Mr Lita A (Politics & International Relations)

Thesis Title: Conflict among China's ethnic minorities

Email: lita.a@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Alexander Dukalskis

Mr Saleh Alharbi (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Politics of the Middle East; political reform; democratisation; Islamic political thought; human rights
Thesis Title: The resilience of Arab monarchies in the Middle East during the Arab uprising
Email: saleh.alharbi@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Vincent Durac

Mr Samuel Almeida (Politics & International Relations) 

Research Interests: Human rights; transitional justice; guarantees of non-recurrence; institutional reforms; post-conflict reconciliation; prevention of conflict; causes of conflict; Latin American politics
Thesis Title: Securing peace? Institutional reforms and transitional justice in Latin America
Email: samuel.almeida@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Alexander Dukalskis

Mr Mohammed AlRizeiqi (Global Human Development)

Research Interests: Food process policy; food sustainability; human development; industrial economic policy
Thesis Title: Development of a process strategy for seafood industries
Email: mohammed.al-rizeiqi@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Professor Patrick Paul Walsh

Mr Mohammed Alshamisi (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests:Regional integration process; GCC; Middle Eastern politics; Arab uprisings; strategic policy-making
Thesis Title: The international, security and strategic policy-making of the Gulf Cooperation Council: Analysing the policy-making of the GCC in a post-2011 Arab uprisings environment
Email: mohammed.alshamisi@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Vincent Durac

 

Ms Leticia Barbabela (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Corruption; anti-corruption policies; accountability; local governance; clientelism; political behaviour
Thesis Title: Federalist nuances of corruption: How federalism shapes perception of corruption in Brazil

Email: leticia.barbabela@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
Dr Eva Wegner
Co-Supervisor:
Dr Samuel Brazys

Ms Mary Brennan (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Women in politics; political parties; candidate selection; gender quotas
Thesis Title: Are successful gender quotas incompatible with party renewal? An empirical study of gender quotas, party selection procedures and gender outcomes
Email: mary.brennan.3@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Johan A Elkink
Co-Supervisor: Prof David Farrell

 

Mr Jack Bwalya (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Political influence of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on political governance in democratic African countries; women and political participation in Zambia; cultural politics of HIV/AIDS in African societies
Thesis Title: How to assess Chinese FDI influence on political governance in Zambia: addressing why political parties change their behaviour towards Chinese FDI
Email: jack.bwalya@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Andy Storey

Mr Tarcisio Amorim Carvalho (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Political theory and religion; Habermas' communicative rationality and religious discourses; liberal, republican and communitarian models of deliberative democracy
Thesis Title: Negotiating religion in the public sphere: England and Ireland between secularism and post-secularism
Email: tarcisio.amorim@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Graham Finlay

Mr Tony Casey (Public Policy)

Research Interests: Political theory; governance; regulation; policy networks; agent based modelling; social network analysis
Thesis Title: A Theory of Governance: The Micro-Foundations of Political Order
Email: tony.casey@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Johan A Elkink

 

Ms Vicky Dillon (Politics & International Relations)

Thesis Title: How do Israeli settler violence, and the informal expansion of settlements, impact state policy in the West Bank?
Email: vicky.dillon@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Vincent Durac

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Mr Luke Field (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Political psychology; electoral politics; voter behaviour; social policy
Thesis Title: Changing Marriage or Changing Minds?: A discourse analysis of the 2015 Referendum on Marriage Equality
Email: luke.field@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Professor David Farrell

Mr Roland Gjoni (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Ethnic conflict; nationalism; conflict management; kin state politics of Albania and Ireland
Thesis Title: Dilemmas of kin states; nationalism, conflict resolution and state stability in Albania and Ireland
Email: roland.gjoni@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Professor Jennifer Todd

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Mr Ayano Hula (Global Human Development)

Research Interests: Development policy in developing countries
Thesis Title: Extent and determinants of poverty dynamics in Ethiopia
Email: ayano.hula@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
Professor Patrick Paul Walsh

 

Ms Yuanxin Li (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Foreign aid; Southeast Asia; foreign policy
Thesis Title: China's foreign aid in Southeast Asia
Email: yuanxin.li@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Samuel Brazys

 

Ms Xiaodong Li (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Internal migration; public policy, China's Hukou system reforms; subjective well-being; urbanisation in developing countries
Thesis Title: Decentralisation of Hukou reform in China and its impact on rural workers' subjective well-being
Email: xiaodong.li@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Graham Finlay

