My research interests lie broadly in International Relations Theory (principally the English School), Genocide and Mass Violence, the Responsibility to Protect and Research Methods. In non-specialist terms, I look at how the United Nations responds to mass violence, for example Libya (2011) and Syria (on-going) in order to analyse the impact that this has on the authority of morality, law, and politics at the international level.
I am Co-Convener of the British International Studies Association Work Group on Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (IR2PWG) with Dr. James Pattison (University of Manchester) and Dr Aidan Hehir (University of Westminster). (You can follow the group on twitter @IR2PWG).
In November 2013, I formed part of a research cluster at the University of Leeds entitled Intervention and International Society which examines the foreign policy behaviour of states focusing specifically on the question of intervention in the context of public’s understandings as well as international norms.