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 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 Ken Booth) The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation, and Trust in World Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) and Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society (Oxfor ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6215/Tina Aston: +44 (0)121 414 8398
Email
n.j.wheeler@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tereza Capelos

Dr Tereza Capelos

Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology
Director for the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security

Dr. Capelos is Senior Lecturer in political psychology at the Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security and Programme Director for the Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Her research focuses on the affective, cognitive and motivational determinants of political judgments. She is particularly interested in the role of emotions and values on political radicalization and tolerance, the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6366
Email
t.capelos@bham.ac.uk

Dr Giuditta Fontana

Dr Giuditta Fontana

Birmingham Fellow
Leverhulme Fellow

Giuditta Fontana is a political scientist specialising in cultural institutions in post-conflict and fragile societies. She has expertise in conflict management, institutional design and in European and Middle Eastern history and politics.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8241
Email
g.fontana@bham.ac.uk

Professor Paul Jackson

Professor Paul Jackson

Professor of African Politics
Director of Research for the College of Social Sciences

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. He was Director of the GFN-SSR and is currently an advisor to the Governance ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7293
Email
p.b.jackson@bham.ac.uk

Professor Mark Webber

Professor Mark Webber

Professor of International Politics

Mark Webber is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham. Formerly the Head of the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University, he was also the Head of the School of Government and Society at Birmingham from 2011 – July 2019. He has been a Trustee of the British International Studies Association (BISA) since 2014 and is ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8181
Email
m.a.webber.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor of International Security

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 Tereza Capelos

Dr Tereza Capelos

Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology
Director for the MSc in Global Cooperation and Security

Dr. Capelos is Senior Lecturer in political psychology at the Institute of Conflict, Cooperation and Security and Programme Director for the Global Cooperation and Security MSc. Her research focuses on the affective, cognitive and motivational determinants of political judgments. She is particularly interested in the role of emotions and values on political radicalization and tolerance, the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6366
Email
t.capelos@bham.ac.uk

Dr Giuditta Fontana

Dr Giuditta Fontana

Birmingham Fellow
Leverhulme Fellow

Giuditta Fontana is a political scientist specialising in cultural institutions in post-conflict and fragile societies. She has expertise in conflict management, institutional design and in European and Middle Eastern history and politics.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8241
Email
g.fontana@bham.ac.uk

Dr Argyro Kartsonaki

Dr Argyro Kartsonaki

Research Fellow

Argyro Kartsonaki is a Research Fellow at the ICCS, working on disputed territories. Her research interests are in the field of international security, with specific focus on ethnic conflict and secession.

Email
a.kartsonaki@bham.ac.uk

Affiliates

Dr Sara Fregonese

Dr Sara Fregonese

Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Political Geography

Dr Fregonese’s research focuses on the relationship between geopolitics, conflict and everyday urban life. She is specialised in the geography of urban conflict in Lebanon. Her wider research includes social polarisation, urban warfare, post-terror situations, and historical geographies of sectarianism. She has published, together with Ralf Brand, The radicals' city. Urban environment, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3635
Email
s.fregonese@bham.ac.uk

Dr Nino Kemoklidze

Dr Nino Kemoklidze

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Dr Kemoklidze’s main research area concerns the issues of nationalism and ethnic violence (particularly in the post-Soviet space). Previously a PhD student and research fellow at the University of Birmingham, she won a prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and started working on her new 3-year project – “Self-Determination and Secession in the EU’s ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 1057
Email
n.kemoklidze@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 Iran --- New Media, and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5763
Email
w.s.lucas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Asaf Siniver

Dr Asaf Siniver

Reader in International Security
Head of Internationalisation, School of Government
Editor, Journal of Global Security Studies

Dr Siniver is a Reader in International Security. His work is broadly concerned with conflict resolution and international mediation, the Arab-Israeli conflict, foreign policy analysis, and contemporary US foreign policy.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6386
Email
a.siniver@bham.ac.uk

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Impact)

Professor Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics and the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Impact. In this role she seeks to support and extend the impact of Birmingham's research across policy, cultural and industrial sectors. Her track-record shows her commitment to public engagement and work with policy makers. As such she has served as a ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8399
Email
h.widdows@bham.ac.uk

Honorary Members

Dr Talat Farooq

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Talat Farooq is an Honorary Research Fellow on the The Political Effects of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles on Conflict and Cooperation Within and Between States research project.

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 ...

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

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

Dr Joan McGregor

Dr Joan McGregor

Director and Conflict Transformation Practitioner

Joan is a conflict transformation practitioner who works with people living in conflict or violence or in post settlement situations to rebuild the relationships between parties (individuals or groups).  This can include mediation, context conflict analysis using participatory approaches, creating a vision for a shared future, strategic thinking and planning.  Joan is committed to ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 476 3544/+447805328995

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

Donatella Bonansinga

Description
Threat Construction and Fear Perception: The Role and Impact of Populism and Emotionality in Securitization Narratives.

Chiara Cervasio

Description
The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Scott Edwards

Description
Institutionalising Trust: ASEAN and the culture of Southeast Asian Diplomacy

Sumedh Rao

Description
Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Thomas Stocks

Description
Exploring the Support for Different Human Rights Contextualisations in the United Kingdom

Alice Spilman

Description
Alice was awarded a 1st class BA in Politics from Newcastle University in 2016. From there Alice joined the ICCS at the University of Birmingham on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, graduating with a Distinction in 2017.

Ana Alecsandru

Description
The Role of Trusting Relationships in Shaping the Level of Verification in Arms Control Agreements: United States – Russia Strategic Nuclear Arms Control

Professional Services

Cecilia Davis
ICCS Administrator
Tel: +44 (0)121 414 8683
Email: c.c.davis@bham.ac.uk or iccs@contacts.bham.ac.uk