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David S. A. Guttormsen

- For just as correlation does not imply causation, so too a lack of correlation cannot establish lack of causation

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I am currently a third-year Doctoral Researcher in Politics and International Studies, funded by The University of Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (WPRS), and supervised by Professor Stuart Croft and Dr Trevor McCrisken. My PhD thesis is entitled "Constructing 'China': Culture and U.S. Think Tank Narratives - a Bourdieusian Investigation". This study investigates the role of culture regarding how China policy-research experts socially construct 'American-ness' through 'China' as the Other. I have conducted 40 in-depth interviews across 26 internationally leading think tanks during a 3-month field-study in Washington, DC, and New York, USA.

In 2012/2013, I am serving as President of the British International Studies Association's (BISA) Postgraduate Network (PGN) - following two years on the PGN Executive Committee as Chair (and thereby on the BISA Board of Trustees, 2011/2012) and Vice Chair. In addition, I am a Visiting Researcher at the world-renowned Centre for International Business (CIBUL) / Leeds University Business School (three years) and have held similar positions at the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University (2008/2009) and at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2011). I am also the Senior Editor for Political Perspectives' Special Issue on 'World Politics and Foreign Policy explored from the Non-State level: Policy Institutions, Networks and Researchers' (with Carina van de Wetering, Junior Editor, University of Bristol). In PaIS, I have previously served as a Co-Convenor for the Critical International and Political Studies Graduate Working Group (CRIPS) and Ethnography: Research Network.


2007-2009: MPhil International Business - Centre for International Business, University of Leeds, UK
Thesis: "International and Intercultural Experiences of Expatriates in Hong Kong - an Ethnography" (90,000 words).
Supervision: Dr Malcolm Chapman and Dr Hanna Gajewska-De Mattos - CIBUL, and Prof Anne Marie Francesco (Department of Management, Hong Kong Baptist University).
Examiners: Dr Fiona Moore (Royal Holloway) and Prof Richard Thorpe (Leeds).
Field-research funding: Resident Graduate Scholarship Programme, David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), HKBU.
Feb 2008-Sep 2009: Visiting Research Student - David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (LEWI), HKBU
2005: MA International Relations - University of New South Wales (75.50%), Sydney, Australia
2004: GradCert International Relations - Curtin University of Technology (77.75%, distinction-level), Perth, Australia
2002-2004: BCom Public Relations & Management - Curtin Business School (65.50%), Perth, Australia

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University of Warwick
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