The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold.
PhD in Global Studies
The CISD welcomes applications from prospective MPhil/PhD students wishing to undertake multi-disciplinary research in areas of global studies that relate to the research interests of Centre members and the Centre’s research programmes. The specific focus of this research programme is twofold: thematically, the programme addresses the analysis of contemporary globalisation processes and of the political, economic, social and cultural relationships and structures that define and shape these processes. Rather than, for example, the study of inter-state or inter-nation relations and agreements that is the traditional domain of International Studies, the core focus of this programme is on the study of the nature and evolution of contemporary globalisation itself and on globally shared issues, from a theoretical as well as a policy perspective. Methodologically, the programme promotes the multi-disciplinary analysis of contemporary globalisation processes. Research topics and projects will analyse the role of, and interchanges between, people, institutions, organisations and states in shaping globalisation dynamics through the prism of (at least) two of the following academic disciplines: International Studies and Politics, Law, Economics, Management Studies, Development Studies, History, Media and Communication Studies.
Student support is at the heart of CISD’s activities. Research Degree students are fully supported by their primary and secondary supervisors and the Centre’s Research Tutor, currently Centre Director Dr Dan Plesch. Students are encouraged to attend and present at the Centre’s research seminars.
Academic Staff and their Research Areas
Dr Catriona Drew LLB (Aberdeen) PhD (London), Public International Law, international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory
Dr Stephen Hopgood BSc (Bristol) DPhil (Oxford), International relations theory, international politics in the twentieth century, theories of the state
Dr Mark Laffey BA MA (Canterbury, NZ) PhD (Minnesota), International Theory, International Security, Historical Sociology, Foreign Policy Analysis, US Foreign Policy, North-South Relations, Culture and Ideology
Professor Peter Muchlinski LLB (London) LLM (Cambridge) Barrister FRSA, The regulation of multinational enterprises, international corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, foreign investment law, WTO law and practice, competition law, international commercial law and development
Dr Suthaharan Nadarajah MA, PhD (London), International relations theory, international security, global governance, North-South relations, Politics of the 'War on Terror'
Dr Dan Plesch BA (Nottingham) PhD (Keele), Applied International Relations: disarmament and globalisation, UN history for the future, the UN in WW2, War Crimes, weapons of mass destruction, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, role of international non-governmental organizations.
Dr Rahul Rao BA, LLB (India), DPhil (Oxford), International normative theory (with a focus on cosmopolitanism), Postcolonial theory, Empire, Globalisation, Social movements, International Law, Human Rights (particularly queer rights)
Dr Simon Rofe BA, MA (Keele), PhD (Wales), Diploma (King's College London), US Diplomatic and Foreign Relations in the twentieth century with a specific focus on US national security and the foreign policy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt [Co-ordinator Long-Distance Programmes at the CISD]
Dr Leslie Vinjamuri BA (Wesleyan) MSc (Econ) PhD (Columbia), International Relations Theory: International Organisation, Post-conflict Reconstruction and State-building, the Politics of International Criminal Justice, and Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the war on terror