Senior Lecturer at the University of Bradford
A Senior Lecturer at the University of Bradford, Mark is a specialist in cult and experimental films, including documentaries of the 60s and 70s. Mark will be speaking about the portrayal on film of free and liberated societies such as Sweden and extending the notion of conflict to the personal. Mark’s recent book, Gathering of the Tribe, about the role of the occult in music and culture through key albums is published by Headpress.
Prof Caroline Hughes
Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace
My research interests combine a critical analysis of the politics of international post-conflict intervention, aid and development with expertise in Asian politics. In particular, I focus on the ways in which aid and peacekeeping interventions are mediated by national and local level social structures and ideologies in post-conflict contexts. My empirical focus has been on least developed, post-conflict countries in Asia, in particular Cambodia and East Timor.
Prof Paul Rogers
Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies
Paul Rogers continues his work on trends in international conflict with a particular focus on the interactions of socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints. Within this area of study he works on issues such as the politics of energy resource use and the impact of climate change on international security. He has a particular research interest in radicalisation and political violence. His regional emphasis is primarily on the Middle East and South Asia and his work on sustainable security links with Oxford Research Group.
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Kyle Grayson is a Senior Lecturer in International Politics at Newcastle University. His research analyses the intersections of security, politics, and culture in contemporary international relations. His first book, Chasing Dragons: Security, Identity, and Illicit Drugs in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008) examined how the global drug war has contributed to understandings of Canadian identity. His recently published book called the Cultural Politics of Targeted Killing: On Drones, Counter-Insurgency, and Violence (Routledge 2016) explores how cultural elements shape the rationales underlying the turn to drone strikes as a form of counter-insurgency by liberal democracies. He edits the journal Politics for the UK Political Studies Association, is an associate editor of the journal Critical Studies on Security, and a co-editor of the Popular Culture and World Politics book series (Routledge). He also currently serves as a trustee of the British International Studies Association.
Head of the School of Politics, Philosophy and International Studies Professor of War Studies
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe is Professor of War Studies at the University of Hull. Caroline has previously published work on the origins of the Cold War, Russian foreign policy, terrorism, the ethics of war and gender and security She is also the founding editor of the academic journal Civil Wars and a former chair of the British International Studies Association. She is currently undertaking research on IEDs, Drones and the effects of Drone Strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. She has also examined the question of whether drones can be used to enhance the capability of UN peacekeeping forces.
Prof Neil Cooper
Director, Rotary Peace Centre
Neil Cooper is Associate Dean for Research for the Faculty of Social Science and Professor of International Relations and Security Studies in the Division of Peace Studies and International Development at the University of Bradford. His current research focuses on the history of conventional arms trade regulation. Previous research includes work on the political economy of peacebuilding, the regional dimensions of war economies, post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone and ethical trading initiatives, most notably the Kimberley Certifications System to prevent the trade in conflict diamonds. Professor Cooper is a member of the editorial board for the book series Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies, published by Palgrave Macmillan, an associate editor of The Economics of Peace and Security Journal and a member of the editorial committee for the journal Critical Studies on Security. He was previously co-editor of the academic journal International Peacekeeping and is co-editor of the book Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Economy of Peacebuilding; co-author of War Economies in a Regional Context: The Challenges of Transformation; and co-author of Security-Sector Transformation in Post-Conflict Societies. His latest book, Arms Trade Regulation: A History is forthcoming.
Dr Sameera Khalfey
Dr Sameera Khalfey joined the University of Portsmouth as Research Fellow in Defence, based at RAF College Cranwell, in 2016. Previously, she lectured in Strategic Studies at the University of Hull. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Reading and her PhD from the University of Hull. Her doctoral thesis examined the intractability of relations between ‘Islam’ and the ‘West’. Dr Khalfey’s research continues to explore the cultural, ideational and religious interactions within the international system. Sameera has recently worked on a DSTL funded report on the “Moral Component of Conflict”, providing the ‘Islamic’ interpretation of Just War Theory, contextualising the Syria conflict from a regional perspective. She was also commissioned to write a report on Deterrence for DCDC where she put forward a reconceptualization of the strategy for the twenty-first century.
PhD Researchers Panel
Peace Studies and Media Design and Technology
We are fortunate enough to have four PhD Students presenting a research discussion panel. The panel will be chaired by David Robison, Senior Lecturer in Media at The University of Bradford. Details of the speakers and their research can be found here.