We wanted to find a way to celebrate the work being conducted by these students and share their research with PSA members and the wider academic community. This Undergraduate Conference Hub represents the hard work of a new generation of political-thinkers! We'll keep updating this page as and when we receive student research. Why not have a browse, find a subject you're interested in or something completely new!
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Short-Blogs & Presentation Slides
These blogs have been categorised by 'themes' to help you navigate to the topic or subject you're looking for!
Populism, Anti-Politics & The Far Right
- Alex Meredith (University of York), "Populism: Here to stay or temporary dissent?'
- Greg Notman (University of Edinburgh), 'Painting Populist Landscapes? How do Right-Wing Populist Parties Frame Environmental Issues?'
- Grazia Ragone (University of Aberdeen), 'Populist Parties and the Burden of Government: The Normalisation of the Italian M5S’ Foreign and Security Policy'
- Florian Sichart, Jacob Chapman, Brooklyn Han, Hasan Younis, Hallamund Meena (London School of Economics), 'The Opioid Crisis and Republican Vote Share'
Climate Change, The Environment and The Future
- Joseph Breen (Manchester Metropolitan University), 'Democratisation V. Centralisation in Regional Environmental Policy-Making'
- Kayleigh Dearstyne-Hulin (University of St Andrews), 'Case Studies for Environmental Constitutionalism and how societal norms influence its implementation'
- Kevin Le Merle (University of Glasgow), 'Reimagining Climate Justice'
- Melvin Ting (University of Bristol), 'The Contentious Politics of Water and Development in Tamil Nadu, South India'
Democracy & Authoritarianism
- Ciaran Brass (University of York), 'Searching for Pluralism in the Policy Agenda: A Comparative Analysis of States under Authoritarianism or Democratic Backsliding, and the Efficacy of Their Opposition Parties'
- Vasiliki Poula, Jack Bissett, Maitrai Lapalikar, Maria Soraghan & Antonia Syn (London Schoolof Economics), 'A European Democracy on a Domestic Level'
- Vernon Yian & Cheryl Lau (London School of Economics), 'A Rational Actor Analysis of Authoritarian Consolidation: The Case of Thailand'
Scottish Independence and Governance
- Giorgio Collett (Durham University), 'Political Uncertainty in Equity Markets, a New Framework: Evidence from the Scottish and Catalan 2014 Independence Referenda'
- Kate Holliday (University of Edinburgh), '‘Conflict of rights’: An analysis of language and themes used in the Scottish Government 2017/2018 consultation to reform the Gender Recognition Act'
Politics, the Arts & Pop Culture
- Julia Coulson (University of Sheffield), 'How do previously failed politicians achieve political redemption through reality television?'
- Eileen Gbago (London School of Economics), 'The Burial of Kojo: Exploring International politics using media and film'
- Jelena Sofronijevic (University of Edinburgh), 'From Head to Tale: Understanding Yugoslav Socialism through Zoomorphism in Contemporary Satire'
Conflict, Peacebuilding & Justice
- Noah Ergen (University of Greenwich), 'Unstoppable Weapons? Hypersonic Missiles in the Context of the Revolution in Military Affairs'
- Audrey Goh (University of Bristol), 'Twitter: a Tool for Information Warfare' Please also check out Source 1 & Source 2.
- Bettina Latuff Hualde (University of Exeter), '“No más dictadura”: the prospect of transitional justice in Venezuela'
- Sophia Rommel (University of St Andrews), 'UN-Protected? Rethinking What Explains the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (MONUC’s) Civilian Protection Failures'
Identity, Inequality and Social Policy
- Joe Aitkin (University of York), 'Hauntology and Brexit: Britain’s Lost Future'
- Maryam Dharas (London School of Econmics), 'The Everyday Clash of Civilisations: how the media’s depiction of migrants from the Middle East reifies cultural binaries'
- Lucy Newman (University of Liverpool), 'A Critical Assessment of the Action of Welfare States on Ameliorating Social Divisions.'
- Dante Philp (University of Edinburgh), 'Redeeming Society: Critical Theory and the Re-imagining of Politics.'
International Political Economy and Trade
- Polina Encheva (University of Westminster), The Capability Approach: A Reassessment of the Orthodox Approach to Development
- Julio C. Othon (University of Edinburgh), 'South-South Cooperation in the World Trade Organisation reform? Analysing Brazil, India, and China.'