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13 Gates Scholars to join POLIS in 2016

last modified Apr 25, 2016 04:15 PM

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship aims to identify and select applicants who are academically outstanding and are likely to be transformative leaders for the benefit of others in all fields of endeavour.

Competition for the Scholarships is fierce. The successful candidates were selected from a total pool of 3,730 applicants on the basis of their intellectual ability, commitment to improving the lives of others, leadership potential and academic fit with Cambridge.

The Department of POLIS is delighted to welcome 13 new scholars for the 2016-17 academic year, including the first Gates Scholar from Rwanda. 

Mamasa Camara 

Degree and subject: MPhil African Studies

Atticus Deprospo

Degree and subject: MPhil Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies

Sagnik Dutta

Degree and subject: PhD Politics & International Studies

Georgiana Epure

Degree and subject: MPhil International Relations & Politics

Jessica Fernandez De Lara Harada

Degree and subject: PhD Latin American Studies

Emily Kassie

Degree and subject: MPhil International Relations & Politics

Safwan Aziz Khan

Degree and subject: MPhil Public Policy

Dima Krayem

Degree and subject: PhD Development Studies

Alice Musabende

Degree and subject: PhD Politics & International Studies

Sharmila Parmanand

Degree and subject: PhD Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies

Noor Shahzad

Degree and subject: MPhil Modern South Asian Studies

Abdul Hai Sofizada

Degree and subject: MPhil Public Policy

Parvathi Subbiah 

Degree and subject: PhD Latin American Studies

2013 Alcuin Lecture announced

last modified Aug 22, 2013 11:51 AM

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis will deliver the 2013 Alcuin Lecture on Wednesday 5 June. Professor Tsoukalis will talk on 'Is there a future for the European Union - and with Britain in it?'. Please could those who are interested in attending send in applications to cahg2@cam.ac.uk by 31st May. For more information please see the poster.

2016 R.A. Butler Prize Winners

last modified Sep 19, 2016 01:25 PM

The R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies is a competition that can be entered by students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th. 

The Prize is jointly organised by Trinity College Cambridge and Cambridge University’s Department of Politics and International Studies. The Prize was established in memory of the former Master of Trinity College, Lord Butler, who most famously served as Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, and who was responsible for the introduction of free secondary education for all students in the UK.

The objectives of the R.A. Butler Prize are twofold. Firstly, it aims to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to think about undertaking university studies in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline; it is not limited to those already studying these subjects or indeed other social sciences. Secondly, its intention is to recognise the achievements both of high-calibre students and of those who teach them.

The competition carries a First Prize of £600, to be split equally between the candidate and his or her school or college (the school or college’s portion of the prize to be issued in the form of book tokens), and a Second Prize of £400, which again is to be shared equally between the candidate and his or her school or college.

This year we received 104 entries, a record number for this prize. 

The winner of the 2016 prize is Silas Edwards from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Bristol, who wrote his essay to the question "Does the rise of social media make politics more polarised?". 

Second prize went to Eliza Harry from Greene's Tutorial College, Oxford, who wrote her essay to the question "Is there a meaningful distinction between economic and political power?". 

Special commendations were awarded to Caleb Darwin (Ysgol Gymmraeg Bro Morgannwg, Barry), Charlotte Phillips (Portsmouth Grammar School, Portsmouth), Jamie Arthur (Marling Grammar School, Stroud), Queenie Choi (Australian International School, Hong Kong), Cassia Roberts (Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe) and Toby Cohen (University College School, London).

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

‘What’s left of the international?’ - Professor Christopher Hill's Valedictory Lecture

last modified Mar 29, 2016 10:28 AM
Wednesday May 4th 5.00pm - 7.00pm
Clare College, Riley Auditorium

‘What’s left of the international?’

Professor Christopher Hill (Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations)

Valedictory Lecture

In the century of two world wars and a Cold War one could have been forgiven for thinking that everything important was determined by the movement of world affairs. Now the reverse seems true. International relations are commonly discussed as if hostage to US election campaigns, to the emergence of some new populist movement in Europe, or to the health of the Chinese economy. In universities, although the subject of International Relations is in great demand, its definition in relation to other social sciences, notably politics but also sociology, economics, geography and law, can seem ever more blurred. This lecture considers what, if anything, is still distinctive about the international realm, and what that implies for its future academic study. A degree of intellectual autobiography will be woven into the discussion….

4.30pm - Tea and Coffee in the Garden Room at Clare College

5-6.00pm - Lecture in the Riley Auditorium

6.15-7.00pm - Drinks reception in the atrium of the Alison Richard Building

All welcome.

2019 Antcliffe Lecture Tickets Available

last modified Apr 02, 2019 11:57 AM

Thirty Years On: Thatcher, 1989 and the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Wednesday 8th May

The 2019 Antcliffe Lecture will be given by Dr  Robert Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Thirty years ago, a tide of revolutions swept through Eastern Europe, triggering the collapse of the Communist bloc, the reunification of Germany and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Symbolised by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the events of 1989 stirred a heady brew of emotions in the West, ranging from amazement and admiration to fear and trepidation. For Margaret Thatcher, the collapse of communism might have been a moment of triumph; yet her attempts to slow the pace of change put her at odds with other world leaders and out of step with opinion in Britain. Barely a year later, she herself would fall from power. This lecture assesses the role of the 1989 revolutions in the fall of Margaret Thatcher. It explores the hopes and fears that animated Thatcher's response, and asks what this might tell us about Thatcherism, Euroscepticism and the significance of the Cold War in modern British politics.

Tickets for this free event are available here.

Calling 3rd year undergraduates! The Student Survey

last modified Feb 14, 2014 10:33 AM

The Department of POLIS encourages all of its 3rd year Undergraduate Students to take part in the National Student Survey.  The NSS gives you the opportunity to express what you liked about your time at the University of Cambridge as well as what you feel can be improved.

As a prize for those taking part in the survey The University is offering two double May Ball tickets !! (one for St John’s College and one for Trinity College) Two prize winners will be drawn from all the University of Cambridge students who take part in the survey. Winners will be drawn after the survey closes on  Wednesday 30th April 2014.

 

http://www.thestudentsurvey.com/

Behind the curtain: the history of the Russian Secret Service

last modified Oct 24, 2013 09:20 AM
Behind the curtain: the history of the Russian Secret Service. Festival of Ideas talk by Professor Jonathan Haslam

The history of Russia’s Secret Services from the Revolution to the Fall of the Wall: the Military Intelligence, the codes and ciphers and the KGB. Professor Jonathan Haslam will talk about his forthcoming history of 20th century Soviet intelligence, the first to cover all intelligence organisations.

Monday, 28 October 2013 from 18:00 to 19:30

https://russiansecretservice.eventbrite.co.uk/

2017 R.A. Butler Prize Awarded

last modified Oct 09, 2017 12:19 PM

The R.A. Butler Prize is a competition for essays in Politics and International Studies for students in Year 12 or the Lower 6th. The Prize is jointly organised by Trinity College Cambridge and the Department of Politics and International Studies, and was established in memory of the former Master of Trinity College, Lord Butler.

This year we received an unprecedented 226 entries. The quality of the submitted essays was very high, with most entries thoroughly researched, carefully reasoned and often ambitiously argued. With the competition so intense and the submissions so excellent, the winning essays were consequently of very high calibre.

The 2017 winner of the R.A. Butler Prize is Folu Ogunyeye, from Aylesbury High School, who wrote to the essay question: ‘Is economic globalisation incompatible with national democracy?’

Folu wrote a superb essay on the tensions between two major features of our world. The essay makes excellent use of a wide range of sources and academic literatures, and has a sophisticated sense of arguments and counter-arguments. This was an outstanding, first-rank entry to the competition.

Congratulations to Folu, who received the First Prize of £600, half of which is given in the form of book tokens to her school!

Congratulations also to Eve McMullen from Minster School in Southwell, the winner of the Second Prize, who wrote to the question ‘Are the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit the products of common causes?’ Eve won £400, half of which is given in book tokens to her school.

Eve’s essay presents a careful, nuanced understanding of the two political earthquakes of 2016. It reasons through its points effectively, and is shrewd at engaging critically with many of the commonly aired arguments about Brexit and Trump. This is an incisive, thoroughly impressive piece of work.

Folu and Eve visited Cambridge on Saturday 23rd September and they were joined by seven of eight candidates whose essays received special commendations. Here they are in Trinity College:

2017 R.A. Butler Prize

Pictured (top row, from the left): Joe Heath (The Gryphon School, Sherborne), Oliver Shaw (Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby). Middle row: Asisa Johal (Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham), Adil Arif (Loughborough Grammar School), Elisa Giandomenico (Bilborough College, Nottingham). Bottom row: Sophie West (Sherborne School for Girls), winner of the First Prize, Folu Ogunyeye (Aylesbury High School), winner of the Second Prize, Eve McMullen (Minster School, Southwell), and Ish Tominey-Nevado (St Albans High School for Girls). Not pictured:  Harriet Milner (Exeter School, Exeter) who was sadly unable to join us on the day.

They were invited to join two discussions, which gave them a taste of what seminars at Cambridge can be like. They first considered the process of researching and writing their essays and later discussed with Dr Peter Sloman of POLIS if democracy is now in crisis.

2017 Butler Prize seminar

2017 Butler Prize seminar_1

We certainly hope they had a great time in Cambridge and enjoyed the programme on the day and participating in the R.A. Butler Prize competition.

Last but not least, many thanks to everyone who participated and made the selection process as enjoyable as it was difficult for the prize panel!

The questions for next year's competition will be advertised in March 2018, with a deadline for submitting the essay in August 2018. Any queries from teachers with students who may be interested in submitting work for the prize should be directed via email to butlerprize@trin.cam.ac.uk.

Dr Robert Weatherley has recently published a book entitled "Making China Strong: The Role of Nationalism in Chinese Thinking on Democracy and Human Rights"

last modified Mar 18, 2014 03:27 PM

Dr Robert Weatherley has recently published a book entitled "Making China Strong: The Role of Nationalism in Chinese Thinking on Democracy and Human Rights" (Palgrave). Robert has also won the prize for best article to be published in China Information during 2013. The article is entitled "The Rise of Republican Fever in the PRC and the Implications for CCP Legitimacy" and was co-authored with Zhang Qiang.

 

Fieldwork Photography Competition Winner

last modified Aug 13, 2019 11:51 AM

This year POLIS ran a Photography Competition in collaboration with our blog, In The Long Run (ITLR), to showcase the best images our PhD students have taken whilst out on their fieldwork.

We received some fantastic submissions but we were able to narrow down our winners. 

In Third Place:

Alex Grigor, PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies.

New York City. "Photographed at a symposium on cyberwarfare in NYC. The masks represent the hacktivist group Anonymous. If you look closely in the reflections of the masks, many are signed by active Anonymous members, using their online pseudonyms"

In Second Place:

Karim El Taki, PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies.

Doha, Qatar. "Why have one surveillance camera on a pole when you can have five? In Doha, Education City’s Oxygen Park may at times be suffocating"

First Place:

Paola Velasco Herrejon, PhD Candidate, Centre of Development Studies.

Unión Hidalgo, Oax. Mexico. "In this shot the president of the landowners committee is teaching me to do a specific stitch while talking wind energy politics. I took it because I wanted to capture this safe and at the same time powerful space"

These images will be featured on our website in the upcoming academic year, so keep your eye out for them!

Thank you again to everyone who entered this year. The Fieldwork Photography Competition will be running again next year, so keep that in mind whilst you are out on fieldwork this year students!

John Dunn Prize 2019

last modified Aug 22, 2019 02:32 PM
John Dunn Prize 2019

We are delighted to announce that the John Dunn prize for 2018-19 was shared by Jakob Gomolka and Todd Gillespie.

The John Dunn Prize is awarded for the best dissertation by a final year student and is named after Emeritus Professor John Dunn. 

Jakob Gomolka had this to say about his experience: 'Writing a third year dissertation under the supervision of Dr Tom Hopkins was a very enjoyable opportunity to explore a subject in much greater depth than term time normally allows. Curious about the implications of the emergence of atheism for European political thought, I dove into the history of nineteenth century socialism. What I found in the debates surrounding the writings of philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach was not only a connection between German idealism and Marx but also a historical precedent for questions that bothered me personally: modern disputes about realist political philosophy and intersubjective ethics of recognition. This made me rethink how to read the history of political thought more generally and encourages me to take the time to pursue even seemingly niche interests.'

Todd Gillespie made the following comment on his dissertation: 'I delved into the recent history of the American libertarian movement, its intersection with utopian theory and how this was manifest in the case of the Free State Project. Working on my dissertation has led me to give greater attention to certain aspects, particularly desire and psychology, in the way I consider topics in politics more generally. I'm very grateful for the academic windows opened by my supervisor and the opportunity to take on a dissertation essentially without limits.'

 

Lisa Smirl Prize for Best PhD 2012-13

last modified Feb 05, 2014 06:06 PM



Lisa Smirl Prize for

Best PhD 2012-13

Lindsay Scorgie-Porter

 

The Department of Politics and International Studies is delighted to announce the very first winner of the Lisa Smirl prize for the best PhD completed in POLIS during the year 2012-2013.

The prize is awarded to Lindsay Scorgie, for her thesis 'Ruwenzori Rebels: The Allied Democratic Forces Conflict in the Uganda-Congo Borderland'. The dissertation asked why an under-studied rebel movement in the Rwenzori borderlands in Uganda and Congo, the ADF, been so resilient. Unlike arguments that focus on regional power politics or Islamist networks, the dissertation shows how the ADF was able to maintain a deeply embedded position in the borderland through strategic operationalization of the area’s political, social, and economic networks, and manipulation of the space’s anti-state and liminal character. Her perspective enabled her to understand the ADF’s localised setting, while linking it to issues affecting borderlands on a global basis.

This work, accordingly to her examiners, "is 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 judgment".

We congratulate Lindsay, who is starting a post-doc at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, and also wish to remember the person in whose memory this award is offered. The Prize is named in memory of Lisa Smirl, who gained her PhD in the Department in 2010, but who died of cancer in February 2013.

POLIS MPhil Careers Day - 15 January 2018

last modified Jan 12, 2018 02:10 PM

On Monday 15 January, the department will be hosting its second MPhil Careers Day. All MPhils of the Department of Politics and International Studies are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Careers Day covers sectors you expressed an interest in. From 11am to 4pm you will have the chance to learn more about how to enter the fields of Media and Journalism, Law, the Civil Service, Research and Consultancy, and the Development and Human Rights sector. If you are thinking about further study, you can learn more about that, too. Over the course of the day, alumni will be talking to you about how their studies were useful to their careers and how they got to where they are. All panels will be moderated so many thanks to Professor John Naughton, Dr Sophie Roborgh, Dr Solava Ibrahim, Dr Joanna Page, Dr Pieter van Houten and Dr Iza Hussin for participating.

 

Confirmed speakers:


  • Dame Barbara Stocking, President of Murray Edwards, former chief executive of Oxfam GB
  • Sebastian Manhart, Chief Operating Officer of Simprints
  • Thomas Burge, Deputy Head of the Russia Team at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • Sophie Wilson, Research Manager in the Social Research Institute at Ipsos MORI
  • Chris Thoung, Public Policy Researcher at Cambridge Econometrics
  • Poppy Latham,  Associate at Allen and Overy LLP
  • Sara Aslam, Trainee Solicitor at Simmons & Simmons
  • Rose Stokes, Programme Editor for The Economist Events
  • Catherine Carr, Journalist and Producer of Talking Politics
  • Alice Musabende, Gates Scholar and PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies
  • Dr Patrick Clibbens, Teaching Associate in South Asian Studies
  • Matthew Mahmoudi, PhD Candidate in Development Studies

 


 Where? When? What?

