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.
Barber Professor of Jurisprudence
Anthony Arnull specialises in the law of the European Union. He worked at the European Court of Justice from 1989-92 and was Head of Birmingham Law School between 2006 and 2009. He was Acting Head of the College of Arts & Law at Birmingham from April to August 2015. Professor Arnull is the author of The General Principles of EEC Law and the Individual (Leicester University Press, 1990); The ...
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Professor of Law
Deputy Head of School (Research)
Kate is an interdisciplinary scholar, with a background in law and political economy, development, and gender/sexuality studies. She joined Birmingham Law School in 2018. She is currently the Head of Research
Reader in Modern History
As a historian, I am primarily interested in how institutions and individuals respond to the challenges of war. I believe that this is best studied using an approach which is both comparative and cross-disciplinary.
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Reader in Religion and Global Security
Over the past decade I have been researching the role of gender and religion in relation to Islamic extremism, and have an interest in gender-mainstreaming countering and preventing violent extremism efforts. My current work focuses on gender, religion and resilience in global governance efforts in relation to terrorism. This is part of my larger project, Humanities for Resilience,which is ...
Professor of Environmental Law
College Director of Global Engagement
Professor Aleksandra Cavoski’s research interests are in the field of environmental law and EU law, including certain aspects of public international law. Her research agenda is inter-disciplinary and explores the intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language. Aleksandra is the College of Arts and Law Director of Global ...
Professor of Democracy and International Development
Nic Cheeseman (@fromagehomme) is Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham and was formerly the Director of the African Studies Centre at Oxford University. He mainly works on democracy, elections and development and has conducted in-country research in a range of African countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, but has also published ...
Professor of Gender, Transitional Justice and International Criminal Law
Professor Janine Natalya Clark joined Birmingham Law School in October 2014. She was promoted to Reader in 2016 and promoted to Professor in 2018. Her research interests include conflict-related sexual violence, transitional justice, international criminal courts, resilience, social-ecological systems, posthumanism, ethnic conflict and reconciliation.
She is currently leading a five-year ...
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Senior Lecturer in United States History
Tom Cutterham is a historian of Revolutionary America and the late eighteenth-century Atlantic world. He teaches the history of North America from the first English colonisations to the end of the nineteenth century, including courses on women in the American Revolution and the meaning of freedom in American history. Following his first book, Gentlemen Revolutionaries: Power and Justice in the ...
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Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic
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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Chair of Global Legal Studies
Fiona de Londas is Professor of Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School. her research concerns constitutionalism, human rights, and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in the role and function of rights in contentious policy fields, inquiring into how (if at all) rights shape the making of law and policy in complex contexts of, for example, counter-terrorism, reproductive ...
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Professor of International Legal Studies
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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Barber Professor of Law
Deputy Head of School (Staffing and Strategy)
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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Reader in Feminist Legal Studies
Máiréad Enright’s research is in feminist legal studies and critical legal theory, with a particular focus on law and religion. She has written on issues including reproductive justice, law reform and grassroots organising, illegality in social movements, responses to historical injustice and obstetric violence. She often works with and advises groups campaigning around ...
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Javier completed his LLB and LLM degrees at the University of Bristol. He completed his doctoral studies in 2018. His has research interests in international and transnational criminal law. In all his work he has developed a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Professor of Global Security
Head of the International Development Department
Jonathan's research focuses on the relationship between authoritarianism and (in)security across multiple levels – global, regional, domestic, and “the everyday”. He has a particular interest in the role of ideas and legitimacy in authoritarian systems and spaces, and has worked extensively in eastern Africa, where he has focused on the influence of guerrilla heritage on ...
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Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature
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 ...
Associate Professor in Modern History
My main interest lies in post war Germany, the political, social and economic reconstruction of the country (including Allied occupation policy) against the backdrop of the Cold War.
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Senior Lecturer in American and Canadian Studies
I’m a British/Canadian academic interested in security and intelligence in the past and present and in a US/UK/Canada context. My work has covered a range of topics, such as state surveillance against Canadian universities, UK and US counter-terrorism, a history of informants, and the world's most famous police force, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
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Professor of Politics and Development
Director, Developmental Leadership Program (DLP)
Co-Director, Development Engagement Lab (DEL)
David Hudson is Professor of Politics and Development at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) and Co-Director of the Development Engagement Lab (DEL).
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 ...
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Assessment and Progress Lead
Dr Adrian Hunt teaches and researches in the fields of public law, human rights, crime, and aspects of international law. He has a particular interest in legal responses to terrorism and has worked as a consultant for the Council of Europe and the OSCE on aspects of counter-terrorism law. His published work in that field has been cited by UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human ...
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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 ...
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Lecturer in Modern Middle Eastern History
Director, Centre for Modern and Contemporary History
I am an historian of colonial empire with a special focus on the Middle East and the Mediterranean in the twentieth century.
I work on the discourse and politics of economic development in the French League of Nations Mandate in Syria and Lebanon, on the history of Fordism in the post-Ottoman Middle East, and on the global history of colonial commodities and natural resources.
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Honorary Senior Lecturer
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, Islamic beliefs and practices, Islam and other ...
