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Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute

Postgraduate research

Our three year structured Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme is inspired by the need to conduct rigorous, in-depth research and analysis on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.

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Researching at HCRI lends itself to learning and exploring a wide-range of ideas without the restrictive walls of disciplinary study, giving space for creativity and research to intersect in new, exciting, and practically-valuable projects. Such interdisciplinarity and groundedness is only reinforced by studying within Manchester, a city that has consistently pushed the boundaries of imposition in seeking to contribute to a better world.

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View our programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.


Finding a supervisor

We welcome applications from students wishing to study in one of the following areas:

  • Emergency humanitarian assistance in conflict and catastrophe
  • Theory and empirical research concerning contemporary violent conflict
  • Theory and practice of conflict resolution
  • Militarism and the use of force in humanitarian interventions
  • Critical peace studies
  • Response, mitigation and preparedness for natural/man-made disasters
  • The history of humanitarian relief from the 19th century onwards
  • Turkey, political violence, conflict theory and state formation
  • Performance and artistic responses to war and disaster
  • The politics of modern peacebuilding
  • Post-conflict governance in the third world
  • The history of population displacement from the 19th century onwards

Current PhD students

Postgraduate researchers in the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute pursue a wide range of different topics. 

Our current postgraduate researchers and their thesis titles:

  • Victoria Biggs - 'Desiring Another History: Storytelling, Community, and Memory Among Israeli Jewish and Palestinian Youth'
  • Talita Cetinoglu - 'Humanitarian Programming: an inquiry into the ethical dilemmas of humanitarian action and the politics of practice'
  • Jennifer Chapman
  • Caroline Delgado - 'Uncovering Human Insecurities: A critical study of the armed conflict and the drug-trade in Colombia'
  • Mirim Jakl
  • Eric Lepp - 'On the Shoulders of Giants: A study of space, contact and civility in Belfast'
  • Amanda McCorkindale - 'Humanitarian Education: The Moments of Humanitarian Learning'
  • Sian Mullen - 'Determining the Impact of Landmine Clearance and Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA): Measuring effective interventions'
  • Yoshito Nakagawa - 'Argumentative peacebuildings in East Timor and Somaliland'
  • Karolina Olofsson - 'Whose governance is it anyway? The cultural relativism of accountability'
  • Malgorzata Polanska - 'Grey zones: between criminal networks and civil society in Mexico (working title)'
  • Jasmin Ramovic - 'The role of local agency in peacebuilding, with special focus on Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo'
  • Maria Romero
  • Linda Sanchez Avendaño - 'Childhood trapped between international economic interests and armed groups presence in conflict-and-mining-affected-areas in Colombia'
  • Holly Schofield - 'Sense of Place in the Aftermath of Disaster: Attachment, Identity and Dependency Among the Urban Poor in Cities of the Global South'
  • Diane Tang Lee - 'Engaging civil society as a peacebuilding agent by the Chinese state'
  • Ros Wolfe - 'Gendered Disaster Resilience in Myanmar: Understanding gender intersections around conflict and monsoon in Kachin State'
  • Minji Yoo

For more detailed information, view the full profiles of our current PhD students.