Members are staff and research students based at the University of Edinburgh, whose research focuses on security. We expect members to be active in shaping the Centre’s activities, for example through developing new ideas for collaborative projects, events, teaching and training, or dissemination activities. We also expect members to attend seminars, contribute to the website (e.g. through news items and blogs), and list relevant research projects and publications on the website.

This list is currently under construction.

Peter Alexander  (Post-doctoral Researcher, Socio-Ecological Systems Modelling, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh)

Peter’s interests include the social, economic and ecological interactions and trade-offs within land use systems.  Approaches typically use high-performance computing to apply data and computationally intensive techniques, such as agent-based modelling, to improve understanding of these complex systems.  For example, the role of bioenergy in decarbonising energy production and delivering other societal benefits.  Other current work includes developing a new global agricultural land use model and analysis of the drivers for agricultural land use change.

Megan Bastick (School of Law, University of Edinburgh)

Megan's current research focuses on military operational responses to sexual violence in the civilian/host population in the doctrine, policy and practice of a number of European armed forces.

Christine Bell (Professor, Chair in Constitutional Law, School of Law)

Christine’s research interests lie in the interface between constitutional and international law, gender and conflict, and legal theory, with a particular interest in peace processes and their agreements.

Donald Bloxham (Professor, School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

Donald works on the perpetration, punishment and representation of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is also interested more generally in the history of imperialism and in the economic and political structures of violence. He has written in depth on the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide and the post-Second World War war crimes trials.

Thomas Charman (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Thomas' research focuses on the ways in which sexual violence against men in times of armed conflict has been discursively constructed by both non-governmental organisations and international legal institutions. His interests and expertise cover gender and IR, gender-based violence, masculinities, militarised masculinities, sexual violence against men, feminism, discourse analysis, frame analysis and post-structuralism.

Simon Cooke (Lecturer, School of Literature, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh)

Simon’s research interests lie primarily in modern and contemporary English and comparative literature and culture. His main current research project, 'Life and Work': Modernity and the Literary Life, focuses on various controversies concerning the relationships between writers' lives and their works, from the mid-nineteenth-century to the present. He also has strong interests in literature and translation (he is a co-founder, with Prof. Timothy Mathews (UCL), of the podcast interview series Between the Lines: Literature and the Arts in Translation) and in spy fiction and secrecy in modern literature.

Maggie Dwyer (Research Fellow, Centre for African Studies, School of Social and Political Science)

Maggie’s research focuses on conflict, security, and politics in Africa, with a particular emphasis on African militaries.Her interests and expertise include: African security, militaries, peacekeeping, international development, ICTs (social media), comparative politics, international security training and collaborations, humanitarian missions, expertise: West Africa, civil-military relations, coups, mutinies, qualitative research.

David Farrier (Senior Lecturer, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures)

David’s research interests take in many aspects of the experience of displacement and the representation of relationships with place. He has published on various incarnations of travel, migration, and eco-criticism.

Manuel Fernandez-Gotz (School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

Manuel’s main areas of interest are Iron Age societies in central and western Europe, the archaeology of identities, and conflict archaeology. Within this last research field he has a particular interest in the archaeology of the Roman conquest, and the methodologies for studying the material remains of battlefields.

Linda Fibiger (Lecturer in Human Osteoarcheology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

Linda’s recent work is focusing on conflict archaeology, interpersonal violence and cranial trauma. She is particularly interested in how age and gender influence involvement in violent interaction in the tribal societies of Neolithic Europe and the mechanisms of head injury observed during this period. To this end she is trying to develop her work further through experimental studies.

Isabel Fletcher (Mason Institute, Edinburgh School of Law)

Isabel is historian and sociologist whose research focuses on interactions between nutrition science and food policy. It analyses the development of medical understanding of diet, and examines the ways in which 20th century changes in food production and consumption are seen to affect individual and population health. Her research interests include food security and public health.

Nawaj Ghaleigh (Senior Lecturer in Climate Law, School of Law)

Navraj's research and teaching have two main strands: Climate change law principally as a matter of public international law but addressing its relationship with other bodies of law, levels of law and disciplines. Electoral law, especially party and election funding, direct democracy and referendums and the implications of new technologies for the electoral process.

Victor Gigleux (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Victor's research focuses on European small states’ policies towards the deployment of their armed forces for “peace” purposes. His interests and expertise cover IR, foreign policy, small states, European studies, peace-keeping operations, EU external relations, role theory and foreign policy analysis.

