Research Projects


Zoe Marks is currently the co-investigator on the ESRC-DFID Poverty Alleviation Research project 'Poverty and Conflict', which social capital and economic survival during and after war through surveys, social network analysis, and qualitative research in DR Congo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

Jan Pospisil, Mathias Thaler and Zoe Marks also conduct research as part of the DFID funded Political Settlements Research Programme.


David Aspinall is principal investigator of Predicting the Security Behaviour of Mobile Apps (PreSBeMA) and Confidential: Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research Support Fund.

Charles Raab took part in two EU FP7 projects: PRISMS (The Privacy and Security Mirrors: Towards a European Framework for Integrated Decision-Making,) and IRISS (Increasing Resilience in Surveilance Societies). He participates in the H2020 project, CANDID ( Checking Assumptions and Promoting Responsibility in Smart Development Projects).


Claire Duncanson’s research project on British women soldiers in Afghanistan culminated in a workshop with key military personnel in 2015. The British Military’s Army Women in Ground Close Combat Review Team have registered their interest in the findings of Claire’s research. This has led her to participate in a Knowledge Exchange Network, on 'Women, Peace and Security' with them. Duncanson is regularly asked to contribute to stakeholder conferences and seminars on the importance of gender perspectives to successful peacebuilding. As part of ongoing work with WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom) Academic Network, Claire participated in the Scottish Parliament event to mark UN International Day of Peace and UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.


Till Bachmann is the principal investigator of AMR RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TESTS - AMR-RDT.

Human Rights

Andrea Birdsall is a current member of the Advisory Board of the ‘Scottish Human Rights Defender’ fellowship programme, funded by the Scottish Government.

George Wilkes held a series of meetings with International Committee of the Red Cross stafff, on promoting the scope for combined ethics and international humanitarian law education, particularly in the work of the ICRC.


Ewan Stein coordinates with Frederic Volpi (St Andrews University) the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) research network on 'People Power and State Power: Religious and Political Dialogue in the Middle East and North Africa.' The network has attracted funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Academy and the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW).

Political Violence

Nicola Perugini is the principal investigator of the project On Human Shielding that started September 2017.

Mathias Thaler is the lead investigator of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community-funded Judging Political Violence: Histories, Norms and Contestations.


CeSeR co-directors Andrew Neal and Juliet Kaarbo led the ESRC seminar series on Scotland and security, with or without constitutional change with Charles Raab.It engaged UK and Scottish governments, the intelligence community, and security experts from a range of European countries, in particular informing public and policy debate in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum. A research output was the edited volumeSecurity in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics (2017) launched in London and Edinburgh. It is available to download open access.


Tom Molony is co-investigator of Security at the Margins (SeaM): Spaces and strategies for negotiating security in urban South Africa.

Disclaimer: This is a selection of research projects CeSeR steering group members are currently involved in or recently worked on as principal investigators, co-investigators or researchers. Unless otherwise indicated, CeSeR is not involved in these projects. They serve to illustrate the variety of research conducted by our key members.