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Current Research Students

Here are the researchers currently pursuing their degrees at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Reflecting the outlook of the faculty, the body of the researchers is of a culturally diverse and international nature. This allows for unique and intellectually challenging, as well as stimulating views, insights, and experiences, which each researcher may hold and communicate, and in such a way enrich the body of knowledge.

A - B-C D-E-F-G - H-I-J-K - L-M - N-O - P-Q-R - S-T - U-V-W-X-Y-Z

PhD researchers listed under P - Q - R 

Isabel Phillips

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: British

Research interests: Conflict, Negotiation, Mediation, Radical Disagreement

PhD Title: A comparison of the theory and practice of mediation in civil-commercial and socio-political conflict

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Arie Kusuma Paksi

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: Indonesian

Research interests: The politics of aid and development, the politics of poor people. 


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Julia Ruppel

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: German

Research interests: Electoral politics, particularly in Ghana; processes of state formation, state building,  political economy of development,  transformation process in Ghana, state-society relations in Sub-Sahara Africa, Critical political economy

PhD Title: Ghana: From fragility to resilience? Understanding the formation of a new political settlement from a Critical Political Economy perspective (working title)

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ResearcherResearch Topic


PEPPER, LISA To Develop Successful measures of body size perception in children related to BMI

Gill Waters

Eleanor Bryant

PHIRI, PAUL The Road To Peace: Exploring the Efficiency of Conflict Management Approaches In Sudan

David Harris

second supervisor to be confirmed

PORTER, FIONA Using Focus groups from Criminal Justice System (CJS) to look at the racial disparities in the CJS that exist by police stop & search.

Yunus Alam

Clare Beckett

QUINTILIANI, PIERRETTE   Moral dilemma, ethics and capacity for peace: everyday peace building for non-governmental organisations

Rhys Kelly

Donna Pankhurst 

RAJA, WAQAS  Countering Terrorism in North West Pakistan - A Local Perspective Paul Rogers
ROSS, NANCY Addiction, dislocation and disconnection: solutions from the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution

Tom Woodhouse

RUZIBUKA, JOHN The impact of fiscal deficits on economic growth in developing counties

David Potts

Z Wu