Time SG1 SG2
11-12am

RESEARCH & CONSULTANCY

MEDIA & JOURNALISM
12-13pm FURTHER STUDY 
13-14pm LUNCH
14-15pm HUMAN RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT CIVIL SERVICE & DIPLOMACY
15-16pm LAW

 

There are many careers events in Cambridge but this one is specifically set up for MPhil students at POLIS and covers the sectors you are interested in.

And if you need any more persuading, lunch will be provided. See you on Monday 15 January!

 

POLIS Postgraduate Careers Day - 25 January 2019

last modified Jan 03, 2019 08:29 AM

On Friday 25 January, the department will be hosting its third Postgraduate Careers Day. All Masters students of the Department of Politics and International Studies are invited and encouraged to attend.

The Careers Day covers sectors you expressed an interest in. From 9am to 4pm you will have the chance to learn more about how to enter the fields of Media and Journalism, Law, the Civil Service, Research and Consultancy, and the Development and Human Rights sector. If you are thinking about further study, you can learn more about that, too. Over the course of the day, alumni will be talking to you about how their studies were useful to their careers and how they got to where they are.

Schedule:

Time All talks are in SG1, Alison Richard Building
9-10am RESEARCH & CONSULTANCY
10-11am MEDIA & JOURNALISM
11-12am HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
12-1pm LUNCH
1-2pm LAW
2-3pm CIVIL SERVICE & DIPLOMACY
3-4pm FURTHER STUDY

Confirmed speakers:

Research & Consultancy Moderator: Prof Jason Sharman; Speakers: Chris Thoung (MPP, Public Policy Researcher at Cambridge Econometrics), Katherine Stewart (MPhil IRPOL, Research Assistant at RAND Europe)
Media & Journalism Moderator: Prof John Naughton; Speakers: Catherine Carr (Producer, Talking Politics), Grace Livingstone (freelance journalist/affiliated lecturer in Latin American studies)
Human Rights & Development Moderator: Dr Justin Pearce; Speakers: Sebastian Manhart (MPhil Dev Studies, Chief Operating Officer of Simprints), Paula Beegan (CLAS MPhil, 9 years as Director of Special Events at Human Rights Watch)
Law Moderator: Dr Giovanni Mantilla; Speakers: Frances Meegan (Careers Service), Claire Curtis (MML at Cambridge, Solicitor-Advocate)
Civil Service & Diplomacy Moderator: Dr Dennis Grube; Speakers: Thomas Burge (MPhil IR, Head of Modern Deterrence at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), David Talbot (PhD IR, Policy advisor in Obama Administration, US Department of Commerce), Frances Meegan (Careers Service)
Further Study Moderator: Dr Julie Smith; Speakers: Dr Patrick Clibbens (Teaching Associate and MPhil CSAS), Mary Ononokpono (MPhil in African Politics, now PhD in History)

There are many careers events in Cambridge but this one is specifically set up for postgraduate students at POLIS and covers the sectors you are interested in.

And if you need any more persuading, lunch will be provided. See you on Friday 25 January!

New Scholarships Available for Graduate Students

last modified Sep 23, 2015 12:54 PM
YouGov PhD Scholarship and David & Elaine Potter Foundation African Studentship are now available for application

New funding opportunities for Graduates are now available for application. 

YouGov are working alongside the Department of POLIS to provide a fully funded three-year PhD scholarship for Home/EU students in a field related to the study of public opinion, starting in the 2016-17 academic year. The scholarship will pay the full cost of study and living in Cambridge for the three-year course.

The David & Elaine Potter Foundation African Studentship is once again available for application by students from Africa who wish to pursue doctoral and masters-level study in the department. The funds will support one doctoral student focused on governance and human rights beginning a three-year course in 2016/17, and one student taking the MPhil in International Relations and Politics in 2016/17.

Check out the Fees and Funding page of the website for further details!

Postgraduate Open Day – 2nd November 2018

last modified May 14, 2018 04:23 PM

The Open Day for students interested in coming to Cambridge to study on a postgraduate course will be on Friday 2 November 2018.

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open day is open to current final year students or graduates who are seeking to enter into postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level.  

During the day there will be detailed information about the graduate application process. Current graduate students and Graduate Admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions about postgraduate study and student life in the vibrant city of Cambridge. Staff will also be available to give you advice on the application process, funding opportunities and careers after your course.

You will have the chance to speak to department staff at the Exhibition Hub and you may be able to visit the department to learn more about individual courses and discover which course will be best for you by talking to the staff and students here.

You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the Colleges, find out about their unique character and see how College life complements academic life in Cambridge.

There is no charge for attending the open day although you will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation if required.

Visit the Graduate Study website now to register your interest and we will email you once bookings are open in August. 

Postgraduate Open Day – 1st November 2019

last modified May 08, 2019 02:22 PM

The Open Day for students interested in coming to Cambridge to study on a postgraduate course will be on Friday 1 November 2019.

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open day is open to current final year students or graduates who are seeking to enter into postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level.  

During the day there will be detailed information about the graduate application process. Current graduate students and Graduate Admissions staff will be on hand to answer questions about postgraduate study and student life in the vibrant city of Cambridge. Staff will also be available to give you advice on the application process, funding opportunities and careers after your course.

You will have the chance to speak to department staff at the Exhibition Hub and you may be able to visit the department to learn more about individual courses and discover which course will be best for you by talking to the staff and students here.

You will also have the opportunity to visit some of the Colleges, find out about their unique character and see how College life complements academic life in Cambridge.

There is no charge for attending the open day although you will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation if required.

Visit the Graduate Study website now to register your interest and we will email you once bookings are open in August.

Postgraduate Open Day 2017

last modified Nov 06, 2017 12:26 PM

On Friday 3rd November, the whole department was represented in the University Centre for the Postgraduate Open Day. We were lucky to meet a huge number of prospective applicants and we hope to welcome quite a few of you soon as students. Course administrators and academics were on hand to answer all your burning questions. Special thanks to our student volunteers for talking about their courses so passionately both in the University Centre and the Alison Richard Building!

 

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 Our slightly squeezed-in stall at the University Centre which was well-attended once the Postgraduate Open Day took off.

Research Seminar: ‘Why the German Empire and the European Union fell or are fallling, and why Anglo-America rose’ by Professor Brendan Simms

last modified Jan 24, 2014 05:11 PM

The Center for Rising Powers (POLIS)

Research Seminar:

‘Why the German Empire and the European Union fell or are fallling, and why Anglo-America rose’

by Professor Brendan Simms, Professor of History of International Relations, Director, Centre for International Studies,University of Cambridge.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014, 12 – 1pm

Seminar Room 138, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT

Adam Branch and Sarah Nouwen (Law) receive School support for 'Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives'

last modified Jul 18, 2017 10:43 AM
Adam Branch and Sarah Nouwen (Law) receive School support for 'Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives'

Adam Branch and Xolela Mangcu (credit @crasshlive)

The School of the Humanities and Social Sciences has awarded Dr Adam Branch and Dr Sarah Nouwen (Law) funding for Rethinking Transitional Justice from African Perspectives, a multidisciplinary, international, collaborative research and advocacy programme that seeks to establish a new foundation for transitional justice in Africa.

The programme seeks to develop new ways for collaboration among scholars and activists in universities in the Global North and South and aims to make the practice of transitional justice more relevant to the needs of (post-)conflict societies by scrutinising its very foundations.

Drawing on law, politics, development studies, anthropology, history, gender studies, international relations and ecological studies, the investigators hope to examine what goals transitional justice seeks to achieve and propose new tools to meet those objectives. 

The programme's experiences could make the University of Cambridge a leader in a new way of engaging in collaborative transnational research, in transitional justice and beyond.  

 

Africa's Voices awarded MRS President's Medal 2016

last modified Dec 05, 2016 10:12 AM

Africa's Voices, a non-profit research organisation originating from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights in the Department of POLIS, has been awarded the Market Research Society President's Medal 2016 for the impact the organisation has made through its work with UNICEF Somalia. 

The President's Medal is awarded annually to an organisation that has made an extraordinary contribution to research.

Africa's Voices began as an applied research pilot at CGHR in 2012 and 2013. In late 2014, it was spun out as an independent non-profit organisation and registered UK charity. CGHR's Director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, and CGHR Research Associate, Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes, are closely involved in the spin-out, and have built active and ongoing research links between Africa's Voices Foundation and researchers in Cambridge University, from linguistics and psychology to physics and computer science. 

Africa’s Voices Director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, says: “We’re excited about how seizing the communications revolution, through rigorous, innovative research, can amplify hard-to-reach citizens voices and enhance well-being in African countries. To be recognised by the Market Research Society with the President’s Medal so early on in our journey puts wind in our sails.”

More information about Africa’s Voices Foundation can be found here. More information about their work with UNICEF Somalia can be found here.

Al-Jazeera Awards £150K to Cambridge University for Research Project

last modified Aug 30, 2013 09:24 AM

Al-Jazeera Media Network has awarded the Centre for the Study of the International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa (CIRMENA) £150,000 for a research project on media and politics in Tunisia, entitled ‘Tunisia’s Political Transition and the Developing Role of the Media’. The principal investigator on the University of Cambridge-Al Jazeera Centre for Studies Media Research Project is Dr Roxane Farmanfarmaian, an affiliated lecturer at POLIS.

The one year project, which began on August 12, 2013, will examine the relationship between a liberated media and the new political environment in post-Ben Ali Tunisia. Investigation will focus on how conventional as well as social media disseminate critical issues to the public; the intent is to map the development of political narrative in the year following the revolution. Structure, function and agency will be analyzed as the new political and media environments interact.

A workshop in Doha, in conjunction with the AJCS, will review the initial findings of the project, with final conclusions presented in a Cambridge-based workshop in July 2014.

 

Al Jazeera Center for Studies Media Project final Conference

last modified Jan 25, 2017 01:45 PM

On January 7-8, 2017, the final Conference for the Media in Political Transition in the southern Mediterranean was held in Doha, the Al Jazeera headquarters.

The Conference brought together the eight academics from Morocco, and seven from Turkey, who make up the scholarly team for this second tranche of the research project.

Presided over by Director and Primary Investigator of the project, Dr. Roxane Farmanfarmaian, and by the Director of the Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Dr. Salah Eddin Elzein, the proceedings were moderated by Al Jazeera News anchors, and academic papers received commentary from respondents drawn from the academic community in Doha, including Georgetown University of Foreign Service in Qatar, and Northwestern University in Qatar.  Read the Project's Findings here.

Dr Farmanfarmaian has also recently been awarded, along with fellow CIRMENA researcher Dr Ali Sonay, a Philomathia Forum 2017 grant, which you can read more about here

 

Alcuin Lecture 2015 available to view online

last modified Jun 30, 2015 02:34 PM

The 2015 Alcuin Lecture was given by Neal Ascherson under the title of "Our infinite Scotland small?" Choosing worlds to join.

The lecture took place on Friday 5th June at 5.00-6.00pm in the Alison Richard Building on the subject of the historical connections between Scotland and Europe, how they can be exploited in the present context, and the importance of re-establishing an active and distinct 'European identity' for Scotland in the next few years. There was a brief question and answer session with Neal following the lecture.

A recording of the lecture is available to view below, and can also be downloaded through our Streaming Media Service Collection

The text of Neal's speech is also available to download and read here

Unfortunately we had a several problems with the microphone on the night, so we apologise for the poor quality audio on the recording. 


Annual Report 2013-14 published

last modified Nov 27, 2014 10:45 AM

The Annual Report for 2013-14 is now available to download.

The report covers the Centres and Research Centres, Undergraduate and Graduate teaching, Research in the Department and much more.    

"It has been immensely pleasing to see the new Department come together and grow so well. I should like to thank colleagues and students alike for their commitment, and for a highly successful academic year 2013-14."

Professor Christopher Hill, former Head of Department 2009-2014.

The Antcliffe Lecture - Thatcherism Today - available to view online

last modified Mar 20, 2015 04:25 PM

The inaugural Antcliffe Lecture was given by Lord Michael Howard of Lympne on the subject of "Thatcherism Today".

The lecture took place on Wednesday 11th March at 5.30-6.30pm in the McCrum Lecture Theatre at Corpus Christi College, and included an extended question and answer session with Lord Howard on a wide variety of subjects - including EU membership, Thatcher's legacy in Northern Ireland, Scotland, constituency boundary distribution and whether there is a "post-Thatcherite consensus" in the UK. 

A recording of the lecture is available to view below, and can also be downloaded through our Streaming Media Service Collection

Banu Turnaoglu wins leading dissertation prize

last modified Mar 30, 2016 10:28 AM

We are delighted to announce that POLIS postdoc Banu Turnaoglu has won the Sir Ernest Barker Prize for Best Dissertation in Political Theory for her thesis “The Formation of Turkish Republicanism (1299-1923)”.  The Sir Ernest Barker Prize is a leading annual prize of the Political Studies Association.

Banu’s exceptional dissertation has received high praise from Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu, the leading world authority in the field. “The dissertation is clearly written, logically structured, and carefully researched….Truly it is a work of depth, narrative power, and substantive importance”.

David Runciman, Head of POLIS, said "I'd like to offer my personal congratulations to Banu Turnaoglu on this very prestigious award.  Banu's research on the intellectual origins of Turkish republicanism is fascinating as history and at the same time deeply topical.  It cuts across disciplines and regions to provide important insights into some fundamental tensions of modern politics at the intersection between East and West.  Her work represents the best of POLIS and we are delighted with her success."

Banu was presented with her prize at the PSA Annual International Conference in Brighton on 22nd March. 

Bookings for the Festival of Ideas are now open

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Bookings are now open for the 2017 Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which features a huge range of events and discussions on subjects ranging from empire and Brexit, the future of Europe and conspiracy theories to the past, present and future of India.

 

One in ten American light bulbs are lit by the Russians: Fake news?

Saturday 21 October: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Alison Richard Building, SG1/2, Sidgwick Site 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Speaker: Shane Guy

Following the end of the Cold War, reports, some fake some genuine, flooded the media with claimed revelations about nuclear weapons. Were there missing Russian nuclear weapons designed to fit a student’s backpack and were there British nuclear weapons kept at the correct temperature by caged chickens within?

Greatly exceeding bait for the tabloids extraordinary achievements resulted from western programmes to assist Russian disarmament and prevent nuclear proliferation. Although collectively these may be counted alongside the Marshall Plan in terms of expenditure, few knew of them, and some that did published fake news in attempts to halt or slow them.

One outstanding programme, initiated and sustained by an American academic, was to lead to 50% of the power generated by United States’ Nuclear Power Stations between 1993 and 2013 being fuelled by uranium from or destined for Soviet Nuclear Weapons. The expression ‘One in ten light bulbs are lit by the Russians’ was coined by a Secretary of Energy to help get over to the public recognition of the success of what is colloquially known as the ‘Megatons to Megawatts’ agreement.

This talk explores accurately some of the successes and failures of the programmes and of their reporting.

If you would like to attend this event please book here: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/one-in-ten-american-light-bulbs-are-lit-by-the-russians-fake-news-tickets-37908576573

 

Media, the state and propaganda: What is the truth

Saturday 21 October: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Alison Richard Building, SG1/2, Sidgwick Site 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Speaker: Ian Shields 

The State relies on the Media to spread its message, and the Media relies on the State for stories to report: to a large extent they are inter-dependent and although the Media will, in open Democracies, invariably claim to be independent, are they invariably the unwitting tool for the State to spread if not lies then at least propaganda? And do we, how could we, recognise propaganda for what it is? This talk, given by Ian Shields, a research student in POLIS, will explore these issues and try to answer the question of what is the truth? Or is the aim of this talk merely propaganda itself….

