Foreign, Security and development policy

Foreign, security and development policies are a major focus for the University and for policy makers. These researchers are actively engaging with the policy process and would welcome further engagement from policy makers. 

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor of Law

Birmingham Law School

Kate is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a background in political economy, development, socio-legal studies, and gender/sexuality studies. Her first monograph (Developing Partnerships: Gender, Sexuality and the Reformed World Bank, 2009) explored the World Bank’s gender and development lending in Latin America. She is involved in a new project exploring the consequences of the turn to ...

Email
k.bedford@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jon Binner

Professor Jon Binner

Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor of Ceramic Sciences and Engineering

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Jon Binner is Professor of Ceramic Science & Engineering in the School of Metallurgy and Materials and Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. He took up both of these posts January 2014. Professor Binner is also President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Telephone
(+44) (0)121 414 4396
Email
j.binner@bham.ac.uk

Dr Katherine Brown

Dr Katherine Brown

Lecturer in Islamic Studies
Head of Department

Department of Theology and Religion

I am interested in Muslim women's involvement in violent religious politics, specifically Islam. My work examines the ways in which gendered jihadi narratives motivate and enfranchise, and how they combine with everyday experiences of living and politics. I also examine how counter-terrorism and counter-radicalisation programmes impact on religious women’s ...

Email
k.e.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Luke R. A. Butler

Dr Luke R. A. Butler

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Dr Luke R.A. Butler is a commercial lawyer with a general research interest in all aspects of law, policy and theory relating to government contracts and government commerce. Luke is best known for his research on regulation in complex industries, in particular, but not exclusively, the defence sector. At Birmingham, Luke teaches an unusually diverse range of subjects both in his areas of ...

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0121 414 7029
Email
l.r.a.butler@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nic Cheeseman

Professor Nic Cheeseman

Professor of Democracy and International Development

International Development Department

Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy and International Development at the University of Birmingham. In addition to numerous book chapters, he is the author of Democracy in Africa: Successes, failures and the struggle for political reform (CUP, 2015) and over twenty journal articles including "Rethinking the 'presidentialism debate': Conceptualizing coalitional politics in cross-regional ...

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n.cheeseman@bham.ac.uk

Professor Janine Natalya Clark

Professor of Gender, Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law

Birmingham Law School

Dr Janine Natalya Clark joined Birmingham Law School in October 2014. Her main research and teaching interests include sexual violence in conflict, international criminal courts, transitional justice, genocide and ethnic conflict. She is best known for her work on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and she recently presented her work at the Tribunal's final ...

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0121 414 6316
Email
j.n.clark@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Dr Anissa Daoudi

Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic

Department of Modern Languages

I am currently Head of the Arabic area of Languages for All. I am the Arabic-English-Arabic Translation Specialist and module contributor to the MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.  

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+44 (0)121 414 5931
Email
a.daoudi@bham.ac.uk

Professor Fiona de Londras

Professor Fiona de Londras

Professor of Global Legal Studies
Deputy Head of Birmingham Law School

Birmingham Law School

Professor de Londras’ research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in the role and function of rights in contentious policy fields, enquiring about whether—and if so how—rights shape the making of law and policy in complex contexts of, for example, counter-terrorism, the of the European Court of Human Rights, and abortion ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6318
Email
f.delondras@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rilka Dragneva-Lewers

Professor Rilka Dragneva-Lewers

Professor of International Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Rilka Dragneva-Lewers is Professor of International Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School. She works on regional integration, EU external policy, legal reform and international diffusion of norms with a special reference to Eastern Europe. Her recent publications focus on Eurasian economic integration and its overlaps with EU initiatives in the post-Soviet region. Rilka’s work has strong ...

