The research culture in CSD is enlivened by an active postgraduate (PhD and MA) community and a visiting scholars programme that hosts academics, postgraduates and practitioners from around the world.

CSD supports an active and vibrant postgraduate research community and welcomes applications for doctoral study that enhance our research themes, in politics and international relations, sociology and criminology:

  •     Contemporary democratic theory and practice
  •     Critical international theory
  •     Gender and sexuality
  •     Governance, complexity, resilience
  •     Post-colonial politics, development and emerging powers
  •     Security, violence and justice
  •     Social and cultural lives

If you are interested in doctoral research study based at CSD, please review the details of our research themes and staff profiles for an indication of our areas of supervision.

Once you have established that your proposed PhD project falls broadly within our areas of supervision then we encourage you to submit an application so that we can provide a detailed assessment. If you require further clarification prior to applying, please contact one of the email addresses below, according to your subject area:

Further details on the application process

We also contribute to a number of Masters programmes based in the School of Social Sciences, including the new MA in Energy and Environmental Change.

Recently completed doctoral projects

The following are examples of recently completed doctoral projects:

  • Donald Aasen - Constructing narcoterrorism as danger: the politics of security and representation.
  • Syed Kamran Bokhari - Moderation Among Salafists & Jihadists.
  • Ana E. Carballo - Empowering development: Capabilities, liberation and community in Latin American traditions.
  • Robert Cowley - Eco-Cities: technological showcases or public spaces?
  • Baraneh Emadian - The plight of political subjectivity: Two moments of political subjectivation in contemporary Iran.
  • Jalal Faiz - Education, conflict and conflict resolution in Balochistan, Pakistan.
  • Martin Fortis - Beyond expertise and deliberation: toward an agonistic policy analysis.
  • Elizabeth Greenhalgh - Social media, cultural relations and the British Council.
  • Gemma Jamieson Malik - How a radical participatory practice came to fit within the dominant hegemony: the case of participatory budgeting.
  • Mr Gulawar Khan - Nationalism, federalism and separatism in Balochistan, Pakistan.
  • Martin King - Deliberation and Decision Making Online: Evaluating Platform Design.
  • Ashley Kitchen - The Workings of the ‘Elected Dictatorship’: Evaluating the Substantive Representation of Women and Legislation on Violence against Women in England and Wales.
  • Abdul Koroma - Non-state violence, social capital and state building
  • Seokbae Lee - Construction of China and India's national interests: the Tibet question.
  • Daniel Matteo - Legitimacy, contestation and the role of private military security companies.
  • Moustafa Menshawy - The role of the state in re/constructing the 1973 war discourse in Egypt.
  • Thomas Mills - Coordination and complexity: politics and markets in the National Health Service.
  • Suhair Mohammed - Islamists and democracy in Sudan: The role of Hasan Turabi 1989-2001.
  • Christian Pfenninger- Anarchism and sovereignty in international relations
  • Pol Bargues Pedreny - Framing and practice of contemporary peacebuilding.
  • Sara Raimondi - Beyond the political? evaluating new materialist accounts of politics.
  • Elisa Randazzo - Changing narratives? Conceptualisations of post-conflicts peace-building.
  • Jessica Schmidt - Democracy promotion in a post-political world.