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Current projects

PAIS hosts both individual and collaborative research projects, many of which attract external funding. Some are located within particular research clusters whilst others cross clusters and even disciplines. Current projects include:

PAIS Lead Researcher/s Funder  Project Title Start Date
Maria Koinova Starting Granterc logo DIASPORACONTEST. The ERC Starting Grant Project "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty" (2012-2017) is a ground-breaking multi-methods political science study investigating the transnational mobilization of conflict-generated diasporas in Europe, and its impact on polities experiencing contested sovereignty in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Middle East. A team of five researchers (PI, two post-docs, and two Ph.D. researchers) study comparatively the Albanian, Armenian, Bosnian, Iraqi, Kurdish, and Palestinian diasporas in five EU countries: The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, France, and Sweden. The project progresses from qualitative analysis of elite-based diaspora mobilization to quantitative analysis through a cross-country representative survey of non-elite individuals in nine country-groups.
Franklyn Lisk unu ghana log Engaging the Private Sector for Inclusive Extrative Industries and Sustainable Value Chains in Africa. University of Warwick is a member of a consortium of four research institutions implementing this multi-country project that aims to generate new knowledge and policy-oriented recommendations for the management and governance of natural resources in Africa. Warwick’s contribution is a Tanzania country case study that will analyse policy, legal and regulatory issues pertaining to beneficiation, regional value-addition, allocation of resource rights, mineral value chains and public-private partnerships. The project which commenced in July 2016 is over a duration of 11 months and will include two field visits to Tanzania in October 2016 and February 2017. 01.06.16
Julia Welland Early Career Fellowshiplever logo The Joy of War: Pleasure and Performance in contemporary Military Conduct. This project seeks to understand the emotional and embodied pleasures of war. Using case study research and interviews with military personnel and members of the public who engage in 'social militarism' the project contributes to sociological explorations of the military by taking the academic literature beyond war's traumas. Instead, the project traces the numerous positive physical and emotional sensations experienced in order to produce a fuller conception of war's affective landscape and how its violence becomes an accepted part of national life. 01.09.16
Matthew Watson Professorial FellowshipESRC logo 'Exploring the Concept of ‘the Market’: Combining History of Ideas and Historiographical Approaches. Matthew Watson holds an ESRC Professorial Fellowship from 2013 to 2018 for his ‘Rethinking the Market’ project ( He is particularly interested in exploring the multiple ways in which the language of markets as it has developed in the history of economic thought has subsequently become an instinctive means through which so many people locate and make sense of their everyday economic practices. This can lead on many occasions to market-based concepts becoming an important political force even though they are used today in a manner that is completely at odds with their initial intellectual framing. 01.09.13
Gabrielle Lynch Standard GrantESRC logo The Impact of Elections: Voting, Political Behaviour and Deomocracy in Sub-Saharan Africa. 01.10.13
Clare Heyward Early Career Fellowshiplever logo Geoengineering and Climate Justice Exploring the Mutual Challenges. Research into geoengineering as a response to anthropogenic climate change is increasingly advocated. This project will examine how arguments for the development of geoengineering technologies might change when issues of global distributive justice are considered and, conversely, highlight the distinctive challenges that geoengineering raises for accounts of climate justice. Taking into account the particular features and problems of particular technologies, this project will provide a thorough normative analysis of the moral and political issues of geoengineering and identify what, if any, factors could make geoengineering techniques morally and politically legitimate additions to a state's portfolio of responses to global climate change 01.12.13
Alex Homolar Future Research LeadersESRC logo Enemy Addiction: Outsider threats, security frames and target audiences in contemporary US security policy. Perceptions of insecurity are a key source of violent conflict and international instability. This project investigates the US preoccupation with security threats after the Cold War ended, and how the discursive redefinition of the post-Cold War landscape in terms of danger and uncertainty has locked the US into perpetuating expensive security practices - even in times of severe economic crisis. 31.12.13
Tom Sorell fp7 logo SIIP - Speaker Identification Integrated Project. Funded by the European Commission, SIIP research project will develop a break-through Suspect Identification solution based on a novel Speaker Identification (SID) engine and Global Info Sharing Mechanism (GISM) which will identify unknown speakers that are captured in lawfully intercepted calls, in recorded crime or terror arenas and in any other type of speech medium and channel (including social-media). 01.05.14
