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Current PhD Students

Malena Arcidiaconoe, School of Economics 

I earned an MRes at Nottingham and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. My research interests are at the intersection of Political Economy and Development. I'm currently working on the effects of government policies, including spending and taxes, on voting behaviour.

Kevin Kittoe, School of Politics and International Relations

I hold a Politics and Sociology degree from University of Sheffield and a Masters in Social and Political Theory from Birkbeck College, London. I am currently undertaking a PhD research which critically examines the extent to which the ‘capture’ of policy, regulatory and state institutions and processes by the banking sector help account for the UK’s financial crisis and subsequent responses.

Ly Thi Le, School of Politics and International Relations

I earned my first BA in English and second Bachelor’s degree in International Economics from the University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS) and University of Economics and Business, Hanoi National University. In 2014, I was awarded an M.A degree in Development Economics at the National Economics University. After working as a reporter for Vietnam Economic Times, I have been a lecturer of English for Communication and Special Purposes at the ULIS. My research’s focus is on American Public Diplomacy towards the Southeast Asia.

Nora Leach, School of Politics and International Relations

Nora holds a BA in Politics and International Relations (First Class), a MA in International Security and Terrorism (with Distinction) and a MA in Social Science Research (with Distinction) from the University of Nottingham. Her doctoral project seeks to investigate the impact of European Union (EU) integration on the professionalisation of bureaucratic elites in post-communist Europe. Her research is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Andrés MartignanoSchool of Economics

I’m Andrés from Argentina. My research interests are Migrations, Political Economy and Economic History. I'm currently working on Mass Migration in Argentina and transmission of political preferences from migrants onto locals. In previous studies, I’ve worked with machine learning techniques to identify underlying features of Psychological Distress.

Lucas De MeloSchool of Economics

Lucas holds an MRes in Economics from University of Nottingham and an MA in Economics from Escola Brasileira de Economia, Fundação Getúlio Vargas. He also holds a BA in Economics from Universidade de Brasília. His research focuses on Political Economy, more specifically on working-class politicians selection. He also works on Public Economics, and Health Economics.

Jesus Rodriguez,  School of Economics

I completed an MRes in economics at Cardiff University, as well as an MSc at the University of Warwick and an MPP from IESA in 2012. I earned a BA in Economics from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. My research interests are public economics, data science, development, gender and political economy, particularly topics related to inequality, taxation, and redistribution. I am interested in studying the impact of tax expenditures on inequality. I aim at examining to what extent governments use tax preferences to influence redistribution via the tax code and how these policies affect voting preferences and politicians' probability of getting elected.

Chris Stafford, School of Politics and International Relations

My research is currently focused on how differences between ‘elite’ and public opinion, with regards to the European Union, can affect policy positions and how such differences in opinion are reconciled, if at all. My other interests include electoral reform, British and Canadian politics and the history of economic thought.


Completed PhD Students 


Esmeralda Bon

Career destination:  Research Associate, Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research, University of Manchester

Jose Carrillo Viramontes

Career destination: Assistant Professor, University of Guanajuato

Edoardo Cefala

Career destination: Postdoctoral Researcher, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria

Roel Dom

Career destination: Research Associate, University of Sheffield

Suyani Indriastuti

Diego Marino Fages

Career destination: Lecturer, University of Durham

Junyan Zhu

Career destination: Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

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