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El-Erian Institute Studentships fr 2021-22

last modified Aug 27, 2020 01:42 PM
El-Erian Institute Studentships 2021-22

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is pleased to announce the availability of 4 new PhD studentships, funding full-time 3-year doctoral degrees in either Politics and International Studies, Development Studies or Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

These studentships are generously funded by the El-Erian Institute to support our most promising postgraduate students with research topics associated with human behaviour and decision making in markets and other social institutions. 

Each studentship will cover fees and maintenance at the standard Research Council rate.

The studentships will be merit-based, and available to students from the UK/EU and Overseas. All students who are offered a place on the PhD course will be considered, whilst no separate application is required, candidates must indicate their interest when applying. 

The course start date is October 2021. The deadline for applications is 7 January 2021. More information on the course can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

 

Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences.

last modified Jul 29, 2020 02:18 PM
Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences. The prize honors excellent PhD research with a high relevance for society. The annual competition is held under the auspices of Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble. The award is endowed with EUR25.000.
Dr Andrea Binder is the winner of the Körber Foundation's German Dissertation Award 2020 in the social sciences.

Andrea Binder

Andrea's thesis analyses the relationship between offshore finance and state power. 

Offshore financial services are used by wealthy individuals and corporations to access credit not available onshore, to minimise tax bills, to avoid government regulations and to obscure legally and illegally made fortunes. Seen from offshore, the shape of the contemporary international economy appears quite different from the conventional view. Some of its most fundamental elements appear bigger - for instance the amount of US dollar created offshore - or smaller - for instance the volume of foreign direct investment - than official statistics suggest. That is, important elements of the offshore economy remain invisible to researchers and the general public alike. The thesis employs Geoffry Ingham's notion of credit-money and compares the (ab)uses of offshore financial services in Britain, Germany, Mexico and Brazil based on a mixed-methods approach, combining banking statistics with elite interviews and historical analysis. The thesis demonstrates that offshore financial services are a central part of the international economy. Across all cases, offshore money creation in the Eurodollar markets is more consequential for the power of the state than is offshore tax planning. Yet, the nature of the effect varies from country to country. It depends on the historically grown domestic elite bargain over how to finance the state.

The award will be given at an event in December 2020.

The department of Politics and International Studies would like to congratulate Andrea on her success. PhD Thesis title: The politics of the invisible: offshore finance and state power. Supervisors: Helen Thompson and Jason Sharman

If you would like to visit the Körber Foundation's web-page, please click here 

 

Winner of the Aaron Rapport Teaching Prize 2020

last modified Jul 22, 2020 02:56 PM
Professor Jude Browne is the inaugural winner of the Aaron Rapport prize in 2020

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jude Browne is the inaugural winner of the Aaron Rapport prize, awarded to a colleague who is specially commended by our students for their teaching. Professor Browne’s excellence on the undergraduate course on Gender and Politics has been recognized in consistently outstanding feedback from her students. The prize is named in memory of one of the most popular and engaging lecturers in the department of Politics and International Studies, and it is with great pleasure that the department congratulates Jude on her success.

 

Winner of the Lisa Smirl Prize for best PhD 2019-20 Announced

last modified Jul 21, 2020 03:21 PM
The Department of Politics and International Studies is delighted to announce the winner of the Lisa Smirl prize for the best PhD completed in POLIS during the academic year, 2019-2020.
Winner of the Lisa Smirl Prize for best PhD 2019-20 Announced

Jaakko Heiskanen

The prize is awarded to Jaakko Heiskanen, for his thesis: The Ethnos of the Earth: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and International Order. Congratulations Jaakko!

Jaakko will be staying at POLIS for another three years as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. His postdoctoral research examines the concept of the nomad in international relations.

Jaakko's PhD supervisor was Dr Ayşe Zarakol.

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.

