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Current projects

PAIS hosts both individual and collaborative research projects, many of which attract external funding. Some are located within particular research clusters whilst others cross clusters and even disciplines. Current projects include:

Professor Shirin M Rai, Dr Shahnaz Akhter, Dr Jayanthi Lingham


Consortium on Practices for Wellbeing and Resilience in BAME Families and Communities March 2021
Professor Vicki Squire UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Data and Displacement assesses the data-based humanitarian targeting of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in two contexts that are characterised by conflict and high levels of displacement: northern Nigeria and South Sudan. It examines the production and use of large-scale data targeting processes in each case, focusing on the operational and ethical challenges that arise in the collection and use of such data. 01.11.20
Dr Charlotte Heath-Kelly European Research Council The Neoliberal Terror project will investigate how and why national security has become part of the professional duties of health and social care workers. We will study the history of crime prevention in Europe, with particular emphasis on programs which work with non-offenders to reduce their risk of becoming criminal. 07.08.20
Jessica Di Salvatore Postdoctoral FellowshipBA Moving beyond traditional security concerns, this project will provide a much-needed understanding of the long-term economic and political impact of peacekeeping. New data on quality of peace and peacekeeping will be collected and analysed for this purpose. 01.09.17
Keith Hyams Project Grantlever Anthropogenic Global Catastrophic Risk: The Challenge of Governance. An anthropogenic global catastrophic risk (AGCR) is a human-induced risk that threatens sustained and widescale loss of life and damage to civilisation across the globe. Central to the danger posed by future AGCRs is the problem that technological progress and uptake has proceeded much more rapidly than commensurate understanding and implementation of effective governance. The present project aims to address this deficit by investigating the key challenges of governance for AGCRs, and by identifying practical and ethical guidelines within which new governance solutions for specific AGCRs will be advanced. Three case studies are developed: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. 01.10.18
Keith Hyams BA Tackling Climate-related Health Risks in Urban Slums: an interdisciplinary analysis of the challenge of integrating local and scientific knowledges. Many urban populations in the Global South live in slums with poor access to sanitation and clean drinking water. Changes to the local and global climate threaten to exacerbate these health risks; flooding increases exposure to infectious diseases, while droughts threaten food supplies. Avoiding climate related mortality and morbidity requires input from climate researchers, medical scientists, and local populations alike. While recent research demonstrates that local stakeholders hold important experiential knowledge about their socioeconomic and environmental circumstances, integrating this knowledge into health-related climate adaptation strategies is not straightforward due to epistemic and socioeconomic inequalities. Tackling these challenges, this project develops the first systematic, comprehensive, and empirically informed framework for integrating differentiated knowledge in the context of climate-related health risks in slums through philosophical analysis of the concept of expertise, empirical research on traditional ecological knowledge, and medical knowledge of urban slum health. 28.02.19
Arzu Kibris Starting Granterc logo EXPOVIBE will explore the individual level effects of being exposed to political violence in a civil conflict context. This project will explore how exposure to political violence in a civil conflict context impacts upon social, economic and political behaviour of individuals. Two large-n survey studies will be designed and conducted in Turkey to analyse: a) whether those exposed to political violence in a civil conflict context are more likely to be perpetrators of domestic violence against their intimate partners;b) whether exposure to political violence impacts upon risk, time and social preferences, savings behaviour, employment, and earnings;c) whether exposure to political violence affects political participation, political tolerance, political support, ideology, voting behaviour, and party choice. Project Website 01.01.17
Matthew Watson Professorial FellowshipESRC logo 'Exploring the Concept of ‘the Market’: Combining History of Ideas and Historiographical Approaches. Matthew Watson holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship from 2013 to 2018 for his ‘Rethinking the Market’ project ( He is particularly interested in exploring the multiple ways in which the language of markets as it has developed in the history of economic thought has subsequently become an instinctive means through which so many people locate and make sense of their everyday economic practices. This can lead on many occasions to market-based concepts becoming an important political force even though they are used today in a manner that is completely at odds with their initial intellectual framing. 01.09.13
Julia Welland Early Career FellowshipLever The Joy of War: Pleasure and Performance in contemporary Military Conduct. This project seeks to understand the emotional and embodied pleasures of war. Using case study research and interviews with military personnel and members of the public who engage in 'social militarism' the project contributes to sociological explorations of the military by taking the academic literature beyond war's traumas. Instead, the project traces the numerous positive physical and emotional sensations experienced in order to produce a fuller conception of war's affective landscape and how its violence becomes an accepted part of national life. Joy of War Project Website 01.09.16
