Current PhD students in the Department of Social Sciences

Naheed Anwar

An ethnographic study of Salafi Women in Birmingham

Using “insider” status within the community combined with an analysis of female converts, conversion narratives and discourse analysis, this study aims to discover the reasons why women from different cultural and social backgrounds convert to an orthodox interpretation of Islam in a modern Western context. It is hoped that this research will raise wider questions concerning the revival of non-Western orthodox religious movements in the context of secular modernity and an increasingly globalized world. Supervised by Aisha K. Gill and John Eade

Ahalya Bala

Political Activism and Radicalisation Amongst Younger Generation Tamils in London

As the civil war in Sri Lanka was reaching its bloody end in 2009, shifting patterns of political mobilisation and activism were identified across sections of the younger generation Tamil Diaspora. A handful of studies have examined this phenomenon and the concept of ‘radicalisation’ has emerged, though undefined and approached cursorily. A wider reading of radicalisation reveals that the concept is poorly conceptualised, carries pejorative connotations, focuses predominantly on Muslim males and is constructed within the ambit of terrorism and security studies. This research project addresses the issues outlined above, by augmenting our understanding of an under-researched group and by widening the scope of radicalisation discourses and the associated frameworks, through which particular behaviours are examined. To this end, theoretical and methodological approaches from cultural criminology and social movement studies will be used.

Supervised by Aisha K. Gill

Michael Nwankpa

Conflict and Development in Nigeria: Strategies towards the Niger Delta and Boko Haram Conflicts.

This study is compares the effectiveness of military and non-military strategies in these two conflicts in the light of theories of insurgency and terrorism. Supervised by Martin Shaw and Greg Kent

Jinyu Yang

Learning Citizenship and Political Engagement at University in the UK and China.

This study is using mixed method research including the analysis of the Citizenship Education Longitudinal data to explore if university has an effect on engagement and establish which methods are effective (with University of Southampton). Supervised by Bryony Hoskins

Yuan Liu

Exploring the Relationship between Education, Economy and Individual Civic Attitudes in Europe and Asia.

This study is quantitative and uses multilevel modelling to analyse World Values Survey and the IEA International Citizenship and Civic education Study data to identify if education plays a mediating role between the economic situation in a country and civic attitudes (with University of Southampton). Supervised by Bryony Hoskins

Ruth Jones

Violence Perpetrated by Young People Against their Parents: A discourse analysis of family experiences

This study draws on qualitative interviews with individual family members who are experiencing abusive and violent behaviours towards them from adolescent children. The study looks at the implications for practitioners who are working within this relatively new field of family violence (with University of Worcester). Supervised by Amanda Holt

Kerry Clarke

Parents’ experiences of abuse from their adolescent children: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (DClinPsy)

This study interviews parents who are seeking support for experiences of their child’s aggressive behaviour in the family home. A rich interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) seeks to explore parents’ lived experiences and the relationship between the social and the self (with University of Hertfordshire). Supervised by Amanda Holt