitimation within discrete local contexts. In particular, his research concerns the use and abuse of international indicators, nuclear politics, and 21st century migration discourse and practice. His recent publications include an article investigating the role that nostalgia and status concerns played in engendering Brexit, as well as an article exploring the status performance of the BRICS. Besides his dissertation, Paul is currently working on an edited volume that seeks to trace the emergence, maintenance and dwindling of particular status symbols within international society. He is also the co-chair of the Hierarchies in World Politics section at the forthcoming EISA conference in Sofia.   

DR SAIMA KAYANI

Dr Saima A Kayani is a visiting fellow at POLIS. Dr Kayani is presently working as Head of the Department of Defense and Diplomatic Studies, Fatima Jinnah Women University Pakistan. Her research interests are focused on human security, war on terror and South and Central Asia. She regularly contributes in different research journals and participates in different national and international conferences. Dr Kayani has successfully completed different projects. She is a visiting scholar at National Defence University and Command and Staff College Pakistan. She is presently working on Strategies to counter terrorism in Pakistan. Her current research work tries to fill the gap as far as work on terrorism and Pakistan is concerned and provides a deep understanding about the topic.