School of Social and Political Science

Joe Gazeley

Job Title

PhD title: “They have many chains to bind us”: state formation, foreign policy and the colonial pact in Mali, c.1958-2020


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Research interests

Research interests

Mali, Foreign Policy Analysis, European Security, French Postcolonial Relations, State Formation, Political History

Research experience

Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research (Current)

Visiting Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Institut des mondes africains/Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (2019)

Research Assistantship working on the project 'Security Sector Reform and Historical Memory' at ICESI University, Colombia (2017)

Traineeship at the European Parliament working on EU Migration Policy, Borders, European Security and Brexit (2016)


Commentary and analysis

President Keita falls to a coup in Mali: 1968 is here again at

Why was Mali hit with another coup? at

I was interviewed for the NRC Handelsblad by Bram Vermeulen about my thesis and Mali coups (Dutch language, paywall) at

Ghosts of juntas past: Can France get it right in Mali this time? at

ATT, Mali's 'soldier of democracy' moves on at

Post-Brexit Britain must do better than ‘doomed’ Mali deployment at


Dr Sara Rich Dorman

Dr Emile Chabal


PhD in Politics, University of Edinburgh (2017-2021)

MA International Conflict and Security with International Migration, University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies (2015-2016)

Doble Grado Political Science and Public Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Erasmus Exchange (2013-2014)

BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Spanish, University of Kent (2011-2015)


Scouloudi Foundation Junior Research Fellowship 2020

BISA Founders Fund Grant 2020

Erasmus+ Funded Research Fellowship 2019

Tweedie Exploration Fellowship 2019

University of Kent MA Scholarship (Brussels School of International Studies) 2015-16


“Where is War? We are War.” Teaching and Learning the Human Experience of War in the Classroom, International Studies Perspectives, Toros, Dunleavy, Gazeley, Guirakhoo, Merian and Omran, (2018) 00, 1–19

Higher Education teaching experience

Tutor on the post-graduate course Research Design (PGSP11208), University of Edinburgh (2020)

Tutor on the course Africa in World Politics (PLIT10003), University of Edinburgh (2018)

Selected presentations

Seminar presentation, ‘Transposing the Mali model of state building to Mozambique’ at the African Politics Research Group, University of Edinburgh (March 2021)

Fellows’ seminar presentation , ‘Individual, bankrupt petty states: the Dakar coup and the collapse of the Federation of Mali’, Institute of Historical Research, London (March 2021)

Seminar presentation , ‘The political risks of technocratic state building in Mali’, Foreign Policy Research Group, University of Edinburgh (February 2021)

Seminar on Franco-Malian relations, 'Beyond la Françafrique: The Franco-Malian relationship post-independence', Institut des mondes africains (2019)

BISA 2019 Panel: ‘Colonial continuities and African movements for justice and decolonisation in the present’, London, UK

BISA 2018 Roundtable Discussion 'Pedagogies of Solidarity: Critique, Collaboration, and Care in the Neoliberal University'‚Äã, Bath, UK

Crime and Violence in Colombia (2017), ICESI University, Colombia

Seminar on Brexit 'What it is, what it means and why you should care', ICESI University, Colombia (2017)


CSMCH (Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History) Steering Committee

African Politics Research Group

BISA (British International Studies Association)


English, Spanish, French