Dr Naomi Head

Honorary Research Fellow
Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security

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School of Social and Political Sciences
University of Glasgow

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.


  • International Relations Theory/Critical Theory
  • Legitimacy and Communicative Ethics
  • Humanitarian intervention and the use of force
  • Conflict transformation, mediation and non-violence
  • Empathy in conflict





Head, N. (2013) Justifying violence: communicative ethics and the use of force in Kosovo. e-International Relations .

Head, N. (2013) Tango: the intimate dance of conflict transformation. Open Democracy . ISSN 1476-5888

Head, N. (2012) Transforming relations with Iran: the missing dimension of the 'moral imagination'. Interventions, 1 (2). pp. 1-3.

Head, N. (2012) Transforming conflict: trust, empathy, and dialogue. International Journal of Peace Studies, 17 (2). pp. 33-55. ISSN 1085-7494

Head, N. (2012) The contribution of trust, empathy, and dialogue: talking to Iran. International Studies Today, 2 (1).

Boon, V., and Head, N. (2010) Critical theory and the language of violence: exploring the issues. Journal of Global Ethics, 6 (2). pp. 79-87. ISSN 1744-9626 (doi:10.1080/17449626.2010.494355 )

Head, N. (2010) Bringing reflective judgement into International Relations: Genocide in Rwanda. Journal of Global Ethics, 6 (2). pp. 191-204. ISSN 1744-9626 (doi:10.1080/17449626.2010.494365 )

Ralph, J., Head, N., and Lightfoot, S. (2010) Pol-casting: the use of podcasting in the teaching and learning of politics and Internatioanl Relations. European Political Science, 9 (1). pp. 13-24. ISSN 1680-4333 (doi:10.1057/eps.2009.38)

Ralph, J., Head, N., and Lightfoot, S. (2009) Engaging students beyond the classroom: the experience of a podcasting project. Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 1 (3). ISSN 1756-848X

Head, N. (2008) Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations. Politics, 28 (3). pp. 150-159. ISSN 0263-3957 (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.00324.x)

Head, N. (2008) Review of Taylor B. Seybolt, Humanitarian Military Intervention: The Conditions for Success and Failure. Civil Wars, 10 (2). pp. 196-198. ISSN 1369-8249 (doi:10.1080/13698240802062895)


Head, N. (2012) Justifying Violence: Communicative Ethics and the Use of Force. Series: New approaches to conflict analysis . Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719083075