Our Higher Degree Research (HDR) students:
|Ahmed Oudal Al-Dulaimi||Jacob Deem||Caitlin Mollica||James Unsworth
|Lizzy Ambler||Shaun Drabsch||Ida Mork Larsson||Lucy West|
|Samuel Ankamah||Venessa Ercole||Lyndon Murphy||Kevin You|
|Charles Asante||Malin Karlsson||Thi Hong Nguyen||Emilia Yustiningrum|
|Eslam Badawy||Robert Lamontagne||Ronald Pol
|Sean Barry||Diego Leiva||Linus Power
|Lucy Campion||Liam Maddrell||Morgan Rees|
|Bernard Clarke||Eric Masters||Huma Siddiqi|
|Trang Dang||Peter Matic||Elise Stephenson|
|Michael Davis||Brad McConachie||Dimitri Tsakas|
- HDR Convenor: Dr Cosmo Howard
- Mentor, Professional Development: Dr Duncan McDonnell
- Mentor, Methods: Dr Annika Werner
Become a Higher Degree Research student
Why study with SGIR?
Studying with SGIR means that you become part of a community. The School prides itself on supporting emerging scholars and actively involving them in the activities of the school and our partner research centres. HDR students will also have access to the School's leading scholars for advice on areas including research methods, conference and workshop presentation skills, and preparing our work for publishing in scholarly journals.
HDR students can apply for a range of scholarships, click here to find out more.
The School of Government and International Relations also provides an Indigenous Politics PhD Scholarship for a successful candidate to explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation and leadership in politics. Our scholarship is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. For more information follow this link.
Visit Griffith's research and study page for information on studying at Griffith, your eligibility, the application process and much more.
Deep Learning in First-Year International Relations
Dr Dan Halvorson and PhD candidate, Lucy West recently attended the European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) 2017 General Conference held at the University of Oslo, Norway.
Dan and Lucy were participants on the ‘New Designs for Political Science Teaching’ panel and shared insights and experiences from the large first-year introductory course 1001GIR International Relations. Their paper, 'Deep Learning in First-Year IR: Simulating a UNSC Debate on Syria' addressed how appropriately designed active learning techniques can enhance student engagement and foster deep learning outcomes among the diverse cohort of first-year students. Deep learning is operationalised as conceptual knowledge and metacognitive reflection.
This panel was organised by the ECPR’s ‘Standing Group on Teaching and Learning Politics’. The panels attracted academics and teachers from across Europe and the UK, who discussed topics related to innovating political science education and the consequences of the internationalisation of the discipline.
The conference was a great opportunity for Dan and Lucy to share their experiences teaching large first-year cohorts in the Australian context, to compare with teaching practices in the UK and continental Europe, and to gain new ideas for further teaching innovation.
Ahmed Al-Dulaimi on 1st Iraqi Scholars’ Conference Organisation Committee
Congratulations to HDR scholar, Ahmed Al-Dulaimi, who has been selected as a member of the Organisation Committee for the 1st Iraqi Scholars’ Conference to be held in Melbourne on 30 November – 1 December.
Ahmed is the only Griffith University emerging scholar on the committee which also has representatives from eight other institutions. The place on Organisation Committee gives Ahmed the opportunity to expand his professional networks and develop experience in managing the process of academic symposiums.
The conference, sponsored by Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (HoHESR), and the Higher Committee for Education Development (HCED) aims to bring together Iraqi scholars from across Australia and New Zealand.
Scholars in attendance will come from a wide range of disciplines and the event will give participating doctoral and masters level students an opportunity to showcase their research. They will be presenting not only to their peers but also to the established Iraqi scholarly community.
Uncertainty Grows in Post-RAMSI Solomon Islands
SGIR PhD candidate, Caitlin Mollica has had a new post published in the Australian Institute of International Affairs blog, Australian Outlook. Below is an extract of her piece.
The end of RAMSI signifies a new phase in the Solomon Islands post-conflict journey, one in which reconciliation and development remain key challenges. But after 14 years, the Solomon Islanders are sceptical about the country’s capacity to continue reform without international assistance.
On June 30, The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) officially came to the end of its 14-year engagement. Deployed in 2003, following a request for assistance from the Solomon Islands Government, RAMSI was an ambitious and expensive endeavour for the region and in particular for Australia. Indeed, over the course of the mission Australia invested approximately $2.8 billion dollars and contributed thousands of military and policy personnel. Click here to read more ...
Samuel Ankamah Presents at the 3rd International Conference on Public Policy, Singapore
HDR candidate, Samuel Ankamah, is no stranger to academic conferences. He has been honing his skills and testing his work as an emerging scholar in front of the notoriously tough audiences for some time now, and has just returned to Brisbane following his presentation to the third International Conference on Public Policy held in Singapore from 28-30 June 2017.
