Associate Members

Associate Members are staff based at other universities or institutions, but with an active involvement in CeSeR activities, for example through collaborative research, or co-organisation of events or teaching/training. Associate Membership is usually through invitation by the Co-Directors.

Colin Atkinson

Colin is a Lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland. His research interests are diverse, but coalesce around the intersection of crime, policing, intelligence and security, particularly as these issues relate to terrorism and organised crime.

Thierry Braspenning Balzacq

Thierry is Professor in the Department of Political, Social and Communications Sciences at the University of Namur. His research interests are in the fields of critical approaches to security; securitization theory; IR theory; Actor-Network Theory; trust and the institutional design of regional security in particular the EU; technology and security; disciplinary politics and the institutionalization of IR in French speaking countries; research design and qualitative methods.

Tarak Barkawi Tarak is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an historian of war and empire. His scholarship uses interdisciplinary approaches to imperial and military archives to re-imagine relations between war, armed forces and society in modern times.
Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz

Monika is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic). Her research focuses on international security, terrorism and political violence, radicalisation, migration, societal insecurity, religion and politics, culture and identity in IR.

Ryan Beasley

Ryan is Senior Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research focus is in the areas of Foreign Policy Theory and Political Psychology.

Hager Ben Jaffel
Hager is a Research Associate at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris and holds a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London. Her research explores intelligence professionals and practices and the implications of security-politics relationships on security practices. She also leads a collaborative project to build a transdisciplinary research agenda for the study of intelligence in contemporary times drawing on sociological approaches. Her latest publications include:
Ben Jaffel, H. (Forthcoming). 'Towards critical approaches to intelligence as a social phenomenon'. International Political Sociology.
Ben Jaffel, H. (2020). ‘Britain’s European connection in counter-terrorism intelligence cooperation: everyday practices of police liaison officers’. Intelligence and National Security. 
Ben Jaffel, H. (2019). 'Anglo-European Intelligence Cooperation: Britain in Europe, Europe in Britain'. Routledge. 
Annika Bergman Rosamond

Annika is Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Political Science and International Relations, in the Department of Political Science at Lund University. Since 2012 she ha been the Director of the Masters in Global Studies at LU. Her research interests include Gender, feminism and IR with emphasis on security and cosmopolitan protection, popular culture and world politics; celebrity humanitarianism, global politics and gender, Arctic and Nordic internationalism, security, war and peace and feminist foreign policy, and ethical debates in international politics with emphasis on cosmopolitanism, feminist theory and the English School.

Clare Birchall Clare is Reader in Contemporary Culture in the English Department at King’s College London. She is the author of Shareveillance: The Dangers of Openly Sharing and Covertly Collecting Data, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theories to Gossip, and the forthcoming Postsecrecy: The Politics of Opacity and Transparency in Datafied America.
Hugh Bochel

Hugh is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. He has wide-ranging research interests in public and social policy and expertise including parliaments and the policy process. From 2009-11 he conducted a Leverhulme Trust funded project on parliamentary scrutiny of the UK intelligence and security services with Andrew Defty.

Nick Brooke

Nick is Associate Lecturer at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include terrorism, nationalism, non-violent protest and identity and the interplay between these phenomena, as well as Scottish and British politics and representations of political violence in popular culture.

Christian Bueger Christian is Professor of International Relations at the University of Copenhagen and one of the directors of the SafeSeas network on maritime security. He holds a PhD from the European University Institute and has worked at Cardiff University, National University of Singapore, University of Seychelles, and University of Stellenbosch. His research investigates maritime security and ocean governance drawing on international practice theory and the sociology of knowledge and expertise. He has been one of the inaugural editors of the European Journal of International Security and widely published in the field of international relations and security. Further information is available at
Andrew Defty

Andrew is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. He works on security, intelligence and IR. With Hugh Bochel, he conducted a 2009 Leverhulme Trust funded project on parliamentary scrutiny of the UK intelligence and security services.