ERIS (European Review of International Studies)

last modified Jul 16, 2020 11:53 AM
Latest issue of ERIS has just been published, co-edited by Prof Christopher Hill (POLIS, Cambridge) and Prof Christian Lequesne (Sciences Po, Paris)

The latest issue of ERIS, co-edited by Prof Christopher Hill (POLIS, Cambridge) and Prof Christian Lequesne (Sciences Po, Paris), has just been published. ERIS exists to provide a space for European thinking on international relations. It welcomes all submissions but particularly those from early career scholars. This issue is the first to be published with Brill who are offering the current issue free to those interested. An interview with Prof Christian Lequesne can be found on the Sciences Po website and more information on the CAMPO Scheme on the POLIS website.

Fieldwork Photography Competition Winners

last modified Jul 14, 2020 03:17 PM
The department of POLIS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 PhD Fieldwork Photography Competition.
Fieldwork Photography Competition Winners

1st Prize - Nick Chan

This year's POLIS Fieldwork Photography Competition was again run in collaboration with the 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 entries but the judges decided on the following 3 winning images, congratulations to Nick Chan, Tessa Laing and Konstantinos Pittas for sharing your photos.

First Place:

Nick Chan, PhD Candidate, Politics and International Studies.

'Exterior shot of Kuala Lumpur High Court, taken in August 2019. I was meeting a judge who presided over terrorism cases there and realised upon arrival that, as heavy the subject matter of my research was, the Brutalist face of Justice can be equally imposing too'.

In Second Place:

Tessa Laing, PhD candidate, Centre of Development Studies.

'I stripped in front of Government ministers to defend our land.' Acholi and Benet communities share strategies of resistance to violent eviction at the foot of Mount Elgon, Uganda. October 2019.

In Third Place:

Konstantinos Pittas, PhD candidate, Politics and International Studies.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, USA, 2019. Museums are not neutral: here the sponsoring energy companies claim to be preserving and protecting the marine habitats at the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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 please keep that in mind whilst you are out on fieldwork, this coming year!

PhD Academic Poster Competition Winner

last modified Jul 10, 2020 12:48 PM
The Department of POLIS is pleased to announce that the winner of the PhD Academic Poster competition 2020 is Engy Moussa. Congratulations Engy!
PhD Academic Poster Competition Winner

Engy Moussa

Academic posters are a great way to disseminate research and to promote work at conferences. A good academic poster will capture attention, explain ideas and open further discussions. 

Engy Moussa is a PhD researcher in Politics & International Studies.

Engy’s doctoral research examines the Arab region’s security market since 2011. She particularly asks: How have privatizing and outsourcing security contributed to reconfiguring authoritarian rule in the Arab region after the 2010-2011 uprisings. Drawing upon interviews, official documents and fieldwork, she argues that the post-uprisings reconfiguration of the security market fits into an ongoing framework of authoritarian adaption pursued by the region’s ruling regimes to ensure their survival and prosperity. Alongside outlining the research’s theoretical framework, methods and the gaps it tries to fill, the poster highlights the case studies’ main findings and concludes with some reflections on how privatizing security could either enhance democracy or enforce authoritarianism.

Winning poster

Winner of 2020 Bill Gates Sr. Prize announced

last modified Jul 30, 2020 02:00 PM
Congratulations to POLIS PhD student Alice Musabende who has been named this year's winner of the Bill Gates Sr. Prize, nominated by her peers.
Winner of 2020 Bill Gates Sr. Prize announced

Alice Musabende winner of the Bill Gates Sr. Prize

Alice Musabende has been selected for the prize which was established by the Gates Cambridge Trustees in June 2012 in recognition of Bill Gates Sr’s role in establishing the Gates Cambridge Scholarships, being a Trustee and engaging with, and inspiring, many generations of Gates Cambridge Scholars.

Read the full story on the Gates Cambridge web-page.

 

MPP candidate awarded 2020-21 Kanders Churchill Scholarship

last modified Jan 31, 2020 09:29 AM
The Kanders Churchill Scholarship is awarded from a pool of applicants to the Cambridge Master’s in Public Policy.

