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 Hostein, University of Portsmouth (Chair until November 2019)
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. Tom Vaughan, Aberystwyth University, (Chair from November 2019 until the 30th of June, 2020). Tom is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. Tom’s fieldwork-based research examines how ‘local’ configurations of nuclear technopolitics feed into the norms and structures of the global nuclear order (and vice versa) via an empirical study of the South African nuclear experience, both during and after apartheid. His work draws largely from International Relations, but also incorporates insights and concepts from the disciplines of History, Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, and Geography. Tom is also the Postgraduate Officer of the BISA Global Nuclear Order Working Group. Bryant E Harden, University of Florida, (Funding Competition and Elections Officer until the 30th of June, 2020). Bryant earned a BA in Political Science from Mercer University, a MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick in England, and is currently pursuing a PhD in International Relations at the University of Florida. In addition to his studies, Bryant served in Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer, leads various study abroad programs, and sits on the board of a number of organizations including Friends of Mongolia and the American Center for Mongolian Studies. Amy Baldauf, University of Bradford, (Events Officer until the 30th of June, 2020). Amy is a Finnish-American living in Berlin. She is getting her Ph.D. in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, and is specialising in Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Her research topic is the implementation of UNSCR 1325’s NAPs, measuring impact in terms of CSO engagement and budget/resource allocation. She is currently serving as Events Committee member for the BISA-PGN. Her past events experience includes organising for Democrats Abroad, as well planning public affairs conferences on sex trafficking and peacebuilding. She is looking forward to contributing to BISA in this capacity and looks forward to meeting our members at future events.
Anna Kruglova, Queen’s University Belfast, (Communications Officer until the 30th of June, 2020).
Anna’s research is focusing on jihadist propaganda with a particular emphasis on the use of marketing techniques. Anna did her bachelor’s in International Relations at Ivanovo State University (Russia). She holds MSc in Security Studies (University College London) and MA in International Conflict Studies (King’s College London). Anna is particularly interested in the phenomena of terrorism, especially in people’s motivations to join terrorist groups and the impact of propaganda on their decision as well as in the role of emotions and identity in decision-making. She is also interested in counter-terrorist techniques and the usage of social media as a source for shaping public opinions.