Georg Lofflmann Early Career Fellowshiplever logo 'The enemy inside the gates: Anti-elite hostility and the political agency of the ‘everyday’ in Europe and the USA.' The project aims to explore the politics of enmity and friendship in contemporary populism, and how right-wing populists, anti-establishment movements and associated media in the UK, the United States, and Germany construct threats to the nation both internally and externally, and how these processes are linked in a transnational context. The project continues my strong research interest in the role of the 'everyday' in producing competing concepts of identity and security. Project website 01.05.18
Maurice Stierl Early Career FellowshipLever The EU’s contested forms of Border Governance in the Mediterranean Sea. This research project enquires into the fast-changing dynamics of bordering in the Mediterranean Sea by ethnographically exploring the interrelated actors and forces in both European and Northern African contexts. It draws from a novel conceptual framework to significantly add to ongoing academic debates and the struggles of human rights groups. 01.05.14
Matthias Kranke Early Career Fellowship
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The Marketplace for Governance Expertise: International Organisations and Infrastructure Investment. This project explores how international organisations (IOs) produce and pitch expertise in emergent governance areas, where understandings of ‘appropriate’ policies are fluid and competition for authority between IOs is intense. Using a mixed-methods approach, it examines how IOs set standards for global infrastructure investment governance, which shapes who gets what kind of access to such necessities as means of transport, power or water. In this sense, IO expertise on infrastructure investment affects the everyday lives of people around the world, especially by sanctioning certain forms of private involvement in the financing, design and regulation of infrastructure. 01.09.18
Tom Sorell h2020 logo The PERICLES (Policy recommendation and im-proved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicali-sation) project is especially dedicated to transitional processes of radicalisation. To meet its aims, PERICLES will consider violent left-wing and right-wing as well as religious ideologies. A special focus will be set on the risks connected with digital violent propaganda. The PERICLES project will deliver advanced and validated counter-propaganda techniques that are target-group-specific. Furthermore, the cooperation between relevant authorities who have due regard against violent rad-icalisation or support the process of de-radicalisation will be enhanced through the use of the project outputs. The comprehensive PERICLES prevention strategy will therefore largely address law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and security agencies; but will also find use by prisons and social workers, teachers and even relatives of affected people. Project website 01.05.17
Tom Sorell H2020 PRISMA (Piloting RRI in Industry: a roadmap for tranSforMAtive technologies). There is now only limited experience with RRI in industry and there is also limited evidence of the added value of opening up the innovation process in industry for social engagement and gender considerations. This project will overcome these current limitations by carrying out eight RRI pilot projects in a real-world industry context. To establish the added value of the RRI approach and the gender dimension in and for industry, the project will assess the pilot projects on a number of product and process RRI dimensions and compare the score of the pilots on the relevant RRI dimensions with the score of similar projects in the same companies in which the RRI approach has not been followed. The focus is on implementing RRI for some of the major technological challenges in the EU including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, Internet of Things and self-driving or automated cars. These are all transformative technologies that have the potential to transform existing modes of production and to change the relation of the company with users, suppliers or other stakeholders. The pilots aim at integrating RRI in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policies of the participating companies. Project Website 01.08.16
Chris Browning & James Brassett British Academy Small Grant SchemeBA Humorous States: New Diplomacy and the Rise of Comedy in International Relations. Why do states and state leaders cultivate a sense of humour? What is the impact of Trump’s tweets (their circulation and responses to them) on global politics? And how should we understand the affirmation of free speech by European states following the Danish Cartoons Crisis and the Charlie Hebdo attacks? Questions of humour/satire implicitly carry a potential for political controversy, yet this has not affected the rise of comedy in IR or its growing prevalence in that once staid realm of international diplomacy. This project observes that comedy and IR are increasingly coterminous, yet the intellectual resources required to address them seem scattered across several literatures and sub-disciplines. By drawing them together through two workshops geared to the production of a concept note, a Journal Special Issue, and a theoretical article, this project will develop a systematic analysis that foregrounds the function, meaning, and politics of these ‘humorous states'. 01.10.18
