Research interests: International Relations, Political Economy of Southern Africa, South Africa, Zimbabwe, State-Business Relations, World-Systems Analysis, China-Africa Relations
A Study with a Political Sociological Framework and Case Study Countries the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands
My interest areas include political psychology, identity politics, European politics, right-wing politics and quantitative methods. My research focuses on using political psychology and identity to examine the growth and perceived success of right-wing populist parties in European case study countries.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Trinity College, Dublin in Modern Irish (minor) and Sociology (major). I then went on to complete my MA in International Security and Conflict Studies at Dublin City University before undertaking my PhD studies in Politics at Queens.
Anna Kruglova is a PhD student at HAPP. Her research is centered on terrorist propaganda with a particular focus on marketing techniques.
Anna has experience of working in think tanks, media and conference production. She’s recently become a Eurasian Conflicts Studies Project Director at online think tank ERA Institute, where she is responsible for managing the work of interns and ensuring the smooth operation of the programme.
Anna did her bachelor’s in International Relations at Ivanovo State University. She holds MSc in Security Studies (University College London) and MA in International Conflict Studies (King’s College Studies).
Anna is particularly interested in the phenomena of terrorism, especially in the reasons of people’s joining terrorist groups and in psychological aspects of it (propaganda, formation of common identity, an image of an “ enemy”etc). She is also interested in counter terrorist techniques and the usage of social media for promoting ideas. Among other broader interests are the Middle East, international conflicts and peace-building process in warring societies.
My research interests include feminist theory, feminist security studies, gender in international relations, women in ethno-nationalist conflict and women in community development. Much of my academic research has focused on uncovering the actual roles and ‘public’ contributions of women and the basis for women’s social and political values and views.
My research at undergraduate and MA level focused on women in Northern Ireland and concepts of identity and agency. My PhD research however, includes an international perspective. It takes as its case the agency of women from ‘caliphate’ territories governed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq (2013-2016).
In this context, my thesis aims to critically analyse the representations of women that are constructed through UK state and media discourse, as well as Daesh discourses. As I discussed, it takes as its case the agency of women living in the ‘caliphate’ territories governed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq (2013-2016). I work from the frame of feminist theorizations of war and security to examine the function and impact of these discourses. Specifically, I aim to analyse their role in reproducing and legitimizing patriarchal constructions of social reality during periods of war and violent conflict. Moreover, I employ narrative analysis to examine the ways in which women’s everyday lives and their perceptions, social attitudes and identities are impacted and informed by the discourses outlined. My research questions are: How are women and their ‘roles’ portrayed in UK state and media discourse, as well as Daesh discourses? How do these depictions influence social practices, attitudes, and power relations in relation to women? What impact do such discourses have on women and how are they negotiated and challenged by women?
Department for the Economy (DfE) Postgraduate Research Studentship
My research interests include political thought, populism, democratic theory, deliberative democracy and radical democracy. My current research will examine the role of populist action in different models of democracy. This thesis will question if populism is a central component of democracy and what a ‘true democrat’ is.
M.A. Politics, Queen’s University, Belfast (2016)
B.A. History and Politics, Northumbria University (2014)
Dr. Keith Breen
Dr. Cillian McBride
Department for the Economy (DfE) Postgraduate Research Studentship
Department for the Economy (DfE) Postgraduate Research Studentship
Research interests: International Political Economy; Chinese Politics; Energy Politics; Renewable Energy; Investment International Relations.
My PhD research comes under the remit of the Centre for the Study of Risk and Inequality (CSRI) and the project's theme will examine the political economy behind energy transitions. The 'transition' in question is to what degree there is a movement away from fossil fuel usage towards renewable sources of energy in the 'Global South'. To assess this, my comparative study research will focus on how China - an external actor - impacts on renewable energy transitions within specific developing countries.
Academic Awards and Achievements
PISP Award for Highest Marks (2013-2014).
Postgraduate Bursary Award (2015).
Best MA Dissertation (2016) Award in the School of History Anthropology Philosophy and Politics (HAPP).
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.
Katie 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 where she earned her MA with Distinction in Violence, Terrorism and Security.
Research Interests: Post-growth; Interculturalism and identity; Ecofeminism; Global trade dynamics; Post-colonialism
This project will seek to understand discourses of threat and how they transcend into practice through industrial actors. This will primarily be through a study of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs to identify how and why they seek to influence the logistical practices of counter-piracy practice?
This project will follow on from the research undertaken for my dissertation as a requirement of the MA in Violence, Terrorism, and Security at Queen’s University Belfast. While my MA dissertation sought to present a hybrid theory of securitization in unconventional spaces this project will seek to understand discourses of threat and how they transcend into practice through industrial actors. This will primarily be through a study of protection and indemnity (P&I) clubs to identify how and why they seek to influence the logistical practices of counter-piracy practice?
