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Current Research

There are over 100 Fellows at King's. They carry out a huge variety of research, from investigating the origin of the Universe to uncovering the classical world. The following articles and media give a taste of some of the research being done at the moment.

Mark Ainslie

Saving space and energy with superconductors

Mark Ainslie is studying how superconductor material can be used in electric motors to make them smaller and more powerful.

June 2014

Hanna Weibye

The roots of German identity

Hanna Weibye is looking at how German nationalism evolved in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and the relationship between physical culture and national identity.

March 2014

Bert Vaux

Discovering dialects of world English

Linguist Bert Vaux talks about the survey of English dialects that he devised, which was featured in The New York Times and went viral across the web.

February 2014

Francesco Colucci

Investigating natural killers

Francesco Colucci is looking at how Natural Killer (NK) cells can help treat cancer and prevent complications in pregnancy.

February 2014

A photo of Suchitra Sebastian

Solving a global problem with superconductors

Suchitra Sebastian explains how work such as hers developing new superconductors will bring a revolution more dramatic than the Industrial Revolution.

February 2014

Understanding South Asia's Democratic Cultures

Anastasia Norton-Piliavsky

Anastasia Piliavsky

The project team, including researchers from UK, Europe, India, and the US, is trying to answer one simple but urgent question: why are more and more citizens of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh electing more and more politicians with longer and longer criminal histories?

To this effect, nearly two dozen researchers are conducting in-depth ethnographic studies of how South Asia's residents conceive of and practice democracy.

What do 'ordinary people' expect from politicians? What do politicians do to secure political loyalties? Why do they appeal to increasingly coercive means, or at least appear to do so? And what does this tell us about what democracy is - and is not - in South Asia as much as elsewhere in the world?

King's partners include University College London, Oxford, Centre for the Study of Developing Society in Delhi, and the University of Oslo.

Dr Anastasia Piliavsky, co-Investigator in a large collaborative study of democratic cultures and 'muscular' politics in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, funded by the European and British Research Councils. See the project webpage.

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