Kuba Jablonowski
PhD Student


I completed my first degree in Poznan, where I studied international relations and social anthropology. My focus was on the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. To get a taste of street politics there I signed up as an international observer for the ill-fated elections turned revolutions in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan in 2004 and 2005. Then I went on to do fieldwork on radical Muslim movements in Uzbekistan. In my MA dissertation I tried to make sense of Central Asia’s shortage of liberty, surplus of authority, and the dream of a peaceful caliphate articulated by transnational Muslim movements.

Later I came to Bristol to study international security and development, and that’s where I got exposed to political economy, discourse analysis, and feminist approaches. My dissertation was on women’s land rights initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa and the role of local knowledge and customary law in international development discourse.

After a lengthy break from seminar and library rooms, which I mainly spent in community development and public health jobs in the inner city of Bristol, I got involved in research again. I assisted on projects with Bristol City Council and the Universities of Bath and the West of England. Around that time I saw an advert for a PhD studentship in Geographies of Democracy at the University of Exeter… and here I am.

Broad research specialisms:

My research draws on labour and political geography political economy migration and citizenship studies and the relevant bits of social and political theory.


Follow me on Twitter @jablonow


MA International Relations (Poznan)
MSc Development and Security (Bristol)

Contact details

AddressAmory Building
University of Exeter
Rennes Drive

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