Department of Political Science


MPhil and PhD Students

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Andrea Caflisch

Andrea's research focuses on the role of inclusivity in post-conflict transitions, the politics of voluntary and forced migration, and the impact of economic deprivation and violence on political behaviour. 

Email: andrea.caflisch.16@ucl.ac.uk

Marco Cappelluti

Marco Cappelluti

Marco Cappelluti's research interests are at the intersection of political economy, political behaviour and comparative politics, with a focus on economic insecurity, fiscal policies and political trust.

Email: marco.cappelluti.22@ucl.ac.uk

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Ioanna Gkoutna

Ioanna’s research is on the field of political behaviour. Her thesis explores the process of social capital formation and its interplay with economic insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa. She also works on topics of political socialisation in Europe.

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Kaiser Kang

Kaiser's research interests are in the fields of International Political Economy, International Economic Law and Public International Law.

Email: ting.kang.22@ucl.ac.uk 

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Sukmo Kim

Sukmo’s PhD in Political Theory focuses on the democratic legitimacy of sovereign referendums within the republican framework of constitutional democracy.

Email: sukmo.kim.20@ucl.ac.uk


Finn Klebe

Finn’s research assesses the turn to violence and varying relations between nonviolent and violent groups within contentious movements.


Hannah McHugh

Hannah's PhD in Political Theory focusses on the connection between the republican conception of social justice and relational egalitarianism, structural injustices and status inequalities.

Email: Hannah.mchugh.16@ucl.ac.uk

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Katy Norris

Katy's research focuses on the politics of education, and particularly the role of higher education institutions in fomenting and repressing political dissent.

Email: kathryn.norris.23@ucl.ac.uk

Jay O'Connor

Jay O'Connor

Jay’s research, under the supervision of Prof David Coen and Dr Colin Provost, focuses on democratic accountability and the governance of health and social care in England. 

Email: j.o'connor.12@ucl.ac.uk


Dušan Rebolj

Dušan’s research, currently in its early stages, focuses on the normative implications of power for neorepublican and epistemic democratic theory.

Email: dusan.rebolj.19@ucl.ac.uk


Antonio Reyes-Gonzalez

Antonio’s research looks at the underlying social processes that drive cross-sector collaboration between public and non-public actors in the board of directors of global multi-stakeholder partnerships.

Email: antonio.reyes.16@ucl.ac.uk


Yilin Su

Yilin’s research focuses on how state strategies of online disinformation affect social movement participants and public opinion, with a specific focus on Southeast Asia.

Email: yilin.su@ucl.ac.uk


Pablo Torres

Pablo's research seeks to study how governments deal with the trade-off between political control and autonomy in the context of state-owned enterprises.

Email: p.torres.20@ucl.ac.uk

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Haneen Zeglam

Haneen's research focuses on political cleavages, religious and class-based political mobilisation and the evolution of secularism in primarily post-colonial contexts. 

Email: haneen.zeglam.23@ucl.ac.uk