George Christou Image result for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks LOGO GEM-STONES: It's shared research agenda on "Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism" seeks to unpack the growing "Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks and European Strategies" in light of the EU's attempts at regime complex management. To this effect, the EU's response to international institutional proliferation is alternatively analyzed through the lens of its ability to provide purposeful complex regime management in light of its institutional capacities, network capacities, relative capacities and framing capacities. Collectively GEM-STONES will increase the breath of regime complex management theory as its postulates are confronted with the specific experience of the EU. The project will also expand the state-of-the art in EU studies, notably on the EU's external action. The research will ultimately sketch a nuanced, innovative, and interdisciplinary answer to the question: how does the EU contributes towards the management of institutional proliferation? 01.19.16
Charlotte Heath-Kelly Future Research Leadersesrc logo Resilience at the Bombsite - Reconstructing Post-Terrorist Space. The research project compares the reconstruction and memorialisation of post-terrorist space between the London Bombings, the 9/11 attacks, the bomb and gun attacks in Norway, and the Madrid bombings. Through site visits and interviews with designers and activist groups, I explore the relationship between architectural design, post-disaster social resilience and social protest. How is reconstruction intended to heal sites and societies after traumatic events, and what shortcomings exist in planning, design and implementation? 01.01.16
Julian Gruin Future Research Leadersesrc logo Reshaping Global Capital - The Politics of Uncertainty in China's Financial Transnationalisation. As China's economy has experienced rapid growth and accelerating transnationalization, the significance and impact of Chinese finance and capital within the global economy are only just now beginning to emerge. How well do we understand the implications of China's distinctive political economy for a global financial system whose normative underpinnings remain deeply in flux, seven years following the 2008 financial crisis? This project examines the shifting nature of political and economy power within global finance exploring how the functional and technocratic demands of managing and regulating increasing complexity and systemic interdependence within the global financial system are interacting with the distinctly political implications of China's illiberal yet highly capitalist mode of financial governance. 01.04.16
Nick Vaughan-Williams Phillip Leverhulme Prizelever logo Everyday narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity. The 'Border Narratives' project investigates how diverse publics perceive, understand, and experience the so-called ‘Mediterranean migration crisis’: how they narrate their own identities — and those of their communities and nations — in relation to perceptions of 'irregular' migration and border security; how these narratives compare across different geographical sites and converge with/diverge from media and policy representations; and what these narratives tell us about contemporary cultures of hospitality, hostility, and (in)security across Europe today. The programme of research employs a range of qualitative and participatory research methods including two waves of focus group discussion in cities along the Balkan route in Germany, Greece, and Hungary, and in the UK post-Brexit. A link to the website for the project and further information and updates can be found here:  01.04.16
Charoula Tzanoukou h2020 logo PLOTINA The objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). It will create a platform of resources that can be used by RPOs across Europe and it will contribute to the body of knowledge regarding gender equality actions in organisations. 17.02.16
Nicola Pratt Standard Grantahrc logo Popular Culture and Politics in Egypt after the 25 January 2011 Uprising.Though still ubiquitous in English-language scholarship and media, the term 'Arab Spring' is heavily contested in the Middle East. The breadth and depth of these contestations is no more apparent than in the explosion of popular cultural products and social media commentary in the largest and most populous Arab country, Egypt. From pop music to graffiti, these sources have played a vital role in articulating political meaning 'from below' in a vastly expanded public sphere. Yet there has been surprisingly little sustained analysis of how Egyptians have narrated their own history/ies of the 25 January Revolution. This project will put 'the people' back at the centre of scholarly understanding of Egypt's tumultuous transition amidst official attempts to script a history-still-in-the-making and erase alternative narratives of events unfoldinfg since 2011. It will reveal how struggles over the definition of Egyptian national identity have been central to this process and dependent upon malleable constructions of 'self' and 'other'. More broadly, it will investigate how moments of domestic political crisis represent opportunities to recreate notions of 'East' and 'West' with wider implications for how we understand the geopolitical.Project Website 01.09.16
Michael Saward Major Research Fellowshiplever logo Democratic Design - Modelling Political Futures. The democratic design project offers and defends a flexible framework for rethinking democratic governance and politics. Combining robust theory and pragmatic guidance, the framework presents to democracy's designers the critical questions about democracy's structure and functions, the design options available to them, and examples of specific design ideas. The project focuses on the big picture – what can democracy be, now and in the future? Democracy’s resilience will depend on experimental tailoring, drawing widely on interdisciplinary perspectives. The project’s ambition is to reset the standard for exploring the idea of democracy and the active practical modeling of its political futures.Project Website 01.09.16
