Dr Kieran Mitton - Co-Chair
Research interests: Conflict, Security and Development in Africa, Sierra Leone, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, Reconciliation, Narcotics Trafficking, Civil War Atrocities.
Flavia Gasbarri - Co Chair
Research interests: US foreign policy in Africa in the post-Cold War period, with particular reference to South Africa, the DRC and Somalia
Ilina Trendafilova - Events Officer
Research interests: conflict resolution; diplomacy exercised by authoritarian states; social media; cyber warfare; international human rights law; Burundi; Rwanda; Libya; child soldiers; human trafficking.
Dr Georgina Holmes - Associate Chair
Research interests: mediatized conflict in the Great Lakes region; Rwandan and Congolese diaspora groups in international relations; gendered aspects of war and militarization in Southern Africa; British foreign policy in Africa.
Emelie Poignant Khafagi
Research interests: Nationalism; Islamism and Islamist movements in North Africa; Political Strategy; Religion, Politics and Gender in the Middle East.
Professor Jack Spence OBE
Research interests: Poets versus historians – competing narratives in World War I, The English School of International Relations, Blair's Foreign Policy.
Dr Vincent Hiribarren
Research interests: African History; Archives; Borders; Borno; Cartography; Digital Humanities; Nigeria; World History.
Dr Akali Omeni
Research interests: The Nigerian military, counter-insurgency operations, insurgency and irregular warfare in Africa, military culture, military doctrine, violent Jihadist groups, and Istishhad (martyrdom operations).
Research interests: the role of the military in Central African state formation
Dr Christine Cheng
Research Interests: extra-legal groups in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire; corruption and peace-building; women in politics.
Research interests: South Sudan
Dr Rebekka Friedman
Research interests: reconciliation in West Africa, South America, Western Balkans and Sri Lanka; transitional justice in Sierra Leone and Peru; collective memory and identity politics.
Professor Mervyn Frost
Research interests: ethics in international relations.
Dr Jon Hill
Research interests: colonial history and contemporary politics of Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria; Islamism and Islamist insurgent and terror groups in North and West Africa; state weakness and failure in Africa.
Dr Jana Krause
Research interests: ethno-religious conflicts in Indonesia and Nigeria; political violence; armed violence prevention; gender dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; resilience research in international security and development; security governance.
Research interests: the politics of transitional justice in Uganda
Dr Zoe Norridge
Research interests: African literature written in English and French; Cultural responses to genocide in Rwanda; Conflict, pain, memory, testimony and empathy; Literature and human rights; Literature and other art forms (dance, photography, memorials).
Research interests: informal security networks of ex-combatants and vigilantism in Liberia
Isabel de Siqueira
Research interests: a critical approach to the framework of fragile states