Chris Clarke Early Career Fellowshiplever logo Prospects for a Relational Finance: The Political Economy of Social Lending. This project investigates political and ethical concerns associated with the emergence of online peer-to-peer lending, also known as ‘social’ or ‘marketplace’ lending. Specifically it asks how, and to what extent, P2P lending proves to be more responsible and more democratic than traditional forms of financial intermediation. Rather than simply chart its rise in economic terms, the project situates this new form of finance within broader political economy debates about financialisation, financial reform and financial inclusion agendas. Website: 01.09.14
Tom Sorell Standard Grantahrc logo Experimental Philosophy and Empirical ethics: A Historical Reconstruction and Philosophical Assessment. The project has two aims: 1) to improve our understanding of early modern experimental philosophy; and 2) to assess the viability the methodological outlook underpinning early modern and recent attempts to build an empirical science of ethics. This project will address these questions in a series of publications and events. xphi.hypotheses 01.08.14
Tom Sorell fp7 logo HECTOS - Harmonized Evaluation, Certification and Testing of Security Products. Funded under the EC FP7 security research programme brings together 8 leading organizations from across Europe to study how a harmonized approach to Evaluation & Certification schemes of physical security products could be developed. 01.09.14
Mike Smith PACO Agreementjean monnet network Inter Parliamentary Cooperation in EU External Action. The PACO Jean Monnet Network focuses on inter-parliamentary cooperation and parliamentary scrutiny with a particular focus on EU external action and diplomacy. As part of the network, Professor Michael Smith is tasked with exploring parliamentary scrutiny of diplomacy, especially by the European Parliament but also in other contexts such as the USA. The key event in this area has been an international conference on scrutiny of diplomacy in the EP and the US Congress, which was held at the European Parliament Office in London during May 2016. For more details see the project web site at  01.09.14
Matthew Clayton, Adam Swift, Andy Mason Strategic Initiative - Philosophy in Education Policy and Practice spencer logo Faith Schooling: Principles and Policies. This project seeks to bridge the divide between abstract philosophical principles and concrete policy recommendations in the area of religious schooling. The project team will engage in innovative research on normative questions such as the moral basis of the family, parents’ rights to raise their children in accordance with their own beliefs and values, children’s right to autonomy, and the state’s interest in social cohesion and the creation of future citizens. However, the project will also comprise a move from ideal theory (or 'theory of ideals') into non-ideal (or applied) theory, by combining the aforementioned philosophical enterprise with the best available relevant empirical studies, across a range of polities, to produce a morally defensible and politically feasible regulatory framework for the UK. 01.10.15
Tom Sorell Integrator Grantesrc logo Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research Ethics and Rights in a Security Context. The Partnership is the leading source of research on current and future security challenges and aims to generate an evidence base founded on excellence and innovation in research with significant potential for impact. The Partnership’s research portfolio covers areas as varied as terrorism, threats to infrastructure, identity management, ideologies and beliefs, ethics, surveillance, the proliferation of weapons and technologies and more.
Jon Coaffee h2020 logo RESILENS. Moving resilience from a conceptual understanding to applied, operational measures for critical infrastructure so that it is capable of withstanding, adapting and recovering from adverse events, that integrate best practice from the related realm of risk management is the focus of the RESILENS project. RESILENS 01.05.15
Ben Richardson Standard Grantesrc logo Working Beyond the Border. This project investigates the commitment of the EU to improve labour standards beyond its borders. It focuses on the EU pledge "to put more of its commercial weight behind efforts to promote social standards and decent work in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations", which has been advanced in the labour standards provisions contained in its "new generation" free trade agreements. This project investigates the impact of these provisions on workers in the Moldovan clothing sector, the Guyanese sugar sector, and the Korean automobile sector. 01.07.15
Vicki Squire Research Fellowshiplever logo Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence: Migrant Deaths across the Mediterranean Sea. This project examines how migrant lives are devalued through multiple failures to effectively respond to border deaths across the Mediterranean Sea. It examines such failures in light of European discourses of human dignity, and considers in this context the significance of various interventions that contest or refuse to tolerate border deaths. 01.09.15
Vicki Squire, Nick Vaughan-Williams Urgency Grantesrc logo Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and documenting migratory journeys and experiences. A qualitative research project that is based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with over 250 people who have, or have tried to, cross the Mediterranean Sea by boat without visa authorization. The project engages interviewees as migration experts on the basis of their journeys and experiences, and in so doing assesses the European migration agenda on those who it affects most directly: refugees and migrants themselves. 01.09.15