The project will no doubt explore further questions such as to how the significant role of private businesses affects understandings of sovereignty in international relations? How do states ensure they are responsible for maintaining a criminal justice system in the maritime domain? What is the referent object/securitization dynamic between key actors (private business, P&I clubs, shipping companies, states, international organizations)? What/Who is the law of the sea protecting and why? The project will also seek to identify methods of best practice in counter-piracy regimes and allow for the voices of seafarers and industry to be addressed throughout.
All of these questions and more will contribute to the projects interdisciplinary nature and 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.
My research considers the role of food production technologies in addressing food security. This is an interdisciplinary project, encompassing fields within politics and biological sciences.
Technology has long been touted as a solution to food insecurity, albeit it with fractious views. Public perception, regulations and legislation, property rights, cost and differing knowledge systems present just some of the key issues that place technology at the interface of science and politics, in a food security context. As such my research looks at where science and politics comes together, where it divides and what difference and/or impact this has for food security. In doing so, I will explore notions expertise, coproduction and boundary work throughout key stages of technology innovation to ultimately aim to answer the overarching question of this research; where does food security politics and food production technologies relate?
Food security, food safety and nutrition, science – politics interfaces, expertise and decision making, qualitative methods.
MSc Advanced food safety, Distinction (Queens University Belfast)
BSc (Hons) Food and Nutrition, Second class upper division (University of Ulster, Coleraine)
The focus of my research is analysing the impact of “Brexit” on Northern Ireland’s constitutional position.
Given the expansive nature of the political and legal implications of “Brexit” this PhD will engage with a diverse range of literatures including constitutional theory, the future of UK devolution, European studies and, of course, the history and development of Northern Ireland.
Although located in the Politics department of HAPP as this work involves tracing comprehensive changes in UK law and the application of legal theory to the research topic, the PhD draws on and adds to both political and legal scholarship.
Prior to my current venture in higher education, I studied for a BA Honours degree in Politics at Newcastle University and later completed an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict at QUB.
In between periods of study I have worked in a number of different roles in various offices across the political sphere and in the public sector. My employment history includes a year of working for a Liberal Democrat MP in Westminster, six months in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels and, most recently, a year working for an all-island policy think tank in Belfast.
|Student Name||PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis title||Principal Supervisor||Secondary Supervisor|
|Antonella Acinapura||Middle East Politics (Political violence in Israel/Palestine)||Andrew Thomson||Zaheer Kazmi|
|Latifa Al Dhaheri||Future Foresight Application in UAE Government Sector||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Stefan Andreasson|
|Humaid Al Kaabi||Evaluation and Improvement of Governmental Anti-Corruption Measures and Procedures||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Jonathan Kuyper|
|Nafja Al-Kuwari||Qatar Anti-corruption: Examining Current Impediments and Suggesting Suitable Strategies to Fight Corruption||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Jonathan Kuyper|
|Jack Armstrong||Voting in Northern Ireland: Explaining Electoral Developments Before and After 1998||Christopher Raymond||Elodie Fabre|
|Jennifer Arthur||Identifying Diversity in Irish Nationalism: A Study of Irish Identity in the Gaelic Athletic Association||Richard English||Graham Walker|
|Allison Aylward||Discursive Legitimisation of the Colombian Peace Process in the Context of War||Peter McLoughlin||Katy Hayward|
|Sinan Baran||State-Business Relations and Economic Transition in the Modern World-System: A Comparative Study of South Africa and Zimbabwe||Stefan Andreasson||Andrew Thomson|
|Olivia Brabazon||Young people and PEACE: the EU PEACE Programmes and young people's experiences of conflict transformation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region||Cathal McCall||Lee McGowan|
|Patrick Brown||The Case for a Universal Basic Income in Northern Ireland and its Effect on Conflict Transformation||John Barry||Peter Doran|
|Raymond Brown||Nowhere To Hide! - Edward Snowden, Mass Surveillance and the Politics of Classified Information||Richard English||Michael Bourne|
|Oliver Donnelly||Playing with Fire? – Monitoring and Engineering Political Interactions in Video Games||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLoughlin|
|Muhammad Feyyaz||A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis of Terrorism in Pakistan, 2001-2016||Richard English||Andrew Thomson|
|Emma-Louise Fletcher||Wildlife Security: A posthumanist analysis of violence, surveillance and care in South African poaching and Conservation||Michael Bourne||John Barry|
