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Catherine Craven

Catherine Craven
Image Credit: Johannes Klemt/SFB 700

Teilprojekt B2


Ihnestraße 22
Room 113
14095 Berlin

Studies and degrees

Since Sept 2015 PhD Candidate, SOAS University of London, Department of Politics and International Studies, under the supervision of Fiona B. Adamson, Research Project: Locating Power in the Global: A Practice-based Analysis of Tamil Diaspora Engagement (working title)

2012-2013 MSc Global Politics (Global Civil Society), London School of Economics
Awarded a High Merit, Thesis Title: Deconstructing the Diaspora: A Critical Analysis of the Global Tamil Forum’s Discursive Engagement with the Liberal Peace

2008-2011 BA Honours Anthropology, University of Sussex
Awarded a Distinction

2010 Visiting Student, University of Miami, FL

Academic career

Since June 2017 Research Associate, SFB 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”, Freie Universität Berlin

Since Oct 2016 Editor for the SOAS Journal of Postgraduate Research

Feb-June 2017 Visiting Graduate Researcher, Centre for Asian Research, York University, ON

Nov 2015- 2016 Research Assistant to Fiona B. Adamson, SOAS University of London, “Conflict Beyond Borders: Transnational identities, belonging and Security”

June 2016 Certificate of Completion, Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse University

Jan-Jun 2016 Organiser of the MPhil Graduate Conference, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS

Jan-Aug 2016 Market Intelligence Analyst, Middlesex University, London

2014-2015 Student Research Assistant, DFG Collaborative Research Centre 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”, B2 Governance by External Actors, Freie Universität Berlin

2014-2015 Student Publications Assistant, DFG Research College (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe”, Freie Universität Berlin

Feb-Jun 2014 Research Assistant, Peace and Security Program, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

Feb-June 2012 Research and Events Intern, Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, India

Scholarships and awards

2015-2018 SOAS Scholarship for the Bloomsbury DTC - Economic and Social Research Council (full-tuition remission)

2017 Geographical Club Award of the Royal Geographical Society

2017 Graduate Student Scholarship of the International Council for Canadian Studies

2016 Santander Mobility Award, SOAS University of London

2016 Overseas fieldwork grant, Economic and Social Research Council

2016 Grant to conduct fieldwork in Canada and the USA – Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS

2016 Scholarship to attend IQMR Summer School - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, SOAS (full tuition remission, accommodation and travel)

2015 Grant to conduct fieldwork in Sri Lanka, Leverhulme Trust

2015-2016 Provost Scholarship of The New School for Social Research, USA (full tuition remission - declined)

Research fields

  • Globalisation and Global Governance
  • Diasporas and Transnationalism
  • Practice Theory
  • Political Ethnography
  • Critical Realism

Regional focus

  • Sri Lanka
  • Tamil Diaspora (in Switzerland, Canada, UK)

2013, Reconsidering Dayton. e-International Relations (Online).

2013, Theoretical Synthesis in International Relations. e-International Relations (Online).

2011, How the Visual Arts can Further the Cause of Human Rights. e-International Relations (Online).