ICCS Staff

The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security is currently comprised of:

Management Team

Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

Professor of International Relations
Director of the The Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security at the University of Birmingham.

His publications include (with Mlada Bukovansky, Ian Clark, Robyn Eckersley, Christian Reus-Smit, and Richard Price), Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power(Cambridge University Press, ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6215/Tina Aston: +44 (0)121 414 8398

Email n.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Dunn

Professor David Dunn

Professor in International Politics
Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3378

Email d.h.dunn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Peter Gray

Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies
Centre for War Studies

I joined the University of Birmingham on 1st September 2008 as a Senior Research Fellow in Air Power Studies having retired from the Royal Air Force in June 2008.  My career has been a mixture of practicing, studying and writing on air power and wider aspects of international relations and defence policy.

Telephone +44(0)121 41 48423

Email p.w.gray@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Jackson

Professor Paul Jackson

Professor of African Politics

Paul Jackson is a political economist working predominantly on conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. A core area of interest is decentralisation and governance and it was his extensive experience in Sierra Leone immediately following the war that led him into the area of conflict analysis and security sector reform.

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7293

Email p.b.jackson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Webber

Professor Mark Webber

Professor of International Politics
Head of Government and Society

Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8181/Tina Aston: +44 (0)121 414 8398

Email m.a.webber.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor of International Security
Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer, College of Social Sciences

A political scientist by background, Stefan Wolff specialises in the management of contemporary security challenges, especially in the prevention and settlement of ethnic conflicts and civil wars and in post-conflict state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies.

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Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8230

Email s.wolff@bham.ac.uk

Researchers

Dr Nicholas Wright

Dr Nicholas Wright

Senior Research Fellow

I apply neuroscientific and behavioural insights to decision-making in international confrontations, in ways practically applicable to policy. I focus on real-world cases such as managing China-U.S. escalation scenarios.

I am a non-resident associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (Washington, DC) in addition to my role at Birmingham.

Previously I was a research fellow in the ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8242

Email n.wright@bham.ac.uk

Dr Dawn Walsh

Dr Dawn Walsh

Irish Research Council-Marie Curie Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow

Dawn Walsh is a political scientist specialising in the resolution of conflict in deeply divided societies. She has expertise in institutional design and the implementation of peace agreements.

Email d.walsh@bham.ac.uk

Dr Christopher Wyatt

Research Fellow

Dr Chris Wyatt is a Research Fellow researching Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Afghanistan and Yemen and working on aspects of psychology, conflict and conflict resolution. He is also interested in terrorism, insurgency and military issues more generally.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7759

Email c.m.wyatt@bham.ac.uk

Simon Copeland

Simon Copeland

Research Associate

Simon Copeland is a Research Associate currently working on strengthening the ICCS's engagement with policymakers and providing research support for the 'Trust Building in Nuclear Worlds' project. His interests focus on terrorism and security in Sub-Saharan Africa where he has worked on these areas at political risk consultancies and think tanks in London.

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 7137

Email s.copeland@bham.ac.uk

George May

George May

Research Associate

George May is a Research Associate on the ICCS project 'The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation Within and Between States', specifically investigating terrorism, counter-terrorism and drone use in Yemen.  He is also undertaking an MA in International Relations (Security) at the University of Birmingham, and a Research Assistant on a project investigating ...

Email gem425@bham.ac.uk

Affiliates 

Dr Sara Fregonese

Dr Sara Fregonese

Birmingham Fellow

Sara Fregonese is Birmingham Fellow at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Studies and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security. Her research lies in political and urban geography and is concerned with the impact of geopolitics and security on urban life. Her work deals with civil war and urban warfare, radicalization, social cohesion and uprising. Her main ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 3635

Email s.fregonese@bham.ac.uk

Professor Scott Lucas

Professor Scott Lucas

Professor of American Studies

Scott Lucas became Professor of International Politics in 2014, having been on the staff of the University of Birmingham since 1989 and a Professor of American Studies since 1997.