|Matthew Foster||Europeanisation and Democratization: Comparing the effects of regional integration on democratisation in in the EU and ASEAN||David Phinnemore||Christopher Raymond|
The political economy of SME finance in post-crash UK
|Stefan Andreasson||Fabian Schuppert|
|Richard Hargy||The United States Department of State and Northern Ireland 2001 – 2007:
How the Bureaucratic Dynamics of an Executive Branch of the Federal Government Affected American Intervention in the Peace Process
|Richard English||Peter McLoughlin|
Fields of Possibility; Northern Ireland’s Rural Environment after Brexit
|Lee McGowan||Viviane Gravey|
Brexit and the Fantasy of a Frictionless Border
|Debbie Lisle||Katy Hayward|
|Juneseo Hwang||'Collaborative Governance for Waste Enforcement as a Catalyst for Environmental Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland: A Justice-Sensitive Perspective on Environment, Peace and Security Nexus||John Barry||Cathal McCall|
|Mazen Iwaisi||Landscape Archaeology as Politicised Space in Palestine (West Bank)||Beverley Milton-Edwards||Timofey Agarin|
|Neale Jagoe||Football Allegiances in Depply Divided Societies||Graham Walker||Sean O'Connell|
|Keysha Jaime||Responding to Climate Migration: Engaging with Pacific Perspectives||Heather Johnson||John Barry|
|Rebecca Kerr||Has the influx of predominantly Muslim refugees into the E.U. influenced a native ideological move towards a right-wing agenda? A study with a political sociological framework and case study countries the U.K., Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.||Lee McGowan||Christopher Raymond|
|Anna Kruglova||Selling Terror: Excitement, Emotion-Driven Choice and ISIS's Recruitment in Britain||Richard English||Alister Miskimmon|
|Darren Litter||European Integration and British-Irish Intergovernmentalism: Inextricably Intertwined?||Cathal McCall||Lee McGowan|
|Cian Luddy||"He is /ourguy/” – Trump’s Securitizing Moves and the Alt-Right Online Public||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLaughlin|
|Konstantin Macher||Programming Security Ethics in Cyber-Physical Systems||Michael Bourne||Kieran McLaughlin|
|Noel Martin||How far do policing experiences in Northern Ireland from 1967 to 1998 provide insights that can be of high value, for those looking at post - 9/11 policing, in divided societies such as Afghanistan?||Richard English||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Meabh McAuley||Women, Daesh & Discourse: A Critical Analysis||Heather Johnson||Birgit Schippers|
|Calum McGeown||Green Republicanism, the State and the Planetary Crisis: A Critical Analysis of the Post-Growth, Post-Carbon State||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Ciara McHugh||Returning the Gaze: Global Perspectives on the Impact of Surveillance Technology in Police-community Relations||Debbie Lisle||Katy Hayward|
|Damian McIlroy||Climate Breakdown, Crisis Capitalism and the Challenge of Brexit: An Eco-Socialist Perspective on the Role of Trade Union Agency in Social Partnership to promote a ‘Just Transition’||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Ian McInnes||A separate tendancy: a political history of Bill Craig and the Vanguard Unionist Party||Graham Walker||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Connel McKeown||Does open government increase government accountability?||Muiris MacCarthaigh||Michael Bourne|
|Charlene McKibben||Rethinking the Populist Threat: Addressing the Crisis of Liberal Democracy and the Case for Agonistic Democracy||Keith Breen||Cillian McBride|
|Ryan McLean||The Rise of 'Green' China: A Comparative Study of Beijing's Modern Energy Policy in the Global South||Stefan Andreasson||Fabian Schuppert|
|Kathryn Mitchell||Development Efforts to Increase Security and Emancipation to Deter Female Radicalization||Michael Bourne||Heather Johnson|
|John Mooney||'For Men and Ulster?': Post-Agreement Loyalism, Patriarchy and Identity||John Barry||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Matthew O'Neill||The ‘Border Porotype’: Understanding Europe’s New Frontier the Digital Single Market||Cathal McCall||Sakir Sezer|
|Jaeim Park||Towards Strong Sustainability: Green Republican Perspective on Transforming an Environmental Welfare State Into a Green State||John Barry||Stefan Andreasson|
|Emanuel Quashie||Stakeholders of Terrorism, the War on Terror and Caribbean preparedness||Richard English||Michael Bourne|
|Gail Ritchie||Confronting Commemoration: Visuality, Aesthetics and Multiplicity as Concepts for a Troubles Memorial||Debbie Lisle||Margaret O'Callaghan|
|Niall Robb||The influence of non-starters actors on the outcome of the UK's EU withdrawal negotiations: the Ireland/Northern Ireland dimension||David Phinnemore||Lee McGowan|
|Séverine Robert||An empirical assessment of citizens supports for post-growth alternatives: case study of the island of Ireland.||John Barry|
|Jessica Simonds||Mitigating the Piratical Threat Through Institutions: Securitizing Piracy Across Land and Sea||Heather Johnson||Michael Bourne|
|Kerry Wallace||An examination of technology as a food security solution: boundary work in the co-production of science and politics||Michael Bourne||Katrina Campbell|
|Lisa Whitten||Northern Ireland’s Constitutional and Political Status and the Implications of 'Brexit'||David Phinnemore||Gordon Anthony|
|Eleanor Williams||The Dark Side of Peace: Were the Intelligence and Military Activities in Northern Ireland and Colombia Unethical, and Did Those Activities Have an Impact on the Peace Processes?||Richard English||Andrew Thomson|