PhD students

YousefYousef Barahmeh received his MA in English Language and Literature from University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston, in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Robin Purves on dissertation title: The poetry of Mahmoud Darwish: A Study of the Three Developmental Phases of his Poetic Career, prior to which he received his BA in English Language and Literature from Yarmouk University, Jordan with a final graduate project on Zelda Fitzgerald: The First Flapper in Jazz Age.Yousef is currently a PhD student in the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, University of Portsmouth where he is researching the cause effect of the Arab Spring in terms of informing satirical writings and changing ‘alternative’ communication practices with regard to the medium of ‘Netspeak satire’ and orders of discourse (postulated by Foucault, 1970).

Photo le 04-11-2015 à 12.32Fabienne Chamelot is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies. Her research explores French colonial administration and policy in the 20th century, focusing specifically on the management and organisation of colonial archives throughout the empire and within the French state. She has an MA in Social Sciences from the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales and the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris, and has completed one year as a visiting student at New York University. Before starting her PhD, she worked in the non-fiction publishing field in France, mostly at Gallimard and as a freelance editor.

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Camille.jpegCamille Jacob is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies. Her current work is funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award (in partnership with the British Council in Algiers) and examines the place of English in contemporary Algeria. It explores both discourses and practices around English through extensive fieldwork. Her wider research interests include linguistic practices in postcolonial settings, the production of discourses about languages and identity, and contemporary Algeria.

Before starting her PhD, Camille studied for a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham, an MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from King’s College London. She has previously worked on education, culture and sport policies for the East Midlands European Office in Brussels and as a Sociology and Languages teacher in London.

SophieSophie Quintin Adali is a PhD student at the University of Portsmouth in the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (Department of Politics and International Relations) and a research assistant for West Africa Peace and Security Network project (SLAS). Her PhD project focuses on the nexus between maritime and energy security with the Gulf of Guinea as a case study. The economic prosperity of West Africa depends largely on an open and secure maritime domain. Growing insecurity in African waters notably in the Indian Ocean (Somalia piracy crisis) and the energy-rich maritime space of West Africa has put maritime security back on the busy international agenda. It has also opened a new era of maritime policy-making for Africa with the adoption by the African Union in 2014 of its first maritime security strategy. The study explores in a comparative analysis perspective the security responses of three major sea powers and allies – the USA, France and the United Kingdom – in an area where geostrategic stakes have been rising. After completing a traineeship with the European Commission in Brussels she embarked on an international career working for ECHO and the European Commission in various capacities in conflict areas in the African Great Lakes and Balkans regions (1995 to 2005). Since 2008 her opinion pieces have been published in leading international newspapers.

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KelseyKelsey Suggitt is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies. Her research looks at the importance of land under French colonial rule, particularly in the Sahara during the Algerian War of Independence and the decolonisation of French West Africa and French Equatorial Africa. This subject is explored through the micro history of the transnational organisation, the OCRS, which was created in 1957 by the French to economically and socially develop the Sahara. Kelsey has a BA in Combined Modern Languages (French and Spanish) and an MA Francophone Africa from the University of Portsmouth. She has just returned from a 9-month long internship in Cameroon at the World Wide Fund for Nature.

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RoelRoel van der Velde is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies. His research explores the role of the French armaments trade with the South African Apartheid regime and its relation to Gaullist foreign policy between 1964-1977, focusing particularly on the extent to which military-industrial actors engage in autonomous diplomatic practices that shape foreign policy. Roel has a BA in History from Utrecht University and an MA in Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the Univeristy of Aberystwyth. Before switching to academia, he worked in business and finance in the Netherlands.

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DieunedortDieunedort Wandji is a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies. Dieunedort’s research aims to examine the “performative” nature of colonial boundaries against the backdrop of security issues in former EAF (Central Africa). Looking at insecurity, spatiality and social processes across four states in Africa, the project seeks to assess the extent to which failure to effectively conceptualise territorial space and historically contextualise state boundaries has impacted the design of security policies, instruments and infrastructures pertaining to the area of central Africa. This research will investigate relevant IR theories, and use data from policy instruments analysis as well as from interviews of local traditional actors.
Dieunedort holds a BA in Bilingual Studies from the University of Douala in Cameroon, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a MA in Francophone Africa from the University of Portsmouth in the UK. Before starting his PhD, he had previously worked in the Education and in the International Development sectors both in Africa and in the UK.

Imene Medfouni is currently a PhD student in the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth. Her research examines the status of English as a medium of instruction EMI in Algerian higher education. She is particularly interested in exploring language policy, practices and attitudes in Algerian linguistic settings (Francophone, Arabophone and Berbophone). Her research interests include English as a medium of Instruction, multilingualism and World Englishes.
She holds MA in Applied Linguistics and TEFL and a BA in Linguistics from Larbi Ben M’hidi University, Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria.



Sorina Toltica is a research student at the School of Languages and Area Studies. Her current work is funded by South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership within the ESRC, assessing the character of contemporary US/UK counterterrorism engagement in West Africa. It examines the drivers of counter-terrorism actions, the shaping of (and reactions to) changing regional security coalitions and the effects on counter terrorism, conflict resolution and political governance trajectories.

She is currently undertaking a Masters in Social Research Methods at the University of Southampton. Sorina holds a BA in Languages and European Studies and an MA International Relations at the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked for West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Senegal (WANEP), on the Early Warning and Early Response Network (WARN).