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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD Community News


Politics and International Relations postgraduate researchers significantly contribute to the academic community, productivity, and acclaim of Edinburgh. Our PhD students are involved in a range of initiatives both within the university and beyond, including government and non-profit programmes. This page contains a selection of accomplishments from current students and recent graduates.


Evidence of the quality and dedication of our students is clear from the awards they receive.  Here are a few examples:

  • Judith Sijstermans, UACES & James Madison Charitable Trust Scholarship for fieldwork .
  • Lukas Slothuus, ESRC Studentship
  • Francesco Bertoldi, ESRC Studenship
  • Louis Fletcher, Robert L. Platzman Fellowship from the University of Chicago library for archival work
  • Kathy Dodworth, Inaugural BISA African Affairs Postgraduate Paper Prize
  • Sayra Van Den Berg, ESRC Studentship
  • Alexandra Remond, ESRC Studentship
  • Tom Charman, ESRC Studentship
  • Kathy Dodworth, ESRC Studentship
  • Cera Murtagh, ESRC Studentship
  • Coree Brown, Principals Career Development Scholarship; Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship

Recent Publications

Past and current cohorts of postgraduates in Politics and International Relations have actively sought to publish their innovative research drawn from PhD studies, related work, and collaboration with other academics and organisations. Some examples published writing include:  

  • Yue Liu (2017) “UK’s participation in the One Belt & One Road Initiative” (Ying Guo Bu Gan Que Xi Yi Dai Yi Lu), World Vision Journal, 2017 NO.22.
  • Yue Liu (2017) “The fourth election of Merkel: It is not the God’s preference” (Mo Ke Er Neng Si Lian Ren Bing Fei Shang Di Pian Ai),, 26 September 2017.  
  • Victor Gigleux (2016) Explaining the diversity of small states’ foreign policies through role theory, Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 1:1, 27-45. 
  • Francesco Bertoldi (2016), Change beneath the surface: the 2016 Northern Ireland Assembly election, Regional&Federal Studies
  • Murtagh, C. (2016) ‘Civic Mobilization in Divided Societies and the Perils of Political Engagement: Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Protest and Plenum Movement,’ Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 22(2), 149-171.

Conference Papers and Presentations

A number of our PhD students attend workshops and conferences at universities and other events. Examples of conference papers include:

  • Francesco Bertoldi (2017), Segregated Narratives: Communal Separation and Political Campaigning in Northern Ireland, presented at the PSA Annual Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow .
  • Yazmin Morlet Corti (2017) “Data protection a mixed public policy model in Mexico".  AMIC Conference  "Communication and democratic crisis in Mexico".  Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Lukas Slothuss (2017), 'Disobedience Reinforcing the Status Quo? A Critique of Dominant Accounts of Civil Disobedience, Empire, Capital, and Transnational Resistance: Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics 12th Annual Conference, University of Brighton.
  • Jeremy Armon (2016), "Ethiopian Political Economy: Current Features, Possible Futures", presentation delivered at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London.
  • Ritumbra Manuvie (2016) "Politics of Disaster and Mobility in Assam' paper presented at the 9th International Geographical Union Conference, New Delhi.
  • Jeremy Armon (2016) "Can political settlements analysis help us better understand change in Africa?", Africa Working Group Workshop, University of Birmingham.

Many of our postgraduate researchers also undertake a number of professional and voluntary positions outwith the university.  Examples include:

  • Lukas Slothuus, A member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict at PRIO, Oslo.
  • Anthony Salamone, Local Organising Committee Member, Council for European Studies – 24th International Conference of Europeanists (Glasgow 2017)
  • Cera Murtagh, Research Assistant to Professor Fiona Mackay, Gender Politics, University of Edinburgh.
  • Anthony Salamone, Lead Educator, Towards Brexit? The UK's EU Referendum (University of Edinburgh free online course), May-June 2016
  • Sayra Van Den Berg, Member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict, Peace Research Institute, Oslo
  • Francesco Bertoldi, European Relations Policy Support Officer, Scottish Government
  • Jeremy Armon, Senior Governance Adviser, UK Department for International Development
  • Ritumbra Manuvie, Visiting Scholar, National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, India.
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