 

Mr Tyler McDonough (Politics & International Relations)

Thesis Title: The sectarian divide and rule tactics of the Syrian and Bahraini regimes during the 2011 Arab uprisings
Email: tyler.mc-donough@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Stephanie Dornschneider

Ms Sinead McGrath (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Migration; transitional justice; gender mainstreaming; intersectionality; international refugee law; human rights mechanisms
Thesis Title: Internally displaced women: through a lens? A look at the transitional justice mechanisms that deal with internally displaced women in Colombia through discourse analysis
Email: sinead.mcgrath@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Melanie Hoewer

Mr Kevin McParland (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: South Asian politics; education and development; globalisation and development
Thesis Title: No country is an island: a comparative analysis of Sri Lanka's alliances with India and China, 2005-2015
Email: kevin.mcparland@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Andy Storey

Mr Ally Masabo (Global Human Development)

Research Interests: International political economy; parliamentary affairs; international security; counterterrorism; human development; natural resource governance
Thesis Title: The contribution of parliamentary oversight effectiveness in mitigation and facilitation of resource curse in Tanzania
Email: ally.masabo@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Samuel Brazys

 

Mr Stephen Massey (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: European politics; public affairs; governance; comparative politics; international political economy
Thesis Title: Large firm lobbying in the European Union
Email: stephen.massey@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Andy Storey

 

Ms Emma Mathias (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: International development; food security; trade; mental health issues
Thesis Title: An investigation of the impacts of food insecurity on the mental health of populations in rural Lesotho
Email: emma.mathias@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr Andy Storey

 

Ms Orla Ni Cheallachain (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Critical security studies; political violence; states of emergency; peace studies; discourse analysis; the politics of method; gender in international relations
Thesis Title: Countering the threat: An exploration of British counter-terrorism before and after the 'war on terror'
Email: orla.ni-cheallachain@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
Dr Vincent Durac

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Ms Muireann O'Dwyer (European Law and Governance)

Research Interests: Feminist approaches to post-crisis EU governance; feminist theory; critical theory; political economy; qualitative methodology; legitimacy; participation and ideology in the EU
Thesis Title: Gendered ideas of economic policy: an inquiry into the role of gender in European economic governance
Email: muireann.o-dwyer@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
Dr Aidan Regan

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Ms Sadhbh O'Neill (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Normative political theory; the political and social theory of Jurgen Habermas; climate justice; democratic theory
Thesis Title: Institutional barriers to effective climate governance: the case of the Paris Agreement
Emailsadhbh.o-neill@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: Dr Alexa Zellentin
Co-Supervisor: Dr Tobias Theiler

Ms Heidi Riley (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: Politics of peace and conflict; insurgency; gender; masculinities; transformative justice
Thesis Title: Insurgent masculinities in peace and conflict
Email: heidi.riley@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisors:
 Dr Melanie Hoewer and Dr Alexander Dukalskis

 

Mr Bernard Rutikanga (Global Human Development)

Thesis Title: Denial as the last stage of genocide: the case of Rwanda, 1994-2013
Supervisor: Professor Jennifer Todd

 

Mr Paul Turner (Politics and International Relations)

Thesis Title: The next best steps: a decision theory for intergenerational equity
Email: paul.turner@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
Dr Alexa Zellentin

 

Mr Colm Walsh (Politics and International Relations)

Research Interests: Democratic reform; political cynicism; populism; electoral behaviour
Thesis Title: Political cynicism, populism and support for democratic reform
Email: colm.walsh@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
Dr Johan A Elkink

 

Mr Yao Wang (Politics and International Relations)

Research Interests: EU politics; EU's foreign policy towards China; America's influence on EU's decision-making
Thesis Title: US's factor in EU's foreign policy towards China after the Cold War
Email: yao.wang@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Dr James Cross

Ms Kejia Xue (Politics & International Relations)

Research Interests: China-Africa development relations; Malagasy society and politics
Thesis Title: Big fish in a small pond: entrepreneurial Chinese migrants in Madagascar. Historical trajectory, local perspective and socioeconomic impact
Email: kejia.xue@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor: 
Dr Andy Storey

 

Mr Wei Zheng (Quantitative Social Sciences)

Research Interests: Urbanisation; industrialisation; energy economy; climate change
Email: wei.zheng@ucdconnect.ie
Supervisor:
 Professor Patrick Paul Walsh