Department of Social Sciences

  • Global Politics, Economy and Society doctoral training programme

    The Global Politics, Economy and Society doctoral training programme at Oxford Brookes University has been developed in response to the proliferation of issue areas under the analytical remit of International Relations.

    International Relations faces a situation characterised by complexity, turbulence and contingency in its very foundation, raising profound questions about the very identity of its actors. The current financial crisis – revealing highly complex relations between high finance, corporate governance, geopolitics between the US and China, and mortgages in middle-class aspiring everyday life – is only one manifestation of this character of globalisation; the ‘war on terror’, linking conventional security question and the legal right of states to intervene militarily to Pakistani slums, and clashes of cultures and civilizations, is another; as are the complexities of global warming.

    Interdisciplinary collaboration

    Rapidly expanding research in International Relations at Oxford Brookes, taking place within the inter-disciplinary Department of International Relations, Politics and Sociology, the Department of Law, as well as in the Business School, is at the forefront of recognising the methodological implications of these developments. Treating identity as something to be explained, rather than being taking for granted a priori, and facing contingency, requires interpretative, ethnographic and qualitative research methods and techniques.

    State-of-the-art research training

    Given the importance of rigorous research methods and research methods training for PhD studies and research, doctoral candidates are offered training that is both state-of-the-art and specific to the field, for instance in narrative interviewing, ethnographic techniques and interpretative and discursive modes of inquiry.

    DTP students benefit from:

    • Full membership of at least one of our research groups to gain experience and learn good academic practice
    • Research student colloquiums for presenting work in progress and gaining valuable feedback
    • Participation in our weekly seminar series to explore and debate leading research in the field
    • Fieldwork master classes, based on the knowledge of experienced field-researchers
    • Interdisciplinary expertise across politics, sociology, business and law
    • Generic  research training and support from the  Graduate Office
    • A choice of supervision areas from within the fields of International Relations, Politics, Sociology, Law and Business

    Supervisors

    Supervisors from the doctoral training programme are drawn from the Department of Social Sciences, the  School of Law and from the  Business School.

    • Barrie Axford
    • Gary Browning
    • Dr Tina Miller
    • Lucy Vickers
    • Sarah Whitmore
    • Kuniko Ashizawa
    • Lucy Ford
    • Abigail Halcli
    • Richard Huggins
    • Stephen Hurt
    • Michael Lister
    • Tina Managhan
    • Christina Steenkamp
    • Martina Gillen
    • Sonia Morano-Foadi

    Supervisors from the doctoral training programme are drawn from the Department of Social Sciences, the  School of Law and from the  Business School.