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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.

Postgraduate research seminars

PhD students based in HCRI meet regularly in an informal environment to discuss ongoing work and career development. If you are working on a PhD in a relevant area and would like to connect with this group, please email