Faye Donnelly

Faye is Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Her research interests include critical security studies, (de)securitisation, spatial stories, language games, sensory security and financial security.

Karen Douglas Karen is a Professor of Social Psychology, and Director of Graduate Studies (Taught) in the School of Psychology, at the University of Kent. Her research focus is on beliefs in conspiracy theories. Why are conspiracy theories so popular? Who believes them? Why do people believe them? What are some of the consequences of conspiracy theories and can such theories be harmful? She is also interested in the social psychology of human communication, including the influence of technology on social interaction, and the psychology of sexist language.
Victor Gigleux Victor completed his PhD in International Relations, in May 2018. He is a Programme Officer in the European Union Visitor Programme, with the role of helping to implement the European Commission's public diplomacy strategy by fostering constructive people-to-people relationships with strategic partners from third countries. He undertook a Blue Book Traineeship in the European External Action Service, Brussels. He has also worked as a Policy Analyst in International Relations for the Directorate of External Affairs of the Scottish Government. His interests and expertise cover IR, foreign policy, small states, European studies, peace-keeping operations, EU external relations, role theory and foreign policy analysis.
Kyle Grayson

Kyle is Senior Lecturer and Head of Subject Area for Politics, in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University. His current research projects include analyses of the politics of targeted killing, political representations in children's literature (with a specific focus on Paddington Bear), and visual politics more generally .His interests include political violence, popular culture and world politics, and critical geopolitics. 

Brian Harris

Brian is a criminal psychologist working as a security industry professional where he leads teams in counter terrorism preparedness and training, provides key industry and critical infrastructure locations with physical and personal security products and advises on insider threat risks and mitigation. His current part time doctoral research at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews focuses on aviation terrorism. Brian has written materials on this subject for the university and delivered key note speeches on his subject in universities and industry groups in the UK, Europe and USA. His research interests are terrorism, societal impact, psychology, international relations, security, aviation and law enforcement. 

Jarrod Hayes

Jarrod is Associate Professor of International Security in the Department of Political Science and Security Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is also a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at MIT. His research focuses on the role of identity in the construction of security within democracies. His research interests also include issues in environmental security, nuclear weapons proliferation, international rivalries, international relations theory, strategy and arms control, and regional level foreign policy and security dynamics in Europe, South Asia, and East Asia.

Jana Hoenke

Jana is a Professor of Sociology of Africa at the University of Bayreuth. She currently directs the ERC INFRAGLOB project Africa’s Infrastructure Globalities, and is Associate Editor of Security Dialogue. Her research is concerned with how governance practices are co-produced and contested, and to what effect. Her current work examines how political geographies transform through South-South relations by studying the contested security arrangements related to multinational companies and transport infrastructures in contexts of fragility Much of her work is linked to Sub-Saharan Africa with research conducted in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Tanzania and Guinea.

Jef Huysmans

Jef is Professor of International Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London. He is best known for his work on the politics of insecurity, the securitization of migration, critical methods in security studies and IR, and an International Political Sociology of fracturing worlds. Currently he is working on security and democracy, the impact of giving conceptual primacy to movement in social sciences, and a post-critical international political sociology of fracturing worlds.

Daniel Jolley

Dr Daniel Jolley is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University. In his research, he uses experimental methods to examine the social consequences of conspiracy theories. He has also tested tools to address the negative impacts of conspiracy theories.

Jolley, D. (2020). Pylons ablaze: Examining the role of 5G COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs and support for violence. British Journal of Social Psychology.

Nataliya Kibita

Nataliya is Teaching Fellow, Department of International History, LSE. Her research interest is Ukraine’s state- and nation-building, and historical explanation of systemic differences between contemporary Ukraine and Russia. Her expertise also includes the Soviet Union, 20th Century Ukraine, History of Soviet Institutions, Soviet Economic History and the Cold War.