Congratulations to Thomas Freitag, who has received the Kanders Churchill Scholarship for his 2020/21 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.

2019 Annual Public Policy Lecture

last modified Nov 12, 2019 01:50 PM

We are delighted to announce that the annual Cambridge Public Policy Lecture will be with Polly Mackenzie speaking on ‘Post Populism: Towards a new democratic settlement’.

 

Polly is the Chief Executive of Demos.

 

Polly started her career as a business journalist. In 2004 she became a Policy Adviser on housing and local government for Edward Davey MP. She then worked for Nick Clegg from 2006 to 2015, helping to write the 2010 Coalition Agreement, and serving as Director of Policy to the Deputy Prime Minister from 2010-15.

 

After leaving Government, Polly established the operations of the Women’s Equality Party, and then went on to found the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, a charity working to break the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. She lives in South East London, and has three children.

 

Event hosted by the Department of Politics and International Studies and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

 

The Lecture will take place from 17:30-19:00 in the Frankopan Hall, West Court at Jesus College, Cambridge. Followed by a Drinks Reception in the West Court Reception Foyer from 19:00-19:30.

 

Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Eventbrite listing here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2019-annual-public-policy-lecture-with-polly-mackenzie-director-of-demos-tickets-76221920817

2018-2019 Joffe Award Winner Announced

last modified Oct 14, 2019 08:35 AM

The Department of POLIS is delighted to announce that the Joffé Award for 2018-2019 has been presented to Harel Berger, for his dissertation entitled 'Evaluating the Implications of the Israeli Labour Party’s Engagement in the Socialist International (1967-1984)'.

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.

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

"The dissertation that I have authored explores the geopolitical implications of the Israeli Labour Party’s engagement in the Socialist International from 1967 to 1984 through the theoretical lens of constructivist realism. Receiving the Joffé Award has invigorated my resolve to conduct future research on political parties as global actors. I am thrilled to be the recipient of an accolade whose namesake has bequeathed such a rich scholarly legacy to the study of my home region. I wish to convey my immense gratitude to POLIS for bestowing this great honour upon me. I also wish to thank my supervisor, Professor Christopher Hill, for the invaluable guidance and support that he lent to my research throughout the past academic year."

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

Scholarship for POLIS PhD students

last modified Sep 30, 2019 12:13 PM

With the generous support of the Cambridge Security Initiative, the Forum on Geopolitics is pleased to offer a £10,000 one-year bursary for a second or third year doctoral student in the Department of Politics and International Studies. The successful candidate will be writing a thesis focusing on the area of European geopolitics, past or present. A demonstrable commitment to the world of policy and to pursuing a career related to geopolitics will also be required.

To apply, please send a CV and 1 page cover letter addressed to Prof. Brendan Simms, Director of the Forum on Geopolitics to tp354@cam.ac.uk by 17.00 BST 9 October. 

POLIS Festival of Ideas 2019

last modified Sep 17, 2019 12:45 PM

The Department of POLIS is excited to announce participation in this autumn's Festival of Ideas. We are delighted to have contributions from PhD students, Researchers, PostDocs and Academics in this year's lineup. The main day of events at the Sidgwick site will be concentrated on Saturday 19 October 2019. POLIS events are: 

  • 11am Changing Perceptions through Arts: Creativity in post-conflict societies by Maja Spanu
  • 11:30am The 2020 Presidential Election: Ideological and Institutional Change in American Politics by Sophie Rosenburg, Dan Smith, David Talbot
  • 1pm Managing Change in the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Mateus Labrunie
  • 1pm Re-ordering The Balkans by Timothy Less
  • 3:30pm Digital Life in Cities of Refuge by Matt Mahmoudi

There is one more POLIS activity on Friday 25 October 2019: 

  • Economics & climate change: from getting it wrong to making it right by Matthew Agarwala (Bennett Institute)

All bookings are to be made through the FOI website https://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk/events 

Geoffrey Hawthorn Prize 2019

last modified Sep 09, 2019 03:11 PM

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.’

