School of Politics and International Relations

Areas of Supervision

Research in the school is principally organised around our centres and institutes. Below are some of the areas of research in which our staff currently specialise and areas where they can offer expert supervision.

Should you require further information, please contact the relevant member of staff.

Supervision areas
Staff memberSupervision areas
Professor Katharine Adeney
  • South Asia (especially India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh)
  • Federalism
  • Ethnic conflict
  • Power-sharing
  • Democratisation
Professor Andreas Bieler
  • Labour movements and transnational solidarity
  • Historical materialist analyses of restructuring in countries and sectors
  • Historical materialist IR theory
  • Resistance to neo-liberal globalisation
  • Anti-austerity movements in Europe/the EU
Professor Tony Burns
  • History of political thought
  • Utopian and dystopian political thought
  • The Hegel-Marx connection
  • Aristotle and Aristotelianism
  • Methods in the history of political thought
Dr Fernando Casal Bertoa
  • Party systems
  • Political parties and government
  • Party regulation
  • Democratisation
Professor Rory Cormac
  • Secret intelligence
  • Covert action
  • MI6
  • Prime Ministers and intelligence
  • Intelligence assessment and the Joint Intelligence Committee
  • Intelligence, covert action and foreign policy fiascos
Dr Oliver Daddow
  • Brexit
  • Euroscepticism and pro-Europeanism
  • British political history: Labour and Conservatives
  • Public policy fiascos
  • Qualitative research methods: discourse and narrative analysis
Dr Andrew Denham
  • British political history
  • British party politics
  • British public policy
  • Party leadership elections (and ejections)
  • Political Ideologies
Dr Hugo Drochon
  • European political philosophy
  • Democratic theory
  • Liberalism and political realism
  • Elite theories of democracy
Dr Pauline Eadie
  • Environmental disasters and rehabilitation
  • Philippines: any topic
  • Terrorism in South-East Asia
  • Soft/smart power (including social military transformation)
  • International aid: INGOs and NGOs
Professor Cees van der Eijk
  • Social science methodology
  • Elections, public opinion and political parties (single and comparative)
  • Public probity (especially Committee on Standards in Public Life)
Professor Steven Fielding
  • British party politics and political history generally
  • Labour and left politics and history
  • British and US political culture
  • Constructivist approaches to political research
Dr Andreas Fulda
  • Political history of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China
  • Civil society and social movements in the PR China
  • Role of foundations in non-democratic societies
  • EU-China relations
  • Citizen diplomacy
Dr Catherine Gegout
  • European Union Foreign policy
  • EU diplomacy, security (CFSP and CSDP)
  • EU trade (including fisheries)
  • Intervention: ethics, motives and politics of intervention

Professor David Gill

  • British nuclear history
  • Neorealism, focusing on great power politics
  • Grand Strategy
  • Archival/historical research methods
Professor Paul Heywood
  • Corruption/Anti-corruption
  • Integrity management
  • Governance
  • Executive capacity
  • Spanish politics
Dr Ben Holland
  • The history of political thought, especially 17th/18th centuries
  • The concept of the state
  • The concept of sovereignty
  • Intellectual history of IR
  • Political theology

Professor Mathew Humphrey

  • Environmental political theory
  • Political theory generally, especially 'analytical' political theory
  • Ideologies
  • Theories of ideology
  • Second supervise more empirical projects on environmental politics

Dr Nicole Janz

  • Human Rights/Labour Rights/Repression
  • Corruption
  • Globalisation/Trade/Foreign Direct Investment
  • Socioeconomic development/democracy/governance/inequality/institutions in developing nations
  • Cross-country studies/quantitative and mixed methods

Dr Louise Kettle

  • British foreign policy
  • Middle East-West relations
  • History of Britain in the Middle East
  • British military interventions
  • Learning in the military
Dr Gulshan Khan
  • Democratic political theory
  • Post-structuralism
  • Habermas and deliberative democracy
  • Post-Marxism and agonism
  • Post-foundational thought
Dr Hongyi Lai
  • China's governance
  • China's political economy
  • China's international political economy
  • China and global governance
  • China and regional order
Dr Chun-Yi Lee
  • Labour studies in China
  • Taiwan China economic and political relations
  • China's political economy
  • Social movement, with focus on labour
  • Migration studies
  • Semi-structured interviewing
Professor Jan Meyer-Sahling
  • Public administration in Europe
  • Public administration in developing countries
  • Corruption and integrity management
  • Europeanisation
  • Central and Eastern Europe and South East Europe
Dr Caitlin Milazzo
  • Electoral systems
  • Public opinion and voting behaviour
  • Elections and campaigns in Britain
  • Quantitative research methods
Dr Scott Moser
  • Legislative institutions and voting: US Congress, UK House of Commons, especially 19th century
  • Comparative legislatures
  • Quantitative research methods (empirical and 'formal' theory)
Dr Andrew Mumford
  • Proxy Wars
  • Counter-Insurgency
  • Terrorism
  • US-UK 'special relationship'
Professor Chris Pierson
  • Property
  • Welfare states
  • Democratic theory
  • History of ideas
  • Social democracy
Professor Sue Pryce
  • Politics of drugs
  • US politics
Dr Vanessa Pupavac
  • Human rights politics
  • Politics of language rights
  • Humanitarian politics
  • International race politics
  • Shakespeare and international politics
  • Trauma politics and therapeutic governance
  • Resilience governance
Professor Wyn Rees
  • US-European security
  • British defence policy
  • Western counter-terrorism policies
Dr Matthew Rendall
  • International relations theory, particularly topics dealing with great power war/peace
  • Contemporary analytic moral and political philosophy
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Climate change ethics
  • International history between 1815-1914
Dr Bettina Renz
  • Russian foreign, security and defence policy
  • Russian domestic politics
  • Contemporary war and strategy, especially airpower
  • Great Power politics
Dr Carole Spary
  • Gender, public policy, and state institutions
  • Gender and political representation/participation
  • Feminist politics of development/gender and political economy
  • India and South Asia more widely
  • Indian politics
Dr David Stevens
  • Rawlsian political philosophy
  • Social justice
  • Religious disobedience and reasonable pluralism
  • Religious education and the philosophy of education
  • Rational choice explanations of religious markets
Dr Jonathan Sullivan
  • Chinese domestic politics
  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Internet, media, political communication in China and other contexts
  • Taiwanese politics
Professor Cecilia Testa
  • Political economy
  • Comparative institutions
  • Corruption
  • Distributive politics
  • Migration policy
Dr Simon Toubeau
  • Comparative Federalism
  • Multi-level governance
  • Nationalism
  • Political parties
  • Public Policy
Dr Siim Trumm
  • British politics
  • Electoral campaigns
  • Political participation
  • Legislative behaviour
  • Party funding
Dr Annemarie Walter
  • Campaign strategy and effects (in particular negative campaigning)
  • Media (news effects, media amplification, fake news)
  • Political psychology (emotions, moral principles, personality traits)
  • Quantitative research methods (experiments, content analysis, survey design)
Dr Helen Williams
  • Immigration
  • Comparative politics
  • European politics


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