SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

CISD Members

Director

Dr Dan Plesch

Academic Members

Dan Plesch
Director of CISD and Reader
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: By appointment
Ashley Cox
Teaching Fellow and Associate Tutor - History and the Future of the United Nations
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Ashley Cox has recently completed his PhD viva at the University of Leicester studying the Wilsonian influences on conflicts in American history.


Catriona Drew
Lecturer in International Law
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Public International Law; international legal history (particularly self-determination of peoples), and legal theory

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4482
  • Email: cd4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: S332
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 16:00 - 18:00
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1 (2016/17)
Harald Heubaum
Lecturer in Global Energy and Climate Policy
Harald Haubaum

Energy and climate policy in the EU, US and emerging economies, particularly in South East Asia; climate finance; global and regional energy markets; low-carbon energy technologies; urban resource governance; global public policy

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4362
  • Email: hh15@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4431
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Stephen Hopgood
Stephen Hopgood
International politics of human rights; humanitarianism and international justice; and theories of the state
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4738
  • Email: sh18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 220
  • On Sabbatical:2016/17

Hanns Bjoern Kendel
Convenor - General Diplomatic Studies & Practice
Hanns Bjoern Kendel

Security, South Asia, International Law, Political and Legal Philosophy

Mark Laffey
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
Mark Laffey

International theory; hierarchy and world history; historical sociology; postcolonialism; foreign policy analysis; ideas, culture and ideology.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4744
  • Email: ml23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 225
  • Office Hours: Term 2 Mondays 4-6pm
  • On Sabbatical:Term 1, 2015/16

Ewan Lawson
Convenor, International Security
Ewan Lawson

Ewan is a serving officer in the Royal Air Force with a highly varied experience but with a long term background in policing and security. He has worked extensively in Africa most recently in South Sudan, and maintains a practical interest in peace keeping and conflict resolution.

Vino Kanapathipillai
Convenor, Global Advocacy
Vino Kanapathipillai

International security, multinational enterprises, international public policy, international political economy, global governance.


Sutha Nadarajah
Convenor, International Relations 1 & 2, Global Public Policy, Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World, Project Management
Sutha Nadarajah

International Relations theory, international security; global public policy; North-South relations; civil wars; peace processes; peacebuilding; securitized development; politics of the ‘War on Terror’, international financial regulation.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4464
  • Email: sn22@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4435
  • Office Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 5pm - 6pm
J. Simon Rofe
Senior Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Studies, Global Diplomacy Programme Director
J. Simon Rofe

Dr J Simon Rofe is the inaugural director of CISD's Global Diplomacy Masters distance learning programme.  Prior to joining SOAS he was Distance Learning Director at the University of Leicester managing a suite of four International Relations Programmes.


Pallavi Roy
Lecturer in International Economics
Pallavi Roy

Pallavi is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy  at SOAS.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4833
  • Email: pr16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4434
  • Office Hours: Monday 2-4pm
Thomas Weiss
Research Professor
Thomas Weiss

Prof Thomas G. Weiss joined the Centre in 2012 as Research Professor working with Dr Plesch on their project looking at the implications of the alliance of United Nations during WW2 and prior to the UN Charter for Twenty First Century policy.


Research Associates

Richard Al-Qaq
Research Associate
Richard Al Qaq

Richard Kareem Al-Qaq holds a PhD in Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Al-Qaq taught post-graduate International Politics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

John Ashton CBE
Professorial Research Associate
John Ashton

John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. He is also well known for the role he has played in climate diplomacy.


Martin Butcher
Research Associate
Martin Butcher

Martin Butcher is a policy advisor on arms and conflict for Oxfam.


David Fisk
Research Associate
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David Fisk is holder of the Laing O’Rourke Chair in Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College. He previously held the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair at Imperial College London in Engineering for Sustainable Development. At Imperial he is Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation and is a co-director of the BP Urban Energy Systems Program. He is a Past President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and serves as a Non-Executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Isabel Hilton OBE
Research Associate
Isabel Hilton

Isabel Hilton is a London based writer and broadcaster. She is founder and editor of chinadialogue, an independent, non-profit organization based in London, Beijing and San Francisco.


Zidane Meriboute
Research Associate
Zidane Meriboute

Currently, Zidane holds the position of Senior Consultant within the ICRC Unit in charge of the contacts with the religious leaders in Africa.

His research interests are: Islamism, Sufism and Evangelism in Africa; The nature of modern Islamic States.

Paul Schulte
Research Associate
Paul Schulte

Paul Schulte is a nonresident senior associate in the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and at Carnegie Europe, as well as being a Research Associate in the Disarmament and Globalisation Program at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.


Peter Slinn
Research Associate
Peter Slinn

Currently, Peter is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame (London Law Centre), and joint General Editor of the Law Reports of the Commonwealth, (Butterworths LexisNexis) the 100th volume of which was published in 2009. He is Vice-President of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Commonwealth Judicial Journal and a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association.


Tutors

Jonathan R. Beloff
Jonathan Beloff

Jonathan R. Beloff is a current PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies and is performing his research on Rwandan foreign policy titled, ╩║The Evolution of Rwandan Foreign Policy from Genocide to Globalisation”. He has been travelling to Rwanda since 2008 conducting research on Rwandan political, economic and social development. He has previously worked as a researcher and editor for the National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide (CNLG) in Rwanda

Rachel Chambers
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives
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Rachel is a barrister who has worked in private practice at Cloisters chambers in London for ten years specialising in employment, discrimination, equality and human rights law. Rachel has held research roles at Monash University (Melbourne) on their "Human Rights Responsibilities of Multinational Corporations" project and in a pro bono capacity for Amnesty International Business and Human Rights team. Before being called the Bar, Rachel worked for corporate social responsibility body the International Business Leaders Forum.


Noga Glucksam
Tutor - International Relations 1 - Foundations of World Politics
Tutor - International Relations 2 - Contemporary World Politics
Glucksam Noga

Social theory of international relations, international law, transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction.
Regional focus: West Africa, great lake area



Feja Lesniewska
Senior Teaching Fellow
Feja Lesniewska

Climate change, sustainable development, energy (renewables and bioenergy), ecosystems (forests, water, land), international environmental law and governance, human and indigenous peoples rights, legal, economic and social theory and research methods in the digital age.

  • Email: fl7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: Law , CISD - 4431
  • Office Hours: Monday 14:00-16:00

Yonit Manor-Percival
Tutor - Multinational Enterprises in a Globalising World - Economic and Legal Perspectives
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Dr. Percival specialises in the interface between law, society and corporations within the framework of the global political economy, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). She completed her PhD research in international investment protection law at Queen Mary University of London. Her thesis employs a multidisciplinary approach, including critical and post-colonial theory, political economy and legal analysis, to unpack the PRC ‘harmonious world’ paradigm. The thesis examines this paradigm through the lens of the global and China’s own bilateral investment treaties program, considering the way it both challenges as well as reinforces the global neoliberal order.


Cherry Yu
Tutor - General Diplomatic Studies & Practice
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Administrative Staff