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Katharina Stirland

PhD Candidate
Katharina Stirland

Thesis Title

Warring Identities: An investigation of the reciprocity between the European Union’s expanding role as a security provider and ever-evolving notions of identity - what part does CSDP training play?

Academic Background

  • BA (Hons) in Culture, Society and Communication, University of Birmingham, 2008
  • MPhil in Modern European Cultures, University of Birmingham, 2011

Contact Details

Room 412
c/o National Centre for Research on Europe
Level 4 Logie Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand


Details of Research

My PhD investigates the relationship between the EU’s efforts to implement its Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) and the role of notions of (European) identity amongst staff engaged in this process. In particular, it aims to determine the extent to which training initiatives, introduced to increase awareness and understanding of the CSDP and making its implementation more efficient, are successful at also fostering a sense of ‘European identity’.

Conference Presentations

  • EUSA-AP Conference 2015, Seoul
  • NCRE Roundtable Seminar May 2015, Christchurch
  • EUCN Postgraduate Weekend School 2014, Kaikoura
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Workshop 2014, Kent


EUCN Tuition Fee Scholarships 2014 & 2015


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