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Professor Miskimmon's research covers a number of areas of politics and international relations. Firstly, the complexities of public diplomacy and how political and economic actors seek to exert influence in international affairs, within the context of the fundamental changes which the internet and the new media ecology have introduced.

Secondly, he has a long-standing interest in security studies and foreign policy analysis, particularly in the European and transatlantic context.

Thirdly, he is also very interested in debates on the future of international order and the implications of a greater role of China and other emerging powers on the global governance, international organizations and norms in the international system.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Conceptual and empirical studies of Strategic Narrative in International Relations
  • Studies in Public Diplomacy
  • Research on the development of international order, including China’s emerging role
  • European and transatlantic security policy
  • German foreign and security policy, including German European policy
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  • Professor Miskimmon has published a number of books including:
  • Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order, New York: Routledge, 2013
    (with Ben O'Loughlin and Laura Roselle) which was awarded the 2016 Best Book Award on International
    Communication by the International Studies Association and:
  • Forging the World: Strategic Narratives in International Relations, published by the University of Michigan Press in early 2017.



Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics




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Alumni: where are they now?

Professor Luis Simon

PhD title: 'Grand Strategy and National conceptions of the emerging EU and NATO relationship in France, Germany and the UK.'

Years of Study: 2006-2010
Country: Spain
Current position: Research Professor, Institute for European Studies, Vrije University Brussels


Dr Joanna Kaminska

PhD title: 'The influence of new member states on the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). Poland and the “Eastern dimension” of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).

Years of Study: 2006-2011
Country: Poland
Current position: Advisor to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, European Parliament and Senior Associate Researcher, Institute for European Studies, Brussels



Dr Monika Barthwal-Datta

PhD title: Understanding security practices in South Asia: Securitization theory and the role of non-state actors

Years of Study: 2005-2009
Country: India
Current position: Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales and former MacArthur Foundation Post-doctoral Scholar)

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