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.

Supervisors

The Institute 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.

Both residential and distance-learning research degrees are offered.

Please see below a list of topics and supervisors. For the full profiles of our supervisors, please visit our ICWS Supervisors page.

Fees & Funding

For information about fees and funding from the School of Advanced Study, please visit their website here. Additional funding opportunities from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies are noted at the bottom of the page.

 

Topics & Supervisors

Protection of refugees and other displaced persons

Human Rights and refugee law

Refugee law and policy; immigration law; forced displacement

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Singer

Terrorism, anti-terrorist measures and foreign nationals

Supervisor: Dr Sarah Singer

Human rights law

Supervisor: 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

Supervisor: Dr Corinne Lennox
Please note, Dr Lennox is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Indigenous peoples' rights

Supervisor(s): Dr Corinne Lennox; Prof Damien Short
Please note, Dr Lennox and Dr Short are currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Human rights and development; human rights-based approaches to development; UN human rights mechanisms

Supervisor: Dr Corinne Lennox
Please note, Dr Lennox is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship

Supervisor: Dr Corinne Lennox
Please note, Dr Lennox is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights

Supervisor: Prof Damien Short
Please note, Prof Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Reconciliation initiatives

Supervisor: Prof Damien Short
Please note, Prof Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Genocide Studies

Supervisor: Prof Damien Short
Please note, Prof Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Ecocide; Human Rights aspects and implications of environmental destruction and degradation

Supervisor: Prof Damien Short
Please note, Prof Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.