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About me

I joined the University of Westminster in September 2009 as head of the Department of Politics and International Relations and Professor of International Relations. I am also an International Fellow at the Department of International Relations, Tbilisi State University, Georgia. I was previously Professor of International Relations at the University of Edinburgh (1995-2009); Faculty Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (2000-02); and Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (1992-5). My research revolves around the area of security studies and international relations with a regional focus on Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. I also have an interest in the engagement of historical sociology in International Relations.

Teaching

BA and MA Teaching

I am the module leader of SPIR513 International Security which is a second year core module for the BA International Relations. I also contribute to teaching on:

  • SPIR401 - Comparative Politics
  • SPIR512 - Geopolitics
  • SPIR605 - Themes in Global Politics of Energy
  • 1ISP7AS - International Relations 1: Theoretical Perspectives

PhD Supervision

I am also an experienced PhD supervisor and am interested in supervising students in the following areas: security studies; the international relations of Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East; international politics of energy; and the contribution of historical sociology to International Relations.

Research

Interests

My research interests are broadly in the area of security studies and international relations with a regional focus on Russia, Central Asia and the Middle East. My research can be broken down into four main parts.

  • Security studies and understanding international security in the post-Cold War period.
  • The domestic and foreign policy of the Russia Federation as it applies to its domestic Muslim communities and to Russian foreign policy towards Central Asia and the Middle East.
  • The international politics of energy and minerals, with a particular focus on China's international energy strategy
  • The contribution of historical sociology to international relations theory.

Current Research

I am currently working on the international politics of energy and completing a monograph on energy security. I am also contributing to research on Russian relations with the Middle East.

Recent Research Grants

2009 EU Commission FP7 Grant, POLINARES (Policy for Natural Resources), University of Westminster as an Institutional Partner - £98,992

2007-9 ESRC Grant RES-181-25-0020 on 'Radicalisation' and Violence: the Russian Dimension. Principal Investigator, £202,732

Research Students

Daniel Matteo - 'International Legitimacy and Private Security Companies' Ekaterina Braginskaia - 'Muslim Councils in a Comparative Context: Russia, France and the UK'

Appointments

Member of REF2014 Politics and International Studies Sub-Panel (UoA 24)

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.