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Sissela Matzner

Sissela Matzner
Name
Sissela Matzner
Address
Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
Email
Research Interests
Foreign Policy, Political parties, Responsibility, Narratives, Humanitarianism, Humanitarian intervention, Political violence, Conflict
URL
http://www.pol.ed.ac.uk/people/phd_students/sissela_matzner

PhD title

The Politics of Intervention: A Role Theoretical Exploration of Political Parties’ Foreign Policy on Military Intervention in Ongoing Conflicts

Summary

My thesis explores how political parties understand and frame crises and conflict abroad, and how they come to positions on whether or not to intervene militarily. Using role theory, I assume that political parties develop national role conceptions, because they need the state to enact their ideas about foreign relations in the current international system. I look at how different parties interpret the state’s national role differently.

I aim to contribute to and close the gap between the Foreign Policy Analysis scholarship and the Comparative Party Politics literature. I base my project on research that established that parties (can) matter in foreign policy decision making and that international relations and developments (can) matter to party politics.

Supervisors

Professor Juliet Kaarbo

Dr Andrea Birdsall

Completed courses

Research Skills for the Social Sciences: Data Collection; Research Design; Theory and Practice of Social and Political Research; Explaining and Understanding in Social and Political Research; Analysing Qualitative Data (auditor).

I also audited the honours courses Human Rights in International Relations and Democracy and its Discontents.

Qualifications

M.Sc. by Research in History, University of Edinburgh.

M.Sc. Social Policy and Planning, LSE, Graduate Merit Award.

B.A. Politics, University of Essex.

Research experience

Research assistant for Professor Christine Bell (School of Law): I assisted with translations and coded for the Political Settlements Research Programme, 2015-2016.

Research assistant (full-time 6 weeks) for Professor Christine Bell (School of Law). I coded peace agreements in French-, Portuguese- and Spanish-language for a UN Women funded research project, February-March 2015.

Research assistant for Dr Eve Hepburn (School of Social and Political Science). I transcribed interviews with Bavarian and Quebecois party officials, and collected party manifestos from Bavaria, Catalunia and Quebec, February-May 2015.

Teaching experience

Course convener and co-convenor

Fundamentals 2: PIR (PLIT08010), course convenor, autumn 2015 and 2016.

Parties and Party Systems in Contemporary Democracies (PLIT10083), co-convenor and senior tutor, autumn 2015 (4 tutorial groups).

EUSA Teaching Award nominee 2016.

Tutor

International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (PLIT 08006), autumn 2015 (3 tutorial groups) and autumn 2014 (5 tutorial groups).

Tutor training

Training, School of Social and Political Sciences, 2014-2015.

Institute for Academic Development (IAD) courses 2014-2015: Introduction to Online Tutoring, Effective Tutoring, and Troubleshooting Tutorials.

Other University of Edinburgh work experience (by skills)

Event organisation, hosting and admin

Assistant, Centre for Security Research (School of Social and Political Science). I organised a series of network seminars on global health, international conflict and climate security. I am in charge of the centre's University of Edinburgh security related researcher database, webpage, events and communication.

Past

Assistant for Dr Eve Hepburn (School of Social and Political Science). I assisted with the organisation of a series of careers events for final year Politics and International Relations MA honours students. I invited guest speakers from higher education, private, public and third sector, semester 2, 2014-2015 and semester 1 and 2, 2015-2016.

Course preparation and handbook writing

Assistant for Dr Carmen Gebhard (School of Social and Political Science). I worked on the 'postgraduate induction experience' project to bring all useful information for new SPS Taught Masters students into one place on the website. I drafted the Learning and Academic Skills Handbook on critical thinking and writing at postgraduate level,  including practical examples and exercises.

Report and summary writing

As Rapporteur, I attended and wrote summaries of the presentations and discussions at the Summer School on Inclusive Political Settlements: Theory and Practice of Transforming Conflict of the Political Settlements Research Programme, June 20-22, 2016, and the Summer School on Political Violence organised by Dr Mathias Thaler (School of Social and Political Science) and Dr Niall Whelehan (School of History, Classics and Archaeology), June 24-26, 2015.

Other responsibilities

Exam invigilator for students with special arrangements (Registry) April/May 2015, August 2015 , December 2015, and April/May 2016.

Please contact me for information about my relevant current and past non-University of Edinburgh work experience.

Conferences and publications

Academic

‘The Politics of Intervention - Parties and the Foreign Policy of the Use of Force: a Question of Responsibility?’, June 24, 2016, CEEISA Conference, Ljubljana.

‘Political Parties’ Narratives of Responsibility Roles in the Foreign Policy of Intervention’, June 15, 2016 BISA Conference, Edinburgh.

‘Political Parties: National Role Conceptions and Narratives of Intervention in Foreign Policy’, March 18, 2016, ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta.

‘Political Parties and Humanitarian Intervention: a Question of Responsibility?’, May 28-29, 2015, Graduate Conference in International Political Theory, University of St Andrews.

Policy and review papers, briefs and reports

Bell, C., Matzner, S. and O’Rourke, C., A Chronology of Colombian Peace Processes and Peace Agreements (2015) briefing paper.

Jarman, N. and Matzner S., Political Parties and Hate Crime, a Review Paper, (2012) Institute for Conflict Research, Belfast.

Book chapters

Matzner S. ‚Kultur und Kunst, Bildung und Jugend’ in Österreich im Europarat 1956-2006 Bilanz einer 50-jährigen Mitgliedschaft, Ed. Waldemar Hummer, Böhlau Verlag Wien, 2007, pp. 771.

Articles

Matzner G. and Matzner S. ‘Kein Ende von Geschichte’ (on Scotland) in Zeitschrift International, Vol. IV/2014.

Matzner G. and Matzner S. ‚Unterhauswahlen - und was nun?‘ (on the UK)  in Zeitschrift International Vol. II/2015.

Blog articles

Political Settlement Research Programme, Inclusive Political Settlements: Theory and Practice of Transforming Conflict, September 2016 (Day 1 contributor).

Whelehan N. and Thaler, M., Report on the 2015 Edinburgh Summer School on Political Violence, December 2015 (Day 2 contributor).

Matzner, S. ‚Linke Politik: veraltet, unglaubwürdig und unwählbar? Der Fall der britischen Labour Party.‘ on blog.sektionacht.at, August 2015.

Matzner S. ‚Das Referendum zur Schottischen Unabhängigkeit – Eindrücke.‘ on blog.sektionacht.at, November 2014.

Matzner S. ‚Die Öffnung der Schleusen.‘ on blog.sektionacht.at, January 2013, also on the website of the Bund Sozialistischer AkademikerInnen, Intellektueller & KünstlerInnen.

Languages

  • German: native speaker
  • French: fluent
  • English: fluent
  • Spanish: intermediate

Voluntary activities at the University of Edinburgh

Research groups and network memberships

Memberships