Tereza Capelos is Senior Lecturer in political psychology at the Institute for 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 formation and updating of institutional and individual reputations and the role of trust and confidence on political accountability attributions.
David Hastings Dunn is Professor of International Politics. Between August 2012 and August 2016 he was Head of Department in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is currently on research leave completing projects on various aspects of unmanned aerial systems usage. Since 2000 he has served as Chairman of the West Midlands Military Education Committee. From 1982-85 he was a member of Liverpool University Air Squadron. He is the author and editor of 4 books and over 80 book chapters and academic articles. His article “Assessing the Debate, Assessing the Damage: Transatlantic Relations After Bush” was awarded the UK’s Political Studies Association’s “Best Article in British Journal of Politics and International Relations in 2009 Prize”. He is also a former holder of a NATO Fellowship, and a Fulbright Fellowship, the latter spent as a Guest Scholar at the National Defence University in Washington DC. His main research interests are security studies, US Foreign Policy and Diplomacy. More specifically he is interested in transatlantic relations, UK and NATO Defence Policy, nuclear strategy, the use force, and also small state diplomacy.
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. She is currently working on a collaborative project (with Professor Nicholas Wheeler) concerning the role of dialogue, trust and empathy in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. She is also working on a project funded by the Adam Smith Research Foundation (Glasgow) and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland on the dynamics of empathy in protracted conflict which focuses on Israel and Palestine.
Joan McGregor’s consultancy history covers participatory approaches to conflict analysis, strategic planning for work in conflict, policy development, leadership and organisational development in conflict contexts, mediation and negotiation, conflict sensitivity tools and methodologies, monitoring and appraisal, lesson learning, training of trainers, and counselling. Joan has evaluated peacebuilding and development projects, and conducted peace and conflict impact assessments. Joan has worked in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Namibia, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Switzerland, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nepal, Israel, Palestine, Syria, North Iraq, Kosovo, Philippines China and the UK.
Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security at the University of Birmingham. He has authored and co-authored a number of ground-breaking books in International Relations, including Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society and (with Ken Booth) The Security Dilemma: Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics. Professor Wheeler is also co-editor of the prestigious Cambridge Series in International Relations and the Academic Lead for the Sixth Birmingham Policy Commission on The Security Impact of Drones. Professor Wheeler has extensive experience of lecturing on senior military training courses in the UK and Australia. He has also organised workshops in Delhi where he trained Indian and Pakistani early career opinion formers (from government, academia, media and business) in trust-building and conflict transformation, including role-plays of India-Pakistan negotiations over Kashmir.
Stefan Wolff is Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. He is an expert on international crisis management and post-conflict state-building and has been engaged in various stages of conflict settlement negotiations, including in Moldova, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen. Among his 18 books to date are Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective (Oxford University Press 2007), Conflict Management in Divided Societies (Routledge 2011, with Christalla Yakinthou), and The European Union as a Global Conflict Manager (Routledge 2012, with Richard Whitman). He has also published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, and regularly writes commissioned policy reports for various governments and international organizations. Wolff is a graduate of the University of Leipzig, and he holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. For more information, see www.stefanwolff.com or follow @stefwolff.