George Christou Standard Grantesrc logo International Professional for a study of civil society organisation participation in internet governance. Does civil society participation in self-regulatory fora promote public interest goals in internet governance at the international level? The project investigates solutions put forth by different actors in Standard Developing Organisations (SDOs) with case studies on standards for privacy/data protection; mobile communications and open source software. This will be an invaluable study considering that standards have a salient role to play in the development of markets and citizens interaction in the world today but are, at the same time, immensely technical, technocratic and largely inaccessible to the non-expert.Project Website: 01.09.15
Christopher Hughes sasakawa foundation logo Emotional Detachment: The Politics of Emotion in Japan's Korean Peninsula Policy and the Transformation of our understanding of International relations. 01.10.15
Jon Coaffee rcuk logoinno logo From Citizen to Co-innovator, from City Council to Facilitator: Integrating Urban Systems to Provide Better Outcomes for People. The research undertaken will seek to identify improvements to city services by combining top-down urban governance with bottom-up lay and expert knowledge to provide an environment that emphasizes and encourages innovations that generate a step change in urban service provision. 01.09.16
Charlotte Heath-Kelly Future Research Leadersesrc logo Resilience at the Bombsite - Reconstructing Post-Terrorist Space. The research project compares the reconstruction and memorialisation of post-terrorist space between the London Bombings, the 9/11 attacks, the bomb and gun attacks in Norway, and the Madrid bombings. Through site visits and interviews with designers and activist groups, I explore the relationship between architectural design, post-disaster social resilience and social protest. How is reconstruction intended to heal sites and societies after traumatic events, and what shortcomings exist in planning, design and implementation? 01.01.16
Tony King Standard Grantesrc logo The Post-Heroic General: military command in the 21st century. In the light of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, there has been deep public concern about the quality of military command in the UK. This research project addresses the problem of command in the 21st century. Focusing on the command of the army division, a formation of some 20,000 soldiers, this research analyses the distinctive character of contemporary military command across the four major western powers, US, UK, France and Germany. It explores the way in which in response to the increasing complexity of military operations, the ‘heroic’ individual commanders of the 20th century has been increasingly replaced by command teams, boards or networks. Because decision-making cycles have multiplied, divisional commanders have had to devolve some of their decision-making authority to deputies who act as agents and proxies for them. Individual commanders have given way to command collectives. This collectivisation of command does not imply command by committee or consensus. On the contrary, precisely because commanders are now at the centre of an ever more intricate operational complex, their responsibilities and importance has been enhanced. However, to command effectively, they have had to build a command team around them. The project’s primary aim is, of course, scholarly but significant impact is sought on the basis of the research. Most significantly, the project involves a major international scholar-practitioner conference ‘Military Command in the 21st Century’ to take place at the Scarman Centre, University of Warwick in September 2017. Leading scholars, such as Professors Sir Hew Strachan and Sir Lawrence Freedman, and prominent generals, such as James Mattis, HR McMaster, Ben Hodges and Nick Carter, will be in attendance. 01.01.16
Julian Gruin Future Research Leadersesrc logo Reshaping Global Capital - The Politics of Uncertainty in China's Financial Transnationalisation. As China's economy has experienced rapid growth and accelerating transnationalization, the significance and impact of Chinese finance and capital within the global economy are only just now beginning to emerge. How well do we understand the implications of China's distinctive political economy for a global financial system whose normative underpinnings remain deeply in flux, seven years following the 2008 financial crisis? This project examines the shifting nature of political and economy power within global finance exploring how the functional and technocratic demands of managing and regulating increasing complexity and systemic interdependence within the global financial system are interacting with the distinctly political implications of China's illiberal yet highly capitalist mode of financial governance. 01.04.16
Nick Vaughan-Williams Phillip Leverhulme Prizelever logo Everyday narratives of European Border Security and Insecurity. The 'Border Narratives' project investigates how diverse publics perceive, understand, and experience the so-called ‘Mediterranean migration crisis’: how they narrate their own identities — and those of their communities and nations — in relation to perceptions of 'irregular' migration and border security; how these narratives compare across different geographical sites and converge with/diverge from media and policy representations; and what these narratives tell us about contemporary cultures of hospitality, hostility, and (in)security across Europe today. The programme of research employs a range of qualitative and participatory research methods including two waves of focus group discussion in cities along the Balkan route in Germany, Greece, and Hungary, and in the UK post-Brexit. A link to the website for the project and further information and updates can be found here:  01.04.16
