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PAIS in the News

PAIS in the News is the place to find all the latest information on any recently-published media featuring members of the PAIS faculty, research fellows, and doctoral candidates.

PAIS HoD Nick Vaughan-Williams Email Update for Students

Dear PAIS Students,

We hope that you and your family/friends are well and safe during this difficult time.

Student Wellbeing

As always, the health and wellbeing of our students and colleagues remains the top priority of the University and the Department. We would therefore encourage you to reach out to your personal tutor, or to Ben Richardson, as our Director of Student Wellbeing in PAIS, if we can be of help to you. Colleagues in Wellbeing Support Services are also doing all they can to offer services to students via video and telephone so please do continue to make use of the support available to you.

Student Newsletters and FAQs

We hope that you have all signed up for, and been receiving, the central University student newsletter - Please do ensure that you read each issue thoroughly as this is main way for the University to keep you updated of all COVID-19 related issues as they impact on your student experience. Please note that these normally come from the email address. An archive of these student newsletters are available online for you to review.

Many of your questions will also hopefully be answered via the central FAQs, which the University will continue to update. In due course, the University will release more detailed information about learning, teaching, and assessment, which, in turn, will inform the Department’s approach – we appreciate your continued patience with this process.

When it comes to more specific issues, the Department is working closely with the University and seeking approval for our plans. Thank you for your understanding as we work together with the central University to ensure the delivery of solutions that are do-able, clear and ‘joined up’ across the University – we really appreciate it. Please be assured we are doing all that we can, in the unprecedented circumstances in which we find ourselves, to ensure student wellbeing and academic progression.

With all best wishes,

Department of Politics and International Studies

Tue 31 Mar 2020, 13:04 | Tags: Staff, PhD, MA, UG, covid19

PhD First and Second Year Upgrade Reviews

Dear PAIS doctoral researchers,


We hope that you are well in these difficult times. As you will know, the University has cancelled all face-to-face academic engagements and remains closed until further notice. This, of course, also impacts upon our PhD upgrade process. Please read carefully through the information below.


To begin with, we have had to cancel the face-to-face presentation element for both the first- and second-year PhD upgrade reviews. In consultation with the Doctoral College, we have decided to move to an entirely paper-based submission to provide you with timely feedback on your progression. PAIS has not made this decision lightly, as we appreciate that the PhD review days are valuable for our PGR students for presentation experience, feedback from the panel and your peers, and advice more generally.


For the first year review, this requires the submission of materials as detailed in the PAIS PhD pages ( and in the PhD handbook ( .


For the second year review involves the report from your supervisors (with the possibility that further documents will be requested at a later date) as detailed here: .


We have applied the university's universal 2-week extension to allow a bit more time and breathing space for you and your supervisors. This means that the deadline for both the Y1 materials and the Y2 supervisory letters are now due on 19 May 2020.


Please email any queries and concerns to in a first instance.


With best wishes,

Alex & Kay

Mon 06 Apr 2020, 11:33 | Tags: PhD, covid19

Debate on the Future of IPE - 'Climate Change and IPE: Power, Resistance & Change'

Weds, 6th May: Debate on the Future of IPE: 16:30-18:00 (Room H0.51, Humanities Building)

'Climate Change and IPE: Power, Resistance & Change'

Professor Peter Newell (Sussex); Dr Marie-Claire Brisbois (SPRU, Sussex); Dr Caroline Kuzemko (Warwick) 

The debate will be followed by a drinks reception - all welcome.

PAIS PhD Exchange within the Jean Monnet “BEAR” Network

Congratulations to Laura Vansina who won a mobility grant from the Jean Monnet Network “Between the EU and Russia” (BEAR)! Vansina, a first-year PhD researcher at PAIS working on Russian memory politics, visited the Universities of McGill and Montreal in Canada in February 2020 as part of an exchange fostering inter-university cooperation on research and teaching on the post-communist space. In Montreal, Vansina enhanced her work on her research proposal and taught a class at the University of Montreal.

Vansina writes about her exchange: ‘This research stay proved to be an extremely enriching experience. On the one hand, I acquired an abundance of new research perspectives and experiences that will be invaluable for my further PhD journey. This stay allowed me to expand my network and gain further insights into my research topic.

Not only did I have the opportunity to meet and discuss my ideas with a number of renowned scholars working on the post-Soviet space and memory studies, but I also was offered an opportunity to present my research and teach a class on Russian memory politics.

Arriving in such a multicultural and hospitable environment stimulated me a lot, both academically and personally. It was great to meet so many people with the same research interests and to discover new academic environments and approaches.

On the other hand, I learned how to survive on (-20°C) weather conditions and discovered that snowy patches on frozen lakes convert the less experienced ice skater into a human snowplow. I am very grateful to the BEAR Network for giving me this enriching opportunity. To all my PAIS peers presented with chances such as these, I wholeheartedly recommend accepting them with both hands and making the most of it!’

Tue 25 Feb 2020, 14:30 | Tags: Staff, PhD

Talk Announcement: “Cyber security & Cyber Attacks” - Professor JD Work (Columbia University)

 TALK ANNOUNCEMENT: “Cyber security & Cyber Attacks" by Professor JD Work of Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, US Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Thursday 20th February, Library 2, 5pm.

JD Work teaches at Columbia University in New York and also leads research to develop the theory, practice, and operational art of the cyber warfighting function, and to explore the wider role of the cyber instrument in national security strategy, and the future defense competition and stability problem space.

Tue 18 Feb 2020, 09:49 | Tags: Front Staff PhD MA UG Faculty of Social Sciences Research Events

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