If you would like to attend this event please book here: 

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/media-the-state-and-propaganda-what-is-the-truth-tickets-37916363865 

 

The Return of Eastern Europe

Saturday 21 October: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Alison Richard Building, SG1/2, Sidgwick Site 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Speakers: Timothy Less & Professor Brendan Simms 

A 40-minute presentation by the Forum of Geopolitics, followed by questions and answers from the audience. In this presentation, Brendan Simms and Timothy Less of the University’s Forum on Geopolitics discuss the return of Eastern Europe and the significance of the continent’s east for Europe’s overall security and political architecture. With the collapse of communism, the old Eastern Europe largely disappeared from the map as the states of the region were integrated into Western structures such as NATO and the EU.

However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the East is pulling away from the West, driven by a combination of new security threats, scepticism about the Western model of social and economic liberalism and the perceived ineffectiveness of NATO.

If events continue on their current trajectory, a loose alliance of states committed to political independence and the collective security of the region is likely to emerge, realising the vision of Eastern European intellectuals from the early twentieth century of an ‘Intermarium’ – an integrated space between the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas. Such a development would have profound implications for the next phase of European politics. At the international level, the emergence of an Intermarium implies a new political and security architecture in Europe.

If the EU morphs into a loose collection of regional groupings over the next few years, then the Intermarium could be an important building block, with a distinct worldview and set of political priorities.

At the domestic level, it would imply that the model of ‘illiberal democracy’ emerging in Hungary, Poland and elsewhere in the region becomes a permanent and alternative form of government, rooted in Eastern European political traditions.

This event links to a project which the Forum on Geopolitics will run in 2018-19 on ‘The New Intermarium’ as part of its Laboratories of World Construction.'

If you would like to attend this event please book here: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-return-of-eastern-europe-and-the-new-intermarium-tickets-37916477204

 

Women and nation building in post-colonial India

Saturday 21 October: 2:30pm - 3:00pm

Alison Richard Building, S1, Sidgwick Site 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

Speaker: Dr Anjali Datta

This talk examines the Official discourse on women’s work in the immediate years following the partition and independence of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. The Indian state treated the refugee women of Punjab’s partition as a ‘national responsibility’ and provided some women with training and skills, equipping them with the ‘requisite’ qualifications to work in ways deemed ‘suitable’ for women.

The objective was to incorporate displaced women into the economy, something that the state could not, and would not, do for other women-citizens who were a part of stable, settled patriarchal households. But how far was the state successful in generating a category of ‘working woman’ among the refugee population? This paper will focus particularly on the vision of planners, mostly elite nationalist women, who became agents of state in implementing economic rehabilitation of refugee women in Delhi. Nationalist and social worker Kamladevi Chattopadhyay, called for a ‘craft renaissance’ in India, which became the force behind the refugee women’s handicraft industry in Delhi. But, how far was the ‘cottage industry model’ a flawed design for integrating women into the economy? Neither the newly independent Indian state, nor the refugee society, saw women playing a definitive role in nation building. Their work was often made invisible.

This ‘exclusion’ is explained on account of the intermittent nature of women’s work, the fact that women’s entry into the labour market is often driven by household exigencies. For many women, this meant that they worked all their lives, but their work was always regarded as supplementary. To understand how social construction of gender shaped the lives and work of women workers, wider social anxieties about women’s role and position at home have to be taken into account.

If you would like to attend this event please book here: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/women-and-nation-building-in-post-colonial-india-tickets-37909027923

British Politics seminar series 2018

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The second annual POLIS-Robinson College seminar series in British Politics will take place on Fridays at 5pm in Robinson College (unless otherwise indicated).

This term’s speakers will include the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Lamont of Lerwick; Theresa May’s former chief of staff, Nick Timothy; the drafter of Article 50, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard; Jeremy Corbyn’s former spokesperson, Matt Zarb-Cousin; and two senior Labour MPs, Dame Margaret Hodge and Nia Griffith.

Seminars will be held under the Chatham House rule. All University members are welcome (and non-members by application to the seminar convenors Dr Julie Smith (jes42@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Peter Sloman (pjs93@cam.ac.uk)).

Dates of seminars

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

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The Department of Politics and FoI logo 2014International Studies will this year be hosting it's first ever Cambridge Festival of Ideas event. This exciting opportunity opens up the Department to the general public in exploring the Festival's theme of Idenity. More information and a full schedule can be found here and on the Cambridge Festival of Ideas webpage.

Cambridge Festival of Ideas: Political Identity

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Many thanks to all the volunteers and speakers who took part in the Department of POLIS's Festival of Ideas Event on Saturday 1st November. The event was a big success and we look forward to taking part in the Festival of Ideas again next year! For a full list of this year's activities and talks please see our brochure. 

If you attended any Cambridge Festival of Ideas events and would like to give feedback, this can be done on the Festival of Ideas website.

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Celebrating five years of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at POLIS

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Since its launch in 2009 with investment from the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights in the Department of Politics and International Studies has carried out pioneering work on the potential of digital communications for advancing political change and human rights in the developing world.

Director of the Centre and the David and Elaine Potter Lecturer in Governance and Human Rights, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, comments:

“At five years, we are now a known quantity, seen as genuinely innovative, ambitious, cross-disciplinary, highly collaborative and outward focused. We are a sought out and valued source of knowledge on urgent and under-explored global issues at the intersection of human rights, governance, conflict and peace.

Our work contributes to key policy debates at national, regional and international levels, for example through work for the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on unlawful killings in Africa, on the safety of journalists, and on the uses of ICTs to support accountability for human rights violations.” 

Together, the early success of the Centre, the launch of Africa’s Voices Foundation and the growing interdisciplinary partnerships being facilitated through the Cambridge-Africa Programme are celebrated examples of what can be achieved around citizen engagement, policy influence and the changing nature of politics in the digital age, and how social technology innovation can have a positive outcome for peoples’ lives.

 

Happy 5th Birthday, CGHR! 

Professor Christopher Hill gives the annual Martin Wight Memorial Lecture

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Professor Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the Department of POLIS, gave the annual Martin Wight Memorial Lecture at Chatham House in London on 3rd November. 

The lecture, titled Powers of a Kind? The Anomalous Positions of Britain and France in World Politics, assessed the capacity of Britain and France to maintain a leading role in international politics given their own uneasy relationship, and the significant internal and external constraints they face.

Martin Wight was a seminal figure in the development of international relations theory in Britain and an influential historian of the political civilisation of Europe. The Martin Wight Memorial Lecture is given annually in successive years at the University of Sussex, LSE and Chatham House- the three institutions with which Wight was most closely connected during the last quarter of a century of his working life. 

An audio recording of the lecture is available on the Chatham House website here.

Christmas Jumper Day at POLIS

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The first POLIS Christmas Jumper Day was a great success! Thank you to everyone who took part. 

Organised as part of the Department's effort to win the Gold Award in next year's Green Impact scheme, it was great to see so many people wearing their best jumpers. 

The day happily coincided with the POLIS Christmas Party in the evening for staff and the students on the MPhil in Public Policy, the MPhil in International Relations and Politics, and the PhD in Politics and International Studies, so there was all the more reason to celebrate. 

A special thank you goes to Dr Aaron Rapport, for his brilliant Metallica jumper which has won him the final Academic of the Week of Michaelmas Term. 

POLIS Christmas Collection 2015

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POLIS Charity Christmas Collections

During the year, POLIS staff organise a number of charitable activities such as the Macmillan Coffee morning and Comic Relief. This Christmas, we are asking for donations of clothes and practical items for CalAid, a charity which supports the refugees currently living in the refugee camps in Calais. 

During Michaelmas term, volunteers from POLIS (students and staff) have made weekend trips to Calais to take donated items and provide practical assistance in the refugee camps, as part of CUCRAG (Cambridge University Calais Refugee Action Group). There are approximately 6000 refugees living in the makeshift camp, relying on charitable donations, and conditions are deteriorating as winter sets in. 

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CUCRAG team sorting donations in Calais

 

There are particular items which are desperately needed in Calais, so if you are able to help, we are asking for these to be left under the Christmas tree in the Atrium of the Alison Richard Building, anytime up to Christmas.CalAid logo

  • shoes (trainers/hiking shoes, sizes 41-46)
  • tents/covers/tarpaulins, sleeping bags, blankets
  • jackets (sizes small and medium - preferably black)
  • travelling bags
  • socks, belts, underwear, woolly hats
  • tracksuit trouses, jeans (sizes 28-32)
  • soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste
  • candles/other lighting implements
  • pots and pans
  • plastic bags

At the moment, women's and children's clothes, sheets and pillows, suits, jumpers and wellingtons are not needed.

All the items which are donated will be taken over to Calais by the next group of volunteers. If you would like to be more involved, or find out more please contact Lydia Mizon in the POLIS office

Thank you for your support

 

Last year POLIS collected donations in kind for Jimmy's Night Shelter in Cambridge. To read more click here

New Alumni Page: ClassNotes now online!

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As part of our continuing relationship with our alumni, POLIS have created a ClassNotes website. We love to hear from our former students and discover where you are now. Once you’ve looked up old friends, you can submit your own ClassNote. We look forward to hearing from you!

Visit the ClassNotes Website

Conference in honour of Professor Andrew Gamble

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On 24 September 2014 the Department held a conference on The Future of British Politics to mark the retirement of Professor Andrew Gamble and honour his work over four decades on British politics. Around eighty people came to Queens’ college to discuss his work over three panels on the politics of decline, Thatcherism, and ideas in British politics and to listen to him in conversation with Professor Mick Moran.

 

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Congratulations to Pedro Mendes Loureiro

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Pedro Mendes Loureiro, University Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the Centre of Latin American Studies, has won Honourable Mention for Best Dissertation from the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

See the award announcement here.

CRIA MPhil Prize

last modified Jan 30, 2017 09:44 AM

Generously supported by the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (CRIA), the Department is delighted to announce a new prize for current MPhil students. The prize will be awarded to the student who achieves the highest average mark in their MPhil.

The Cambridge Review of International Affairs is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes original scholarship on international affairs. It is committed to publishing diverse approaches, methods and areas of analysis, and encourages the submission of interdisciplinary work from academics and policymakers.

This year the journal celebrates 30 years of publishing and is launching the new prize to mark the occasion.

The 2016/17 winner of the prize will be announced in October 2017. 

Diane Coyle appointed to ESRC Council

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Professor Diane Coyle of the Cambridge Institute for Public Policy has been appointed to the ESRC’s new Council.

The Council comes into effect with the launch of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on 1 April 2018. Welcoming the announcement, Professor Jennifer Rubin, ESRC Chief Executive and Executive Chair Designate, said: "It is with great delight that we welcome members to the new ESRC Council. They will be vital to ensuring that the social sciences make their contribution within the UK research and innovation landscape, and that the ESRC contributes to shaping opportunities for social science as they emerge."

The members of the Council will be as follows:

  • Professor Diane Coyle
    Bennett Professor of Public Policy, University of Cambridge  
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021
  • Mr Mike Emmerich
    Founding Director, Metro Dynamics
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
  • Professor Jane Falkingham
    Professor of Demography and International Social Policy, University of Southampton
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021
  • Professor Matthew Flinders
    Professor of Politics, University of Sheffield
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
  • Professor Nigel Gilbert
    Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
  • Professor Rachel Griffith
    Professor of Economics, University of Manchester and Research Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021
  • Professor Melinda Mills
    Head of Department of Sociology, University of Oxford 
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2021
  • Professor James Smith
    Professor of African & Development Studies, University of Edinburgh
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2020
  • Professor Anna Vignoles
    Professor of Education and Director of Research, University of Cambridge
    Term: 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2022
  • Sir Christopher Wormald
    Permanent Secretary, Department of Health

As part of the nine Councils of UKRI, the ESRC Council will work with Professor Rubin to deliver the ESRC’s aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission to maintain the UK’s world-leading position in research and innovation. The ESRC Council members will also provide Professor Rubin, and UKRI more widely, with input, intelligence and feedback from their communities and stakeholder groups. The Council will act as critical friends to the UKRI Councils.

The members announced today – totalling 32 people across the Councils of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council and the ESRC – reflect the diversity of communities that they represent coming from varied backgrounds and experiences including academia, business, policy, third sector and voluntary sector.

Professor Sir Mark Walport UK Research and Innovation Chief Executive Designate, commented: "I am delighted to welcome these new Council members. Their stimulus, support and challenge will provide a critical role in the development of strategy and the governance of UK Research and Innovation. The diversity of their personal backgrounds, experience and expertise will ensure that we make the very best choices in how to invest wisely in research and innovation and develop capability and capacity for the future."

Dr Alex Anievas interviewed for First World War documentary

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Dr Alexander Anievas, Early Career Leverhulme Fellow at POLIS, was recently interviewed for the documentary "The Great War: A War to End Wars?"which aired on the Islam Channel. 

You can view episode one below, which features Dr Anievas' first interview. Episode seven also has more from Dr Anievas, and can be viewed together with the other episodes on YouTube. 

Dr Alexander Anievas has been awarded the 2015 Sussex International Theory Prize

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Dr Alexander Anievas, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in POLIS, has been awarded the 2015 Sussex International Theory Prize, for his monograph "Capital, the State and War: Class Conflict and Geopolitics in the Thirty Years' Crisis, 1914-1945". The prize, awarded by the Centre for Advanced International Theory at the University of Sussex, is for the best book in international theory published during the previous year. Dr. Anievas will deliver the Sussex International Theory Prize Lecture in the spring of 2016.

Dr Amrita Narlikar awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014

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POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Amrita Narlikar, Reader in International Political Economy and the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014, to work on a new research project "The Power of the Poor: International Economic Negotiations in a Globalising World". The Leverhulme Research Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a competition that is open to experienced researchers across the full range of academic disciplines. The scheme is a highly competitive one: 588 applications were reviewed this year with a success rate of 16%. The grant will allow POLIS to appoint a replacement lecturer to cover Dr Narlikar's teaching while she is working on the project.

Dr Ayse Zarakol awarded SWEPSA Guest Lecturer of the year 2015

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Dr Ayse Zarakol, University Lecturer in International Relations at POLIS and a Fellow at Emmanuel College has been awarded the SWEPSA (Swedish Political Science Association) Guest Lecturer of the year 2015. 

The award is presented to individuals deemed by SWEPSA to be international rising stars, whose research advances the field of International Relations. SWEPSA found Dr Zarakol's research to be "cutting edge, adding novelty to the field of International Relations". 

Dr Zarakol has also received a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant for her project “Theorising Hierarchies in World Politics” to be used during 2015. Part of the grant will be used towards a workshop that will be hosted by POLIS in June 2015 and will bring together a number of prominent International Relations scholars who work on hierarchy.

Dr Ayse Zarakol becomes Associate Editor for the Journal of Global Security Studies

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Starting January 2017, Dr Ayşe Zarakol will be stepping in as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Global Security Studies, replacing outgoing editor Kimberly Marten (Barnard/Columbia). The journal, launched in 2016 by the Oxford University Press on behalf of International Studies Association, aims to showcase first-rate work addressing the variety of methodological, epistemological, theoretical, normative, and empirical concerns reflected in the field of global security studies.  

 

Dr Ayse Zarakol's takes up editor position with Palgrave Studies in International Relations (PSIR)

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Dr Ayşe Zarakol has recently taken up one of the editor positions with Palgrave Studies in International Relations (PSIR) series. PSIR, published in association with European International Studies Association, provides scholars with the best theoretically-informed scholarship on the global issues of our time. The series includes cutting-edge monographs and edited collections which bridge schools of thought and cross the boundaries of conventional fields of study. If you are working on a manuscript that you think may be appropriate for this series, feel free to contact Dr Zarakol for a discussion.

https://www.palgrave.com/gb/series/14619 

Dr Bernardo Zacka, post-doctoral affiliate in POLIS, wins 2015 Robert Noxon Tappan prize

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Dr Bernardo Zacka, Junior Research Fellow of Christ's College, and post-doctoral affiliate in POLIS, has been awarded the 2015 Robert Noxon Toppan prize for "the best dissertation on a subject of political science" at Harvard University.

