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.

Peter Alexander

Peter is Post-doctoral Researcher in Socio-Ecological Systems Modelling in the School of Geosciences. His 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.

Alexander, P., Rabin, S., Anthoni, P., Henry, R., Pugh, T.A., Rounsevell, M.D. and Arneth, A., (2018). Adaptation of global land use and management intensity to changes in climate and atmospheric carbon dioxide. Global Change Biology.

Megan Bastick

Megan is a PhD student in the School of Law. Her 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.

Claire Duncanson

Gender, gender and IR, international peacebuilding, international peace and security, gender and security, feminism, peacekeeping, masculinities, the military in global politics.

Duncanson, C. and Farr, V. (2017), “Where Pillars Intersect (or fail): The Case of WPS in Afghanistan”. In SE Davies & J True (eds), Oxford University Press Handbook on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), 42, Oxford University Press, Abingdon, UK.

Duncanson, C (2016). Gender and Peacebuilding, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Christine Bell

Christine is Chair of Constitutional Law in the School of Law. Her 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.

Bell, C., (2018). Power-Sharing, Conflict Resolution, and Women: A Global Reappraisal. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.

Donald Bloxham

Donald is Professor in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. He 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.

Bloxham, D. (2017). “The murder of European Jewry: Nazi genocide in continental perspective”. In Pendas, D.O., Roseman, M. and Wetzell, R.F. eds. Beyond the Racial State. Cambridge University Press.

Thomas Charman

Thomas is a PhD student in International Relations. His 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

Simon is Lecturer in the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures. His 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

Maggie is Lecturer in African Studies. She has been a Research Fellow in the Centre for African Studies in the School of Social and Political Science. Her research focuses on conflict, security, and politics in Africa, with a particular emphasis on African militaries. Her interests include: African security, militaries, peacekeeping, international development, ICTs (social media), comparative politics, international security training and collaborations, humanitarian missions.  Her expertise is on: West Africa, civil-military relations, coups, mutinies, qualitative research.

Dwyer, M., (2018). Soldiers in Revolt: Army Mutinies in Africa. Oxford University Press.

Dwyer, M., (2017). Fragmented forces: The development of the Gambian military. African Security Review.

David Farrier

David is Senior Lecturer in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. His 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

Manuel is Reader in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. His 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

Linda is Lecturer in Human Osteoarcheology in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Her 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.

Fibiger, L. (2018). “Conflict and violence in the Neolithic of Central-Northern Europe”, in Gernandez-Gotz, M. & Roymans, N. eds. Conflict Archaeology: Materialities of Collective Violence from Prehistory to Late Antiquity, Routledge.

Downing, M. and Fibiger, L. (2017). An experimental investigation of sharp force skeletal trauma with replica Bronze Age weapons. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Isabel Fletcher

Isabel is a historian and sociologist in the Mason Institute. Her 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

Navraj is Senior Lecturer in Climate Law in the School of Law. His 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.

Fabian Hilfrich

Fabian is Senior Lecturer in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology. His 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

Daniel is Lecturer in Social Policy. His 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.

Kenealy, D. (2017). Releasing the Lockerbie Bomber: National Interests, Intergovernmental Relations and Para-Diplomacy. Scottish Affairs.

David Kaufman

Diplomatic history, society, war, East Central Europe between the end of the nineteenth century and the Second World War, minority rights in Eastern Europe during the interwar period.

Luke March

Luke is Professor in Politics and International Relations. His 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.

March, L. (2018). “Nationalism”. In Tsygankov, A. P. (ed) Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy. Routledge.

Kasey McCall-Smith

Kasey is Lecturer in the School of Law. Her 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

James is Senior Lecturer in the Innogen Institute, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies in the School of Social and Political Science. He 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.

Thomas Pierret

Thomas is Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. His 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.

Saskia Smellie

Saskia is a PhD student in International Relations. Her research focuses on refugee and migration policy. Her interests and expertise also include European Union, foreign policy and role theory.

Consuelo Thiers Huerta

Consuelo is a PhD student in International Relations. Her 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

Dan is Senior Lecturer in Environment and Society in the School of Geosciences. His 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

Sue is Professor, Chair of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology in the Medical School. Her 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.

