SPAIS staff supervisory interests
Academic staff in SPAIS are particularly interested in supervising in the following research areas:
Development politics, politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, ethno-national violent conflict, colonialism and decolonialisation, conflict mediation, ethnicity and civic nationalism; and issues relating to poverty, inequality, and distributive justice.
Critical migration studies; mobility; citizenship; domestic labour; immigration enforcement.
Marxist and decolonial International Relations theory; indigenous peoples' issues in global politics; Arctic geopolitics, environmental and indigenous peoples’ issues; indigenous peoples’ nationalism and self-determination.
Social class in relation to educational inequalities, employment, culture, politics, identities and everyday life; Bourdieu, field theory and phenomenology. I’m usually keener to supervise a thesis that uses Bourdieu but has little to do with class than a thesis on class that has little to do with Bourdieu.
Political violence, Genocide, Transitional justice, Reconciliation, Peace processes/negotiations, Peacebuilding, including local level peacebuilding, Regional interest in particular in Latin America (including Colombia and Central America)
Marx; Engels; Marxism; philosophy and methodology of the social sciences; Sex, gender, sexuality; masculinities and international politics.
Gender in African politics (especially Kenya and East Africa); feminist political economy of everyday life; gender in informal and social reproductive work; sex work; gender and development, especially critical approaches to development; neoliberalism.
Marriage-related migration; gender and migration (including masculinity); other issues in migration, ethnicity, transnationalism & diaspora; British South Asians (particularly Pakistanis) and other South Asian diasporas; kinship; qualitative methods.
Peacebuilding; disaster studies (focusing on vulnerabilities and capacities); civil society / state interaction in post-conflict states; human security.
European integration and the politics of the European Union; the European institutions including the European Commission; the politics and administration of EU member states; bureaucratic politics; institutionalism, organisational culture and public ethics; Malta and the EU; UK-EU relations; European environmental policy; European competition and state aid policy.
Cosmopolitan scholarship, in particular those who focus on global justice; global cohabitation problems, including but not limited to climate change; the global governance of collective action problems, both transnational and multilateral; human rights, especially the human right to health; matters of global ethics and fairness at the global level, including the relationship between developed and less developed countries.
Forced displacement and statehood in the Middle East; Islamist movements and international norms; international relations theory applied to the analysis of Middle Eastern affairs.
Political theory (especially environmental political thought; feminist political thought; history of political thought); human rights; climate change.
Science and Technology Studies (STS); Sociology of knowledge and expertise; Sociology of risk and disaster; Organizational sociology. (Especially as these fields apply to: regulation; bureaucracy; atomic energy & weapons; civil aviation; critical infrastructures; climate change & autonomous systems).
Maritime security, security sector reform, capacity building.
Comparative and international political economy (esp. institutions and varieties of capitalism); Comparative politics and public policy; Central and Eastern Europe
HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa; EU development policy; EU-ACP relations; regionalism; sustainable development.
The nature of political theory/philosophy; the relationship between political theory and political practice (via e.g. the ideal/nonideal-theory debate, the facts/principles debate, or the moralism/realism debate); the relationship between political theory and political science; the relationship between political theory and history; general problems of justification and methodology (including e.g. constructivism, contextualism, and coherentism and reflective equilibrium).
Development of small and mid-sized firms in developing countries; relations between China and other developing countries (in particular Latin American); management in developing countries.
Nationalism; ethnicity; migration; everyday nationhood; integration; racialisation; East Europe; East European migration
Digital data and methods; digital inequality; digital futures; interdisciplinary collaboration; participatory methods and co-production.
Popular music; race/racialisation especially in popular music/culture & media; sociology of culture; creative labour; cultural entrepreneurship; festivals; sociological methods
I supervise PhD research on diverse world politics topics (e.g. state terrorism, the arms trade, US foreign policy, the news media, propaganda, neoliberal globalization, strategic nonviolent struggle, refugees, the global movement against sexual harassment of women in public, alternatives to the war on drugs), using many kinds of method and drawing on a wide range of theoretical perspectives. The primary motivation should be to make a critical scholarly contribution to helping make positive change happen. I have supervised 16 PhDs, and these have been published as numerous excellent books and journal articles. I am particularly interested in supervising PhDs on any part of the world relating to climate change (including climate action, climate communication and climate justice), inclusive development and adaptive development. I have a particular but not exclusive interest in Somalia/Somaliland. I am keen to supervise interdisciplinary PhDs, whether with the sciences or the arts or across the social sciences. I am happy to provide detailed, prompt and constructive feedback on PhD proposals and to work with potential applicants to refine them.
I am interested in supervising PhD students and postdoctoral scholars studying gender, race, religion and culture using postcolonial and feminist theoretical frameworks. These approaches can be applied to a range of inequality studies: e.g. Muslim, Black and minority communities in the UK or Third World countries, particularly South Asia. I am also interested in media representations of women, particularly minority women’s representation in the media. My current research projects look at decolonial thought and its application in studies of inequality.
International Relations theory, social theory, philosophy of social science, Marxism and critical theory, poststructuralism, new approaches to International Relations, the concepts of hegemony and governmentality. Global governance, peacebuilding, resilience.
Peacebuilding; conflict resolution; resilience; security sector reform, and human rights; European Union politics, including EU foreign and security policy, Europeanisation and EU enlargement (Western Balkans); institutionalist theories; elite socialisation
Ethnicity, religion, racialisation, health, social inequality and exclusion, social identity and group awareness, quantitative and mixed methods research.
