2018-19 Committee

BISA-PGN is coordinated by five committee members from different institutions across the UK, and are always interested in addressing your needs and making you feel a part of the BISA postgraduate community. Below are brief profiles of each member who are serving this year and invite you to contact them throughout the year with any inquiries or suggestions you might have regarding BISA-PGN activities and engagement.

Amandine Holstein, University of Portsmouth, (Chair)
Having started in October 2016 under the supervision of Dr Angela Crack, my PhD investigates the extent to which NGOs social networking spaces can be understood as inclusive virtual public spheres by using an online ethnography and discourse analysis of the case studies of Amnesty International and Greenpeace. This research is motivated by my wider interest in the potential for democratic renewal contained within the intensification of networked activism, online deliberative spaces and especially the extent to which NGOs can play a role in these spaces as influential actors of the general public debate. Alongside this, I am a part-time lecturer at the University and member of the BISA working group on NGOs.
Oluwabamidele Kogbe, University of Dundee (Events Officer)
Bamidele is currently a PhD candidate in Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Comparative Regionalism in Africa is his research area. His doctoral thesis is offering a new framework to rethink the role of civil society actors in African regions and regionalisms through the case of civil society agency in the ECOWAS region. Bamidele is co-founder of Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN). In 2018, Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) nominated him for an award for his innovation in teaching. As a part-time tutor, he has taught Comparative Politics, Politics and Public Policy in the UK and International Relations Modules at the University of Dundee.  He is also a poet and creative writer with many published books to his credit. Ties Apart (A Play on forced marriage/ human rights) is his forthcoming literary work.  He is happy to serve on the BISA-PGN  Committee as the Events Officer.
Tom Vaughan, Aberystwyth University (Funding Competition and Elections Officer)
Tom Vaughan is a PhD student in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He holds a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol and an MA in Critical International Politics from Aberystwyth University. His ESRC-funded research examines the interpenetration of domestic nuclear programmes (encompassing ‘military’ and ‘civil’ technologies) and the geopolitics of world nuclear order. Influenced by approaches from International Relations (IR), history, postcolonial studies, Science, Technology, and Society (STS), and human geography, Tom aims to investigate the contours of the nuclear order and its prospects for improvement, survival, and progress towards nuclear disarmament, through the specific lens of the South African nuclear experience.
Christopher Wheeler, Newcastle University (Communications Officer)
Christopher is a PhD candidate in Politics at Newcastle University whose research investigates the relationships between an international political theory’s long-term and short-term time perspectives (past, present, and future) and its theoretical claims. During his PhD, he has taught on modules providing core academic skills and introductions to IR theories and concepts for first year Politics undergraduates, as well as interdisciplinary modules regarding the nature of inquiry and explanation of postgraduate research for first postgraduates. As a parent of four young children and a person with over a decade of experience working at various universities in the United States, he hopes to provide different perspectives to BISA-PGN which will help enhance how the committee serves its diverse membership.