39Lukas Slothuus

Lukas Slothuus

PhD student in Politics, University of Edinburgh

BSc in Government, 2013

Why did you choose LSE, and why did you choose your programme of study?

Growing up in a small village, I had my heart set on going to university in a big city - LSE was the obvious choice, as the Government Department is one of the best in the world.

Overall, how do you look back on your LSE experience?

I had a fantastic time. I got involved in a huge amount of activities, from representing students as a Sabbatical Officer in the Students' Union to being on the Student-Staff Liaison Committee and from writing a dissertation with two leading political scientists to taking a highly comprehensive range of subjects: political science, political theory, economics, philosophy, statistics, and history.

Please describe your career path to date:

I wanted further training in modern European philosophy whilst exiting my comfort zone, so decided to pursue a master's degree in theory & philosophy at Central Saint Martins, the leading art and design school in London. I was awarded an Arts & Humanities Research Council studentship that covered fees and living expenses, and I really benefitted from the change of environment and approach compared to LSE. Recently, I have completed another master's in politics at Edinburgh and am now in the PhD programme there. Both of these are funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, which means I have the time to focus all my efforts on research.

Why did you choose your current job?

I want to work in academia as a political theorist, and the University of Edinburgh has a thriving and rapidly growing political theory community. My supervisor, Dr Mathias Thaler, is a leading expert in the field I am working in, and has already helped me grow immensely towards becoming an academic scholar.

Tell us about your current job:

Doing a PhD requires self-motivation, drive, resilience, and passion for a particular subject. It is also a huge benefit if you are organised, reliable, and able to plan both your next day but also years ahead.

What advice do you have for LSE students who are looking to enter a similar profession to you?

Writing a dissertation in the final year is a huge benefit if you are considering an academic career. It really helps you figure out what it is like to do independent research and what supervisions can be like. Don't confine yourself to doing a PhD in the same subject as your previous degree(s); many people switch within the humanities and social sciences.



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