Steering Group

Steering Group

Jamie Allinson (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Jamie's research interests include: decolonisation, historical sociology, IR, international theory, Marxism, Middle East politics.

Monograph: Allinson, J. (2016) The Struggle for the State in Jordan: The Social Origins of Alliances in the Middle East, London: I.B. Tauris. 

David Aspinall (Reader, Informatics)

David's research interests include: computer security (particularly proof-carrying code), type systems for specification and programming languages, proof development environments

Till Bachmann (Reader in Personalised Medicine in Infectious Diseases)

Till’s scientific interests focus on rapid molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance targeting stratified medicines.

Andrea Birdsall (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Andrea's research interests include: human rights, IR, International Law and IR, humanitarian intervention, norms and counterterrorism.

Monograph: Birdsall, A. (2009) The International Politics of Judicial Intervention: Creating a more just order London: Routledge.

Claire Duncanson (Senior Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Claire's research interests include: gender, gender and IR, international peacebuilding, international peace and security, gender and security, feminism, peacekeeping, masculinities, the military in global politics.

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

Penny Fielding (Grierson Professor of English Literature)

Penny's research projects include one on fiction and espionage from the French Revolution to the Cold War. Penny is interested in literature of both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a particular emphasis on Scottish writing.

Carmen Gebhard (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Carmen's research interests include: European Union's Foreign and Security Policy, comparative European politics, small states, security and defence cooperation, inter-organisationalism.

Publication: Gebhard, C. (2008) Unravelling the Baltic Sea Conundrum. Regionalism and European Integration Reconsidered. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Andrew Hom (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Andrew's research interests include: IR theory, just war theory, narratives, timing/time/temporality, international security, critical security studies, process/figurational sociology, disciplinary history.

Edited publication: Hom, A. (2017) Moral Victories: The Ethics of Winning Wars. Oxford University Press (with Kurt Mills and Cian O’Driscoll).

Richard Jones (Lecturer, Criminology, School of Law)

Richard's research interests include: surveillance, security, police use of new technologies, policing and social media, cybercrime, cyber security, resilience, counter-terrorism, national security. 

Recent publication: Jones, R. and Sparks, R. (2015) Punishment, London: Routledge.

David Kaufman (Lecturer, School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

David's research interests include: 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.

Zoe Marks (Chancellor’s Fellow, Centre of African Studies)

Zoe's research interests include: peace and conflict, rebellion and civil war, gender and development, gender and violence, international development, african studies, IR and security studies, comparative politics.

Publication: Marks, Z. (2017) ‘Gender Dynamics in Rebel Groups’, in Claire Duncanson and Rachel Woodward (eds), Handbook of Gender and the MilitaryPalgrave

Tom Molony (Senior Lecturer, Centre of African Studies)

Tom's research interests include: African elections, African security, African politics, Tanzania, Kenya, East Africa, Swahili, research methods in Africa, African informal economies, mobile phones in Africa, ICT in Africa, African studies, African history, African biography.

Nicola Perugini (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Nicola's research interests include: global justice, human rights, politics of human rights, humanitarianism, international law and IR, politics of the Middle East, political violence, postcolonial theory.

Recent publication: Perugini, N. and Gordon, N. (2015) The Human Right to Dominate, Oxford University Press.

Jan Pospisil (DFID Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Jan's main areas of interest are political settlements, state fragility, peacebuilding and resilience in the wider context of security policy and international relations.

Edited journal: Pospisil, J., & Rocha Menocal, A. (2017). Special Issue: Political Settlements. Journal of International Development29(5).

Professor Charles Raab (Chair, Politics & International Relations)

Charles' research interests include: public policy, governance and regulation, information policy, privacy protection and public access to information, surveillance and security, identity and anonymity, information and systems in democratic politics, government and commerce, ethical and human rights implications in information processes.

Recent publication: Raab, C. (2017) 'Security, Privacy and Oversight', in A Neal (ed.), Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics, Open Book Publishers. Available open access.

Ewan Stein (Senior Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Ewan's research interests include: political islam, Middle East politics, Arab political thought, Arab-Israeli conflict, state-society relations, IR of the Middle East.

Relevant recent publication: Stein, E. and Kendall, E eds. (2015) Twenty-First Century Jihad: Law, Society and Military Action, London: IB Tauris.

Mathias Thaler (Chancellor’s Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Mathias' research interests include: Genocide, global justice, humanitarian intervention, ideology, international theory, Marxism, multiculturalism, reconciliation, political forgiveness, democratic theory, political violence and non-violence, pragmatism, critical theory, just war theory.

Key publication: Thaler, M and Mihai, M. eds (2014) On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies. Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Oliver Turner (Lecturer, Politics & International Relations)

Oliver's research interests include: US politics, US foreign policy, US-China-Asia relations, British foreign policy in Asia, critical geopolitics, international relations of East and South-East Asia, decolonisation.

Monograph: Turner, O. (2014) American Images of China: Identity, Power, PolicyLondon: Routledge.