Samuel presented his paper, ‘Social Accountability Mechanisms and Accountability Relationships’, in the panel on Extending the Determinants of Corruption. The paper, which sprang from Samuel’s PhD, was put forward to the audience in order to seek expert views on this particular piece of work, and the direction of his PhD project overall. He hoped that the feedback received would help strengthen both the paper itself and his PhD.
Given his aims, Samuel was fortunate to present to authorities within field, including Melbourne University’s Professor Emeritus Leslie Holmes and Flinders University’s Professor Adam Graycar. The input from these experts and others was much welcomed, with Samuel receiving positive feedback on the timeliness of his project and line of argument. He was also honoured to receive some considered suggestions on how to improve and develop his work.
Once refined, Samuel is aiming to publish this piece in the journal, Democratization, but until then you can read his developing thoughts by clicking here.
PhD Candidates Present the ‘HDR Seminar’ in CGPP’s Academic Seminar Series
Following the Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates’ induction morning on 7 April for the School’s new PhDs, two established candidates, Samuel Ankamah and Jacob Deem, presented to staff and students at the Centre for Governance and Public Policy’s (CGPP) HDR Seminar.
The HDR Seminar is run as part CGPP’s regular academic seminar series. The biannual session gives the School’s emerging scholars an opportunity to gain essential experience presenting to an academic audience, as well as to get feedback from staff on project work. It also serves as an informal assessment tool to gauge candidates’ academic progress.
Today’s presentations were:
- Subsidiarity in Silver: Does Age Matter for Attitudes Towards Subsidiarity? Jacob Deem
- Social Accountability Mechanisms and Accountability Relationships. Samuel Ankamah
More candidates will have the opportunity to present to academic colleagues in CGPP’s Trimester Two seminar series. We can’t wait!
HDR Candidates Host US Election Event
The School’s Higher Degree by Research candidates hosted a US Election 2016 event for students and School staff on 9 November.
In a display of camaraderie, the HDRs hired a room, put on a sweep, and provided a place to watch the US Election 2016 unfold.
To kick off the event, PhD candidate, Jacob Deem, facilitated opening comments by two of the School’s resident experts, Professor John Kane and Associate Professor Wes Widmaier. The two explored the parties, processes and potential outcomes as the polling booths closed and votes were counted. The floor was then opened up as GIR staff and students discussed key issues that arose during the election, including gender and identity politics, before settling in to watch the results unfold.
The room became a drop in centre for day as the tension mounted over the outcome.
Once it became clear that the Republicans had retained Congress and had won the Electoral College, Jacob wrote up his thoughts on the outcome and what it might mean for the the US and the Grand Old Party (GOP) itself. Read Jacob’s blog for the Machinery of Government, Addressing the Elephant in the Room: Where to from here for the Republican Party.
Reflections from Cambodian Field Trip
PhD candidate, Lucy West, recently returned from a research field trip to Cambodia. The visit was a significant part of her data collection as she works towards completion of her thesis, The Limits to Operationalising the Rule of Law.
Lucy’s reflections have been written up in a blog for our research partner, the Griffith Asia Institute. Read her thoughts on the history, changes and hope in Rule of Law in Cambodia: Reflections from the Field.
PhD Candidates Travel to New York for the ISA Human Rights Conference
PhD candidates, Caitlin Mollica and Morgan Rees, travelled to New York in June to participate in the International Studies Association (ISA) Human Rights Conference, Human Rights in the Age of Ambiguity, held at Fordham University.
Morgan and Caitlin presented papers to panels in their areas of expertise. Caitlin on “The Ambiguity of Identity: Youths Participation in the Solomon Islands Truth and Reconciliation Process” and Morgan addressing ‘The Advantage of Norm Ambiguity: Incremental Change and the Responsibility to Protect in US Foreign Policy’.
The conference offered both candidates the opportunity to extend their professional networks of emerging scholars, academics and practitioners. They also tested their ideas in front of an expert audience.
Caitlin’s panel perfectly situated her with scholars examining both the theory and practice of transitional justice. Rich discussion on the purpose and impact of transitional justice in contemporary societies effectively tied the diverse papers together.
Personally, Caitlin found the experience highly rewarding with a positive response to her research. Her focus on transitional justice in the Asia Pacific, specifically the Solomon Islands, was of deep interest to conference participant.
Morgan’s paper and presentation to the conference allowed him to openly debate pertinent issues in human rights with like-minded scholars. He relished the chance to further develop his thinking, and discuss in depth his paper on the influence of presidential rhetoric in shaping US interests towards the responsibility to protect across the Bush and Obama administrations.
Morgan’s participation in the conference has sparked further ideas for his own research, and enhanced his knowledge around the complexities of the ambiguous state of human rights in international society.