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

Dr Giuditta Fontana is a political scientist specialising in education and cultural institutions in conflict-affected and fragile societies. She is committed to multi-method research. Giuditta has expertise in conflict management, education reform, institutional design and the design of peace agreements across Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. 

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.

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

Dr Giuditta Fontana is a political scientist specialising in education and cultural institutions in conflict-affected and fragile societies. She is committed to multi-method research. Giuditta has expertise in conflict management, education reform, institutional design and the design of peace agreements across Europe, West Africa and the Middle East. 

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 Adam Quinn

Dr Adam Quinn

Senior Lecturer in American and International Politics

Dr Adam Quinn has policy expertise in US politics and foreign policy.  He served as a trustee and executive committee member of BISA in 2010 and 2011. He was founding editor of the BISA magazine, International Studies Today, and of its USFP working group counterpart, Argentia. 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5313
Email
a.j.quinn@bham.ac.uk

Dr Asaf Siniver

Dr Asaf Siniver

Reader in International Security
Head of Internationalisation, School of Government
Editor-in-Chief, 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.

He is currently a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2020-22) on the project “From Mediation to Arbitration: Conflict Resolution and Territorial Disputes”.

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

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Doctoral Researchers

Donatella Bonansinga

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

Chiara Cervasio

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The security dilemma in Sino-Indian Relations

Sumedh Rao

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Trust and Cooperation as Social Identity in Northern Ireland

Alice Spilman

Description
Alice joined the ICCS at the University of Birmingham on the MSc Global Cooperation and Security, graduating with a Distinction in 2017.

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