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0121 414 3146
Email
r.dragnevalewers@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nelson Enonchong

Professor Nelson Enonchong

Barber Professor of Law

Birmingham Law School

Professor Enonchong is the author of three major practitioner works in the field of banking and commercial law. He has advised in a number of complex international commercial disputes and has acted as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations

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+44 (0)121 414 6283
Email
n.e.enonchong@bham.ac.uk

Mairead Enright

Mairead Enright

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Máiréad Enright joined Birmingham Law School in 2016. Her research is in feminist legal studies and law and religion. She is especially interested in how patriarchal legal and religious structures can be resisted and changed. Her research in this respect looks beyond traditional methods of law reform to consider illegality, protest, private litigation, and experimental legal ...

Telephone
(0)121 414 6299
Email
m.enright@bham.ac.uk

Seb Eskauriatza

Seb Eskauriatza

Teaching Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Seb completed his LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Bristol.  He joined Birmingham Law School in 2013.  His research focuses on the jus post bellum with a focus on post-conflict Colombia.

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(0)121 414 6308
Email
s.eskauriatza@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan Fisher

Dr Jonathan Fisher

Senior Lecturer in African Politics
Academic Director of the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC)

International Development Department

Jonathan's research is focused on the place and agency of African states in the international system, particularly in the realm of security and conflict. Within this he is interested in the role played by African governments in shaping how they are perceived and engaged with by Western actors. He has a particular interest in eastern Africa and the influence of guerrilla heritage on contemporary ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3492
Email
j.fisher@bham.ac.uk

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Rebecca Gould is the author of Writers and Rebels: The Literature of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), which was awarded the University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies and the best book award by the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, and the translator of After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems ...

Email
r.r.gould@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Hudson

Professor David Hudson

Birmingham Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development

International Development Department

David Hudson is the Professorial Research Fellow in Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham and the Deputy Director of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP).

He has written widely on the politics of development, in particular on the role of coalitions, leadership and power in reform processes and how development actors can think and work politically as part of the ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3496
Email
d.e.hudson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Dr Haifaa Jawad

Senior Lecturer in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Director of Centre for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

Broadly speaking, my research interests lie within Islamic studies and Middle Eastern politics and history; my research interests and writings cover areas such as the socio-political study of Islam, Modern and contemporary Islamic thought, Women in Islam, Feminism and Islam, Islam in Britain, especially New Muslims, Islam and the West, Islamism and Extremism, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam ...

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+44(0)121 41 58337
Email
h.a.jawad@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

Dr Jagbir Jhutti-Johal

Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

I am a Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies at the University of Birmingham. My research encompasses a range of related topics in Sikh Studies, such as gender and Sikhism, science and Sikhism and contemporary Sikhism.

On the teaching side, I teach Introduction to Sikhism (second-year undergraduate); Placement Module (second–year undergraduate); and an MPhil(B) course on Sikh Studies, MA in ...

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+44 (0)121 41 58338
Email
j.jhuttijohal.1@bham.ac.uk

Professor Sabine Lee

Professor in Modern History
Head of School of History and Cultures

Department of History

Having graduated from the University of Düsseldorf with a degree in mathematics, history and philosophy I completed an M.Phil in International Relations and PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. I took up a lectureship in European history at the University of Hull in 1993 before joining the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham in 1994.

Telephone
+44(0)121 414 5749
Email
s.lee@bham.ac.uk

Professor Heather Marquette

Professor Heather Marquette

Professor of Development Politics
Director of Research, Developmental Leadership Program (DLP)

International Development Department

Heather Marquette is Professor of Development Politics in the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham, and the Director of Research for the Developmental Leadership Program (www.dlprog.org). 

Heather has 14 years international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training in governance and anti-corruption. A ...

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+44 (0)121 414 2296
Email
h.a.marquette@bham.ac.uk

Dr Karen McAuliffe

Dr Karen McAuliffe

Reader in Law
Birmingham Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Dr McAuliffe’s principal area of research focuses on the relationship between law, language and translation in the EU legal order.  By clarifying the ways in which language plays a key role in determining judicial outcomes at the EU level, she challenges EU scholarship to look beyond more conventional approaches to the development of a rule of law that draw on law alone.  Her work ...

