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Ms Sarah Clowry, BA Hons (First Class, Oxon); MA (Distinction, Dunelm)

Doctoral Research Student in the School of Government and International Affairs

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I began my PhD at the School of Government and International Affairs in 2017, funded by an ESRC +3.5 studentship awarded through the NINEDTP. My thesis examines the influence of identity on international conflict mediation, focusing on the attempts made to promote peace in Yemen and Syria following the 2011 Arab uprisings. 

Prior to my PhD, I worked in the field of international development, spending two years based in Nablus, Palestine before returning to the UK to manage global grants programmes for the British Council. I hold a First Class BA (Hons.) from the University of Oxford, an MA with Distinction from Durham University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. I am proficient in Levantine Arabic and currently study Modern Standard Arabic.

From 2018 until 2020, I will be a PhD Scholar with the Cumberland Lodge, an education charity, and I have recently been elected to the committee of the British-Yemeni Society. Between 2018 and 2019, I served as the SGIA PhD Association’s Research Officer, and was a member of University College Middle Common Room’s Academic Committee.

Research Interests

  • International conflict mediation
  • International relations theory
  • International relations of the Middle East
  • Qualitative methods


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Selected Grants

  • 2017: ESRC +3.5 PhD studentship