Scott McLaughlan (2017 Cohort)

Scott Mclaughlan

About me: I completed my BA in Politics and International Relations and Mres in International Relations, both at Queen Mary, University of London. I am now based in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck, University of London.

My PhD thesis is provisionally titled ‘Uneven Development and the Rise of Contemporary Populism in the Global South: Hindutva and the Milli Görüş Movement in Comparative Perspective.’

The difference my research makes: The general architecture of my research is constructed around the rise of populism in Bombay and Istanbul, from the ‘second cold war,’ to the era of economic liberalisation and ‘structural adjustment’ in the 1990s. More specifically, the thesis explores the role of populism in both legitimising and challenging the global imposition of neoliberalism, from a comparative perspective.

I am especially interested in the city as a site where international forces and the politics of everyday life come together, to form new political realities, and alternate fields of political possibility. My additional intellectual interests include the politics of the far right and broader debates around global cities, international relations, and urban theory.

Pathway: Politics and International Relations

Location: Birkbeck University

SUPERVISORS: Dr Alejandro Colás (Birkbeck) & Dr Subir Sinha (SOAS)