His dissertation is entitled "When the State Meets the Street: Moral Agency and Discretionary Power at the Frontlines of Public Service." 

Congratulations Dr Zacka! 

Dr Christopher Bickerton awarded the Best Book Prize of 2013 by UACES

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Dr Christopher Bickerton, a University Lecturer in politics at POLIS, was awarded the Best Book Prize of 2013 by the University Association of Contemporary European Studies (2013). The prize was awarded on the 3rd September in Leeds, UK, on the occasion of the UACES annual conference. The book is entitled European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States and is published by Oxford University Press. The book was commended by the judges for its ‘clear aims’ and ‘intriguing concept’. One judge commented that ‘it is a highly engaging text which makes an extensive contribution to European Studies through the use of an innovative theoretical lens with which to analyse integration.’

http://www.uaces.org/awards/book/

 

Dr Cristina Peñasco appointed as University Lecturer in Public Policy

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Cristina Peñasco will be joining the Department of Politics and International Studies as University Lecturer in Public Policy from September 2019. 

Dr Cristina Peñasco hold a PhD in Economics and an MPhil in Research in Economics and Business. She is currently and Assistant Professor in Applied Economics in the University of Alcalá (Spain) and currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Since November 2017, she has been also a Centre Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG) belonging to the Department of Land Economy of the University of Cambridge. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Institute of Public Policies and Goods (IPP) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and a visiting researcher at the Energy Economics Group (EEG) of the Insitute of Energy Systems and Electrical Drives at the Vienna University of Technology (TU WIEN).

Her research lines bring together multidisciplinary research in environmental economics, innovation policy and energy economics in green and energy efficiency technologies, with a focus on the policy instruments enabling the transition to low-carbon economies. She has a strong background on statistical and quantitative methods of analysis and econometric techniques that has served her to publish several articles in world-class journals such as Technological and Economic Development of the Economy, Energy Policy or Business Strategy and the Environment among others.

Selected publications:

1.    Peñasco, C., Anadon, L.D. 2018. A comparative analysis of renewable energy policy in Spain and the United Kingdom- a focus on innovation outcomes. Papeles de Enregia, 5:69-150.

2.    Del Rio, P., Peñasco, C., Mir-Artigues, P. 2018. An overview of drivers and barriers to concentrated solar power in the European Union.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 81(1): 1019-1029.

3.    Peñasco, C., del Río, P., Romero-Jordán, D. 2017. Gas and electricity demand in Spanish manufacturing industries: An analysis using homogeneous and heterogeneous estimators, Utilities Policy, 45: 45-60.

4.    Peñasco, C., Del Río, P., Romero, D. 2017. Analysing the role of international drivers for eco-innovators. Journal of International Management, 23 (1):56-71.

5.    Del Río, P., Peñasco, C., Romero, D. 2017. Analysing firm-specific and type-specific determinants of eco-innovation. Technological and Economic Development of the Economy, 23 (2): 270-295.

6.    Del Río, P., Peñasco, C., Romero, D. 2016. What drives eco-innovators? A critical review of the empirical literature based on econometric methods. Journal of cleaner production, 112 (4): 2158-2170.

7.    Romero-Jordán, D., Del Río, P., Peñasco, C., 2016. An analysis of the welfare and distributive implications of factors influencing household electricity consumption. Energy Policy, 88: 361-370.

 

 

Dr Geoffrey Edwards awarded UACES Lifetime Achievement Award

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Dr Geoffrey Edwards, Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Emeritus Reader in European Studies, has been awarded the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to contemporary European Studies. Dr Edwards currently teaches his Master’s level course on Europe in the World and supervises several PhD students, and Professor Christopher Hill, former Head of Department, paid tribute to him on receipt of this award –

Geoffrey has been one of the most dedicated and expert British scholars in the area of European Studies for four decades. He is immensely knowledgeable and wide-ranging, having published in most areas of EU activity, and he has inspired generations of students to follow in his path. He is undoubtedly one of the most skilled and well-loved doctoral supervisors I have encountered, with a pan-European network of young researchers who have benefited from his wise and sympathetic schooling.”

Dr Grube Wins 2017 Mayer Journal Article Prize

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Dr Dennis C. Grube has been awarded the 2017 Mayer Journal Article Prize by the Australian Political Studies Association. The prize is awarded annually for the best article published in the Australian Journal of Political Science in the previous year. Dr Grube’s winning article, entitled ‘Sticky Words? Towards a Theory of Rhetorical Path Dependency’ examines the extent to which political leaders can paint themselves into policy corners through their own choice of words. This is the second time Dr Grube has won the prize, having also won in 2015 for his article ‘Administrative learning or political blaming? Public servants, parliamentary committees and the drama of public accountability.’

 

Dr Holly Porter appointed as University Lecturer in Gender Studies

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Holly PorterWe are delighted to announce that Dr Holly Porter will be joining the Centre for Gender Studies as University Lecturer in Gender Studies from September 2019. Dr Porter is currently a Research Fellow in the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and holds a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship with the Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp) and the Conflict Research Group (Ghent University).

Dr Porter’s research has focused on gender, sexualities, violence, and local notions of social healing and justice, particularly on women’s experiences after rape in northern Uganda where she has lived for more than ten years. Previously, she has worked in South Sudan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, and Palestine in the fields of access to justice, gender-based violence, transitional justice, peacebuilding and human rights.

She is the author of After rape: violence justice and social harmony in Uganda, published by Cambridge University Press. Her work has also been published in journals, including Africa, the Women's Studies International Forum, and the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Selected publications:

Dr Iza Hussin's book featured in LSE top reads list for colonial politics

last modified Jan 21, 2019 12:13 PM

Iza BookIza Hussin’s book, The Politics of Islamic Law (University of Chicago Press), has recently been featured as an LSE Recommended Read on Colonial Histories, Colonial Legacies. The book, which was a finalist for the American Political Science Association’s David Greenstone Award in Politics and History, was reviewed as “a work of unique critical sensibilities, setting the scene for future interdisciplinary research of colonial and postcolonial Islamic law as fruitful analytical categories.” 

https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/P/bo22340539.html

Dr Jude Browne awarded a 2017 Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence

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Dr Jude Browne, Director of the Centre for Gender Studies, has been awarded one of the thirteen Pilkington Prizes given to academics across the University in recognition of their outstanding teaching.

The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington – graduate of Trinity College, engineer, businessman and the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation – who passionately believed that teaching excellence was crucial to Cambridge’s future success.

In his letter of support, the Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, Professor David Runciman wrote:

“For fifteen years Jude Browne has been an outstanding teacher of Gender Studies, pioneering both undergraduate and graduate courses and contributing an enormous amount to help raise the profile of interdisciplinary approaches to the teaching of gender across the University.  Her personal commitment has been tireless and transformative.  As course director and a fully engaged, hands-on teacher she has developed the MPhil in Gender Studies into one of the leading programmes in the country, designing and delivering courses that have received consistently outstanding feedback.  In the last two years she has introduced a new paper in Gender and Politics into the HSPS Tripos, which has garnered glowing tributes from students, who speak of its range, its topicality and its ability to broaden their horizons.  ‘The best thing I have studied here!’ is a wholly typical response.  Jude has been a superb supervisor and Director of Studies for King’s College and has played a significant role in ensuring the overall success of the HSPS Tripos.  It is hard to think of anyone who has done more for social science teaching in Cambridge in recent years: Jude has helped to change its focus, to engage our students and to draw different subjects together.”

The Pilkington Prizes are organised by The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, which supports staff by providing training, developing networks, hosting events and encouraging and funding innovation. The Centre also provides a focus for strategic priorities within Cambridge and for engaging with national and international developments in higher education.

Dr Lauren Wilcox wins prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

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6d508d78 6ca1 49b9 a8a9 2ba97c523999The Department of Politics and International Studies is delighted to congratulate Dr Lauren Wilcox, on winning a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize. This prize is an early career award for UK-based academics that honours researchers whose future career is seen as ‘exceptionally promising’ and whose work has already attracted international recognition. Prize winners receive an award of £100,000 in research funding over two or three years. Dr Wilcox’s prize is in the field of Politics and International Relations; eligible fields rotate each year with 30 total prizes awarded.

Dr Wilcox’s research has pushed forward the boundaries of theorizing war, political violence and security by centering questions of bodies and embodiment. Her first book, Bodies of Violence, was the first major work to make questions of bodies and embodiment central to IR, rectifying the curious oversight in a field that understands itself to be centrally concerned with injuring and harming certain bodies in war and protecting other bodies in practices of security. In this work, Dr Wilcox made the case for theorizing bodies and more precisely, the embodiment of the subject, at the nexus of the material and discursive, not bound by the skin, and formed in and through relations with other bodies. Building on this, Dr Wilcox argues that theorizing bodies and embodiment are crucial to understanding international political violence, and argues that if IR continues to erase bodies and embodiment, it not only erases the social agency of bodies, but also fails to fully theorize political violence.

Her current project is tentatively entitled War Beyond the Human. This work argues that the category of ‘the human’ haunts our very capacity to understand, comprehend, and critique violence in global politics. Relatedly, racial divisions at the heart of Western modernity described by critical race and postcolonial theorists suggest ‘the human’ is defined by whiteness. In developing a feminist/queer reading of this ‘posthuman’ moment of political violence, Dr Wilcox asks how regimes of gender/sexuality make certain forms of death and injury and make other bodies “matter” when the human body is fractured into organs, fluids, codes, information, and prostheses such than gender and sexuality cannot be ascribed to individual bodies. Dr Wilcox is developing this work through a discussion of four ‘posthuman’ figurations: the drone, the swarm, the zombie, and the artificially intelligent robot.

Funds from the Philip Leverhulme Prize will be used toward Dr Wilcox’s next project, Gender, Precarity, and the Politics of Posthumanism. The aim of this project is to provide a feminist/queer contribution to exploring insights into the place of humans in the new posthuman era in which artificially intelligent machines play a large role in shaping social and political futures, while the subject of ‘the human’ seems increasingly precarious, and ‘precarity’ itself is a mode of governance. The aim of this project is not only to consider the challenges of AI and related technological developments, but also to envision a progressive politics that offers new interpretations of the consequences and opportunities of 'the posthuman' for projects of survival, justice, and resistance in an age of human precarity. The project will emphasize feminist and critical race theories as fruitful lenses through which to investigate these questions.

 A full list of winners can be found on the Leverhulme website

Dr Or Rosenboim joint winner of the 2014 Raymond Aron Prize

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Dr Or Rosenboim, a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at Queens' College, is the joint winner of the 2014 Raymond Aron Prize, awarded by the Societe des amis de Raymond Aron, L'ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, for her POLIS doctoral dissertation, "The Emergence of Globalism: Visions of World Order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950."

Raymond Aron (1905-1983) was a philosopher and political scientist. The Society of Friends of Raymond Aron established the prize in 1997, and you can see a list of prior winners here

Dr Roberto Foa appointed as University Lecturer in Public Policy

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We are delighted to announce that Dr Roberto Foa will be joining the Department of Politics and International Studies as University Lecturer in Public Policy from September 2019.

Dr Roberto Foa is currently a Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Melbourne. His research examines quality of government, regimes, and comparative social indicators. He is also interested in political methodology, including comparative survey work, index construction and design, geospatial analysis, and multi-method research. He was a Peter Martin Fellow at the Financial Times, worked for the World Bank as designer of the Indices of Social Development, and while living in Washington DC, founded the Washington European Society.

Roberto Foa’s academic work has been published in a wide range of Q1 journals, and cited in publications including The Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Guardian and The Atlantic.

Selected Publications:

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Anna Nemirovskaya (forthcoming 2019). "Frontier Settlement and the Spatial Variation of Civic Institutions." Political Geography. 

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Yascha Mounk (forthcoming 2019). "Youth and the Populist Wave." Philosophy and Social Criticism.

Foa, Roberto Stefan. (2018). "Modernization and Authoritarianism." Journal of Democracy, 29(3).

Yascha Mounk and Roberto Stefan Foa. (2018) "The End of the Democratic Age: Autocracy’s Global Ascendance." Foreign Affairs, Vol. 97(3): pp 20-8.

Foa, Roberto Stefan. (2017). "Persistence or Reversal of Fortune? Early State Inheritance and the Legacies of Colonial Rule." Politics and Society, 45(2): pp 301-24.

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Yascha Mounk. (2017). "The End of the Consolidation Paradigm" Journal of Democracy, Web Exchange on Democratic Deconsolidation. 

Foa, Roberto Stefan, Ronald F. Inglehart, Tatiana Karabchuk and Eduard Ponarin. (2017). "Set-Point Theory and Societal Collapse: The Case of Russia." Journal of Happiness Studies, Vol. 18(3): pp. 1-18.

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Yascha Mounk. (2017). "The Signs of Deconsolidation." Journal of Democracy, Vol 28(1): 5-15.

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Grzegorz Ekiert. (2017). "The Weakness of Postcommunist Civil Society Reassessed." European Journal of Political Research, Vol 56(1): pp. 419-39.

Foa, Roberto Stefan. (2016). "It’s the Globalization, Stupid." Foreign Policy, December.

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Yascha Mounk. (2016). "The Danger of Deconsolidation: Democratic Disconnect." Journal of Democracy, Vol. 27(3): pp 5-17.

Foa, Roberto Stefan and Anna Nemirovskaya. (2016). "How State Capacity Varies Within Frontier States: A Multi-Country Subnational Analysis." Governance, Vol. 29(1): pp. 411-32.

 

Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser awarded Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund

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Two researchers from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) in POLIS, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser, have been awarded £10,000 and £5,000 respectively by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund for research collaborations with colleagues in Kenya and Zambia. This will allow Dr Srinivasan and Dr Fraser to expand their research under the ESRC-DFID funded 'Politics and Interactive Media in Africa'

Dr Sharath Srinivasan talk at Cambridge-Africa day

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Dr Sharath Srinivasan, Director of the Centre for Governance and Human Rights spoke about the launch of the Africa's Voices Foundation at the inaugural Cambridge-Africa day on 30th October 2014.
 
Africa’s Voices started as a twelve-month pilot project harnessing the reach of radio and the spread of mobile phone use to gather citizens’ opinion on governance and development issues. A ground tested collaborative platform sustained by local radio stations, Africa’s Voices aims to inform African leaders, NGOs and the wider policy and research communities, strengthening citizen participation in public affairs across the continent.

The Cambridge-Africa Programme is a working partnership between the University of Cambridge and several African universities and institutes, which supports the training of African doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. 

The video of Dr Srinivasan's talk is below; you can view videos of the other presentations from the event here



 

Dr Zarakol named programme chair for EISA 2018

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Dr Ayşe Zarakol has been named as one of the two programme chairs for the European International Studies Association's 12th Pan-European Conference. The European International Studies Association (EISA) is an individual membership based association, serving the International Relations community in Europe and beyond, and has rapidly grown to be one of the largest associations of International Relations scholars in the world. The 12th Pan-European Conference of the association will be held in Prague in September 2018. Programme chairs are responsible for assembling the entire programme with the assistance of section chairs.   

Call for sections is now open and more information can be accessed here: http://www.eisapec18.org  

 

Dr Zarakol receives European Research Council funding

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'Diplomatic Face-Work: Between Confidential Negotiations and Public Display’, a five year research project Dr Zarakol is involved with, has received more than 1 million GBP from the European Research Council. The project, which is based in University of Copenhagen and led by Dr Rebecca Adler-Nissen, studies how traditional diplomatic processes and international co-operation are affected by social media, and what this means for diplomacy’s ability to generate trust and peaceful solutions to international problems. The project will focus especially on economic co-operation in the wake of the Euro crisis, negotiations on free movement of people in Europe and negotiations with EU candidate countries and neighbouring states. Dr Zarakol will be overseeing the aspects of the project involving negotiations with neighbouring states, especially Turkey and Russia.  

