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My research argues and coins the term of ‘democracy promotion is in reverse’.

The UK and the US are the largest donors of international democracy assistance, yet there is a decline and reversion away from democratisation globally in recipients (non-democracies). Democratisation has stagnated, yet academia has failed to develop a deeper rationale for this.

The findings of my research were: donors benefit more from democracy promotion programmes than recipients; projects implemented are not sustainable and produce little permanent outcomes because donors promote their own self-image; building a robust initial relationship with recipients is weak as donors promote their own self-interests through foreign policy.

As an academic, I want to use my PhD to enhance my career as a researcher but also teaching in a higher education setting. I want to publish articles in journals and get my findings circulated within the field of Political Science, alongside being able to lecture in my expertise (i.e. democratisation studies and foreign policy). I recently secured a job giving university-style tutorials (based on my PhD research) to secondary school pupils from underprivileged schools, who want to have access to university education. I will use my own experiences to show what opportunities higher education gives.

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Sawda Sultana

Sawda Sultana

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Caterina Antognazza

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Carmel Maher

Carmel Maher

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