Professor Mervyn Bains

Mervyn Bain was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in June 2004 and in June 2005 he was appointed as a Lecturer. He obtained his undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees all from the University of Glasgow. His research interests include international diplomatic relations, particularly in relation to Cuba and Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia.

Dr. Lynn Bennie

Dr. Lynn Bennie is a political scientist who specializes in British and Scottish politics. A leading scholar on party membership and nationalist movements, she has undertaken a range of studies on party membership in Scotland, such as a detailed investigation of both the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the Scottish Greens. The results of these studies have been presented to political elites at various party conferences and also widely reported in the press.

Dr. Stuart Durkin

Dr. Stuart Durkin is a political scientist who has extensive expertise in evaluating social policy in the area of education on behalf of the UK Government (DWP). He has worked in close collaboration with numerous NGOs as well as the Spanish government on Human Rights and Peace Education, particularly as it relates to the Basque country in Spain.

Dr. Luisa Gandolfo

Dr. Luisa Gandolfo is a scholar of Arab and Islamic Studies with specialized expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. Her main areas of expertise are refugee studies, education, and humanitarian assistance. For example, in close collaboration and consultation with the Jordanian government and humanitarian workers, Dr. Gandolfo has undertaken a detailed investigation of the educational needs and rights of refugees on the Jordanian border with Syria.

Professor Bernadette C. Hayes

Professor Bernadette C. Hayes is a sociologist who specializes in societies emerging from conflict. An expert on Northern Ireland, her main areas of expertise include victim's issues, religious and ethnonational identity, gender, as well as the role of socio-political institutions, such as the educational system, in ameliorating or exacerbating conflict. Professor Hayes' research in this area has been widely quoted in both the British and Irish press and formed the basis for an early day motion in the House of Commons.

Dr. Joanne McEvoy

Dr. Joanne McEvoy is a political scientist who specializes in ethnic conflict and peace processes. A particular focus of her research is the role of external actors in peacebuilding. For example, Dr. McEvoy has undertaken a series of studies on the role of international bodies, such as the European Union (EU), on conflict mitigation and peacebuliding in both Northern Ireland as well as the Balkans and she has advised the United Nations (UN) as well as a range of political elites and global policy advisors on this issue.

Dr. Gearoid Millar

Dr. Gearoid Millar is a social scientist who specializes in international conflict and peace, transitional justice, and processes of peacebuilding. An expert on Sierra Leone, he is primarily interested in the local experiences of international projects of peacebuilding and transitional justice in post-conflict settings. In 2008/2009, for example, Dr. Millar conducted an evaluation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) for Sierra Leone. His current research evaluates the impact of a 40,000 acre bioenergy project on the local inhabitants in rural Sierra Leone.

Dr. Martin Mills

Dr. Martin Mills is an anthropologist who specializes in the study of Tibetan communities, in particular its religious and governmental institutions. Over the last twenty years, he has carried out fieldwork in Tibet, Ladakh, China, Northern India, and Scotland. Dr. Mills' most recent work, commissioned by the Scottish Parliament's Cross-Party Group on Tibet, focuses on Tibetan modes of protest.

Professor Michael Smith

Professor Michael E. Smith joined the University of Aberdeen in 2010. Most of his theoretical work involves international cooperation and global governance in difficult issue-areas, particularly security and technology. He pays special attention to the advanced industrialized democracies, particularly the US and Europe, and attempts to combine international-level theories of institution-building with domestic-level theories of state/societal politics to explain how states manage (or fail to manage) their contemporary collective action problems.

Dr. Andre Teti

Dr. Teti’s primary area of research is the politics of democracy in the Middle East – particularly EU democracy-promotion programmes in the 'Mediterranean Neighbourhood' – and in democratization theory. He is interested in labour movements and civil society in Egypt, as well as political parties and elections. Dr. Teti also works on how knowledge is produced, translated into policy, and applied. This is the core focus of the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Violence cluster, of which he is co-director.

Dr. Ritu Vij

Ritu Vij completed a doctorate in International Studies from the University of Denver (USA), and came to the University of Aberdeen in 2006 after post-doctoral research in Japan. Her principal areas of interest are in political economy and social theory with a substantive focus on contemporary Asia. Dr. Vij’s current research focus, developing earlier work on civil society, migrants, and welfare, is on the politics and aesthetics of labour in the context of South and East Asia.

Professor Claire Wallace

Professor Claire Wallace is a sociologist who specializes in the comparative study of quality of life issues. An expert on Europe, she has undertaken a number of studies on the impact of transition on the well-being of citizens in the former Soviet Union. This research has resulted in numerous consultative and advisory positions with a range of international bodies as well as the European Commission.