PhD Supervisors - Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Before applying please scrutinise the research areas of PPR staff, in order to satisfy yourself that PPR at Lancaster University is the right department for you.
You may already have an idea of which member of PPR you would like to work with, but, even so, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the type of research we do. While members of staff welcome informal contacts from potential PhD students to discuss proposed research, applications will not be considered until they are submitted with full documentation via the online system.
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I am interested in supervising research proposals in the following areas : Sovereignty and legitimacy in the Middle East, construction of masculinism and natioanlism in the Arab world, roots of sectarianism in Arab societies, women rights and state-building in the Arab world.
I would be happy to supervise doctoral students working in the following areas - Hinduism, Indian Buddhism, Indian philosophy, Hindu ethics, Buddhist ethics, comparative philosophy, Indian secularism, gender and South Asian religions, religion and narrative in South Asia.
I am happy to supervise projects related to my field of research (c.f. above), notably on maritime/naval affairs; ocean governance; the concept of seapower; climate change and maritime security; IR theories in a cross-disciplinary setting. I am open to inter/cross-disciplinary projects including (but not limited to) international relations, political science, security studies, history, human geography, corpus linguistics, and marine science.
Gavin Hyman welcomes research proposals in the following areas, broadly conceived: Christian studies: theological, philosophical and historical approaches; Philosophy and religious thought; Postmodernism, theology and ethics; Continental philosophy; Religion and Psychoanalytic Thought.
I welcome potential doctoral students in the following research areas: Christian Theology, Recent trends in World Christianity, Globalisation and Christianity, Contextual and Practical Theology, Issues of Immigration and Diaspora in Christianity, Christianity: Tradition and Transformations, Dalit Studies, Postcolonial Approaches in Biblical Hermeneutics and Theology, Liberation Theologies, Christianity and other Religions, Religion and Politics in South Asia, Anthropology of Christianity
Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Japan; Buddhist issues in the contemporary world; Buddhist nuns and female monasticism; Buddhism and the political process; spiritual well-being and the application of mindfulness in Asian societies; anthropology of Buddhism
I welcome promising committed research students with original and innovative ideas in any of these broad areas:
- Radical Nationalism
- Religious Extremism
- Political Violence
- Conflict Management in Divided Societies
Current PhD Supervision:
Rahaf Aldoughli: 'Gender and Nationalism in Lebanon.'
Vincent Hejirika: 'Political Economy of Conflict in the Niger Delta.'
Nawar Kassomeh: 'Shi'a and Sectarian Identity formation in Pakistan.'
Dala Mohammad: 'Nigerian Peace Keeping and Foreign Policy.'
Mona Abdel Rahman: 'Media and Conflict in Egypt.'
David Suntha: 'Rescuing Failed States.'
Completed Doctoral Project:
Jonathan Ajere : 'Regional Actors as Peacemakers: Exploring the role of Nigeria in intra-state conflicts in Africa'.
Azrul Anaz : 'Politics of Multiculturalism and Nation Building in Malaysia'.
Yinka Olomojobi : 'Muslims, Minorities, and Conflict '.
Beth Rempe: 'Elite Intervention & Northern Ireland Peace Process'.
Indian Philosophy - classical and modern, especially in: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, consciousness studies
Comparative Philosophy, especially Indian and Western: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, consciousness studies,and political thought
Comparative Hindu and Christian theology
Religion and politics: South Asia, and comparative studies
Multiculturalism and British society
Philosophy of mind, especially perception; ethical theory, especially expressivism; metaphysics, especially the nature of events and causation; theory of knowledge and philosophy of science, especially underdetermination, scepticism and the nature of belief; philosophy of language, especially the nature of truth; early modern philosophy, especially Locke and Kant.
I have research interests across normative ethics, political theory and applied ethics (especially public health). I would be glad to hear from potential doctoral students considering research on Kant's practical philosophy, Hannah Arendt, the political theory of corporations (business or otherwise), the philosophy of responsibility, and public health (especially in the areas of food and noncommunicable disease).