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0121 414 7269
Email
k.mcauliffe@bham.ac.uk

Claire Mcloughlin

Claire Mcloughlin

Lecturer

International Development Department

Claire’s research focuses on the political sociology of vital public service delivery in conflict-affected and divided societies. In particular, she is interested in the politics of distributive justice and procedural fairness in service delivery, and the historical processes that embed welfare provision in social contracts. She has published on how and when services become significant for ...

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+44 (0)121 414 7592
Email
c.mcloughlin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Lydia Morgan

Dr Lydia Morgan

Research Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Dr Lydia Morgan is currently a research fellow on the Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project Counter-Terrorism Review with Professor Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) and Dr Jessie Blackbourn (Oxford). The project seeks to map and evaluate how counter-terrorism laws and measures are legally accountable and through empirical research understand how it works in practice. Lydia also researches and ...

Email
l.morgan@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Professor of Contemporary European Islam

Department of Theology and Religion

My main research interest is Islam in Europe but I also maintain interests in Shari’a and Christian-Muslim relations in Europe and the Middle East.

Email
j.s.nielsen@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yoana Fernanda Nieto Valdivieso

Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice

Birmingham Law School

Dr Yoana F. Nieto Valdivieso joined Birmingham Law School in September 2017. Her research interests are in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of combatants from a Gender Perspective, Transitional Justice, Sexual Violence in war and armed conflict, and Feminist Theories of War and Armed Conflict. Yoana is currently working with Dr Janine N. Clark on a five-year project funded by the ...

Email
y.f.fernandavaldivieso@bham.ac.uk

Dr Walters Nsoh

Dr Walters Nsoh

Lecturer
Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (Admissions and Funding)

Birmingham Law School

Dr Walters Nsoh is an expert on environmental law and policy. His work relates primarily to the intersection between property (land) law and environmental law, the legal and policy challenges to nature conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources in developed and developing countries. His work has featured in academic and practitioner publications and he regularly contributes ...

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+44 (0)121 414 3106
Email
w.nsoh@bham.ac.uk

Dr Fiona Nunan

Dr Fiona Nunan

Senior Lecturer in Environment and Development
Director of the International Development Department

International Development Department

Fiona's interests and experience focus on natural resource governance and management in developing country settings, particularly within inland fisheries and coastal locations in East and Southern Africa, and on exploring the links between poverty and the environment.

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 3061
Email
f.s.nunan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili

Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili has taught and researched public international law at four British universities over the past 16 years. His teaching also includes elements of criminal law and jurisprudence. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and seminars on developments in public international law, and has given invited papers at the events and conferences held in UK, USA, France, ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6284
Email
a.orakhelashvili@bham.ac.uk

Dr Martin Ottmann

Dr Martin Ottmann

Birmingham Fellow

International Development Department

Martin Ottmann is a political scientist working on civil wars, peace agreements and post-war development. His research combines advanced statistical research methods with qualitative case studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 1076
Email
m.ottmann@bham.ac.uk

Dr Wouter Peeters

Dr Wouter Peeters

Lecturer in Global Ethics

Department of Philosophy

I am a Lecturer in Global Ethics. My main interests are in climate change, environmental sustainability, social justice, cosmopolitanism and bioethics. I also dabble in intersubjective ethics and recognition theory.

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+44 (0) 121 414 8525
Email
w.peeters@bham.ac.uk

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor of Islamic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

I research modern, contemporary and classical forms of Islam, employing both historical and ethnographic research methods. My interests include modern Islamic reform, Shia Islam, Sufism, Islamic messianism and as well as the historical and contemporary presence of Muslims in Europe. I am particularly interested in making current theories and methods in Religious Studies relevant to the academic ...

