Political Science

Ana Almuedo-Castillo

Political Science

PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC 1+3)
School of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: “Resisting the Sectarian: A paradigm for peacebuilding in Lebanon”

My thesis focuses on social and political change and the construction of peace from the grassroots, taking Lebanon as a country of study. My research examines cases where the sectarian system is contested and challenged through forms of quiet and ordinary resistance on the ground. I work on the premise that there are cases experiencing on-going and intrinsic processes that may potentially work as platforms of social change and conflict transformation.

Research supervisors: Dr William Gallois, Dr Rana Jawad

Professional Memberships: Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Student Rep of Politics and the IAIS, Co-chair of the Liaison Forum of the College of SSIS

E-mail: aa517@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Ana Almuedo Castillo

Twitter: @anaalmuedo

Bethany Cuffe-Fuller

Political Science

PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC 1+3)
School of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: The Politics of Recovery in Veterans Mental Health Care

The aim of the research is to explore how ideas of "recovery" shape the policies and practices of veteran mental health care services in the UK. The project draws on a range of interdisciplinary approaches to consider the relationship between war and psychiatry. In particular, it is interested in exploring the temporal and political aspects of “recovery” from PTSD. Through fieldwork with veteran’s charities (Combat Stress) I hope to examine the complex ways in which such “recovery practices” work to reproduce and uphold the functioning and reputation of the British Armed Forces. 

Research supervisors: Dr Sarah Bulmer, Dr Andrew Schaap

E-mail: byc201@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Bethany Cuffe-Fuller

Twitter: @beth_cf

Leanne Fuller

Political Science

PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC 1+3)
School of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2015

Research Topic: Growing Double and Deutero loop learners: An analysis of the British Army’s efforts to inculcate a learning culture amongst junior officers

This collaborative study will research to what extent the Defence Organisational Learning Strategy aim of implementing a “routine learning culture” in the British Army has been effective.  Organisational learning culture within a hierarchical/bureaucratic structure will be investigated: identification and examination of poor and best practice in introducing a learning culture within such organisations as well as analysing top-down imposed cultural changes and their implementation and acceptance at the bottom of such structures.   This project should also assist the Army in identifying and developing its own learning practice and enable more effective evaluation of the top-down policy initiatives being implemented.

Research supervisors: Dr Sergio Catignani, Dr Andrew Massey

E-mail: lf316@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: Leanne Fuller

Jack Griffiths

Political Science

PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC 1+3)
School of Social Sciences & International Studies, University of Exeter

Start Date: September 2013

Research Topic: The relationships between political and ethical thinking

My research lies at the intersection of political thought, ethics, and philosophy of biology, focusing on the relationships between political/ethical thinking and the ways in which we conceive of the living world and the place of humanity within it.

My current research centres on the concept of capability (à la the 'capability approach' of Sen and Nussbaum), as a point through which to critically discuss political concepts such as freedom, power, and individual and social development, and their relations to our understanding of life and nature.

Research supervisors: Dr Robin Durie, Professor John Dupre

E-mail: jg348@exeter.ac.uk

Rosie Walters

Political Science

PhD Researcher in Politics (ESRC 1+3)
School of Sociology, Politics & International Studies, University of Bristol

Start Date: September 2014

Research Topic: Girl Power Discourses in International Development

My research focuses on prominent campaigns that advocate investing in young women in developing countries and posit girls’ education as the solution to global poverty.

Research supervisors: Professor Jutta Weldes, Dr Karen Tucker

Professional memberships/positions held: I am a member of the University of Bristol’s Gender Research Centre.

E-mail: rosie.walters@bristol.ac.uk

Twitter: @rosie_walters