Security, Conflict and Human Rights

  • Abi Dymond

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC +3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: April 2013

    Research topic: Tasers and less lethal weapons in the UK

    My inter-disciplinary PhD research, draws on elements from criminology, sociology and law, uses quantitative and qualitative techniques, from binary logistic regression to actor-network theory, to examine the controversies around Tasers and less lethal weapons in the UK.

    Research supervisors: Professor Brian Rappert (Exeter), Professor Rachel Murray (Bristol)

    Email: ad426@exeter.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/AbiDymond


  • Clare Stevens

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School of Sociology, Politics and International Relations

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Cybersecurity

    I am currently researching the complex and varied range of actors that are involved in the landscape of cybersecurity. These are not just state or military actors, but also private corporations and individuals, materials, technologies and all sorts of other actants, something which no single theory or framework in international relations or science and technology studies (STS) seems able to address at present. I want to investigate whether an interdisciplinary approach can help conceptualise this landscape more clearly, drawing on IR, security studies, STS and the philosophy of technology amongst others.

    Research supervisors: Dr John Downer (Bristol), Professor David Galbreath (Bath)

    Professional memberships/Positions held: SWDTC/P 2017 conference committee member; Defence Research Network committee member; Global Insecurities Centre (GIC) member; GIC Security and Technology Working Group member; Faculty Student Quality Reviewer

    Email: cs13554@bristol.ac.uk


  • Frances Johnson

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Narratives of Belonging Amongst Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children in the UK

    My research relates to child asylum-seekers based in the UK without parent or guardian. Informed by the “new” sociology of childhood, I conduct research with children, understanding children as active in the construction and contestation of their own lives and of society. I explore critically concepts of agency, vulnerability, resilience and belonging within an asylum regime which is punitive and discriminatory. I am currently investigating participatory and creative research methods in the qualitative tradition.

    Research supervisors: Dr Jason Hart (Bath), Dr Debbie Watson (Bristol)

    Email: F.M.Johnson@bath.ac.uk

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/francesmary1980


  • Georgina Lewis

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Human Rights (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: September 2018

    Research topic: Police Violence Against Refugees: Understanding the Issues of Security, Human Rights and Necropolitics in Calais

    My research focus is on the current refugee situation in Calais, addressing primarily the reasons for – and impact of – the police violence towards the refugees. Viewing the situation through a socio-political lens, I will explore the factors surrounding and ‘permitting’ the violence to occur, and what this means for our understanding of human rights and security for refugees. My research will consider the various political dynamics embodied in the situation, and from this evaluate whether a necropolitical theory can be seen to understand the violence and attitudes towards the refugees.

    Research supervisors: Professor Brian Rappert , Dr Brad Evans

    Email: ghl204@exeter.ac.uk


  • Hannah West

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: Understanding 'female engagement': from Malaya to Afghanistan

    ‘Female engagement’ has come to be understood as female soldiers on patrol, searching, intelligence gathering and winning the consent of the indigenous female population.  I will be exploring how it is differently understood through the formal and informal discourses of the military, diplomatic, development and humanitarian communities in the context of British counterinsurgency.  In addition to a contemporary study of the Afghanistan campaign, I will be including a historical perspective looking at the women’s outreach programmes of the Malaya campaign.

    Research supervisors: Dr Oliver Walton (Bath), Dr Sarah Bulmer (Exeter)

    Email: hrw38@bath.ac.uk


  • Hen Wilkinson

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Start date: September 2013

    Research topic: Building a sustainable core for community-facing collaborations: how everyday conflicts are surfaced and managed in cross-sector working

    My research is looking at the dynamics of cross-sector collaboration in two case study networks – one in the UK (Bristol), the other in the Netherlands (Amsterdam). It is using participative and complexity-informed research methodologies to explore the values and power relations underpinning community-facing initiatives across a collaborative network. Central to the study is an exploration of how tensions and conflicts within the network are surfaced and managed, with what implications for sustained collaboration and the quality of service delivery. As public governance is increasingly devolved to the local level, the quality and inclusivity of cross-sector collaborative frameworks becomes highly relevant for core infrastructure and community support programmes.

