SPAIS staff supervisory interests
Academic staff in SPAIS are particularly interested in supervising in the following research areas:
Migration, mobility, citizenship, domestic labour, immigration enforcement.
Social class in relation to educational inequalities, employment, culture, politics, identities and everyday life; Bourdieu, field theory and phenomenology.
Dr Roddy Brett
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; sex work; gender and 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; civil society / state interaction in post-conflict states; and 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.
Science and Technology Studies. Sociology of knowledge and expertise. Sociology of risk and disaster. Organizational sociology. (esp. as they pertain to: regulation; bureaucracy; atomic energy / weapons; civil aviation; critical infrastructures; climate change).
Maritime security, security sector reform, capacity building.
Political economy, esp. varieties of capitalism and economic policy-making; states and markets; comparative politics, esp. communist and post-communist politics; political development, institutions and regime change; international relations, esp. international institutions, international political economy and theory.
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
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.
Intersections of gender, race and religion (Islam), issues around Muslim women, women and the media, women and work, women and politics, gender in South Asia and South Asian diaspora, Black feminist theory, Postcolonial theory, Decolonial thought
Professor Jonathan Joseph
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.
EU foreign and security policy; peacebuilding; conflict resolution; security sector reform; human rights; Europeanisation; EU enlargement; Bosnia and Herzegovina; 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; political development in East Asia; state-business/state-societal relations; Chinese domestic politics and international relations; Taiwanese politics; Sino-EU relations.
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.
Sociology of religion; social science of music; social and political values in Europe; religion and politics in Britain; the study of social networks using survey and SNA methods; quantitative social science history.
Marxism and post-marxism; postsecularism and postcolonialism; various topics in the general areas of philosophy of social science, social/sociological theory, politics and ideology, intellectuals, and disciplinarity/interdisciplinarity.
Dr Peace Medie
Feminist international relations, gender and politics in Africa, violence against women, post-conflict peacebuilding.
International relations theory; international political and social theory; philosophy of social science; interpretivism and continental philosophy in international relations; trust and fear in world politics; critical security studies; political, legal and ethical dimensions of genocide and political violence.
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.
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.
Dr Sam Okyere
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 Afric
Social and political theory; theories of power, coercion and authority; populism and illiberalism; liberalism and democracy; Michel Foucault and liberal thought; history and philosophy of the social and political sciences; 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.
Dr Jessica Paddock
I am broadly interested in supervising students with interests in, and at the intersection of the study of consumption, environment, and food. Sociology of consumption; theories of practice, consumption in everyday life; Environment and sustainability; transitions, consumption, alterative food networks, food insecurity and global environmental change; Sociology of food; systems of provision; inequalities and social differentiation.
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 theory and feminism; gender and class; family sociology and especially motherhood; emotions, psychosocial approaches; critical pedagogy, arts-based methodologies, collective biography; food work, self-employment and neoliberalism.
Dr Simon Frankel Pratt
Counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, war studies, intelligence studies, practice theory, constructivist approaches to international security, social theory and the philosophy of social science, relational theories of international relations.
Dr Chris Rossdale
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.
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; gender and world politics; international relations theory; the discourse/ideology of US foreign policy; transnationalisation of the state; discourse analysis and interpretive methods
Labour politics; social democracy; political economy; British and comparative politics.
Political parties; party systems; the World Bank; Indian foreign policy; South Asian politics.
Care, work and gender (care work, domestic work, work-life balance); welfare and inequalities; family and Intergenerational relations; comparative social and policy analysis; East Asia
Dr Rob Yates
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.