Ulrich Krotz

Ulrich is Professor of International Relations at the European University Institute, and founding director of the EUI’s research program on Europe in the World: International Relations, International Security, World Politics. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on international relations and European politics. 

Krotz, U., Patel, K. and Romero, F. (Eds.) (2020). Europe’s Cold War Relations: The EC Towards a Global Role.Bloomsbury. 

Krotz, U. (2015). History and Foreign Policy in France and Germany. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Schild, J. and Krotz, U. (2013/2015). Shaping Europe: France, Germany, and Embedded Bilateralism from the Elysée Treaty to Twenty-First Century Politics. Oxford University Press.

Krotz, U. (2011). Flying Tiger: International Relations Theory and the Politics of Advanced Weapons. Oxford.

Hsinyen Lai Hsinyen is Associate Lecturer in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research focus lies in the intersection of historical sociology, particularly along with the thread of Gramsci and Uneven and Combined Development, and international relations of the Middle East
Cora Lacatus Cora is a Hillary Rodham Clinton Fellow at the Queen’s University Belfast, where she carries out research for her third book. The project explores international institutions’ responses to complex humanitarian crises, focusing on crises of forced human displacement and public health (i.e. the intersection of current refugee and migration crises and Covid-19). Her research interest is at the intersection of International Relations and Comparative Politics, but also engages actively with Political Communication scholarship. She has also worked in the fields of Cultural Studies and European Studies, investigating topics related to culture, human rights, global politics, and research methods. Her second book (currently under review), investigates institutional design in the case of national human rights institutions. The book builds on multi-method research carried out during the doctoral work at the London School of Economics.  Her first book, The (In)visibility Complex was published in 2008 (Stockholm University) and explores identity and the artistic representation of the migrant experience in Sweden.
Anthony Lang

Anthony is a Professor of International Political Theory in the School of International Relations at the University of St Andrews. He researches and writes about the intersection of law, politics, and ethics at the global level. His recent publications have focused on the just war tradition and global constitutionalism.

Matias E. Margulis Matias is Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. He is former Co-Director of CeSer.  His area of research interests are global food security and human security broadly defined.
Sissela Matzner Sissela completed her PhD on the foreign policy of political parties at the University of Edinburgh supervised by Juliet Kaarbo and Andrea Birdsall. Her doctoral research bridges comparative politics and IR. She now works as Research Officer on international issues for the Scottish Government. Her research interests and expertise include foreign policy, political parties, narratives, humanitarianism, military interventions, political violence, conflict and animals.
Christoph Mick

Christoph is Professor, Department of History at the University of Warwick. His research concerns the history of East Central Europe and Russia, including foreign policy. His expertise is in modern Russian and Eastern European History and in the history of science and technology.

Cian O'Driscoll

Cian is Senior Fellow, Associate Professor and School Deputy Director in the Department of International Relations at the Coral Bell School in the ANU. Prior to this, he completed his PhD at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and worked at the University of Glasgow. His principal area of research is the intersection between normative international relations theory and the history of political thought, with a particular focus on the ethics of war. His published work examines the development of the just war tradition over time and the role it plays in circumscribing contemporary debates about the rights and wrongs of warfare. These themes are reflected in his two monographs: Victory: The Triumph and Tragedy of Just War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019) and The Renegotiation of the Just War Tradition (New York: Palgrave, 2008). Cian has also co-edited three volumes and his work has been published in leading journals in the field, including International Studies Quarterly, the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of Strategic Studies, the Journal of Global Security StudiesReview of International StudiesEthics & International Affairs, and Millennium. He was the PI on an ESRC project entitled Moral Victories and was a 2019 ISRF fellow. Cian is currently the Chair of the International Ethics section of the International Studies Association.

Eamonn O'Neill

Eamonn is Associate Professor in Journalism in the School of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University. His research focuses on crime, intelligence, terrorism and miscarriage of justice cases.

