Areas of supervision

Areas of supervision

The following are some of the areas in which we would welcome enquiries from suitably-qualified applicants. 

Students should approach the Deputy Co-Director, Vassiliki Kolocotroni with a research proposal of 1000 words and a short cv.

  • Politics: All areas of Soviet and post-Soviet history and politics, including elite formation, parties, voting and elections, participation and protest, foreign policy, and in cultural forms – posters and monuments(Stephen White); in the comparative politics of radical left parties post-1989, particularly their organizational, strategic and programmatic transformation; the politics of protest in Southern Europe; the European politics of the financial crisis (Myrto Tsakatika); and in the politics of Latin America, including conflict and violence, gender and feminist politics and development (Mo Hume).
  • Geographical and Earth Sciences: Deborah Bryceson would welcome proposals of research on East or Southern Africa, or other developing countries .
  • SociologyRobert Gibb supervises Ph.D students on contemporary French social theory, collective action and social movements. Andy Smith offers supervision of students interested in working on critical examinations of the politics of culture – film, literature, sport – from a materialist perspective; issues around racism and anti-racism; imperialism, especially the British empire and its aftermath.
  • English Literature: Writing of/on the Spanish Civil War; colonialism; culture and identity; Renaissance literature (Willy Maley). Fantasy; science fiction; utopia (Rob Maslen); feminism and socialism; aesthetics and politics; modernism and the avant-garde (Jane Goldman; Vassiliki Kolocotroni); Romantic radicalism; Habermas and the public sphere; ecology (Alex Benchimol)
  • Theatre, Film and TV StudiesSimon Murray offers supervision of students in theatre, contemporary performance and Marxist aesthetics and principles.
  • Computing Science: Paul Cockshott offers supervision of students in socialist planning techniques.