Research Degrees

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies has been supervising interdisciplinary doctoral degrees for over half a century. The focus of research degrees has increasingly been on the humanities and cognate social sciences, particularly on the subjects of human rights, globalization and development, politics, and Commonwealth history. Students pursue their academic interests in the friendly and supportive environment of the Institute; their research is enhanced by the outstanding libraries of the University of London, including the Institute’s own prestigious collection.

Topics

Topic Supervisor
Protection of refugees and other displaced persons Dr David James Cantor
Human Rights and refugee law Dr David James Cantor
Refugee law and policy; immigration law; forced displacement Dr Sarah Singer
Terrorism, anti-terrorist measures and foreign nationals Dr Sarah Singer
Human rights law Dr Sarah Singer

Minority rights protection; ethnic, religious and linguistic
minorities, especially Afro-descendants in Latin America;
Dalits and caste-based discrimination; Roma in Europe

Dr Corinne Lennox

Indigenous peoples' rights

Dr Corinne Lennox;
Dr Damien Short
Human rights and development; human rights-based approaches to
development; UN human rights mechanisms
Dr Corinne Lennox
Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship Dr Corinne Lennox
Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights Dr Damien Short
Reconciliation initiatives Dr Damien Short
Genocide Studies Dr Damien Short
Ecocide; Human Rights aspects and implications of environmental destruction and degradation Dr Damien Short

 

Supervisors

 

 

Dr. David James Cantor

  • Protection of refugees and other displaced persons, particularly during situations of armed conflict
  • Human Rights and refugee law

 

Dr. Corinne Lennox

  • Minority rights protection
  • Ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Human rights and development and human rights-based approaches to development
  • UN human rights mechanisms
  • Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship
  • Indigenous peoples' rights
  • Afro-descendants in Latin America
  • Dalits and caste-based discrimination
  • Roma in Europe

 

Professor Philip Murphy 

  • Twentieth Century British and Commonwealth History
  • Post-War British Decolonisation

 

Dr Sue Onslow

  • Southern Africa 1974-1994, especially liberation movements, white minority regimes, and the Cold War struggle
  • Post-war British politics, decolonisation, and foreign policy
  • Britain's bilateral and multilateral Commonwealth relationships between 1965-1990
  • Oral history methodology

 

Dr Damien Short

  • Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights
  • Indigenous rights
  • Reconciliation initiatives
  • Ecocide
  • Genocide Studies

 

Dr Sarah Singer

  • Refugee law and policy; immigration law; forced displacement
  • Human rights law
  • Terrorism, anti-terrorist measures and foreign nationals

 

 

     

    Why the ICwS?

    The Institute of Commonwealth Studies offers a unique scholarly environment in which to pursue doctoral research. Doctoral candidates are able to draw on the wide-ranging expertise of staff in a supportive, friendly environment. The Institute is located in Bloomsbury, the heart of intellectual London; students at the Institute have access to the world-class Senate House libraries as well as to the libraries of all the colleges of the University of London.

    The School of Advanced Study draws on its expertise in research and teaching to provide programmes of varied and challenging research and skills training. These programmes help support our students and graduate researchers in their wider preparation for careers, in academia or elsewhere.

     

     

     

     

    Funding

    Funding opportunities within the ICWS and School of Advanced Study