Post-Grad Profiles

Helene Abiraad

Helene’s research focuses on Lebanon and its civil society in the post-civil war period. Her research interests include group identities and conflicts, power-sharing, social movements, war memories and reconciliation processes. Her research aims to study the Lebanese political and social systems in the light of the Lebanese civil society’s perceptions and interpretations. 

Rachel Anderson (recently completed)

Rachel Anderson is a PhD student focusing on reintegration of ex-combatants in Sierra Leone, and specifically the reintegration of former child soldiers. Rachel explores the impact of transitional justice policies on former child soldiers and the communities into which they are reintegrated, focusing, in particular, on the tension between the public policies directed at victims and those directed at ex-combatants.

Ritsa Ankvab

Ritsa Ankvab’s Phd Research is titled “Abkhaz Conflict; Explaining the failure to reach political settlement” and addresses the problems posed by conflict bound between self determination demands and territorial integrity. The project seeks to identify the challenges to reaching political settlement during ethnic conflict and looks specifically at the case of the Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict (1989-2008).

Min Bhatta

Min Bhatta’s research explores the role of international actors and the problems of democratisation in Nepal. He asks; do international actors hinder or promote democracy in a country like Nepal? His study aims to examine to what extent and by what means international actors influence domestic actors in the democratisation process. This research focuses on how the interplay between these actors’ has contributed to undermining the consolidation of democracy in Nepal.

Laura Fowler (recently completed)

Laura Fowler is a recently graduated PhD student with an interest in intergroup reconciliation. Her PhD project focused on victims support groups in Northern Ireland, particularly in light of the politicization of victimhood in Northern Ireland (e.g. hierarchy of victims). Her research was based on a number of qualitative interviews with victim group leaders to explore their perceived role in supporting members of their organizations.

Stuart Maltman

Stuart Maltman is a PhD student with the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence project at the University of Aberdeen. His research interests include political theory, security studies and Israeli-Palestinian relations. Stuart's thesis examines the relationship between academic knowledge about security and official Israeli security discourse and policy. This project involves tracing the historical development and implementation of dominant understandings of security in Israel from the onset of the Oslo process to the present day.

Jan Melia

Jan Melia is a PhD student interested in gender and transitions. Jan's research will examine the post-conflict gender sensitive police reform (GSPR), required as part of UN security council resolution 1325, and investigate the potential for police reform processes to address violence against women (VAW) as a security issue. Using case studies from Northern Ireland and Bosnia the research will consider GSPR legislation, policy, police process, and police culture, women in policing structures, police mandates, accountability processes and policing approaches to VAW. The aim is to investigate whether/how GSPR engages with VAW as a security issue.

Kandida Purnell

As a PhD candidate within the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence (IDAV) cohort, the aim of Kandida’s PhD is to reach beyond the traditional boundaries of the discipline of International Relations (IR) by focusing on bodies - both living and dead - as sites of contested global politics. Concerned with dynamics of visibility/invisibility in the contemporary United States (U.S.) and taking cases including the 2013 Camp Delta hunger strikes and the historical treatment of the corpses of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen into account, Kandida's project asks the question: What can bodies do to resist the inhumane aspects of our era?

Aimee Smith (recently completed)

Aimee Smith is a PhD student focusing on Catholic identity among young people in Northern Ireland who have grown up in a time of relative peace following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The research explores the dimensions of young Catholic identity, seeks evidence of continuity and change in how they see themselves and the traditional ‘other,’ as well as investigates their capacity as peacebuilders and agents of social change.

Jitraporn Somyanotanakul

Jitraporn Somyanontanakul is a PhD student in Politics and International Relations and a university lecturer in Thailand, her home country. She is interested in social movements, democracy and Thai politics. She currently works on the impact of social movements and democracy in Thailand.