March marked one year since the first lockdown and unfortunately, we still found ourselves to be in one. However, the end of the month brought hope as we were allowed to see more friends and family! Here is a summary of what has been happening in the School of Politics and International Relations…
From Kent to Capitol Hill…
- Fourth year undergraduate student Freddie Mallinson’s year abroad led him directly to the heart of the US government and he will commence his MA in Security Studies at Georgetown University, Washington D.C., in August 2021. Find out more about his experience.
Our students have been doing amazing work!
- Hollie Mackenzie won the Sir Ernest Barker Prize for best doctoral thesis in political theory in 2020 from the Political Studies Association. Find out more about the prize.
- Stage 3 students have been nominating a charity of their choice to receive a donation from the School of Politics and International Relations. Take a look at the nominations so far.
We hosted and participated in a variety of online events…
- The School of Politics and International Relations hosted the Public Speaker Programme, which gave students the opportunity to experience the concrete policy work of practitioners and to interact with them. Read Emily’s thoughts on the Greenpeace event.
- With Biden in the White House, the Iran nuclear deal is back on the table, but Tehran demands action and the lifting of sanctions. Find out more.
- The 3rd Early Career Researcher’s Training School on ‘Human Security in a Globalizing World’ brought together experts from across the globe. View the programme here.
- Magdalena Talamas was the key speaker at the Annual John Burton Lecture 2021. Find out more.
- Dr Ben Turner chaired a talk by Professor Leigh Jenco, political theorist and historian of Chinese thought at London School of Economics. Find out more.
Our academics integrated with UK government…
- Professor Elena Korosteleva received a thank-you letter from the Cabinet Office, for her contribution to the recently published Government Integrated Review. See more.
- ‘Although the UK’s continuing commitment to Europe’s security and defence is predominant in the document, broader ambitions for the UK in Europe and especially its longer-term ambitions for relations with the EU are notably thin.’ Professor Richard G Whitman commented on the governmental review on UK Security. Read more.
We collaborated and contributed
- Taking a particular feminist view on the male-dominated realm of foreign policy and diplomacy, Dr Nadine Ansorg collaborated on a chapter in the prestigious Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research. Learn more.
- GEC Research Fellows contributed to a book on the EU’s principled pragmatism towards Russia. Read more.
What we’re looking forward to!
- Jess Phillips MP joins the UKC Politics Society on 8 April for a Q&A. Find the link to join in here.
We featured on a podcast!
- Dr Albena Azmanova discussed her book Capitalism on Edge, How Fighting Precarity Can Achieve Radical Change Without Crisis or Utopia on Mark Blyth’s podcast. Listen here.