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.
I wanted to pursue my PhD at a place that is linked to the real world and that invests in in-depth and quality research and there was the HCRI. The HCRI is also particularly unique in its interdisciplinary approach to humanitarianism, peace and conflict, which is an aspect I have come to appreciate even more as I have come in contact with and learnt from its brilliant staff and students.Rana Khalaf
View our programmes, and the support available for our postgraduate researchers.
- PhD Humanitarianism and Conflict Response (3 or 6 years)
Finding a supervisor
Bringing together the study of applied medicine and the humanities our structured PhD programme is driven by a desire to inform and support policy and practice, to optimise joint working between partner organisations, and to foster increased understanding and debate within the field of humanitarianism and global health.
As a PhD student at HCRI, you will be surrounded by globally renowned researchers, expert practitioners and policymakers and we welcome applications from students wishing to study in one of the following areas.
Dr Maura Duffy
I welcome proposals for PhD research in the broad fields of politics and social policy in relation to radical social change 'from above and/or below'. This encompasses work that focuses on states and/or grassroots communities in the promotion of social change in Latin America or more broadly and with a focus on education, health, food security and other areas of social policy. I particularly welcome projects that deal with specific areas of community-led social change including the arts and culture, urban agriculture and global health.
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Dr Peter Gatrell
My research and teaching interests fall into two broad categories: population displacement in world history and the history of modern Europe. These twin interests are also brought together in my commitment to the cultural history of modern war. I would welcome enquiries from prospective graduate students in these fields.
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Dr Jessica Hawkins
I welcome PhD supervision enquiries on the historical sociology of state formation, conflict and development; colonial and missionary “humanitarianism”; state-led humanitarianism; and histories of displacement. I would particularly welcome projects on East African contexts. Jessica is currently on maternity leave until April 2020.
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Dr Billy Haworth
I welcome applications for PhD research in the following areas - volunteered geographic information and/or citizen science; spatiotemporal experiences of queer or other minorities in disasters/humanitarian crises; participatory GIS; critical geography approaches to understanding knowledge production and acces.
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Professor Roger MacGinty
I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in peacebuilding, and especially the interaction between top-down and bottom-up approaches to peace.
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Dr Tanja Mueller
I welcome proposals for PhD research on any aspect of revolutionary societies and/or post-liberation politics; identity, belonging and transnationalism (in particular in relation to refugees); well-being and aspirations; global health and related fields; and conceptualisations behind and practices of humanitarianism.
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Dr Róisín Read
I welcome PhD supervision inquiries and I am particularly interested in supervising on issues of gender in humanitarianism; representation and knowledge production in/for international interventions; and conflict and post-conflict transitions in African contexts, especially South Sudan and Sudan.
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Professor Bertrand Taithe
I am very interested in supervising students working on the history of the body, French and British cultural history, the history of war and medicine, humanitarianism, French colonial history or the history of 'social explorers' in France and Britain.
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Dr Gemma Sou
Gemma is an interdisciplinary researcher who takes a postcolonial approach to disaster studies. She is interested in decolonising discourses and policies in disaster risk reduction and understanding the everyday lives, aspirations, needs and concerns of people living with disaster risk. Gemma is interested in supervising doctoral students interested in postcolonial approaches to disaster studies, grassroots disaster risk reduction and media representations of human vulnerability.
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Dr Birte Vogel
I have a research interest in topics around peace and conflict studies and international interventions, and how international interveners interact with local populations. I am open to supervising PhD projects in the area of civil society/ NGOs and peacebuilding, local resistance or economics and peacebuilding.
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PhD study at the HCRI
Dr Eleanor Davey and research student Margot Tudor from the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute talk about PhD supervision and give you their top tips.
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