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Thanks and farewell

last modified Jul 24, 2017 10:05 AM

As we reach the very end of the 2015/2016 academic year, we have some people to thank for their input to the Department over the past year and, in some cases, for a lot longer.

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Professor Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations

Professor Hill joined the University in 2004, first as Director of the Centre for International Studies (CIS). He later became Head of Department of the newly merged POLIS, serving between 2012 and 2014. In his final year Chris has taught the large Part I International Relations paper, an MPhil course on Foreign Policy Analysis and has carried an heroic administrative load as one of the senior members of the Department.

Professor Hill gave his valedictory lecture in May 2016: ‘What’s left of the international?’ He retires on 30th September 2016 but we hope to see him around the Department for many years to come.


Professor David Howarth’s secondment as Director of the MPhil in Public Policy (MPP) comes to an end this year and he returns to the Department of Land Economy to enjoy a year’s sabbatical. Prof Howarth created and oversaw the first three years of the MPP in POLIS.

Dr Nikitas Konstantinidis leaves us after three years as a temporary lecturer to take up a tenure-track post in Spain. 

Dr Lior Erez departs for Italy after two years as a Teaching Associate in POLIS, giving numerous supervisions to undergraduates taking the second-year international relations paper.

Dr Payam Ghalehdar has spent the past year teaching US Foreign Policy: History and Theory to our MPhil students and is returning to life as a postdoc in Germany.

Dr Julian Huppert’s secondment to the Department has also come to an end and he returns to the Department of Physics. Dr Huppert has just been re-selected by the Liberal Democrats to stand for election as MP for Cambridge in the next election.

Dr Nazia Mintz Habib has been lecturing on the MPP over the past two years as well as undertaking research on development and policy.

We also say goodbye to two Leverhulme Early Career Fellows, Dr Alexander Anievas and Dr Josip Glaurdic.

We wish all our colleagues well as they move on from POLIS: thank you for everything and all the best for the future.