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Joshua Larcombe

Graduate Tutor

School of Law and Politics


I am a full-time PhD student in the School of Law and Politics. My research focusses on British development policy and the creation of DfID during the early years of the Blair administration. I use a variety of primary sources - including archival and original interview material - to analyse the effect that the creation of DfID had within the British core executive, and on British foreign policy. 




I teach two first-year modules in the School of Law and Politics. 

  • Introduction to Globalisation
  • Introduction to International Relations


Speaking engagements

Presentation to the winter 2022 Postgraduate Symposium.

  • Hosted in the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University.
  • I presented a collection of thoughts on the importance of political ideology in the foundation of DfID. 


Committees and reviewing

Co-organiser of the 2022 Breaking Boundaries Conference.

  • Hosted by the Doctoral Academy, Cardiff University. 


  • British history
  • UK government and politics
  • Development studies
  • British foreign policy