Fieldwork Photography Competition Winner 2020

last modified Jul 14, 2020 02:46 PM
The department of POLIS is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 PhD Fieldwork Photography Competition.
Fieldwork Photography Competition Winner 2020

1st Prize - Nick Chan

This year's POLIS Fieldwork Photography Competition was again run in collaboration with the 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 entries but the judges decided on the following 3 winning images, congratulations to Nick Chan, Tessa Laing and Konstantinos Pittas for sharing your photos.

First Place:

Nick Chan, PhD Candidate, Politics and International Studies.

'Exterior shot of Kuala Lumpur High Court, taken in August 2019. I was meeting a judge who presided over terrorism cases there and realised upon arrival that, as heavy the subject matter of my research was, the Brutalist face of Justice can be equally imposing too'.

In Second Place:

Tess Laing, PhD candidate, Centre of Development Studies.

'I stripped in front of Government ministers to defend our land.' Acholi and Benet communities share strategies of resistance to violent eviction at the foot of Mount Elgon, Uganda. October 2019.

In Third Place:

Konstantinos Pittas, PhD candidate, Politics and International Studies.

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, USA, 2019. Museums are not neutral: here the sponsoring energy companies claim to be preserving and protecting the marine habitats at the Gulf of Mexico.

 

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 please keep that in mind whilst you are out on fieldwork, this coming year!

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

last modified Jul 19, 2019 08:01 AM

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.

 

 

 

Dr Roberto Foa appointed as University Lecturer in Public Policy

last modified Jun 28, 2019 02:49 PM

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 Cristina Peñasco appointed as University Lecturer in Public Policy

last modified Jun 03, 2019 03:33 PM

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.

 

 

Postgraduate Open Day – November 2020

last modified Jun 02, 2020 01:06 PM

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities.

In light of the latest advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, our in-person Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day has been cancelled. However, we are working on producing a virtual alternative which will be available in November 2020. More information will be available on this page in September.

During the event, you can:

  • attend presentations on making an application and writing a research proposal,
  • find out more about PhD research and the Cambridge MPhil,
  • discover funding opportunities at Cambridge and meet current scholars,
  • take tours of University facilities,
  • visit departments and Colleges,
  • speak with current postgraduate students to hear about their experiences, and
  • talk to student services about topics such as funding, accommodation, disability resources and career advice.

Dr Holly Porter appointed as University Lecturer in Gender Studies

last modified Apr 15, 2019 09:57 AM

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:

Congratulations to Pedro Mendes Loureiro

last modified Apr 02, 2019 12:17 PM

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.

Graham Denyer Willis publishes in the American Political Science Review

last modified Mar 07, 2019 01:19 PM

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.

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.

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

last modified Feb 19, 2019 02:04 PM

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

last modified Jan 22, 2019 03:28 PM
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.

 

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 Zarakol’s book wins recognition from ISA Theory section

last modified Jan 03, 2019 10:39 AM

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.

Dr Lauren Wilcox wins prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize

last modified Dec 11, 2018 09:58 AM

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

POLIS PhD Studentships for 2021/22 Entry

last modified Aug 27, 2020 01:41 PM
Politics and International Studies studentship, funded by YouGov

The Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is pleased to announce the availability of 1 new PhD studentships, funding a full-time 3-year doctoral degree in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

These studentships are part of a long-term initiative to support postgraduate study in Politics and International Studies, funded by YouGov. 

Each studentship will cover fees and maintenance at the standard Research Council rate.

The studentships will be merit-based, with preference to applicants from the UK/EU. All students who are offered a place on the PhD course will be automatically considered and no additional application is necessary.

The course start date is October 2021. The deadline for applications is 7 January 2021. More information on the course can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

 

Inaugural Joffe Award Winner Announced

last modified Oct 08, 2018 01:29 PM

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.