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 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

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 ...

Email
n.cheeseman@bham.ac.uk

Dr Janine Natalya Clark

Reader in Gender, International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice

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 ...

Telephone
0121 414 6316
Email
j.n.clark@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 ...

Telephone
+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 ...

Telephone
0121 414 3146
Email
r.dragnevalewers@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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3492
Email
j.fisher@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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3496
Email
d.e.hudson@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 ...

Telephone
+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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2296
Email
h.a.marquette@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 ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7592
Email
c.mcloughlin@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 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 Gerasimos Tsourapas

Dr Gerasimos Tsourapas

Lecturer in Middle East Politics

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Gerasimos Tsourapas is a Lecturer in Middle East Politics, University of Birmingham. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University of Cairo and a Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. His doctoral dissertation, “Trading People, Consolidating Power: Emigration and Authoritarianism in Modern ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6263
Email
g.tsourapas@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 for 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