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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 S - T

Moritz Schuberth

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: German

Research interests: Non-state armed groups, Youth gangs and urban violence, Vigilantism and self-defence militias, State fragility and non-state governed areas, Post-conflict stabilization, Armed violence reduction and prevention, Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration

Regional expertise: African Great Lakes Region (particularly DR Congo and Kenya), Latin America and the Caribbean (particularly Haiti)

PhD Title: Dealing with community-based armed groups in fragile states, The case of UN stabilization missions in Haiti and DR Congo

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Nafeesa Sireer

Division: Psychology


Nationality: Pakistani

Research interests: Cognitive & Social development

PhD Title: Theory of Mind, Executive Functioning and Social Competence in Cultural Context

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William Suarez II Gomez

Division: Peace Studies & International Development


Nationality: Puerto Rico

Research interests: Agriculture, Food Supply Chain, Cabotage Laws and Human Rights for the Adequate Food

PhD title: The effects of the US Cabotage Act in the agribusiness supply chain in Puerto Rico and the impacts of the social right to adequate food of the population.

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Yagmur Savran

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: Swedish

Research Interests: Kurdish Question and Kurdish political movement in Turkey, Rojava-Northern Syria, ethnic conflict, conflict resolution, international relations, Middle East politics, state-society relations, communalism and democratic confederalism.

PhD Title: Exploring prospects and obstacles for a political solution to the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, 2007-2017

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Lucy Scott

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: British

Research interests: The Responsibility to Protect (R2P), military intervention, British Foreign Policy, West Africa, Sierra Leone

PhD Title: Evaluating the ‘success’ of British military intervention in Sierra Leone 15 years on: Domestic outcomes and their implications on interventional globally.

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Ilham Shahbari

Division: Peace Studies and International Development


Nationality: Israeli

Languages: Bilingual in Arabic and Hebrew; Excellent level of English.

Research interests: Minority Rights, the Palestinian- Arab minority in Israel, Citizenship and Identity, State- minority relations, Non-state actors, Non-violent struggle, International relations, Middle East politics, the Israeli- Palestinian Conflict

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Alessandro Totoro

Division: Peace Studies


Nationality: Italian

Research interests: Humanitarian aid; Conflict Resolution

PhD Title: The relevance of conflict sensitive approaches at the onset of complex humanitarian emergencies

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ResearcherResearch TopicSupervisors
SHEBIB, LISA Visual media and peace journalism

Paul Rogers

SHYLLON, LESLIE The role of religious actors in conflict resolution and peacebuilding: The case of Sierra Leone

Neil Cooper

P Lewis

SPINK, JOANNA A psycho-social exploration of the motivations of witnesses who testify in criminal trials.

Victoria Lavis

C Horrocks

SUMITA, BENITA Paving the way for the future: conflict-induced internal displacement and its impact on youth

Owen Greene

second supervisor to be confirmed

TAALMANN, MARI Suicide bombers and suicide terrorism

Paul Rogers

Donna Pankhurst

TAMURA, AZUMI Who Needs Social Change? Applying autonomist theory to contemporary Japanese society

Graeme Chesters

Ute Kelly