 

For more information, see http://news.ku.dk/all_news/2015/12/when-leaders-tweet/ 

Dr Zarakol’s book wins recognition from ISA Theory section

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Dr Zarakol’s edited volume, Hierarchies in World Politics, has been named runner up for the 2019 ISA Theory section prize for edited volumes and journal special issues. The prize certificate will be presented at the 2019 ISA Convention in Toronto. Prof Sharman is also a contributor to this volume.

Seminar in POLIS by the German Finance Minister, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble

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On the 27th of  March the German Finance Minister, Dr Wolfgang Schäuble, visited Cambridge to take part in an hour-long discussion with a range of students and staff from across the University interested in the evolving political economy of the European Union. The meeting was sponsored by POLIS, and chaired by Professor Christopher Hill. Dr.  Schäuble’s opening remarks were responded to by Lord Eatwell, the President of Queen’s College and a past front-bench economic spokesman for Labour in the House of Lords.

The discussion which followed, including a number of questions from the floor, dealt with, inter alia, the role of the Euro, relations between the Eurozone and the rest of the EU, the human rights implications of current austerity policies, and the role of the German Constitutional Court.   

Duncan Bell wins 2017 Kenneth M. Roemer Award

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Duncan Bell has won the 2017 Kenneth M. Roemer Award for Innovative Course Design from the Society for Utopian Studies, for his 3rd year undergraduate course "The Politics of the Future, 1880-2080"

Mixing political theory, literature, and intellectual history, the course explores how intellectuals have thought about the future from the late nineteenth century and into the present. It uses fictional texts - including those by William Morris, H. G. Wells, W. E. B. Du Bois, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Octavia Butler and William Gibson - to explore the anxieties animating social and political thought, visions of future utopias and dystopias, and theoretical accounts of what it means to think the future.

Election LIVE! at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas

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The ELECTION podcast team returned at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas last Saturday, October 24th for ELECTION Live!, a one-off live recording of the podcast. Professor David Runciman was joined by regular panellists Dr Helen Thompson, Dr Chris Brooke, Dr Finbarr Livesey and special guest, former MP Charles Clarke, now a Visiting Professor at UEA. The panel discussed events since the UK election, upcoming events such as the US Primaries and the EU Referendum, as well as taking questions from the audience.

 

ELECTION will return for a second series in January. Stay informed by following @Dept_of_POLIS, checking this website for updates, and tweeting questions for the panel or comments to #Electionpodcast. 

#ElectionPodcast - send us your questions

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Do you have a question you'd like to hear our panel answer or discuss?

Would you like to hear what David, Helen, Chris and Finbarr think about the recently announced consultation on the proposal to offer loans of up to £25,000 for UK students studying for PhDs and research-based master's degrees?

Do they think that Britain is "walking tall again"?

And what did the panel think of the Liberal Democrats' yellow budget, announced on Thursday?

Tweet us your questions (@Dept_of_POLIS) using the hashtag #ElectionPodcast or send them in an email to enquiries@polis.cam.ac.uk  

We'll then put a selection to the panel, ready for the next podcast

In the meantime, all the existing episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher and the Streaming Media Service website. 

Former Italian Prime Minister, Dr Enrico Letta visits the Department of Politics and International Studies

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Dr Enrico LettaOn Friday 6 June, the University welcomed the former Italian Prime Minister, Dr Enrico Letta, on a visit to the Department of Politics and International Studies, and the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

Dr Letta had been invited to give the Alcuin Lecture 2014, an annual event funded by Lord Brittan to encourage discussion of the relationship between Britain and Europe. Before a large audience of students, academics and members of the public, Dr Letta argued that the possibility of a 'Brexit' (the UK leaving the EU) needed now to be taken very seriously both here and on the continent. His catalogue of reasons why such an outcome would be disastrous for both the UK and the EU as a whole provoked a lively discussion, which continued during the reception following the lecture. The evening concluded with a dinner hosted by Lord and Lady Eatwell at Queen's College, where guests included staff and students from POLIS, History, the Department of Italian and the Faculty of Law.

Dr Enrico LettaOn Saturday 7 June, Dr Letta was given a tour of the Cambridge Graphene Centre by its Director, Professor Andrea Ferrari of Pembroke College. Here he discussed exciting new developments in science and technology with Professor Ferrari's team; comprised of colleagues from Materials Science, Physics, Engineering, and partner companies such as Nokia and Toshiba. During his tour, Dr Letta was met by a number of Italian students, post docs and staff members.

Fieldwork Photography Competition Winners Announced

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This year POLIS ran a Photography Competition in collaboration with our blog, In The Long Run (ITLR), to showcase the best images our PhD students have taken whilst out on their fieldwork.

We received many fantastic submissions but we were able to narrow down our winners. 

In Third Place:

Halimatou Hima Moussa Dioula, PhD Candidate for Development Studies.

Kadata, Maradi, Niger. "We hold pens. What's your superpower? Learning, ilimi Haske."

In Second Place:

Jose Ciro Martinez, PhD in Politics and International Studies.

Amman, Jordan. "Bread is Life"

First Place:

Farhana Rahman, PhD Candidate for Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies.

Balukhali Rohingya Refugee Camp, Bangladesh. "Beyond Borders"

These images will be featured on our website in the upcoming academic year, so keep your eye out for them!

Thank you again to everyone who entered this year. The Fieldwork Photography Competition will be running again next year, so keep that in mind whilst you are out on fieldwork this year students!

First Clara Marina O'Donnell Fellow starts at the Centre for European Reform

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The first Clara Marina O'Donnell Fellow, Yehuda Ben-Hur Levy, has today started at the Centre for European Reform.

His work will focus on mis-perceptions in the Israeli-EU bilateral relationship; how populist parties in Europe may influence the foreign policies of mainstream parties; and ‘hybrid warfare’ (e.g. lessons for Europe from Russian involvement in Ukraine, IS in Iraq and Syria, and Israel/Hamas).

As the Clara Marina O'Donnell Fellow, Yehuda will also spend a week in Washington D.C. at the Brookings Institution, and will take part in seminars at King's College London, and the University of Cambridge. 

 


 

The Clara Marina O’Donnell Fellowship was established in memory of Clara, who died of cancer at the age of 30 in January 2014. Clara took the MPhil in International Relations at POLIS in 2005/2006 having graduated in European Studies from King’s College London. She then worked as a researcher at the Centre for European Reform, mainly covering foreign and defence policy, for seven years. For some of that period she was based at the Brookings Institution, in Washington DC. 

The fellowship programme is therefore jointly managed by the Brookings Institution, the University of Cambridge (the Department of Politics and International Studies) and King's College London (the Department of European & International Studies), together with the CER.

               

2016 Gamble and Hill Prize Winner

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Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for the Gamble and Hill Prize.

The overall winner was Rosie Kat - you can view her film below. 

The judging panel were looking for originality, personality and personal engagement with the topic. 

The judges made the following comments regarding Rosie's entry - 

Rosie Kat is a worthy winner of the Gamble and Hill prize. The film looks in a provocative way at the hollowness of much of contemporary political debate. Rather than take on a preachy tone, though, it engages subtly with how spectacle has come to dominate over substance. The film was imaginatively and cleverly designed, and brought out well how short films can be effective in illustrating a political standpoint.

 

 

Gamble and Hill Prize - Winners Announced!

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Launched in July 2015 and named after the first two heads of the Department of Politics and International Studies (Prof Andrew Gamble and Prof Christopher Hill), the Gamble and Hill prize is our newest prize for sixth form students of Politics and International Relations.

We are delighted by the response to the competition; there have been so many brilliant entries, on a wide variety of topics in politics and international relations - with youth participation by far the most popular! We'd like to thank everyone who entered for their time and effort.

The Winners

The judging panel were looking for originality, personality and personal engagement with the topic. The quality of the film was less important than the content, but both of the top entries were also of a very high quality. 

There were two films that were ranked top by the judges, and so we have two joint winners - 

Livvy McComb, King Edward VI Five Ways School

Guste Rekstyte, King Edward VI Grammar School Sixth Form

The judges felt that Guste Rekstyte's entry on the war in Syria was notable for its "emotional power, technique and lack of point scoring". Livvy McComb's entry offered "a pointed critique of the first-past-the-post system...the case is very effectively made, not just on behalf of young people but of everyone.".

We asked both winners for their reasons for choosing their respective subjects  -

Livvy McComb - "I instinctively decided to explore the first-past-the-post electoral system due to the recent general election. I remember feeling cheated as I watched news broadcasts on the 7th and 8th of May and wanted to express my frustration at the system’s poor representation of public opinion."

Guste Rekstyte - "The reason behind choosing Syria as our topic was simply because of its current relevance in news, however, instead of exploring the political machinations of the conflict itself, we chose to instead focus on a much more human side of it. In terms of a personal connection, it was my way of using my own resources and privilege to give someone my own age, namely Marah, a better chance to be heard. Particularly because currently, it has become easy to see Syria, and indeed Syrian refugees, as a statistic, and in doing so it can easily be forgotten that these are in fact individuals going through indescribable tragedies.Therefore, in making the film, we hoped to make the conflict seem less distant, and more personal."


The other entries in the top five were -

Kitya Mark, South Hampstead High School

Max Burt, College of Richard Collyer

Alexandra Gallacher, College of Richard Collyer

 

You can view both of the winning entries below. 

 

 

Dr Geoffrey Edwards wins CUSU award for best supervisor

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Dr Geoffrey Edwards has been awarded the best postgraduate supervisor prize in the CUSU teaching awards.

These student led awards are based on student nominations. CUSU received nearly 600 nominations for this year's awards, and Dr Edwards - who is a Senior Fellow in the Department and Emeritus Reader in European Studies - was given the overall prize for best postgraduate supervisor by the student judging panel. A group of current POLIS PhD students worked together on Dr Edwards' nomination, on behalf of the dozens of MPhil and PhD students who he has supervised and supported over the years, and three of them attended the awards ceremony with Dr Edwards on the 9th May.  

To see the rest of the winners in the CUSU awards, please follow this link: http://www.cusu.co.uk/get-involved/student-led-teaching-awards/student-led-teaching-awards-2017 

Congratulations, Geoffrey!

Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize 2019

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Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize 2019

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize is Edmund Wilson. The Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize is awarded to the student with the highest average on papers POL1 and POL2. The prize is named after Emeritus Professor and former Head of Department Geoffrey Hawthorn, who sadly passed away in December 2015.

Edmund Wilson had this to say about his success: ‘Receiving the Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize is an honour I never once expected and will never forget. Many thanks to all involved for seeing my essays as deserving of this recognition. Many thanks also to all those who organised and taught the Part I HSPS course which I loved, given both its political breadth and its philosophical depth. I’m particularly grateful for the support from Selwyn College - notably from my POL1 and POL2 supervisors, Benjamin Studebaker and Dr Lauren Wilcox.

Though I have not come across Professor Hawthorn’s writings until now, the prize has prompted me to look them up. They look really interesting and relevant to my own passions, and I will definitely be reading some of them in the coming months. I also look forward eagerly to Part II of HSPS. This prize has given me renewed enthusiasm to study these topics long into the future - and one day, perhaps, to act on them in the political world beyond the academy.’

Georgia Betteridge 1995-2015

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Georgia Betteridge 1995-2015

Georgia Betteridge

The Department is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of its undergraduates, Georgia Betteridge, who died on 5 October 2015 at the age of 20. Georgia was an exemplary student in her enthusiasm, seriousness of purpose, and determination to give of her best and was rewarded for her efforts with a First in Part I of the Tripos in 2014. She battled her illness with tremendous bravery and spirit and will be missed by all of us who taught her and were taught with her. 

Giulio Regeni 1988-2016

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As Head of Department at POLIS I wish to express my profound shock and sadness at the death of our student Giulio Regeni.  Our very deepest sympathy goes out to Giulio’s family and his many friends.

On Friday, following consultation with the Mistress of Girton, Giulio’s college, I wrote to the Egyptian Consul General in London to convey our sense of shock and to ask to be kept informed of the progress of the investigation into the circumstances of Giulio’s death, as a matter of urgency.  The text of this letter is published at the end of the page.  Our request has been acknowledged and we will pursue this and any other means to try to discover the truth behind this appalling event.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, the Mistress of Girton and the Head of the Centre of Development Studies have all been in contact with Giulio’s family to offer our deepest condolences.  Events have been held in the Department and in Girton to remember Giulio and to mourn for his loss.  We will be discussing with Giulio’s college and his friends how we can best commemorate his life and work in due course.  

 

David Runciman

Head of Department


Obituary

Giulio Regeni, who was found dead in Cairo, Egypt on 3rd February, was a highly promising young scholar of social and economic development in the Middle East. Giulio came to the University of Cambridge in 2011, after previously obtaining a first class degree for his BA in Arabic and Politics at the University of Leeds. In Cambridge, he studied for a master’s degree in Development Studies. His academic results were excellent, and he was awarded a high pass in completing the degree. His time on this MPhil also fostered his academic interests in the Middle East, and took him on to applying for professional postings in the region. He ended up in Cairo, working for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, where he furthered his keen interests in the labour sector, economic change and governance in a country that was undergoing significant political changes.

Wanting to develop these interests more systematically, and after a year working for the international consulting firm Oxford Analytica, Giulio came back to Cambridge in 2014. He returned to the Centre of Development Studies at the Department of Politics and International Studies to study for a PhD, with the aim of pursuing an academic career. Inspired by work on how trade unions organised in pre-2011 Egypt, Giulio sought to understand how the labour sector was changing in the country, in the context of economic globalisation and greater international institutional linkages. After completing the first year of the PhD in Cambridge, he arranged to spend part of the year 2015-16 as a visiting scholar at the American University in Cairo.

Giulio was passionate about his research. He was always receptive to new ideas and approaches, but his work remained driven by a sense of justice. Giulio was enthusiastic also about communicating his knowledge to a wider audience. He signed up to teach a course on the comparative politics of the Middle East to undergraduate students, intending initially to return to Cambridge from Egypt in early January 2016 to begin teaching. But with research and conversations in Cairo progressing well, he postponed his intended return until March. He was last seen alive on 25th January, travelling by metro in central Cairo, on his way to visit friends. He was 28 years old at the time.

Glen Rangwala


Memories of Giulio

Giulio was my PhD buddy. A fellow lover of Egypt, social justice, and human dignity. On Friday the 5th of February, a few days after Giulio's body had been found, I went to a ceremony for him at Girton College. Every chair in the room was occupied. We were all invited to light a candle and share a few memories. It soon became clear that none of us could. One candle after the other was lit in complete silence. Never before have I been at a ceremony where people were all too struck by someone's death to say a single word. So consider this one of my memories. You were so loved that nobody was able to sing your praises. Nothing that could have been put in words would have done you justice. And nothing that we could have said would have been able to express the absolute terror we feel of having lost you in the way we did. How such kindness could have met such cruelty is simply beyond words. Sometimes, silence rings the loudest.

 

Giulio was one of the first PhD students in development studies to introduce himself to me during my MPhil, to take a genuine interest in my work, and to make me feel like I was a part of the department. Despite him not knowing me very well, he went out of his way to make it a welcoming environment, and I am grateful for that. He will be missed, in the department and beyond.

