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I'm a Professor of International Security in the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

My current research and teaching focus upon:

- Security studies, including critical approaches and 'human security';

- Intrastate armed conflict, civil war, intervention and political violence;

- International organizations and multilateralism; and

- Peacebuilding and reconstruction in conflict-prone and post-conflict societies.

Between 2007 and 2013 I was at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. Before joining Birmingham I was Director of Studies on Conflict and Security in the Peace and Governance Programme of the United Nations University, based in Tokyo. At UNU I was responsible for policy-relevant research projects on refugees and human displacement, non-traditional security including human security, challenges to multilateralism, democracy and democratization in post-conflict societies, human trafficking, peacebuilding, and political violence. My UN work involved visits to a number of countries including Bosnia, Cambodia, Liberia, Ghana, Philippines, and Sri Lanka and I have conducted independent research in Kosovo, Rwanda and Cyprus. In addition to my work for UNU I also periodically supported other UN agencies including UNDP and UNESCO. I continue to be involved in a UNU research project (on peacebuilding in conflict-prone societies), and to conduct fieldwork in conflict-affected countries. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Civil Wars.

I have held teaching and associated positions in Japan at Shumei University, Aoyama Gakuin University, and Tokyo University, and I act as an external examiner at a number of universities in the UK for postgraduate programmes in the area of security studies. I studied at the University of Keele, UK, where I obtained a First Class BA degree in International Relations, and the University of Kent where I was awarded a PhD in International Relations.

My Google Scholar profile is available here

Other professional appointments

* Member of the ESRC Grant Assessment Panel (2014-16)

* Editor-in-Chief, Civil Wars

* Co-editor (with Patrick M. Regan), Routledge Studies in Civil Wars and Intra-State Conflict

* Editorial Board member, Ethnopolitics

* Founding Executive Editor, International Relations of the Asia Pacific

* International Associate, Center for Peace and Human Security, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris ('Sciences Po')

* Advisory Panel member, Conflict Analysis Research Centre at the University of Kent at Canterbury

Contact: e.newman@leeds.ac.uk