I am a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where I am also Research Director of the Conflict, Security & Development Research Group (CSDRG), and co-Chair of the Africa Research Group. During 2017-2018 I am a Visiting Associate at the Violence and Safety Initiative at the University of Cape Town, South Africa: www.savi.uct.ac.za, and Visiting Fellow at the Igarapé Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: https://igarape.org.br/en.
I joined War Studies as a Lecturer in 2012, after completing my MA, MRes and PhD within the department. Previously, from 2007 I worked as a Research Fellow in CSDRG, conducting extensive fieldwork in Sierra Leone for a study of reintegration. I also worked with a range of research and development organisations, including the International Policy Institute, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United Nations Development Programme in Sierra Leone, and various risk intelligence consultancies.
My recent research has examined the causes and shaping dynamics of extreme violence during conflict, with a particular focus upon the role of emotions and psychology at both individual and group level. I am currently developing a multi-country research project examining urban violence and youth in ‘non-war’ contexts. I have also published on the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) of combatants; post-conflict reconciliation processes; and narcotics trafficking in West Africa. I have specialist area knowledge of Sierra Leone, West Africa and sub-Saharan Africa more broadly.
I have consulted for the UK’s Foreign Office, the UK’s Ministry of Defence, the UK’s Stabilisation Unit, London’s Metropolitan Police, and a range of risk intelligence companies, NGOs and research institutes across the globe.
Image: book launch, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, 1 March 2017.