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Research Project: Mobile People

Research Project: Mobile People

Co-directed by Professors Engin Isin and Kimberley Hutchings, Queen Mary University of London Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholarships (QMUL-LTDS) will involve 21 PhD research projects (2018-2023) concerned with how the world is being dynamically constituted by mobile people in active and novel ways and how this affects fundamental social and political institutions.

Doing International Political Sociology

Doing International Political Sociology

Queen Mary Convenors: Jef Huysmans, Hesham Shafick, Katharine Weatherhead Doing IPS brings together researchers working in the broad area of International Political Sociology (IPS). They explore (a) different theoretical and methodological lines of thought that are deployed in IPS, (b) key themes of debate that are currently shaping IPS, and (c) how IPS enacts critical lineages and their limits in the social sciences. Doing IPS aims to be an international hub shaping future lines of research in IPS. The group has a distinct…

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asian Responses

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Southeast Asian Responses

Lead Researchers: Lee Jones (QMUL) and Cheng-Chwee Kuik (National University of Malaysia) This project examines China’s rise and Southeast Asian states’ response to it, focusing on China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). China’s rise is increasingly contradictory: it combines growing pseudo-military assertiveness in arenas like the South China Sea with diplomatic and economic charm offensives like the launch of the BRI and the associated Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Our project seeks to explain both this contradictory approach and how Southeast…

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Moral agency and meaningful human control: Exploring military ethical values for alignment in the use of autonomous weapons systems

Moral agency and meaningful human control: Exploring military ethical values for alignment in the use of autonomous weapons systems

Moral agency and meaningful human control: Exploring military ethical values for alignment in the use of autonomous weapons systems Lead Researcher: Dr Elke Schwarz   Funding Agency: Leverhulme/British Academy Advances in autonomous technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will shape civic and military futures in significant ways. Despite this, a focus on promoting innovation in these areas means that ethical aspects often take a backseat. There is broad consensus in current debates that ethical issues must be addressed in the development of robotic AI systems, but…

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