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I hold an MSc in International Relations from LSE and a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po Paris. I have been involved with Millennium: Journal of International Studies since 2014, as member of the editorial board, conference organizer of the journal’s annual conferences in 2016 and 2017, social media officer and review article editor. Moreover, I am a co-convenor of the research group Doing International Political Sociology, and am part of the organizing committee of the LISS DTP-funded IPS PhD seminar series. My doctorate is funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP).

I have been a teaching assistant for three courses:

  • 3rd year course ‘The Political Life of Security Methods’ at Queen Mary, University of London
  • 1st year course ‘International Relations Theory’ at King’s College London
  • Master’s level course ‘Freedom, Security, Surveillance and Human Rights: Reconfigurations in a digital age‘ at Sciences Po Paris

Doctoral Research

Rights claims against territorial geopolitical imaginaries: Crimea, the Sami and Internet users

This thesis investigates the annexation of Crimea, the Sami people’s struggle over land rights and the Internet users’ claims over digital spaces through the lens of rights claims practices which intersect in various institutional settings such as the UN. The central research question is: How can rights claims unsettle a geopolitical imaginary of territory at various scales and despite practices of state violence? As suggested by this research question, this thesis takes issue with the employment of a territorial geopolitical imaginary to make sense of international political events, taking territory as the mirror image of peoples and hence silencing forms of politics which unsettle this territorial boundedness and the imposition of a homogenous political community. Rather than taking rights claims as an ethical or moral concept, I will conceptualise rights claims as a geopolitical struggle, which is part of the citizenship, territoriality and rights claims nexus. Such a relational approach highlights how rights claims are located spatially and hence generative of different spatialities, enacted by central actors with different capacities to stake claims, and as part of the strategic repertoire of contentious politics. In analysing three different sites, I will trace modalities of violence practiced through a geopolitics of territory which is almost taken for granted or internalised. What are the conditions of possibility for rights claims to emerge as the language of resistance? What are the connections between the three different sites – such as shared strategies, spatial imaginaries, experiences of violence and intersections in institutional settings? In order to do so, this thesis will use a framework inspired by international political sociology, reflexive sociology and a socio-legal analysis in order to unsettle the fixation and rigidity of territoriality structuring international relations. 

Research Interests

International political sociology, rights claims, critical IR theory, critical geopolitics, international law


Professor Didier Bigo (first), Professor Vivienne Jabri (second)