Richard Aldrich Major Research Fellowshiplever logo Whistle Blowers, Electronic data and the transparent state. State secrecy is under pressure. "Whistle-blowers" are deploying new technologies that facilitate the anonymous data-sharing of large volumes of classified information, working with prominent media outlets such as The New York Times. Meanwhile, the oversight of national security is changing rapidly. We are seeing the decline in formal accountability and the rise of what we might call "regulation by revelation". Recent activities by Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning have been interpreted through the prism of panic over privacy. Instead, this fellowship proposal suggests they are even more important for the changing nature of secrecy, which remains largely unexplored. 01.09.16
Shaun Breslin Leverhulme Major Research FellowshipLever China Risen? What is Global Power (and in what ways does China have it)? This project will bridge the divide between those who study domestic Chinese politics and scholars of international relations to produce a research monograph on the nature of China as a global power, and what this means for the global order. It approaches the question of a potential China challenge from both the bottom up (an analysis of the changing nature of Chinese capitalism) and the top down (an analysis of the changing nature of the global order). It seeks to disaggregate China's rise and identify different levels of ambition, influence and/or assimilation across different issue areas. 01.09.17
Ben Clift Leverhulme Major Research FellowshipLever The OBR and the Politics of UK Growth amidst Brexit, Uncertainty and
This fellowship draws back the veil on how UK growth assessments are constructed amidst pervasive uncertainty to explore the political economy of Brexit and the British model of capitalism. Growth forecasts published by technocratic bodies such as the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) crucially mediate the politics of austerity. Government policy options are opened up or closed off by particular renderings of Britain’s growth trajectory and their assumptive foundations (notably about Brexit effects). This research will delineate the politics of OBR economic ideas, and political and policy implications of the OBR’s projections of UK growth potential before and after Brexit.
Briony Jones swisspeace logo Connecting legal and psychosocial aspects in the search for victims of enforced disappearance in Colombia, El Salvador and Mexico. Even though enforced disappearances (ED) continue to occur in different contexts worldwide, the search for the victims has received limited attention from both research and policy. This pluridisciplinary research project explores the foundations and practical implementation of the search for victims of ED, from a legal, psychosocial and political perspective in the two case study countries of Colombia and El Salvador. Taking into account that several actors are generally involved in search efforts, including official search mechanisms, the project focuses particularly on the role of the families and civil society organizations (CSOs). Families have specific needs in the process as they are affected by ED on numerous levels. Psychologically they suffer from not knowing the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones; economically they are marginalized as it is often the breadwinner who has been disappeared; and socially they suffer through their vulnerability. As it is difficult for families to make themselves heard by government authorities and official search mechanisms, they often rely on the support of CSOs. Besides other linkages with the search process, families and CSOs contribute important information to the search or even act in the absence of governmental action. Given that successful search efforts are assumed to contribute to the restoration of trust and social ties, taking into account the needs of families in the process is crucial. The results of the research project will prove invaluable both in terms of increasing our understanding of how search processes take place through lessons learned, and in contributing to the international standard setting process in which the team members are involved.  
Lena Rethel Leverhulme Research FellowshipLever Markets as Spectacles? Principles, Practices & Governance of Islamic Economies. Variously understood as economic activity in accordance with Islamic religious stipulations and/or targeted at Muslim consumers, at a size of US$4 trillion, the Islamic economy is no longer trivial. It presents an intriguing test case for the compatibility of global capitalism and moral – in this case specifically Islamic – principles. This multidisciplinary project examines the religious principles, economic practices and governance frameworks by which it is shaped. Based on fieldwork in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, two central nodes in the emerging Islamic economy, it will contribute to understanding the pluralization of economic activity in the Muslim world and beyond. 01.07.18
Andy Mason Leverhulme Project GrantLever Appearance, discrimination, and disadvantage. We can be disadvantaged by our appearance in various ways. When making job appointments, selectors may prefer another candidate because of their physical characteristics, for example, their height or weight, or because of the style in which they dress. When making personal choices, potential life-partners may be put off by our looks. But when is appearance discrimination or its effects unjust? This question has received surprisingly little attention but it is crucially important, especially since social norms governing how we should look can be racially-biased or gender-specific. My project addresses these issues using the tools of analytic philosophy. 01.09.19

Recent projects

Funded projects completed within the past few years include:

PAIS Lead Researcher/s Funder  Project Title
Charlotte Heath-Kelly ESRC - Future Leaders Fellowship Resilience at the Bombsite - Reconstructing Post-Terrorist Space
Jon Coaffee & Tom Sorell H2020 MEDI@4SEC
Tom Sorell EPSRC Standard Grant DAPM: Detecting and Preventing Mass-Marketing Fraud (MMF)
Keith Hyams British Academy - Tackling the UK’s International Challenges Programme Justice, Rights and Equality
Caroline Kuzemko ESRC Local Authorities and Sustainable Energy Innovations: Decentralisation, Institutional Capacity and Civic Participation.
