Jul 27 2016

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2016

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Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant was established by the International Relations Department at the LSE in memory of Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal who was a lecturer in the Department from 1999 until her death in 2006. She taught on nationalism and Africa as well as in the field of international relations theory. Her most well-known publication is Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Horn of Africa published in 2002. Her colleague James Mayall wrote an obituary in The Guardian, plus a longer piece in the IR Department journal Millennium.

The annual grant of £2,500 is intended to support travel and living costs for IR Department students’ research in the fields of Africa, ethnicity and nationalism. The 2016 grant holder is Evelyn Pauls and she gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below. Continue reading

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Jul 19 2016

Congratulations to the BSc graduating class of 2016!

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Congratulations to BSc International Relations and the BSc International Relations and International History cohort who graduated last week – we wish you all the best for the future!

BSc IR graduating class 2016 - 1

BSc IR graduating class 2016 - 2

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Jul 12 2016

Research Student Destinations: Mark Kersten, 2014, Research Fellow

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Mark Kersten

Dr Mark Kersten

Dr Mark Kersten

Research Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto; Director of Research, Wayamo Foundation

Thesis Title: Justice in conflict: the ICC in Libya and Northern Uganda (2014)

Supervisor: Mark Hoffman and Kirsten Ainley

“My research at the Munk School of Global Affairs continues to examine the politics and impacts of the International Criminal Court (ICC) around the world. I also research the nexus between international and transnational crimes as well as Canada’s role on global justice related issues. As the Research Director of the Wayamo Foundation, I support the African Group for Justice and Accountability in their efforts to improve the relationship between the ICC and Africa as well as build the capacity of African states to investigate and prosecute international crimes.”

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Jul 12 2016

Research Student Destinations: Monika Kruesman, 2013, Head of Programmes

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Monika Kruesman

Monika Kruesmann

Dr Monika Kruesmann

Head of Programmes at Think Global, commenced October 2013.

Thesis Title: Digging for Compliments: Rio Tinto Group, Corporate Social Responsibility and the Diffusion of International Norms (2013)

Supervisor: Chris Brown

“Monika is Head of Programmes at global education charity Think Global. She oversees both the strategy and delivery of work across the Programmes Team. Current projects include collaborations with education and NGO partners across Europe, and development of policy and campaigning work around the skills young people need to thrive in a globalised world. Conceptually, her work is informed by elements of her doctoral research, in particular work on global normative movement.”

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Jul 12 2016

Research Student Destinations: Maxi Ussar, 2015, Director

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Dr Maxi Ussar

Director (JustImpact Consulting); since January 2014.

Thesis Title: Ethics, aid, and organisational characteristics: Are multilateral organisations more likely to be driven by ethical considerations than their bilateral counterparts? (2015)

Supervisors: Kirsten Ainley and Kimberly Hutchings

“I have set-up, and currently run, an international development consultancy focusing on women’s rights, gender equality promotion, and monitoring and evaluation. The consultancy is based in Blantyre, Malawi, but works on projects across Eastern Africa and at the global-level. My main clients include UNICEF, UN Women, ILO, Adam Smith International, Oxfam, and ActionAid. The majority of my work involves research on gender-related aspects of development projects and programmes; the provision of technical advice on gender equality and women’s empowerment; and the development of gender policies, strategies, and gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation systems for international development programmes.”

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Jun 30 2016

Workshop on Citizen Preferences, Political Mobilization, Institutional Change, and Regime Stability in Russia and Ukraine

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Dr Tomila Lankina

Dr Tomila Lankina

On June 10 2016, Tomila Lankina organised a workshop on Citizen Preferences, Political Mobilization, Institutional Change, and Regime Stability in Russia and Ukraine.  The workshop received generous funding from the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Tomila Lankina), the LSE Centre for International Studies, and the LSE International Relations Department.  Sophie Wise, the IRD’s events manager, provided excellent organizational support for the event. Continue reading

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Jun 28 2016

Global South Unit lectures and alumni event in Peru and Chile

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Professor Chris Alden and Dr Alvaro Mendez of the LSE International Relations Department’s Global South Unit conducted a series of lectures, workshops and meetings in Peru and Chile in May 2016. Continue reading

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Jun 21 2016

LSE-Waseda University PhD Exchange Programme 2016

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I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of International Relations, interested in International Political Economy, particularly on Korea and Japan’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). I am currently on an exchange programme at Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies (GSAPS), in Japan. As the first exchange student from our department, I have benefited tremendously from this program, and I feel obliged to share this exciting opportunity with other research students. Continue reading

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Jun 21 2016

Research Student Destinations: John Pearson, 2016, Research Advisor

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John Pearson

Dr John Pearson

Dr John Pearson

Research advisor for social sciences and humanities at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven from September 2016.

Thesis Title: Republicanism beyond borders? Preventing domination in the absence of the state

Supervisor: Kimberly Hutchings

“John Pearson is research advisor for social sciences and humanities at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven from September 2016. His position involves helping researchers in the social sciences and humanities to identify funding, to valorise their research, and to develop their careers.”

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Jun 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Takeshi Yuzawa, 2005, Professor of IR

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Takeshi Yuzawa

Dr Takeshi Yuzawa

Takeshi Yuzawa

  • April 2006-March 2010  Research Fellow, The Japan Institute of International Affairs (JIIA), Tokyo, Japan
  • April 2010-March 2016  Associate Professor of International Relations, Hosei University, Tokyo
  • April 2016 to Present:   Professor of International Relations, Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan

Thesis Title: Japan’s Security Policy and the ASEAN Regional Forum: The Search for Multilateral Security in the Asia Pacific (2005)

Supervisor: Chris Hughes

“My current research interests include the prospects of institution-building and regional order in East Asia.  My on-going research project, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, examines the prospect of regional order in East Asia by illuminating the process of norm contestation between major regional countries, such as the United States, China, Japan, and the ASEAN states, and its effects on the emerging rules in regional political and security affairs.”

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