Fabian Hilfrich (Senior Lecturer, School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

Fabian’s research focuses on the history of U.S. foreign relations in the 19th and 20th centuries. He is particularly interested in how culture and ideology impact on and manifest themselves in foreign policy and international relations. In this vein, he has already worked on the interaction of culturally constructed concepts such as gender, memory, nationalism, and emotions with foreign policy formation and rhetoric.

Daniel Kenealy (Lecturer, Social Policy, University of Edinburgh)

Daniel’s research is on IR theory, European integration, UK constitutional change processes, Scotland’s ‘foreign policy’ and British politics. His interests and expertise also include the UK constitution and/or devolution; intergovernmental relations; the external relations and diplomacy of sub-national governments; UK foreign policy including the UK-EU relationship; central-local relations in the UK, contemporary and historical.

Luke March (Professor, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Luke’s research interests include the politics of the former Soviet Union (especially Russian and Moldovan politics, political parties in the FSU, democratisation and institution-building), the radical left in Europe, populism, and Communism and Russian nationalism.

Sissela Matzner (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Sissela's research is on political parties and foreign policy and, hence, at the intersection of comparative politics and IR. Her interests and expertise include foreign policy, political parties, the concept of responsibility, narratives, humanitarianism, military interventions, political violence, conflict and animals.

Kasey McCall-Smith (Lecturer, School of Law)

Kasey’s research focuses primarily on treaty law and how treaties are interpreted and implemented at the domestic and supranational levels. Ensuring clarity in the law of treaties, specifically in reference to reservations to human rights treaties, is a major theme that she has pursued. She interested in the role of the UN human rights treaty bodies as generators of law. The increasingly blurred distinction between public and private international law in terms of human rights protection is another of her research interests.

James Mittra (Innogen Institute, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science)

James is interested in all aspects of the health related life sciences, focusing on commercial, regulatory and governance aspects, but more recently he has become interested in the concept of value (economic and non-economic aspects) in health-related innovation; particularly in the context of interdisciplinary and translational research where the distinction between public and commercial, and relationship between laboratory and clinic, has become blurred.

Hsinyen Lai (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Hsinyen's research interests mainly lie at the intersection of historical sociology and Middle East politics, especially with the focus on ideologies and their (re)production in foreign policy and popular movements as consequence of 'the international' social formation. His expertise is on Middle East politics, historical sociology, ideas and foreign policy, the Arab Left and the Gulf region.

Thomas Pierret (Senior Lecturer, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh)

Thomas’ research interests include Middle Eastern politics, with a particular focus on Syria, and the politics of modern Islam: religious authorities (in particular the ulema), social and political activism, state religious policies, economic dimensions, education, media, sectarianism, transnationalism, ideology.

Mike Slaven (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Seeing Illegal Immigrants, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Mike's 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.

Saskia Smellie (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Saskia's research focuses on refugee and migration policy. Her interests and expertise also include European Union, foreign policy and role theory.

Consuelo Thiers Huerta (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Consuelo's research focuses on the analysis of the influence of political leaders in foreign policy decision-making processes. Her interests and expertise lie in political psychology, foreign policy analysis, Latin American foreign policies and personality assessment of political leaders (at a distance).

Dan Van der Horst (Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society, School of Geosciences)

Dan’s research interest lies in sustainable use of natural resources, and especially in 'how to do' multi-functionality, adaptive management and conflict mitigation in crowded spaces. Thematically, his work focuses on energy and ecosystem services, either together (notably by examining sustainable bioenergy systems; by examining landscape-energy conflicts) or separately. His expertise lies in Energy & Society, Energy Landscapes, Valuing Nature, Ecosystem Services & Land Governance, Socio-Technical Innovations in Resource Enclosure and Allocation.

Sue Welburn (Professor, Chair of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, Medical School)

Sue’s research has focused on the interactions between parasites and their vectors and hosts that lead to transmission of human sleeping sickness. Recent research has concentrated on the design and use of molecular diagnostic tools for the study and management of sleeping sickness and animal trypanosomiasis, and integrated control methodologies for control of the Neglected Zoonoses.

George Wilkes (Research Fellow, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh)

George’s 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.

Luba Zatsepina (Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh)

Luba's research emphasizes the role and significance of ideas, beliefs and identities in nuclear decision-making and focuses on nuclear decisons made in the US and the USSR, focusing specifically on the initial decision to launch a nuclear weapons program and rapid vertical proliferation during the Cold War. He interests and expertise lies in nuclear weapons, identity, non-proliferation, post-structuralism, discourse analysis, gender, IR and security studies.

We expect members to be active in shaping the Centre’s activities, for example through developing new ideas for collaborative projects, events, teaching and training, or dissemination activities. We also expect members to attend seminars, contribute to the website (e.g. through news items and blogs), and list relevant research projects and publications on the website.