This course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
As a student on this course, you will benefit from a lively study environment, thanks to the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer.
The Faculty provides a vibrant and forward-thinking environment for study with:
The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.
Dr Steven Bastow is Director of Studies and a researcher for the European Research Centre. His specialist subjects and research interests include European ideologies of the 20th century.
Dr Atsuko Ichijo's research interests are found at the intersection between nationalism studies and European studies, and the relationship between contemporary nationalism and development of European integration has been a major focus of my research. She has two monographs on the topic. In relation to this, she is also interested in theories of nationalism, the 'West'-'East' contrast in nationalism and nationalism's relationship to modernity. Currently Atsuko is co-ordinating a European Commission funded collaborative research project with nine partners across Europe on European identities.
Dr Robin Pettitt's research focuses on political organisations that serve as conduits between civil society and the state, particularly political parties. His interests have been largely based on national politics, but he is moving into the politics of representation at the EU level. Robin also has an interest in the uses and abuses of marketing techniques in politics and in research methodology.
Dr Andrew Higginbottom's doctoral research was on multinational corporations and human rights in Colombia. He is a proponent of research oriented to solidarity action and is now researching the political economy of foreign investment, especially the social and environmental impacts of extractive industries. Andrew's current theoretical concerns focus on synthesising Marx's theory of rent with the concept of super-exploitation developed by Latin American writers.
Dr Paul Dixon's research interests are in the politics of conflict. He is interested in conflict resolution theory and the role of politics in managing both violent and non-violent conflict. His specialist areas are the Northern Ireland conflict and the British approach to counterinsurgency and military intervention. Paul is completing a book on The British Approach to Counterinsurgency: From Malaya to Afghanistan (Palgrave 2012). He has published widely on the conflict in Northern Ireland including Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace (Palgrave, 2008, 2nd edition) and is working on a book on The Northern Ireland Peace Process (Routledge). He has published articles in Terrorism and Political Violence, Journal of Strategic Studies, Review of International Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Political Studies Quarterly and Political Studies.
"My research interests are in forced migration, security and small arms and light weapons, and terrorism in Africa. My geographical focus is the Greater Horn of Africa. I have conducted extensive field work in refugee camps in the region on issues of security. I made major contribution to a monograph on refugee militarisation in Africa and am currently preparing a monograph on refugees and security in Africa."
Dr Orna Almog's areas of interest include the Arab-Israeli conflict; Israeli foreign policy; the Politics of the Middle East form the end of WWI to present; mediation in Middle Eastern conflicts; religious fundamentalism; and women and conflicts. Currently she is working on a new monograph on the role of international mediation in Middle Eastern conflicts, with particular reference to the US. Her book Britain, Israel and the US: Beyond Suez was published in 2003 (Frank Cass). This year Orna was awarded the Elie Kedouri British academy grant for travel research and at present is editing an article titled 'The Palestinian Issue in the Camp David Accord'. Orna's article on religious fundamentalism in Israel and Rabin's assassination was published this year, and is part of her study on the Oslo accord.
"My research interests include the study of social movements, identities and collective action, particularly in the case of Muslim communities in Europe; nationalism, conflict and coexistence in Southeastern Europe; and the theory and practice of multiculturalism. I am currently conducting research on processes of identity formation among European Muslims and working on a research project entitled 'Inhabiting the British Urban Space: Muslim Communities in inner London (1999-2009)' and I have been advising local authorities on issues affecting the Muslim communities."