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Postgraduate research

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Our research students engage with a diverse range of topics.  

The Institute is a small inter-disciplinary centre where you will be able to undertake doctoral research towards a University of London degree while benefitting from the outstanding resources of Paris and beyond.  

Faculty at ULIP specializes in humanities-led work in fields ranging from Urban Studies, to Colonial and Postcolonial History and Culture, Contemporary Visual Culture, Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, International Politics, with particular interest in areas relating to climate policy, critical race and gender studies and migration studies. 

Post-graduate students at ULIP are part of a small community where there are many opportunities to share your findings and questions, to engage in inter-disciplinary seminars with scholars from the UK and continental Europe, to organize your own research workshops and to contribute to a vibrant research environment.  

Post-graduate research at ULIP is supported by the extensive resources of the School of Advanced Study, both in research training and in access to library resources. ULIP has its own on-site library and offers substantial support in accessing library and archive resources in Paris. It also has a dedicated post-graduate and research affiliate study area.  

ULIP works in partnership at various levels with other member institutions of the University of London Federation. Queen Mary University of London delivers two graduate programmes from the Institute, in International Relations(Opens in new window) and in Commercial Law, while also running regular research events.  

ULIP, the Bartlett School of Architecture and Queen Mary University of London also collaborate on the Banister Fletcher Global Fellowship in Urban Studies, which supports the development and dissemination of new research in urban studies from around the world and generates regular research seminars. 

ULIP also partners with Goldsmiths, HESAM, and King’s College London, to develop opportunities for cross-Channel research in areas ranging from contemporary politics to social anthropology and the transformation of the creative industries.

Current post-graduate research at ULIP

  • Hospitality, refugee-reception in La Chapelle (Paris) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (human geography/urban studies) 
  • Narratives of Intergenerational Mobility in Athens (cultural translation/urban studies) 
  • Women’s Writing in Haiti (comparative literature/visual studies) 
  • Foreign Office Policy and Refugee Reception in Inter-war France (history) 
  • Olympic Games and Legacy, London 2012, Paris 2024 (urban studies)  

For further information, please visit our Research Degrees web page.