Research Interests

Citizenship, state recognition, de facto states.

Background & Qualification

Dr Ramesh Ganohariti received his PhD from DCU in 2023, for a thesis entitled “Citizenship and Contested Statehood: A Comparative Analysis of Aspirant States in the Former Soviet States”. He also holds an MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Leiden University, prior to which he graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in Culture Studies and Languages) from the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He has previously worked as a research assistant at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (Sri Lanka) as well as a public relations intern at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo. After completing his master’s in 2017, Ramesh worked as a Tutor for the Bachelor of Security Studies program at Leiden University.

Doctoral Research

Impact of citizenship constellations on de facto states: A comparative analysis of post-Soviet de facto states.

Research Overview

Citizenship is a source of identity and provides access to resources, rights, and recognition. However, the contested nature of de facto states results in their residents falling under multiple (competing) citizenship regimes and thereby possessing a precarious legal identity. While extensive research has been conducted on citizenship regimes, including their genesis and impact, as well as the origins, status, and structure of de facto states, there has been limited research on the impact of citizenship constellations on these liminal polities.

The study investigates the socio-political implications of overlapping citizenship regimes on residents of de facto states in the post-Soviet space. The results envisaged will show that the level of impediment of rights is dependent on the degree of restrictiveness of the citizenship regimes that residents of de facto states fall under.