Dr Allard Duursma awarded PSA Lord Bryce Prize for best dissertation in International Relations/Comparative Studies
Congratulations to Allard Duursma, a recent DPhil International Relations alumnus, who has been awarded the Political Studies Association 2016 Lord Bryce Prize for best dissertation in International Relations/Comparative Studies.
His thesis was entitled African Solutions to African Challenges: Explaining the Role of Legitimacy in Mediating Civil Wars in Africa, and his supervisor was Neil MacFarlane.
In awarding the prize, the judge Professor Laleh Khalili (SOAS) noted that:
‘The Duursma thesis is polished, thoughtful and original. It has an excellent puzzle at its heart, shows wonderful facility with research and displays a very sound argument and structure. By discussing how mediation works in civil wars, the conditions under which it succeeds, and the mechanisms that allow for success, it provides not only a fascinating study in the workings of international relations, but also a thesis with substantial potential influence on policymaking. Methodologically the thesis draws on both large-N quantitative techniques and on qualitative case studies, adding depth to the broader statistical conclusions. Further, the case studies are judiciously chosen. As a whole, the thesis is thoughtful, tightly argued, theoretically grounded, and empirically rich. It provides a persuasive argument, delineates its scope judiciously and provides excellent fodder for both thought and practice.’
Allard Duursma is now a Research Associate at The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester.
More information on the Lord Bryce Prize can be found on the PSA’s website here.