 

Giulio thank you for your courage, your curiosity and the powerful gift you have left us in our memories and your work. You just have left such an incredible, inspirational path behind you. It's so difficult to find the right words but I wanted to say thank you, somehow, for your engagement with my research too. Thanks for staying to chat, for sharing ideas (and our common heroes!) Your writing brings deep respect to the daily, exhausting and vital work of people whose efforts are barely recognised elsewhere. To the personal relations, the everyday indignation and stubborn perseverance in the efforts to build a better world. You documented hope, even where it is so hard to see, especially now. Not hope in the abstract sense, but a hope that takes strength and commitment. There just are so many more things to talk about, so many paths left to explore. But instead all I can say is that all of us who knew you - and all those others who will know you in your work and in your memory - will try our best to keep struggling for that kind of just, compassionate world that you fought for. Giulio, rest in deep peace, but we will keep fighting with you.

 

Nessuno potrà spegnere i sogni , la curiosità per la vita , l'amore per le pagine della storia , l'impegno civile e sociale, il desiderio di dare un significato alla propria vita, costruendo un percorso dedicato a tutti. Una preghiera per Giulio.

 

Giulio was passionate and committed researcher, a person with a sense of humour, and a good friend. I met Giulio in the French course offered by CULP. After realizing that we were from the same department, we became friends. Since we were based in the ARB building, we often went for coffee or lunch, or took a short break from writing by having a casual or ‘academic’ conversation in the green sofa area and exchanging ideas. He enjoyed analysing development issues, conflicts (or post-conflict situations), Europe, and many other societal problems. We also talked and argued about casual and study-related issues. As a person looking for solutions to problems, Giulio was one of those people who sought to contribute to making the world a better place.

 

Giulio was in my eyes unrivalled in his intellectual curiosity amongst our peers. It is with huge admiration that I remember him determinately and resolutely asking for feedback from all of us amongst the PhD students whenever he gave a presentation or simply voiced an idea in conversation. The reason he would do this more than the rest of us was because he wanted to be meticulous in his work and understanding, to ensure that he was not making errors, and quite simply because he was so evidently instilled with an insatiable yearning to understand the world around him. He has set a fine example for the rest of us, and I will forever try to be as brave and determined as he was.

Touching on the above theme, I will never forget Giulio's idealism and genuine desire to see the world become a better place. He inspired me in this regard - talking about the Green Party, the election of Jeremy Corbyn, the like. You could see in his eyes the excitement at the thought of a society becoming fairer, and again a kind of steely belief that things really good be better.

These qualities are endlessly admirable, yet they are not the things I will miss most about Giulio. At the end of the day it is always the personal that counts. Giulio was exceptionally positive and friendly, keen to make all people feel happy and comfortable. Anecdotally, the caring patience that he showed when speaking to various visiting fellows whose English was not strong was sincerely amazing, and it was emblematic of the kind of person that he was. The kind of person who would take the time to be friendly to everyone.

It is a wrenchingly heartbreaking injustice that Giulio has been killed. He was an exceptional person, and I, like all of our mutual friends, will miss him immensely. He is an inspiration to all those who want to do good.

 

You know how researchers specialising in a particular field/ area sometimes feign interest in studies that lie outside of our zone of interest? Giulio never did that. He was one of those rare scholars - genuinely curious with insatiable thirst for knowledge. He was sincerely interested in the research of everyone in his department (including mine which was based on education in India – far from his research interest!). Sitting in our department and discussing my thesis, with him asking me questions out of genuine interest, helped me in my research because his questions and ideas always made me think and improve.

His intellectual capability and profound passion for knowledge and research was unmatched. No wonder he became such an international citizen with affiliations to some of the best global educational institutions like United World College, University of Cambridge, and American University in Cairo. He was fluent in four languages – English, Spanish, Arabic and Italian: a quality I was always envious of. His passion for Middle Eastern studies and his love for Egypt were as infectious as his bright smile.

The goodness in him was not limited to his superior scholarly capability. He was also an extremely kind and compassionate person. We were both assistants to late Professor Ajit Singh (who had suffered from Parkinson’s disease), and I clearly remember how actively Giulio would be by Prof Singh’s side whenever needed. My last conversation with Giulio was regarding Prof Singh’s birthday gift, and Giulio had great plans for a celebration. Unfortunately, Prof Singh passed away before we could bring Giulio’s vision for his birthday to life.

Giulio was a good person, colleague, researcher and friend. It was a privilege knowing him. I thank him today for showing sincere interest in my research and helping me with my work, for always being kind to all of us, for showing us the true definition of courage, and for teaching us the valuable lessons of tolerance and fearless pursuit of knowledge and truth. He will be missed dearly.

 


Letter to Egyptian Consul General

5th February 2016

Dear Mr. Youssef,

It is with huge sadness that I have learnt of the loss of one of our PhD students, Giulio Regeni.

Giulio was on a field study trip in Cairo, contributing towards his doctoral work on the Egyptian economy. He was found dead in the capital on 3 February 2016.

We take the welfare of our students very seriously.  It is hard for Giulio’s family and for us to comprehend how such a talented student could meet his death in the Egyptian capital as he carried out his important academic research.  We note that the Italian authorities have urged you to conduct a thorough investigation with the participation of Italian experts and we, too, call on you to conduct a thorough and complete investigation into this tragic incident.  

I would like to be kept informed of the progress of the investigation.

Yours sincerely,

Professor David Runciman

Bringing the gold standard into the classroom: teaching replication and reproducibility at Cambridge

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Quality standards in the sciences have recently been heavily criticised in the academic community and the mass media. Scandals involving fraud, errors or misconduct have stirred a debate on reproducibility that calls for fundamental changes in the way research is done. As a new teaching course at Cambridge shows, the best way to bring about change is to start in the classroom, explains course instructor Nicole Janz.

Read more...

Goodbye to two POLIS members

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POLIS says goodbye this September to two colleagues: Dr. Elisabetta Brighi, who leaves us after two years to take up a position as Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, and Professor Andrew Gamble, FBA, who is retiring after a long and distinguished career first at the University of Sheffield, and since 2007 here at Cambridge, where he has been Professor of Politics, as well as Head of Department from 2009-2012. 

We thank them warmly for all that they have done for the Department, and look forward to staying in touch in various ways. 

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Postgraduate Open Day - 2nd November 2016

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The University of Cambridge is hosting its first Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016 and the Department of Politics and International Studies will be taking part. 

Attending the open day is an excellent way to explore the graduate courses and opportunities available at the Department.

During the first part of the day participants will be able to attend a registration hub where detailed information about the graduate application process is available; current graduate students and Graduate Admissions Office staff will be on hand to answer questions about postgraduate study and student life in the vibrant city of Cambridge. In addition, prospective applicants will have the chance to learn more about individual courses and talk to academic staff from the departments and Colleges.

We will have a stall in the Law Faculty where you can speak to administrators about each of our courses. 

In the afternoon, the Department will be holding information sessions for all of our MPhil and PhD courses. Details of these sessions are below -

Location: West Road Concert Hall

2pm: PhD in Politics and International Studies, Professor Brendan Simms

2.20pm: MPhil in International Relations and Politics, Dr Pieter van Houten

2.40pm: MPhil in Public Policy, Dr Finbarr Livesey

2.55pm: MPhil and PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, Dr Lauren Wilcox

3.15pm: MSt in International Relations, Dr Julie Smith

Break

3.30pm: MPhil and PhD in Latin American Studies, Dr Joanna Page

3.40pm: MPhil and PhD in Development Studies, Dr Graham Denyer Willis and Dr Ha-Joon Chang

4.00pm: MPhil in African Studies, Dr Adam Branch

4.15pm: MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies, Professor David Washbrook

 

 

If you would like to attend the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day, you can book here.

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open day is open to current undergraduate students or graduates who are seeking to enter into postgraduate study at Masters or PhD level. Due to limited places it is essential that you book via the link above and bring your ticket with you on the day. You are welcome to bring a parent or supporter with you. Please register them for the specific parent/supporter ticket at the link above. Access to hubs, facilities and Colleges will be restricted to ticket holders only.

If you have any queries about the main part of the day, please do get in touch with postgradopenday@admin.cam.ac.uk

If you have any queries about the Department's sessions, please email enquiries@polis.cam.ac.uk 

 

Graham Denyer Willis publishes in the American Political Science Review

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Dr Graham Denyer Willis, Senior Lecturer in Development and Latin American Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies, is published in the American Political Science Review:

Legitimacy in Criminal Governance: Managing a Drug Empire from Behind Bars

Find his article here.

Green Impact Award 2014

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Green Impact is the University's environmental accreditation scheme, encouraging teams across the collegiate University to reduce their environmental impacts.

Supported by the Environment and Energy Section, teams of staff and students use an online workbook to progress through simple, clear and easy criteria towards recognised targets and awards. Working together, team members take action to make their departments and colleges more sustainable.

Led by our Facilities Manager, Jamie Brittain, this year the Alison Richard Building achieved the Silver Award.

More information about Green Impact and this year's award ceremony is available here.

 

Inaugural Joffe Award Winner Announced

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The Department of POLIS is delighted to announce that the Joffé Award for 2017-2018 has been presented to Ibrahim Khan, for his dissertation entitled 'Rethinking Islam and Human Rights'.

The Joffé Award is presented each year to the student writing the best MPhil dissertation on the international relations and/or politics of the Middle East and North Africa. It is named for Professor George Joffé who, for many years, was the backbone of teaching on North Africa and the Middle East in the Centre for International Studies, and later in POLIS. George retired at the end of the 2016/17 academical year and the Department has created this prize as a tribute to his intellectual legacy.

Ibrahim had the following to say on his work and the award:

"My dissertation explores the extensive literature that has emerged since the 1970s on the relationship between Islam and human rights. The study examines the specific historical conditions that made a reconciliation between the two constructs necessary and urgent for disparate thinkers, and it investigates the contemporary politics of this discourse.... I am honored to have received the inaugural Joffé Award. The prize has encouraged me to think further about the topics raised in the dissertation and has affirmed for me the importance of continued critical scholarship on the politics of the Middle East and North Africa. I am grateful for the award and for the educational opportunities at POLIS that made my research possible, and I hope that the dissertation serves as a small step toward honoring the enormous scholarly legacy of Professor George Joffé."

Many congratulations to Ibrahim, and to all of his MPhil cohort on their hard work this year.

Dr Josip Glaurdic wins 1.5 million ERC Starting Grant

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Dr Josip Glaurdic wins 1.5 million ERC Starting Grant

Dr Josip Glaurdic

Congratulations to Dr. Josip Glaurdic for being awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant of 1.5 million Euros from among the nearly 3000 applicants in the 2016 call.

ERC Starting Grants are designed to encourage young talented research leaders to gain independence in Europe and to build their own careers. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. The grant will fund Dr. Glaurdic’s latest project titled "Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe”.

Dr Glaurdic is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow and a fellow of Clare College. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University, and his work is primarily concerned with the European Union, its role in international relations and its policies in South-eastern Europe.

Kate Gross Obituary

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It is with regret that we announce that Kate Gross, MPhil in International Relations graduate from St John’s College, passed away on Christmas Day. She was 36.

Ms Gross was the founding chief executive of the Africa Governance Initiative, a charity set up by former Prime Minister Tony Blair which works to “provide practical advice and support” to rebuild structures of Government in post-conflict African states. She also worked as Blair’s private secretary as well as that of succeeding Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Former Prime Minister Blair wrote an obituary for Ms Gross, which appeared in last weekend’s Sunday Times. In addition, you can read it on his official website.

Lisa Smirl Prize awarded to PhD Alasia Nuti

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Congratulations to Alasia Nuti, who has been selected as the 2016 winner of the Lisa Smirl Prize for her fantastic work towards her PhD and thesis, "Historical structural injustice: on the normative significance of the unjust"

"This is an excellent thesis that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is ambitious in its objectives... it is a beautifully presented piece of work and written with an impressive command of language." - Internal Examiner, Dr Jude Browne

Alasia became a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Frankfurt upon completion of her PhD programme here at POLIS, and is now currently a lecturer in Political Theory at the University of York.

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. A full list of winners since the creation of the prize can be found here.

Lisa Smirl Prize for Best PhD 2013-14

last modified Nov 12, 2014 10:39 AM

The Department of Politics and International Studies is delighted to announce the second winner of the Lisa Smirl prize for the best PhD completed in POLIS during the year 2013-2014.

The prize is awarded to Or Rosenboim, for her thesis “The emergence of globalism. Competing visions of world order in Britain and the United States, 1939-1950”. Or was supervised by Dr Duncan Bell.

We congratulate Or, who remains involved with the Department in her new role as a Junior Research Fellow at Queen’s College, and also wish to remember the person in whose memory this award is offered. The Prize is named in memory of Lisa Smirl, who gained her PhD in the Department in 2010, but who died of cancer in February 2013.

Winner of the Lisa Smirl Prize for best PhD 2018-19 Announced

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Sean Fleming wins the prize for his thesis: "Leviathan on a Leash: A Political Theory of State Responsibility,"

 

POLIS would like to offer their sincerest congratulations to former PhD student Sean Fleming who has won the 2018-19 Lisa Smirl Prize.

His thesis entitled, "Leviathan on a Leash: A Political Theory of State Responsibility," was described as a brilliant combination of history of political thought, political theory, and international law. 

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.

 

 

 

MPhil Team win Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge

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This past week, four POLIS MPhil International Relations and Politics students (Tomass Pildegovics, Jamie MacColl, Gary Dreyer, Ainsley Katz) won the 1st place prize at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. The competition featured 17 teams from around the United Kingdom and was hosted in the BT Tower in London. The first place grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip to attend Black Hat USA 2019 (a cybersecurity conference) in Las Vegas in August 2019.

In the competition, teams take on the role of senior advisors to government ministers in responding to an evolving cyber attack. Over two days, the scenario evolves through three rounds with a grand finale in front of senior UK cyber security experts. The competition is multidisciplinary in nature, allowing those with a nontechnical background to test the waters of both cyber security and policymaking. The Cyber 9/12 Challenge underscores the importance of blended learning and cross-sectoral coordination that are critical to cyber security. This, in turn, emphasises the value of a diverse and innovative cyber-security workforce.

In addition to the competition, the Atlantic Council also organised networking sessions where the student team members had the opportunity to meet and learn from experts in the fields of cyber security, military, telecommunications, and journalism. Congratulations to all on behalf of the Department!

MPP candidate awarded 2019-20 Kanders Churchill Scholarship

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The Kanders Churchill Scholarship is awarded from a pool of applicants to the Cambridge Master’s in Public Policy.

Congratulations to Clara Ma, who has received the Kanders Churchill Scholarship for her 2019/20 Master of Public Policy programme. 

The Churchill Scholarship and Kanders Churchill Scholarship are for one year of Master’s study at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge. The awards cover full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant. The Churchill Scholarship dates to 1963.

 

New History and Politics Tripos - further details

last modified Mar 04, 2016 09:42 AM

The History and Politics is an exciting new joint Honours degree which will run for the first time in 2017. It offers subjects from the highly regarded History and Politics and International Relations courses, together with bespoke papers which will allow students to explore the space between the two disciplines.

New History and Politics website with further details, including paper options and admissions requirements. 

Further information

If you are interested in applying for this course you can find more information on how to apply on the University's Undergraduate Study pages. You can find more information about Politics and International Relations here on our website. For more information about studying History at Cambridge, please visit the Faculty of History website.

Subject Masterclasses 2016

The Politics and International Relations Masterclass 2016 is on Friday 8th April and booking is now open!

Click here to book your place. 

Subject Masterclasses are aimed at academically-able Year 12 students from any school/college. They are subject-specific events, which offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

What is a Masterclass?

The Masterclasses provide students with an opportunity to explore topics of interest beyond what is covered within the A Level syllabus, and offer students a true flavour of undergraduate study and an introduction to the University of Cambridge.

 

Coming soon - the History and Politics Subject Masterclass!

We are currently finalising the details of the Masterclass for the new History and Politics Tripos. Keep an eye out for further updates. 

