Michiel Piersma

Postgraduate Research Student



I have a BA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and a MA (with distinction) in Nationalism Studies from the University of Edinburgh.

In the past few years, I have taught seminars on various undergraduate modules within the degree of Politics at the University of Liverpool:

  • Comparative Politics
  • European Politics
  • Foundations of Politics

Research Interests

I started as a PhD candidate in October 2018. I am supervised by Prof Erika Harris.

In my research, I am trying to offer a ‘diagnostic of power’ of society in contemporary Bosnia-Herzegovina. In particular, I hope to sketch the relational fields of power through which young people in two cities in Republika Srpska make sense of their world. Methodologically, an ‘everyday life’ lens allows to analyse how relations of power render mundane practices of everyday life as taken-for-granted. By using innovative, multisensorial methods of walking interviews and sound elicitation, I hope to offer a diagnostic of power that articulates the inarticulate of the everyday.

Research Funding

Michiel’s research is funding by the University of Liverpool Graduate Teaching Fellowship.