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+44 (0)121 41 43082
Email
o.scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk

Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Reader in International Law & Human Rights

Birmingham Law School

Shahab teaches and researches in international law with special focus on history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, and human rights. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: Histories, Politics and Practices (Cambridge University Press, 2016). With a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2018-2020), he is currently working on a new monograph: Internationa ...

Telephone
0121 414 9197
Email
m.shahabuddin@bham.ac.uk

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

My research focuses on the dynamics and trajectories of gender in Islam within the context of contemporary diasporic and transnational Muslim women’s spaces. I work on Muslim women communities in Europe and their transnational links to the Middle East. I also have a particular research interest in the authority and leadership of Muslim women and the changing nature of women’s ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 9180
Email
y.shanneik@bham.ac.uk

Professor David Thomas

Professor David Thomas

Professor of Christianity and Islam
Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations

Department of Theology and Religion

For many years one of my specialist interests has been the history of religious thought in Islam and the structure of Islamic religious thinking. A particular aspect of this is relations between Muslims and followers of other faiths, especially Christianity. I have made this a major topic of my research and writing.

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+44 (0) 121 415 8373
Email
d.r.thomas.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Lecturer in Law

Birmingham Law School

Dr Bosko Tripkovic researches and teaches in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional law, and EU law. He has won the 2016 Mauro Cappelletti Prize for the best thesis in the field of comparative law defended at the European University Institute, and his book ‘The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication’ is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. 

Telephone
0121 414 7501
Email
b.tripkovic@bham.ac.uk

Professor Martin Trybus

Professor Martin Trybus

Professor of European Law and Policy

Birmingham Law School

The research of Martin Trybus aims to make a contribution to the understanding and development of the Law of the European Union, especially its economic and constitutional aspects, to establish ‘European Union Defence and Security Law’ as a separate legal subject, and to contribute to the understanding and development of European Union Public Procurement Law.

 

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6330
Email
m.trybus@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas

Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas joined POLSIS as a Lecturer in Middle East Politics in 2016. His research focuses on the politics of migrants, refugees, and diasporas in the broader Middle East. He is currently the Principal Investigator in three research projects: “The International Politics of Middle East Migration: Problems, Policy, Practice,” funded by a British Academy Rising Star ...

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+44 (0)121 414 6263
Email
g.tsourapas@bham.ac.uk

Dr Ben Warwick

Dr Ben Warwick

Lecturer in Law

Birmingham Law School

Ben Warwick’s research explores how economic considerations affect the implementation of human rights (and especially socio-economic rights). This has led him to write on the related questions of crisis, neoliberalism, and the functioning of the relevant legal bodies. Ben is Co-Coordinator of the Law and Society Association's international Collaborative Research Network on Economic and ...

Telephone
0121 414 6288
Email
b.t.warwick@bham.ac.uk

Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

Professor Nicholas J. Wheeler

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

Department of Political Science and International Studies

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, forthcoming 2012); (with ...

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

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

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

Department of Philosophy

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

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor Stefan Wolff

Professor of International Security

Department of Political Science and International Studies

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

Professor Karen Yeung

Professor Karen Yeung

Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics

Birmingham Law School

Karen Yeung is the University of Birmingham’s first Interdisciplinary Chair, taking up the post of Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics at the University of Birmingham in the School of Law and the School of Computer Sciencein January 2018.  She has been a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Melbourne Law School since 2016. She is a Fellow of the ...

Telephone
0121 414 6298
Email
k.yeung@bham.ac.uk

Dr Hakeem O. Yusuf

Dr Hakeem O. Yusuf

Reader in Global Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Dr Yusuf has done extensive research on the role of the judiciary in transitional societies which has attracted international recognition. In 2011, he was appointed and served as a Commissioner of Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Osun State (South-West Nigeria). He has also consulted for the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva. His first book, Transitional Justice, Judicial ...

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+44 (0)121 414 5126
Email
h.yusuf@bham.ac.uk