Matthew Clayton, Andrew Mason & Adam Swift Spencer Foundation Faith Schooling: Principles and Policies.
George Christou ESRC International Professional for a study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance.
Tony King ESRC Post-Heroic General: Military Command in the 21st Century
Charlotte Heath-Kelly Wellcome Trust Counterterrorism in the NHS
Jon Coaffee EC H2020 RESILENS
Maria Koinova ERC DIASPORACONTEST: Diasportas and Contested Sovereignty
Franklyn Lisk UNU IIGH Engaging the Private Sector for Inclusive Extrative Industries and Sustainable Value Chains in Africa
Gabrielle Lynch ESRC Standard Grant The Impact of Elections: Voting, Political Behaviour and Deomocracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Clare Heyward Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Geoengineering and Climate Justice Exploring the Mutual Challenges
Alex Homolar ESRC Future Research Leaders Enemy Addiction: Outsider threats, security frames and target audiences in contemporary US security policy
Chris Clarke Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Prospects for a Relational Finance: The Political Economy of Social Lending
Ben Richardson ESRC Standard Grant Working Beyond the Border
Vicki Squire & Nick Vaughan-Williams ESRC Urgency Grant Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences
Vicki Squire Leverhulme Research Fellowship Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence: Migrant Deaths across the Mediterranean Sea
Chris Hughes Sasakawa Foundation Emotional Detachment: The Politics of Emotion in Japan's Korean Peninsula Policy and the Transformation of our understanding of International relations
Stuart Elden ISRF Fellowship  
Juanita Elias & Lena Rethel Newton International Partnership The Gendered Everyday Political Economy of Kampung Eviction and Resettlement in Jakarta
Tom Sorell AHRC Standard Grant Experimental Philosophy and Empirical ethics: A Historical Reconstruction and Philosophical Assessment
Tom Sorell EC FP7 HECTOS: Harmonized Evaluation, Certification and Testing of Security Products
Tom Sorell ESRC Investigator Grant Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research Ethics and Rights in a Security Context
Jon Coaffee RCUK Innovate UK From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator: Integrating Urban Systems to Provide Better Outcomes for People
Oz Hassan ESRC FRL Transatlantic Interests in Transforming the Middle-East
Joel Lazarus ISRF Fellowship Banking on Democratic Television: Co-Producing Culture to Promote Public Praxis
Tom Sorell ESRC Assuming Identities Online: Description, Development and Ethical Implications
Tom Sorell ESRC Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship
Nick Vaughan-Williams ESRC Public Perceptions of Threat in Britain
Chris Moran BA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Politics, Partnership and Paranoia: Nixon, Kissinger and the US Intelligence Community
Richard Aldrich AHRC Enhancing Openness and Explaining Secrecy: Policy Lessons from the Declassification and Management of US Intelligence and Security Records
Richard Aldrich AHRC Landscapes of Secrecy
Stuart Croft ESRC New Security Challenges Programme
Charlotte Heath-Kelly BA Post-doctoral Fellowship Securing through the Failure to Secure: reclaiming the Sites of Terrorist Attack
Wyn Grant BBSRC Biological Alternatives to Chemical Pesticide Inputs in the Food Chain: an Assessment of Environmental and Regulatory Sustainability
Shirin Rai Leverhulme Programme Grant Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament
Jan Aart Scholte Ford Foundation Building Global Democracy
Shaun Breslin EC FP7 GR:EEN