Reader in Sikh Studies
I have been an academic at the University of Birmingham since 2002. My teaching and research focuses on Sikh theology, inter-faith dialogue, gender inequality, Sikh identity in the diasporic community, racialization and mistaken identity and other contested issues that confront the Sikh community nationally and globally. My work in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public ...
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Lecturer in Cultural Heritage Studies
An anthropologist by education, I enjoy doing interdisciplinary research. My main interest is the production of heritage in post/colonial contexts and the associated politics of history, social memory and development, including local as well as transnational relations and practices, from heritage management to tourism and the social lives of the people living near designated heritage sites.
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Professor in Modern 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.
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Professor of Development Politics
Heather Marquette is Professor of Development Politics and is currently seconded part-time to DFID’s Research & Evidence Division as Senior Research Fellow (Governance and Conflict).
Heather’s research - which has been funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund, DFID, DFAT and the EU - focuses on corruption and anti-corruption interventions, the politics ...
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Reader in Law
Dr Mavronicola researches and teaches on human rights, public law, and legal theory, as well as on the interplay between counter-terrorism and human rights and on key intersections between human rights and criminal justice. She has published on these topics in a number of journals, including the Human Rights Law Review and the Modern Law Review, and edited collections.
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Professor in Law and Language
Professor 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. ...
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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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Lecturer in Law
Dr Morgan researches and teaches public law, legal theory, socio-legal theory, and human rights. She explores the interplay between law and political theory on topics such as national security, counter-terrorism, accountability, and conceptions of freedom. Her most recent publication, with Professor Fiona de Londras and Dr Jessie Blackbourn, Accountability and Review in the Counter-Terrorist ...
Emeritus Professor of Contemporary European Islam
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.
Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice
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 ...
Associate Professor in Law
Programme Director, Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law
Dr Walters Nsoh is an Associate Professor in Law at the University of Birmingham. His research 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. His book The Privatisation of Biodiversity? - New Approaches to Conservation Law(Edward Elgar Publishing ...
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Professor of Environment and Development
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.
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Dr Alexander Orakhelashvili has taught and researched public international law at four British universities over the past 20 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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Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Head of Research in the School of Government
Martin Ottmann is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Head of Research for the School of Government.
His research examines the political economy of civil war and development, focusing on the effects of power-sharing on resource redistribution, contentious politics, and political trust. He is also co-founder of the Citizens in Peace Processes (CIPP) research ...
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Associate Professor in American and International Politics
Adam Quinn is a scholar of American foreign policy and grand strategy. He is particularly interested in contests of ideas within the United States regarding the nation's status, interests, and role in the world. He also talks and teaches about both American politics and international security more generally.
He has previously held various management ...
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Professor of Islamic Studies
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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Lecturer in South Asian History
I am a historian of modern South Asia (present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). My research interests range from the early colonial period with the coming of the East India Company’s rule to the late colonial period – the mobilization of Indian soldiers transforming the First World War into a global conflict. I am particularly interested in histories of gender based ...
Professor of International Law & Human Rights
Professor Mohammad Shahabuddin teaches and researches in international law and human rights with special focus on the history and theory of international law, ethnicity and nationalism, and human rights. His teaching and research is informed by critical, postcolonial, and TWAIL (Third World Approaches to International Law) scholarship. He is the author of Ethnicity and International Law: ...
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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 ...
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Emeritus Professor of Christianity and Islam
Nadir Dinshaw Professor of Interreligious Relations
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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Senior Lecturer in Law
Director of Postgraduate Research
Dr Bosko Tripkovic researches and teaches in the areas of jurisprudence, constitutional theory, constitutional law, and EU law. His book The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication (Oxford University Press 2017) develops an original theory of the role of values in constitutional reasoning, and combines insights from comparative constitutional law and metaethics. Dr Tripkovic has won the ...
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Professor of European Law and Policy
Director, Institute of European Law
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.
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Reader in Human Rights Law
Deputy Head of School (Education)
Dr Ben Warwick’s research explores how economic factors affect human rights (and especially socio-economic rights). He is interested in the ways that laws and the institutions that enforce them change under such pressures. This has led him to write on the related questions of crisis, neoliberalism, and the reversal of rights protections. He is a specialist in international human rights, the ...
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Professor of International Relations
Nicholas J. Wheeler is Professor of International Relations and former 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 ...
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Lecturer in the History of Warfare and Conflict
I am interested in all aspects of the history of war, but with a particular focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My research explores British military history, military thought and strategy in this period: in particular, it covers British colonial warfare, counterinsurgency, the First World War and the Second World War. My teaching includes these topics, as well as ...
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Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer)
John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, Heather is responsible for delivering the University’s research strategy and for positioning the University amongst the leading universities in the UK. Heather is committed to research that matters; research which breaks new ground, shapes thinking, creates innovation and changes the world. Heather oversees all aspects of research ...
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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Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics
Karen Yeung joined Birmingham Law School and the University of Birmingham’s School of Computer Science as Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics in January 2018.
Karen is actively involved in several technology policy and related initiatives in the UK and worldwide, including those concerned with the governance of AI, one of her key research ...
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