Diana Panke

Diana is Professor and the Chair of Multi-level Governance in the Department of Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Her research includes participation in the project ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Environmental Conflict and Related Migration’. Her interests and expertise also cover UN-EU relations, regionalisation of international politics, foreign policy analysis and public policy approaches to it, institutions, small states and international norms.

Nina Perkowski Nina is Researcher at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg. Previously, she was a Lecturer and the Chair of Criminology at the University of Hamburg, where she also coordinated the Erasmus Mundus PhD programme DCGC. Her research brings together insights from critical security studies, the sociology of policing, and international political sociology. In particular, she focuses on how borders are drawn, contested and navigated within and around European societies, critically examining the interplay of border security and border violence in different contexts
Thomas Pierret Thomas is Researcher and Deputy Head of "Contemporary social sciences", in the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim Worlds (IREMAM). He was also Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include Contemporary Syria (including the current conflict), Non-state armed groups, Islamist movements, Religious authorities in contemporary Islam, Authoritarian States and Religious Management in the Middle East, Confessionalism. 
Laura Roselle Laura is Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies at Elon University, USA. She has served as president of the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association and of the Internet Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. She is the author of Media and the Politics of Failure: Great Powers, Communication Strategies, and Military Defeats (Palgrave, 2006 & 2011), and with co-authors Alister Miskimmon & Ben O’Loughlin Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order (Routledge, 2013) and Forging the World: Strategic Narratives & International Relations (University of Michigan Press, 2017). She co-edited Spaces of War, War of Spaces which Bloomsbury is releasing in summer 2020. Roselle is co-editor of the journal Media, War and Conflict, and co-editor of the book series, Routledge Studies in Global Information, Politics and Society. She won the 2017 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Communication Section of the International Studies Association.
Lisa Schweiger

Lisa is a PhD student at the University of Groningen. Her research is on the functions of silence in diplomatic discourses on counterterrorism force and targeted killings. Her interests and expertise include the UNSC, the war on terror, discourse theory, critical theory, international law and IR, law and regulation.

Mike Slaven Mike is a Lecturer in International Politics, in the School of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Lincoln. He was Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Seeing Illegal Immigrants project based in Politics and International Relations, at the University of Edinburgh. His research is on the securitisation of migration. His interests and expertise lie in the politics of immigration, security politics, border security, securitisation, UK politics, US politics, policy decision-making, irregular migration and interpretive methodologies.
Baldur Thorhallsson

Baldur is Professor in the Faculty of Political Science  and Programme and Research Director at the Centre for Small State Studies, the Institute of International Affairs, at the University of Iceland. His main research focuses on European Studies (European integration, decision-making in the EU, small states in the EU), Small State Studies (theories, small states in Europe), Icelandic affairs and Nordic states‘ foreign policy.

Bill Vlcek

Bill is Senior Lecturer, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. His research investigates questions in global financial governance. His past publications concern governance in the areas of offshore finance, international tax competition, money laundering and terrorist finance. 

Renske Vos

Renske is a PhD candidate and lecturer at the department of Transnational Legal Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Her research interests in the areas of politics and public international law include: EU external action, migration, visualising law, legal sightseeing, absence, and taking a socio-legal approach to seemingly unimportant things.

George Wilkes George is Research Fellow in the School of Divinity. His research and teaching focuses on all aspects of the relationship between ethics and religion in war and in peace-building, and ranges further across Judaism and Jewish history to current issues relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict and peace process.
Ilya Yablokov

Ilya graduated with a PhD in Russian studies from the University of Manchester (2014). He teaches Russian politics, media and culture at the University of Leeds. His research interests include conspiracy theories, propaganda studies, Russian politics and the history of Russian media. Ilya is interested in the topics related to propaganda, misinformation, conspiracy theories and various ways of applying these instruments in politics across the world. 

Schimpfossl, E. and Yablokov, I. (2020) Post-socialist self-censorship: Russia, Hungary and Latvia. European Journal of Communication 35: 29-45.

Yablokov, I. (2018). Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World. New York: Polity.