East Asian political economy; economic development in East Asia; Policy making; state/non-state actor relations; Civil society; Chinese politics and international relations; Sino-EU relations; Sino-UK relations; Taiwan politics.
Popular music; sociology of art and culture; media and popular culture, especially audiences and fan cultures; stardom and celebrity; authorship, copyright and piracy; cultural and creative industries, including creative labour; the music industry.
British party politics; party organisation; intra-party democracy; the politics of Northern Ireland; consociational power-sharing.
Feminist international relations, gender and politics in Africa, violence against women, post-conflict peacebuilding.
Political, legal and ethical dimensions of genocide and political violence; dehumanisation in and after violent conflict; trust and fear in world politics; critical security studies; international relations theory; interpretivism and continental philosophy in international relations.
The sociology of science and technology, economic sociology - especially the social studies of finance and social studies of markets, digital economy, digital personal data and data privacy, and marketisation of higher education.
Theory and politics of multiculturalism and secularism; ethnic identities, national identities and the 'second generation'; ethnic disadvantage and progress in employment and education; comparisons within and between Western Europe and North America; the politics of being Muslim in the West and Islamophobia.
I’m especially interested in supervising doctoral projects on the role of culture, performance, narrative, iconicity, and symbolism in politics and political change. I’m also interested in: social theory; cultural sociology; social movements; humanism and/in the social sciences; cultural theory; philosophy of the social sciences; the role of ideas in social change; apartheid South Africa
Criminal justice, with a specialist interest in miscarriages of justice; the application of the zemiological perspective; Foucault, Goffman and Bauman.
Trans, non binary, LGBTQIA+, bisexuality, kink, BDSM, polyamory, ‘non-traditional’ sexual and/or romantic relationships, gender theory, queer theory, intersectionality, qualitative methods, media, health, sex work
Slavery, 'modern slavery', the afterlife of racial slavery; trafficking, smuggling, labour migration, debt and migration; childhood, especially children and migration, labour or sexuality; sex work; domestic work.
I am interested in supervising PhD studies focused on childhood and child rights, migration, mobility, human trafficking, sex work/prostitution, ‘modern slavery', child and adult labour in artisanal mining, fishing, agriculture and other sectors. I am also interested in PhDs focused on the interplay between human and child rights, power, class, ethnicity, inequality, legacies of the transatlantic slave trade, colonization, neoliberalism and globalisation. I am especially (but not exclusively) keen on proposals that aim to examine these topics and themes in Africa.
Social and political theory; language, discourse and society; the epistemology of the social sciences; vitalism, the brain and neurobiology; Henri Bergson, William James and Gilles Deleuze; Michel Foucault; theories of power, coercion and authority; populism and illiberalism; expertise and the professions; the sociology of knowledge and the history of ideas
Participatory and urban governance; social movement activism, political participation and mobilisation among young people and minority ethnic and religious groups; Muslim engagement in governance.
I am broadly interested in supervising students with interests in consumption, environment and sustainability, and food.
The politics of (un)sustainability (ecological, social, political and economic); utopian theory and praxis; utopia/dystopia and popular culture; prefigurative politics; green citizenship; intentional communities; nature connection and awareness; the politics of degrowth.
Political economy; comparative politics; corruption; public procurement; European and British politics; historical and long-run development; quantitative methods
Critical security studies; critical theories of technology and international relations; nuclear security; space security; planetary (in)security.
European Union politics (including Europeanisation, European Union enlargement, and European Union and civil society participation); democracy, representation and civil society; interest politics and lobbying; lobbying regulation; democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe.
Feminist theories and feminist movements in Europe/NorthAmerica; especially social reproduction and Marxist feminism. The intersections of gender and class in relation to neoliberalism, childcare; motherhood; food work; emotions.
Social movements, solidarity politics, political resistance, direct action, civil disobedience. Critical military studies, militarism and anti-militarism, state violence, arms trade. Critical international theory – especially using feminist/postcolonial/critical race/queer/anarchist approaches.
Multiculturalism; secularism; religious diversity; ethnicity; religion and politics; religious conversion; conversion to Islam; racialisation.
Social and Political Attitudes, Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour, especially but not exclusively quantitative approaches. Also social identities (particularly class and nationalism)
Social theory; methodology, philosophy and history of the social sciences; Michel Foucault; Wittgenstein and ordinary language philosophy
Indigenous knowledge, indigenous politics, global governance and global governmentalities, post-colonialism and de-colonialism, Latin America, NGOs.
Secrecy studies and security; US military and security practices; US foreign policy and identity (esp. gender and race); US politics and democracy; the war on terror; critical security studies; visual politics; art, cultural studies and security; science and technology studies and security; continental philosophy in politics and international relations; critical methodologies.
Popular culture and world politics; feminisms, gender and world politics; critical international relations theories; the discourse/ideology of US foreign policy; discourse analysis and interpretive methods
Labour politics; social democracy; political economy; British and comparative politics; Politics of the United States
Political parties; populism; party systems; development politics; the World Bank; Indian foreign policy; South Asian politics; nationalism; ethnic politics
Care and gender (care theory, care work, 'work-life balance'); welfare and inequalities; family and Intergenerational relations; comparative social and policy analysis; East Asia.
International relations and political economy of Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific; regionalism, especially ASEAN; South Korea's development and international relations; IR Theory, especially as applied to the Asia-Pacific
International Relations theory; international relations of the Asia-Pacific (particularly security studies and regionalism); Chinese foreign policy and international relations; Chinese politics; political economy of China's transformation.