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PhD Translation

Isra Alqudah studies within the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s. Her PhD topic is “The Effect of Censorship on Translating Films With Special Reference to Jordan”. Translation is part of the Modern Languages research cluster, which provides a vibrant environment for both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Recognised as a centre of excellence for research into the languages, literatures, histories, linguistics, visual cultures, and cultural identities of Europe and beyond, the cluster is founded on a dynamic and forward-looking research ethos.

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PhD Cyber Security

Jamie Day is a PhD student with The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice. Working within the LINCS programme (Leverhulme Trust and DEL funded), Jamie is under the supervision of Dr Tom Walker and Dr Fabian Schuppert from the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and Dr Kieran McLaughlin from the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology. Her research predominantly looks at the right to privacy. In particular specific interests in privacy that have been overtly affected by the development of technologies such as methods of data storage, communication and surveillance.

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PhD International Studies

Jessica Simonds is a PhD student within the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. Her research is based around the question 'Why and how do P&I clubs influence the counter-piracy practice of merchant ships in the high sea, high-risk trade routes?'. The project follows on from research undertaken by Jessica during the MA in Violence, Terrorism, and Security at Queen’s University Belfast.  The project reflects the School's interdisciplinary ethos and follows a mixed methods approach that will allow the exploration of international trade law, maritime law, security studies, piracy studies and international relations in one of the most exciting, unconventional spaces of global governance. 

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PhD Politics

Kathryn Mitchell is originally from California, where she completed her BA in International Relations and Anthropology/Sociology at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She later came to Queen’s University Belfast's School of History, Anthropology, Poltics and Philosophy where she earned her MA with Distinction in Violence, Terrorism and Security. What started in her MA, as a look at counter-terrorism policies use of emancipation discourse to help explain for the rise of female suicide bombers, has since evolved into a PhD examining how emancipation functions in counter-terrorism politics. To do this she takes a feminist perspective in Critical Security Studies to expand on the literature of emancipation and security.

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PhD Translation

Lisha Xu is a PhD Translation student within the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s. Lisha's research is on translating Peking Opera on the Anglophone stage.  As a first year student her work is currently at the data collection stage. While based in Queen's in Belfast Lisha has taken the opportunity to make the short flight from Belfast to London to complete archival research in the British Library and London's West End.  Lisha plans to complete an internship in a theatre as her next step to have a clearer idea of how to apply her research in practice.

The Centre for Translation and Interpretation (CTI) at Queen's conducts innovative research in a wide range of topics in translation and interpreting. Areas currently being researched at CTI include: Literary Translation, Translation Ethics, Theatre Translation, Translation and the Media.

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Mohammad Alyamani is a professional doctorate in Education candidate on the EdD Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) pathway within the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Following his studies, Mohammad aims to launch an online language learning portal business. Mohammad has attained a number of business ready skills thanks to additional training courses provided by The Graduate School at Queen's, including completing Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 Training in Strategic Management and Leadership. 

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PhD Law

Omar Alansari is studying a PhD in Law. The working title of his thesis is: 'Identity without Citizenship: Towards a Global Registration System of the Stateless.'  His thesis studies the extent to which a global registration system for stateless people is needed to protect their rights and ensure that they have a legal status that is recognised nationally and internationally. Omar is specialized and interested in Sharia Law (Islamic Law), International Law and Human Rights. 

The School of Law is ranked as a leading centre for legal research in the UK, offering PhD supervision across the legal field, supporting a range of approaches, from the doctrinal to the sociolegal, comparative or critical. By being based in Belfast the School has direct contact with the legal profession and judiciary, allowing excellent access in terms of the study of law and legal practice. QUB Law academics are recognised experts at home and abroad. 


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PhD Economics

Stephen Billington is studying for a PhD in Economics at Queen's Management School. His research focuses on innovation, particularly on how institutional change shapes the incentives governing inventive behaviour in economic history. Stephen is also a research student at the Queen's University Centre for Economic History.

In its analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results, the Chartered Association of Business Schools positioned Queen’s Management School at 9th place out of 101 UK business and management schools for research intensity. Research in the Queen’s Management School interprets patterns of economic, business and social life in a manner that fosters new theories and ideas; engages in empirical research grounded in current practices; and develops suggestions for public policy as well as for institutional and organisational innovations. 

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