Charoula Tzanoukou h2020 logo PLOTINA The objective of PLOTINA is to enable the development, implementation and assessment of self-tailored Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) for Research Performing Organisations (RPOs). It will create a platform of resources that can be used by RPOs across Europe and it will contribute to the body of knowledge regarding gender equality actions in organisations. 17.02.16
Jon Coaffee Tom Sorell h2020 logo MEDI@SEC. This project seeks to understand the emerging role of new social media in enhancing public security. The MEDI@4SEC project brings together researchers and security practitioners from across Europe to focus on the opportunities, challenges and ethical consideration of social media use for public security. Medi@4sec 01.07.16
Tom Sorell h2020 logo PRISMA (Piloting RRI in Industry: a roadmap for tranSforMAtive technologies). There is now only limited experience with RRI in industry and there is also limited evidence of the added value of opening up the innovation process in industry for social engagement and gender considerations. This project will overcome these current limitations by carrying out eight RRI pilot projects in a real-world industry context. To establish the added value of the RRI approach and the gender dimension in and for industry, the project will assess the pilot projects on a number of product and process RRI dimensions and compare the score of the pilots on the relevant RRI dimensions with the score of similar projects in the same companies in which the RRI approach has not been followed. The focus is on implementing RRI for some of the major technological challenges in the EU including nanotechnology, synthetic biology, Internet of Things and self-driving or automated cars. These are all transformative technologies that have the potential to transform existing modes of production and to change the relation of the company with users, suppliers or other stakeholders. The pilots aim at integrating RRI in the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policies of the participating companies.
Nicola Pratt Standard Grantahrc logo Popular Culture and Politics in Egypt after the 25 January 2011 Uprising.Though still ubiquitous in English-language scholarship and media, the term 'Arab Spring' is heavily contested in the Middle East. The breadth and depth of these contestations is no more apparent than in the explosion of popular cultural products and social media commentary in the largest and most populous Arab country, Egypt. From pop music to graffiti, these sources have played a vital role in articulating political meaning 'from below' in a vastly expanded public sphere. Yet there has been surprisingly little sustained analysis of how Egyptians have narrated their own history/ies of the 25 January Revolution. This project will put 'the people' back at the centre of scholarly understanding of Egypt's tumultuous transition amidst official attempts to script a history-still-in-the-making and erase alternative narratives of events unfoldinfg since 2011. It will reveal how struggles over the definition of Egyptian national identity have been central to this process and dependent upon malleable constructions of 'self' and 'other'. More broadly, it will investigate how moments of domestic political crisis represent opportunities to recreate notions of 'East' and 'West' with wider implications for how we understand the geopolitical. 01.09.16
Mike Saward Major Research Fellowshiplever logo Democratic Design - Modelling Political Futures.The democratic design project offers and defends a flexible framework for rethinking democratic governance and politics. Combining robust theory and pragmatic guidance, the framework presents to democracy's designers the critical questions about democracy's structure and functions, the design options available to them, and examples of specific design ideas. The project focuses on the big picture – what can democracy be, now and in the future? Democracy’s resilience will depend on experimental tailoring, drawing widely on interdisciplinary perspectives. The project’s ambition is to reset the standard for exploring the idea of democracy and the active practical modeling of its political futures. 01.09.16
Richard Aldrich Major Research Fellowshiplever logo Whistle Blowers, Electronic data and the transparent state. State secrecy is under pressure. "Whistle-blowers" are deploying new technologies that facilitate the anonymous data-sharing of large volumes of classified information, working with prominent media outlets such as The New York Times. Meanwhile, the oversight of national security is changing rapidly. We are seeing the decline in formal accountability and the rise of what we might call "regulation by revelation". Recent activities by Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning have been interpreted through the prism of panic over privacy. Instead, this fellowship proposal suggests they are even more important for the changing nature of secrecy, which remains largely unexplored. 01.09.16