POLIS Announces New PhD Studentships

last modified Feb 19, 2019 03:28 PM

The Department of Politics and International Studies is pleased to announce five new PhD studentships. Each will fund a full-time 3-year doctoral degree in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge covering fees and maintenance at the standard Research Council rate. Four of these studentships are part of a long-term initiative to support postgraduate study in Politics and International Studies, funded by YouGov.

The award of these studentships will be merit-based, with preference to applicants from the UK/EU. 

More information about PhD fees and funding can be found here.

News Archive

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Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser awarded Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund

Two researchers from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) in POLIS, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Alastair Fraser, have been awarded £10,000 and £5,000 respectively by the Cambridge-Africa Alborada Research Fund for research collaborations with colleagues in Kenya and Zambia. This will allow Dr Srinivasan and Dr Fraser to expand their research under the ESRC-DFID funded 'Politics and Interactive Media in Africa'

Dr Amrita Narlikar awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014

POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Amrita Narlikar, Reader in International Political Economy and the Director of the Centre for Rising Powers, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for 2013-2014, to work on a new research project "The Power of the Poor: International Economic Negotiations in a Globalising World". The Leverhulme Research Fellowships are awarded on the basis of a competition that is open to experienced researchers across the full range of academic disciplines. The scheme is a highly competitive one: 588 applications were reviewed this year with a success rate of 16%. The grant will allow POLIS to appoint a replacement lecturer to cover Dr Narlikar's teaching while she is working on the project.

2013 Alcuin Lecture announced

Professor Loukas Tsoukalis will deliver the 2013 Alcuin Lecture on Wednesday 5 June. Professor Tsoukalis will talk on 'Is there a future for the European Union - and with Britain in it?'. Please could those who are interested in attending send in applications to cahg2@cam.ac.uk by 31st May. For more information please see the poster.

POLIS affiliated Junior Fellow awarded Dan David Prize

POLIS is pleased to announce that Dr Katrina Forrester has been awarded a Dan David Prize Scholarship for her research project ‘Philosophy and Real Politics in Liberal Political Thought: On the Relation of Theory and Practice from the End of Ideology to the End of History 1950-2000’. A small number of these international prizes are awarded annually to post-doctoral researchers from across the humanities and sciences.

Professor John Loughlin appointed to the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Professor John Loughlin, Affiliated Lecturer in POLIS, Director of the Von Hügel Institute and a Fellow of St Edmund's College, has been appointed to the Chaire Ganshof van der Meersch at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) for the academic year 2013-14. The Chaire is endowed by the Fondation Wiener-Anspach as part of the Fondation’s support for academic exchanges between the ULB and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Professor Loughlin will pursue research on European federalism and the current financial crisis and also on the place of religion in public and political life.

CSAP Co-Hosts External Champion to the Global Uncertainties Programme

Tristram Riley-Smith, has been appointed as a Director of Research to support his role as the External Champion to the Research Councils' Global Uncertainties (GU) Programme at CSaP.

The GU Programme focuses on six core areas associated with the causes and consequences of insecurity in the world:

  • Ideologies and beliefs
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational organised crime
  • Cybersecurity
  • Threats to infrastructures
  • Proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN) weapons & technologies.

Tristram will work as a high-profile ambassador for the Programme, seeking to enhance opportunities for impact and knowledge exchange by connecting researchers across the UK (in receipt of £384m of funding) to national and international policy makers, public bodies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and the wider public.

Tristram aired his early thoughts about the role with the GU Annual Conference in London on 26 March. In the first months he plans to consult stakeholders; review the portfolio of projects; and promote greater levels of engagement between end-users and researchers. He wants to run a triage process to identify a small number of projects which could achieve early impact with the support of stakeholders. He emphasised five core principles which underpin his work:

  • promote the importance of partnership;
  • respect the academic quest for knowledge, as a valued end in itself;
  • engage with ethical and security concerns of researchers and stakeholders;
  • recognise the significance of the GU Programme for stability and well-being;
  • focus on a drive to deliver beneficial, practical outcomes from the GU programme.

Tristram welcomes comments, ideas or insights that you would like to share about the programme (http://www.globaluncertainties.org.uk/), especially if you have benefited from GU funding. You can e-mail him at tr356@cam.ac.uk.

POLIS is currently recruiting two University Lecturers

The Department of POLIS is currently advertising two University Lectureships. One is to be in the field of Latin America or South Asia and the other will be in Comparative Politics with a specialist interest in Europe (including the UK) and/or the United States. For further information please see the Job pages of this website.

2013 Hinsley Lecture to be given by Prof. Stephen Walt

POLIS is pleased to announce that the Hinsley Lecture in 2013 will take place on November 13 and will be given by Professor Stephen Walt. Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer professor of international affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

New Chair in Politics announced

The Department is very please to announce that David Runciman has been recruited to the position of Chair in Politics.

Dr Bell awarded Cambridge Humanities Research Grant

Dr Duncan Bell has secured a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant to aid his project "Dreamworlds of Empire: Utopia, Race and the Project for a New Anglo Century".

The Masters in Public Policy officially launched

The Masters in Public Policy was officially launched at an event on the 29th November at the Institute of Governance in London. The programme will take its first students from October 2013. For further information, please see the University Web pages

Dr Duncan Bell awarded Philip Leverhulme Prize

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr Duncan Bell has been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in recognition of his scholarly work in the history of political thought. For further information please see the Leverhulme website.

Professor David Allen, 1949-2012

Many people in POLIS, especially those working in the area of European Studies will be sad at the news of the death of Professor David Allen, a good friend of the Department who acted as external examiner in the past, and informal adviser to many young researchers. Please follow the link for the THE obituary.

The US election seen from East Asia: what is at stake?

Dr K-C Lin will be on the panel for a debate being held as part of the Festival of Ideas, on Saturday 27 October, 3:00PM - 4:15PM . For further information, please see the listing on the Festival of Ideas website

Advanced Notice: Hinsley Lecture

POLIS is pleased to announce that the annual Hinsley lecture will be given by Fraser Cameron on 14 November at St John's College. Dr Cameron will speak on "Power and the Pursuit of Peace – An EU Dream or Illusion".

Six Five Year Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Applications are invited for 6 postdoctoral research associates to work on Conspiracy and Democracy: History, Political Theory and Internet Research, the Leverhulme-funded interdisciplinary, collaborative project led by Professor Sir Richard Evans (History), Dr David Runciman (Politics and International Studies) and Professor John Naughton (CRASSH); and based at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), starting 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2017. For more information please see the CRASSH website.

Dr Glen Rangwala awarded Pilkington Prize

Dr Glen Rangwala has been awarded one of the twelve annual Pilkington Prizes recognising outstanding teaching. Dr Rangwala received his prize from the Vice Chancellor at an awards ceremony at Downing College. For more information please see the University News webpages

Butler Prize winners announced

For full details of the winners of this year's Butler Essay Prize for Sixth Form Students please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

David Runciman awarded the Bernard Crick Prize for the best article published in The Political Quarterly in 2011

POLIS Academic Dr David Runciman has won The Political Quarterly Crick Prize. David Runciman’s piece ‘Can Democracy Cope’, which appeared in issue 82 4 won praise from the Board’s judges for its insightfulness and deep understanding of the theme. He was awarded the prize at the Orwell Awards in Church House on 23 May.

Dr Josip Glaurdic and Dr Alex Anievas awarded Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships

The Department is pleased to announce that Dr Josip Glaurdic and Dr Alex Anievas have been awarded prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships and will be joining the Department in 2012-13

POLIS PhD student awarded Political Studies Association's Lord Bryce Prize

Dr Alex Anievas has been awarded the Political Studies Association's Lord Bryce Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations/Comparative Studies for his Dissertation on ‘Capital, States, and Conflict: International Political Economy and Crisis, 1914-1945’

POLIS Department academics star turn at Hay-on-Wye festival

Hay-on-Wye festival

Cambridge Public Policy (CPP) set up to coordinate the development of new approaches to public policy

Cambridge Public Policy (CPP) is a University of Cambridge initiative set up to coordinate, support and encourage the development of new approaches to public policy, informed by the best available research, teaching and practice.

The CPP website has more details of the initiative.

Prof. Loughlin appointed an Officier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Professor John Loughlin, Director of the VHI and Fellow of St Edmund's College, was appointed an Officier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Government in 2010. He received the award at a ceremony at the French Embassy's Cultural Centre in March 2012. The Ordre des Palmes Académiques is the second oldest order of chivalry and was established by Napoleon I in 1808. It is award to French citizens for services to higher education in France and to non-French citizens who make a significant contribution to French culture and learning. Professor Loughlin received the award in recognition of his" contribution to the French culture and language in the United Kingdom and for his extensive research into European politics".

POLIS academic assists UN and Egyptian Government

Professor John Loughlin, Director of the VHI and Fellow of St Edmund's College, has been assisting the United Nations-Habitat and the Egyptian government to develop a new system of regional governance and planning for Egypt. After many years of dictatorship and a highly centralized administrative system, Egypt, like many other countries in the world, has been moving towards a more decentralized system. Professor Loughlin chaired a UN-Habitat committee of experts which produced a set of 'Guidelines on Effective Decentralization' which were adopted unanimously by the UN-Habitat General Council, consisting of 60 countries, at their meeting in Nairobi in 2007. Professor Loughlin has researched and written extensively on regionalization and decentralization in European countries. His most recent publication in this area is the Oxford Handbook of Local and Regional Democracy in Europe, jointly edited with Frank Hendriks and Anders Lidstrom and published by Oxford University Press in 2010 which covers all 27 EU member states as well as Norway and Switzerland. In 2007 he published Subnational Government: the French Experience. He is currently editing the Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism which is due to be published in 2012.

R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies (02/03/2012)

The essay questions for the 2012 round of the R.A. Butler Prize have now been released. The competition for Year 12 (lower 6th) students for essays in Politics and International Studies is run by POLIS in association with Trinity College. The prize aims to encourage students with an interest in modern politics and world affairs to consider undertaking university studies in Politics, International Studies or a related discipline, and to recognise the achievements of high-calibre students and those who teach them. For more information please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

Cambridge PhD students win Politics in Spires best blog competition

Politics in Spires is pleased to announce that the prize for the best blog published from November 2011-January 2012 will be awarded to the joint authors of ‘How are election preparations unfolding in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)? Hope or failure? Two perspectives’—Hubertus Juergenliemk, PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Doctoral student at the University of Oxford during the academic year 2011-12, and Lindsay Scorgie, PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge. Please read their blog here.

Scot Peterson, of the Oxford Politics in Spires Oversight Committee says, ‘The blog was really interesting, original and thought-provoking It was well argued and incorporated material from students’ field work for their degrees. This is exactly what we are looking for – congratulations!’

The next round of the blog prize will run from February – April 2012: please send blogs to Oxbridge.blog@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you! For more information, click here.

David Miliband in discussion with Prof. Gamble

David Miliband, Labour MP and former Foreign Secretary, will be speaking at the Cambridge Union on Wednesday 1st February at 12 noon. Mr Miliband will be discussing the issues of the day with Prof. Gamble, Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies, before the floor is opened for questions. We expect this to be a very popular event and University ID will be required for entrance.

POLIS MSt. Student awarded MBE

A student on the Master of Studies in International Relations course, Damian Platt, has been awarded the MBE for his work in the favelas, or shantytowns, of Rio de Janeiro. Damian was given the award by HRH the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in December. For more information please see http://news.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/2012/01/09/international-relations-student-awarded-mbe/

PLEASE NOTE: On 3rd January 2012 the Department of POLIS moved to the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT.

Over the Christmas Vacation the Department moved to a new home, the Alison Richard Building on 7 West Road. POLIS is now housed in a dedicated state-of-the-art building alongside the area centres and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, and it is based on the University's Sidgwick site which is home to many other Humanities and Social Science Departments.

Politics in Spires: A thoroughfare for all thoughts on politics and international relations

Politics in Spires is a collaborative effort between the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. The website aims to promote and disseminate research and to engage in scholarly debate on current affairs, addressing topical issues in a timely fashion.

Politics in Spires: http://politicsinspires.org/

Cambridge's POLIS is ranked 3rd in the world

Cambridge University's Politics and International Studies courses are ranked 3rd in the world in the first comprehensive set of international rankings at subject level. For more information please see the New QS World University Rankings by Subject 2011 - Social Sciences website.

Winners of the R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies (06/07/2011)

The winners have been announced for the R.A. Butler Prize for essays in Politics and International Studies 2011. The first prize is £600, to be shared between the candidate and his or her school or college. The second prize is £400. For more information please see the R.A. Butler webpage.

CGHR Research Associate Vacancy (06/07/2011)

The Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) is seeking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to work for up to 15 months on the research project ‘New communication technologies and citizen-led governance in Africa’. Further details about the position available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

Republicanism and Religion: A colloquium in memory of Émile Perreau-Saussine (17 Feb 2011)

Emile Perreau-Saussine

On 17 February 2011 in Fitzwilliam College a memorial colloquium was held in honour of our friend and colleague Emile Perreau-Saussine, who died tragically in 2010.

Details of the event are available from the colloquium's page.

University lecturer vacancy (7 Feb 2011)

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the Department of Politics and International Studies, from 1st October 2011. There is some flexibility in the field of the lectureship, and we particularly welcome applications from candidates specialising in the politics of China (including foreign policy and political economy). Other areas where the Department is seeking to strengthen its research and teaching include international security and foreign policy, the politics of the United States, and British politics and public policy. Further details about the position available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission (2 Feb 2011)

José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission, will be visiting the University on Friday 18 February to give the annual Alcuin lecture (sponsored by Lord Brittan). The lecture will take place in the Department of Chemistry, Lensfield Road, at 5pm. Admission will be by University card and photo-ID only.Applications to alcuinlecture@admin.cam.ac.uk by 12 noon on Wednesday 9 February.

Dr Barroso is an academic economist by background, and ex-Director of the Department of International Relations at Lusiada University, as well one time Prime Minister of Portugal. At this critical time for the European economy, and indeed for Europe's external relations, his remarks will be of particular interest to members of POLIS.

For more information see the poster for the event.

Catalan Election Event (28 Nov 2010)

On the occasion of the Elections to the Parliament of Catalonia on 28th November, the Catalan Government's Delegation to the United Kingdom, in collaboration with Catalans UK, has the pleasure to organise for the first time a reception in London to follow the election results. The event will count with the presence of Prof John Loughlin, University of Cambridge, and Mr Germà Capdevila, Managing Editor of Catalonia Today, who will comment and explain the results. The event will be presented by Ms Laura Pous, Correspondent of the Catalan News Agency.

For more information, please contact Prof John Loughlin, jl602@cam.ac.uk.

EVENT CANCELLATION: 'India as a Rising Power' - The Honourable Mamata Banerjee (25 Oct 2010)

Due to certain unforeseen political developments in the state of West Bengal, the Indian Minister for Railways, the Honourable Mamata Banerjee, has had to postpone her trip to Cambridge. The launch of the new Centre for Rising Powers, and its inaugural lecture, are postponed to Lent Term 2011. For any queries about the Centre, please contact Dr Amrita Narlikar, an283@cam.ac.uk.

Details of the event can be found at: http://www.in-coop.eu/ (note that this is a link to an external website)

Monique Canto-Sperber - postponed (25 May 2010)

Monique Canto-Sperber was due to speak at the POLIS seminar on 25th May 2010, but unfortunately has had to postpone this appearance.

Marie Curie Initial Training Network (19 Mar 2010)

POLIS will be home to a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow and a PhD student in the Autumn as part of the new INCOOP network. The network will focus on institutional cooperation in the EU and Cambridge hopes to appoint in the fields of immigration and energy and climate change. Further details about the positions available and full information on the application procedure can be found at http://www.polis.cam.ac.uk/dept/jobs.html.

