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.

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

Indigenous peoples' rights

Dr Corinne Lennox;
Dr 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
Dr Corinne Lennox
Please note, Dr Lennox is currently not accepting new PhD applications.
Transnational social mobilisation and norm entrepreneurship Dr Corinne Lennox
Please note, Dr Lennox is currently not accepting new PhD applications.
Sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights

Dr Damien Short
Please note, Dr Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Reconciliation initiatives Dr Damien Short
Please note, Dr Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.
Genocide Studies Dr Damien Short
Please note, Dr Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.
Ecocide; Human Rights aspects and implications of environmental destruction and degradation Dr Damien Short
Please note, Dr Short is currently not accepting new PhD applications.

Supervisors

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.

Both residential and distance-learning research degrees are offered.

Funding opportunities are noted at the bottom of the page.

Supervisors

Lennox

Dr Corinne Lennox

Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Co-Director, Human Rights Consortium. Programme Director, MA in Human Rights by distance learning.

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Dr Sarah Singer

Senior Lecturer in Refugee Law, Programme Director, MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

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