Bardosh, K.L., Ryan, S., Ebi, K., Welburn, S. and Singer, B., (2017). Addressing vulnerability, building resilience: community-based adaptation to vector-borne diseases in the context of global change. Infectious diseases of poverty.

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.

Luba Zatsepina

Luba is a PhD student in International Relations. Her 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.

Stephen Hill

Stephen is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations with an emphasis on the student experience. Before joining the University of Edinburgh in 2018, he was a Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC), USA (2002-2017) and a post-doctoral Franklin Teaching Fellow at the University of Georgia, USA (1999-2002).  During his time at UWEC he was heavlily involved in the construction and assessment of a new outcomes-based Liberal Arts curriculum. From 2014-17 he served as the first Director of UWEC's Center for Global Politics. In 2017 Stephen became the editor of the Taking Sides: World Politics text for McGraw-Hill Publishers.

Lucy Abbott

Lucy is Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. Her research interests are in democratisation, historical sociology and international relations. Her regional expertise is in the politics and international relations of the Middle East. 

Patrick Theiner

Patrick is Senior Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations, with a focus on student development. His research and teaching are mainly concerned with the interactions between states on the one side, and international and regional organizations on the other. His special interest lies on processes of institutional development and innovation. Other interests include internet governance, international sports events, and historical international relations. From 2013 to 2018, Patrick held the position of Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Together with the Chair of International Relations, Professor Anja Jetschke, he was responsible for the Comparative Regional Organizations Project, the largest data collection and analysis project on the institutional design of regional organizations to date.

Cora Lacatus

Cora has worked across disciplines in the fields of International Relations, Cultural Studies, and European Studies, investigating topics related to culture, human rights, global politics, and research methods. She is currently working on a book that 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.

Nida Alahmad

Nida was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at the Department of Conflict and Development Studies, Ghent University (2016-2018). She received her PhD from the New School for Social Research, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgetown University and a visiting fellow and research associate at The European University Institute. She taught at New York University, the University of Toronto and the New School for Continuing Education. In addition, she worked as a consultant with a number of NGOs including the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Center for Transitional Justice. She was also the recipient of a number of honors and awards including fellowships from the United States Institute of Peace, The Mellon Research Fellowship in Security and Humanitarian Action and a number of New School awards and fellowships.

Shaina Western

Shaina is a lecturer in International Relations and Quantitative Methods. She has been at Edinburgh since 2018, after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2015 and holding a position as a departmental lecturer at the University of Oxford. In her research, Dr Western is interested in understanding why states create and commit themselves to international treaties. How do factors in the creation phase of an agreement affect the commitment phase of the negotiation? Why do states choose to commit themselves to international agreements and when will they choose to not commit?

Kathryn Nash

Kathryn is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Political Settlements Research Program (PRSP).  She completed her PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.  Her research focuses on norms, the role of regions in the international community, and peace and security issues.  Prior to beginning her PhD, Dr. Nash worked for the U.S. Department of State first in the Bureau of African Affairs and Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan and then in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.  She has a Master’s degree in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University in international relations. 

Darrick Evensen

Darrick has only started at Edinburgh in Autumn 2018. His teaching includes topics, such as Global Environmental Politics to the post-graduate levels; International Governance and Sustainable Development, and Sustainable Development for the undergraduate level. He has published extensively on public perceptions of and reactions to unconventional fossil fuel development in North America and the UK.   He has also examined public knowlegde and attitudes towards energy transitions. He relies on both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, often combining them in his research and teaching. He is currently a co-investigator on a UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) grant investigating 'the spatial and temporal dynamics of public attitudes and community responses to shale gas' (2018-2021); Darrick is leading a workpackage including longitudinal national surveys and repeated cross-sectional surveys in highly localised areas proximate to (potential) shale gas development.  His data analysis includes time-series, geospatial, and multilevel analysis.

Lisa Boden

Lisa is a senior lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, at the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security, and Deputy Director of EPIC (Scottish Government’s Centre for Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks) which provides policymakers with rapid access to emergency scientific advice and analyses to prepare for and respond to emergency of exotic and novel animal disease outbreaks. Her main areas of expertise are in veterinary public health and population medicine, animal health policy and law. Since joining the University of Edinburgh, she is developing her interests in cross-cutting challenges affecting food and health security in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.