Global PhDs on Statelessness (GPS)

The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness is delighted to host the Global PhDs on Statelessness (GPS) webpage, showcasing the exciting and varied emerging approaches to statelessness research. GPS is a network of PhD students and Doctoral researchers engaged on issues of citizenship and statelessness around the world. The network was set up by participants of the inaugural PhD Workshop on Citizenship and Statelessness hosted by Tilburg University in October 2018.

Through the network’s mailing list, PhD students and Doctoral researchers can stay up-to-date on events, news and engage in peer-support, please subscribe at

The GPS webpage is updated biannually. If you would like to have your work featured please contact Deirdre Brennan.

  • Sara Abbasi

    Sara Abbasi

    University of Canterbury

    Belonging and Exclusion: Citizenship and Nationality under International Law

  • Roua Al Taweel

    Roua Al Taweel

    Transitional Justice Institute / Ulster University

    Narratives of Transformative Gender Justice: The Interplay of Syrian Nationality Laws and Forced Displacement

  • Zeineb Alsabeehg

    Zeineb Alsabeehg

    The University of Edinburgh

    The Law and Politics of Citizenship in the Six Arab Gulf States

  • Haqqi Bahram

    Haqqi Bahram

    Linkoping University

    Syrian Kurds and Politics of Naturalization: From Statelessness to Displacement to Citizenship

  • Zoe Bell

    Zoe Bell

    University of New South Wales

    Refugee Protection and Statelessness; The Experiences of the Rohingya Community in Australia

  • Malak Benslama-Dabdoub

    Malak Benslama-Dabdoub

    Queen Mary University of London

    Nationality and Statelessness in International Law: a De-colonial Perspective on Syrian asylum-seekers in the UK and France

  • Katalin Berenyi

    Katalin Berenyi

    National University of Public Service

    Mapping Stateless Minorities' Vulnerability to Mass Atrocities and Radicalization

  • Deirdre Brennan

    Deirdre Brennan

    University of Melbourne

    Campaigning for citizenship in Nepal (2006 – 2019): Assessing how activism impacts upon law reform and the public perception of the stateless

  • Natalie Brinham

    Natalie Brinham

    Queen Mary University of London

    The slow and ongoing production of Rohingya statelessness in Myanmar

  • Jing-Han Chen

    Jing-Han Chen

    University of Edinburgh

    The Statelessness Issue in Taiwan: A Comparison of the Statelessness of Tibetan Refugees in Taiwan and Overseas Taiwanese People

  • Sumedha Choudhury

    Sumedha Choudhury

    University of Melbourne

    Citizenship and Statelessness: A Critical Enquiry of India’s Practice (working title

  • Nubin Ciziri

    Nubin Ciziri

    Uppsala University

    Education and Statelessness: Strategies of Kurdish Refugee Families from Syria in Sweden

  • Eleanor Cotterill

    Eleanor Cotterill

    Swansea University

    Experiences of Statelessness in the UK (working title)

  • Yuriko Cowper-Smith

    Yuriko Cowper-Smith

    University of Guelph

    Rohingya Migrants’ Political Activism in Canada – A Complex Explanatory Model

  • Darren Ekema

    Darren Ekema

    Institute of Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences, Pan African University

    Beyond the right to nationality: The African Union's Response to Statelessness in Africa

  • Eve Hayes de Kalaf

    Eve Hayes de Kalaf

    University of Liverpool

    Legal Identity, Social Policy and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic

  • Ahmad Jaber (Benswait)

    Ahmad Jaber (Benswait)

    University College London

    Time as a semiotic lens to the infrastructure of the stateless Bidoon diaspora in the UK

  • Sangita Jaghai Bajulaiye

    Sangita Jaghai Bajulaiye

    Tilburg University

    Denationalization (working title)

  • Jocelyn Kane

    Jocelyn Kane

    University of Ottawa

    Voluntary Statelessness: Conceptual and Practical Implications

  • Mai Kaneko

    Mai Kaneko

    Maastricht University

    Nationality of Foundlings: Avoiding Statelessness Among Children of Unknown Parents Under International Nationality Law

  • Konstantina Keramitsi

    Konstantina Keramitsi

    University of Macedonia

    Statelessness in Greece: an invisible phenomenon

  • Tejal Khanna

    Tejal Khanna

    Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Persons and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: A Case Study of Rohingyas

  • Julie Lugulu

    Julie Lugulu

    University of the Western Cape

    Childhood statelessness in Kenya, a review of legislative compliance with international law

  • Cecilia Manzotti

    Cecilia Manzotti

    University of Sussex

    Unknown nationality? The determination of the nationality status of asylum seekers and refugees, including their possible statelessness, in Europe

  • Andrea Marilyn

    Andrea Marilyn

    University of Melbourne

    The Right to Nationality in Armed Conflict

  • Thomas McGee

    Thomas McGee

    University of Melbourne

    Syria's changing statelessness landscape: from protracted situations to "ticking time bombs"

  • Yesim Mutlu

    Yesim Mutlu

    Middle East Technical University

    Disowning Citizens: Arbitrary Revocation of Citizenship and Statelessness in the Paternalist Turkish State

  • Bongkot Napaumporn

    Bongkot Napaumporn

    University of Melbourne

    Negotiating identities and inclusion: The case of stateless persons from Thailand in Japan (working title)

  • Allison Petrozziello

    Allison Petrozziello

    Wilfrid Laurier University

    Stateless at Birth? Upholding the Human Right to a Nationality for Migrant Women’s Children

  • Md Mizanur Rahman

    Md Mizanur Rahman

    University of Melbourne

    Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Identities, Belongings, and Aspirations

  • Atefah Ramsari

    Atefah Ramsari

    University of Bielefeld

    Comparative study of experiencing citizenship regimes of Syria and Iraq by Kurdish ethnic people

  • Maria Jose Recalde-Vela

    Maria Jose Recalde-Vela

    Tilburg University

    Statelessness and Decolonial Perspectives (working title)

  • Victoria Reitter

    Victoria Reitter

    University of Salzburg

    On the Production of Statelessness

  • Jade Roberts

    Jade Roberts

    University of Melbourne

    Beyond the State: An Individual Rights Approach to Recognising and Protecting the Rights of Stateless People

  • Katherine Southwick

    Katherine Southwick

    National University of Singapore

    Theorizing Rule of Law for Ethnically Divided Societies

  • Desale T. Abraha

    Desale T. Abraha

    Waseda University

    Identity and social inclusion of refugees through technology: Applying blockchain for stateless Rohingya people in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • Louise Tiessen

    Louise Tiessen

    University of Kent

    From the dangerous other to the good citizen – The case of German ISIS returnees (working title)

  • Anubhav Tiwari

    Anubhav Tiwari

    Monash University

    The Idea(l) of ‘Citizenship’ for the Protection and Well-being of Refugees in India

  • Kaveri Urmilesh

    Kaveri Urmilesh

    Tata Institute of Social Sciences

    Interrogating Statelessness, Human Rights and Inclusion: A Study of Rohingyas in India (Working title)

  • Caia Vliecks

    Caia Vliecks

    Tilburg University

    European statelessness: Nationality and the reduction of statelessness in Europe (working title)

  • Barbara von Rütte

    Barbara von Rütte

    University of Basel

    The Human Right to Citizenship. From State Privilege to Individual Right

  • Ashley Walters

    Ashley Walters

    University of Connecticut

    Statelessly United: An Ethnographic Inquiry of Statelessness in the United States

  • Amorisa Wiratri

    Amorisa Wiratri

    University of Western Australia

    The Indonesian Diaspora across the Celebes Sea: Citizenship, Negotiation, and Identity