Details of the INCOOP network can be found at: http://www.in-coop.eu/ (note that this is a link to an external website)

Dr. Emile Perreau-Saussine 1972-2010 (26 Feb 2010)

Dr. Emile Perreau-Saussine 1972-2010

CIS publication listed in '100 Books for Global Thinkers' (18 Dec 2009)

Counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen ('The accidental guerilla') has listed John Bew, Martyn Frampton and Inigo Gurruchaga's 'Talking to terrorists. Making peace in Northern Ireland and the Basque country' (2009) (published by the Centre series 'Crises in World Politics') as one of the '100 books for global thinkers' recommended by Foreign Policy magazine.

For more details: click here (note that this is a link to an external website)

POLIS to launch new Centre of Governance and Human Rights on 18 November 2009

POLIS celebrates the launch of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights on 18 November 2009 with an Inaugural Lecture by Francis M Deng, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Deng will speak on the subject of ‘Managing Diversity as a Strategy for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities’.

With special reference to Africa, the Centre will generate fresh thinking on governance challenges and ideas of human rights in the 21st century. Globalisation and greater integration require developing countries engage more than before with international institutions, rules and norms. Yet shifts in the fulcrum of world power raise new questions on the common values underpinning international order and determining human well-being, on how they are pursued, and on their impact upon developing states and societies. Innovations to address persistent underdevelopment, political instability and human vulnerability must understand and navigate this changing political landscape. Drawing upon Cambridge’s long and distinctive tradition in politics and international studies going back over a century, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights will develop new courses on the politics of governance and human rights for undergraduates and graduates, and it will serve as a hub for research collaboration throughout the University. It will also bring together practitioners, policymakers and academics from developed and developing countries to build dialogue about the role of rights and governance in tackling development and security priorities. The Centre is already forging links with research institutions and practitioners in Africa.

Thanks to a generous donation from The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, a new endowed lectureship has been established to provide a dedicated Director for our new Centre in its first phase. More information on the Centre, the launch and recordings of Francis Deng's lecture will appear on the POLIS website after the event.

POLIS Launch Lecture (5 May 2009)

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) was formally launched on 5 May with a lecture and reception in the Law Faculty Building on the Sidgwick site, next door to where POLIS will be relocated in a brand-new building in 2011. The lecture was given by Professor Christopher Hill, with the title 'Changing the World? The problem of action in international politics' to an audience of colleagues and invited guests of over 120 people. The occasion was chaired by Professor John Bell, the Chair of the School of Huumanities and Social Sciences, and was followed by a lively Question and Answer session, and then a reception. A PDF of the lecture's text is to be found below. POLIS has 22 University Lecturers, five College Lecturers, and four administrative staff. Professor Andrew Gamble is the Head of Department and Angela Polletine the Administrative Officer. Three major research centres are contained within the new department: the Centre of International Studies, and two new ones, the Centre of Governance and Human Rights and the Cambridge Centre for Political Thought, which is joint collaboration with History. POLIS is located within the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies (PPSIS) and is represented on the Council of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The lecture notes are available here.

RAE 2008 (28 Jan 2009)

The RAE results just released have Politics and International Studies at Cambridge in 11th equal place in the list of 59 units assessed. Our grade profile was as follows: 20% or work was graded at the 4* level (‘world-leading’), 30% at 3* (‘internationally-excellent’), 30% at 2* level (‘internationally-recognised’) and 20% at 1* level (‘nationally recognised’). This is very pleasing, as it represents a clear improvement from 2001 when we were ranked c 24th (The different grading system used then makes exact comparisions difficult). This represents a sound foundation for the start of the new Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) in January

Postgraduate Open Day – 3rd November 2017

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Postgraduate Open Day – 3rd November 2017

The Department of Politics and International Studies will be taking part in the second University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 3 November 2017. This year it takes place at the University Centre.

The Postgraduate Open Day runs from 9am-5pm. In the morning, participants will be able to attend information sessions on the application process and related matters, such as research proposals. Graduate Admissions Office staff will be on hand to answer questions about postgraduate study and you can ask current postgraduate students about their experiences and life in Cambridge. Postgraduate Open Day participants will also have the chance to learn more about individual courses and talk to academic staff from the departments in the afternoon.

The Department of Politics and International Studies will have a stall at the University Centrewhere prospective applicants will have the opportunity to speak to administrators about each of the postgraduate courses and opportunities available at the Department. Parallel to this, course directors will be answering your questions during a Q&A session in the Alison Richard Building and you are welcome to chat with current postgraduate students.

 

LocationEventTime
University Centre

Administrators for the MPhil in Public Policy, the MPhil in International Relations and Politics, the MPhil and PhD in Development Studies and for the PhD in Politics and International Studies will be available to answer your questions.

12-2pm

Administrators for the MPhil in African Studies, the MPhil and the PhD in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, the MPhil and PhD in Latin American Studies and the MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies will be on hand to answer questions about the courses.

2-3pm

General Queries

3-4pm

S1, Alison Richard Building

Q&A with the Course Directors for the PhD in Politics and International Studies, the MPhil in Public Policy and the MPhil in International Relations and Politics.

Max. 40 places

2-3pm

 

The University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open day is open to all prospective applicants for postgraduate study at the University and will provide opportunities to explore the Colleges, talk to Department academics and find out more about the application process. If you would like to attend the University of Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day, you can book a place here.

Places are limited so it is essential that you book a place and bring your ticket with you on the day. You are welcome to bring a parent or supporter with you. Please make sure to register them for the specific parent/supporter ticket available via the online booking form linked above. Access to hubs, facilities and Colleges will be restricted to ticket holders only.

We look forward to meeting you!

For queries about about the Department's sessions, please email enquiries@polis.cam.ac.uk.

Our Gates International Scholars Announced

last modified May 08, 2017 01:45 PM

Fifty-five of the most academically outstanding and socially committed international applicants have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge - and seven will be joining the Department of POLIS.

 

Ms Maria Hengeveld

PhD Development Studies 

Maria's M.A thesis used the feminist philanthropy and humanitarian alliances of the sports giant Nike as a case study to examine the consequences of this trend, a topic she was able to further investigate as a journalist in Vietnam. For this investigation, which was published at Slate and supported by The Nation Institute in New York, she interviewed 18 Nike workers about their wages and working conditions. These conversations, coupled with other journalistic work on this subject and a consultancy project with the International Labour Organization sparked her desire to investigate the CSR industry, particularly its labour dimensions, as a PhD student at Cambridge's Centre for Development Studies.

 

Ms Leena Dahal

MPhil Modern South Asian Studies

Leena's proposed study explores how social media helped or hindered nuanced discussion on nationalism and identity in response to the 2015 unofficial border blockade between Nepal and India. By highlighting the ways in which social media driven narratives can influence how nationalism is embodied, her research will attempt to unpack the process by which complex phenomenon can turn into ‘broad-brush’ approaches to strategically influence particular stakeholders involved in the conflicts. 

 

Miss Kerry Mackereth

PhD Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies

Kerry's PhD in Gender Studies will examine spectacular acts of political violence committed against the self, and the narratives surrounding these acts of political self-sacrifice. She plans to focus on women who undertake such radical acts, with a specific focus on female hunger strikers. Her thesis will explore the stories their ravaged bodies tell about politics, and what kinds of stories we tell about these bodies. She is particularly concerned with the powerful role discourse plays in shaping our beliefs about gender and sexuality, as evidenced in the international news media’s coverage of radical political acts. 

 

Ms Mayra Tenorio Lopez

MPhil Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies

Mayra's research at Cambridge will explore the creation of corporeal responses to violence and collective resistance with other women from the perspective of indigenous women in Guatemala. As an aspiring feminist scholar in the social sciences, her studies will prepare her to engage rigorously with the challenges posed by gender inequality, and further, expand her analysis and vision so that her work may expose and create alternative worlds and possibilities for everyone, especially women.

 

Ms Yassamin Ansari

PhD Politics and International Studies

Yassamin served on the climate team that advised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and helped to deliver the historic Paris Agreement. She continued working to address climate change as the Director of the Climate Action 2016 Summit and as a consultant in the Office of the UN Youth Envoy. At Cambridge, her MPhil research merges her interests in climate change and international security. As a PhD candidate, she will build upon this work with a focus on the Middle East.

 

Ms Erica Gaston

PhD Politics and International Studies

Erica's research explores whether the control mechanisms that external actors establish when working with local or hybrid security forces can successfully mitigate the risks and costs of doing so. Whether or not such mechanisms work has significant implications for local civilians in an increasing number of areas, and for international security strategy as a whole.

 

Mr Sergio Giuliano

MPhil Public Policy

Sergio was born in San Juan, Argentina, and studied law in Buenos Aires at Universidad de San Andrés where he is currently on leave from teaching Constitutional Rights and Interpretation of the Law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School where he focused on comparative constitutional law and human rights. Sergio will pursue an MPhil in Public Policy with the objective of acquiring tools and skills to explore ways in which courts can successfully be part of public policy development and implementation.

 

To read the full biographies of our Scholars please follow this link:https://www.gatescambridge.org/our-scholars/new-scholars

Our Gates US Scholars-elect 2017

last modified Feb 09, 2017 01:53 PM

Thirty-six of the most academically outstanding and socially committed US citizens have been selected to be part of the 2017 class of Gates Cambridge Scholars at the University of Cambridge - and six will be joining the Department of POLIS. 

Mr Montana Wilson

MPhil Development Studies

Montana Duke Wilson is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre tribe of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and is descendent of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Prior to receiving his bachelor degrees, Montana held commissions as a criminal prosecutor and public defender for the Fort Peck Tribes. Upon the successful completion of his MPhil, Montana plans to return to his reservation to pursue a career in economic development for his tribes.

Mr Nicholas Ahamed

MPhil International Relations and Politics

Nicholas Ahamed joins Cambridge from Stanford University where his research focused on bringing rigorous methodologies to questions of politics, race and voting. His thesis examining Islamophobia in America synthesized the lessons of his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and his minor in Statistics. Subsequently, he served as a data scientist at Civis Analytics providing data-driven strategic recommendations and targeting guidance to PACs in the 2016 election.

Ms Anna Forringer-Beal

MPhil Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies

Anna Forringer-Beal’s undergraduate research at the University of Michigan focused on understanding the experiences of Central American women as they migrated to the United States. While researching at the Undocumented Migration Project, she was able to explore how cultural perceptions of immigration and gender influenced modern policy. As an MPhil student at Cambridge, Anna’s research will compare human trafficking policy in the United Kingdom and the United States to better understand their impact.

Ms Rebecca Resnik

MPhil Public Policy

Rebecca Resnik has served the United States in the Department of Defense and as a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State. After graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics and security studies, she began her career in the world of intelligence, concentrating on counter-terrorism and combating proliferation. Rebecca currently serves as the Public Diplomacy Coordinator for Mainland Southeast Asia, developing outreach programs that promote U.S. Government priorities in the region.

Ms Chelsie Riche

MPhil African Studies

At Rutgers University, Chelsie Riche received her BSc degree in Africana Studies and History. She served as president of the Galvanizing and Organizing Youth Activism (GOYA) organization, where she planned 5k walks to promote literacy, and collected school supplies for local and global communities. At Cambridge, Chelsie’s research will centre on the contemporary student led #FeesMustFall movement in post-apartheid South Africa.

Ms Jessica Van Meir

MPhil Development Studies

As an undergraduate at Duke University majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Jessica Van Meir has focused on using policy for the advancement of gender equality, whether through combatting campus sexual assault, advocating for transgender rights in Ecuador, or increasing menstrual product access for girls and women in Kenya and the US. Through the MPhil in Development Studies at Cambridge, Jessica plans to further study how states and citizens negotiate space in cities and explore methods for combatting poverty in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Our new blog - In the Long Run

last modified Mar 15, 2017 12:08 PM

The Department is delighted to have launched its new blog - In The Long Run. The blog aims to cut through the ephemera of trending news to provide insight from leading academic voices in Cambridge and around the world. The blog will feature accessible writing on politics and public policy based on timely reflection and cutting-edge research. It will also publish short commentary, interviews, book reviews, and videos, using today’s news to stimulate new thinking about the past, present, and future.

The editorial team for the blog is based in the Department of POLIS and includes academics and graduate students from across the fields of politics, development studies, public policy, and international relations.

Contributions are welcome from academics and students from both inside and outside of Cambridge. We welcome articles, interviews (text, audio, or video), book reviews and shorter pieces.

In the Long Run has been up and running since the start of 2017, and you can read the current posts here 

Launch event

To celebrate the launch of the blog, the Department hosted a roundtable discussion on Monday 13th March on the French presidential election. Chaired by Dr Dennis Grube (POLIS), the panellists included Hugo Drochon (CRASSH), Olivier Tonneau (MML) and Melanie Lamotte (History). The panellists surveyed the issues at stake and examined what an Emmanuel Macron, Francois Fillon, or Marine Le Pen presidency would mean for France and Europe. 

PhD candidate Raphaël Lefèvre wins Bill Gates Sr. Prize

last modified Jun 17, 2015 04:54 PM

We would like to congratulate Raphaël Lefèvre on winning the third Bill Gates Sr. Prize for his outstanding work on Middle Eastern politics. The Prize was established by the Gates Cambridge Trustees in June 2012, and gives Scholars the opportunity to nominate a fellow Scholar for their achievements. He was awarded at the Prize reception at Downing College arranged by Professor Barry Everitt, provost of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Raphaël has very generously donated the prize money to Relief & Reconciliation for Syria, a charity aiding Syrian refugees in North Lebanon, providing education and shelter. The full article can be found here on the GATES Cambridge site. Well done Raphaël!

PhD poster competition winner announced

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The department of POLIS is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 PhD poster competition is Nabila Idris.

Nabila Idris

Nabila is studying the politics of policymaking. Her current research investigates the political settlement behind social protection policy in Bangladesh. Other than this, she is also interested in social policy, civil society, youth activism and ethics in development.

She is a second year PhD student in Development Studies and also the founding president of CommunityAction -- a youth-led civil society organisation in Bangladesh that has over a thousand members. The organisation built Bangladesh's first digital textbook library for the visually impaired, and runs a successful scholarship program for underprivileged students as well as a business development and seed funding program for extreme poor households. The upshot of these activities is that she has been interested in the status quo of girls in Bangladesh for the longest time because that had a direct impact on her work. 

Her poster presents her findings and conclusions after studying the lives of Bangladeshi girls and how they learn, earn, save and keep safe. 

 

Winning poster:

Poster Nabila Idris

 

Runners up:

Poster Paola Velasco Herrejon

 Poster by Paola Velasco Herrejón

 

Poster Arief Lubis

Poster by Arief Wibisono Lubis

 

 

PhD poster competition winner announced

last modified Jul 18, 2018 11:46 AM
The department of POLIS is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 PhD poster competition is Léonie de Jonge.

L. de Jonge (2)

Léonie de Jonge is a PhD researcher in Politics & International Studies. 

Her doctoral thesis considers the success and failure of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe. Specifically, she is interested in the question why these parties are more successful the Netherlands and Flanders (i.e. the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) than in Luxembourg and Wallonia (i.e. the southern, French-speaking part of Belgium). Her research highlights the importance of mainstream parties and the media. Some of the findings related to the latter topic are presented in this poster.

Léonie would like to thank Lys Differding, who drew the illustrations for this poster.

 

Winning poster

 

PhD Thomas Maguire wins Lisa Smirl Prize

last modified Jul 08, 2015 02:46 PM

We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to Thomas Maguire, who has been chosen to receive the Lisa Smirl Prize for his excellent work towards his PhD and his thesis, "British and American intelligence and anti-communist propaganda in early Cold War Southeast Asia, 1948-1961".

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.