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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Success Stories

Recent Completions

The past several months have seen another batch of doctoral students successfully defending their theses in viva voce examinations. The variety of topics and interests seen here is typical of our programme. Many congratulations to them, and to their supervisors, for some very fine pieces of work.

  • Charlotte Krass: Challenging the Republic: French Roma Policy in an Enlarged EU
  • Barbara Gawada: No Country for Losers? Gender, (in)equality, and the discursive construction of subjects and values in Polish politics.
  • Cera Murtagh: Fighting for the Centre: Civic Political Parties in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland in Comparative Perspective
  • Oliver Kearns: Secrecy and Absence in the Residue of post-9/11 Covert Counter-Terrorism
  • Andrew Drever: A Defence of Ideal Theory Approaches to Just Choice
  • Nina Perkowski: Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Security in EUropean Border Governance: the Case of Frontex
  •  Andreas Raspotnik: The European Union and its Northern Frontier: European Geopolitics and its Arctic Context

  • Mike Slaven: Choosing Security: Political Rationalities in the Securitisation of Migration in Arizona

  • Trent Olsen:  The Inclusive Guise of 'Gay' Asylum:  A Socio-Legal Analysis of Sexual Minority Asylum Recognition in the UK

  • Charlotte Snelling: Puzzling Participants or Disaffected Citizenry? Re-examining Education’s Impacts on the Electoral Mobilisation of Britain’s Youth

  • Andrew Byrne: US Elite Discourse on the EU as a Security Actor

  • Rabie Barakat : Al-Jazeera, Intellectuals, and the Deconstruction of Social Realities

  • May Darwich: Ideational and Material Forces in Threat Perception: Saudi and Syrian Choices in Middle East Wars

  • Hilary Cornish: Be Polite, Be Professional, Be Prepared to Kill': Counterinsurgency, Masculinity and British Military Doctrine  

  • David Marti Tomas: Explaining Territorial Demands:  Party Competition as a Drive of Self-Government Claims in Decentralised Stateless Nations

  • Francesca Batzella:  Faithful agent or independent actor? The European Commission in the external dimension of EU Energy Policy


After obtaining the PhD degree, our graduates successfully pursue careers in higher education and in non-academic settings. Examples of recent successful placements include:

  • Mike Slaven, ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Seeing Illegal Immigrants, University of Edinburgh
  • Francesca Batzella, Lecturer, School of Law, University of Hertfordshire
  • May Darwich, Lecturer in International Relations of the Middle East, Durham University
  • Konstantinos Kostagiannis, Lecturer in International Relations, Maastricht University
  • Wahideh Achbari, Senior Research Fellow, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Benjamin Leruth, Teaching Fellow in Politics, University of Bath
  • Marco Siddi, Research Fellow, University of Cagliari
  • May Darwich, Research Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies
  • Jamie Allinson, Lecturer in International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Rosalind Cavaghan, Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Oliver Escobar-Rodriguez, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Anna-Lena Högenauer, Post-doctoral Researcher, Maastricht University
  • Daniel Kenealy, Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Edinburgh
  • Meryl Kenny, Lecturer in Politics, University of Edinburgh
  • Jaakko Kuosmanen, Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • Louise Maythorne, ESRC Post-doctoral  Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • Alia Middleton, Research Assistant, Politics, Newcastle University
  • Hope Murray, Assistant Professor of Homeland Security, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Charlotte Rommerskirchen, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh
  • Chris Ogden, Lecturer, University of St Andrews

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