Tom Sorell Standard Grantepsrc DAPM: Detecting and Preventing Mass-Marketing Fraud (MMF). Fraud can be broadly defined as trickery used to gain a dishonest advantage, usually financial, over another person or organisation. Mass-marketing fraud (MMF) is a type of fraud that exploits mass communication techniques (e.g., email, Instant Messenger, bulk mailing, social networking sites, telemarketing) to con people out of money. It is a scam that targets victims in most countries. The proposed project will develop novel techniques to detect and prevent MMF. Through its multi-disciplinary approach and close focus on co-designing the solutions with its range of project partners and testing them in-the-wild during live MMF-detection settings, the project will lead not only to new scientific understanding of the anatomy of MMF but also to tools and techniques that can form the basis of practical interventions in tackling such fraud. 01.09.16
Stuart Elden Fellowshipisrf Henri Lefebvre's writings on rural sociology, ground rent and the politics of land. The grant is to support the translation of essays by the French Marxist Henri Lefebvre on the political economy of ground rent and rural sociology. Stuart and Adam David Morton (University of Sydney) will edit these essays and present them as a book with substantial notes and introduction. Stuart and Adam will show why these essays are both of historical interest and relevant to contemporary debates about land use and ownership, especially in Latin America. 01.09.16
Briony Jones swisspeace logo Knowledge for peace. Understanding research, policy and practice synergies. This project aims to improve peacebuilding practice by looking at how we generate research and knowledge about peace and its components. More specifically this project focuses on transitional justice processes in Côte d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Mozambique. These processes seek to address massive human rights violations of the past in order to ensure a future of sustainable peace and development. The project team consists of the University of Basel/swisspeace, the Swiss Centre for Scientific Research in Abidjan, and the Centre for Peace and Development of the University of Juba. TBC
Juanita Elias Newton International Partnershipbrit councilnewton fund logo The Gendered Everyday Political Economy of Kampung Eviction and Resettlement in Jakarta. In the context of the kampungs (urban poor neighbourhoods) of Jakarta this research project seeks to understand women’s collective and individual lives and needs, the ways in which these shape and are shaped by the kampung ecology and economy, and the ways in which these are transformed upon eviction and relocation to social housing. In particular, it seeks to explore how the challenges presented by daily existence within a particular urban ecology inform gendered subjectivities in new and changing ways. At the same time, it considers how women cultivate the city of Jakarta through their distinct daily practices. The project further aims to reveal details of gendered urban life before and after resettlement, including, for instance, details of financialisation at the everyday level, indebtedness and means of avoiding debt, and collective and creative forms of resistance to state and other forms of violence in the kampungs. 01.04.16
Caroline Kuzemko Future Research Leadersesrc logo  Local Authorities and Sustainable Energy Innovations: Decentralisation, Institutional Capacity and Civic Participation. Both energy and political landscapes are changing in the UK, but so far no analysis has considered how these movements towards greater decentralisation relate to one another. Indeed, local authorities are becoming increasingly involved in enabling and providing sustainable energy programmes whilst, at the same time, many are applying for and securing devolution deals. Some scholars and policy analysts have argued that decentralising energy will be vital in securing popular buy-in to sustainable energy transitions through greater civic participation whilst others point towards the power of the local in delivering better-attuned services. This research project will reveal the details of how these two decentralisation movements interact with one another in practice by exploring and mapping five local authority sustainable energy programmes and critically examining their relationships with central government. 01.10.16

Recent projects

Funded projects completed within the past few years include:

PAIS Lead Researcher/s Funder  Project Title
Oz Hassan ESRC FRL Transatlantic Interests in Transforming the Middle-East
Joel Lazarus ISRF Fellowship Banking on Democratic Television: Co-Producing Culture to Promote Public Praxis
Tom Sorell ESRC Assuming Identities Online: Description, Development and Ethical Implications
Tom Sorell ESRC Global Uncertainties Leadership Fellowship
Nick Vaughan-Williams ESRC Public Perceptions of Threat in Britain
Chris Moran BA Post-Doctoral Fellowship Politics, Partnership and Paranoia: Nixon, Kissinger and the US Intelligence Community
Richard Aldrich AHRC Enhancing Openness and Explaining Secrecy: Policy Lessons from the Declassification and Management of US Intelligence and Security Records
Richard Aldrich AHRC Landscapes of Secrecy
Stuart Croft ESRC New Security Challenges Programme
Charlotte Heath-Kelly BA Post-doctoral Fellowship Securing through the Failure to Secure: reclaiming the Sites of Terrorist Attack
Wyn Grant BBSRC Biological Alternatives to Chemical Pesticide Inputs in the Food Chain: an Assessment of Environmental and Regulatory Sustainability
Shirin Rai Leverhulme Programme Grant Gendered Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament
Jan Aart Scholte Ford Foundation Building Global Democracy
Shaun Breslin EU FP7 GR:EEN