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The Centre for Transnational Studies

PhD opportunities

Explore our postgraduate research projects.

Our network of international, world-leading scholars and their institutions are able to offer both postgraduate taught (MA) and postgraduate research (MPhil/PhD) programmes that give students the chance to study world cultures and societies in depth. Our members’ expertise spans an array of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, critical and cultural theory, history, anthropology, geography, linguistics, politics, sociology, and visual studies. Research is undertaken in relation to Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

We can offer PhD supervision from the above perspectives including cross Humanities-Social Sciences expertise with a good record of funded programmes. We place a particular emphasis on involving the international postgraduate student community. In addition to creating an intellectually stimulating environment for our members, our events are designed to support our students and to allow them to meet scholars and stakeholders from a range of areas. Our programmes are developed in consultation with postgraduate research students and our members more generally.

For details of members' research interests, see their staff profiles on our people page.

Examples of doctoral research

These examples of current and completed PhDs were supervised by the Centre for Transnational Studies.

  • Souhila Belabbas, ‘Kabyles in Britain: Negotiating identities in a transnational setting’ (PhD Languages, Cultures and Linguistics)
  • Jennifer Cuffe, ‘The impact of Zimbabwe’s “crisis” on three transnational families situated in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the United Kingdom’ (PhD Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, AHRC SWWDTP funded)
  • Alistair Dawson, ‘Criss-Crossing the Channel: The Female Undercurrent of Women’s Educational Discourse in British and French Literature, 1750-1820’ (PhD English, AHRC SWWDTP funded)
  • Jessica McIvor, ‘Photography, War and Gender: Redefining Women’s Militancy During and After Conflict in Ireland and Spain’ (PhD, Language, Cultures and Linguistics, AHRC SWWDTP funded)

For more information about PhD opportunities with the Centre for Transnational Studies, email our director, Professor Marion Demossier (