He began his career as a specialist in US and British foreign policy, but his research interests now also cover current international affairs --- especially North Africa, the Middle East, and ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5763

Email w.s.lucas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Adam Quinn

Dr Adam Quinn

Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 5313

Email a.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Asaf Siniver

Reader in International Security

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 6386

Email a.siniver@bham.ac.uk

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics

Heather is on study leave until October 2016.

Heather works on Global Ethics, Bioethics, Virtue Ethics and Feminist Theory. She is particularly interested in the ethical issues which arise in the context of globalization, including those of technological development, war and terrorism, poverty and development as well as bioethical issues; particularly, those of reproductive, research and genetic ...

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 8399

Email h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Dr Scott Wisor

Dr Scott Wisor

Lecturer in Philosophy
Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics

I am a Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics.  My teaching and research are primarily engaged with problems in global ethics and global justice.

Email s.l.wisor@bham.ac.uk

Dr Christalla Yakinthou

Dr Christalla Yakinthou

Birmingham Fellow

Christalla Yakinthou is a political scientist specialising in conflict transformation in deeply divided and post-war countries. She has specific expertise in transitional justice, conflict within societies, and constitutional design.

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Telephone +44 (0)121 415 8634

Email c.yakinthou@bham.ac.uk

Honorary Members

Dr Talat Farooq

Research Associate

Dr Talat Farooq is a Research Associate on the The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation Within and Between States

Talat holds a PhD from the University of Leicester, an M.Phil in American Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad and an MA in English literature from Karachi University, Pakistan. The focus of her PhD was ...

Email n.t.farooq@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Futter

Dr Andrew Futter

Honorary Research Fellow
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

Dr Andrew Futter is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Leicester. His research is primarily concerned with contemporary nuclear weapons issues; including ballistic missile defence policy and the shifting nature of nuclear and strategic deterrence.

University of Leicester web profile: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/politics/people/afutter

Email ajf57@leicester.ac.uk

Dr Naomi Head

Dr Naomi Head

Honorary Research Fellow
Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security

Naomi Head is a Lecturer of Politics at the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Research Fellow in Communication and Conflict at ICCS. Her research focuses on the role of communication in conflict and the relationships between legitimacy, dialogue and empathy, and political violence. The empirical focus of her research has previously been the Balkans and the dynamics of the Security Council. ...

Telephone 01413307539

Email naomi.head@glasgow.ac.uk

Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte

Honorary Professor
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

Paul Schulte is an expert on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Verification, and a member of a number of high level advisory groups including: the CSIS European Trilateral Nuclear Dialogue Group, the EU Nonproliferation Consortium, and the Foreign Office Unofficial Experts Advisory Group. He is also on the UN Secretary General's list of accredited international disarmament experts.

Email paul.schulte@btinternet.com

Doctoral Researchers 

Ana Alecsandru

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The role of empathy in avoiding nuclear war.

Joshua Baker

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A Counterfactual Study of the US - Iran Nuclear Relationship.

Rhys Crilley

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Legitimacy Claims in the Digital Age: Analysing Visual Narratives of Strategic Communication.

Scott Edwards

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Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

Lindsay Murch

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The Figure of the Warrior in the World of British Drone Pilots

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Daniel Pinheiro Rio Tinto de Matos

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Tracing the Security Dilemma in Civil Wars: how fear and insecurity can lead to intra-state violence?

Administrative Staff

Tina Aston

PA to Professor Mark Webber
PA to Professor Nicholas J Wheeler
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

Tina has a strong background in administration and office management with experience in education, public, private, community and voluntary sectors.

Telephone 0121 414 8398

Email t.aston@bham.ac.uk

Catherine Edwards

Catherine Edwards

Institute Manager
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

Catherine Edwards is the Institute Manager for the ICCS, specialising in project management, partnership building, event coordination and fundraising. She is also a writer and dramaturg, with an interest in narrative structures in theatre and film.

Telephone +44 (0)121 414 7340

Email c.j.edwards@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Norman

Programme Manager
Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security

David Norman is the programme manager for the Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security (ICCS) at the University of Birmingham and has worked as a part-time Visiting Lecturer in POLSIS since completing his PhD in the department. His research interests are in the field of Critical International Relations Theory, with a specific focus on civil society and democratic governance

Email d.j.norman@bham.ac.uk