Dominik has always supervised PhD students during his time at Reading.
“It's a huge influence on my own work. Obviously these are all independent projects but very often they overlap with my own.
"For example, I had a researcher who worked on UN fact-finding missions. They looked at the way in which the UN develops and uses facts to understand particular conflicts and why these become politicised – and how this shapes their responses. It has certainly shaped my thinking about the way that the UN and the UN states intervene in other conflicts.”
Students at all levels – undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD – have gotten directly involved with Dominik's own research, either as research assistants or through his supervision of them. His own research has also benefited in some respects from dissertations that students have written.
Dominik had one student who wanted to base their dissertation on corruption issues, but they didn't know where to start. He advised they look at how effective anti-corruption commissions are: how many there are, how they were established, and so on.
The dissertation was one of the first to pull this sort of data together, and even helped Dominik to identify trends and further questions for future research of his.
“One of my main projects now is looking at anti-corruption commissions. It doesn't directly build on what that student did, but it helped us in the discussions to start exploring some of these questions that she posed in her dissertation. So there are lots and lots of ways in which student projects help shape our research.
"I think that's one of the most exciting things about teaching and researching politics here at Reading.”