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School of Politics and International Relations

Jodi Thompson


Primary Supervisor: Dr Lasse Thomassen

Research Topic: A Critical Analysis of Muslim Framing and the Formation of Cultural Identity through Bourdieu’s ‘Fields’ of Practice

Research Interests: Political theory, structuralism, sociology, international relations and ethno-politics.

Education/Professional Qualifications: Completion of a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies at London Metropolitan University, including attendance at Hiroshima and Peace Summer School in 2010, enabled me in depth knowledge of theoretical underpinnings to international relations and contemporary security issues in an increasingly globalised world.  I developed a focus toward the contradictions of state rhetoric and practice, completing a dissertation entitled ‘Human Security:  the good, the bad and the ugly’ which applied Critical Theory to analysis of the human security paradigm.  

Developing a greater understanding of conflict led further studies to be geared toward self-other distinctions through an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology entitled ‘The Walking Dead: an analysis of the causes, contributing factors and moral justifications of ethnic violence’ at University College London.  Completion of studies from a political and social context allowed me to explore ideas of structural power, its manipulation for political and social means and the extent to which dominant groups will seek to impose their will over others through the use of varying forms of structural and physical violence.  

As a result, previous research motivates my desire to pursue an interdisciplinary approach encompassing social and political theory, with my knowledge base further developed through examination of the origins of and challenges to socio-structural categorical hostilities, in contrast to a previous focus on the symptoms and effects of conflict.

Work Experience: I have a varied employment history, with particular focus on child protection and residential support work, enabling an in depth understanding of the impact of socio-economic issues, patterned behaviour and structural oppression leading to poor outcomes for a variety of minority groups.  
I have consequently gained first-hand knowledge and understanding of the influence of expectations and discrimination based upon structural classifications such as looked after children and adults with learning disabilities.  In this manner, the impact of top-down rhetoric for everyday lives is hugely significant for research objectives.

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