Politics, International Studies and Media (SURESCOAH01)

The Swansea University Research Excellence Scholarships are designed to attract the best research talent to Swansea, to provide excellent supervision and equip candidates with the skills to complete their thesis within three years.

For the 2019 round of applications, Politics, International Studies and Media participates in the scheme with the following projects:

More information about our SURES PhD Projects.

More information about the SURES Scheme, award details, eligibility and application procedure.

The PAG PostGraduate Researchers

PAG PostGraduates are an integral part of our research group. PAG offers an open space to present and discuss early stages of papers or key ideas of the dissertation. PhD students investigate a range of topics related to political campaigns, role of non-governmental activities, questions of policy implementation or practical implications of approaches to human development.

Bibobra Aganaba

Bibo holds a Bachelors of law (LL. B), from Rivers State University of Nigeria. She proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, where she qualified as Barrister and Solicitor of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at Law (BL) in 1991. She was called to the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008, and went on to obtain a Masters of law (LL.M) in Commercial and Maritime law from Swansea University, United Kingdom.

Bibo is currently pursuing a research PhD, entitled: Nigeria’s political campaign practices in transition: Understanding the use of the web technologies in an unfamiliar culture, supervised by Dr Matt Wall and Dr Yan Wu.

Her research focuses on understanding the use of the web technologies during the 2015 Nigerian presidential elections.  Her work explores the effect of the web technologies on the campaign activities and it will seek to determine what influenced the adoption and use of the web by the two major political parties in the 2015 Nigerian presidential election. Furthermore, the research will seek to explore how the web technologies affect the political party’s organizational structure and management of the campaign. Finally, it will assess how the web enabled citizens engage and interact with the online campaigns of the two major candidates.


Hadson Sam Kargbo

Hadson holds an MA in Development and Human rights from University of Wales, Swansea, MSc in Development Planning and Management from University of Dortmund- Germany) and a BA (Gen) in Sociology, English & History and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, with Scholarship provided Prince Charles Foundation in the UK and the German Academic Exchange Development.

Hadson's Ph.D. is entitled Assessing Transitional Justice Mechanisms and their potential for supporting the Relief, Rehabilitation and Development Continuum in Post – War Sierra Leone – A missed opportunity. The research seeks to examine how transitional justice approaches in a post–war environment can be linked with humanitarian and development aid to promote recovery, rehabilitation and sustainable development agenda in post-war context. His research is an attempt to enhance the understanding of the connection between transitional justice, humanitarian and development towards promoting recovery, reconstruction and development agenda in a post conflict setting.  Even though these discourses reinforce each other and share a common goal to address the past, stir up recovery, reconstruction and long term development agenda in post conflict, yet a well research study exploring the practical element linkages with empirical evidences. The research will contribute to the academic debates around the link between transitional justice and the relief/development continuum which is becoming increasing recognized in development discourse.

Hadson has more than 12 years experience working in the field of humanitarian aid and development in fragile, conflict, disaster and undeveloped countries across the globe in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kenya, Indonesia, Haiti, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines and the United States. He has worked as Assistant Country Director, Programme Development Specialist, Programme Quality Specialist and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for International Non Government Organization such as Oxfam International, Habitat for Humanity, Cooperate Housing Foundation. He has provided research and teaching assistance to numerous institutions in Sierra Leone among which he has supervised several undergraduate dissertations and conducted several evaluation exercises across various humanitarian and development programmes. During the civil war in Sierra Leone, Hadson embarked on advocacy work for the non-use of children and youth in armed conflict.


Owen Williams

Owen holds a BA in History & Politics from Swansea University (2005-08) and went on to gain a MSc in Social Research (2008-09) at Swansea. He spent much of the next seven years pursuing a career in the heritage and community sectors with the National Trust, Carmarthenshire Museums Service and Carmarthenshire Library Service. In this time, Owen has served as a Community Councillor for his local area for the last five years (2012-present).

Currently, Owen has an ESRC Wales DTP Scholarship through the Global Language Based Area Studies Pathway pursuing a PhD provisionally entitled Exploring the Impact of Epistemic Communities on Multi-Level Governance Arrangements in Wales and Francophone Canada, supervised by Dr Dion Curry and Professor Jonathan Bradbury.
With the role and legitimacy of experts within the political process subject to ever more scrutiny by politicians and the press, his study aims to explore how experts (in the form of epistemic communities) make a significant contribution to the ways in which we are governed, through their influence over the form and functions of multi-level governance arrangements. There will be a special focus on how language usage within epistemic communities themselves mediates their influence within the case study areas and how this impacts upon their ability to legitimise subsequent policies.

Owen furthermore supports the IMPACKT project - the Initiative for Managing Policymaker-Academic Cooperation and Knowledge Transfer - and was heavily involved in the organisation of the workshop on Scientific Research in a Post-Brexit Britain (September 2017).


Patience Bentu

Patience holds an MA in Drama and Theatre Education from University of Warwick, UK and a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts from University of Jos, Nigeria. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Swansea University on Evaluating the effects of Training on Women’s Political Participation and Representation in Nigeria, supervised by Dr Krijn Peters and Prof Roland Axtmann.

Her research investigates the marginalisation of women in politics, hence maintaining gender inequality and the government policies that remain insufficient at addressing gender inequality. Focusing on women’s political participation and representation in Nigeria, her research examines political structures and programmes and their effects on women. This examination brings to fore specific challenges faced by women in politics in Nigeria. Furthermore, by assessing the historical context, the research examines interventions that have been provided and the effects these have had on achieving gender equality in political participation and representation. Therefore, with a specific focus on interventions and as a case study, her research critically reviews an International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO)’s organised training for women in politics in Nigeria. The training is intended to empower women to achieve enhanced numbers in electoral positions; thereby promote gender equality.

Additionally, Patience provides seminar teaching in several areas of International Politics to undergraduate students at Swansea University.