PhD thesis on human rights activism receives EISA 2023 Honourable Mention


Former PhD student at the School of Global Studies, Richard Georgi, has received an Honourable Mention for EISA’s Best Dissertation Award 2023 for his doctoral dissertation "Political Imaginaries amidst a Peace Deferred. The Politics of Human Rights Activism in the Colombian Peace Process".

The EISA (European International Studies Association) Best Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work by young scholars in the field of International Relations. It is awarded to dissertations that make a highly original and significant contribution to International Relations based on rigorous research.

“I am very humbled to receive the honourable mention for my PhD thesis. Surely, there is always an element of arbitrariness in awards, and there are certainly a lot of wonderful PhD theses out there. What I am genuinely delighted about is that a jury committee of distinguished scholars, whose work I admire, have engaged with my research and appreciated its quality. For now I am very happy and grateful, to all the people whose professional and personal support made the long PhD journey possible and to my research partners in Colombia without whom this thesis would just not exist. This recognition shall serve as a motivation to continue my research, also in times where academia shows its frustrating sides,” says Richard Georgi.

Richard Georgi defended his doctoral dissertation at the School of Global Studies in January 2022. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. In October 2023, he will return to the School of Global Studies to continue his research on human rights activism in Colombia, on a grant awarded by the Swedish Research Council.

“A very well-deserved recognition for Richard’s hard work and achievements, and an inspiration to us all that the PhD education at the School of Global Studies promotes world-class doctoral research,” says Johan Karlsson Schaffer, the School of Global Studies’ Director of Doctoral Studies, who also supervised Georgi’s thesis together with Professor Maria Stern.

More information

More information about the EISA’s Best Dissertation Award 2023 on the EISA website.