    Research supervisors: Dr David Sweeting (Bristol), Dr Deborah Osberg (Exeter)

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Director, Community Resolve (communityresolve.com) Associate, Taos Institute Visiting Fellow, Centre for Understanding Social Practice, University of West of England  

    Email: hen.wilkinson@bristol.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: Hen Wilkinson

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/CommunityResolv

    Website/Blog: https://communityresolve.com


  • Kate Byron

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Start date: December 2016

    Research topic: Exploring the (re)configurations of the human subject in machine learning practices

    I use a gendered analytic approach to explore the (re)configurations of the human subject in machine learning practices.

    Research supervisors: Professor Jutta Weldes , Dr Sam Kinsley

    Professional memberships/Positions held: University of Bristol’s Gender Research Centre University of Bristol’s Global Insecurities Centre

    Email: kb1972@bristol.ac.uk


  • Laura Hankin

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Human Rights (ESRC +3)
    University of Bristol, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: Locality and the (re)construction of identities at the interface of government-led and community social reintegration processes of former FARC combatants in Colombia

    My research focuses on the Colombian peace process and the reintegration of the FARC following the signing of the peace agreement with the Colombian government in November 2016. I am interested in what is happening at a local level where state-led reintegration approaches meet the communities at the centre of efforts. In particular, I tackle the question of identity in the context of social reintegration, exploring how reconciliation is possible following the horrors of war and how the boundaries of belonging are being reshaped and redrawn so that seemingly opposing groups can potentially live together, side by side.

    Research supervisors: Dr Ana Juncos Garcia , Dr Peter Manning

    Professional memberships/Positions held: Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Conflict Research Society Defence Research Network

    Email: laura.hankin@bristol.ac.uk


  • Nicci Shall

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School for Sociology, Politics and International Studies

    Start date: September 2016

    Research topic: What are the implications of the ways in which consent is understood by men who have been accused of rape?

    Research supervisors: Dr Emma Williamson (Bristol), Dr Charlotte Bishop (Exeter)

    Email: ns16795@my.bristol.ac.uk


  • Nick Dorward

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Human Rights (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Bristol, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies / School of Geographical Sciences

    Start date: September 2017

    Research topic: The political geography of violence in Nigeria: A subnational approach

    The objective of my research is to explore and explain subnational variation in violent collective action in Nigeria. Adopting an interdisciplinary theoretical framework drawn from across the social sciences and a mixed methods approach, I aim to investigate how local political factors interact with socioeconomic ones to shape the likelihood and nature of violence in space and time.

    Research supervisors: Dr Sean Fox, Dr Oliver Walton

    Email: nd17631@bristol.ac.uk


  • Rebecca Mavin

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC 1+3)
    University of Exeter, College of Social Sciences and International Studies

    Start date: September 2014

    Research topic: The Body and Embodied Experiences in the U.K. Asylum System

    My research examines the everyday embodied experiences of asylum seekers in the U.K, with the aim of exploring the roles and functions of the body within the system. Through fieldwork conducted in the South West of England and analyses of asylum policy, I hope to discuss the various ways that the body is implicated in the asylum system, and the impacts that the system’s governance of the body has on asylum seekers’ everyday lives and self-understandings.

    Research supervisors: Dr Andrew Schaap (Exeter), Dr Katherine Charsley (Bristol)

    Email: rm480@exeter.ac.uk

    LinkedIn: Rebecca Mavin

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/becca_mavin


  • Rebecca Yeo

    Security, Conflict and Human Rights

    PhD Researcher in Security, Conflict and Justice (ESRC +3)
    University of Bath, Department of Social and Policy Sciences

    Start date: September 2015

    Research topic: Who is worthy of ‘our’ support? An exploration of the causes, impact and possible alternatives to the relative entitlements associated with disability and forced migration.

    I am investigating what underpins assumptions that certain people warrant ‘our’ support, while the very existence of others, with ostensibly similar needs, is disregarded. There are countless ways in which resources could be distributed and people’s needs prioritised. If the deprivation of particular people is ignored, or appears inevitable, it suggests that alternatives may be obscured. I explore what is currently portrayed as ‘normal’, or legitimate, prioritisation of resources; how this impacts on the lives of disabled asylum seekers and of disabled Syrians selected under the Vulnerable Person’s Relocation Scheme; and how it could be otherwise.

    Research supervisors: Dr Aurelien Mondon (Bath), Dr Naomi Millner (Bristol)

    Email: r.a.yeo@bath.ac.uk