Centre for European and International Studies Research


Dr Amarjit Lahel

  • Qualifications: BSc, PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer in Politics
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 2219
  • Email: amarjit.lahel@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Amarjit Lahel is a Lecturer in Politics. She joined the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies in 2015.

Amarjit’s research focuses upon contemporary British political leadership. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Professor John Gaffney at Aston University in 2012, and then went on to complete a two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on leadership and the UK Labour Party (Leverhulme funded). Thereafter, she worked in Local Government policy research before joining the University of Portsmouth.

In her PhD thesis, Amarjit undertook a comparative analysis of contemporary British political leadership performance. Tony Blair, David Cameron and Gordon Brown constituted the three case studies. Amarjit’s research is interdisciplinary, involving the theories and methods of political science, as well as rhetorical, media, and performance studies. By bringing these approaches together, her research on leadership appraises the role and effects of performance and persona upon the political process.

Her postdoctoral research was very close to her thesis and examined Ed Miliband's performance as Leader of the Opposition, and the attempt to create a leadership image and narrative.

Previously, Amarjit has studied at Central St. Martins School of Art and Design; she combines her art and political science background in her portraits of political leaders.

Teaching Responsibilities

Amarjit contributes to research-led teaching across the following modules:

  • Modern Political Ideologies,
  • Ideology and Politics,
  • Current Political Issues,
  • Comparative Politics,
  • Introduction to Political Thought,
  • Understanding Governance and Politics, and
  • Global Issues.

She also leads Study Skills across the Department for Undergraduate students.


Amarjit’s research interests are political leadership, political parties and ideologies, culture, institutions and the media. Her research uses a mixed methodology (rhetorical, sociological, anthropological, media and performance studies) to analyse political performance as taking place upon and within cultural and institutional contexts. Her research on leadership performance appraises the role and effects of performance and persona upon the political process.

Amarjit is currently working on several research projects, including a research monograph based upon her PhD thesis. 


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